Fifth graders have been working on an electricity unit. As a final project students created Haunted Houses. They constructed electric circuits in cooperative groups to light their houses. This was a fun activity in conjunction with other Halloween activities. Fifth grade students were also able to tour the Heber Light and Power plant to further their understanding of electricity usage and safety. We want to thank the Heber Light and Power employees for taking time to educate us about how electricity, something we take for granted everyday, is generated and delivered to our homes.Student Led Conferences will be held on November 20th and 21st. Watch for information from your child's teacher about scheduling for this important event.
Utah History came alive as our fourth graders joined the Mountain Man Trader Camp at Wasatch High School. They watched a blacksmith perform his handiwork by demonstrating how he makes iron and steel tools. Mountain Man stories were told by a Mountain Man, as he shared how the Mountain Men trapped and traded beaver pelts. The students were also entertained as their teachers practiced their knife and ax throwing skills. This field trip was a great precursor for their own fourth grade Rendezvous scheduled for January.
The third graders at Old Mill are BEADazzled by Reading!!! They are learning to become better readers while learning to love reading. This year, they are earning BEADS for the 3rd grade reading incentive. Each month students read the required reading minutes, they get to choose a bead and put it on their necklaces. They truly are BEADazzled by reading!
Students are also busy working on their first Book Talk of the year - The Cheeseburger Book Talk. After reading a fictional chapter book, they are creating a Cheeseburger to represent their book. The Cheeseburger includes the setting, main character and their character traits, a plot summary, the theme and their favorite part. Students will present their Cheeseburger Book Talk to the class this week. It is an excellent opportunity for them to recommend great books to each other and to foster a love of reading.
The second grade enjoyed having visitors from the Abbington come read with them and are excited for their friends to come back to read with them again. It was a great time enjoyed by all. Old Mill appreciates the community partnership with the Abbington.Maestra Peralta, the second grade Spanish dual immersion teacher, celebrated Mexico's independence day with the dual immersion students by teaching them the traditions of Mexico and eating delicious churros.
Old Mill Elementary Pre-K Classes are getting the hang of School!
September rolled out a great month for our energetic preschoolers. Not only did they adjust well as they said goodbye to family members dropping them off, they took to routines and schedules like they have been doing it for years. To start our year out on a fun and familiar note, we read lots of different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Acting out the story in dramatic play, playing with dry porridge in the sensory table, taste testing porridge and graphing our answers are just a few examples of what these amazing kids have been working on this month.
Old Mill Elementary would like to introduce more of our awesome new teachers to the community. Chrissy Gentry is our new speech therapist. She was born in Kirbyville, Texas, population 2,200. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. As a child, Mrs. Gentry had a cousin and neighbor with speech difficulties and she decided she wanted to be able to help others overcome their communication barriers. She feels everyone deserves a voice and she wants to ensure students at Old Mill can find his or her own voice. Mrs. Gentry loves to read, ride bikes in the mountains and play with her grandbaby. She also loves to shop for new materials that can help her students improve their skills. We have enjoyed having Mrs. Gentry at Old Mill and listening to her true Texas accent.
Melinda Korologos is a new fifth grade teacher. Mrs. Korologos was born in Lakewood, California. She graduated from BYUI and UVU with her bachelor and master degrees. She decided to pursue an education degree after volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Mrs. Korologos had previously been teaching at the middle school level but was excited to move to lower grades and work with younger children. She is teaching the English part of the dual immersion program which allows her to teacher math which she is very excited about.Mrs. Korologos enjoys spending time with her family swimming, biking fishing, playing tennis, and attending BYU games.
Jannette Capson is also a new fifth grade teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City and initially attended Dixie State University. She is currently enrolled in the education program at the Western Governors University and will graduate in the spring. She said she was inspired to teach by her high school business teachers. She enjoys vacationing with her family, reading, and boxing.
Anna Simons is teaching fourth grade this year. She was born in Provo and graduated from BYU. She loves working with students and wants to help them love learning. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, going to the movies and learning how to use technology in the classroom.
Jamie Ricks is a new third grade teacher. Ms. Ricks was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, but grew up in Chandler, Arizona. She is currently an intern and will graduate from BYU in the spring. She initially was majoring in nursing but needed some volunteer hour so she started working in an elementary school. She fell in love with this work and decided she wanted to change her major to teaching. Ms. Ricks loves being outdoors and in the water. She also loves music, going to musicals, and playing the piano.
Each of these new educators brings an enthusiasm and love for students and learning. They are great additions to our Old Mill staff.
Old Mill Elementary PTA would like to thank the Old Mill Community for the overwhelming support that we received for our Annual Fun Run Fundraiser! We would especially like to thank the Parents, Students, Old Mill Staff, Corporate Sponsors and Local Businesses for all their support! And, also a Big Thank You to the Wasatch County Fire Department who took time to come out and drench the kids and make their day! With the help of Parent Donors and Karl Malone Powersports, we were able to reach our goal of 100% participation in donations, and Mrs Discher will be dressing up as a Big, Yellow Chicken for a day! Old Mill Elementary PTA looks forward to another successful year at Old Mill, thanks to all that supported our Annual Fundraiser! Our Corporate Sponsors for our Event this year are:
OWL LEVEL - Tree Top Management, Lola's Street Kitchen, Scale Construction, Inc., Heber Valley Dental, Utah Luxury Group, Certa Pro Painters, Wasatch Orthodontics, Tolbert Management, Community Lending Group, Mountainland Auto Sales, Kristin’s Krepes, Mirror Lake Station, June Pie, Park City Landscape & Snow Removal, American Crafts, Strawberry Communications, Mountain Refined, Legend Engineering, Karl Malone Powersports, Presidio Real Estate – Chrissy Shakespeare, Ace Rescue Computer Solutions, Triple J Property Management, Silver Pine Construction, Inc., Lee’s Market, Daniels Summit Lodge, Strawberry Bay Lodge, Impact Photography, Fit Stop Health Club, Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa, Chick-Fil-A, Paradise Snoshack
GREEN LEVEL - Timber Ridge Dental, Wildflower Bookkeeping, Isa's Snack Shack, PB Maintenance, Hub Café, Gilmore & Bell, PC, Liscot Custom Homes, Wigglish, Heber Valley Martial Arts, Goochy Goo BBQ, McDonalds
WHITE LEVEL - At Home Goods, Educational Advantage, Mayfly Promotions, Summit Sotheby's Realty Tom E Wright, Judy's Donuts
Old Mill Elementary is excited to welcome back a record number of students this year. Opening enrollment was 853 students. With many new students joining our student body it has been necessary to add additional teachers to our staff. We are lucky enough to have four new fabulous first grade teachers.
Brook Lee grew up in Murray,Utah. She graduated from Utah State University. She wanted to become a teacher to help kids learn new things and this is very evident as she interacts with her students. Brook enjoys spending time with her family, playing outside, going to movies and traveling.
Emily Gielman was born in Twin Falls, ID. She is a BYU intern this year with a lot of enthusiasm and love for her job. Emilly wanted to become a teacher because of her love for learning. In her spare time, Emily loves to fly fish and watch Netflix.
Patty Hayes was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University. She decided she wanted to become a teacher as she helped in her children’s classrooms. Patty is always willing to jump in and help which is important with a new team. She enjoys riding bikes and working with her new puppy who is training to be a therapy dog.
Maria Rivera actually started at Old Mill last spring when the dual immersion Spanish teacher went on emergency leave. She was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Nova University. Maria said she has felt inspired since she was a little girl that she should teach and help others. Maria was new to Utah when she started last spring and knew very little English. She appreciates all the support she has had from the staff and the Principal as she has acquired more English language skills. Maria always has a big smile on her face, which communicates happiness even though she cannot always communicate this in words.
These four new teachers along with Jennifer Sweat and Tami Fife make up an amazing first grade team. You can feel the passion on this team as they work together. This is going to be a wonderful year for our first grade students.
OME was chosen to be an International Model PLC School by one of the leading K-12 educational professional development companies in the world, Solution Tree. We are only 1 of 175 schools in the country who have been given this honor. In order to be considered for this award, OME had to provide evidence of the following:
- Demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts.
- Implement those concepts for at least three years.
- Present clear evidence of improved student learning.
- Explain the culture, practices, and structures of the school or district, and submit it for consideration to the PLC Review Committee using our online submission process.
- Update school or district information on the site each year to show your data continues to meet the criteria of the PLC at Work process.
- Demonstrate a shared understanding and commitment to the PLC at Work process.
- Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement in our school.
- Describe the process that our school uses to create and implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
- Describe the strategies our school uses to monitor student learning on a timely basis.
- Share how we are creating and implementing systems of intervention and extension to provide students with additional time and support for learning.
- Explain how our high-performing, collaborative teams focus their efforts on improved student learning.
Our staff, students and community are dedicated to helping all children achieve at high levels and the PLC process has been a invaluable asset to our student's education. Thank you Solution Tree for considering us, we are extremely humbled and honored!
OME Reading Brag Tag Challenge
Let's get reading OME...
We spent some time chatting with adults and children alike about what hooked them into reading and almost every one of them said it was a particular series, character, genre or author that peaked their interest. Therefore, we created the OME Brag Tag Reading Challenge. Students choose a book series that they would love to read and then get a bookmark from Library. After they read each book in the series, students then complete a graphic organizer to share what they have learned and loved about the book and turn it into their teacher. Students then check out the next book in the series. When they finish all the books on the bookmark, they turn it in at the office. Mrs. Discher will come around once a week with the Reading Brag Tag cart to award the students with their grade level super cool Converse keychain and a new brag tag or two for their efforts. The goal is to have students fall in love with characters, settings, genres and authors, as well as allow their imaginations to take them on amazing adventures! (Currently we have students who are completing 2-3 series a month and we are struggling to keep up with them, which is great and we are up to the challenge) Students proudly display their keychains on their backpacks with all the brag tags that they collect. We hope students will "brag" about the books they are reading to share their excitement and encourage others to do the same. The journey of a lifetime could start with the turning of a page...Happy Reading OME!
OME Brag Tag Challenge Video
Old Mill Elementary is a great place to be. I believe that strong community/school relationships are essential to high academic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational and extracurricular activities. Therefore, our school expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character and commitment. It does take an entire village to raise a child, therefore please talk to your child’s classroom teacher about volunteering opportunities.
We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We know everyone has busy schedules, therefore we want to keep everyone in the loop to allow families to plan for and attend school events. You will find that all information sent out via email can also be found on this site. Our monthly newsletters are emailed to parents and will be uploaded to the website as well. We have also entered all dates for events and activities in the “Calendar” feature. Additionally, we have a Facebook page that we will use to send out updates and quick announcements throughout the year.
It is truly an honor to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and to a very exciting and successful school year … Go Owls!
Proud Principal of Old Mill Elementary