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!
As a going away present, on Wednesday of last week, the Student Council arranged for a special speaker to come and speak. John Bytheway, an amazing motivational speaker, came and spoke to the 4th and 5th grade students and reminded them that they are in charge of what gets placed in their "backpacks".He shared an experience of when he was a scout and went on a backpacking trip. One of his fellow scouts had a really, really, hard time making it up the mountain and it took them an extra long time to get to their destination as they continually stopped and waited for him. When they got to the top of the mountain, this scout unloaded his pack and took out many items that were extremely heavy, and not necessary.John Bytheway likened this to each one of us keeping unnecessary items, such as discouragement, self doubt, and harmful behaviors out of our backpacks to make our journey easier. He really helped us to think about the positive impact that each one of us can have on each other and in the world. A huge thank you to our 5th grade Student Council students for earning the money through their jerky sales fund raiser to bring John Bytheway to our school.This was a great way to finish out the a fantastic year at Old Mill Elementary. We look forward to seeing all our Old Mill Owls in the fall.
OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program for schools in the US and Canada designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This year’s 10-week program, running June 6 – August 15, is our longest ever. We’re also offering more titles than ever before. Thirty free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobook and Read-Along options) will be available to students in participating schools. These titles will be prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next book and chill out and read.
If your students read them all, they can always check out more books from their public library without ever leaving Sora.
Fourth grade students at OME had a very busy week last week. They visited Camp Floyd on Wednesday and were able to experience pioneer life first hand by participating in many pioneer era activities.. On Thursday they presented their Utah History program. Students had learned songs about Utah's Native American tribes that lived in Utah previous to the pioneers coming to Utah. They informed us about the coming together of the rails at Promontory Point Utah in 1869 which brought the United States of America together as one country. Students also showed off their dancing skills as each class participated in a square dance. Thank you to the fourth grade students and teachers who worked so diligently to prepare such a fantastic performance.We would like to thank our wonderful PTA volunteers for making field day a huge success even though we had to do all the activities inside because of the rain.
This week at Old Mill students have been learning techniques for using chalk pastels to help get ready for the Chalk Drawing Festival. Old Mill will be having a chalk drawing festival on Tuesday, May 28 from 9am to 3pm. Each teacher has signed up for a time to come outside and draw with their class. Parents are welcome to come join in the fun with their students. Thanks to our Beverly Taylor Sorenson (BTS) art teacher, Liz Brown for organizing this! We look forward to having a fun time creating beautiful sidewalks the day after Memorial Day!
Other news in Art:
A huge thank you to the Heber Valley Arts Council for their donation to Old Mill. Our second and fifth grade students were able to create with clay they purchased. The second graders made flower bowls to celebrate Spring. The fifth graders made pinch pot animals.
Third graders reviewed what they had learned about the phases of the moon in an art project with our BTS Art teacher, Liz Brown. They learned about an artist, developed some drawing skills in perspective, explored liquid water colors to paint their landscapes. They used bubble art to create “moon paper” to add the phases of the moon to their landscape. Third graders studied the art of Eric Carle and created collages of animals or creatures inspired by his art.
First graders did an abstract art work after learning about Piet Mondrian. They used tens and one in their art. All students had a secret number hidden in their art work from their tens and ones. Student had a lot of fun counting each other’s secret numbers!
Fourth graders were studying habitats and got to draw animals using pictures or their imagination. They created environments for their animals as well. They did an amazing job and were so proud of themselves!
Fifth graders have been working on a printmaking project. After making a printing plate they used brayers and printing ink to make multiple prints of the image they created. Kids had fun learning about the process. To finish they created altered prints and wrote about their images! Such happy faces printing!
First grade students had the opportunity to visit the Bean Museum at BYU last Monday. They participated in a class where they learned about how scientist classify animals. Not only were they able to group animals, but also see some live animals. They were able to see a tarantula close up and personal. The museum worker let the tarantula crawl all over her hands while students looked at him. They learned that tarantulas can live up to 15-30 years! Wow! Students were also able to see and touch a turtle. He was not shy and held his head proudly while all the student pet him. Students, parent volunteers, and teachers had a very good time!
Teachers at OME were spoiled by our amazing PTA this last week. Not only with Disney themed lunches, snacks and treats but raffle prizes too. All of our teachers felt the love
Old Mill owls have been working hard this year to learn and master new concepts. To celebrate this learning the week of April 22-26 was Growth Mindset Week. Each day of the week was themed around always thinking positive and doing your best. It was fun to wear our pajamas to school and also our favorite team jersey as we were reminded that it is important to be part of the team and not sweat the tests we had coming up. Students are currently taking end of year assessments where they have a chance to show what they have learned. It is a very exciting time to celebrate all the hard work and growth that has taken place this year.
Not only do Old Mill students work hard to improve their academic knowledge they also have opportunities to practice social interactions. The second graders have been practicing their cooperative skills in physical education. They had the challenge of keeping a beach ball up in the air and getting it back and forth over the net for the most consecutive number of times. Mrs. Fife's class were the champions with 27 volleys back and forth over the net before we let it hit the ground. Way to work together class!
Growth Mind Set week was celebrated by students dressing up in variety of ways. Fifth grade students show off their nerdy looks.
Second grade students all dressed in their sweats to remind them their is no reason to sweat end of year assessments.
The third graders at Old Mill recently completed a unit where they worked very hard at becoming the “class expert” on a famous person. This was an intensive unit with many components. Each student read a book about a famous person from the Who Am I Series, took notes on the book, wrote a research paper, created a one-minute poster/book talk, and created a bio-riddle about their famous person.
The best part of this unit is it gets students involved in thinking about men and women who have made a significant contribution to our world. They make connections between what types of character traits these heroes possess and what similar traits students share.
One of our many goals from this unit was for students to think about the potential within each of them to pursue their own dreams and what contribution to the world could they make to the world.
Beautiful, breathtaking, and majestic are just a few words used to describe Utah Biomes or Ecosystems. The 4th grade students at Old Mill Elementary have been learning about Utah Ecosystems, or plants and animals that occupy a distinct region. Deserts, wetlands, and forests are the most common Biomes found in Utah. As part of this science core subject area, students had the opportunity to have an indoor field trip brought to them.
An instructor, from the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, came to our 4th grade and presented an engaging, hands-on learning experience. Students were able to learn firsthand about animal adaptations and how these animals use their physical traits and behaviors to fit into their habitat or environment. Students were able to see and touch various kinds of amphibians and reptiles. Thanks to the Bean Museum for a wonderful learning opportunity.
Registration for summer school is available at www.wasatch.edu or at the school office. Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to noon at Heber Valley Elementary. A courtesy bus stops at each elementary school for pickup and drop off.
Art education offers opportunities for students to grow in many different ways and Old Mill is very fortunate to have an excellent art and music program. Students have the opportunity each week to attend these classes.
This past week the music classes, taught by Shelli Gladwin, enjoyed over 300 talent performances. Talents ranged from dance routines to cello, piano, violin and vocal performances just to name a few. To give the young 1st grade classes an opportunity to start performing, they experimented with many different instruments while playing in front of their classmates and parents. Mrs Gladwin is seeing growth in all the grades as they are developing as musicians and performers.
Third graders have been creating Geodes in art class for the past month. They have learned about color, space and form to create beautiful gems. Students used watercolor to blend each layer of their geodes and then finished up with markers and glitter to create their masterpieces. Mrs. Mickelson, the art teacher, was beyond proud of how creative these kids were.
Old Mill Elementary thanks Mrs. Gladwin and Mrs. Mickelson for providing such quality art experiences for our students.
Kindergarten students at Old Mill Elementary are currently learning about the weather and the seasons. How fortunate that our students have opportunities to learn directly from their own community. Chris Covington, an avalanche forecaster and an Old Mill Elementary parent, visited some kindergarten classrooms last week and taught students about the causes of avalanches in our mountains and the importance of avalanche forecasting in protecting and informing the public. He shared and demonstrated some of the avalanche safety equipment, essential for doing his job in the snow and essential for mountain snow safety.
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