Old Mill Elementary has a variety of activities going on this week. Moms and Muffins was on Tuesday morning. The book fair is here all week. It is buy one get one free so it is a wonderful time to stock up on some books for summer reading. The book fair will be open all week during school and before and after school and until 8:00PM on Thursday.
White Ribbon Week is being held this week as well and focuses on teaching digital citizenship and supports healthy choices in media and technology. It encourages kids to take an active role in what they view or do online. Thursday, April 18th at 6:30 will be an informational meeting for parents. There will be supervised activities for students during this time so parents can focus on the meeting.
All of these events are sponsored by the PTA. We appreciate the time and efforts of so many parents to improve all aspects of student learning.
Kindergarten registration is going on this week at the Wasatch County Health Department., 55 South 500 East in Heber. Old Mill students should register on April 18th, from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Before coming please register online at sisweb.wasatch.edu/Students/Register/Start
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.
Our 2nd Grade Patriotic Program was amazing. Thank you to all of the students and teachers who worked so hard to make it a success. I am Proud to be an American!
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.
“Expect to Excel”!! We have been practicing this motto at Old Mill. The time has changed, Spring is on its way and our school is hopping with class programs, field trips, and the end of term three. This past week we celebrated first grade with a program presented to the parents and some of our student body. The students shined as top notch performers in their speaking parts and singing. The program took the audience through Mother Goose Land, teaching us that when “Life gives you lemons…we all make lemonade!”.
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
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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