For the past several weeks Wesley Brailsford, a student at Oakridge School has been enthusiastically anticipating the Spanish Fork Stock Show. On Friday, May 3rd Wesley donned an FFA jacket and showed his lamb in the Senior Showmanship Class with the help of his peer tutor Ashley Endicott, a student at Springville High School.
Wesley is one on 26 students currently enrolled at Oakridge School with severe developmental disabilities. He is eighteen years old and unable to speak, therefore he uses sign language and pictures to communicate. With help from his peer tutor Ashley, he spent weeks preparing his lamb for the stock show. Three weeks prior to the show his lamb died. With a heavy heart Ashley broke the news to a very disappointed Wesley. Only a week before the Stock Show, Monica Giffing, the Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor at Springville High School was able to get another lamb for him to show. So with a happy heart once again, Wesley was out in the pens, helping Ashley wash and prepare his lamb for the stock show.
Once at the stock show Wesley eagerly waited for his class to begin. With assistance from Ashley, he managed to hold his lamb as the judging began. Nic Rowley, Wesley’s teacher says that he wowed the crowd with his genuine and sincere desire to participate in what his peers were doing. Mr. Rowley said, “There was not a dry eye in the barn” in describing the event.
Wesley is a cowboy at heart. He loves wearing his cowboy boots and spurs along with his cowboy hat. As a student of Oakridge, he is in charge of laundry duties and is a big helper in the classroom.
Oakridge School is proud of Wesley and his accomplishments.
Oakridge would like to thank Springville High School Ag teacher and FFA advisor Monica Giffing and the FFA students from Springville High School for helping Wesley make his dream come true. Along with her teaching responsibilities at the high school, Mrs. Giffing has helped integrate her Ag students with the students at Oakridge. She has involved the students of Oakridge in activities that they would not otherwise have the chance to do.
On Saturday, April 27th the Oakridge School Community Council held the most profitable Fundraiser to date! The auction netted over $6500.00 with a generous benefactor matching the proceeds from the auction.
Patrons had a chance to eat lunch and view the items prior to the auction. With an estimated 75 people in attendance the auction got started. You could feel the electricty in The Springville High School cafeteria as Auctioneer Ty Tingey got the bidding started. The air was filled with excitement as family and friends bid against one another in eager anticipation of their coveted item.
Items auctioned included a flat screen TV, Little Giant Ladder, MityLite chairs, original artwork by local artists, jewelry, gift cards, as well as a host of many other great items.
We would like to thank the businesses and individuals who donated items to this worthy cause. Also to the parents and friends and family who came to support our school. The generosity of those who came to support our school is truly overwhelming. 100% of the money raised will be used towards items of greatest need for our students and to assist with their Idividual Education Plans.
Last but not least, a great big thank you to Heather Ash, SCC member for her dedication in making this a profitable and enjoyable event. Heather was relentless in securing items for the auction. She went above and beyond with her time and commitment to this event. We Wish to thank everyone who helped with their time, their money or any other service they may have provided for the great event. A fun time was had by all!
Fundraiser Auction for Oakridge School
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Springville High School Cafeteria
1205 E 900 S
Springville, UT 84663
Preview of Auction items and a $5 lunch (for the first 300 people) starts at 11:00 a.m.
Auction starts at noon
Oakridge School is a self-contained special needs school located on the Springville High School campus. Oakridge has the capacity to service 36 students of varying disabilities from ages 5-22. 100% of the funds raised during the auction will go towards buying devices that will assist the teachers and technicians with helping our students reach their goals as outlined in their IEP's.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Heather Ash at 801-358-0545
For a growing list of auction items visit the event tab on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/familyandfriendsofoakridgeschoolstudents
The parents of Oakridge School will be holding a Fundraiser Auction, Saturday, April 27th in the Springville High School Cafeteria. the live auction begins at 11:00 AM. Lunch will provided at a cost of $5 per plate. Everyone is invited ! Go to Fundraiser Auction for Oakridge School on Facebook for more details.
This play was written by Jason Shelley, Nebo School District Speech Language Pathologist and SLP for Oakridge School. The play is directed by Kami Sumsion a student at Springville High School. The play is about a Zoo that is closing and how the animals fight to keep the zoo open. The students at Oakridge School who are developmentally disabled will perform their parts with the assistance of the Springville Student body council. This is Oakridge School's sixth annual Christmas play. Admission is free.
Oakridge School is featuring David Glen Hatch, international concert and recording artist, in their Annual Christmas Fundraising Concert on December 14, 2012 in the Springville High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
David Glen Hatch is an acclaimed pianist who has performed as a soloist and as a guest artist with symphony orchestras on five continents. In his book “Praiseworthy Music and Spiritual Moments”, released in May of this year, Hatch shares his experiences from his life of performing,teaching, and arranging music. He is excited for the opportunity to share his music with the students of Oakridge School. He said, “I had the chance to meet them... it was an incredible experience. I am excited to share my music with these special kids and the community.”
Bring friends and family alike to fill the Springville High School auditorium and benefit these wonderful students. Hatch will be selling his new book and his CDs during intermission and following the concert.
Tickets will be $15 for individuals, $12 for students with ID card and seniors, and $30 for families. Tickets will be sold at: www.myschoolfees.com/state (UT)/District (Nebo)/School(Springville High Schoo)/David Glen Hatch. Tickets can also be purchased at the Springville High School finance office or at the Oakridge School front office.
About David Glen Hatch
David Glen Hatch is an international concert pianist and recording artist who has performed nationally and internationally solo and with many symphonies including in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Vienna, and New York City, just to name a few. Dr. Hatch completed his BMU from Brigham Young University. He has received numerous state, regional, national, and international awards. Hatch and his wife live in Orem, Utah, and are the parents of five children. Read more about David on his website davidglenhatch.com.
On Wednesday, October 31st Oakridge staff and students along with their parents celebrated with a School Carnival in the multi-purpose room. The room was decorated by Brie Roberts, classoom mom in Laura Peery's class. The students enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games and treats. A beautiful but scary backdrop was painted by Noe Estrella so that students could have their pictures taken. A fun time was had by all.
With the school year well under way, there are many fun and exciting things going on at Oakridge. This past Friday, the staff and students celebrated with a first annual Olympic Games activity. The students participated in a Toss the Bean Bag (thru the Olypmic Rings), Cheeto Toss, and Diving (for a ball in a bowl of water) as well as a few other events. A fun time was had by all.
Oakridge Community Council
Be involved and have a positive influence at Oakridge by serving on the School Community Council. Parent candidates cannot be Oakridge employees and must have a student attending Oakridge during the term for which they are elected. If you are interested in serving on the council, you may self nominate by completing the nomination form below and returning it to the school by September 17, 2012. Nominations received after that date will not be considered. If you are nominating another individual, please contact them to ensure their interest and willingness to be involved.
We will hold elections for two parent representatives to the council September 18-20. Any parent of an Oakridge student may vote by coming to the school during school hours that week.
The School Community Council will provide input in the following areas:
1) Develop the school’s improvement plan:
a) Identify the school’s most critical needs.
b) Compile a list of programs, practices, materials, and equipment that the school will need to implement its improvement plan.
c) Submit the school improvement plan (including the Trust Lands Proposal) to the school board for approval.
d) Provide an annual performance report at the end of the year to the school Board about it improvement plan and performance.
2) Serve as the school’s curriculum review committee.
3) Serve as the school building needs committee.
4) Review and give approval for character education proposals.
5) Give input to the administration with regard to the school-level policies and procedures.
6) Become knowledgeable about school issues in order to build a bridge to the community.
7) Review and approve school attendance policy rewards, consequences and eligibility requirements.
8) Review school improvement plans for accreditation.
9) Serve as the Comprehensive Guidance Advisory Council.
This list of responsibilities is not intended to be all inclusive. This council may assist the principal in other areas at his discretion. The council typically meets at 12:00 on the first Monday of each month. If you have questions please contact either Principal Lynn Mecham or Liz Reynolds.
Nominations for Parent Representative to Oakridge Community Council
Date: ___________________ Nominee’s Phone #___________________________
I would like to nominate__________________________________ (Self, Other) to be included on the ballot for the Oakridge Community Council for the 2012-2013 school year. I understand that this is a two-year seat that I may be re-elected for up to three consecutive terms.
These forms must be received by September 17, 2012. Parent elections will be held at Oakridge September 18 - 20. Any parent of an Oakridge student may vote by coming to the school during school hours on those days.
Oakridge Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, May 11th, 12:30 PM
Oakridge Prom (Mardi Gras Theme)
Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00 PM
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend these activities.