School News

Benefit Concert featuring One Voice Children's Choir


Oakridge Fundraiser concert.Featuring: One Voice Children's Choir (as seen on America's Got Talent)Sue Krupa, John Canaan, Michael Hicks, Bryce Neubert, Cary Stockwell, Kathleen Ellinger and SynergyDate: Friday, November 7, 2014Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM  - Concert starts at 7:00 PMPlace: Springville High School Auditorium - 1205 East 900 South, Springville, UTCost: $10.00 for adults, Children under 12,  $7. 00Special VIP Package - $100.00 Donation (includes 2 Adult tickets and VIP Seating) "Donations are greatly accepted and appreciated"  Your donation is tax deductable. Please us tax ID number 11990712-002 STC. Sponsored in part by: Hutch's Home Furnishings and MyntBuy tickets here:


Fiddler In The Classroom

Gabe and Tasha got into the music!

Kjersti Jones is a technician in Tasha's class and she is VERY talented.  She brought her violin and played for the students.  Needless to say both staff and students LOVED it!

Braille Notebook

Christoper using the machine to write a story.

Christopher is a student in Tasha Lewis’ class.  He writes by using a tool called, a braille notebook. This is like a computer without the monitor.  He is able to write not just words of sentences, but full papers and stories.  It also allows him to save his work so that if needs be he can come back to it.  

New Technicians

Kayley (Kathleen's Classroom)
Mindy (Julie's Classroom)
Kjersti (Tasha's Classroom)

There are even more new faces here at Oakridge.  An additional technician was hired on for each individual classroom.  We are excited to have them join our Oakridge team and continue in making this year great!!

Friday's Fun-filled Field Trips

Wesley and Christopher (both Tasha's class) had a blast with their BYU student friends swimming in the pool!
Wesley and Christopher (both Tasha's class) are great swimmers.
Christopher (Tasha's class) swimming in pool with BYU student volunteer.
Wesley (Tasha's class) just did a cannon ball into the water.
James (Julie's class) playing with technician Josh (Julie's class) in the gym.
Lexi (Kathleen's class) loved being social and playing in the gym!
Paula (Julie's class) loved being with the BYU students and playing with them!
Chase (Tasha's class) playing with some of the many toys that the BYU volunteers brought with them!

Field trips are always fun!  Recently Oakridge went on a field trip to BYU where some of the students were able to swim with BYU students while others had open gym time and one on one time with a BYU student.  These BYU students participate in a program called “Gym Kids”.  This is a great opportunity for the students to be social, play, and just be themselves. 

Lets Go Fly A ... Parachute?

Students, Teachers, and Techs really enjoyed playing and getting exercise with the parachute!
Aiden (Tasha's class) enjoyed his turn sitting on the parachute and feeling it flow and wave around him!

Gym time is loved by all students.  It gives the students, technicians, and teachers time out of the classroom.  It also helps everyone get their wiggles out!  Recently Oakridge was able to use one of the gyms at Springville High School, where there was plenty of room to play volleyball and play with the parachute.


"Spiders, Spiders Everywhere"

Art Lesson Taught by Terri Hales
Terri Hales helping students make their very fashionable spider hats!
Aiden loved sporting his spider hat around the school! (Tasha's Class)
Cody and Wyatt both loved having crawly spiders as hats! (Kathleen's Class)
Terri made a hat for Ashley that fit just right! (Kathleen's Class)
Group of technicians and students doing the art project.
Josh (Technician in Julie's Class) loved the hats so much, he needed one all his own!
Spiders, spiders everywhere, one even landed in our secretary's hair!! (Teresa Gordon)
Haley and Heather (Technicians both in Julie's Class) both helping make spider hats for the students.

This week our students read books about bugs, more specifically spiders, during one of our planning times.  Each student made a hat of a spider and had a fun time showing them off.  Creepy, crawly legs and all! 

Our Special Specialists

Chris - Occupational Therapist
Jason - Speech Therapist
Jeannie - Vision Specialist
Rachel - Orientation/Mobility Specialist
Mark - Physical Therapist
Stacy - One Of Our School Nurses
Stephanie - Vision Specialist Tech

There are many specialists that work closely with our teachers and staff to help our students develop and improve certain skills and capabilities.  We are so grateful for all their work!!

Planning Time

Daily scheduled group lessons allow the teacher to have “planning time”.  One teacher will prepare a lesson or activity, and teach it to all the students from all the classes.  This allows the students to interact with each other outside of their typical day to day routine. It is also a time that the students can get out of the classroom and enjoy some sunshine at the park! Planning time gives the other teachers time to focus on preparing and organizing lessons for the upcoming days and weeks that best fit the needs of the students.

Audio Enhancement and Projector System

Jillian Dahle using the microphone during "circle time".
Students listening/participating in group activity while the new audio enhancement system was used.

Each of the three classrooms as well as the gym recieved new audio systems this year. It allows the teachers to wear a microphone around their necks when teaching allowing their voices to be projected to speakers that are throughout the room.  This allows teachers to be easily heard thoughout the class, no matter where the student is sitting or is in the classroom.  The louder volume and speaker system captures the attention of the students in a more effective way and the students are able to get more out of the lesson/activity.  There is also the option of projecting books and videos onto the screen allowing the students to have the opportunity to participate.  Just a week into the school year and both the students and teachers are seeing the benefits!