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Students Take Fieldtrip to American Beauty

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On Friday, September 23, 2011 the students of Oakridge School took a field trip to American Beauty Academy in Payson. The students were treated to a wash, cut and style by the students at American Beauty Academy.

Jillian Dahle, a Unique Technician at Oakridge School and former student of had 18 inches of her hair cut. Jillian will be donating her hair to Locks of Love.  Jade Rogers a student at American Beauty Academy was the stylist who cut Jillian's hair. Jade is a 2011 Payson High School graduate. Jade who suffers from Lupus is not only a recipient of Locks of Love but has also donated to her own hair to the organization.

New Faces at Oakridge School

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon

A new school year has brought new faces and changes to Oakridge School. Dr. Richard Kay, the Principal for five years at Oakridge retired to pursue a life of leisure. Lynn Mecham, newly appointed Assistant Principal of Springville High School now oversees the duties of Principal of Oakridge as well. Mr. Mecham has jumped in with both feet and is sharing his enthusiasm and excitement with the staff and studemts.

Along with Mr. Mecham, John Ballard, Program Specialist  with Nebo School District has been assigned to serve as Oakridge's LEA.  Mr. Ballard will share duties with Mr. Mecham in making sure that Oakridge students are getting the best possible education.

Elizabeth Reynolds has joined the faculty at Oakridge. She replaces Peggy Freek who transferred to the new Sierra Bonita Elementary School. Liz, former department chair of Special Ed at Salem Hills High School is excited to be working with the students at Oakridge. Liz specializes in helping students with developmental disabilities learn to transition into the community once they have aged out of the public school system. She teaches with a loving heart and a guitar!

Cindy Gerow has replaced Bonnie Hardy as the School Nurse.  Cindy is very familiar with the students at Oakridge. Before becoming the full time nurse at Oakridge she sat quietly behind the scenes writing health care plans and helped Bonnie with nursing duties as needed. Cindy can be found at any given time, administering meds, taking temps,  assisting with feedings and teaching staff how to care for their students. Cindy is a great asset and we appreciate her hard work.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon

The week of May 2 - 5 Oakridge School celebrated Teacher and Staff Appreciation. Each day the staff was suprised with a goody bag filled with treats and other prizes. The staff deorated the door to each classroom as a suprise to their teacher.  The week culminated with a luncheon catered by Hickory Kist and a drawing for a beautiful plate and stand won by JoLynn Nielsen. 

Tea Party at Oakridge School

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon
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On Thursday, May 5 the students and staff of Misti Hamaker's class celebrated Jillian Dahle's birthday with a Tea Party. Everyone came in their "best attire" to have tea (apple juice) and crumpets (cake) with the guest oh honor. I full silver tea service adorned the beautifully set table where a lunch of chicken salad crossiants and was served.

Easter At Oakridge School

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon
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A fun time was had by the students of Oakridge as the hunted Easter eggs in their classooms and hallway.

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Easter's on its way

Bringin' ev'ry girl and boy
A basketful of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter
Bright and gay

He's got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There's an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too. 

Here' comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Happy Easter Day

(Yankee Harvest.com)



Community of Caring Innovations in Social Emotional Learning and Character Education Award

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Oakridge School was one of eight schools in Utah recognized with a 2011 Community of Caring Innovations in Social Emotional Learning and Character Education Award. The Awards Ceremony was held at the University of Utah Alumni House in Salt Lake City. Those attending the award ceremony from Nebo School District were Dr. Richard Kay, principal of Oakridge School, Mike Murray, Supervisor of Special Education and Noel Carlton, parent of student at Oakridge School.

The Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Center for Community of Caring recognized the schools for their innovations in character education practices. An “Innovation in Character Education” is an innovative strategy, activity or project that a school has modeled or created to further character education in the lives of students. This is not a nomination or special recognition for an individual, but rather the “Best Practice”.  Schools were chosen on the basis of a written nomination explaining how that school uses character education initiatives.

Left to Right: Penny Keith, Professional Development Director, Utah State School of Character Coordinator, Noel Carlson, Mike Murray, Nebo School District Special Education & Federal Programs Supervisor, Dr. Richard Kay, Principal, Oakridge School and Dr. David Parker, Associate Director

 

Salem Hills HS Student Intern Donates Quilts to Oakridge School

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon
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Kacie Koyle a senior at Salem Hills High School is doing a student internship at Oakridge School. Kacie, a member of FCCLA donated several quilts to Oakridge School as part of an FCCLA service project. Kacie's plans after graduation are to go to the East Coast to be nanny.  She has not decided where she will go to school but plans to go into the Special Education field. Kacie is the daughter of Scott and Gayle Koyle of Salem.

Oakridge School Receives 2011 Utah Community of Caring Innovative Practice Award

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon

Oakridge School was recently awarded a 2011 Utah Community of Caring Innovative Practice Award. The award is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring at the University of Utah College of Education.

 

The award is given on the basis of nominee application. Nominee’s must submit an application describing the Innovation in Character Education practiced in their school.

 

Oakridge School’s application describing how “ It takes a whole village to raise a child” was chosen to receive an award.  “The administrative philosophy of Oakridge School finds wisdom in this statement and seeks to involve people from the community in helping prepare our students for their adult lives”, wrote Dr. Richard Kay. School and district representatives have been invited to the Awards dinner and ceremony at the University of Utah on April 6, 2011.

Oakridge School Honors Bus Drivers

Attributions: 
Teresa Gordon
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On February 14th Oakridge School celebrated the annual “Love The Bus” program. The “Love Your Bus” program, was founded in 2007 and is coordinated by the American School Bus Council. It is celebrated on Valentine’s Day and throughout February in school districts across the country.  This is a way for the ASBC to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport more than 25 million school children to and from school each day. It is also an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation. (Love the Bus.com)

 Oakridge had the privilege of honoring the bus drivers and technicians who transport and care for the students of Oakridge. The bus drivers and bus techs go above and beyond the norm to assist with the day to day transportation of the developmentally disabled students at Oakridge School. Dr. Richard Kay praised these fine ladies for their hard work and for the love they give to the students.

 Pictured are: L to R  Cory Herbert, Cindy Duncan, Dr. Richard Kay, Principal, Margaret Gonzalez , Terri Hales and Marie Steadman

Look Mom I am Walking

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Peggy Freek
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Alyssa Kirkland is learning to wall using a walker independantly. Alyssa is a student in Peggy Freek's medically fragile class.

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