Oakridge School and Springville High School are preparing for our annual collaborative Christmas play. On Monday December 16th at 7 p.m. they will perform another original story called Catch a Falling Christmas Star. The story features “animals” from the Hogle Zoo, including a guitar playing platypus. The Oakridge students are excited to show off their acting chops. Come to this one night only event. Don’t miss it or Santa will miss you.
Oakridge students are gearing up for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, one of our teachers Tasha Lewis read a warm-hearted holiday story to the students. "We read the story 10 Fat Turkeys. "Everyone had fun being turkeys and gobbling away during the activity" said Tasha.
Oakridge celebrated Halloween in grand style. The parents, staff and students donned costumes for a fun filled afternoon of trick or treating. A spooktacular party was held afterwards in the multi-purpose room where spooky treats and scary music were enjoyed by all the ghouls, goblins and witches.
Big Pumpkin Skit
We had so much fun acting out the Big Pumpkin for literacy. Tasha’s class helped make and designed the costumes for the skit. All three classes enjoyed taking turns being the witch, mummy, vampire, bat and ghost. As a team we were able to pull the big pumpkin.
We are so excited to start the new year! Our enrollment is up and we have several new faces at Oakridge.
Tasha Lewis is the newest teacher at Oakridge. Tasha has been with Nebo School District for eight years. She previously worked as a Sp. Ed teacher at Salem Elementary. Tasha is married and has two children. She enjoys camping, 4-wheeling and reading.
Suzee Anderson is one of three new technicians hired at Oakridge this year. Suzee has been with Nebo SD for three years and transferred to Oakridge from Sierra Bonita. She is married and has 6 children. Her oldest daughter is attending college in Nebraska. Her five other children are enrolled at schools with in our district. When not working she is busy running her children to soccer and baseball games. In her spare time she enjoys sewing.
Another new face at Oakridge is Haley Raey. Haley has been with Nebo SD for three years and transferred to Oakridge from Sage Creek Elementary where she was a tutor. Haley has two young children who she's busy chasing when not working.
Paige Russell is the newest face at Oakridge. Paige is new to the district and loves working with kids. She is married and has no children. She enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time outdoors.
We want to extend a GREAT BIG welcome to all faculty, staff and amazing students.
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!