School News

Oakridge Olympics

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.

School Community Council Elections

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 School Graduation and Prom


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.

Oakridge Fundraiser Huge Success

Teresa Gordon

If you missed Oakridge School's first annual school fundraiser featuring the Piano Guys, you missed an exhilarating and fun filled show. The crowd went wild at the first note from these two musical dynamos! The Piano Guys are a first class act who have become an overnight music sensation due to their populatity on You Tube. Their music ranges from classical numbers to their own original music that kept the audiance begging for more. "What do you get when you combine classical training, hip rhythms, keen song writing skills, slapstick comedy, and a little rock and roll? Jon Schmidt". Steven Sharp Nelson “Cellist” is an understatement when it comes to this guy. Steven takes the cello and song writing /arranging to new heights".

Oakridge School is overjoyed with the response from the community. The money raised will go towards purchasing new equipment for the students. Every cent will be spent towards meeting the needs of the students.  We would like to thank Heather Ash and the School community Council for all their time and effort for making this a very successful event.

The Piano Guys To Play Benefit Concert at Oakridge School

Teresa Gordon

On Thursday, April 19, 2012  at 7:00 PM the Piano Guys will perfom a benefit concert at the Springville High School Auditorium.  The Piano Guys is an American music duo consisting of Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson. They became famous through YouTube, where they posted videos of renditions and mashes of popular songs accompanied by professional looking video clips. In December 2011 they released their first album. (

About the Piano Guys - "Our vision is to create music and videos that inspire & uplift. We want to take that music to the world and make a difference. We like to put a new spin on classic stuff and a classic spin on new stuff. Whatever we do, we put our heart and souls into every note and frame". (

Ticket Prices:$15 General Admission, $12 Students with ID Card, $12 Senior Citizens and children 10 and under, $12 for groups of 4 or more

To buy tickets go to : www. Register: State: Utah, District: Nebo, Springville High School, Public Payments. Tickets may also me purchased at The Springville High School Finance Office or at Oakridge School.

We invite the public to come out and enjoy a fun night with your family and friend. The money raised will go towards meeting the needs and goals of the staff and students of Oakridge School.

Oakridge school is a for Developmentally Disabled students in the Nebo School District.


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

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

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

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

Teresa Gordon

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