School News

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


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

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

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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

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

Teresa Gordon


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

 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

Oakridge School Celebrates NEA's Read Across America

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What is NEA's Read Across America?

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

On Wednesday, March 2, Oakridge School celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a pajama party. The staff and students donned pj 's and slippers along with hats while they enjoyed an afternoon watching the Cat in the Hat and having a story read to them. A fun day was had by all.

Look Mom I am Walking

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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.

Oakridge Field Trip to Legacy Swim Park

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On Thursday, September 16, students from Oakridge School traveled to Lehi for a visit to the Legacy Swim Park. The students along with their teachers and the schools Special Ed technicians who assist the students in the pool, enjoyed a morning of swimming.

High School Iterns at Oakridge School

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Every school year students from various high schools in Nebo District sign up for work-based training internships at Oakridge School. The students are assigned a specific classroom in which to work with the developmentally disabled students at Oakridge.  This semenster Lauren Wake and Brooke Kramer will be working with the students at Oakridge twice a week.

Lauren is a senior at Springville High School. She is a drum major with the Springville High Marching Band, a member of the Drama Guild and a member of the Springville Youth City Council. Lauren's plans after graduation are to attend college and double major in both Special Education and Music Education. Lauren says, " I love being able to work at Oakridge".  Laurens is the daughter Paul and Nicki Wake of Springville.

Brooke a senior at Spanish Fork High School is Vice-President of Spirit on the Student Body Council. She plays Soccor and Softball for the Dons. Brooke is undecided on her major but is leaning towards a degree in Special Education or Communications. Brooke is the daughter of Greg and Stephanie Kramer of Spanish Fork.