School News

Larsen Elementary Says Goodbye To Mr. Johnson.

Attributions: 
N.Hansen

After working at Spanish Forks Larsen Elementary for six years, our Principal Mr. Johnson is saying goodbye and has been appointed the new principal of Hobble Creek Elementary in Mapleton. Mr. Johnson has been a great asset to Larsen Elementary. He is always smiling and is loved by the students and parents, not only because of his patience, great energy and funny personality, but he knows all 500 students by name. This week at Larsen's goodbye assembly each class put together a special goodbye message for Mr. Johnson. Some classes made up poems, sang songs or read letters that they had personally wrote and put together."Mr. Johnson has been a great Principal, mentor and friend and we are sad to see him leave, he will be greatly missed by his students, faculty and staff."Mr. Johnson has worked for Nebo School District for 18 years. He has taught third grade for four years, fifth grade for eight years, and has been the principal of Larsen Elementary in Spanish Fork for the last six years. In his spare time, Mr. Johnson enjoys running, traveling (especially to Disneyland), listening to music, and spending time with his family. He is married to Diana, and they have two children. We wish Mr. Johnson well and good luck as he takes on this great adventure as the new Principal of Hobble Creek Elementary.

Kim Head Receives Larsen Elementary Classified Employee Of The Year Award

Attributions: 
N.Hansen
Craig Harvey presents Kim head with award

Wednesday April 25, 2012, Craig Harvey from Horace Mann Insurance presented Kim Head, Larsen Elementary's Classified Employee of the year Award for the 2011-2012 school year.  Faculty and staff were asked to vote for the classified employee that they felt had the greatest influence this last year and who they would like to honor.Kim is the new secretary for Larsen Elementary and does an AMAZING job in the office. Her sweet, bubbly personality and warm smile and influence is felt throughout the school. Kim has worked for Nebo School District for over 10 years. Kim is married to Scott Head and they have 2 daughters.  CONGRATULATIONS KIM!! We love you!!

2nd Graders get a visit from the National Guard and learn a thing or two about firefighting.

Attributions: 
K.Diede

The second grade classes have been learning about firefighters and how they help our community.  Amy Mathew spoke up and told me her father was in the National Guard and was a firefighter.  She proceeded to take the story home to her father Sargent Mathews.  He called me and was willing to visit with the children about what he does. 
Sargent Mathews and Sergent Yei presented pictures of what life would be like in Afghanistan.  They talked about their job as firefighters and how hard they work.  They brought they heavy uniforms with them and allowed the children to feel the weight. 
It was a delight to have them come talk with us.  We are so grateful for men and women that fight for our freedom.  Thanks to all!

Michele Waite, 6th Grade Teacher Of The Year, for Larsen Elementary!

Attributions: 
Michele Waite
Michele is honored at a special evening sponsored by the District

Michele Waite is making a difference in the lives of students and enjoys the way they make a difference in her life. She loves the beginning of the school year as her class builds a community of learners.  Michele enjoys the challenge that comes with each new day and ends with a personal reflection of, “What can I do better tomorrow?”  She thrives on the “new” that is somehow always present in elementary teaching with the variety of subjects throughout the school day.  She teaches every day with the thought of what is best for future generations.  Congratulations Michele, from all of us staff, students and parents here at Larsen Elementary.  We love you!

3rd Grade Discovers Clarke Planetarium

Attributions: 
N.Hansen
Walking on the moon.
Waiting patiently for the buses to arrive at the school.
Discovering what clouds really feel like.
Trying to catch a glimpse of the moon.
Keeping entertained on the long trip back to the school.

Friday April 20th, Larsen Elementary 3rd grade students blasted off to the Clarke Planetarium in Salt Lake City.   While we were at the planetarium we got to watch a very cool movie that taught us alot about the different planets and what each planet is made up of.  After exploring the Planetarium, discovering what clouds really feel like with the cloud machine and playing with the static electricity ball, we loaded the buses and shuttled down to Pleasant Grove where we landed and ate our sack lunches and played at the Discovery Park. We orbited back through Utah County and landed safely once again at Larsen Elementary.  Way to go Leopards!

6th Grade Students Get Up Close With Microorganisms.

Attributions: 
M.Waite

6th Grade students went on their spring fieldtrip to the Provo Reclamation center April 19, 2012.  They have studied microorganisms throughout the year. Students were able to see how the laboratory staff uses their knowledge of microbes to perform water quality tests. The 43-acre East Bay facility is designed to treat an average inflow of 15 million gallons of wastewater each day.  The lab performs about 550 individual tests per week in order to treat the wastewater and reduce impurities.

Sixth graders also enjoyed eating lunch at the 31-acre Bicentennial Park. They were able visit the duck pond and natural wetlands or play on the park equipment. Everyone had a fun time!  WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!

Larsen Elementary 2nd Graders Visit Harwood Farm.

Attributions: 
K.Diede
Mrs. Carters class take five at Harwood Farms.
Farm field days

Larsen Elementary second grade classes were able to attend the Farm Field Days in Springville on April 4, 2012.  We learned about how important agriculture is to everyone.  We started off the day seeing how a sheep gets a hair cut.  Farmers like to call it sheering.  The sheep love to get rid of their heavy wool coat.
Each class then rotated around to different stations with their FFA guides.  We learned about bees, chickens, and cows.  We learned about where milk, beef, and eggs come from.  We learned to eat healthy good foods for our bodies to be strong and healthy.  We had a terrific day at the Harwood Farm. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!!

Angela Eckhardt receives Crystal Apple Award.

Attributions: 
A.Parrish / N.Hansen

Angela Eckhardt, our wonderful Kindergarten teacher here at Larsen Elementary, is the recipient of the 2012 Crystal Apple Award.  This special award is given out to teachers who always go out of their way to provide friendship and help to our students and co-workers at our school.

"Angela Eckhardt knows how to reach each child and makes each one feel special. She is always involved in creative ways to help children. She goes above and beyond in her own classroom and all school activities.  She not only inspires her class, but helps with the Spanish Fork Arts council and runs our school's 4-H program.  All in all, her influence extends deeply through the hearts of each child in her classroom and broadly throughout our entire community."

Angie is a very talented teacher, fabulous friend, magnificent mentor, and wonderful spouse, mother and daughter.  She loves spending time with her husband Bill, and their 5 daughters.

 Congratulations Mrs. Eckhardt, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students here at Larsen Elementary, we’re so happy you teach at our school!

 

Princess power comes to Larsen Elementary 4-H.

Attributions: 
N.Hansen
The girls dress up as Princesses for their last day.
Making necklaces.
Everyone loved making things.
Practice makes perfect Princesses.
Princesses sharing the candy from the pinata.

Recently the Larsen after school 4-H program had some very pretty princess power in one of their 4-H classes.  Princesses was just one of the many fun classes held for the students to participate in.  The girls who took part in the princess class learned how to have better manners, make necklaces, create a wand, decorate mirrors and last but no least, all the girls got to dress up for the last day and break a pinata. The fun princess class was taught by Mrs. Kim Head and her daughter Aubree Head. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!

Larsen Elementary Has A "Hoobalicious" Seussical, Sort of Day.

Attributions: 
N.Hansen
Molleleigh Gamble, Aubrey Marshall and Paisley Nelson in Mrs. Eckhardts AM Kindergarten class, love Dr. Seuss day.
Juliette Frasche, Matthew Woolsey, Scott Thompson and SaVanna Martinez in Mrs. Page's 1st grade class, pose in front of their "What's In The Cats Hat" wall!
Students in first-grade colored pictures about what they thought was in the "Cats Hat".

Larsen Elementary recently celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a very Seussical celebration.  Each class, Kindergarten through 6th grade memorized a Dr. Seuss poem and recited it in front of the entire student body during a special assembly held that morning.  Everyone did a wonderful job!

The rest of the school day was filled with more Dr. Seuss stories and reading fun.  Dr. Seuss would be proud of our Larsen Leopards!!  WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!

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