School News

Shelly Larsen wins 2011 Classified Employee of the Year Award!!

A. Murdock

Shelly Larsen is the 2011 Classified Employee of the Year for Larsen Elementary.  This award recognizes the classified employee who was nominated and chosen by their faculty for making the most notable contribution.  Shelly is an amazing gal!   She is fun to work with.  All of the teachers she works for say how glad they are to have her cleaning their rooms;Shelly does a fantastic job, is thorough and takes care of every detail.  She always has a smile for you and if you don't have one of your own, you will after you leave her.  She is a great movie companion and a dear friend. Congratulations, Shelly and Thank you for all you do for us at Larsen! 

Kindergarten Graduates!!

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Larsen Elementary Kindergarten graduation was held Thursday May 19, 2011. A short program was presented for parents and family members to show off all they know. We all know that the saying  “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” is true.

The children even got to wear graduation hats and walk across the stage

and receive their diplomas.  Way to go Kindergarten!!! 

Larsen Pledges To "Spread The Word."

Ms. Gwen Allen brought her special guest, her brother Neil.
Mrs. Natalee Hansen's special guest, her niece Mckenna
Mrs. Kim Head and her daughters, Ashley and Aubrey

Larsen Elementary helps “Spread the Word to End the Word.”

On Tuesday March 22nd Larsen Elementary students met for an assembly sponsored in part by Special Olympics and Best Buddies International called “Spread the Word to End the Word.” 

Spread the Word is a movement created by youth all over the country that encourages kids to think about the words they use and how what they say affects those around them.  Specifically, Spread the Word is about helping others to be aware of not using the R-word or the word ‘Retarded.’  Using this word is hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Two special guests were invited to come and share some insightful and heartwarming stories.  Ms. Gwen Allen, one of Larsen’s 6th grade teachers brought her brother Neil, and Mrs. Natalee Hansen, a technician at Larsen, brought her niece McKenna. 

Students were then invited to pledge or commit to stop using and help others stop using the R-word and encourage the use of a new R-word…. RESPECT.

We would also like to thank Mrs. Kim Head, Larsen's head librarian and her daughters Aubrey and Ashley for putting together such a great assembly!  Thank you, it was awesome!


Larsen Holds 3rd Grade Spelling Bee

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Pictured are the winners of the annual Larsen Elementary 3rd Grade Spelling Bee, all from Mrs. Stokes' class. Congratulations to this year's winners of 2011:
Chloe Chandler 1st place, Brooklyn Murray 2nd place, and Katrina Pulido 3rd place.
There were many great spellers this year!
Congratulations to all the finalists - from Mrs. Beckstead's class: Hayley Cardoza, Lyndsey Holdaway, Lena Holdaway, Jackson Smith, and Sean Phelps;

from Mrs. Miller's class: Bryson Evans, Breanna Harding, Madison Linton, William Solorzano and Hannah Prigmore;

and from Mrs. Stokes' class: Brock Anderson, Chloe Chandler, Vanessa Kelepolo, Brooklyn Murray and Katrina Pulido.


Kindergarteners Celebrate A Quilt Day

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Kindergarteners Dylan Corry, Zac Jones and Zachary Simpson
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The kindergarteners at Larsen Elementary celebrated a special “Quilt Day” at school by bringing their quilts, wearing their jammies, and drinking hot chocolate.
Students got to choose if they wanted their hot chocolate plain, with whipped cream, or with marshmallows. Students in Mrs. Eckhardt’s classes, and in Mrs. Hyer’s class rounded out the day by playing a quilt game while sitting on their quilts.

Larsen holds their annual Christmas Choir Concert

N. Hansen / J. Peery

Larsen Elementary held their annual Christmas Choir Concert on Dec. 2, 2010.  Eighty students from 5th and 6th grade performed favorites such as “Hot Cup of Cocoa,” “Holiday Blessings,” “Joy in Jerusalem,” and more for students and parents. They even played hand bells for a couple musical numbers. It was a great evening!  These dedicated students practice before and afterschool several times a week. The choir directors are Julie Peery and Dawn Graham.

6th Grade Blasts Off To Clarke Planetarium

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CJ, Kelsey, Zach, Brian and Makylie from Mrs. Waites class enjoying their "walk" on the moon.

On Friday November 19, 2010, Larsen Elementary 6th grade students blasted off to another planet as we visited the Clarke Planetarium in Salt Lake City.  While at the planetarium we learned about the moon phases, the Earth’s orbit and the Sun.  Students had a great time watching the presentations “Sky Watch I and II,” and after during the question and answer period we even learned something new.  Thanks for the info “Rob!” 

After exploring the Planetarium we walked down to the Gateway Mall where we enjoyed eating our sack lunches before orbiting back home where we landed safely back at Larsen Elementary.  Way to go Leopards!

5th Grade Visits Olympic Park

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The fifth grade went to the Olympic Park in Park City. While there the students participated in five rotations that taught about the history of Park City and skiing, the differences between Park City in 1938 and now, and explored the museum. After the museum we got to go up the mountain and see the top of the ski jump as well as the bobsled run. We were lucky because the day we went was the first day of bobsled practice and we got to see two bobsled teams zooming by at 80 miles per hour! The two teams we saw on their practice run were from the Netherlands and Belgium. We also saw the USA women's bobsled team. It was a fantastic day!

Snow people come to Larsen Elementary

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Children at Larsen Elementary were more than just a little excited for the first snowfall of the year. Everyone was so happy and excited for the new winter wonderland so they could play in the snow that they decided to build snowmen during lunch recess. By the time the bell rang and lunch was over, we had 4-5 snowpeople join the playground that day.

Larsen Students Reflect

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Larsens Reflections Winners
Several of the many wonderful Reflections entry's

Larsen Elementary celebrated Reflections with a showcase on October 28, 2010.  Larsen PTA honored all of the participants with goody bags, a ribbon and an after school ice cream party.  The following students were chosen as finalists to move on and receive the Merit of Excellence Award.  Thank you to all the students who participated in the Reflections contest and a big thank you to the parents for their continued support.


 Photography:  Andrew Werner, Clara Hansen, Garret Worthen, Carson Heber, Shanae Orton.

Visual Arts:  Karri Lowe, Sara Christensen, Olivia Jepson, Isaac Jepson, Luke Hanks.

Literature:  Erica Nelson, Bethany Graham, Daniel Graham, Amelia Slaugh, Joshua Slaugh.

Music Composition:  Kaylie Evans, McKell Mathis, Jessica Jensen.

3-D Art:  Ashley Velazquez, MaKayla Mantilla, Chloe Chandler, Kenny Prigmore.

Film Production:  Ian Heber, Hannah Prigmore, Kaitlyn Heaton.

Dance Choreography: Jalyssa Friant, Lauren Lehman, Nyah Heber.