Monday, November 30, 2015

Dual Immersion News

The dual immersion open enrollment window for current kindergarten students will be from January 1 thru March 4.  All applications must be submitted on-line.  Watch for a letter coming home in a few weeks. 
There will be a general parent meeting regarding the dual-immersion programs offered by the district at Century Elementary on January 6th at 6:00.
There will also be a dual-immersion meeting for our current 5th grade dual immersion students at ACYI on December 16th.  This meeting will help to inform parents about what to expect from dual immersion in 6th grade at ACYI.  

Principal's Message for December


I hope you all are having a nice holiday season.  We truly appreciate working with your awesome children! 

The weather has turned cold and it looks like winter is really here.  Please make sure your child brings a warm coat to school each day.  We still have some students saying they don’t have a coat to wear out to recess. 

Please speak with your children about the need to cough into their elbow and that they should wash their hands frequently.  We have had a lot of sick students lately!

Also, please continue to help us out by making sure that students are here for school each day and that they arrive on time.  Attendance is a major factor towards school success.  Students who miss a lot of days or who are late often, usually fall behind their peers.  We hate to see this happen and it is usually easy to avoid. 

Please remember that school will be out from December 24th thru January 3rd.  We will be back in school on January 4th.  It is also important to remember that December 23rd will be a minimal day.  School will end at 12:30 on that day.


Mark Johnson

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Principal's Message for November

Hello Parents!
I hope you had a fun Halloween!  I saw lots of you at the carnival and it seemed like everyone was having a good time.  We are so lucky to have such a strong PTA at our school.  Our PTA planned the entire carnival.  We are also grateful to the high school volunteers who came and helped out.
I want to make sure you know about a few other things going on here at school.  Our teachers have been involved in some exciting projects designed to improve our students’ academic growth.  One important project has been the creation of math curriculum maps.  The teachers have spent quite a few hours creating curriculum maps that guide their instruction for the whole school year.  The maps are based on the state standards and help the teachers establish how topics will be taught and at what pace and what will be tested and when.  They also establish what skills need to be mastered before moving on.  The teachers have also planned math tasking activities that are being done regularly in every classroom.
Our teachers have also been learning more about depth of knowledge in instruction.  Depth of knowledge, or DOK, is a concept that teachers use to help them guide students into deeper thinking and problem solving.  We believe that DOK is critical to prepare students for higher education and the competitive world they will be entering.   
If you have any questions about these concepts or anything else at our school, please give me a call!

Mark Johnson
Lake View Elementary
851 S. 200 W.
Brigham City, UT  84302

435 734-4922

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Principal's Message for October

Lake View Parents,
Thank you so much for your support!  We are off to a great start this year.  I would like to tell you a little bit about a few things we have changed for this year. 

We have begun using Saxon Phonics in all classrooms grades K-2.  This is a new program to us, but it has been around for some time.  There is a lot of evidence out there showing it to be very effective.  We are excited about the way it will help our students to improve their reading skills. 

We have also introduced new reading groups for our kindergarten students.  These groups are using a newly designed phonemic awareness program that was designed by literacy experts right here in our district.  This program should establish a better reading foundation for our kindergarten students. 

Dual-immersion at our school is now in grades 1-5.  It has been quite the process to get it through all the grades.  Many teachers have put a lot of work into this but it is paying off.  Our program is great and has been very successful thus far.  We are excited to have dual-immersion at Lake View. 

As always, I will also stress the importance of attendance.  Please make sure your student(s) are here each day and that they are on time.  Our teachers are using their time as effectively and efficiently as possible.  Every minute of every day is important.  Students who miss time in class cannot make-up what they missed by simply picking up work from their teacher.  That make-up work represents maybe twenty percent of what is taught and practiced in class with the guidance of their teacher.  I simply cannot stress this enough.  Students miss out on important things when they are late or absent.  If they miss a lot of school time, they are at risk of falling behind.   

Thanks again for trusting us with your students.  We have the greatest students in the world.    

Mark Johnson
Lake View Elementary
851 S. 200 W.
Brigham City,  UT  84302

435 734-4922

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Community Council Meeting Reminder

Our next Community Council meeting will be held on October 13th at 3:15 p.m. in the school library

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let's keep our students safe

October 6, 2015

Dear Lake View Parents,

According to Perry City Police, on Friday, October 2 around 3:00 PM, a student from Promontory Charter School was walking home and was stopped by an individual between Promontory and Three Mile Creek Elementary. This individual told the student that her mother had called and asked him to pick her up from school that day. When she did not stop, he offered her candy. Luckily, the girl had been taught what to do in that situation and ran to a nearby house. The girl’s description of the man was that he had brown hair, dark eyes, and a bushy beard. He was driving a silver four door car that had a sticker with a skull.

A few weeks ago, you received a phone call from Box Elder School District with information about a similar incident in Tremonton. Our Superintendent, Ron Tolman, said the following:
In an effort to keep our children as safe as possible we share this information. There is enough information to suggest that all parents may appreciate this notice. We should remain calm, watchful, and alert while reassuring the students and reinforcing good safety measures you have already taught them.

I want to share what we do to keep students safe at Lake View Elementary. Before school, during recess, and after school, we have teachers assigned for student supervision. After school, we have staff on duty to see that students get into cars safely. We ask that all visitors to the school check in at the office so that we know who is in our school, and wear a badge so that kids and teachers know that the person is okay to be inside our school. If parents are late to pick up a student after school, the student(s) are brought into the office to wait for a parent to pick them up.

We have made announcements to remind students and teachers to be more watchful and vigilant. Teachers have had conversations with students to teach them what to do in situations when they are approached by a stranger. I ask that you please do your part by talking with your children so that they are well-prepared should this situation ever come up. It is, as the Superintendent stated, important to stay calm but alert. The police around the county are doing extra patrols around schools, especially before and after school. Brigham City Police ask that you report anything suspicious to them at 435-734-6650.
Thank you for your support,
Mr. Johnson

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lake View Elementary's Report Card from USOE

Parents and Students,
The State Office of Education provides every school in the state with a letter grade based on performance indicators.  To find Lake View's letter grade for the 2014-2015 school year, please go to our school's report card.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Community Council

Our newly formed Community Council met on September 16, 2015 at 3:15 in the library.  The members decided on the schedule of meetings for the coming year.  They also discussed the School Improvement Plan.  If you want more information about what happened in the meeting click on the Community Council tab.  There you can also find the names of the community council members. The meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend on the dates indicated.

Community Council Schedule 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 Community Council  meetings for Lake View Elementary will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the library on the following dates:

October 13, 2015 
November 10, 2015
December 8, 2015
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
MArch 8, 2015
April 12, 2015
Mayo 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lake View Parents,

Let’s work together to make sure all of our students are safe.    

When we are dropping off students for school in the morning, please follow these guidelines:

  • Approach the school using Lake View Drive heading east.
  • Do not park or leave your vehicle at the curb along the south side of Lake View Drive.  If you need to park, please do so in the church parking lot.  The red painted curb indicates a no-parking zone and is enforceable by the police.  This area is for loading and unloading only.  This lane of traffic must keep moving!
  •  U-turns are illegal in the drop-off area and a no U-turn sign is posted in front of the school.
  • Please be patient and drive slowly. 
  • Do not drop your child off away from the curb.  Do not have them cross in front of other vehicles.
  • Have your child exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.
  • During morning drop-off, please do not enter or exit the church parking lot from Lake View Drive.

Here are some guidelines to follow when picking up students after school:

  • Please do not double park.  It is illegal and unsafe.
  • Do not allow your child to cross the road to get to your car. It is far too busy at this time of day to be safe.
  • Do not complete U-turns in front of the school.
  • Do not park on the cross walk at the corner of Lake View Drive and 300 West.
  • Drive slowly and please be patient.
  •  Please do not block the access road leading behind the school. The Boys and Girls Club van needs to move through there.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Third Grade Classes

We are very fortunate and grateful to the district that we have been allowed to add a third grade teacher to our staff!  Mrs. Nielson, who was here last year in third grade, has re-joined us.  This has allowed us to split Miss Morrell’s very large class into two.  Here are the new class lists for Miss Morrell and Mrs. Nielson.   

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Welcome to a New School Year

Back to School Night for first through fifth graders will be held on August 25th from 6-7 p.m., and it will be done in an open house style.  Kindergarten students will have their back to school night on September 4th.

Class lists for first through fifth grade students are now posted on the front doors of the school.

School for first through fifth graders will begin on August 31st, at 8:10 a.m. and it will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m.   Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  

Kindergarten will begin September 8th, and class lists will be posted by September 3rd on the front doors of the school.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Community Council Invitation

This is an invitation to serve on the Lake View Community Council

·         The community council meets once per month for about 45 minutes.
·         The CC members serve as parent representatives to the school.  Members help the school to decide on how to spend Land Trust money. They also help the staff make decisions regarding school activities and academics.  You could even help with the yearbook.
·         To be a member of the community council you must have a child attending Lake View.  You will need to let the principal know you are interested and then you will be listed as a candidate.  The school will hold an election in a few weeks. 
·         Only parents are allowed to vote on the candidates.
If you are interested, please call or e-mail right away!  We hope to hear from you soon!
435 734-4922
Esta es una invitación para participar en el Consejo de la Comunidad de Lake View
·         El Consejo de la Comunidad (CC) se reúne una vez al mes por alrededor de 45 minutos.
·         Los miembros del CC sirven como representantes de los padres de la escuela.  Los miembros ayudan a decidir cómo usar el dinero de Land Trust.  Ellos también ayudan al personal de la escuela a tomar decisiones relacionadas con las actividades y mejora académica de la escuela.  Usted también puede ayudar con el libro anual de la escuela. 
·         Para ser miembro del Consejo de la Comunidad, usted debe tener un niño que es estudiante de la escuela Lake View.  Usted necesita informarle al Director de la escuela que está interesado en participar en el consejo y luego será incluido como candidato.  La escuela llevará a cabo una elección en las próximas semanas.    
·         Solo los padres pueden votar por los candidatos.
Si usted está interesado, por favor llame o envíe un correo electrónico inmediatamente.  Esperamos escuchar de usted muy pronto. 

435 734-4922

Monday, June 8, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015


Thank you so much for another great year at Lake View Elementary.  Our students have done such a great job this year!  They have worked very hard.  I also wanted to make sure you all know about the great work that your PTA and community council have done this year.  Because of our PTA, we have had a fun carnival, Red Ribbon Week, Green Ribbon Week, the bike rodeo, class parties, SEP dinners for the teachers, teacher recognition week and a very successful fund raiser.  The PTA fund-raiser pays for our field trips, so make sure you tell them thank you!

The community council is in charge of the land trust plan.  With their support, Lake View implemented a new small group reading instruction plan this year.  These groups are being done in a way that hasn’t been attempted in our district before.  We are focusing on specific reading skills rather than reading levels.  We hired a few new aides and shifted a few other aides over to help run these reading groups.  The result is that for 45 minutes a day, every student in grades 1-3 is in a reading group addressing their specific skill need.  Kindergarten students are also in skill based groups that last about twenty minutes.  We have been monitoring the progress of our students and they have already made tremendous strides in their reading.  We plan to continue with these groups next year and hope that they will be even more effective.

As we enter the summer break, please encourage your student(s) to read.  I hope you have a lot of fun with your families and enjoy the summer!    


Mark Johnson

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No One Like a Leopard

Lake View Leopards are…

Strong, Fast and Agile-They enjoy a challenge and are ready for anything!
Wise and Adaptable-They can succeed in any situation!
Smart-They love to learn and they stay on top because of it!
Patient and Resourceful-They have lofty goals and they stay focused on reaching them!
Caring-They think about the feelings and happiness of others!

There is no one like a Lake View Leopard!
Go Leopards!

Sunday, March 15, 2015



On Friday, April 10th the Utah State Board of Education unanimously approved that a draft of updated Utah state science standards for grades 6-8 be available for a 90-day public review. The State Board is now asking that all interested parties look over the drafts and provide constructive feedback for improving  them.  The drafts and feedback tool are available on the USOE website at:

Additionally, a representative from the Utah State Office of Education will be holding public meetings throughout the state. The purpose of this meeting will be to collect feedback regarding the new draft 6-8 Utah science standards from interested public. If a member of public desires to provide feedback but cannot make the meeting, we recommend using the online feedback tool available on the USOE website at:

All meetings will start at 7pm and last at least one hour.

Wednesday, May 6th
Provo School District Office – Professional Development Center
280 W 940 N
Provo, UT 84604

Wednesday, May 13th
Cache County School District Office – Professional Development Center
2063 N 1200 E
North Logan, UT 84341

Tuesday, May 19th
Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE) - The Media Center
1400 Goodwin Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Direct questions to the following person:
Ricky Scott
Science Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
250 E. 500 S.
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-4200

To subscribe to the Science Teacher mailing list for emails about Utah science events, opportunities, and professional development visit:

The notes for the community council meeting held on april 23, 2015 and Land Trust Plan for the coming year can be found on the Community Council Tab of this blog.


The “Stay on Track” summer reading program at the Brigham City Library is in need of volunteers.  Volunteers help children in need with their reading skills over the summer.  If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the school office.  

Stay on Track Volunteer Information

Our next Community Council meeting is scheduled for April 16th at 3:30 in the library.  


A scout in the area is carrying out an Eagle Project offering computers for students in need and their families.  The deadline for this program is coming up quickly, so we encourage you to fill out an application as soon as possible. To receive more information or if you know someone who might benefit from this program, click on the links below, contact the public library or your child's school.   
Computer Flyer

Computer Application

Aplicación para computadora