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PHES keeps students interested and busy

Staff reports

Playground equipment, reptiles and conflict management may not have a lot in common, but at Pinon Hills, these are just three of many activities that keep students interested, learning and busy.

The kindergarten playground at Pinon Hills Elementary School has a new look, thanks to the joint efforts of the PHES Student Council, the Parent- Teacher Organization and staff members at the school.

The student council, comprised of elected representatives from the 4th, 5th and 6th grades, raised money during the 1997-98 school year by selling spirit wear and Valentine’s Day Candy Grams. To meet the objective of contributing to the school, the council voted to spend some of that money for playground toys for the kindergarten students.

The Parent-Teacher Organization recognized that kindergarten students didn’t have a suitable outdoor area for quiet activities during recess. With money raised from the Ice Cream Social, they purchased a durable picnic table that can also be used for outdoor education.

Principal Nancy Bryant purchased an umbrella that shades the table during the hot summer months.

To complete the playground renovations, Don Peterson, head custodian at the school, built and installed a basketball backboard and hoop.

The Reptile Festival, an assembly featuring a huge assortment of snakes, amphibians, insects and lizards held Sept. 22 at PHES, was said to be a most educational and enjoyable assembly (see more information in the Johnson Lane Journal on page 13).

In addition, conflict managers met recently at PHES to learn problem-solving skills.

The students take six hours of training and are on duty at recesses. The conflict managers help resolve conflicts among students and at the same time learn leadership and communication skills.

Potential benefits in the program include increased self-confidence and improved grades.

“The school benefits because the level of student conflict decreases, thus allowing students more time for learning and teachers more time for teaching,” said PHES counselor Tracey Wagner.

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