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June 2021

Hooray for Ms. Sonntag

Submitted by kali.brown on Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:58
Sarah Sumsion

Get to know Ms. Jena Sonntag!

I've taught in special education for 5 years - 2 years as a technician and 3 years as the teacher.

I have 5 kids - 4 boys and 1 girl. My 4 oldest children are at university - my daughter is at DSU, 2 boys are at UVU, and my oldest boy is at USU. I can't believe that my youngest is starting 9th grade this year and will be the only child at home. My kids are my everything. I love being with them and feel blessed that I get to be a part of their lives. Our family continues to grow with 2 toy poodles that have joined our family over the last 1.5 years. One is named Rudy after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, and the other is named Smidvarg after a dragon from Dragon's Edge.

My favorite hobby is traveling. When I'm not traveling, I love to read books, cook meals with my kids, go for walks and hikes, quilt, and go to the theater. I want to start doing yoga and see if I like it.

I loved school which must be why I'm still in school. For April Fool's Day in 6th grade, I remember switching classes with another class. It was awesome because the teacher didn't notice that we had switched until we were halfway through taking a spelling test.

This summer, my family and I will go to Newport Beach in California for a few days. We go nearly every year. It feels like a true vacation because we love the area and everyone has something that they look forward to doing. For me, I love to walk in the mornings along the beach. Then, watching my kids play in the waves is joyful. We have a favorite Italian restaurant that we eat at once during the trip and my kids are already planning what they want to eat for dinner that night.

A goal I'm working on is putting my phone away when other people are in the room. I don't do it that often but I don't want to do it at all.

Favorite drink: Dr. Pepper
Favorite goodies: cookies, and chips with guacamole

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride

Big Hello to Mrs. Pittam

Submitted by kali.brown on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:46
Sarah Sumsion

Mrs. Pittam comes to us from the University of Utah.  She has been married just over 3 years to someone she met in college, but happened to live 6 blocks away from her whole life.

She loves walking and hiking outside, especially in the fall, as well as reading, baking, and playing with her dog. She plays the piano, sings and makes amazing homemade brownies!

Favorite drink: Dr. Pepper
Favorite treat: anything chocolate

Mrs. Pittam hopes her students know that it is all about doing their best. She does not expect perfection from them. Mistakes are okay! They help us grow!

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride

Summer Library is HERE!

Submitted by sarah.sumsion on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:34

We welcome all Barnett families to come to the library on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 starting June 9th.  Parents and siblings are welcome.  There will be no book check outs, but please take advantage of the Payson City Library for all your reading needs over the summer!


Welcome Mrs. LeMmon

Submitted by kali.brown on Mon, 06/14/2021 - 08:53
Sarah Sumsion

Mrs. LeMmon comes to us from Art City Elementary, but has been a teacher for many years. Her husband is also a teacher, who she has been married to for 29 years.

She enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and riding out UTV. 

Favorite drink: Coke Zero
Favorite treat: chips & salsa

Mrs. LeMmon hopes the students at Barnett know that they are loved and they can do amazing things when they put their mind to it! 

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride


Submitted by kali.brown on Sun, 06/13/2021 - 14:29

Utah Food Bank is offering the Summer Feeding Program again this year in four of Nebo School District communities.

Who: Youth up to 18 years

What: Food boxes containing 7 breakfasts and 7 supper meal kits

Dates: Tuesdays, June 1 - August 10

Springville Area: 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., LDS Church, Springcreek 3rd Ward 55 N. Main St Springville.
Spanish Fork Area: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., City Center Library Park, 100 E. 50 S. Spanish Fork.
Payson Area: 12:45 to 2:00 p.m., Constitution Park, 600 S. Main Street, Payson.
Santaquin Area: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Centennial Park, 300 W. 100 S., Santaquin.

No registration required. Drive-Thru Pick Up.

Contact Kerri Duncan (801-887-1251) or Erin Thurber (801-887-1218) with questions.


Hooray for Mrs. Rush

Submitted by kali.brown on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:29
Sarah Sumsion

Get to know Mrs. Dayna Rush!

I have taught for 5 years total, with 4 of those years at Barnett.

I have a husband named Chris. Chris and I have been married for close to three years. We have two of the cutest dogs ever, Apollo and Bleu. Apollo is a Boxer mixed with a German Shorthair. Bleu is a Norwegian Elkhound.

I love working out! Most of my activities include going to the gym, going on walks with my dogs, or going on runs on the trails in Eureka. When I'm not working out I love painting ceramics. My current project is Santa's 8 reindeer. I am hoping I can get those done so I can have them to decorate with next Christmas.

I was a pretty good student in elementary school. I loved school and I loved all of my teachers. I was a very motivated student, but I was also terrified of failure. I held myself to such high expectations with a crippling fear of failure. I have tried really hard to make sure the students I teach aren't afraid of failure like I was.

This summer we will be going to Disneyland! We will also be spending some time at the beach while we are in California. When we get back I will be working on some house projects that need to be done and of course- getting ready for the next school year!

I am working on creating a morning routine full of self care. I am going on morning walks, meditating and giving myself enough time to eat breakfast! Hopefully this is something I can carry over when the school year starts!

Favorite goodies: I love Diet Coke and a sugar cookie from Sip N!

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride

We Love Mrs. Kunz

Submitted by kali.brown on Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:14
Sarah Sumsion

Get to know Mrs. Cheri Kunz ~ Transitional Kindergarten teacher.

I have taught TK 14 years at Barnett. Wouldn't wish for it any other way!

We have 5 children and 15 grandchildren (only 2 in Utah). My husband grew up in Bountiful. I grew up in upstate NY. Our son lives in NY, our daughters live in NV, CO, Santaquin, and our youngest lives with us in Mapleton. My husband teaches physics, so we have some things in common with our careers.

I love playing pickle ball, going for bike rides, gardening, reading, and knitting.

A memory from my elementary school years: I always liked learning new things. Math was my favorite subject. On the first day of school, I got in the wrong bus and wondered why it was taking so long to get home. I was scared when I was the only one left on the bus. Luckily, the bus driver knew my dad and where we lived and took me home.

We spend most of the summer visiting or being visited by our kids and grandkids. We go camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, and they play in the back yard on the trampoline, water slide, and 4 wheelers. I like making up obstacle courses and treasure hunts for them to solve with the clues in secret codes (Morse code, Braille, German, ...) and they like solving the codes and finding the prizes.

Something I am working on is going to bed earlier.

My favorite drinks and treats are water, fruit smoothies, trail mix, peanut M&Ms.

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride

Get to Know Mrs. Brown

Submitted by kali.brown on Tue, 06/08/2021 - 21:00
Sarah Sumsion

Get to know our principal, Mrs. Kali Brown, a little better!

My teaching career:  TK technician 3 years at Art City, taught 2nd grade for 5 years at Sage Creek, facilitator at Santaquin Elementary 1 year, Principal at Spanish Oaks for 7 years, Principal at Barnett 1 year.

I have been married 33 years to my favorite person, have 4 amazing children, and am blessed with 5 perfect grand-babies.

What I love doing when I have time:  Reading Harry Potter books, watching Marvel movies, walking around Disneyland.

When I was in second grade, we were assigned state reports.  I did my report on California.  I made little treats to hand out from orange slices and black olives that looked like little boats because they were foods from my state.  I also said that I was named after the state because the first letters of my first name are the first letters in California.

This summer I will watch my grandson in lots of t-ball games, run through the sprinklers with my granddaughters, play with my two new grand-babies, and share a Dole Whip with my favorite person.

I would love to learn to speak another language well.  I play the piano, but need to make time to practice.  I used to run every day.  I’d love to start doing that again so I can keep up with all of these grand-babies.

Favorite drink:  Chocolate milk
Favorite treats:  Reese’s peanut butter cups, caramel popcorn


Let’s Spotlight Mrs. Staheli

Submitted by kali.brown on Tue, 06/08/2021 - 17:24
Sarah Sumsion

Mrs. Staheli joins us from Utah State University.  She worked in a preschool program for children with Autism and has been an English teacher in China, Poland, and Haiti.

She is the middle of 7 children and is married and grew up in Fountain Green, Utah.

She loves anything that takes her to the mountains - camping, boating, hiking, snowboarding. She also loves to travel, play board games and read.

Her talents are dancing, playing the piano, making crafts, planning vacations and all things you do in lambing season on a farm!

Favorite drink: water or juice
Favorite treat: anything with chocolate and/or peanut butter

Mrs. Staheli wants her future students to know she is SO excited to get to be their teacher next year! I've been looking forward to this day for a long time and she’s so happy it's finally almost here and that it's at Barnett. She wants them to know that she’ll do anything and everything she can to help them learn and grow in a happy and positive environment. She’s excited to get to know all of them individually. She loves teaching, learning, and all things education. She can't wait to grow alongside them next year and see all that together they accomplish!  Welcome, Mrs. Staheli!  

#barnettleaders #bulldogpride

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