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On Friday March, 24th Spring Lake Elementary held its annual spelling bee for third-grade students. Three students were selected from each class spelling bee to compete. These 12 went through over 50 words to find a champion. This year's winner was Ella Deschamps, second place Jesse Sorensen, and Jade Paul took third place. Thanks to Zions Bank of Payson, and The Spanish Fork Rotary Club who donated dictionaries to third-grade students.
Other Participants: Ava Faust, Alyssa Proctor, Rylee Ross, Madisyn Quarnberg, Brinley Jewett, Sophie Smith, Madelyn Sullivan, Hogan Bates, and Kevin Ortiz.
The Payson Library came and encouraged them to help in reading a million minutes this summer.
Children ages 12 and under can sign up and read for prizes. Non-resident families who have purchased a library card will also be able to participate. Registration for the program will begin May 31 at the Library. The reading program will start on June 6 and run through the beginning of August. If you have any questions please call us. Children read for prizes during June & July. We ask that they read (or are read to) 5 days a week for a minimum of 20 minutes. Each child will set their own reading goal for how much they would like to read each day. Each week that they reach their goal, they can bring their reading logs in the following week and get a prize.
Story & Craft Time this year will begin the first week of June and continue through the month and we will also have it the 2nd and 3rd weeks in July @ 10:30 & 11:30 am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. We have a limit of 50 kids in each session, first come first serve. This year we will be having two different age groups, one for younger kids (2-6) and one for older kids (7-12).
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Brennen Willardson and Thomas Shannon for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Brennen was nominated for being super dependable, always positive, and fun to be around. Thomas was nominated for realizing how awesome it is to get work done and get good grades.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Kamia Ginn and Brooklyn Tucker for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Kamia was nominated for writing an awesome piece that made it into the yearbook. Brooklyn was nominated for being so polite, saying thank you, and working hard.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 Mt. Nebo Jr. High School held it's first ever Mr. and Miss Panther Pageant. This was created by Mr. White's 3rd term discovery class. The students watched several different types of pageants and together created their own. Students school wide were invited to participate. Students who participated in this pageant had to: create five posters about themselves and put them up around the school; prepare an slide show about themselves; perform a two minute lip-sync; walk the red carpet in their most creative sleep wear; perform a talent; walk the red carpet in formal wear; give a brief public speech about service they've performed this past school year; and finishing up with a questions and answers for each contestant. Students in the discovery class created the decorations and Mr. White's awesome 7th grade English class students decorated. Hostess' Sage Seimer and Alessa Carpintier led the evening well. We had an amazing audience of supportive family and students, and the competitors did a fine job showing us just how amazing they each are! MNJHS Stage Crew as well as students in the discovery class worked the technical aspects of the evening and Lexie Chlarson and Sabrina McKnight performed a beautiful dance duet while the judges made their decisions. Our two special guest judges, who have been in the pageantry world for years (Lori Christensen and Kristen Christensen), did a fantastic job judging for us! Our runner ups were: Rebecca Cook, Candace Holdaway, Melissa Peterson for Miss Panther 2017; and Tapu Anesi was the runner up for Mr. Panther 2017. This year's Miss Panther 2017 is Hanna Bibler. This year's Mr. Panther 2017 is Gabriel Moyer. Congratulations on a wonderful evening!
For more pictures of this fun event please visit our MNJHS Facebook Page!
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The annual battle of the classes took place on Friday, March 24. After all the judging was completed, the Juniors took the spirit bowl win!
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Our students have made some really impressive works of art this year! Check out the pictures and read the associated descriptions below to learn more.
Kindness Quilt Squares
First grade students used rulers to measure off borders on each edge of their paper squares, used crayons to decorate the borders with different types of line designs, then painted over their designs with watercolors. In the middle of their squares, they each drew a picture of someone doing something kind. Finally, on the back of their squares they wrote brief artist statements telling about their pictures.
Neat Streets – Build & Draw Architecture
First grade students observed some unique buildings by architects Antoni Gaudi and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We read a story about a neighborhood where the houses are transformed to represent the personality and interests of each resident. Then the students used wooden blocks to construct houses, and drew the structures they had built. Finally, they added details and colored their neat streets.
African Ceremonial Necklaces
First grade students learned about the Maasai people who live by the Serengeti Plains in Africa. Then they decorated a paper plate in the style of traditional Maasai beaded necklaces. Finally, they listened to Maasai music and learned dance moves while wearing their jewelry.
Painting Shapes and Tints
First grade students learned that mixing white with a bright, pure color makes a lighter, softer color called a “tint.” Then they practiced their painting skills by painting concentric shapes in a variety of different tints, filling their papers with the beautiful colors they mixed.
First grade students heard a silly song about a giraffe named Gerald who thinks he can’t dance, until he finds his own style and discovers that he can dance after all! Then they drew giraffes doing all sorts of silly dance moves. After they colored and cut out their giraffes, they practiced their painting skills and made moonlit grassland scenes on which to mount their giraffes.
Name Symmetry Creatures
Second grade students learned that bilateral symmetry means that each half of something looks just like the mirror-image reflection of the other half. They made symmetrical organic shapes by folding their papers in half, writing their names on the fold line, and cutting around the letters. Then they used their imagination to examine the shapes and decide how to turn them into creatures.
Winter Portraits with Radial Stamp Printing
Second grade students learned portrait proportions, and practiced drawing all the parts of the face in the right places, and drawing different expressions and hairstyles. They decorated sweaters for their portraits by pressing items with interesting shapes and textures into paint, then stamping them onto paper to make radial patterns. Then they cut out matching boots, mittens, and hats, and decorated them with repeating patterns to dress up their portraits. Finally, they discussed Habit #5, Seek First to Understand, and wrote about the idiom, “put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
Sonoran Desert Animals
Third grade students learned about the Sonoran desert ecosystem. They smelled creosote leaves, tasted prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, examined barrel cactus hooks and cholla ribs, and learned how to draw several species of cacti. They learned about some adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive in an arid desert environment, then they each chose a desert animal and created a work of art showing that creature in its habitat.
Tropical Fish in Oil Pastel
Third grade students learned about the coral reef ecosystem and examined an assortment of shells, sea sponges, and different types of corals. They carefully observed a reference photo of a tropical fish and tried to accurately draw all of the shapes and textures they could see, making their fish as large as they could fit on their paper. Next, blending oil pastels, they colored the fish to contribute to our collaborative mural. As a background for their fish, they drew a reef environment including visual textures of diverse marine organisms, and overlapping elements to show depth.
Skateboard Deck Designs
Fourth grade students explored the work of skateboard designers. They practiced folding and cutting to produce symmetrical designs. Then they experimented with contrasting color schemes and balancing positive and negative space to create interesting layered designs that could be stencil-painted onto a skateboard deck.
Cube Illusion Tessellation
Fifth grade students learned that a tessellation is a pattern of shapes that fit together perfectly with no overlap or gaps. They also observed how contrasts of light and dark create the illusion of depth. They used rulers to draw a hexagon within a hexagon. Using three contrasting values, they colored opposite sides of the small and large hexagon to match. Finally, all of the individual cubes were assembled together to form a larger collaborative tessellation.
We have a BINGO! Students who receive a "Tiger Pride" have their name written on our school's giant BINGO board. Winners from this round are:
Shirley Lubben, Kenzie Green, Autumn Ballard, Brinlin Sydall, Alina Cruz, Rylee Chlarson, Jaden T. Wylee Renzello, Gael Perez, McKinley Wyman, Brooklyn Atwater, Addison Bunting, Quinn Cannon, Jaymon Finau, Trent Tracy, Mylee Tanner!
Congratulations to our winners!
These first graders have been rocking it in first grade. Congratulations on being student of the month!
Back row left to right: Joci Hair, Allyson Thompson, Alexis Hernandez, Baylee Sampson, Isabella Buenrrostro
Front row left to right: Sebastian Gutierrez, Brianna Casilla, Baylee Kaighn
Ms. James aerobic conditioning students have recently completed their yoga unit. Students learned about some of the history of yoga as well as the benefits to practicing yoga. After having the opportunity to try several different types of yoga and create their own yoga sequences, Ms. James was able to bring in a guest instructor where the students were able to enjoy a full yoga class of individual, team building, and mediation exercises.
We have our Hobble Creek students of the week for March 24, 2017. They have been awesome this week working hard in class, helping their teachers, being kind to others, cleaning up around the playground, and doing their extra reading. Great job students, they are:
Desmond Moulton, Nicolas Hartman, Elise Green, Trevi Jackson, JJ Thomas, Sadie Nelson, Paisley Owens, Lea Cardon, Ben Jensen, Bentley Colby, Ryan Galbraith, Kanyon Sonnenberg, RJ Briggs, Lukas Franks, Lydia Gore, Ivan Moulton, and Brea Scott!
This Tuesday, March 28th, is our school family night! The theme is basketball and March Madness because we are "mad" about reading! Come to the school from 5:30-7:30pm to enjoy free food (hot dogs, chips, and cookies), fun activities to help with reading at home, a chance to win family gift baskets worth $50-$100, and an opportunity to make free throws for free books! It is sure to be a fun night for all, and we can't wait! Teachers and students are encouraged to wear basketball jerseys/attire on Tuesday to school. See you then! (By the way, adults are currently beating students in our reading competition! The competition will continue until Tuesday.)
Sevies turn into 8th graders, and, eventually, through much aggravating elective classes and maybe some irritated teachers, they turn into 9th graders, in other words, high schoolers. But wait, aspiring 9th grader! You’re still tethered to SJHS! There is but another year that you must take before ascending to education heaven.
What I’m trying to say is that some people are no longer eighth or seventh graders anymore. Registration has come to redeem or exact it's vengeance upon unwilling eighth graders. You can either enjoy some elective classes, like being a TA or going to Creative Writing. So what did some people have to say about the future of 9th graders and their plans for high school. Wheeler Sedgeley said he was choosing to take some of the more artistic classes, such as Interior Design, Theatre Tech, and Creative Writing. While his plans for high school were almost the complete different. He hoped to take more of the science class, and if there was one, and if it was even possible, a psychology class, mentioning that he had hopes of becoming a detective.
Diego Clark (His third appearance on the show, come on down, Diego!) Took some of the same classes, his high school future was much different than that of Wheeler’s. He hoped to take a lot of AP classes for Science, Math, and English, hoping to get a lot of College credit in.
If you’re a sixth grader, welcome! If you’re a sevie, hold on to your wlecome from last year. If you’re an eighth grader, there’s another year ahead of you. If you’re a ninth grader, goodbye!
But seriously, high school is a pretty cool place to be, get your plans in so you can get it out of the way and have a great school year!
Springville Junior high students are registering for new classes for next year. What electives did they take? Do they think it would be harder next year?
Amy Robertson, an eighth grader at Springville Junior high school, said that some of the electives she’s taking are foods and peer tutoring. She chose those electives because she signed up for them this year and she really liked them. Another eighth grader at SJHS named Tristin Richmond explained that he signed up for foods and PE because they were fun and he wanted to do them again. Hondo Quesada, another eighth grader, said he signed up for foods and PE too because they were fun this year. Hailey Gabbitas, a ninth grader at SJHS, said that she signed up for dance, woodworking, and child development because they seem pretty fun and exciting. Another eighth grader at SJHS named Jake Follette explained that he signed up for foods class because you get to make food and he loves food. Tucker Kelsey, an eighth grader, said that he signed up for spanish because he needed the credits and he also took seminary because of his religion. Abi Christenson said that she signed up for health and FFA because she wants to get credits.
Amy said that she thinks it next year will be harder because ninth grade is the grade that counts. Tristin agreed with Amy. Hondo said he thinks it would be harder because there are harder classes. Hailey said that she thinks tenth grade will be harder that ninth because there is more work and a new school. Jake explained that it would be harder because eight is pretty easy but he doesn’t think ninth is. Tucker said it wouldn’t be harder because he gets smarter every year. Abi said she thinks it would be harder because ninth grade actually counts.
If you need help picking out your electives for next year you can always count on your friends and family to give you some ideas, also the counselors can always help too.
Spring break is coming up for Springville Junior High School and many student are excited for it.
Jane Wilson, an 8th grader at SJHS, said “ I am going to London and Paris”, she also said that she is really excited for it.
Jane said that her grandma is taking her and along with her, her two older sisters, Chloe and Emma. Jane explained, “ I want to see the Eiffel tower and go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa." She is also excited to see Wicked at Royal Albert Hall and she is also going on lots of tours and one of them is a food tour. She is very excited for the trip and can't wait to go.
Amanda Gardner, a 8th grader at SJHS said that she is going to Mexico for the Child Hope Foundation. While she is there she is going to help build orphanages and she is very excited to play with the kids. She also hopes to make a difference in the children's lives. She also said that a lot of teens in her neighborhood and their families are also going with them to help.
What are you doing for Spring Break?