Eight students from Mapleton Junior High participated in the State Junior High Honor Choir. They performed at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on Saturday night. Colton Butterfield, Simon Cannon, Dallyn Edmunds, Heather Ells, Annie Halversen, Betsy Huntington, MacKay Jacobson, and Samantha Morris are all pictured here with the choir composed of the best Junior High singers in the state.
Several of our students here at Spanish Fork Jr. High including Sam Jex, Michael Wyss, Mick Barber, Boston Bradford, and Dexter Bradford all had the opportunity to participate on the high school golf team this year.
The season began about a month before school even started and finished in early October. The team practiced every day. There were 12 kids on the team. Every week the qualifiers determined who would play varsity and who would play JV in the upcoming match or tournament.
About his experience playing on the high school team Sam Jex said, “The high school team this year was AWESOME! We had an awesome team full of awesome kids. We all knew that in order to be a good team, we had to work hard. We also have the best golf coach in the state. Coach Rogers is one of a kind. I don't think any of us could imagine how our team would be without him. And he's got good taste in music.”
Sam has been playing for about 2 ½ years now. He also plays in the off-season, practicing as much as possible, including using a golf simulator in his friend’s garage during the winter. His goal next year is to shoot in the 70s all year. By his senior year, he hopes to win a state championship, get a scholarship, and be the best player in the state.
Congratulations to all these young men for this fantastic accomplishment.
The SFHS Girls Soccer Team roster this year included several girls from Spanish Fork Jr. High including Tracee Jones, Kayla Clark, Lily Ricks, Lavinia Naulu, Emma Runolfsen, Bayleigh Redd, Lindsey Blake, Sydney Berger, Maddie Haugen, and Brinley Maughan.
“My girls have been just magnificent all season,” said head coach Shane Ferrin. “They’ve fought hard; they’ve come together as a team and done some neat things.” (Herald Extra)
Maddie Haugen was a little afraid to try out as a freshman “because I was not sure if they would like me, but the other girls were extremely nice and always helped everyone to get better. It was as if there were no age gap at all between us because of how well we would treat each other. I think this helped us to get far and improve a lot as well as become widely recognized and supported. It is so much fun.”
Lindsey Blake said, “I played with some amazing girls over the season and was taught by some of the best coaches in the state. I feel very fortunate to represent Spanish Fork Soccer. As a soccer team at Spanish Fork High School, we made the goal to be united with one another. Our motto this year was ‘One Team, One Dream.’ It surprises me how this goal stuck throughout the season. We really did follow our dream as a team, and you can see that by looking at our success throughout the season.”
Lindsey’s advice? “My advice to any soccer players who are debating on whether to try out or not is to at least try. Trying can take you to new heights you never thought you could reach before.”
Fans can check out the SFHS Soccer Facebook page.
Nebo School District will host several Mental Health Awareness Nights in the coming months. The topics of discussion will include improving mental health and safety planning with youth; several community service providers will be present to answer questions and help individuals to access services. SHS will grant students detention credit if they attend with their parents. Each event will begin at 6:30pm.
- February 5, 2018 at Maple Mountain High
- March 6, 2018 at Payson High
- March 12, 2018 at Salem Hills High
- April 16, 2018 at Springville High
We hope everyone had a great week. We had a lot Problem of the Week winners this week! The answer to last week's problem was 13 members.
Problem of the week winners:
Next week's problem: Color the Vertices of the Triangles
In the figure, each circle is a vertex of one or more triangles. The circles marked B and R are colored Blue and Red respectively. If each of the remaining circles is to be colored red, blue or yellow so that no triangle has two vertices of the same color, what is the color of the circle marked with the *?
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Parents please review the letter and fact sheet from the Utah County Health Department regarding influenza. This has become a widespread problem in the entire county and health officials would like to make us aware of the symptoms and dangers of the flu. If you have questions or concerns about influenza, contact your health provider or the Utah County Health Department directly.
The changes to Quest Time over the last year have caused a lot of confusion to the students of Springville Junior High. Ms. Shepherd was saying that with the removal of movie rooms and advisory it made it easier for some of the teachers to manage their classrooms. Should there still be movie rooms or was that a good move by the principals of our school?
Ms. Shepherd was saying that the changes in Quest Time were to make things better and that the student advisory was not going as they planned so now we have Quest Time of Fridays. Mrs. Jackson said that, “ They wanted to make it simpler for kids but now the kids don’t know what class is a conversation room, movie room or a game room.” Oh, the struggles of Quest Time.
Emma Payne says that the purpose of Quest Time is “ It’s like recess if you have good grades. Just a nice time to hang out.” She also brought up that students sneak into the cafeteria so they can hang out with friends even though they have bad grades. “ Some students sit around but, the students who want good grades actually get their stuff done.” said Mrs. Jackson about her mandatory Quest Time.
Movie rooms were one of the changes that happened here at Springville Junior High, also there are no more student advisory on Fridays. Some of the 7th grades here don’t know what those things even are. Bryson Smith said that, “ I would want the movie rooms to come back, they sound fun.” But one of the problems that Bryson brought up was how noisy it is in the cafeteria and most teachers agree with this too. Ms. Shepherd stated, “ We are working on fixing the chaos of the cafeteria and are willing to take students opinions on how to.”
However, there is a committee that is helping making these decisions. Mr. Jensen, one of our science teachers, is the head of this committee, if there are questions or concerns about Quest Time you can ask him or one of our principals. Most students just choose the conversation rooms so it helped changing it and giving teachers more flexibility. In all, the changes to Quest Time helped out both students and teachers.
Last Friday, we held our annual 8th-grade vs. faculty basketball game. Every year the 8th-graders get the chance to go up against their teachers in a 25 minute, full-court contest. It was a lot of fun listening to students cheer on their fellow students as they brought their best game against some of the teachers.
Most cheer for the student team, but, every year, there is always a small group of 9th-graders who cheer for the teachers.
Both sides played well, and several made some great shots, but, unfortunately for the 8th-graders, the teachers came out victorious and defended their undefeated title. We do, however, wish the best of luck to next year's 8th-grade team.
Earlier in the year teachers played volleyball against the 9th-graders and will be going against 7th-graders in a game of kickball sometime in the spring.
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Mr. Jackman's Lit and Film students had a great time at Sundance Film Festival. They were able to see Inventing Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary about teenagers who are changing the world for the better through science, and were even able to participate in a Q&A with the director and some of the actual teens who were in the film!
Congratulations to Mr. Peery for getting the Mayor's Award! We know that he is amazing and we are proud that the rest of the community sees it as well.
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On Saturday, January 20, SHS student body had a blast dressing up for a safari and celebrating the opposite of PROM -- MORP.
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Payson High Schools drill team danced the night away along with many other young dancers from around the Payson area. The night began with a presentation of the 2017-2018 Paysetters and their companions. Following their presentation, the girls of the night performed their Epic Hip Hop. Paysetters smiled through their Camp Dance. After Camp Dance, some of the other studios; Limelight, Step In Time, Steps PAC, Cindy’s Dance, and The Ridge Dance Academy took over the floor and also flooded the audience with “oohs” and “awws.”
Almost halfway through the program, the Drill Team synchronized Military Portrayal prepared the audience for their sparkling Paysetter Dance, for which the girls were dressed up in white and lime green shine. Following the five dances that were after the Paysetter’s dance, the two seniors of the team, April Nettleton and Aubrey Schmidt,danced away together and ended the dance with a sentimental embrace and cheers from the crowd. After the Seniors’ glows, the Steps PAC shimmied along to Juicy Wiggle and after them, Centennial Dance performed: “Greatest Show,” a choreographed excitement for all the spectators.
The drill team’s last dance of the night was a Basketball themed Character. Following that, all alumni were called to the dance floor, where they got together and tried to merge themselves into the instructions that were being called out. One after another, the dancers moved away from the dance floor until only a few of all the participants were left on the floor.
All in all, Paysetter night dancers took the audience’s breath away while they danced their hearts out.
Attention! Students of PHS, we have the ability to bring others to victory. Students at Payson High School have been victorious in many sports for several years, and every time there is always a picture perfect crowd of students whooping, cheering, and supporting our teams. We need to understand that we play a part in every event when we, as classmates, support one another. In the end we create something beautiful: we become one.
Payson High has numerous sports that are not supported as much as they should be. We need to fix it, and we can. As a student body, we should make a goal this new year of 2018 to go to our less supported sports games, matches, and events. Sometimes we aren’t in the mood or have bad days, but everyone does. The students who participate in sports have sad, unhappy, and bad days, which sometimes lineup with there game days, but they still have to bring their absolute best when they have to play.
So go out of your way to create a fantastic foundation to start supporting a great game. You can help influence our schools worth. If you think we're going to lose or not succeed you’re feeding that bad energy. Everyone can change and this is the year to do it. All of the students who are new and don’t know what to do, come to the games and learn how to become a Payson lion by following in the footsteps of those who have complete school spirit. Forget about all the worries of how you look or how others think you look, for if you do, you will be showing school spirit and make Payson High School such a positive place. Become the change that payson needs and go out and support our students for good.
Newly sworn in Springville Mayor Rick Child gave out his first Mayor’s Recognition Awards at January’s 2018 City Council Meeting. The Mayor and City Council recognized two Springville Junior High students who are dedicated to excellence and service.
Jocelyn Nolasco is in seventh grade. She was nominated by her teacher Emily Edman. Ms. Edman shared that Jocelyn goes up to the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter on a regular basis to help provide home cooked meals to the residents. Her family does this at their own expense. Jocelyn is often seen helping a neighbor clean their yard or home. It is Jocelyn’s goal to help make other’s lives a little better with less hunger, cold or suffering. Jocelyn’s parents are Eva Aguayo and Javier Nolasco.
Michelle Mumford is a ninth grader and was nominated by her teacher Katie Reese. Ms. Reese writes that Michelle is a good example, a true friend, a hard worker, a skilled leader and an exceptional student at all times. She quietly goes about pursuing excellence without any arrogance or self-promotion. Michelle is the daughter of Sara and Blake Mumford.
Springville City is honored to recognize the wonderful youth in the community. Nominate a student today at www.springville.org/mayoraward(link is external).
Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.
It is filled with travel specials for your family including Adults at Kids’ Prices at the Disneyland Resort for travel in January, February and May 2018! Plus, you can still get 2018 tickets at 2017 prices before they go up! Get the details at https://www.getawaytoday.com?referrerid=757. Remember, with every vacation purchased Get Away Today will donate back to Nebo Education Foundation. #focusonstudents #nebohero #studentsuccess#empowerstudents #engagestudents
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On Tuesday, January 16, Springville High’s Girls Varsity Basketball battled hard as a team against Wasatch. Lady Wasp Faith Fitzgerald led Wasatch with 11 points as the Wasps defeated Springville, 37-20.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Cristian Munoz and Skylee Draper for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Cristian was nominated by Mrs. Reber for always saying thank you after class and meaning it. Skylee was nominated by Mrs. Harmer for being helpful, positive, and respectful to everyone.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Paulina Cruz and Zack Johnson for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Monday, January 22, 2018. Paulina was nominated by Mrs. Solorzano for coming to her classroom every morning to ask if she needs help with anything. Zack was nominated by Mrs. Wright for working hard in class every day.
Watch for your new Get Away Today magazine to come home with your student soon. It is filled with travel specials for your family including Adults at Kids’ Prices at the Disneyland Resort for travel in January, February and May 2018! Plus, you can still get 2018 tickets at 2017 prices before they go up! Get the details at https://www.getawaytoday.com?referrerid=757. Remember, with every vacation purchased Get Away Today will donate back to Nebo Education Foundation. #focusonstudents #nebohero #studentsuccess#empowerstudents #engagestudents