Clubs as we all know, maybe some of you don’t, is a time after school when you can do art, math, board games, etc… So why do we all of a sudden have it now instead of having it earlier in the year? Mrs. Merrell, who is in charge of the clubs and she’s one of the special education teachers, had this to say, “ The school had a grant for it so I had to do it. “ But why did they, the school, give us clubs? Mrs. Merrell explained, “ We wanted to give students something to do after school. It seems that Mrs. Merrell has explained why we have clubs now but what do the students think?
Isaac Sedgwick, a 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say what he thinks about his art club, “ My art club is pretty good. “ And Emme Trunnel, another 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say about her chess club, “ My chess club is pretty fun. “ And last but not least let’s see what Samantha Kenworthy, yet again another 7th grader here at SJHS, had to say about her math club, “ Yes, I think it’s good. “ Another question we are faced with is has this helped these three students connect with other kids in their clubs? Isaac Sedgwick, again ,had this to say too, “ Yes, it has helped me meet other kids in my club(s). “ But I guess it had a different effect on Emme Trunnel here, this is what she said, “ No, not really. But it is still fun. “ On the other hand Samantha Kenworthy had a different answer, “ Ya, sometimes I get to meet and greet other kids who have the same interests I have. “ I guess the students aren’t too disappointed or too thrilled about these new clubs.
In conclusion it seems that we have all learned a bit more about what these clubs are about and how these clubs came to be.
7th graders last year had 2 periods of english. One hour and thirty minutes of the same class. This year 7th graders only have one period of english forty five minutes, some 8th graders are pretty upset about this.
Here's what Halle Platt and 8th grader has to say about this change, “No I didn’t like it because I like to switch classes, and it was boring.” Did two periods of english make you smarter, are the seventh graders learning less? Halle doesn’t think that two periods of english necessarily made her smarter. “Are you jealous of the 7th graders?” I asked Halle “Yeah, it bugs me that they only have one period.”
Ashlee Eves an 8th grader, also agrees with Halle. She did not like having two periods of english. Especially on testing days. “When we had A and B days we would sometimes have our language arts teacher for three hours.” Ashlee told me. They put in science for the whole year now and Ashlee says even though she didn’t love english she would still rather have that then science all year. The seventh graders only have 45 minutes, are you jealous of that? “No not really, I don't really care. It’s good for them that they only have one period.”
Maizie Thompson also an 8th grader says, “I hated it, it was way too long.” Maizie would not go back to having two periods of english. She’s a little jealous that the seventh graders only have one period of english. But wouldn’t you be?
Lastly here's what Ms. Edenfield, a seventh grade english teacher, had to say about having only one period of english now. How has the change effected the english teachers? Ms Edenfield says, “I have 80 more students now, more things to do, and less time to teach.” The english teachers teach the same lessons they taught last year. Last year they had and hour and a half to teach their lessons, this year they have 45 minutes. Ms Edenfield doesn’t know which one she prefers. She says there are positive and negative things about both situations. She does miss having two periods to teach though. So it seems as though most of the 8th graders this year are not to happy about this change. The teachers on the other hand, I think they might miss it! Do you miss it?
For those of you that are in seventh grade it can be a little hard to deal with this new school year. It’s a new school, new people, new staff, and pretty much a new kind of lifestyle. A lot of you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed and scared, but you just remember one thing. We all went through seventh grade. Your teachers, your ‘cool’ older siblings, everyone went through the horror that is seventh grade.
Jr. high throws a lot of new things at you on the first day. You’ve got classes, lockers, teachers, classmates, and all this new social stuff you’ve got to deal with since you count as a teen now. You want to live a little, too. It’s not the easiest thing to deal with, but just remember Ellie Taylor’s wise words,” Don’t think it will be bad.” Your attitude can affect how you feel about your time in Jr. high, so try to keep a positive, open outlook on school.
A few ways you can get rid of stress from your classes are very simple. First and foremost, pay attention in your classes. There is a reason why your teacher is talking. Also do your assignments on time, try your best and please don’t cheat. Teachers would rather have you make mistakes and learn than giving you a good grade because you cheated. They can also tell if your cheating which will get you in even more trouble. SJHS has wonderful teachers that are willing to help you learn. Teachers respect you so you have to respect them too. Try to stay quiet during lessons and do your assignments when you are told. You’re teens now not little kids, it’s time to start acting like it.
Lockers are also an issue for you guys. One day you were probably trying to open your locker to put your stuff in it and get out what you need for your next class. You were trying and trying, but it just didn’t wanna budge. You’re starting to freak out a little because you don’t want to be late. Plus your precious phone is in that locker! What if you could never get it out!? This situation won’t last forever. Give it another month tops of opening it and you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. Also don’t flip anyones locker, that’s just a jerk move right there.
Now onto your greatest trial of Jr. high, classmates and friends(DUN, DUN,DUN).You’ve got a lot of classmates this year. It would be a good idea to learn people’s names now that it wouldn’t be too awkward to ask. Half way through the year is not a good time, just trust me on this one. Try not to exclude people and if you’re paired with someone you don’t know still try to work with them. If they don’t do anything then it’s on their conscious not yours. You tried they didn’t, sounds like a good day. Many of you are able to make friends quite easily, but for others it can feel like the Hunger Games(Please don’t treat school like the Hunger Games, a lot of us want to live). Get out there and don’t be afraid to meet new people, but remember that you don’t need thousands of friends. If you have one friend that would help you with any problem then it’s enough. Quality is more important that quantity.
Finally, to finish off this article, a few words of encouragement from your upper classmates. “There is nothing to be scared of,” Kelin Salmeron. “...Be yourself, don’t doubt your abilities,” Ellie Taylor. “Always try your best, never give up,” Dulce Tenorio. Remember to have fun this year seventh graders.
Are you board at home every day after school because your friends are doing things? Is there a school sport that you could play? A sport that is fun, you can make friends, and succeed in running. A sport that you can make friends in and hang out with for hours. A sport that will make you feel good in the long run. Your answer is cross country. At Sjhs we are doing Cross Country.
Cross country is a fun sport, that you can improve your running, stamina, and your athletic ability. Cross country is all about getting in shape, hanging out with friends,making new friends, and having a fun time. Every Friday the cross country team has meets. The girls run first and then the boys run, there is only one race, and this is the half mile run. On friday the 15th the Cross Country team had their first meet. The coaches this year, are Mr Hammon, the health teacher, and Mr. McKell, the geography/ world civilizations. Every Monday through Thursday the Cross Country team practices. They practice from 3oclock to 4oclock. They run a few miles every day.
Colton Balanga, an 8th grade boy, is on the cross country team. He really likes being on the team, and has been running on the cross country team for two years now. He likes running because it keeps him in shape and increases his stamina. He likes to play basketball to and cross country helps him to be able to run back and forth on the court. “I think cross country is beneficial because i’m able to keep my stamina high and I feel great after runs.” he said. He thinks that through cross country he won’t only get physically stronger, but mentally strong as well. Because when you are at the end of the race and your legs are tired you have to tell yourself that you can do this.
Through cross country you can make friends, increase your stamina, be mentally strong, and physically strong. Would you do cross country?
Do you have a library pass? According to the students, it’s the thing to have at SJHS. The library has so many changes recently and for the most part, everybody has been happy with them.
Library passes are something that you can get from Mr. Brimhall, the librarian. Sydney Averett, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, has a library pass and likes it a lot. She said, “I like having the pass because I get to be with my friends in the library, and also because it’s not crazy like it is in the commons.” So as you can see, if you have a pass then you can chill with your friends in a calmer environment.
The library also has student library workers who help check out people’s books. Makenley Gross, another eighth grader at SJHS, is a student worker in the library. To become a worker, you ask your specific grade’s counselor if it would work with your schedule. Gross likes being a library worker, but she isn’t very fond of the library passes. When asked if the library passes were liked, she replied with, “The library passes are okay, but It gets tiring of having to always open the door for people with passes.” And the other workers probably feel the same way.
In conclusion, there are lots of changes in the school concerning the library. You can even get a library pass! So are you going to get a library pass?
Did you know that languages are easier when you learn them as a child? That’s why the Chinese immersion is so GREAT. The Chinese immersion started seven years ago. The students had one half of the day in chinese and the other half in English at Sage Creek. The students can not hear one word in english from their chinese teacher. Making it harder to understand what is going on, and easier to learn the chinese.
Here in the Jr. High it’s different- the students had a option of one period or two of chinese. In one of the classes they learn Chinese spelling and Chinese words. In the other class they learn Chinese culture and history. Mrs. George, the Chinese teacher from sage creek, said “ First graders don’t understand chinese that well seventh graders do!”. As the first graders go through the chinese immersion program they understand chinese more and more. Mrs. Distefano, SJHS counselor and mother of a 5th grade chinese student, said “It is amazing to go to parent-teacher conference and listen to her communicate with her teacher in chinese”.
The students of the chinese immersion program love learning chinese too! Kailey Neilson ,a chinese immersion student here at SJHS, said I “made good friends from it” Kailey also thought it was weird cause the time was way shorter, and another chinese immersion student named Gibson Condie said “It’s fun I like it”. In response to, how is Jr. high different from Elementary school Chinese, the students thought it was way more challenging. Which is good because that means they are making a lot of progress or should be in the future.
In the end with all the facts together the chinese immersion program sounds like the students are learning a lot and the parents are glad they are doing it. Hopefully the chinese immersion program will keep and being successful. The students think that it will go well. The chinese immersion program is very small so far because so far in the Jr. High it is only the seventh graders but when it is it will be fun for the whole school to have chinese students!
Congratulations to Becky Clement on receiving the “Spirit of the Mustang” award for her outstanding service to the students of MJHS. This is what Mrs. Carey, her nominator had to say about Mrs. Clement.
Becky has the one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. No matter how crazy her day is she always has a smile on her face. You can often hear her ask others how they are doing or how their day is going. If I need help covering a class, she is always there.
Becky’s job is not the easiest. It’s time consuming and takes a great deal of patience. She is always looking for ways to help her students feel success as well as making them feel important. I have watched her numerous times take an upset student and calm him or her down, sometimes by just listening. Becky is there to encourage them when they feel discouraged. I have seen Becky give up her lunch or go buy a lunch for one of her students she knows came to school hungry. Becky knows that for some of her students, school may be the one positive in their day, so she showers them with love and attention. For all these reasons and many, many more, I would like to present Becky the “Spirit of the Mustang”.
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Our three fantastic MJHS Bands held their Fall Concert on Thursday, October 12th. The concert began with the Jazz Band students getting started with some up-beat fun music, The Cadet Band followed with a number that included some interesting percussion instruments that gave the piece a “spooky” feeling. The Symphonic Band closed the concert with a couple of Halloween numbers that caught everyone’s attention and had the audience vigorously applauding. Students performed while wearing their favorite Halloween costumes. Our MJHS students did very well and are to be congratulated on representing the band program in such an entertaining way.
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More than thirty students from Springville Junior High School volunteered at Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday, October 10th, harvesting gourds for a community service project. The students, who belonged to chapters of the PTSA, Student Council, and National Junior Honors Society, brought in almost two dozen wheelbarrows of produce. In gratitude for their service, Jaker’s awarded each student a pumpkin—not to keep for themselves, but to pass along to someone in need.
“This was a great way for the kids to learn to work, and also to pay it forward,” stated Tess Jones, PTSA President and organizer of the event. “They can donate their pumpkins to friends who are being bullied, struggling with financial issues, medical issues, or just in need of cheering up.”
Despite over an hour of hard labor, and the grime and battle scars to prove it, the students wore genuine smiles as they cut the gourds free, piled them into wheelbarrows, then carted them away. “It feels great when I help people lift their burdens,” said eighth-grader Ella Unguren. “I know that I’m making their life easier.”
Several of the participants’ younger siblings joined the SJHS crew. Among them were Brookside Elementary students Levi Palmer and Madoc Jones—both of whom have joined the junior high’s PTSA organization despite their younger age—indicating that the school should enjoy an even brighter future of community involvement and service.
PHS classes, clubs and groups and the Payson City community are invited to participate in the annual Tree Festival by decorating and donating a tree to be auctioned off during a boys basketball game on November 21.
A large portion of the proceeds goes to the student council to provide “Sub for Santa” to families in our area. In the past, many groups have secured donations from the community and trees have sold at much higher prices! If any community members are interested in donating funds or a tree to decorate, you can reach Julie Gowans at firstname.lastname@example.org
This festival has been a great resource for providing Christmas to families in need. Payson High Student Council and the PTSA hopes this year will be another great year at the auction. Mark your calendars for November 21.
The title means fear of Friday the 13th, so the band concert was held on Thursday the 12th! Students dressed up in Halloween costumes and played some spooky music. Well done, jazz band, advanced band, intermediate band, and beginning band!
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Mt. Nebo Junior High is excited to announce the opening of the Panther Pantry, a place where students in need can get school supplies, clothing, and food for home. We are most grateful to the Payson Walmart for donating the school supplies and to others in the community for donating food, clothing, and hygiene items. If you are interested in donating to the Panther Pantry you can contact the school at 801-465-6040.
Quinton Hadlock – 9TH GRADE
Mt. Nebo Jr. High School
Quinton Hadlock, a 9th grade student at Mt. Nebo Jr. High, has been nominated to receive the Payson City Mayor’s Award for the month of October. Quinton is a positive example at MNJHS. We couldn't be more proud to have Quinton receive this award from the Payson City Council.
Here's what some of Quinton's teachers had to say about him.
Quinton Hadlock is an outstanding Student. He maintains high grades and achievement. Even in Honors courses. He is also an outstanding example and regarded highly by his peers.
Quinton is an active member of the HOPE Squad in his 3rd year. He is continually assisting other students and directing them to see the counselors when they it is needed.
Recently in a poll among the students in our school he received the most votes as a student others can talk to who cares about his fellow students.
We have seen examples of his service and kindness to others during his few years at MT. Nebo Jr. High. Time and again he is helpful to students who need a good mentor.
On Oct. 5th, three of our secretaries (Mrs. Lundell, Mrs. Beardall, & Mrs. Cook) enjoyed a day away from the office to attend the annual UASSP Secretaries Conference at Thanksgiving Point. They enjoyed delicious food as well as listening to the inspirational Lance Allred, the first deaf NBA player, Debbie Dujanovic, an Investigative Reporter for KSL, and the band Joshua Creek.
It can also be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GHv-7C5WeQ&feature=youtu.be
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The Natural Resource Science class had the opportunity to assist the Division of Wildlife Resources today with their annual Gilnet survey at Jordanelle reservoir. Students aided the DWR in pulling fish from the nets. Then, students assisted in measuring, weighing, and observing stomach content of the fish. Students also assisted the DWR in writing down the data for every fish in the nets. This was a great opportunity to get these students in a hands on opportunity where students could work with professionals in a career that these students are interested in.