This week in Elinda's and Carly's English classes, students are making storyboards of their mornings to better understand film as literature. Look at how hard they're working!
Tomorrow, we will be taking school pictures of any students that have not had their picture taken this year. Also, picture retakes are offered for those that purchased pictures originally. Students needing a retake must bring their original picture packet back to the school.
Last year, Landmark High School increased efforts to develop opportunities for students to be involved in internships through the school. Eric Aroca was hired as the Workplace Skills teacher/transition specialist.
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Mrs. Harmer’s 9th grade Social Studies classes made Greek temples this week.
Students built their temples out of common school supplies. This activity helped solidify students’ understanding of Greek architecture, column types, and the various parts of Greek temples.
Students also had to dedicate their temple to something they held in high regards like music, sports, or even Taco Bell!
Tonight at 6 pm in the Payson High library there will be an in-person bond meeting. Then on Tuesday, November 6, Nebo School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on the important bond proposal. Please visit www.nebo.edu/bond2018, where you will find relevant facts you need in order to make an informed decision about the bond proposal on the ballot.
Nebo School District continues to grow by approximately 500 students per year. Due to this growth, the proposed bond was initiated after more than a year of research and planning by district personnel and input from parents, guardians, and local government officials. The proposed bond aims to accommodate growth and prepare for the future through the following projects:
- Building three new middle schools (one each in the Salem Hills High School catchment area, Maple Mountain High School catchment area, and Springville High School catchment area)
- Rebuilding Payson High School, Spanish Fork High School, and Springville High School
- Implementing a straight alignment pattern which means each middle school will feed into a single junior high, and each junior high will feed into a single high school (rather than splitting), so students can attend school with their peers through the completion of high school
Nebo School District is pleased that there will be no tax rate increase with this bond. This is possible because past bonds were structured in a way that kept debt ratios low and we have been aggressively paying off previous bonds.
More detailed information regarding the proposed bond can be found on our website at www.nebo.edu/bond2018. The website contains videos, voter information, voting locations, and other information that may help you make an informed decision regarding the proposed bond.
If you would like to visit with us in person regarding the bond, four area meetings have been scheduled for your convenience:
- September 25: 6 p.m. at Maple Mountain High School
- September 26: 6 p.m. at Payson High School
- October 3: 6 p.m. at Springville High School
- October 4: 6 p.m. at Spanish Fork High School
The bond proposal is a plan that will impact the future of our students and community for years to come. We hope that you will engage in the process with us and mail your ballot on or before November 5.
Utah South Region's Teacher of the Month is Matt Guilbert at Spanish Fork High. This is his first year teaching LIA, and his students are very lucky to have him! Congrat Mr. Guilbert. You are ROCK SOLID!! For more information, visit https://latinosinaction.org
Please join us for a free community substance abuse prevention training "High in Plain Sight" on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the MMHS auditorium. This presentation will explain current drug trends, including identifiers, logos, and clothes to demonstrate possible high-risk behaviors in youth. This presentation explains the current drug & alcohol terms in simple language for each attendee to apply what they learn in their community, school, or even at home.
These new trends are very popular and it is important for concerned adults to understand these sweeping changes in the drug culture.
This presentation is open to ALL parents of any high school student in our school district as well as our faculty and staff.
For more information, go to https://www.tallcopsaysstop.com/
The PSAT test will be held at Springville High School Saturday, October 13th, 8:00am to Noon. We have 25 tests that can be purchased at the finance office for $20.00. The tests are available on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your reciept to the counseling office for a student practice booklet.
You should take this test if:
You need practice on the SAT
You consistently score in the 90th percentile on the standardized tests (if you score in the 90th percentile on this test you qualify for a National Merit Scholarship)
This past weekend Latinos in Action class went to the Harvest Moon Hurrah at the city library park to help where they could. They helped at the Information booth, face painting, and helped with the kids giant mural. Our class wants to show the community we can provide help all around. Way to represent SFHS!!
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Ms. Heaton’s classroom was recently transformed into a breakout room using BreakoutEDU. Students used their knowledge of the elements of fiction to open digital and physical locks. The students had a fun time using BreakoutEDU to review the elements of fiction.
Picture 1: Payton Larsen
Picture 2: Sam Bailey, Wesley Brunt, Andrew Schmoekel, and Miles Farley
Students in Mrs. Thompson’s eighth grade English classes have been busy reflecting on some of the social issues teens contend with? Who can they go to for advice?
Dear Abby, of course.
Mrs. Thompson’s students first examined mentor texts—copies of past Dear Abby articles—looking at their traits and characteristic structures. Then they considered topics for their “reader letters” and imitated Dear Abby’s style for her “response.”
Here is the first article in a seven part series where teens voice their concerns then propose solutions—through the persona of Dear Abby.
Will There Ever be a True Conversation?
September 12, 2018
DEAR ABBY: I have a big problem! When smartphones and the internet came out, it released a whole new world. It has become a better world, but at the same time it has also become worse. Conversations are mostly over the internet instead of person, and most the time people are on their phones 24/7.
When people actually do talk to each other in person, they are not even looking at each other because they are either playing a game or talking to someone else on social media or over texting. This is a big problem because you don’t know if they are listening to you or just agreeing even if they don’t know what you are talking about. For example, yesterday my friend and I were talking while he was just concentrated on his phone. I asked him, “Will you be able to hang out after school today?” Then without looking up, he said, “Yeah sure.” after school that day I went to his house and knocked. As he answered the door he looked very surprised. He then said, “Why are you here.” I answered him saying, “You said you could hang out today.” He then said, “I never said that!” Even though I knew he said that I turned around and when home.
This is terrible when you are really counting on a friend, neighbor or even a teacher! Abby, is it just me or is there a problem that needs to be fixed!
--NEEDS HELP IN NORWAY
DEAR NEEDS HELP: It’s becoming a huge problem in today's world and I am truly sorry that it is. It really needs to change! I'm just not sure how to change it.
It's not just you, I think its rude for someone to be on the phone while talking or “hanging out” in person. If you think someone is not listing just say obscure things until they start paying attention. If you can talk to someone in person you should instead of talking to them online. If this becomes a more regular thing with you and your friend I suggest talking to him about it. Electronic devices shouldn’t get in the way of friendships!
Students in Mrs. Kelly's Foods 1 class recently competed against each other in a Fresh Salsa competition. After learning basic knife skills, lab groups were given ingredients and one class period to create the best salsa. Each finished product was judged by Señor Moss's 6th period Spanish 1 class. Congratulations to our winners! Felicidades!
Pickleball was a smash this week in Advanced PE! With a new tournament each day we had several different winners.Cade Olsen and Jace Gunter Allie Fraser and Chase Pepper James Radford and McKay Shaffer Congratulations! What a great week!
Soccer Intramurals ended on Thursday. We had a great turnout and had lots of fun. Whether it was games outside, World Cup Tournaments, or indoor games these young men showed Coach Johnson and Coach Street where it was at. Thanks for a great intramural!!
- We will be holding our first Parent-Teacher Conference of the school year this Thursday, September 27th from 3:30-8pm in both gyms. No reserved time to meet with teachers is necessary, teachers are at tables in the gyms, just walk up and talk with those you need to visit with. Please either print off your student’s schedule at home or pull it up on your phone when you arrive so you know who to see. Our counseling office will print off schedules for those who need one.
Parents, Students, and Friends -
THE LOBO WAY
One day at a time is how we can PURSUE CHALLENGES FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT. This is part of LEARNING TO LEARN WITH PASSION, our school’s second part of the vision we have. Students, what do you do to improve yourself one day at a time? What interests do you have that you want to learn more about? Come to the office and share your experience with Mr. Christensen, Mrs. LeMmon, or Mr. Mortensen for a small treat!
7TH GRADE SCIENCE ROCK CANYON FIELD TRIP
If any 7th grade student would like to go on a fieldtrip up Rock Canyon on October 3rd, the cost will be $2.00 and you will want to bring a sack lunch and water. Pay Mrs. Hall in the front office and you will be put on the list. Space is limited so FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. We will be gone most of the day to look at rock formations and the ways rocks are made.
CROSS COUNTRY MEETS
The Cross Country meets that were postponed due to the air quality have been scheduled.
Tuesday, Sept. 25th @ Salem Jr. High start time 3:30
Tuesday, Oct. 2nd @ Diamond Fork Jr. High start time 3:30
Under the direction of Kristina Holley, drama teacher and coach, the Spanish Fork Junior High Shakespeare Competition team will be travelling to Cedar City to compete this weekend. Over 2,000 students from over 90 schools throughout Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and California gather in Cedar City for the event. Our students are excited to participate in such a wonderful event.
The team will present a showcase performance of all their competition pieces for family, friends and the public this coming Monday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater of Spanish Fork Junior High School. There is no charge to attend, so we welcome everyone to come see it.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PLANS
Monday and Tuesday our 9th grade students will be participating in their College and Career Readiness Plans during Geography and World History classes. Students will review high school graduation requirements, ways to get college credit in high school, ways to pay for college and different routes to various careers. If you would like any additional information, please talk to your student’s counselor! Resources are also available on the counseling website: http://sfjhscounseling.weebly.com/
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
Our first parent teacher conference of the year will be held from 3:30pm to 8:00pm. You will receive your child’s grades upon arrival and teachers will be available in the cafeteria and Little Theater.
PTA SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Principal Christensen invites you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair, sponsored by the PTA, from September 25th-27th. Days and hours are Tuesday 7:15-3pm, Wednesday 7:15-3pm, and Thursday 7:15-8pm - stop by during parent teacher conferences!
We have a classroom wish board where you can see what English teachers’ "wishes" are. You can purchase a book for teachers to add to their classroom libraries!
We even have a contest going highlighting the English teachers’ favorite picks! It’s always fun to see what the teachers choose for good reads! Mr. Christensen likes Live In Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond and Assistant Principal LeMmon’s favorite book is The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.
Finally, because of great student and parent support our PTA is able to give the teachers at our school gift certificates to use to build their classroom libraries. Scholastic is donating to each classroom during this book fair!
UPCOMING SFJHS ACTIVITIES
Sept 25 - Cross Country @ SaJHS 3:30pm
Sept 25 -Area Nebo Bond Meeting @ MMHS 6pm-7pm
Sept 27 - PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 3:30-8pm, Golf @ Gladstan 12:00pm, Girl’s Tennis 3:30pm
Sept 28 - SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKE DAY, Cross Country @ 3:30pm
Oct 1 - Shakespeare Showcase Performance, 7:30pm, FREE!
Did you know that we email students, and their parents/guardians, a newsletter every Monday? In the newsletter you will find the weekly activities for the school, including our current sports, extra curricular activities, and other helpful information. Please be sure to look over the newsletter each week so you are in the know!