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Our MNJHS LIA collected a total of 2,231 Santa letters from Barnett Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Wilson Elementary, and Mt Nebo Jr High to deliver to Macys!!! We surpassed our goal of 1500 letters. Along with all the other LIA in our District a total of about 10,000 letters were submitted.
Macy’s Letters To Santa Campaign donates $1 per letter to Make A Wish Foundation, up to $1 million. All money raised goes towards helping grant the wishes of children with critical illness.
Way to go, MNJHS LIA!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Andrew Jones and Constance Whalen for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Friday, December 15, 2017. Andrew was nominated by Mrs. Bennett for returning another student's property. Constance was nominated by Mrs. Miller for following instructions, helping others, and making the best use of class time.
The Spanish Fork Jr. Lobos wrestled tough yesterday against Salem Jr High. Big wins came from Cooper Jacobs (77 lbs), Tate Sorensen (84 lbs), Ammon Anderson (130 lbs), Jaxon Pitcher (136 lbs), Ryker Dinsdale (160 lbs), and Jaden Green (H.W. lbs). The next dual meet will be 3:30 pm Wednesday, January 3 at home against Springville Jr High. Come support the wrestling team!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Colby Cook and KC Robinson for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Colby was nominated by Mrs. Miller for participating in class discussions and activities in meaningful ways. KC was nominated by Mrs. Ewell for being honest and kind. She has a great smile and is a hard worker.
Here is the next edition of the Spartan Chronicle. Students in the journalism class worked hard on this and hope you enjoy it.
In Bonzo's painting class, students have been working on landscapes. Their work is currently being featured throughout the halls! Keep your heads up and check it out!
Sueann's Current Events class spent some time building classroom culture and community by tackling some breakout boxes! Students had to work in teams to complete a set of tasks designed to challenge them and to get them to work together. The first group to open their box won! The competition was cut-throat, with one team coming out ahead miliseconds before the other!
Students in Elinda's English class have been preparing to read the book Night, Elie Wiesel account of his time in a concentration camp. To better understand the author's culture, students learned about Jewish holidays, played dreidel, ate flatbread, fig newtons, gold coins, and learned about other features of Jewish Seders (or feasts).
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On Friday December 15th, Payson High School’s Choirs proudly presented an evening of Christmas carols directed by Marilyn Morgan with Dana Bentley and David Baker as accompanists.
The performance started with the Trouvere boys singing "Have You Heard," then transitioned to the Bell Coro’s "Arise and Shine Your Light Has Come" and "Star of Bethlehem." Following the Bel Coro, Cambrielle Fitzwater and Mariah Webber’s voices joined together for "Santa Baby" and after their performance, the Trouvere Girls’ soft voices harmonized Let It Snow which then transitioned into Bayli Alexander’s Solo of of Elvis Presley’s "Blue Christmas." After Bayli, Trouveres did "The Holly and the Ivy" and What Child Is This? Max Bennion did "White Chrirstmas" followed by Polyphony’s In "Dulci Jubilo," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" and Sage Jackson’s solo of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Close to the culmination, Mrs. Morgan announced Bel Coro’s Performance of "Betelehemu," a Nigerian Christmas song that was accompanied by Brandon Harris’s solo and percussionists Owen Grimshaw, Kenji Heimuli, Reneé Hunt, Andrew Palmer and Dana Bentley.
At the end, all Choirs got together and wished the charmed audience Happy Holidays with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
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We are celebrating at SHHS. The Administration served a lovely Christmas dinner for lunch to our fantastic faculty. Delicious! As you can see the Christmas spirit was there. It's a pleasure to serve such amazing teachers who are so good to our students.
Christmas break starts tomorrow, Dec. 21 which is a half day, so don't forget to pick your kids up at 11:15. It will go through the 1st of January. We hope you all have a great break and try not to break anything. We all hope that you have an amazing Christmas. We all hope you get tons of gifts or give tons of gifts. If you are going out of town have a safe trip and if not, then still be safe
In PE This year we have done a lot of fun and challenging things. Yet we have had so much fun. In the beginning of PE, we did land paddling it was so fun. Land paddling is where you have a paddle board then you have a paddle that looks like a real paddle but had a rubber end to it that helped you stop. It was ultimately fun.
After we did volleyball. The hard part in volleyball was that a lot of us couldn’t get it above the net, but it was still very fun to play.
After volleyball we did basketball. Basketball was very fun and challenging at the same time. We had a very hard time trying to make it into the hoop. Lucky we all pretty much figured it out.
Now we are working on dance. We just did a dance where we had to choreograph our own dance in a group. Then we got to perform it in front of the whole PE class. Girls PE is very fun and we love being there.
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It is a big responsibility and honor to be chosen as a sterling scholar and there is a lot of preparation and effort that goes into applying and winning the title. Deseret News described the experience as this, “The Sterling Scholar Awards and publicly recognizes and encourages the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship of high school seniors in the state of Utah.” The Sterling Scholars at Payson High School have found great success with this program. Here are some of their tips for you to become a successful Sterling Scholar and why they participated in the program.
Mathematics: Brendon Earl
“ I did sterling scholars because I wanted the recognition that I worked really hard in math, I studied a lot. I wanted a little recognition, it also helps me a lot with my college applications. I think that Juniors and Sophmores should consider doing sterling scholars because you get your picture up in the hall and a page in the yearbook, that’s pretty cool. “
World Languages: Jaycee Wilson
“I have participated in ASL and Concurrent Enrollment classes, I have also been involved in the community and leadership opportunities this made it possible for me to do sterling scholar. I actually hope to work in the hospital as a nurse. In the hospital they need someone on hand who can interpret and communicate with those who are deaf. My advice is to be involved in clubs, it’s not really about your grades, just stay involved and keep track of all the service you are doing!”
Vocal Performance: Brandon Harris
“Back in eighth grade I decided that I was going to do everything I could to get sterling scholar in vocal performance. It was just a thought in a friendly conversation. That's really where it all started. I wanted the extra help with college. I have made tons of sacrifices to get this award, I have spent countless hours doing homework because I hopped on the honors track in the ninth grade. I have participated in 5 state level honors choirs, I spend time learning music, I take voice lessons once a week, I am learning advanced music like singing in different languages such as German, French, and Italian. My advice would be to make sure you have a lot of participation in things relating to your area and to keep track of your service hours”
Musical Performance: JoLyn Paddock
“My advice for people who are considering doing sterling scholars is to know you want to be a sterling scholar because the deadlines and those things come really fast. About the middle of September is when everything is due. Be sure to have a good portfolio put everything in sheet protectors with nice paper, you just want your binder to look professional.”
Overall the main thing that our sterling scholars want you to learn is “Don't be afraid to try, don't be afraid to fail. It’s not about perfect grades, it’s being passionate about the things you are passionate about, go out there and show people you can do it.” said sterling scholar Jose' Valle. Be sure to talk to our school counselors about how you can get on track to becoming a Sterling Scholar!
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On November 14, the 8th graders at SJHS had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Topaz Museum in Delta and learn about the Japanese Internment Camps that were in operation during WW2.
Many of the eighth graders enjoyed learning about what life was like for the Americans of Japanese ancestry.
“It was really moving to see what they went through.” Chloe Sleight states, as she talks about her experience.
“ My favorite part of the field trip was going inside of the barracks,” Laurissa Blakey explains, “They didn’t have insulation so it got so cold and hot all the time. It was just really sad to see what they had to go through.”
“The most fascinating thing about Topaz, was when we got to actually go into the barracks and see what it was like for a family of 4.” Dallin Hatfield explains.
Something else that they got to see was what the internees did on their free time- Shell art.
“They made these beautiful things will just some shells and nail polish.” Blakey continues.
This was definitely a one a great learning experience for 8th graders and surely to be something they will forever remember.
At SJHS there is program called FFA which represents Future Farmers of America. In this program you learn about many different things such as agracoucher. FFA is a program which helps kids throughout America become better friends and farmers. Today, the National FFA organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
In FFA you have the option to get rewards by earning them. A few ways you can earn a award is by being a good person ,listening to instructions, and being an outstanding student. If you do FFA you have many opportunities to do service projects. While doing the projects you can earn awards. In FFA they believe that it is important that you do in classroom work just as much as real life experiences. That is why you do both. You do classwork just as much as you go around and lean and see stuff in real life.
Many of the people who do FFA here at our school enjoy it . All of them say it is supper fun and they loved taking the class. Morgan Roper who is in FFA Said “FFA is so fun I love being in it.” But FFA isn’t all about having fun it is also about hard work. Shara Whatabe said “FFA is fun but it is also taught me a lot about who I am and what I want to be when I grow up.” FFA can teach you a lot about who you are and what you want enjoy doing and what you want to be when you grow up.
In FFA you also learn about agriculture, food and, animals. Agriculture is learning about framing and taking care of land and learning how to use the equipment farmers use. When you learn about food you learn how to grow it and take care of it so it will be healthy. And when you learn about animals you find out how to take care of them and how to keep them strong and healthy and to know what to feed them. FFA sound super fun and I would love doing it and all of you should consider it because it could help you find out about what you love doing, and what you want to be. That is why everyone should do FFA.
The students at Springville Junior High are not completely aware of the fun waiting for them when they came to school on College week. The counselors had prepared activities for the students to do as the week progressed. Many activities excited the students and got them in the College mood. One of the things that the students learned form college week was that people who go to college and graduate get paid 0.9 million more than those that do not go to college and graduate. At the beginning of the week they had us stay in our third period class and talk about college and we asked our teachers any questions we had.
Many colleges are options for the students at Springville Junior High, but the most tempting options are the ones that are close to home. Lydia Felix, a ninth grader, said “I want to go to UVU because my cousin goes there and it has good education. I have also heard that it is really cheap to go to school there.” “I want to go to BYU, because it has a wonderful engineering program,” says Kimball Snapp, an eighth grader at Springville Junior. Another eighth grader, Ellie Taylor, said that she wanted to go to BYU because it is simply amazing and her family goes there. Ashlee Boston, a seventh grader, states her opinion by saying that BYU was the place for her because she wants to be close to home. She continued to say that her dad also went to BYU so that was another reason she desired to go there. Though there are many different reasons that people go where they go many people are influenced by future jobs they want to have and where their family went.
About a month ago the students came to school and were reminded that they would be talking about college all throughout the entire week. During this time the counselors planned activities to have the students participate in throughout the whole week. On the first day the students had the opportunity to sign the poster on the walls that had the college that they wanted to attend. The posters were provided by the SJHS art program. Some of the Colleges included, but are not limited to, SUU, UVU, BYU, U of U, and USU. During quest time in the week the students and teachers stayed in their third period and talked about College and what it did for the rest of your life. Ellie Taylor said, “I believe that College week is the counselors trying to prepare us for college.” Kimball earnestly replied saying, “I think it is meant to inspire students to go to College.” Ashlee thought about it and then stated that she thought they were wanting the students to learn about College.
Scholarships and degrees were an important part of the entire week as they provide help with schooling and they help you get the type of job you want. Lydia said, “I would like to get a scholarship for athletics because I enjoy playing sports.” She goes on to say that she wants to get a four year degree in Physical Education or culinary arts because she likes food and sports. Taylor said, “I want to get a scholarship for my education and live my life. I am not sure what type of degree I want or what I will get it in.” Boston said that she wanted to get her scholarship for academics and that she wanted a four year degree. She goes on to say, “I want to get my degree to be a nurse degree of a vet because I like to help people and animals.” Kimball explained that he would like to get his degree in mathematics or in athletics. He says, “Because I have always been fascinated with Aerospace engineer, I want to get my degree in it and at least have a four year degree.”
Many people do not realize that the home is the perfect place to talk about college and scholarships. The importance of talking about college at home can’t be stretched enough, the students need to be informed to the best of their knowledge. The more knowledge the students have the better informed decision they can make. The students will learn also by their parents examples and will look to you for answers, and if you are informed the more helpful you are to your children. As Benjamin Franklin said, “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” Allan Bloom talked about college and stated, “The importance of these years for an American cannot be overestimated.”
Loving, carring, unstoppable, motivated, kind, and really any good word describes Amanda Gardner. Anyone you ask will only tell you good things about her. Even her brother says that all Amanda does is smile and laugh. Amanda loves to play tennis and read any good book. She is the 2nd oldest child in a family of 6 and has always lived in Springville. Kelsey Sumsion, a ninth grade girl, is one of Amanda’s best friends and has grown up with her. She said, “Amanda always finds the best in everyone, she makes the best out of any situation and I love her for it.” Amanda is a BYU fan and wants to go to BYU but maybe do a study abroad. She loves the color blue and loves the winter season. Her brothers best friend Will Hammon, a 7th grade boy, loves to hang out with Amanda, “ We do fun stuff, and she’s willing to hang out with me all of the time.” If you haven’t met Amanda yet, you definitely should.