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The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation, has helped raise awareness and funds for ALS, a disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s. Former Boston College baseball captain and ALS patient, Pete Frates was diagnosed when he was just 27 years old. He and his family helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge go viral and increase ALS research donations to over $41 million dollars.
Friday at Sierra Bonita’s opening assembly, staff members including Principal Mike Larsen, took the Ice Bucket Challenge. Students watched as gallons of water and ice soaked each nominee. Many Nebo School District personnel were then nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sierra Bonita is looking forward to seeing the challenge accepted!
*for more information on the Ice Bucket Challenge nominations follow humansofsierrabonita on Instagram*
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Come join us for an evening of fun and games! We will be having our annual carnival on Monday, September 8th from 5-8pm. The PTA will be holding a silent auction that evening and they need your help! Attached you will find information about what you may want to donate to help prepare the baskets that will be auctioned off. Watch for notes to be coming home as well. Wrist bands and tickets will be on sale at the front office soon.
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This year at Spanish Oaks we are focusing on being "Bucket Fillers"! Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful … At Spanish Oaks, we fill buckets!
Everyone was very excited, and a little nervous for the first day of school in 1st grade, even the teachers. As all of the students gathered on the carpet for a story, one new friend raised his hand ...
Teacher: "Yes, do you have a question?"
Student: "Teacher, I was just wondering ... Is there a reason why your shoes don't match?"
Welcome back to school, everyone!
Bringing back the laughter our first week of school!
Our very own Shane Fawson walking around one of our Sierra Bonita students. It's great to be back!
Brockbank School sincerely appreciates the generous donation of school supplies from JCPenney Logistics (the catalog portion of JCPenney). They are housed here in Spanish Fork and wanted to help out a local school. The employees have been working all month to donate school supplies. At the end of the month, they held a drawing and employee Raelyn Mulder was drawn out. As the winner, she got to select which Spanish Fork area school she would like the donations to go to. Her good friend had children recently attend Brockbank and had such a good experience, she selected our school. We appreciate their generosity! These supplies will go to students who need them. Thank you, JCPenney Logistics!
SFJHS Student Council is planning a health and wellness assembly in conjunction with the P.E. department's efforts to get our Lobos moving and to sign up for intramurals. More inormation to come!
Parents, Students and Friends -
We have had a great start to the school year. We are looking forward to keeping the positive momentum we have experienced thus far going throughout first term and throughout the entire year. Like you, your student’s safety and success is our number one goal. Working together we can help our SFJHS students achieve success this year.
Picture day will be THIS Friday, August 22nd. Packets were sent home with students on the first day of school. If you choose to purchase a picture package your student should return the packet and money on Aug 22nd and give it directly to the photographers. All students will have their picture taken whether or not they purchase a picture package, so that it can be used for their student ID card and for the year book.
There are three fall sports that will be starting very soon; girls tennis, cross country and golf. We hope that students will want to be involved with some of the many different extracurricular activities that will be available this year. If you are interested in participating in one of these fall sports, be sure and listen to announcements this week, check the website or you can contact the coach - Golf: Shane Hansen - Girls Tennis: Travis Moss - Cross Country: Nate Bartholomew or visit with Mr. Beardall.
Dance Auditions for the Shakespeare Competition Team
Try out for the Shakespeare team! There will be a dance workshop on August 26th and then the actual auditions will be on August 28th after school in the little theater.
School Community Council
We need you! SFJHS is looking for parents/guardians who are willing to serve as a member of our School Community Council. The council meets one time per month (during the school year) to discuss school needs, create school improvement goals, and to plan how LAND Trust funding will be allocated. Parents or Guardians of students attending SFJHS are eligible to be elected. Please speak with Mr. Paul Barber at 801-798-4075 or e-mail email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a candidate for one of the three open seats on the council to serve a two year term. The deadline to declare your intent to run is Friday, August 29th 2014. If needed, there will be an election held September 15th through 17th, 2014 with voting in the main office. For more information about School Community Council and its role within SFJHS visit http://www.schoollandtrust.org
Parents, if you would like to help out with any PTA activities and/or projects, your involvement would be welcomed and appreciated. Please email Gaye Christiansen at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can be involved and how to join. If you have not already done so, you can still join PTA, The cost this year will be $5.00.
Be a Part of Reflections
The Theme for this year’s PTA Reflections program is: "The World Would Be a Better Place If..." We would love for all of the students who would like to enter, to have this information in order to get a head start. Here is an online resource to the PTA reflections page for rules, forms and consents - http://www.utahpta.org/reflections
Upcoming SFJHS Activities
• Aug 26 - Shakespeare Dance Workshop 3:00 p.m.
• Aug 28 - Shakespeare Dance Auditions 3:00 p.m.
Ahoy, Matey! The theme for our third grade this year is "Pirates". Today we talked about how pirates would make ropes from individual strings, and how we are stronger as we learn and work together. Every student made their own rope bracelet as a reminder. Yo Ho Ho ... it's going to be a great year in 3rd grade!
To kick off this year’s PTA focus of “Only With Teamwork Are We Able to Accomplish Our 'Bucket-Filling' Goals”, on Friday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Aristocats will be shown! Families are invited to bring blankets, pillows, chairs, and treats and join us outside for our movie under the stars!
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Students, parents and staff were excited to welcome back our amazing teachers! We have the BEST jobs in the world and are so lucky to learn alongside your children every day! Thank you for sharing them with us ... Bring on the new year!!
Download today's Monday E-mail for 8-18-14:
- 7th Grade Day 9-11
- Open House 1-5
- Final day for insurance signups.
- First Day of School
- CTE Intro Assembly Periods 1-3
- Faculty Meeting during collaboration in Library 2:00
- Picture Day
- Staff beginning at 7:30
- Students during Math Classes
Dance Auditions for the Shakespeare Competition Team.
There will be a dance workshop on August 26th and then the actual auditions will be on August 28th after school in the little theater.
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B.L.T.’s are not just “healthy” sandwiches. On Monday, June 1st select student leaders from the Spanish Fork Junior and Senior High School Band were invited to participate in a four hour “B.L.T.” workshop in American Fork, UT.
For several years American Fork High School has hosted one of the best leadership training clinics in the country. Educator, best-selling author, and one of the country’s most respected authorities in the field of human potential, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, along with Dr. John Villella (Dean for the College of Performing Arts at West Chester University) engaged over 160 students and future leaders with what it means to be a “student leader.”
Students, directors, and parents in attendance were kept on the edge of their seats for four hours straight and were constantly challenged to expand their comfort zones. Dr. Tim would frequently ask the room to reset and silently relocate to a new seat. When working together, students were never allowed to be next to someone they already knew or from their own schools. Students learned through activities and examples how leadership was a way of life. They learned that being a teen leader means going beyond being an “average teen.”
“Average teens are not given the responsibility of another life where everything about their attitude and behavior can make it or break it for other students,” Dr. Tim said as he expressed how excited he was to see youth with maturity. “Maturity is the ability to understand how your behavior affects others.”
Students attended workshops covering many topics including ethics, being a good role model, and being an advocate not only for themselves but for others. Emphasis was placed on the whys, how’s, and what’s of being leaders who care. Leaders are people who listen more, who are more enthusiastic, who acknowledge being a leader can be difficult. Leaders need to be dedicated, have more energy, are responsible, and are sensitive to needs of others. Mature leaders are those who communicate well, have positive attitude and control their emotions, are responsible, and demonstrate excellence in all they do as role models.
Students in Attendance: Bennett Brinton (tpt), Lucas Delgreco (tbn), Jared Christiansen (tba), Jordan DeYoung (fl), Chelsea Froelich (fh)
Digesting the B.L.T.—Students Respond:
“Being a leader is not everyone supporting you, it’s you supporting everyone else. Helping everyone do their best helps to do your best and when we do our best together, it makes the environment much you more enjoyable.” –Tanner Stone, Senior Clarinetist and Don Drum Major, SFHS.
“A leader can never go down in their standards. A leader has to have the highest standards because everyone following them will always be just a bit behind them.”—Bennett Brinton, Freshman and Lobo Trumpeter, SFJr.
“Sitting up straight and smiling is more impactful than being a good musician. I need to be more of a ten, as Dr. Tim would say, in everything I do at school; talk a little less, pay attention a little more, and I’ll better myself, the school, and the band.”—Seth Fallon, Senior Trumpeter and High Brass Section Leader, SFHS.
“Communication is not necessarily a verbal language” –Bennett Brinton, Freshman and Lobo Trumpet SFJr.
“Communication is not just in how you talk to someone, it’s how you look at the person, how you stand, and you acknowledge them. As a good leader, I’m going to going to fake having a good time even if I’m not just so that people can see I have a good attitude, which isn’t a problem for me because I enjoy everything I do in band.”—Lucas Delgreco, Freshman and Lobo Trombonist, SFJr.
“Being a good leader means not being selfish, helping other people when they need help, and how to be social in how to talk to people. I’ll be a good leader next year by working hard to become a good leader and helping others. I learned you need to work together and not just by yourself and watch other people, telling them when they mess up and praise them when they do well.”—Jared Christiansen, Freshman and Lobo Tubist, SFJr.
After being asked about the lessons of the workshop: “It’s about how do we help people to be their best and it’s great to have everybody hear.... All the principles are good and you can use it on so many levels, on yourself and just everything in life.“—Matthew Froelich, Social Worker and Proud Band Parent.
No off-season for the Spanish Fork Bands:
On July 9th, Spanish Fork Junior High band members took a field trip to Drum Corps International.
We can wait to hear about their experience!
For two days, a couple of weeks before school begins, over one hundred students from all of the junior high's in Nebo School district gather together for the Nebo Shakespeare Academy. The two day summer event features Shakespearean expert guest speakers; movement, voice and text classes; ice breaker games; open question and answer time on the Shakespearean Festival Acting Competition; Collaboration and district team spirit motivation lectures; food and FUN! This year's Academy was held at Mapelton Jr. High School with guest speakers Jan Shelton Hunsaker and Andy Hunsaker. Jan and Andy were both educated and trained at SUU and the Shakespeare Festival. They've built huge Theatre programs and taken many 1st place awards at the Shakespeare Acting Competition at Lehi High School; Tuachan School for the Performing Arts; Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and are now both teaching in Nebo School District at Spanish Fork High School. They had the students spell bound with their optimism and top ten acting Shakespeare tips. Students enjoyed the classes taught on the first day, and then got to work bits of their competition pieces on the second day. They learned the value of good collaboration and healthy competition. They all have a district Shakespeare shirt, so when we go to the awards ceremony at the end of competition, we will all be together as one team! We have a follow-up mock Shakespeare competition the Wednesday before we leave for Cedar City and compete where students perform all of their pieces for guest judges. The judges use the same adjudication form they use during the Shakespeare Competition and students receive feedback to fine tune their work, and also to get the overwhelming fear that accompanies competition, out of the way, so they go down confident and prepared to do their best. They learn so much by supporting and observing each other as well as others they'll observe during that weekend. We have the most supportive school board and administration's across the district, who support our desires to give our students this amazing experience. Nebo School District Junior High School Theatre teachers and Shakespeare coaches are: Kara Poulsen (Diamond Fork), Kristina Holley (Spanish Fork), Rock Hatch White (Mt. Nebo), Nichole Clement (Mapelton and Springville), David Antablian (Payson), DeAnna Ashworth (Salem), and Catherine Lyon (Salem).
The SFJHS Shakespeare Competition team is psyched up and getting ready to compete in October!
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Also, don't forget to check out the committees we still need volunteers for:
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Teachers interested in having a scooter holder made for their room by our local Eagle Scout, Trenton Teasdale, signed up in the Spring with high hopes ... Well, Trenton delivered! Each of our teachers now has a freshly varnished, home-made scooter holder to keep their coatrooms nice and tidy. Well done, Trenton ... Thank you!