Get On Board To The Hobble Creek Book Fair

Hobble Creek Elementary News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:52am
Attributions: Liz Porter
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Ahoy Matey! The book fair is in full operation this week at Hobble Creek. It was kicked off with a fun Mom's and Muffin morning on Wednesday, Oct 26th and will continue today and throughout SEP's tonight until 8pm. It will end Friday, October 28th, tomorrow, after school. It's a swahbuckling adventure!

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Scholastic Book Fair

Mapleton Elementary News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 6:46pm

We are excited to have the Scholastic Book Fair going on this week. It will be open Tuesday - Friday and during both evenings of parent conferences. The money that comes to the school from the book fair fundraiser helps buy books and other supplies that teachers need to enhance instruction in their classrooms. 

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Timpanogos Storytelling Opportunities for Students

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:42pm

We wanted to make sure you were aware of these upcoming storytelling opportunities for students.1.  Patriotic Storytelling Contest with Cash Prizes (Due Date November 14)Timpanogos Storytelling is proud to partner with America's Freedom Festival in Provo to offer the opportunity for K-12 students to compete for cash prizes.  Contestants are invited to submit short pieces via YouTube (1-3 minute stories for grades K-9 and 3-5 minute stories for grades 10-12) related to the 2016 theme of "Freedom" online by November 14, 2016.  Winners will be notified by January 9, 2017 and receive cash prizes ($75 for grades K-6, $100 for grades 7-9, and $250 for grades 10-12).  Click here for submission links ( ) and additional details.  Since applications are accepted online, this is a great opportunity for students no matter where they are from in the state.2.  National Youth Storytelling Showcase Submissions (Due Date February 3)Ten youth from around the nation are selected each year as National Torchbearers.  They attend the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival for free, learning more about storytelling from professional storytellers and perform during the events.  If you have a student that would be interested in applying, find out more information by clicking here .3.  Timpanogos Storytelling Festival Youth Auditions (Due Date Early March)Over twenty Utah students perform onstage with professional storytellers throughout the week of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.  If you have a student that would be interested in trying out, auditions are held each March.  We will send out further information on how to get involved in 2017, but we wanted to make sure teachers knew about this opportunity in case they have a student they think would be interested in participating.Other upcoming Timpanogos Storytelling programs:

  • The general public is invited to the annual Hauntings Storytelling Contest on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 pm.  The contest features six finalists from throughout Utah and Idaho competing for the title of the Scariest Storyteller.  The program is at the Orem Public Library and is free to attend.


Reflections Results!

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:20pm
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Please see flier for specific names of those who reiceived an ward of Excellence, Merit and Participation. Job well done on a successful year for Reflections. We have 33 students advancing to District!

Mr. Gillespie Featured on KSL

Maple Mountain High School News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:46pm
Attributions: Story found at and photo by Robyn Gillespie.

Original story found here.

SPRINGVILLE — Whether learning or teaching, Jethro Gillespie is pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an art student.

As a high school student at Timpview High School in Provo, his art teacher helped him start on his way to Brigham Young University, which he says he got into despite his grades. Earning a BFA and certification to teach K–12, he began teaching at Springville Junior High School, then joined the staff of the then-new Maple Mountain High School in 2009. After earning a master’s degree from BYU while teaching, he started his doctoral work at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, spending a year there before returning to Maple Mountain High School.

“(My masters) was great experience as well, to be able to delve into the theories of art education while simultaneously dealing with the practical challenges that come with teaching,” Gillespie said. His doctoral research focuses on “rethinking and remaking a high school art foundation's curriculum using primarily contemporary artists as creative role models.”

Gillespie seems like the kind of art teacher you always wanted: warm, encouraging, and experimental. His students participate in projects like the portable art gallery he created for his master’s degree thesis, collaborative works using new-to-them materials like wood and nails, or the TASK party he hosted with artist Oliver Herring—a loosely structured event where participants work together to give direction, interpret tasks, and create works of art based on those interpretations, using materials on-hand.

But Gillespie also spends significant time in the studio. In his career, he has played with medium and scale in interesting ways; looking over his portfolio, it’s easy to see his evolution as an artist take place. One theme he played with for some time was painting large-scale portraits of Rocky Mountain Elk.

“The Rocky Mountain Elk is the Utah State Animal, and I figured, ‘I'm kind of an animal from Utah,’” he said. “These works kind of speak to the idea of being a Mormon in Utah, especially the notion of how Mormons view the ‘natural man’ as the opposite of a holy person. In many of these paintings, I show the elk sort of bound up in, or tangled in, these cords that just kind of go off the edges of the paintings. For me, the cords have to do with covenants or promises that I've made, and when I'm seeing the world as a natural man, I think that those promises don't really make sense and they kind of seem like a confusing burden.”

Gillespie’s most recent project also centers around Mormonism and the covenants devout members of the church make. “Tally Mark Quilt” is made up of approximately 70,000 embroidered white tally marks on a 6-by-6-foot, white quilt.

“Conceptually, I think these tally marks also have to do with my own personal interpretation of being a Mormon. More specifically, the idea of eternity, or counting to eternity,” Gillespie said. “I see it as sort of a paradox between seeing the promises I have made as a reference to Abraham and his promises from the Lord to have ‘countless’ blessings. At the same time, the large collections of tally marks also hearken to the idea of a prison-like or confined experience, which I sometimes feel because of the promises that I've made. ...To do this collection as a quilt is meant to show my own experience wrestling with these ideas about my own personal experience of being Mormon, but ultimately to create something that is an object of comfort.”

The quilt was accepted into the Zion Art Society’s Zion Art Exhibition, in which it won third place. He recently gave a presentation about his work and the quilt, saying, “I find myself stuck in middle of this paradox. As a Mormon, I felt like this was being honest to my own experience, which I think is important as an artist, to explain how I feel.”

View more of Jethro’s work in the studio and classroom on his blog.

October Students of the Month

Maple Mountain High School News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:10pm

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Konnor Frisby 
Where do you want to see yourself in five years? In College, with at least a Bachelor's Degree.  Hopefully, well on my way to my career. 
What are your favorite hobbies?  Playing saxophone in the concert and marching bands at MMHS, drawing, reading and writing poetry.  
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  Adolf Sax:  What inspired the creation of saxophones and why!?  It's the strangest looking and sounding instrument, so why? 

Jacob Reeves
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?   At BYU majoring in civil engineering.
What are your favorite hobbies?  Percussion, wrestling, and Goalball. (A sport for blind people.)
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  Robbin Williams.  I would ask him what was his favorite movie he did. 

Cienna Dorney
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  I see myself almost done with a bachelors degree in teaching sign language and hopefully newly married.
What are your favorite hobbies?  My favorite hobbies are singing, reading, rock climbing, and spending time with my family-cousins. 
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?   Barbra Streisand and ask her tips on singing/performing, and ask her stories about the movies shes been in. 

Adelaide Lunceford
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  I want to transform into a unicorn superhero and live in Iceland, or maybe just be dating a super great guy and graduated.
What are your favorite hobbies?  
Riding horses, playing soccer, running, and procrastinating homework. 
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? 
I would ask my great grandma what living during the depression was like.

Kaitlyn Brooks
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  Hopefully, graduated from high school and in college.
What are your favorite hobbies? Soccer, sleeping, N64 games, hanging out with friends, etc.
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  I would talk with Jackie Robinson and I would ask him what it was like to play with all the opposition. 

Green Ribbon Week - NEXT WEEK - October 31st - November 4th

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:22pm
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 Hi Parents!

Next week, October 31st - November 4th is Green Ribbon Week! Please feel free to have your student participate in the themes for each day.

Monday: October 31st - Halloween Costume

Tuesday: November 1st - Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday: November 2nd - Wear Green

Thursday: November 3rd - Crazy Hair/ Crazy Hat

Friday: November 4th - Wear Sport Attire

Please see attached document for more information.


Patriotic Contests

Maple Mountain High School News - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 1:25pm

The Freedom Festival sponsors multiple patriotic contests each year in categories including Art, Essay, Speech, Storytelling, and Video. The video contest is open to everyone; other contests are open only to students. The contest theme this year is Freedom.

In addition to receiving cash prizes, contest winners enjoy having their work promoted in the community by the Freedom Festival all year.

The deadline for all contests is November 14, so get moving!

Go to for details on each contest, including age requirements and cash prizes. We are so excited to receive your entries!

America Freedom Festival

Mapleton Elementary News - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:10pm

The theme for the 2016-2017 Freedom Festival in Provo is:  FREEDOM.  You will find more information to enter the contests at  The deadline to enter is Monday, November 14, 2016.

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Learning with Pumpkins

Mapleton Elementary News - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:53am
Attributions: Rachel Hansen

Mrs. Hansen's 6th grade class were wondering if the size of pumpkin determined the amount of seeds. They calculated the volume and then counted the seeds. Turns out, the two aren't related at all.

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Math Lab

Mapleton Junior High School News - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:33am
Attributions: Andrea Pond

Math Lab is open for students Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:45 - 3:45 pm in Room #108.

If you have questions, please call the main office.  

Categories: Mapleton, Secondary


Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:57pm
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Second grade had fun decorating their pumpkins they received from Jakers Pumpkin Patch!

Freedom Festival Education Contest

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:42pm

Please see attached document for more information.

Just Jumpin Club Assembly

Mapleton Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:17pm
Attributions: Julie Peery
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Intermountain Healthcare Just Jumpin club came and presented an assembly for our school. They emphasized a healthy heart and active lifestyle, while showing us their amazing skills. Even students and teachers were able to join in and show their moves as well.

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Mapleton Officers Help in Kindergarten

Mapleton Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:09pm
Attributions: Julie Peery
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Mapleton City police officers took time out of their day to come help with Kindergarten center rotations. What great examples of service and leadership. We appreciate everything they do for our school and city.

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

School Supply Fundraiser

Mapleton Junior High School News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:29am
Attributions: Suzanne Rowley
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Thank you to all the amazing students and parents who donated to our School Supply Fundraiser! The items donated will be going to 19 different schools in Western Samoa. The supplies are desperately needed and the students will be so excited! We will be able to see pictures of the students and schools that received the supplies this May when they are delivered!

Way to Make a Mustang Difference!

Categories: Mapleton, Secondary

Mrs. Karen Warren, Hobble Creek Assistant Secretary

Hobble Creek Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:43am
Attributions: Liz Porter

Mrs. Warren is the assistant secretary here at Hobble Creek. She has worked here for 2 years. She has 4 children and is from Springville. She loves to golf and doesn't like chocolate! Her favorite snack is Joe Banditos chips and salsa. Her favorite colors are all shades of blue. She loves to read Nicolas Sparks novels. She likes vanilla cake, black licorice and Dr. Pepper. She used to work for a bank and is really good at counting money. She loves to spend time with her family and wants to learn how to ride a horse. She loves working at Hobble Creek and likes to see how students are kind to one another.

Thanks for all you do to help make the teachers and students happy here at Hobble Creek Mrs. Warren.

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Mrs. Linda Baird, Hobble Creeks Head Secretary

Hobble Creek Elementary News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:36am
Attributions: Liz Porter

We have a great head secretary here at Hobble Creek. She has been here from the time the school opened back in 2003. She has 4 children and 8 grand children. She loves to cross stitch, read, travel and be with her grandchildren. Her favorite color is yellow and she likes Minnie Mouse. Her favorite sport is football and she really does like fruit and veggies. She is terrific at organizing and wants to become a runner. She loves to go on cruises and like to listen to Michael Buble. Make sure to say Hi to Mrs. Baird next time you are in the office and let her know you appreciate all that she does to help our school be GREAT!

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton