This week's class spotlights are Ms. Hartung's class and Ms. Chen/Giles' Forest Class (Chinese Immersion). Ms. Hargung's class is very accepting of other people's differences and learning abilities. They realize that differences don't always have to divide them. Way to be kind and compassionate! This shows real Dragon spirit!! Ms. Giles/Chen's Forest class loves having a daily password to get into class! they love towork hard and enjoy their monthly class store. This class shows that working hard and having fun ar also part of what it atkes to show Sage Creek Dragon spirit!
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First grade dazzled parents with their Thanksgiving program. All dressed like Native Americans, they sang songs all about Thanksgiving.
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On Friday, Westside students and teachers had the opportunity to watch a wonderful assembly put on by a family from our school. The Groves family taught about Native American traditions, culture, and dress and did an incredible job of sharing their talents through music and dance.
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Thank you to all actors, crew, orchestra, and staff. We appreciate our Springville community support.
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Amazing, talented drama students!
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Springville High's drama and orchestra presented Cinderella. Amazing performances by our talented Red Devils!
Please open the PDF for this week's announcements on: Cinderella play (closing night), SHS Booster Club silent auction, dinner and girls/boys basketball red and blue scrimmage game, December Driver's Ed and Quiz bowl.
Art City Students in Mrs. LeMmon's class show they are Safe, Respectful and Responsible by the choices they make every day while in school. They earned ten Eagle Bucks and redeemed them for their picture on the school website!
Valeria Thomas is a new student here at Springville Junior High School. She moved to Springville from San Jose California. Valeria has long brown hair and is tall. She has very pretty eyes and is so nice. She loves to hangout with friends and play volleyball. She enjoys her new school, but misses her old school Ida Price Middle School.
Valeria instantly made a friend when she entered the school. Halle Platt took her on a tour of the school. She now eats lunch with Halle and all of Halle’s friends which are now her friends too. She likes most of her classes she is taking but especially loves P.E. with Mr. Chambers. Her favorite thing about Springville Jr. High is quest time. Ashley Eves says she met Valeria for the first time when Halle brang her to lunch. She instantly loved her.
Sadie Holdaway said, “She is a really cool girl. Her outfits are always so cute!” Valeria is so happy and positive even though she had to leave her old friends and her home. If you haven’t met Valeria you are missing out! She’s awe some!
Penny wars is an international competition usually between the schools grades. Schools all over the world do this to raise money for charities, natural disasters, and anything they feel are in need of. This year at SJHS we have decided to use our fundraising money for the people in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Edman ,one of our spanish teachers, family lives in Puerto Rico and has lived there in the past, so this year's donation really hits home for her. “My family was fortunately spared by Hurricane Maria in that their homes suffered structural damage but were not completely destroyed. They were all safe. The 50 days since Maria have been the most difficult. They have spent a majority of that time without drinkable water or any running water, and without electricity. Like most people on the island, clothes are washed in a nearby creek or river as well as bathing. Expensive propane tanks and/or generators are now keeping homes and hospitals functioning. My elderly uncle Tony, who is only able to eat food in a pureed form, struggled the most right after Maria. My aunt, without electricity, was not able to puree his food. She was able to catch a flight two weeks after Maria and fly with Tony to Florida. Once he arrived in Florida, he was hospitalized and is now recuperating. People are eating lots of canned food/non-perishables and building fire pits in their yards so they can cook. Slowly, more and more people are getting electricity in their homes so they can cook a decent meal. My cousins that have small children have had their kids at home this entire time. Very few children are able to return to school due to the lack of water and/or electricity in the schools. The little kids think they are on some sort of weird vacation but the reality is that the Puerto Rican government is considering having school through the entire summer of 2018 or having students repeat the school year. Nearly all of the island's cell phone towers were destroyed so telephone communication was impossible for several weeks. It was hard for mainland Puerto Ricans to not be able to communicate with the family on the island. Not knowing how the family in Puerto Rico was doing was the most agonizing time for me and my parents who live in California. Communication is now possible but it meant that children and teens on the island had to find new and varied ways to spend their time. The good news is that they had to learn to play board games, do puzzles, color, and play outside more than ever before.”
Michelle Pioquinto, a ninth grade girl, says that she really does enjoy penny wars. “It’s a fun way to raise money for a good cause.”
Penny wars is one of the best ways to donate money to a good cause. So if you haven’t already, DO IT!
The first basketball hoops were actually just peach baskets, a basket used to carry peaches, and the first backboards were made of wire. Basketball is a game played between two teams of five in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through a netted hoop fixed at each end of the court. Many people play Basketball.
Ella Peterson, an eighth grade student at Springville Junior High School, has been playing basketball for about nine years. She plays Shooting guard and Point guard. When asked why she likes playing basketball, she responds, “Lebron James is a big inspiration in my life and made me want to play basketball.” Lebron James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When you are in ninth grade you have the opportunity to try out for the school basketball team. Ella said that she is definitely trying out.
Ashlee Edwards, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, responded to the question What is your favorite part about basketball? She answered, “I like basketball because you get to work together as a team and you have a lot of fun while doing so.” Basketball is a team sport that requires everybody on the team to be playing and doing their best. The main positions that Ashley plays are Forward or point guard.
In conclusion, basketball is a very fun sport that a lot of people like to play. Driggs Ellison, and eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, loves basketball. He said that he is definitely going to try out for basketball next year. In basketball there are two teams of eight playing each other. Five from each team playing each other, and three on the bench from each team. Are you going to try out for basketball?
Article: National Anthem sung by Master Singers “Oh, say can you see,” Mrs. Utrera’s choir sing at the basketball game!
As some of you probably know, the Master Singers get the opportunity to go and sing about a BYU men’s basketball game every year. Mrs. Utrera, the choir teacher, says “This started 4 years ago when BYU sent out an email asking schools to sign up to sing. It was perfect timing because I had decided that Master Singers would learn the National Anthem that year and have it ready to use if we ever needed it. That year was the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem so it was the first thing we learned that year. We were ready and able when the invitation came to sign up and get a slot. We have been privileged to be invited back each year since then. It has become a great tradition.”
This year was pretty different according to Christine White, a ninth grader girl. She says, “We didn’t do quite as well as last year, even though we have more people.” As for being ready, Amanda Gardner says she thinks they are because the National Anthem is an easier song to learn. Mrs. Utrera also says, “They are definitely ready for this performance. They have worked hard to learn their parts. There are always things I can find to improve on, but usually just getting up in front of the audience brings the improvements that I want to make.” So you could say they were ready and did well.
As most things, there are favorite parts and least favorite parts. The excitement of lining up to go on and sing, with the possibility of a camera being on you, was Christine’s favorite part. Amanda says, “My favorite part was before we were going to sing because a bunch of my friends and I played games and got food!”
So all in all, the trip was a success, and hopefully they get invited back to sing again next year. Good job Master Singers!
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The fifth graders have been learning about the states and capitals of the United States of America. They were asked to create a state float and complete a packet about their state. They learned a lot about their state and did an amazing job on their floats.
Recently SJHS had a assembly where thirteen students were congratulated on their behavior. SJHS calls that being a Super Knight. Being a super knight is being amazing and going out of your way to help other people. You are recognized for being a good student and helping others when you don’t have to. Every single one of the thirteen students helped and did extra for someone else many, many, times. Which is why they are super knights. Every month two students are chosen from each grade one boy and girl. We have a assembly every two months to congratulate them. This term was different from others because there were thirteen super knights. There was a tie between Nash Scott and Jack Taylor.
When the super knights were called up they all had different feelings going through there minds. A lot of them were surprised like Jack Taylor was super surprised and was happy that you get a fun little trophy thing. A lot of them did not know what they were feeling when they were called up like Tim Cluff “ I had cross feelings about being a super knight I was surprised and happy.” If you were a super knight what would you feel? Being a super knight would be so amazing.
The students experience was interesting. Like how they had to give their trophy back to the administration after the first assembly. Audrey Hawkins, a super knight, said, “They gave us the Trophy, then took it back, and then gave it back to us.” They also had to miss a little bit of school because they got to go to both assembly’s. Except when asked how the students thought about going to both assembly’s they thought it was not that fun. It is very interesting when you think about what happens to the super knights at the assembly. These things you would not think about, looking at the super knights.
You may be wondering if the students did anything in particular to become a Super Knight, and the answer is sort of! Tim Cluff said, “I made my teachers smile every day!” So maybe to become a Super Knight you just have to do small things. However that isn’t the only thing. Jack Taylor said, “I did nothing in particular, just don’t mess around.” There is so many things you can do to become super knight like Audrey hawkins who said, “I personally did my best, so I could help out!” In the end it is the students who try to make our school a better place that get to be a super knight.
In the epic battle of reading and watching TV the students of Springville Junior High, more often than not, choose to read instead of watching the big screen! Ever since the TV has come into our world people of every nationality have had to choose where their loyalty lies. While the TV can easily be chosen as the favorite, some people just can’t choose between the two. For many years now parents have mostly approved of reading which may have more sway in the kids opinion of books and movies than they realized.
The first question that the students were asked was Book or Movie, and why. Jane Wilson, a ninth grader at Springville Junior, proclaimed, “Book, because they are more descriptive and you can connect with the characters better that way. It allows you to imagine and visualize what is going on in the book.” Another ninth grader named Jacob Gee said the it really depends on the book or movie. He goes on to explain that while the Harry Potter book is better he would rather watch the Lord of the Rings movie because the book is boring. Laurissa Blakey, an eighth grader, confessed, “Books because they describe thoughts and feelings of the characters better than a movie. Books are also the more correct version seeing as how they were made first.”
Max Whipple, an eighth grader, said, “No my favorite book does not have a movie and I am happy it does not, because it would ruin the story. The other thing the movie would not do is correctly portray the character unlike the book.” Lilli Killpack, a seventh grader, said that her favorite book does not have a movie, but that she likes the book because it is descriptive and the movie does not do that very well. Gibson Condie, another seventh grader, simply stated, “Not yet, my favorite book is Michael Vey and it is really interesting and fun to read.” Jacob Gee said that his favorite book is Harry Potter and he feels that the movie was really well done when compared to the book.
Laurissa Blakey said, “My favorite movie came after the book and it is Lord of the Rings. I like it because it is really funny, it has good special effects, and the characters are good.” Gibson Condie said that his favorite movie is Emperor's New Groove and that it came before the book. He later goes on to explain that it is his favorite because, “it is really funny.” Jacob Gee states, “My favorite movie came after the book and it is Percy Jackson, and I don’t know why, but I just like it.”
When asked what movie was most well done compared to the book Jane, Max, and Gibson all said that they believed that the Harry Potter movies were well done. One of the main things they said was the movie left things out, but it was still well done. Jacob said, “Because it is based off of facts from the books, the third Lord of the Rings extended version that lasts five hours is the most well done.” Laurissa said the she thinks Holes is the most well done out of books compared to movies because her sister said that the lines are almost exactly the same.
When asked if they would rather sit around reading or watching TV only one student said that they would rather sit around reading instead of watching TV. Two out of the six students said that they would rather watch TV because it is more relaxing and reading makes them dizzy. The other half of the students said that it solely depended on their mood. Now think about it when faced with the dilemma of choosing movie or book would you go to the big screen or the small box?
There are so many people at our school you might not know. Kelsey Sumsion is a ninth grader here at SJHS and an awesome person. She has been on the SHS tennis team and loves theater and music. Read on to find out her deepest secrets.
Just kidding! I tricked you, but there are some interesting things about kelsey you might want to know. In fact, Kelsey said that if she were to be a plant she would be a sunflower. Kelsey’s favorite pudding flavor is butterscotch and if she were to have a superpower it would be to fly. Her life motto is, “Eyes up do the work.” If she were to be put in a pit full of snakes or spiders, she would choose spiders.
Kelsey says if her personality was a color it would be, “Red, that’s my personality test color.” In that test it says red is the leader and they are decisive, determined, and demanding. They are logical and whenever you are in need of someone to do a good job, you get a red. They are also independent and speak their mind.
Emma says she loves Kelsey’s loudness. Mckay Dalley says, “My favorite thing is that she is really happy all the time.” Christy, another ninth grader at SJHS, says she loves Kelsey’s funnyness and sense of humor. Victoria Hunt said about Kelsey, “She is just always an upbeat person and is always happy and really fun to be around.”
Get to know Kelsey because she is awesome!
Have you ever been to a jazz game? If you have you know how awesome it is! If you haven’t, picture this.. At seven o’clock on October thirtieth 2017, in the Salt Lake Vivint Smart Home Arena; the Jazz versed the Mavericks.The seats were filled with mostly Jazz fans. The crowd screamed with blue, yellow, green, and white. In front of you, the NBA Jazz team enters.
The smell of fluffy pretzels and nacho cheese fills the arena. The floor vibrates from the beat of the music. When suddenly, the game begins. Very tall men sprint across the floor chasing the ball. The Mavericks run across the court and shoot for the basket.. inch by inch it flies through the air. It’s almost touched the rim when one of the Jazz players blocks it! They all run across the court and the jazz shoots and scores! The crowd roars in excitement to cheer on their team . The Mavericks coach is red hot with anger. Basket after basket the Jazz and Mavericks kept scoring. Suddenly, the Mavericks make a comeback and are in the lead. They stayed ahead for a while. But in the end the Jazz come and beat them with an ending score of 89-104.
The Jazz game gives you great opportunities to not only experience an incredible game, but to also get a chance to be on the jumbotron! The jumbotron is a huge screen that shows a close up action shots of the players during their game. At half time or at time outs if you’re dancing or doing something noticeable, they will make sure you’re on it! Don’t miss out on a Jazz game. It really is a memorable experience.
Everyone has a little word that they cannot stand hearing, for most it’s moist while others it’s things like squelch or curd. And for the students at SJHS, it’s no different.
Colin Gwilliams, a ninth grade boy, says that he cannot stand the phrase “totes ma goats”. “I don’t understand how anyone can say that, I absolutely hate it.” Felicity Fleshner, an eighth grade girl, says that she hates the word moist. “I don’t think that it’s the actual word that’s the problem, it just sounds gross because the word is about something gross.” And that seemed to be a popular opinion, Neveah Chavez and Evan Lyons both said the same things. What are words that you can’t stand hearing?