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.”
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Sage Creek is kicking off the Holidays with a Sing-A-Long. Every grade chose a song to perform in front of their peers. They did a great job!
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.
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Ah the talent show! One of the biggest, if not, the biggest event at SJHS. An opportunity for students to show the school what tricks they’ve got up their sleeves, or simply a burning passion for music and the arts. It looks fun to be a part of, and many of these acts shock us because they come from the people who tend to be outcasts. But what lies behind the curtain of confidence these people drape over their faces when performing? If you keep reading, you’ll get an idea as to how these performers really feel. Before we get into what the contestants feel, let’s listen to what the audience has to say.
First off, what kind of performances are you expecting? This year’s freshmen, Sky David, Marsha Woods, Arianie Perez, and Daniel Boggess all agree that there’s going to be a lot of music related performances.
“A lot of singing, dancing, and instruments” Arianie said.
Another thing we should go over is of these students would ever consider auditioning, and what they’d do. When this topic popped up, it was a direct “no” from Sky, but she did say she’d play guitar and do it with a band. For Marsha, it depends on what she’d want to do.
“I’d probably show my art or an animation”, she answered.
What Daniel would consider doing is sing and “maybe an easy song on the guitar.”
Before we move on these people have a question for the contestants.
“Is it scary to be up there?” (Sky David)
“How are you not nervous in front of people?” (Arianie Perez)
Now that we’re through with that, let’s listen to what Hanah Cornaby and Christine White, two of the stars of the show have to say. How long did it take for them to figure out what they wanted to do, and were they hesitant about auditioning. Both girls were hesitant about the auditions.
“I was. I knew there were lots of talented people”, said Hanah.
“Yeah, especially since I wrote my own song.” (Christine White).
Judging by the applause they received from the crowd that Friday morning, they both did an amazing job. Well, that’s all the time we have. So what was your favorite performance and will you consider signing up for next year?
A lot of you know about SJHS wrestling team, but did you know that their is only one girl on the team?! If you didn’t you should know! Because she is doing awesome and she is awesome! Her name is Jessica Shumway and she’s pro! Although she started 2 years ago, she is winning A LOT! Jessica Shumway was born a great strong wrestler! Read more to get all the facts!
In 6th grade Jessica played football and learned that she liked tackling people. This sent her down a path of wrestling and fun! Jessica has won 38 out of 48 meets. That is amazing! Cody, a SJHS wrestler, said “It’s embarrassing for other teams because she annihilates them!” Jessica may be a normal student at school, but when playing wrestling she a beast!
Being the only girl on the wrestling team has its consequences though. Jessica said, “A lot of people think different about me.” Except if you get to know her, then you will know that there is a whole different side to her! The wrestling team is doing great this year so far and hopefully they will continue to.! When you get the chance say hi to Jessica Shumway in the halls, remember she is the only SJHS girl wrestler.
Mrs. Reese is a 9th grade Geography and World Civilizations teacher. She moved from Diamond Fork to our school this year. Mrs. Reese is a really fun teacher who teaches with really good methods, like activities around the classroom. Last week, her students were able to take a quiz as a class, going around the room and working together to earn our score. Ms. Reese is not married, but has "200 kids"! She loves her students and has lots of fun with them.
Amanda Gardner, a ninth grade student in Mrs. Reese’s 7th period class says “I love that class because it is entertaining to watch some of the students in the class goof around when they aren’t supposed to.” Although some people mess around Mrs. Reese is really good about getting everybody back on task to learn. Emily Snyder says that “Mrs. Reese is really nice and funny, and also makes assignments really fun at times.”
Mrs. Reese came to Springville because “I LOVE Springville! Fifteen years ago, I actually did my internship at SJHS so, for me, transferring to SJHS is like coming home. At Diamond Fork, I taught/collaborated with an amazing teacher (Vicki Gardner) who retired at the end of the school year last year, and it felt like her leaving DF was a great time for me to make a change, too. In addition, our SJHS Principal, Ryan McGuire, also taught at DF when it was Spanish Fork Middle School and he also taught with Vicki Gardner. I actually taught in Mr. McGuire's old classroom! Mrs. Gardner would always talk about Mr. McGuire and how wonderful he is! So, when there was a job opening at SJHS, it was a no-brainer for me to seize the opportunity to work with him.”
Some of Mrs. Reeses hobbies are; drawing, painting, graphic designing, singing, and traveling. She also like tapioca pudding, and would rather be trapped in a pit of spiders because snakes totally freak her out. In her opinion she likes summer over winter and since she is a history teacher she loves celebrating Thanksgiving because of what it celebrates, its historical roots in our country, and because it's a holiday created by President Lincoln. But, she doesn’t really care if people start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, either.
Mrs. Reese is a really nice teacher and if you see her in the halls or in class be sure to say hello.
There are a lot of sports in the world. Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, just to name a few. And there’s a super cool program, called Especially for Athletes, that helps you improve your sports skills, just as much as your social skills, like talking and also being nice. Bullying is something they don’t really tolerate. So, other than keeping sports real and bullies away, what is E4A? Well, they came to Springville Jr. High School just a few weeks ago and some kids have a few thoughts on it.
“The assembly was kinda cool,” Parker was saying about the man who introduced the program to our school, “It kinda showed you what their about on a different level, I guess. Like, how they’re more than just sports players and all.” He says it never occurred to him that the big football players, and the tall basketball players could be so inspirational. So, it was nice to see some inspirational talks and know that those big guys know what’s going on at the schools these days.
Miguel Pina, an 8th grade boy, also went to the E4A assembly. He was thinking the same thing as Parker. “Yeah, it’s so weird that those sports players can be so inspirational. I never thought that was true.” It’s weird how everybody seemed so surprised at the fact that anyone can be inspirational. And most of them started here. That’s right. E4A.
All in all, they said they’ve been getting good reviews. Each of the students we talked to said they liked the idea that they were talking about, and enjoyed the assembly. Would you take the pledge for E4A? Join the movement at https://especiallyforathletes.org/
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Mrs. Jorgensen's class enjoys making things out of scrape paper in their spare time. Here are some of their fun creations. Thanks for sharing Mrs. Jorgensen!
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Ever heard of "lead measures" and wondered what that means? You may know that it has something to do with tracking goals at school, or at least you may suspect it has something to do with the Leader In Me program.
To demonstrate what lead measures are and how to use them to reach a goal, Mr. Duncan told the kids about his "Big WIG" - a personal goal he's working toward. This goal is to write a draft of a book. Lead measures are the small, daily actions that will help you to reach a larger goal. Done consistently over time, lead measures help you visualize and track how well you are doing toward reaching your goal. You can see if you need to re-evaluate your goal, change how you approach it, or know if you're on the right track.
Mr. Duncan is using a calendar tracker (see pictures) with his two lead measures marked on each day that he does them. It gives him a daily reminder to stay focused on his goal. Teachers have encouraged students to come up with their own "Big WIG" that is not necessarily school-related. We hope that the students can be inspired to reach any goal they set their mind to!
December 18, 2017: Dear Parents,
Happy Holidays! I hope you have a wonderful holiday break planned with lots of family and fun. Just as a reminder, there will be no school December 22-January 1. School will dismiss early at 12:00, noon on December 21st. There will be no afternoon kindergarten that day and AM kindergarten will dismiss at the regular time. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!
Thank you the generous support of our “Lifting Hands” tree and our Christmas Spirit week. It has been wonderful to see all the donations come in and know that everything will be used to benefit someone, somewhere. Here are the remaining days of our Spirit week --
Tuesday, December 19 – “Sweaters for Sweaters”
Wear your best Ugly Christmas sweater and bring in any nice, gently used sweaters and other clothing to be donated to a local thrift shop. Drop off the articles of clothing in the baskets in the office.
Wednesday, December 20 – “Warm the Soles”
Wear your favorite Christmas socks! And bring in any slightly worn, old shoes to donate to a local thrift shop. Again, bring these to the office.
Thursday, December 21 – Christmas Spirit!
Christmas dress up day! Come as an elf or maybe Rudolph. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas. Let’s celebrate this last day before Christmas break!
Merry Christmas, Dana Beckert
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Simote ILoa has won all three of the last consecutive wrestling tournaments. He won 1st place at the Christmas Clash and Skyhawk Showdown. Amazingly, he went undefeated at the Nephi Winter Classic.
The Skyhawk Showdown was held at Salem Hills High on Saturday, December 2, Nephi Winter Classic was held on Friday, December 8, at Juab High School, and the Christmas Clash was held on Friday, December 15, in Farmington.
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Red Devil Wrestlers take 1st and 2nd place at Christmas Clash
Red Devil Wrestlers Simote ILoa and Aaron Mele took 1st and 2nd places respectively on Friday, December 15, at the Christmas Clash in Farmington.
Dustin has been teaching for 5 years. He started his first year at Santaquin Elementary and then moved to his favorite job yet,at Brookside Elementary. He loves it so much that he will be a lifer here, as long as he gets to keep his big windowed classroom ;)
Here is Dustin's story about why he became a teacher: Sarah Matis was the first reason I wanted to be a teacher. I still remember one time I opened the door for our class going to the library and Mrs. Matis thanked me and told me how I was such a gentlemen for doing it. In addition to several instances such as that she was constantly lifting other students up and helping them see the positive. She made everyone feel like they were valued, it was a lot of small things that made a difference in my life like that that I wanted to do for others. Also, seeing the change and impact on others I had teaching on my mission in Japan played a role in it as well and realizing that I enjoyed doing it. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and change people's lives like mine had been.
Art City Students in Mrs. Heath'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 with friends on the school website!
Please see the PDF for this week's announcments and information. Students will be released at 11:15am on Thursday, 12/21/17. School will resume on Tuesday, 1/2/18. Have a wonderful break!
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On Friday, December 15, Springville’s Lady Red Devils hosted the Emery Spartans in home play. Game ended in a Red Devil loss and an Emery road win, 64-20.
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On Tuesday, December 12, the Red Devils defeated the Dons, 67-62, in region play. Springville’s Ben Schreiner scored 23 points and Jesse Hullinger added 17 with two 3's. Bridger Noles led Spanish Fork in the loss with a game-high of 32 points. Game was played at home.
Brookside elementary students brought in a lot of canned goods today in their Santa Hats and then were able to wear their hats the rest of the day. This week we are collecting goods for Tabatha's Way. Tomorrow students can donation sweaters and coats and wear their ugly Christmas sweaters for the day. Our collection for the refuges continues as well until Wednesday with Lifting Hands International. They need girls and boys underwear, baby diapers and wipes, and blankets.
Thank you to all that are helping in these giving efforts. So many lives are being touched by your thoughtfulness.
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Mrs. Monica Giffing's Floriculture students are busy creating Christmas wreaths and centerpieces.