Hi my name is Makayla Thomas. I graduated high school from Maple Mountain High and college from Utah Valley University. This is my second year teaching and I am so excited to be teaching fifth grade. I was born in Payson, Utah. I grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. I now live in Spanish Fork. I am the middle child of two sisters in my family. I am married. To tell you a little about my family: I married my husband, Tyler, last year. We dated all through high school. We live in Spanish Fork, Utah and have a dog. I also have a niece and two nephews who I am obsessed with! My favorite things to do outside of school include: Going shopping, repainting furniture, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Help us kick off Chinese Culture Week with a night of Chinese and Western music!
Join the University of Utah Confucius Institute and School of Music on Sunday, September 24th as we showcase faculty members Ning Lu and Jie Lu, along with members off the Utah Symphony.
This free concert will run from 7 to 8pm at Libby Gardener Hall. We hope to see you there!
You can find out more about this event by clicking the button below:
Registration forms available at: Counseling, Front Office, and Ms. Tuttle, I-215. Registration closes September 15. Reserve your seat today. All busses leave from the ALC in Salem.
Valerie Bodily is our new 10th grade math teacher at Springville High. For the past five years she taught at Springville Junior High.
“I want to help students learn and be prepared to be successful in the future,” said Bodily.
She is also our new Red Devil Assistant Coach for Cross Country; previously she was track coach at Springville Junior.
“The team is doing great! We have a very exciting season ahead of us,” said Bodily.
Bodily is married to Robert Bodily and they have two children named Annie (2) and Bennett (3 months).
Bodily loves being outside including walking, running, swimming, playing with her children. In addition, she also enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. She also plays the trumpet and loves to sing.
Her most unusual job was when she was earning money for college she worked each summer at a baseball stadium. Her job was to supervise concession stands and take inventory.
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Sixth graders explored the moon phases to discover the reason why we have different moon phases. This was a great STEM activity.
Westside now has an Instagram account! To follow us and see even more pictures and find out more about what is going on in our school, you can either click on the link to the right, or search for westsidewildcatsut. We'd love to see you there!
Springville High School is overjoyed to welcome our newest Biology teacher Mrs. Lori Caras. Although Biology is not the only class Caras has taken on at SHS, she also teaches AP Biology, Medical Anatomy & Physiology, and Biotechnology.
Caras has taught for the past 22 years at a large variety of schools teaching many different subjects. She taught Anatomy and Mammalogy labs at BYU for three years prior. She also taught at Springville Junior High, Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Woodville High School in the Seattle area, and was a graduate teaching assistant in Zoology at Brigham Young University.
“I want kids to leave my class with a renewed sense of curiosity, to be inspired to want to learn more and have the tools necessary to evaluate the world and their place in it,” said Caras.
Caras has expressed that she feels rewarded to have everyday interactions with students and to inspire them. She likes hearing about past students of hers that have sought careers in science since taking her class. She enjoys teaching and sincerely cares about her students.
She is happily married to her husband Tony. She has children and grandchildren that she loves spending time with. She enjoys watching sports, especially the Giants and 49ers. She likes reading and watching movies. She is passionate about riding motorcycles, despite the fact that she sold her own Harley.
She previously taught English in Taiwan despite the fact that she didn’t speak Chinese and the students didn’t speak English. Even with that issue in the way, they managed to get along and have a great experience.
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Homecoming week kick-off activity began on Monday, September 11, with a paint fight.
Westside will be holding School Community Council elections on Tuesday, September 26th at 9:15 am. If you are interested in running, please come to the school and put your name in the ballet box located in the office by Friday, September 22.
The purpose of School Community Council is as follows:
1. To build consistent and effective communication among parents, employees, and administrators.
2. To allow parents an opportunity to be actively involved with the school in their children's education.
3. To make Good schools Better.
Please sign up to meet with your students teacher for our September SEP conferences. The sign-up genius will close on Monday, September 18th at midnight. We look forward to seeing you. Kindergarten will have a seperate sign-up procedure.
Shanna Daniels one of our new English teachers here at Springville High School. Daniels has 16 years of teaching experience. Previously she taught at Spanish Fork Middle, Payson Middle, and Mt. Nebo Jr. High.
Daniels vision for teaching is for there to be plenty of laughter and class discussions. Daniels wants students to be able to find something to smile about during class.
Daniels most rewarding experiences are ones when past students are seen around town and they are productive, happy adults.
“When you teach junior high students, that's always in question, because they are generally not fit to be out in public,” said Daniels in jest.
Daniels loves cats. Daniels has three cats named Bruce, Jorge, and Marvin. Daniels would love for anyone who wants to see pictures of her cats to come stop by her room.
“Some people call me the crazy cat lady like it's a bad thing. Only it turns out that those people are WRONG!” said Daniels.
Ms. Emily Adams is a new Math teacher here at Springville High School. This is her first year teaching. Her classes include Math 2, Math Lab, and College Prep Math. Previously, she student taught at Salem Hills High School. Before that, she attended Brigham Young University.
Adams believes, “That anyone can be good at math.”
Adams recounts her most rewarding experience, “I once had a student tell me that when I teach, it was the first time that they understood math, and they realized that they could be good at it,” said Adams.
Her hobbies include crochet, painting, running, reading, and watching T.V.
Adams said, “Last year I was able to feed a Giraffe, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Darwin Deming, is our new multi-science teacher who loves his family. He wants to not only teach, but to also help students gain lifelong skills in science.
Deming teaches Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Science, and Physics with Technology. Deming has 11 years of teaching experience. Previously Deming taught at Union Middle School in Sandy, and at Mount Nebo Jr. High in Payson.
Deming’s teaching vision is, “It is my hope to help students gain the lifelong skills that are taught in a science class, such as critical thinking, problem solving, etc. Additionally, I want to provide extracurricular opportunities for students that they otherwise wouldn't get in a typical classroom routine,” said Deming.
Deming reflected on student success, “To see students understand concepts that are difficult for them to comprehend is by far the most rewarding aspect of teaching. The moment a student says, "Oh, I get it!" is a major victory,” said Deming.
Deming also loves to talk about his family, “I am married to Kiara, an outstanding woman who is a wonderful wife and mother.” They have three children Aurora (6), Savannah (4), and Talmage (1).
“We enjoy watching movies together as a family, having picnics, and playing on the playground. I also enjoy beekeeping, and the worst sting I've had has been on my eyelid,” said Deming.
Deming’s most unusual job didn’t last long. “I took a job for a guy that wanted to design online courses for high school students to get credits for a GED. He wanted me to work in his basement on his computers. Awkwardly, his family would also be downstairs in their pajamas and occasionally left dirty dishes around the computer I was assigned to work at. Needless to say, that job didn't last long,” said Deming.
Mrs. Chelsi Nielsen is our new business teacher here at Springville High. Nielsen has seven years of teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of subjects including Marketing, Economics, Exploring Computer Science, Digital Marketing, Leadership, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.
Nielsen’s vision for teaching is, “To make a difference in the lives of students and help them develop an interest in the world of business and marketing,” said Nielsen.
She is also the new Co-Adviser for the Business Leaders of Tomorrow (BLT) Club.
Nielsen has two children Dima and Katya, and is married to her husband James. Her hobbies include knitting, reading, hiking, camping, running, biking, and swimming. Nielsen’s most unusual job was running pool tournaments.
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On Friday, September 8, Springville High’s Red Devil football team traveled to Pioneer territory to face Lehi. The Springville defense played a great game, limiting Lehi's high flying offense to only 15 points to give the Red Devils the win, 18-15. Cole Bowers and Owen Rowe had 11 and 10 tackles a piece adding to the strong defense.
Springville’s Ty Eriksson and Cole Bowers each had a touchdown; Lehi Quarterback Cammon Cooper ran for two touchdowns in the loss. Red Devil Garrett Lindsey’s 43 yard field goal helped to clinch the win.
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Mrs. Orton's awesome Kindergarteners are working on patterns in class. They did some amazing work making necklaces to show their pattern skills. Great job newest Dragons!
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Guided math is in full swing in Mrs. Braithwaite's first grade! They have been working on this goal since day one and they finally reached their goal of doing all 4 rotations. These first graders in her class are pros at subitizing, tally marks, math apps on the ipads, and recognizing numbers and counting to 20. First grade rocks and so do these smart firsties!
Here are the Praise Note Students for the week of September 4, 2017. They all received a free donut certificate to Daylight Donuts. Thank you Daylight for being so generous! Thank you Brookside students for being such great examples of helping and serving others.
Jackson Blackburn, Alice Butterfield, Brooke Engle, Walker Strong, Jazmin Sanchez, Kogan Howell, Maliki Madsen, Susanna Oberg, Talia Soto, Lucas Milligan, Aliyah Aquino, Etta Kmetzsch, Baylee Sampson, Carter Bartholomew, Darcy Bauer, Evie Ostler, Lincoln Tibbs, Gavin Burr, Dominick Mortensen, Mia Ollerton, Sina Afemui, Natalie Aragon, Sophia Melendez, Cobi Blackburn, Liesel Scott, Tristan Butler, Liesel Scott, Hildy Mangum, Parker Paxton, Benson Rigtrup, Dylan Keith, James Coulon, Sophie Barrager, Abigail Hansen, Warrick Small, Arianna Hartman, Emylee Stock, Alexa Valadez, and Wendy Tenorio
Ms. Alderks and Ms. Boyers classes are participating in a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey. Attatched is their disclosure.