Lunch time, a very sacred time for students. A break in between school to devour food and hang out with friends. You might get a school lunch, and you might bring a home lunch, but lunch should be a great time for you no matter what. There are two different lunches, first lunch gets their lunch break after fourth period, and second lunch has theirs after fifth period, and both are for relieving hungry students.
Matthew Child, a seventh grader that eats school lunch, says that he likes having more options for lunch, rather than the two or three in elementary school. Matthew’s favorite option is the orange chicken and according to him, “It sometimes is good food, most the time.” Matthew likes lunch how it is now, and says, “I like it how it is, and wouldn’t change it.”
Some people like to take home lunch, Carson Grover, who is in eighth grade, likes to take home lunch. He likes it because, “I get to pick what I eat.” Usually he takes a sandwich, chips, and brings a drink. Another big reason he eats home lunch is because it is easier not to wait in line. Having the freedom to choose what you eat, for both home lunch and school lunch is very nice. But there is more going on the background.
Djuana Sumsion is an awesome lunch lady here at SJHS. To prepare lunch there is “quite a bit of prep.” She said that they “come in at eight in the morning” to prepare lunch for the day. How do they get the food? The schools tell the district how much food they need, and the district orders it and it comes on Wednesdays.
To be a lunch lady, “you need a food handlers permit, and enjoy working with food, and kids.” It is hard work to prepare lunch for 700 kids.
Home lunch or school lunch, lunch has a lot of work involved, so the next time you see a lunch lady, make sure you tell them hi, and thank you.
Track season is coming up for Junior High Schools, and information on the track coaches is sought after. Mr. Hammon will be coaching sprints, hurdles, and relays, Mr. McKell will be coaching the distance races, Mrs. Hatch is the throwing coach, Mrs. Hotchkiss will be coaching hurdles and long jump, and last but not least, Mrs. Trunnell will be coaching the high jump event. Track season begins in March, and an information meeting has already taken place for those who wish to participate. Practice takes place after school in the field behind the school.
Mr. Hammon says, “I love to see my athletes making friends on the team.” Students say that they like all the track coaches, but the overall favorite seems to be Mr. Hammon. Jarom Gibb, and eighth grader who has done track before says that something the coaches should change is they should stop doing hills. Richmond Durfey says that he likes how the track coaches know what they’re talking about. Track is a great opportunity to make new friends and possibly find a new hobby… running! The students are all looking forward to a fun track season with the coaches this year.
Coaches donate their time to help the students grow and develop their running abilities. The coaches do their best to help the students have a good time in track and to improve.
Cell phones are almost essential to most pre-teens and teenagers today. We take them to school all the time, and they can be 100% distracting. But are they helpful? Students at here at SJHS all have strong opinions about them.
When asked how often he uses his phone, Ryan Witney said “Whenever I get the chance.” Also, when asked the same question, Hayden Antonino said, “I don’t know, probably a lot.” But most people are like Raef Grierson, who only uses his phone when he’s done with work.
So, when has your phone helped you in school? Hayden uses his phone for a calculator or to listen to music. “It helps me focus.” Hayden said. Many kids use their phones for music, and can testify that it is either distracting or helpful.
Using your phone in class can be risky business. How often do students get caught? Ryan Witney says, “Never. Not yet.” Insane. That isn’t easy. Raef Grierson said, “A lot, yes, very much.”
There are many uses for phones in class these days. If you were a teacher, would you allow phones?
Math, makeup, help, understanding, knowledge, fun. After-school at Springville Junior High looks a lot like the previous sentence. While Mr. Rencher is the man in charge of after school detention for the students, Mr. Anderson is the man to go to for help on math. The teachers love what they do, and love helping the children improve and help make up tardies and work. More people taking advantage of the opportunity of math lab and detention makes a better future.
Math lab is held after school until 3:30 for the students who want to go and get a better understanding, makeup prior assignments, or upgrade past assignments to know what they did wrong. Mr. Anderson’s theory is that people should be allowed to correct assignments, because if they don’t how are they supposed to know what they are doing wrong? Math lab was “created’ to help those that need extra help, (Anderson). He also says that the teachers are there before and after school, but “the math lab was formed as another resource to help”.
He talks about what happens in math lab by saying, “Some students attend the math lab to work on their daily assignments, to make certain their questions are answered quickly. Other students go to math lab to work on past assignments. The extra time working problems and having questions answered seems beneficial for most students who attend.” Math lab is truly there for help and almost always has a pretty good turnout.
The other after school activity is detention and as Mrs. Davenport, a secretary for Springville Junior High, says that one reason students would have to go to detention is that they have sluffed one or more of their classes. She goes on to say, “If a student has excessive tardies, they will need to serve detention, to make that time up.” According to Mrs. Davenport, if someone has had behavioral issues during school, they may need to serve detention time, as a punishment for their behavior.
Mr. Rencher explains what goes on in detention by saying, “What mostly happens in detention is the students put in their time. The students should bring school work, but few do, so they just sit there.” Mr. Rencher says that the main thing he hopes the students get out of detention is that they are reminded of attendance policies before their attendance becomes a problem or their lack of attendance becomes regular. He goes on to say that going to school is a law and that learning at the Junior High stage will help prepare you for college, and by so doing prepare you for your entire future. He explains the future issues by giving an example of someone who had attendance issues; “I know people who were not bad employees, but were late for work a lot”. He says that this factor is not good in an employers eyes.
After-school math lab and detention is help that you can’t overuse. The purpose of the two is to help the students of Springville Junior High to get their attendance up and to provide fortuity for the students. No one was ever harmed by going to get extra help and understanding from a teacher, nor was man ever harmed by making up their lack of attendance. You can definitely suffer from not using help, but it is not physically possible to suffer from being too cautious when it come to the subject of learning.
Recent events in the United States have caused worry towards our school's safety in emergency situations. Our objective in this article is to inform you that our school is positively secure. A majority of students and staff here feel safe and feel they could stay calm in emergency situations with current plans. Most feel the school is well prepared for any circumstance. In example of Aiden Lowe who said that he would feel safe in case of an emergency situation.
Mr. Rencher our SJHS woodshop instructor, says that his classroom layout would be beneficial in case of an emergency. As a wood shop teacher, he states that the shop would be an optimal area of security. Higher windows and tools which could be implemented in a defensive case prove this point. “I feel safe in the class, yes, but I feel safer in the shop.” Rencher points out. Aiden Lowe, a 7th grade student in Mr. Renchers’ class says he feels pretty safe within classes. “I feel confident with their plan and I think they’ll keep us safe.”
8th grade student, Kimbell Snapp, feels like there could be more counter measures against a violent circumstance, but all in all would feel safe with the school’s current plan. Michelle Mumford said the school is mostly prepared in case of a critical incident and would feel safe. Overall, students feel like the school is well prepared in case of emergency encounters and that the school has good actions in case of an active shooter situation.
Mr. McGuire, our principle is the lead organizer of the safety plans for our school. He has a shared strong feeling that schools are one of the safest places to be. This is showcased as they are as prepared as they could be in case of dangerous situations for students. Some of the security measures consist of almost complete camera surveillance, excluding bathrooms and student locker rooms, and all the exterior doors can be locked almost instantly with the press of a button accessed by faculty. Mr. McGuire explained that these measures help deter brutal tactics used in dangerous situations. He explained how the safe Utah app allows more than suicide prevention by allowing students indirectly help their peers by having a trained negotiator communicate with the student supposed to perpetuate these actions. Our safety measures at Springville Junior High School cover a large of array of emergency situations to protect the staff and most importantly the students.
With all our countermeasures and safety precautions we hope to deter all violent encounters, further proving schools are generally one of the safest environments for students. All these countermeasures have been proven to deter these situations almost entirely; However, try as we may, we can not completely abolish all these events from happening, so we will continue to work to improve our safety plan in news unthought of ways.
Recently students at SJHS were given the opportunity to take the Stakeholder Survey. The Stakeholder survey is a survey that all students are recommended to take. This survey lets you share your opinion about any of your teachers. The first part of it is multiple choice and the second part is free write. You are allowed to write whatever your opinion is about the teacher that you chose. That’s the basics of the Stakeholder survey.
Alec Noll he said “I love that survey, I to share my opinion to the school about my teachers.” There are obviously going to be some positive and negative reviews. I don’t think a lot of students know what these surveys are used for. I certainly didn’t when I first took it in seventh grade.
Mr. McGuire Springville Junior Highs principal helps us understand the point and purpose of the Stakeholder Survey. He says “With the Stakeholder Survey, when the responses get submitted I first look at them then they go to the superintendent (his boss). “If there is a serious problem I will talk to the student but if a teacher did something illegal it will be taken to a different level.” Just like students teachers are given a grade, but their grade is based on student reviews. Mr. McGuire meets with every single teacher and tells them about their reviews and suggests things to make him/her a better teacher. He said “If I get a bad review back about I teacher I say “how can I help you get better?”
The Stakeholder Surveys main purpose is to make our current teachers better at teaching.
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The fun of working with robots continues this week as our high school student instructors from Springville High School teach us about the many parts that make a robot work! We had a chance to work on assembling the parts, which was a fun challenge!
Art City Students in Mrs. Wigginton'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 refer to the attached document for Sage Creek's Inclement Weather Policy.
Please open the PDF for announcements on: Junior ACT, World Language Film Festival, March driver's ed, Softball, Baseball, Graduation info, Scholarship info and more.
I thought I would send out the Monday Message a little early this week so that you could make the necessary arrangements for the early out on Monday. Here are just a few reminders:
Monday, March 5th, will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. AM Kindergarten students will be dismissed at the regular time, 11:15. There will be no PM Kindergarten.
Tami Evans has decided to open the spring choir to 3rd graders. So the choir which will begin rehearsals on March 8th will now be for 3-6 grade students. Registration forms are in the office for any student who would like to participate.
Dads and Doughnuts will be on March 9th at 8:00. If Dad can’t make it, any loved one can attend with your student.
The PTA is extending the time for you to be able to purchase yearbooks at the reduced price of $13.00. After March 9th, the price for a yearbook will be $15.00.
Thank you for your support! Please watch for the March Newsletter which will be sent out on Monday.
Please sign up for an SEP time using the signup genius link below:
If the link does not open on your computer automatically, simply copy and paste the website into your browser. The access code is Spring Sep.
We look forward to seeing all of you March 15th.
Kindergarten Pre-registration is coming up Mar 22 from 8 am-4 pm. You can get a jump-start by clicking on the "Registration" tab on the school website and filling out much of the paperwork online. We will have computers on registration day if you'd rather wait and do it all in one sitting. Whether you start early online or wait until registration day, we will still need to bring in your proof of residency, your child's birth certificate and immunization record. It's OK if your child's immunizations aren't current, you have until school begins in August to get any needed updates.