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PEAK Award Recipient - Danielle Lopez

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:02pm
Attributions: Nate Whitney
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Danielle Lopez, a Special Education Technician received the Nebo Peak Performance Award last night from Nebo School District Board of Education for outstanding service. She was nominated by Cami Burton, a teacher at Mapleton Junior High School. The award honors Danielle for her outstanding service when it comes to helping students.

The PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness) Award is presented monthly to someone in the Nebo School District who "really gets it" when it comes to providing exceptional customer service, which in turn results in positive impacts on everyone including students, parents, co-workers and members of the community.

 Congratulations Danielle!

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Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - David Jex

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:57pm
Attributions: Benjy Frame

Dave Jex is a teacher who truly lives by the Motto students are the focus, Success is the goal.  He is positive and genuine, to his students and they know exactly what is expected of them.  One student said that “Jex is very uplifting and Positive.  He supports his students and knows them each personally.”  I witness this every time I see students come back to the junior high.   One question I always get is Have you seen Jex?   He impacts his students in way that they will never forget.  

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Theatre 1 Performance

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:50pm
Attributions: Kelly Cook
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We have such talented students at our school! The Theatre 1 students did an amazing job in their performances this week.

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Reading For Enjoyment Students Share Love of Reading with Elementary Students

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:41pm
Attributions: Melissa Heaton
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Ms. Heaton’s Reading for Enjoyment class decided that, for their final class project of the semester, they wanted to share their love of reading with a local elementary school. This past Wednesday, Ms. Heaton’s students walked to Hobble Creek Elementary to help Ms. Flake’s first graders with their reading and writing. It was a successful project, and everyone had an enjoyable time.

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Band and Orchestra at the Elementary Schools

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 7:35am
Attributions: Emily Smith
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The band and orchestra have been busy presenting Holiday Assemblies for five of our local elementary schools. The students did a great job and the elementary kids loved it!

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MJHS Annual Fundraiser Was a Huge Success

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:51am
Attributions: Jessica Mohler, Nate Whitney

The Mustang Charitable Fundraiser recently finished up by raising $3479.20 that will now go toward three different causes. First, it was used last week to fund our Sub for Santa project - Student government students went shopping and bought gifts for local kids so they can have a christmas that they might not have had. Second, we will be buying fleece and tying the ends to make blankets for Utah Valley Hospital Primary Children's Network in Provo. Lastly, with the remaining money we will be donating supplies to a women and children shelter that helps local women and children going through a crisis. Thank you for your amazing support of this holiday tradition!

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US History Honors Track

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 7:37am
Attributions: Suzanne Rowley

It's time for US History Honors track students to complete their term 2 project! This was done by Hannah Hill. Isn't it amazing? We have so much talent at MJHS!

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MJHS Choir Mall Performance

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 9:37am
Attributions: Kevin Diehl
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Our MJHS Concert Choir and Bella Voce Choir performed at University Mall in Orem on Dec. 8th. 

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Make It With Wool Contest

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:56pm
Attributions: Bonny Groneman
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The State Make It With Wool contest was held at Mapleton Junior High on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Students have been working hard on their projects for the past few months.  Participants from Mapleton Junior High included:  Anna Ballard, Anna Blonquist, Kate Cooper, Wendy Griffin, Jeanette Griffin, Kristi Mendenhall, and Brooklyn Perry. 

Congratulations to all who participated!  Special recognition to Kate Cooper who placed 4th in the State and 1st place honors went to Kristi Mendenhall.Kristi will be competing in the National Make It With Wool contest in Texas in February.  

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Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Benjamin Frame

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:43pm
Attributions: Mailani Ovard

The faculty and staff at Mapleton Junior High are amazing.  The choice was very difficult because every teacher here at Mapleton makes a difference in the lives of the students we teach.  I have been told that the person I am nominating has never received the Spirit of the Mustang, even with all his years here at Mapleton Junior High.  He quietly goes about doing his work and changing the lives of the students.

The Spirit of the Mustang this month goes to Benjy Frame. Benjy is a genuine person and the students can feel that he cares.  Benjy has worked with students as a coach and has guided them to achieve their potential in their sporting events.  More than that though, is how he is always looking for ways the make learning meaningful and yet not overwhelming to students who struggle.  Benjy uses memorization techniques for the capitals of the world.  He also uses  computer programs that look like a games, but actually help with memorization of countries and capitals. He has visual aides to help students study for tests.  He lets the students have choices when doing their country reports, but is organized enough to have specific questions that can be applied to each country helping the students with their research.  He has a graphic organizer letting the students know what information needs to be in each paragraph of the essay they write about the country.  He has alternate ways that students can retake tests. It seems like a small thing, but for any student and especially the student who struggles it makes a difference. He is willing to look at a student and say this is what this student needs. He creates a way for them to learn and not get frustrated.

Benjy is always willing to work with teachers who help students in his class.  He makes it easy to work with him and does it with a positive attitude. He goes about his job without looking for recognition because it is not about him. It is about the students. Benjy you are wonderful to work with and a great teacher.  Go Benjy! Go Mustangs!


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School-Wide Reading Competition

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:36pm
Attributions: Melissa Heaton

Ms. Heaton's Reading for Enjoyment Class is having a school wide read-athon/reading competition. The competition will be Tuesday, January 2nd- Friday, January 5th. Logs will be due on Monday, January 8th, and winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 9th. Please tell your students that if they want to participate they can pick up a reading log in the library, Ms. Heaton’s classroom (room 119), or the office. Logs will be available on Monday, December 18th

The top 5 readers will receive an ice cream party during Flex sponsored by Ms. Heaton’s 2nd period class!

The Rules:

  • 12 hours of reading a day maximum
  • Read books that you haven’t read before
  • Students must log their hours on the logs provided for them and turn their completed logs into the library, office, or Ms. Heaton's classroom by January 8th.
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Winter Captains Academy

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:53pm
Attributions: Mike Adams

On November 29th, students from Mapleton Junior High representing the various winter sports were invited to participate in an excellent workshop. Captain’s Academyis an opportunity to meet the captains from other schools and discuss sportsmanship and leadership. The winter sport athlete captains representing Mapleton were Kenley Nelson (girls basket ball), Seth Krommenhoek (boys basket ball) and Lukus Carillo (wrestling).

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November Students of the Month

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:51pm
Attributions: Haley Miner

Congrats to our November Students of the Month!!! Math: Rhyen Steel, Julia Hart, Katie Porter English: Tatum Perry, Mike Bennett CTE: Keslee Van Orman Social Studies: Sophie Hill, Emily Barwick, Brayden DeMarco Science: Kayla Mather Fine Arts: Milana Henke Life Skills: Ocean Tolliver, Isaac Gunther, Carlos Santiago PE: Elia Moss, Nikole Breinholt, Chelby Carter Health: Simon Cannon

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Mustang Message 11/27/17

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 9:09am
Attributions: Nate Whitney

Parents, Students and Friends - 

Mid-Term and Student Led Conferences

Mid-Term is this Friday, December 1st - Students, let’s make sure that all work is turned in and any deficient grades are raised. Student Led Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 7th from 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. All parents and students are encouraged to attend to review learning progress and goals.

MJHS Annual Fundraiser

The Mustang Charitable Fundraiser began today and will continue through December 8th. This year the money we raise will go toward three different causes. First, it will go to Sub for Santa - Student government students will be able to use the money to buy gifts for local kids so they can have a christmas that they might not have had. Second, we will be buying fleece and tying the ends to make blankets for Utah Valley Hospital Primary Children's Network in Provo. Lastly, with the remaining money we will be donating supplies to a women and children shelter that helps local women and children going through a crisis. Students can bring money to donate to their second period class if they are able. Thank you for supporting those in need!

HOPE Squad - Project Teddy Bear

MJHS HOPE Squad is combining with the Bank of American Fork,  in Spanish Fork, by collecting new stuffed animals from now until Dec 12, 2017. Please consider donating new stuffed animals at MJHS in the front office. We can only take new stuffed animals because of health codes, but we hope you’ll help us to collect enough new stuffed animals to help at-risk Utah children. Project Teddy Bear is a community service project benefitting Utah children and sponsored by Bank of American Fork. Customers, employees and community members donate teddy bears and other stuffed animals that are given to the Utah Valley Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem, Salt Lake Valley Family Support Center (locations in Midvale, Taylorsville, West Valley City and Sugarhouse), Family Connection Center (in Layton/Clearfield and Bountiful) and other crisis and service centers. This is the 4th year that MJHS HOPE Squad has been a part of this program and we would greatly appreciate any support that you can give!

SHS Offers Drivers Education Class

Springville High Drivers Ed. Department is currently taking sign ups for December Drivers Ed. class. All Drivers Ed. classes are taught before or after school. Students must be 15 years of age and have a current learners permit when class begins. Sign up at Springville High School Finance office. If you have any questions email Mr. Money at -

Upcoming Events at MJHS:

  • Nov. 28 - Girls B-Ball Uintah @ Mapleton 3:30

  • Nov. 29 - Wrestling Salem @ Mapleton 3:30

  • Nov. 30 - Boys/Girls B-Ball Salem @ Mapleton 3:30

  • Dec. 1 - MID-TERM

  • Dec. 4 - Boys/Girls B-Ball @ Payson 3:30

  • Dec. 6 - Boys/Girls B-Ball Springville @ Mapleton 3:30

  • Dec. 6 - Wrestling @ Spanish Fork 3:30

  • Dec. 6 - Band Winter Concert 6:00

  • Dec. 7 - Student Led Conferences 3:30 - 8:00

  • Dec. 8 - Advanced Choirs Holiday Mall Performance 11:00 - 12:00

  • Dec. 9 - Utah Make It With Wool 8:00 - 5:00

We encourage parents and students to LIKE us and FOLLOW us on our MJHS Facebook and Twitter. Remember - To see the complete calendar and other important announcements visit the official MJHS webpage at:

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Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Mailani Ovard

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:14am
Attributions: Becky Clement

Spirit of the Mustang

You all exude the Spirit of the Mustang on a daily basis. I’m constantly impressed and awed by the dedication and determination of Mapleton Jr. High Teachers and staff. Moreover, you are all so delightful to work with, and I’m truly privileged to work here.

The person I’ve selected this month is passionate and invested in student learning. This teacher pays close attention to student needs and facilitates communication between parents, teachers, administration, and students to create positive experiences for young people who are often experiencing an even more thrilling Jr. High rollercoaster ride than most.

Mailani is a master at dealing with the mountains of paperwork that Special Educators face, and does so with grace and humor. However, even more important than her Ninja paperwork skills, Mailani is dedicated to the population of students we work with every day. From sitting with reluctant students one on one to washing and mending student clothes when the situation call for it, Mailani is invested in the success and happiness of students who may not see their own potential. She always sees the big picture and is bothered about what might happen later on in life when she can’t watch out for these amazing students.  She constantly teaches students the value of kindness, respect, hard work and resiliency and is a great role model for our incredible students.

Additionally, Mailani has been one of my great teachers in life. Her determination to show up and give her best effort on tough days is inspiring to me as is her passion for student success. When she needs to take a day off, she is always aware of the load others are taking on to support the absence, but never hesitates to take other’s classes, check in with our substitutes, and watch over students. Working on the SpEd team with Mailani Ovard  is a great honor. Thanks Mailani for  demonstrating Mustang Spirit  every day.

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Mustang Message 11/13/17

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:38am
Attributions: Nate Whitney

Parents, Students and Friends -

National Education Support Professionals Day

Wednesday, November 15th is ESP day, and with that we want to let all our custodial staff, school secretaries, classroom technicians, school lunch workers, bus drivers and school nurse know how much we appreciate and value what they do for our school. Business runs so smoothly because of all of your work and efforts. Thanks again classified staff! It is when all of us work together, students, parents, faculty and staff that we may truly live up to our school motto: Students are the focus, success is the goal!

Mapleton Youth City Council

Youth 9th - 11th grade may apply to be on the Mapleton City Youth Council.  Youth will help with several different activities held by the city such as Bowls for Humanity - Utah County Food Bank, week long Kids Day Camp for children in Mapleton City, 24th of July parade and Ball Drop, Moonlight Half-Marathon and many other events.  You can pick up an application in the front office or download one from the Mapleton City website.  

Upcoming Events at MJHS:

  • Nov. 14 - Band Evening Event -BYU Marching Band Concert 5:00 p.m.

  • Nov. 15 - Wrestling @ Springville 3:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

We encourage parents and students to LIKE us and FOLLOW us on our MJHS Facebook and Twitter. Remember - To see the complete calendar and other important announcements visit the official MJHS webpage at:

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Little Mermaid Auditions!

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 9:36am
Attributions: Kelly Cook

The Little Mermaid Jr. will be performed at Mapleton Junior High on the evenings of March 1, 2, 3, and 5th. Rehearsals will be held after school from 2:50-4pm in December, with longer rehearsals in January and February. Cast members must be able to perform in all performances.

Audition Information:

Auditions will be held after school on Tuesday, November 28th and during FLEX time and after school on Wednesday, November 29th in Room 304. Those who want to audition MUST sign up for an audition time outside of Room 302 and completely fill out an audition form. Please bring your audition form to your audition and arrive at least 15 minutes early in case we are running ahead of schedule. For your audition:

  1. Completely fill out the audition form and bring it with you.

  2. Prepare 16 measures (about 30-45 seconds) of a song from a Broadway musical. The song should be memorized. You can bring your own accompaniment (recorded accompaniment, a karaoke track, or someone to play the piano), or you may sing without any accompaniment.

  3. Prepare one of the monologues from the audition sheet. It should be memorized and you should stay in character.


Callbacks will be posted outside of Room 302 on Thursday, November 30th. If your name is on this list, you will need to come to callback auditions on Friday, December 1st from 3-5pm. If your name is not on the Callback list, do not worry! These are mainly people who we need to see again before we make any decisions about casting.

The final cast list will be posted outside of Room 302 on Monday, December 4th. All cast members will need to come to the first cast meeting on Wednesday, December 6th from 3-4pm.

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2017 Veterans Day Assembly

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:15pm
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“They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.”
-President Barack Obama 2009

We thank and honor our veterans today and always. Here are some moments from our Veterans Day assembly today. Thank you everyone who made this assembly happen. It was a truly memorable experience for everyone who attended and participated.

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Jason Cragun and Crew Give MJHS New Tree Rings

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 9:28am
Attributions: Nate Whitney, Jason Cragun
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Jason Cragun and Scout Troop 1461 finished their project last Tuesday. They had a great turnout and had about 60 current, former, and future Mustangs show up to help out, as well as some parents. They put in about 6 cubic yards of mulch and removed about 10 cubic yards of sod and dirt from around the trees. They put weed fabric and mulch around 29 trees and the MJHS welcome sign. The estimated total hours of labor involved are close to 150. 

Thank you for all of the hard work that went into giving our school a real face lift. It looks amazing!

(included in the pictures are a before and after shot)

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Two People from MJHS Represented in Daily Herald

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:44pm
Attributions: Suzanne Rowley
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On Sunday, October 30th, MJHS was represented twice in the Daily Herald. Lexi Christensen was named as the Utah Valley Student of the Week and Devin Jackman was named as the Utah Valley Educator of the Week. Read the articles here:


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