As I thought about whom to give this to, all the faces and names of everyone who have influenced me in some way obviously came to mind. I could give this to anyone of you honestly. But the name that just kept coming back time and time again was Justin’s, because he has done so much for me over the last 3 years.
Justin is the type of person who will drop everything they’re doing to help you out. 100% selfless. I remember as a first year teacher, he would check in on me all the time to see how I was doing. I don’t remember what we even talked about, but I do remember every time he left, I felt like I was a freaking awesome teacher, because he always made me feel that way, and still does whenever he checks in on me.
I remember my first time going to grade-level collaboration. I was looking over the printout of students who were struggling, listening to teachers voice their concerns over discipline issues they were having, how to get so-and-so engaged more, how to get so-and-so to come to class, or stop being so belligerent. As I listened to the names being brought up, and as I looked over this list, I realized that I didn’t have a single student on this list. What I also noticed was that Justin had every single one of them. I realized then that the subjects Justin and I taught, thanks in part to certain stigmas attached to them, attracted very different types of students. The only discipline issues I have are students wanting to talk too much. Other than that, 99.9% of my students want to get good grades and want to work hard. Justin, deals with a whole slew of issues that I don’t, and yet, he makes it work, without complaint, without pessimism. He is so dedicated to his students, wanting to challenge them, help them take accountability and responsibility for their success. He does such a good job with these students, that they come back and visit him all the time. The students that seemed to hate everything about school and teachers, coming back to visit Johnson, because he was able to connect with them, and helped them feel something while here at school.
Justin, your dedication to your craft and to the students you teach is exemplary. You’re the man and I appreciate you brother.
MMHS 10th grade student government election.
Mapleton Junior High is celebrating National Poetry Month with our first ever school Poetry Slam on April 18th at 3:00pm.
Winners of the school slam will compete in the District Poetry Slam and get an opportunity to see famous spoken word poet Sarah Kay during school on April 24th.
To sign up or get more information, go to your English teacher’s classroom or the drama room.
-Poem must be at least 12 lines long
-No longer than 3 minutes
-Memorized poems have the best chance at going to District.
Parents, Students and Friends -
Apply Today to Serve on Springville Youth Court
Springville Youth Court serves as an opportunity for youth to make positive changes in their lives through the restorative justice process - In order to accomplish this goal Youth Court needs youth volunteers to serve as mentors, clerks, bailiffs and judges. The applications for serving on next year’s court are now open through April 30th to Springville and Mapleton students from 14-18 years old. The application process is all online. A variety of students with varying interests are needed to serve. The city has posted a FB video explaining Youth Court at the link below.
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Thanks PTO for a Fantastic Teacher Appreciation Week
We want to tell our amazing Parent/Teacher Organization thank you so much for helping all our faculty and staff feel like superstars during teacher appreciation week. Your efforts were very appreciated - Thanks PTO
Sign up for Code to Success Summer Camp
Learn to code in 9 weeks! June 11th - August 9th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Mondays through Thursdays. This amazing camp is a fantastic opportunity toward high school credits, post-secondary education pathways and scholarships. It is available for 9th-12th grade students . There will be an informational student and parent meeting on April 12th at the Advanced Learning Center in Salem at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact ALC at 801-489-2833
The purpose of our school-wide PBIS program, also called Mustang Time, is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. As part of “Mustang Time” programming and activities, the entire school learns and practices different social skills throughout the year. Students are rewarded for showing proper use of this skill by receiving Together We Can praise notes. The lesson today was about choosing to be a hero. A hero does not have to possess supernatural powers or great hair and flawless complexion, although those help sell movie tickets... Rather, a hero is any common person placed in uncommonly difficult circumstances who displays uncommonly noble character. We discussed choices, character and being our best self. Please take a moment and ask your student what they learned today about being a hero and what they can do to be their best self.
Maple Mountain High Dance Company
Come be a part of the tradition of excellence in dance at MMHS. Clinics - Monday and Tuesday April 16th and 17th from 3-5 pm. Auditions Wednesday, April 18th from 3-6 in the dance room. Applications online at mmhsdance.weebly.com.
Upcoming Events at MJHS:
April 11 - Music at the Mountain @ MMHS 7:00 p.m.
April 12 - Boys Intramural Tennis @ SHHS 3:30 p.m.
April 13 - Track Mapleton Jr. vs Mt. Nebo @ MMHS 2:00 p.m.
April 16-20 SPIRIT WEEK
April 17 - Band Snow College Festival - All Day
April 17 - Boys Tennis Mapleton Jr. vs SJHS @ SHS 3:30 p.m.
April 18 - MJHS Poetry Slam 3:00 p.m.
April 19 - Great Utah Shakeout 10:19 a.m.
April 19 - Boys Tennis - Intramural Tourny @ MJHS
April 20 - MJHS Track @ MMHS 2:00 p.m.
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: http://mjhs.nebo.edu/
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MJHS released their balloon after the Dance For HOPE. Thanks for all the support during HOPE week as we made commitments to reach out to each other in a more positive way!
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This month's recipient of the Spirit of the Mustang award I see working everyday on his craft. He has influence beyond the classroom and court. He connects with students on multiple levels and willingly helps those of us who struggle with these same students. He is engaging in his lessons, and interacts in positive ways with students, parents and colleagues. He is an artist as well as an athlete. I often hear students talk about him and his class as being their hardest and best/favorite class, which is a tribute to his high expectation level and teaching level. He has become a good friend and I love teaching next to him—except on dissection days—He is Mr. Naulu
Our Mathletes united in Price Utah to take on the State Math Contest. They all made it through the 2.5 hour and 40 question test.
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What will the verdict be? Will Andrew Mason be found guilty or innocent of assaulting a police officer? The 8th grade US History students are in the midst of their own mock trial and are doing AWESOME! From lawyers, judges, witnesses, jury members, courtroom artists, reporters and bailiffs, all students are taking part in making this years' mock trial one to remember. Thanks for all your hard work!
Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2018 Students of the Month. In order to be selected these students must show superior academic achievement along with exceptional citizenship. The MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for February are: Hannah Bard, Michelle Barragan, Jocelyn Brown, Peter Daines, Jeremy Driscoll, Makenna Dockter, Cameron Gibson, Avery Frischknecht, Natalie Hales, Olivia Hansen, Sage Harness, Steven Harrop, Matthew Kearl. Brenna Keeler, Kyler Korth, Mary Ribble, Mith Patel, Ocean Tolliver, Ady Stokes
Teachers have such a huge impact on young minds. With that kind of responsibility, this becomes more than a job. It’s an adventure and the direct impact on students is very real. In all my years of teaching, I have been lucky enough to have incredible examples, compadres, and wonderful friends because of my profession. There are a handful of us left who were at the middle school where I felt support and love despite the pressure of being a first year teacher, and want to recognize one of them today. Supportive, honest, dedicated, understanding, and an incredible listener. This recipient of Spirit of the Mustang is one who does more than his job. Always concerned about others, including me as a new teacher, and now today as being a little more seasoned. He is truly a Nebo Hero. But more than anything else, he is my friend. Senor Thomas will always be the man!
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Students had a fantastic time at the BYU Engineering and Technology Expo. Exploring the fields of STEM.
SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23 In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app. As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks. Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone. Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students. Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:· Encourage your friends to download the app· Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts KSL Contest: Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL! The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas! #nebohero #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #NeboDistrict #NeboSchools #safeUT
Congratulations to Our Amazing Art Salon Participants and Award Winners - The quality of artwork this year was outstanding and everyone that entered deserves to be heartily congratulated - The following is a list of the categories and award winners:
- Grand Prize (GP) - Kennedy Fordham
- First Place Grade 7 (FP 7) - Gavin Jensen
- First Place Grade 8 (FP 8) - Alexis Whaley
- First Place Grade 9 (FP 9) - Jane Sweat
- Student Choice (SC) - Julianna Matteis
- GP - Lila Blaser
- FP 7 - Lillie Mendenhall
- FP 8 - Wyatt Smith
- FP 9 - Kennedy Fordham
- SC - Marina Hovanski
- GP - Chelby Carter
- FP 7 - Dylan Garcia
- FP 8 - Rachel Ashton
- FP 9 - Andrew Florence
- SC - Julia Hart
- GP - Abbie Payne
- FP 7 - Eli Sweat
- FP 8 - Benny West
- FP 9 - none
- SC - Julian Garcia
- Honorable Mention - Casey Harris
- GP - Jeanette Griffin
- FP 7 - Laura Hammer
- FP 8 - Rorie Hinds
- FP 9 - Kate Cooper
- SC - McKenna Hanie
- GP - Hallie Rich
- FP 7 - Laura Hammer
- FP 8 - Celeste LaMont
- FP 9 - E.J. Rich
- SC - Michael Hammer
Are you ready for a FANTASTIC musical production? This year, Mapleton Jr. High School, under the direction of Kelly Cook, Devin Jackman, and Kevin Diehl, is proud to present… Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. This is a show the whole family will love, complete with all your favorite musical numbers, plus amazing sets and costumes. This will be a first rate show and all are invited to come and enjoy this wonderful production. Shows will be on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for families (immediate family members) and will be sold at the door beginning 30 minutes before each show. Come join us “Under the Sea” for a magical, musical experience!
Nebo Chess Tournament for Elementary, Jr. High, and High School Students
Join our annual chess tournament to be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Cherry Creek Elementary (484 S. 200 E. Springville). Lunch will be available for purchase: pizza, snacks, etc.
How to register: Register and pay online at http://nebo.revtrak.net under “Nebo District Programs.” Cost is $5.00 if you register and pay by Feb 17, or $10 thereafter. Registrations accepted only through Thursday, Feb 22— no registration or payment accepted at the door. Student must live in Nebo School District boundaries, whether attending public, charter, or home school, or have played in Nebo chess tournament.
Click here for the informational flyer: http://www.nebo.edu/sites/nebo.edu/files/Nebo%20Chess%20Tour%20Regis%20Form%20Feb%202018.pdf
Congrats to the the January Students of the Month! English: Samantha Johnson, Sophia Marvell Social Studies: Cassidy Jones, Aaliyah Peterson, Rebecca Whyte Science: Landon Burr, Casey Harris, Jocelyn Southam CTE: Lily Peay, Bridger Farnworth PE: Zeke Gunther Math: Kaiden Tanner, Dustin Schramm Life Skills: Hunter Conder Fine Arts: Jessi Macias, Caleb Bardsley, Dawson Simkins
Eight students from Mapleton Junior High participated in the State Junior High Honor Choir. They performed at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on Saturday night. Colton Butterfield, Simon Cannon, Dallyn Edmunds, Heather Ells, Annie Halversen, Betsy Huntington, MacKay Jacobson, and Samantha Morris are all pictured here with the choir composed of the best Junior High singers in the state.
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Mr. Jackman's Lit and Film students had a great time at Sundance Film Festival. They were able to see Inventing Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary about teenagers who are changing the world for the better through science, and were even able to participate in a Q&A with the director and some of the actual teens who were in the film!
Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.
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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.