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Lagoon Day!

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:03am

Lagoon Day is May 24, 2018.

Permission  Slip & Cost

Permission slips were sent home with your student on May 7. If you need a new one you can download one here.

To purchase a bus ticket, students must return the permission slip with $16 to Mrs. Hall in the front office beginning Tuesday, May 8th. Mrs. Hall cannot accept any money without the permission slip. Bus tickets will be sold until all available bus seats are full. Lagoon Entrance Passports will be purchased when we arrive at Lagoon {Please note: Lagoon does NOT accept checks). -Entrance will cost $34.00 this year.

 No Refunds

NO REFUNDS of bus tickets will be given - so students need to make sure they are going before purchasing a bus ticket!


Students must provide their own lunch in one of three ways - 1) bring a lunch from home, 2) bring money to buy lunch, 3) prearrange a school sack lunch from the cafeteria. To get a school sack lunch talk with Mrs. Lewis in the cafeteria by May 18th - Students will pick up sack lunches at 7: 15 in the cafeteria the morning we leave.

 Riding  the Bus

Students will use the receipt they receive from  Mrs. Hall as their ticket to board the bus  - so don't lose it!  Students may choose the bus they ride BUT must ride on the same bus to and from Lagoon. The park closes @ 4:00 pm so staying late won't even be an option.

 Critical Times of Departure  (don't be left behind)
Students going to Lagoon should arrive at school on May  24 by 7:40 am to begin loading the buses. If a  student misses the bus they cannot get a refund.

  • Begin loading at SFJHS ... . . . . . . . ...... . ...7:40 am
  • Depart for Lagoon........... ... .... ...... ......8:00 am SHARP 
  • Load at Lagoon . ................ . . . . . . . .... . .3: 15 pm
  • Bus leaves Lagoon ... ....... ................ ..3:30 pm SHARP
  • Expected arrival at SFJHS . . . ..... ........ ..between 4:30 & 5:00  pm

 Getting  Home Afterwards

The school will not be open when we return, and school bus service will not be taking students home. Students should make arrangements with parents for rides beforehand.

Criteria  for Students  to Attend

No outstanding balances including Lunch account, unpaid school fees, Library fines, textbook fines from classes etc. - All detentions have been served - No N or U in more than one class - Administration   ineligibility  (based on a pattern  of behavior  that may put themselves  or others at  risk)

Students that will be attending school on this day instead of going to Lagoon, should meet in the CAFETERIA  at 8:00 am when the bell rings.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

TED-Ed Clubs

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 1:57pm
Attributions: by Gaylynn Parker

SFJH’s first year of TED-Ed Clubs came to a close with an assortment of Ted-style talks on a variety of topics: even though we have a tendency to stereo-type, we all have something in common—we can all speak the language of kindness to others and to ourselves; the dangers of technology addiction; being tolerant to those with food intolerances, specifically Celiac Disease; playing Terraria; helping yourself and others deal with anxiety; you don’t have to be perfect to be successful and you don’t have to have others’ validation to be confident; repair the bad effects of peer pressure and bullying through your positive and kind words and actions; and schools should teach basic life skills such as how to get jobs, vote, pay taxes, take care of ourselves, budget, basic first aid, current events—most of the information we learn in school we forget immediately because we don’t use it—please teach life skills we will actually use. 

Congratulations to all students who participated—you were amazing! I hope Ted-Ed Club will become a tradition that continues for many years to come. 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

SFJHS Students Advance in Letters About Literature Contest

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 3:28pm
Attributions: Taylor Gull, Holley Larsen, David Riding

According to the Library of Congress website, Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

Recently, we had three participants advance to state-level judging, Taylor Gull, Holley Larsen, and David Riding. Taylor wrote to author Brandon Mull about his book Fablehaven and how she read it as a young person.  Holley informed author Lois Lowry who wrote The Giver that her world view shifted, and David Riding who read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair expressed his change in perspective on capitalism and working conditions in the early 1900s. Their full reactions follow:

Taylor writes, “For the Letters About Literature contest I chose to write to the author Brandon Mull. He is one of my favorite child/teen novel writers. Specifically, I chose to write to him about his book Fablehaven. I chose to write to this author about this book because it has a special place in my past as being the root of why I love reading. This book was the first novel I ever read, and it gave me the right start I needed to learn to enjoy literature. Fablehaven is a fantasy novel, and right from the start I fell in love with the magic and wonder it brought. Brandon Mull gives great descriptions in his work that captured my young imagination. I wanted to write to Brandon Mull and tell him about how strong of an influence this book has had on my life. I have greatly admired his work ever since reading Fablehaven in elementary school. I wanted to write my letter for the contest to an author whose work I look up to and admire."

Holley expounded on her letter to author Lois Lowry about her book, The Giver, “I explained how I loved the relatedness of her book and characters. I personally related to Jonas in many ways. In fact, most teenagers can relate to him while experiencing the world that they have just stepped into. I also mentioned in my letter how The Giver helped change my view on the world and inspire me to be more aware of it. Overall I expressed my love for The Giver and the morals it teaches.”

David expressed his gratitude for the life he has now by saying, “I wrote my letter about literature to Upton Sinclair because of his book, The Jungle. I chose this book because of the powerful message Upton Sinclair brings as he exposes the harsh reality of capitalism in the early 1900s. This book changed my perspective as it described the awful conditions of the people coming to America in search of new opportunities and a chance to direct their lives for the better. The Jungle showed me how much I truly have to be grateful for as I read about what kids my age and even younger had to endure through just to survive day by day.”

Thank you to Taylor, Holley, and David for sharing your thoughts and congratulations on advancing to the next level of competition in the Letters About Literature contest. Best of luck to all of you!



Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Flash Mob

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 7:39am
Attributions: By Amy Bennett

On May 2, what began as a normal lunch, turned into a flash mob, as all the choir students performed the song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The piano started to play, and suddenly, the students were watching a wonderful choir performance. The unexpected performance was cool and entertaining. “It was interesting,” says choir student Krystal Jenson. “I didn’t know how people would react.” Some people sang along, some just sat and listened, but students in both lunches enjoyed the lunchtime performance.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Book Based Board Game

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 7:36am
Attributions: By Celeste Gomez
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In 7th grade Reading classes, students are presenting their end-of-year reading projects. For his reading project, Nathan Griffiths created a board game based on the book, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. The game is a combination of Labyrinth and Chutes and Ladders. It is a game made for four players. To move around the board, you must use portals. Portals let you move one or two spaces depending on the character you choose. The object of the game is to see who can get to the red pyramid (the end) first. There are many loopholes and twists throughout the game. Can you get to the red pyramid first, and save the world from Set’s evil magic?

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Friendship Fudge

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 7:35am
Attributions: By Brighten Bills

On Thursday May 5th, 2018 Mrs. Kelly’s F.A.C.S exploration class had a “friendship fudge” lab. In her class, students are learning about teen strategies which include self-esteem and friendship. For this lab, the students first separated into their kitchens. Then, the students read the instructions for their “friendship fudge” recipe, sending one person from each kitchen to get supplies. While they were collecting the supplies, the other students began filling sinks with soap and water and wiping down the counters. After the students came back with supplies, they worked together to make this delicious fudge. When the fudge was done, the students separated the fudge into even amounts and each took some home to eat. Yum!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

May Students of the Month

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:11pm
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Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Gravity, Mass, Forces, and More

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:43am
Attributions: By Reece Gorrell

This week Mr. Madsen’s science students started reviewing for the end of year SAGE test. Trying to remember all the way back to the beginning of the year, the students got packets to review. The packets were filled with plenty of great things about gravity, mass, forces, and many more. The students were assigned to get in groups of two with the people at their table. The students took turns reading paragraphs of the review sheets and annotating their papers. By the time SAGE comes around, they will be ready to ace the test.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

D&D and Magic Club

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:42am
Attributions: By Gambit Sok
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In the Dungeons and Dragons After-School Club, you get to play one of the most well-known roleplay games.  When surveyed during the club, all of the participants said that they enjoyed the club.  One of the players stated, “What I like about Dungeons and Dragons is that there is no goal—you can do what you want.”  Then there is the magic part of the club.  You can play Magic: The Gathering, but if you want your deck personalized, you will have to make your own deck.  The magic tournament is happening on May 3rd.  “One of the things I like about MTG is that you can play the type you like, such as black magic, or green magic,” stated one of the magic players.



Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

MTech Summer Cooking Class Opportunity

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 8:32am

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Looking for fun things to do this summer? Check out the summer cooking class at MTech! Classes are designed for 7th through 9th grade students and run for two weeks from either June 18-28 M-TH or July 9-19 M-TH, 8am-12pm. Find more information at

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Board Game Club

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:58am
Attributions: by Parker Coe

Board Game Club was a club that started in 3rd term.  It is over, but Parker Coe, who ran it, wants to do it again next year.  It was a fun club, with lots of different games. Kids played whatever games they wanted, and there were many to choose from. Some favorites were Bang the dice game, King of Tokyo, and Codenames.  Some others included Liggretto, Fugi Flush, Kingdomino, and Dimensions.  There were lots of new games that people hadn’t seen.  New games were brought almost every week. Favorites were brought back, and some were played every week, like Bang.  They also created a new version of Bang, which made the games a lot shorter, but was still really fun.  It was a normal ten-week club.  New games will be brought next year, and some favorites will be brought back.  Come join the fun next year!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Trench warfare

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 8:17am

Mrs Harmers 9th grade World Civilizations classes were able to experience life in a trench while learning about WWI. Students learned about the Christmas truce, poison gases, and conditions associated with trench warfare! 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Disney Dance

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 7:43am
Attributions: by Amelia Hanosek

Friday, April 27 was the Disney themed school dance! The dance was held in the lunch room, which was decorated by our impressive student council. There was also a costume competition. People had amazing costumes including Rapunzel, Bell, a Wizard, Queen Guinevere, and even some interesting background characters! It was well attended and everyone looked like they were having fun. There were plenty of beautiful decorations like silhouettes of Disney characters. The music ranged from Disney music to the Cupid Shuffle. In a competition set up by the DJ, we found out that the girls choice dances were more crowded than the boys choice. What a great way to end the year! Thanks, Student Council!



Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Pepper Returns!

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 2:15pm
Attributions: by Seth Liechty

Pepper the Guinea Pig came into Mr. Madsen’s class today for the second time, surprising many students. As the classes continued on, students looked at her with adoration. All of the students from fifth period to seventh period had seen and petted her before, so this was a first for the first four periods of students. Mr. Madsen held and petted her often, and she is simply adorable according to most students. 

At the end of the day, Pepper will be taken home by her owner, Seth Liechty, not to be seen anytime soon. But hopefully, Pepper the Guinea Pig will return soon to be adored by the students of Spanish Fork Junior High.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

NJHS Helps With Eagle Project

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:06am
Attributions: by Mason Page

This last weekend, on April 20 and 21, members of our school’s National Junior Honor Society joined together to help with a BSA Eagle Project. The Eagle Project was for Caleb Pollock, a student at our school. The project began with clearing rocks from the school’s field. Shortly afterward, the volunteers helped to clear rocks off the retaining walls on the east side of the school. The next morning, the rocks were completely removed and the volunteers helped to spread mulch where the rocks had been. The area is now much safer without rocks falling from the walls, and it looks better too. The project was a great opportunity to help out a fellow member of our school and volunteer.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Geologic Time Walkthrough

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:04am
Attributions: By Olivia Kloepfer

In Mr. Madsen’s and Mr. Whiting’s science classes, the students had a great learning experience. They headed outside to a timeline in the track field to observe and learn about the Earth. Students learned about the Earth over time, and they learned about the geologic and biologic points of it. There were multiple stations to learn about. For example, the Precambrian, Phanerozoic, Cenozoic, and Quaternary periods. Though some students were cold and miserable from freezing first period, they enjoyed it and said, “It was a good outside educational experience activity.” As for the teachers, it seemed like they enjoyed sitting in their comfortable camp chairs as the students worked.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:39am
Attributions: By Haven Clark

Last week, Mr. Gibson’s art class had a final project for their term on the watercolor technique. They were given one week to create a project on watercolor paper that was uniquely their own. Some of the projects featured flowers, cactuses, dancers etc. Each one was made with compassion and style of their very own.  

Through everyone’s creativity, the wall out front of Mr. Gibson’s classroom is now colorful with many types of watercolor techniques. It seems incredible how much creativity is shown through all types of art projects. When students discover a new art technique, the appreciation for past artists grow. Those students now have more appreciation for artists who have used watercolors in the past. Hooray for art!



Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 4/23/2018

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:49pm


Attention all students!  The annual Spring hike is here!  If you are interested in coming on the hike there will be a meeting during pack time on Tuesday, April 24th in the weight room.  We will go over all information at the meeting. See you there!


Slam sessions will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25th, 26th, and 27th during Pack Time in Mrs. Thompson’s room.  We won’t be having our usual school poetry slam as originally scheduled, so bring your best poem and be ready to slam it during Pack Time--minus the bright lights and scary audience!  Sign up for the slam and the field trip just outside Mr. Anson’s room #3 and be sure to ask your English teacher for more details.


Our last Lobo Hero day will be this Friday, April 27th. Show your school pride by wearing your Lobo T-shirt on Friday! You know there will be treats involved!


This Friday, April 27th is the last dance of the school year! The theme is Disney! It will be held in the cafeteria from 6pm-7:30pm. The cost is $3 with student ID and $4 without.


More information will be coming soon on our annual trip to Lagoon! For now, make sure you serve your detention hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and pay any fees and fines (Library, Lunch, Registration, Yearbook) you have due. Detentions must be served and fees paid prior to qualifying to attend the Lagoon trip on May 24th.


Apr 25th-27th: Poetry Slam Sessions during Pack Time

Apr 27th: LOBO HERO DAY - SHIRTS, Basketball intramurals 6:00, Track Meet at MMHS 2:00, School Dance 6:00p

Apr 28th: Nebo Jr. Theater Festival 9-4

Apr 30th-May 4th: COLLEGE WEEK - more to come!


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Track and Field Last weekend against Springville and Mt. Nebo.

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:30am
Attributions: by Allyson Brooks

Cade Olsen, 8th grader from Spanish Fork Junior battles for 1st in the 400M dash. Cade finishes 2nd behind Mt. Nebo and runs a personal best of 54.9 seconds, that's 4 seconds faster than his performance just a week ago.  

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Animal Science Has Special Visitors

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:34pm
Attributions: By Chaleesa Warren
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Animal Science classes got to learn about the importance of therapy animals. Mini horses can be therapy animals with lots and lots of training. Ever After Mini's brought two of their therapy horses to class today.  Students learned about care and training of a therapy horse, they learned about horse behavior and benefits of a therapy animal.  Horses are for people with memory loss.  Often times people make connections with them if they have ever owned a horse before. They cannot be ridden because of their size.  They are only about 120 lbs.  When they are born they are so small you can pick them up and hold them. The presenters told us their favorite part of their job is walking into places and seeing peoples reaction to a horse in a building. 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork