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Author Tess Hilmo Visits Freshmen English Students

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:59am
Attributions: story and pictures by Joe Anson
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Author Tess Hilmo visited with Mr. Anson’s Honors English 9th on October 24, 2017. She encouraged students in their preparation to participate in National Novel Writing Month, inspiring them to chase their dreams and work hard to achieve them.

 Ms. Hilmo shared parts of her own personal journey of becoming an author, as well as parts of her novels—With a Name Like Love (2011), Skies Like These (2014), and Cinnamon Moon (2016)—and personal stories to illustrate parts of the planning and writing and thinking processes involved in crafting a novel. She answered questions regarding the daunting task of next month’s NaNoWriMo challenge.

  Many students found Ms. Hilmo’s advice valuable and scribbled as fast as they could anything that came out of her mouth. It’s always a pleasure to connect to real writing with real authors who live among us.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Spike-Ball a Big Hit in PE

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:36am
Attributions: pictures and story by Garrett Johnson

The new craze in PE is Spike-ball!  It’s a fast paced, intense game where a pair of teammates plays against each other, trying to score points as the ball “spikes” off a trampoline net.

The rules are very similar to volleyball.  Each team is allowed 3 hits to spike it off of the net and change possession.  There are no boundaries, so players are constantly running around, jumping over the net, etc.

The students love it!  Bryton Asay and Taggert Harrison  said they love Spike-ball because it is fun!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Orchestra WOW!

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:16pm
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Just in from Mrs. Harmon:

“The SFJHS orchestra just received a letter from Rep. Mike McKell with a $200 donation to our program.  We are so grateful for community support!  Thank you Mike McKell!”

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 10/30/17

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:00pm
Attributions: Alesha LeMmon

Parents, Students, and Friends –

Welcome to Term 2 and good job completing the first term! Thank you to all of the students who work very hard to complete coursework and master their content. Thanks to all of the teachers who put in hours upon hours of preparation time, teaching time, re-teaching and intervention time so students are proficient and ready for the next level of instruction. And, a huge thank you to parents and guardians who support their children and support our school! Way to Strengthen the Pack!


DID YOU KNOW children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. This is Red Ribbon Week at SFJH, an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. The 2017 theme is, “Your future is key, so stay drug free.” We will have themed days throughout the week along with information and lessons on how to stay drug free.

Monday: Wear Red Day – Pledge to be drug free.

Tuesday: Halloween Costumes – Scare away drugs.

Make sure the costume is school appropriate, no face paint, weapons, masks, or hats/hoods that cover the face. Also, some classes are sharing candy during class. If candy is brought to school, make sure it is purchased at the store and individually wrapped. We have many students who have peanut/nut allergies in the school. Please consider this when purchasing any candy your child may bring. Thank you.

Wednesday: Hat Day – Hats off to good choices.

Thursday: Pajama Day – Follow your dreams, say no to drugs! School appropriate pajamas only.

Friday: Team Jersey/Shirt Day.


Our Netsmartz assembly is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1st.  From the website, “NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.” For more information, check out the website at where you will find many resources, tips, and discussion starters to talk with your children about internet safety.


BOYS: Tryouts are November 6th immediately after school at 2:00pm and November 7th at 2:45pm. Questions? Talk to Coaches Cook or Carlson.

GIRLS: Tryouts are November 7th and November 8th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. All girls planning on trying out MUST bring a completed physical form (forms on the school website) and a print out of their term 1 grades. 


The annual fall carnival and dance is Friday, November 3, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm sponsored and hosted by the SFJH Student Council. It's $5 to get in and students who bring a student ID get 10 tickets for the carnival. There will be games, food, and live music. Don't miss out!


Friday, November 10, 2017 will be our annual Spanish Fork Junior High Veteran’s Day assembly. We would love to extend an invitation to all our students’ family members who have served, and who are currently serving in the Armed Forces to please join us for this assembly. We will also be asking your students to dress up that day to show respect for our military men and women.

Schedule will go as follows:

1st Assembly 8:50 -9:50 am.

2nd Assembly 9:55-10:55 am.

We will be preparing a slide show for this assembly and would love to have our SFJH families send in pictures of any loved ones who have served or who may be currently serving in the United States military. Please send them to Feel free to take a picture of a photo with your cell phone and send it to Mrs. Provstgaard’s e-mail. Thank you for your support!


The school is now on Instagram @sfjh_lobos. We have a link directly to it on our website – lower left side of the page – we will be posting some of the great students, teachers, and staff periodically. Check us out!

Also, if you have not done so, go to our Facebook page at and LIKE us! We have lots of great stories and happenings to keep you up to date.


October 30 – November 3:

RED RIBBON WEEK – see newsletter and website for details.

October 31:


Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 1:

Netsmartz Assembly 8:45am

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 2:

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 3:

Fall Carnival 6:00pm-8:00pm

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Jazz Band

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:01am
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If you’re walking through the cafeteria one morning before school, you might just want to grab a bite of breakfast, settle in, and listen to the Jazz Band. Jeffrey Sass, who plays the alto saxophone says, “Jazz Band is a great before school activity where you play harder music than normal and you have to work harder and devote more time than Concert Band.” Lindsey Deveraux who plays the tenor saxophone says that being in the Jazz Band “has helped me learn more about music.”  

 Mr. Carter also teaches the Percussion Ensemble. Billy Thaler says, “I joined percussion class because I had always wanted to play drums. It's great. Mr. Carter is the best—super nice; I love learning from him. I also like to learn the xylophone which is what we are learning right now. I recommend piano experience; it makes it a lot easier.”  

 Jocelyn Hansbrow joined the ensemble because she thought it would be fun. “I've played piano since I was five and enjoyed it, and decided I should try something new. Mr. Carter is nice and funny, and of course I am fond of music.” 

Enoch Sanchez, who plays the trombone in the Jazz Band, wrote, "As the trumpet and trombone song blares through the room, as the saxophone plays the smooth notes of our own symphony, and while the cello's soft strum of the strings slowly fill the room with calming harmony, the entire world slows down, as if the only thing in the world is the rhythm and song of Jazz."

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Math Problem of the week

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:36am

Congratulations to Morganne Price, Aspen Carter and Emmie Olsen who got the math Problem of the week last week!  The answer was 56 triangles.

 This week the problem is


If today is Friday, what day of the week will it be 101 days from today?


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Kick Me!

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:50am
Attributions: Photos and Story by Gaylynn Parker
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Students in 7th grade Language Arts played a fun variation of the old “Kick Me” trick this month to learn about analogies. 

Instead of having a “kick me” sticker stuck on students’ backs, the stickers are words that are the answer to an analogy. Analogies are word pairs that show relationships between ideas such as hot is to cold as wet is to dry.

As students enter the classroom, each student is slapped on the back with a sticker. Then during class, students are up and about, looking at stickers on each others' backs as they search for the answer to each analogy. Fun!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Red Ribbon Week! October 30 - November 3

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:48am

SFJHS Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

  • Monday - Wear Red. Pledge to be drug free.
  • Tuesday - Halloween Costumes - Scare away drugs! (School appropriate. No face paint and no masks)
  • Wednesday - Hat Day! Hat's off to good choices!
  • Thursday - Pajama Day. Follow your dreams to say no to drugs! (School appropriate pajamas)
  • Friday - Team Shirt/Jersey Day. Team up against drugs!
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Orchestra Concert

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:37am
Attributions: by Beau Jacobson

On October 24th, 2017, the SFJHS Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestras performed at the Spanish Fork High School’s auditorium. With the concert being so close to Halloween, the orchestras dressed up in costumes. The Sixth Grade Orchestra also came and performed two songs with the Beginning Orchestra ("Sourwood Mountain" and "John Ryan's Polka"). There were all sorts of costumes at the affair. There were a ton of Star Wars costumes but most of the costumes were different.

 All the orchestras sounded really good and played sensational songs. The audience also got to participate. Some songs they clapped, other songs they hit glow balls around and swayed glow sticks back and forth to the beat of the song. After the Beginning Orchestra had finished performing, Mrs. Harman did a raffle: if the number they called was yours, you got a prize (most of the prizes were candy). They also did that after the Intermediate Orchestra finished.

Afterward, the Advanced Orchestra played and did fantastic. We also found out that the Advanced Orchestra will be performing with someone from American Idol in January and will receive a check for the school! The program ended up being a blast. If you couldn't come, you can always come to the next one. The next concert is December 11th at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

 Follow us on Instagram:  @sf_orchestra  

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

National Junior Honor Society

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:35am
Attributions: by Jonathan Lawrence with Rillene Nielsen photos by Jonathan Lawrence
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NJHS has been really busy this term!  They’ve helped at two elementary school carnivals.  They headed up a Saturday clean up on the Spanish Fork River Trail. 

More recently, they did some painting here at the school.  They’ve even entered a scarecrow at the Thanksgiving Point Scarecrow Festival.

It’s been fun.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Mrs. Kelly’s CCA Students Hold Job Interviews

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:22pm
Attributions: by Syrie Harward

On Tuesday, October 17, Mrs. Kelly’s College and Career Awareness classes experienced job interviews for the first time. Students were told to fill out a job application telling all about themselves and answering job-related questions. They pretended they were five years older than they actually were, and even responded to college inquiries.

 After filling out an application, each student was given a partner. Before interviewing each other, the students were lectured on the importance of first impressions and interviewing etiquette. The partnership would trade off between acting as the employer and acting as the applicant. While starting to interview each other, the students asked their partners questions such as “Why do you want this job?” and “How will having this job benefit you?”

 Students learned so much as they participated in this assignment. They were also reminded that having a short-time job can give you great experience for your long-term career goal.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 10/23/17

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:26pm

Parents, Students, and Friends –

 Our first term is quickly coming to an end and we are finishing BIG! Students are completing school assignments and projects this week in order to begin Term 2 without lagging schoolwork. Parents, please check SIS Aspire for any missing assignments your child may have and talk with them. We are working to make sure all students learn and see success! Students, you got this!


Spanish Fork FFA is traveling to the 90th Annual FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 25-28, 2017 to compete in the Agriscience Fair. Cost of the trip is $800 per student. To raise money for this, students are selling sausage, lamb, beef, pork, and turkey. If you are interested in purchasing any meat contact Miss Warren at

Prices: Sausage: 1 lb. package bulk or link-$3.50/lb. or 10 lbs. for $30.00

Pork: ½ pig-$250, whole pig-$500

Lamb: ½ lamb-$200, whole lamb- $400

Beef: $1,800, plus cut and wrap

Turkey: $3.00/lb. (will be ready for Thanksgiving)

*market prices on all animals may vary, prices are an estimate based on current prices.


There will be wiffle ball intramurals starting tomorrow, Oct 24th through Nov 3rd. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:50- 3:50 in the boys’ gym. If you have any questions, please ask Coach Carlson or Coach Denter.


Bring out your dead...or at least your haiku about the undead! It's time again for the Annual SFJHS Zombie Haiku Contest! It will run from October 16-30th, 2017. All students and teachers are invited to dust off their post-mortem poetry skills and enter our contest regarding corpses. There will be prizes for each grade level.
- Entries must fit the haiku format
- All entries must be your original work
- One entry per person is allowed
- Place your name, grade, and English teacher's name on the BACK of your submission
- All submissions must be turned in personally to Mr. Anson's room by the end of school October 30, 2017


Attention Students! Do you like money? Do you like attention? Do you love this country? Well this is your chance to get involved. We will be having a writing contest called the “Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen.” Winners of the essay contest will receive $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and $10 for 3rd place. And to top it all off, the top three winners will get a chance to read their essays in the Veteran’s Day assembly in November. If you’re interested, pick up an application in the counselor’s office. APPLICATIONS AND ESSAYS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 31ST, HALLOWEEN. It’s open to all grades so feel free to participate.


Want to do something that most people on the planet only dream of? Want to participate in the challenge of a lifetime? Mr. Anson's honors English classes are going to undertake writing an entire novel during the month of November. Crazy, huh? Absolutely.
Any other students, regardless of grade, English teacher, genre preference, or shoe size, who also thinks she is up to the life-changing experience of writing a novel in 30 days, is welcome to join. Please see Mr. Anson for details about the NaNoWriMo young writers program. You'll need to sign up before the end of the month, so hurry.
And remember that the most rewarding things in life are usually the more difficult things, the things that initially scare us to death.


Our after school clubs are up and running!  Students can still join if they would like; get a form from Mr. Ferrin, Mrs. Green or the office. ALL CLUBS ARE FREE!  Our clubs are:

Mondays: Improv club

Tuesdays: Chess club

Wednesdays: Art Club

Thursdays: Anime Club

Fridays: German Club

Come and join the fun!


October 23:

SFHS Cross Country Awards Banquet at SFHS Cafeteria @6:00pm (for high school team and their families)


October 24:

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

Orchestra Concert, SFHS 7:00pm


October 25:

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm


October 26:

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

Halloween Choir Concert, SFJHS 7:00pm

CCA Career Fair in Classrooms – All Day


October 27:

Band Concert, SFHS 7:00pm

CCA Career Fair in Classrooms – All Day

Term 1 Ends

LOBO HERO DAY, wear your Lobo T-shirt!


October 30 – November 3:


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

M&Ms Help 9th Graders Learn Their –Isms

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 9:34am
Attributions: Story and Pictures by Lois Terry
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Ms. Terry’s 9th grade Geography classes were “Playing with Economic Systems” today.  They had recently learned about three different types of economic systems and had this opportunity to test their knowledge with some rousing games of Rock-Paper-Scissors.  

They got to experience Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism using currency that was equal to one M&M.  The students had a lot of fun while getting to understand firsthand what each economic system was all about.  Mr. Mortensen even joined in on the fun.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

What Do We Do Over Fall Break?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:36pm
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Monday's question to many of you as you return to school may be, "What did you do over the fall break?". I followed the SFJHS custodians and found they do a lot to keep our school clean and running smoothly for our 1,200+ students, faculty, and staff.

Over the break the custodians have powerwashed the perimeter of the building, cleaning spills and trash where many students enjoy their lunch each day. They have stripped and re-waxed damaged floors; cleaned ink from many surfaces; changed air filters for all buildings; taken apart, cleaned, repaired, and re-assembled the bleachers in the gym; replaced protective wall mats in both gyms; and mopped, steam cleaned, and vacuumed floors. 

 A BIG THANK YOU to all of our custodians and sweepers who worked over the break -- Mr. Hansen, Mr. McKee, Wally, Ross, Dustin, Willie, Keaton, Sam, and Aaron-- we have a great school with fantastic people to keep it looking good and working well!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Seventh Graders Learn Math Can be Fun and Games

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:45am
Attributions: Story and Pictures by Allyson Brooks
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SFJH students use their writing, math, and art skills to create one of a kind board games!

Students in Miss Brooks’ 7th grade honors math class were given the task to create a game that requires students to practice all operations of integers.

Students used English/Language Arts skills to write clear and organized directions.  Many included artistic influences for the games themselves.

Everyone had a great time teaching other classmates how to play their games. Mr. Youd’s students even joined the fun by allowing our classes to teach the games to them.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Friday the 13th Lucky Day for SFJH Cyclists

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:57am
Attributions: by Garrett Johnson. Pictures courtesy of
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On Friday the 13th, students gathered in front of the school to set off on an awesome biking trip.

The group left the school and headed for the river trail in Spanish Fork. When they made it to the trail, they biked to Canyon View Park where they ate lunch.

When lunch was over they rode the rest of the trail down to the SF sports park and then back to the school.  All that were involved had a great time despite a few flat tires and broken gears!  It was a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy an exciting ride!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Intramural Basketball Champs!

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:22am
Attributions: Mr. Garrett Johnson

The Basketball Intramural was a huge success this year.  There were many teams that signed up but only one prevailed in the end.  The Team (self-named TEAM) came out victorious after a hard fought battle.  The Team found themselves down one game in a double elimination tournament.  They had to beat the opposition twice to win the title.  They were able to win two games against a very good opponent and take home the championship. Team consisted of: 

  • Aaron Sessions
  • Enoch Pendleton
  • Garyn Jensen
  • Ethan Binks
  • Jamison Barrett
  • Tanner Koyle

 Way to go!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Ms. Warren’s CCA Class Makes Cereal Selling Interesting

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:07am
Attributions: By: Sam Whitaker (student)
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On September 28, Ms. Warren’s CCA class started a project to design, develop, and manufacture a cereal box and commercial. They are also giving sales pitches to ‘convince’ their classmates to buy their product. This is a two week project that multiple students are saying is “The best school project we’ve done this year!”

Some names that students have come up with for their ‘cereals’ are: Schoolhouse Crunch, Not Healthy! Scoops, Grandma’s Fruities, Strongman Cereal, and much more! We can’t wait to hear more about the ideas and creativity involved from Ms. Warren’s CCA classes!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Seventh Graders Experience Utah History

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:35pm
Attributions: Story and photos by Alyse J. Freeland
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Recently, the seventh grade Utah Studies classes had the opportunity to visit “This Is The Place Heritage Park.” 

 They were able to push handcarts, learn about Native American culture, go on a train ride and learn about Mountain Men. It was an awesome day learning more about Utah!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Gummy Bears and Government

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:27pm
Attributions: by Shea Harmer
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How do you show students that government is a huge influence on culture through –out the world?  With gummy bears, of course.

Mrs. Harmer's 9th grade geography classes were able to create different types of governments using gummy bears.  Some of the governments created included democracy, communist, anarchy, and monarchy.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork