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Old World Meets New World in US History

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:19pm
Attributions: by Rillene Nielsen with Shea Harmer pictures by Shea Harmer
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The US often leads the way when it comes to innovation and exporting foods and products uniquely American.  But that hasn’t always been the case, as Ms. Harmers 8th grade US history student recent discovered.

They’ve been studying something called the Colombian Exchange.  According to a page on the Gettysburg College website, “The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New and Old Worlds.  Exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology transformed European and Native American ways of life. Beginning after Columbus' discovery in 1492 the exchange lasted throughout the years of expansion and discovery.  The Columbian Exchange impacted the social and cultural makeup of both sides of the Atlantic. Advancements in agricultural production, evolution of warfare, increased mortality rates and education are a few examples of the effect of the Columbian Exchange on both Europeans and Native Americans.”

Ms. Harmer's US History classes topped off their study by competing in a relay race to decide which foods and other products belong in the old world and new world.  What an engaging way to learn!  That’s living the Lobo Way!


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Students Visualize Cell Anatomy

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:16pm
Attributions: by Rillene Nielsen with Emily Goates pictures by Emily Goates
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Ms. Goates and Mr. Hallam’s 9th grad Bio classes have been learning about the structure of animal and plant cells. Over the past few weeks, students have been creating cell models from materials they find at home and bringing them to school to show their understanding.

However, today students took students put their knowledge on public display in the form of chalk drawings on the sidewalks outside Spanish Fork Junior High.

Mr. Hallam and Ms. Goates are known for their innovative and engaging teaching. If you’re driving by SFJH over the weekend, pull in and take a look at the sidewalks. You might just learn something about the anatomy of a cell.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Students Prove They’re in Top Condition

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:11pm
Attributions: by Garrett Johnson with Rillene Nielsen pictures by Garrett Johnson
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Michael Jordan once said, “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”  Students in Mr. Johnson weight training/body conditioning class are learning that if you set goals, expect something of yourself, success follows.

This past week has seen classes competing in many areas including arm wrestling, leg wrestling, bench press, shuttle runs, standing and running long jumps, as well as many others skills. “All class members competed well and had a great time,” said Coach Johnson.

Morley Bennett came out on top of his class while Julia Vasquez, Briggs Callister, Ammon Beck and Itzel Valdez came out on top of their classes! These students have taken to heart the advice of UCLA’s late great coach John Wooden gave his basketball players:  “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Students Use Art to Watch Motion

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:36pm
Attributions: by Rillene Nielsen, pictures by Naomi Phillips
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Teachers are creative people!  They need to be to keep students engaged while learning.  Creative learning strategies help students form stronger connections which leads to better understanding.  Plus—it’s more fun for everyone.

Mrs. Phillips is an extremely creative teacher.  Recently, her class explored the science of motion through Marble Painting.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

After School Art Club Creepy Creations

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:58pm
Attributions: Photos by Amy Gibson
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Wednesday's after school art club was a great success this week. Students began learning paper mache techniques to create Halloween pumpkins and shrunken heads. The clubs provide an after school snack and then students went to work creating the first part of their project. Can't wait to see the finished pieces!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 10/02/2017

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:33pm

Parents, Students, and Friends –

Early Morning Basketball open gym for 9TH GRADE BOYS will be at 6am beginning this Thursday, October 5th and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until tryouts.

Come one, come all, come see our fabulous Shakespeare team perform. This past weekend, the students travelled to Cedar City to compete against over 20 schools. They did great and would love to show you their pieces. Come see the show on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Little Theatre. It's free.

There will be a special guest speaker talking about careers in the United States Army this Thursday, October 5th.  All students without deficient grades are welcome to attend.

There will be a meeting during Pack Time this Thursday in the weight room about the trip! Any 7th , 8th or 9th grade boy or girl is invited! There is no fee! The trip will take place on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH from 11:00am-2:40pm. We will be biking the Spanish Fork River Trail, you will need to bring your own: Bike, Helmet & Lunch.

Any 7th, 8th, or 9th grade boy or girl can participate in Basketball Intramurals. Get your teams of 5-7 together and come play in the boys’ and girls’ gyms. Play begins Tuesday, October 3rd and runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:50pm until 3:50pm. Sign up with any of the coaches.

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
Thursdays: Anime Club
Fridays: German Club
Come and join the fun!

October 3:
Golf@Hobble Creek 12:00pm
Boys/Girls Basketball Intramurals 2:45pm
Varsity + JV Girl's Tennis @ Mapleton Jr. 3:30pm
Shakespeare Performance 7:30pm
October 4:
Boys/Girls Basketball Intramurals 2:45pm
Drama Cast Party/Strike 3:00pm
October 5:
 9th Grade Boys Basketball Open Gym 6:00am
Boys/Girls Basketball Intramurals 2:45pm
Girl's Intramural Tennis @ Springville HS 3:30pm
Varsity + JV Girl's Tennis @ Payson HS 3:30pm
Superintendent SCC Representative Meeting 4:00pm
October 6:
Basketball Intramurals 6:00am
Cross Country at SpJHS 3:30pm
October 9:
Girl’s Tennis JV District Final @ SHS 8:00am-2:30pm
Golf District Final @ Gladstan Golf Course 10:00am-2:30PM

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Ghouls In The Making!

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:28pm
Attributions: Photos and story by Brad Gibson

The Art Club is an after-school club on Wednesday afternoons that goes until 4:15 PM. The Art Club is run by Mr. and Mrs. Gibson and it meets in the Lobo Den right after school. The cost is FREE! … and the purpose of the club is to promote a growing appreciation of Art in our community and school and to encourage creativity.

To join Art Club you just need to get a Boys and Girls Clubs form from the front office, have your parents fill it out and sign it and then you are in!

Last week, we made tape sculptures of our arms and hands. We used clear tape and packaging tape to wrap each finger, hand, and arm. It was tricky to cut the tape off after we were done wrapping. We thought this was a perfect activity to get ready to decorate for Halloween. There’s nothing scarier than a ghost arm!

This week (Wednesday, October 4th), you can choose to make a papier mache pumpkin or a papier mache shrunken head! Come join the fun!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

SFJH Drama Student Attend Shakespeare Festival at SUU

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:19pm
Attributions: Story and Pictures by Kris Holley
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The forty-first annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University happened this weekend. There were 111 schools from 5 states who participated with over 20 schools in the junior high division alone. The competition gives students from around the nation a chance to present material from Shakespearean literature in various artistic forms. Our school did a great job, receiving superiors in all areas. Our Dance Trio --Gavin Skaggs, Broc Bennett, Emma Martin-- received 3rd place overall which is awesome!

The Shakespeare Team will be showcasing their great performances on Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the Little Theatre at the junior high. Come join in the fun and see the talent that our students possess.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lady Lobes Win Home Tennis Match

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:30pm
Attributions: story by Trevor Johnson photos by Matt Christensen
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On Tuesday, September 26th, SFJH’s Lady Lobos played a tennis match at our school for the first time in over 10 years.

 Our Varsity team won 4-1 with victories from Holly Hermansen, Sarah Mockett, Miriam Pendleton and Isabel Kloepfer, and Hailey Wilson and Katelyn Hurst.

 Our Junior Varsity also won 3-2 with victories from Kayla Huish, Abby Perrins, and Ally Jones and Alli Branch.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Nebo District Extravaganza Big Success

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:23pm
Attributions: Story and photos by Naomi Phillips
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Students and peer tutors from Mrs. Phillips' class attend the Nebo District Extravaganza at Diamond Fork Jr. High. Students participated in events such as long jump, potato sack race, soft ball throw, and 100 meter dash.  There were also carnival games like Plinko, Bowling, and Fishing for prizes. After the awards ceremony there was a dance!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Snakes Race for Rats

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:21pm
Attributions: story and picture by Jerry Whiting

During Pack Time, in Mr. Whiting’s science class this week, students and their friends designed, created, and built a python maze.  On Tuesday, experimental design papers were given to each group and the best design was selected.  On Wednesday, the actual maze was designed by the various groups following the parameters from Tuesday.  The best maze design was then selected.  On Thursday and Friday, the real fun began and the class went wild cutting, gluing, and working together to build a python maze collectively.  Quoting Mr. Whiting, “I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of kind cooperation that each student exhibited toward their peers during the construction of the maze.  This quality will serve them well throughout their lives.”

Friday during lunch, the rats were released from one end of the maze and the pythons were released from the other.  Again Mr. Whiting stated, “The kids were much more intrigued than I had initially expected.  Some students were terrified, some were nervous, but the general feeling was excitement.  I heard from students, ‘The whole school is talking about it.’  I am glad it was such a success.  I will be doing similar projects for Spanish Fork Junior High students in the future.  Go Lobos!”

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Students Create Designer Ice Cream

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:20pm
Attributions: Story and pictures by Chaleesa Warren
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Students in College & Career Awareness learn about careers in the Food Science and Dairy Industry.  This week they were able to first design an ice cream flavor and a label, then make their ice cream creations in class and taste test like food scientists!  

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Basketball Tryout Meeting - 9th Grade

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 7:49am
Attributions: Jeff Cook

There will be a meeting immediately after school on Monday for all 9th grade boys planning to try out for the boys' basketball team. The meeting will take place in the weight room and should last 10-15 minutes.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Parent Teacher Conference TODAY!

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:57am

We hope to see parents and students at our first parent teacher conference of the year! Please come to the school from 3:30pm to 8:00pm to visit with teachers and check out the PTA Book Fair while you are here! 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Youth Basketball League

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:32am

Downloadable Flyer

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

High School League Baskeball

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:02am
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Downloadable Flyer

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 9/25/17

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 4:26pm

Parents, Students, and Friends –

Monday - The junior high drama teachers in the district are bringing together their Shakespeare Competition Teams to undergo a Mock Adjudication before travelling to Cedar City for Competitions. The Shakespeare Teams have been working on their individual competition selections since May and are really excited to participate in the adjudication.

On Thursday, the Shakespeare Competition team will be travelling to Cedar City to compete against a lot of schools in acting and dance. We're excited about our fabulous team and the work they've done to prepare for this huge competition. We wish them the best and look forward to seeing the results of their hard work on October 3rd at 7:30 pm. The team will be showcasing their competition selections on that Tuesday night. It's open to friends, family and the community. Come support our students and see how awesome they are on October 3rd.

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.  Our clubs are:

  • Mondays: Improv club
  • Tuesdays: Chess club
  • Wednesdays: Art Club
  • Thursdays: Anime Club
  • Fridays: German Club

Come and join the fun!

Our PTA sponsored Scholastic book fair will be held Tues, Sept. 26 - Thurs, Sept. 28, 2017 in the small faculty room next to the Little Theater.  Book Fair hours will be Tues. and Wed. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., going through Parent Teacher Conference.  All money earned will buy more books for your student's classroom. Please come by and support your students and teachers.

The Book Fair also offers an easy way to make a contribution directly to a teacher’s classroom. The PTA will have a Wish List of books that teachers think will add to student knowledge and enrich their classroom library. When you visit the Book Fair, please consider donating a book to a teacher’s classroom. Look for the Classroom Wish List display at the Fair to see what books have already been donated.

Thank you to all of our PTA volunteers that came and helped with 7th grade vision screenings last week.  We had 18 volunteers and because if that, we were told it was the quickest and smoothest vision screening yet!  SFJHS PTA appreciates your service.

We are really excited that so many students applied to be a part of HOPE Squad.  We had over 150 applicants that want to make a positive difference in our school.  It’s a great example of the LOBO WAY of Strengthening the Pack.
Because of the high interest we are going to try something new this year in order to include more people.  The HOPE Squad is a national program that requires a smaller group for more in depth training.  To meet their requirements, we will still have a smaller HOPE SQUAD, but we are also going to have a HOPE CLUB.  Members of both groups will get a shirt.  The HOPE Squad will complete all the trainings, the HOPE Club will complete one or two basic trainings and assist the HOPE Squad with service projects, HOPE week and other HOPE building activities throughout the year.  If you have any questions talk to any of the counselors.

There will be a special guest speaker talking about careers in the Air Force this Thursday, Sept 28.  All students without deficient grades are welcome to attend.

  • Sept 25th: Shakespeare Adjudication 2:00pm – 6:00pm @ DFJHS
  • Sept 26th: Varsity and JV Girls’ Tennis @ HOME
  • Sept 26th, 27th, 28th: Soccer Intramurals @ 2:45pm
  • Sept 27th: School Picture Make Up Day, School Community Council Meeting @ 12pm, Golf @ Gladston 12pm, Field Day @ 1:50pm
  • Sept 28th: Parent Teacher Conference 3:30pm – 8:00pm, Girls Intramural Tennis @ PaysonHS, Girls’ JV and Varsity Tennis @ SF Sports Park, Shakespeare Competition (Sept 28-30)
  • Sept 29th: Basketball Intramurals @ 6am, Cross Country Race @ Salem JHS 3:30pm
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Career Discussion Interests Students

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 4:35pm
Attributions: by Travis Palfreyman with Rillene Nielsen Pictures by Travis Palfreyman
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Every day, between second and third period, SFJH students have the opportunity to attend either enrichment or academic intervention activities during Pack Time.

 Today, a group of interested students attended a presentation by Blake and Cindy Bradford where they learned about Nursing and Law Enforcement careers. 

 Thank you Bradfords for sharing their expertise with us!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Service is the Heart of FFA

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:30pm
Attributions: Story and pictures by Chaleesa Warren
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FFA Students participated in a service project on Thursday evening at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.  FFA students cleaned up trash around the grounds and cleaned dirt out of the gutters.

Students participate in events at the fairgrounds all year long.  They can be found judging contests, participating in stock shows, banquets and rodeos. FFA is happy to help keep the fairgrounds looking nice.

FFA believes in living the Lobo Way!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork