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Service is the Heart of FFA

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:30pm
Attributions: Story and pictures by Chaleesa Warren
(more pictures available)

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

SFJH Student Captains Attend Conference

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:27am
Attributions: Story and pictures by Garrett Johnson with Rillene Nielsen
(more pictures available)

On September 20th, students from Spanish Fork Junior High representing the various fall sports and the Student Council were invited to attend an awesome leadership conference and receive instruction from some very influential people.

Captain’s Academy is a fantastic leadership experience for young people.  The fall sport athlete captains representing SFJH were Spencer Larsen- Cross Country, Staci Lomenick- Cross Country, Noah Taylor- Golf, and McKenna Crook- Tennis.  Max MaKenzie attended representing Student Council. 

The meeting started off with a speaker from IHC about the importance of sleep for athletes and human beings.  Brodie Berg, a former Pro Golfer turned Fireman, then presented on what it means to be a leader, sharing some great experiences. 

After a short break the final speaker was Wes Ruff, the sports anchor for Channel 4 News.  Ruff presented on sportsmanship and being a captain.  Ruff also had many great experiences and stories to tell. 

It was very beneficial for these young students to attend and to be able to learn more about what it means to be a Captain!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

SFJHS Marvelous Milers!

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 8:38am

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Last week the PE classes ran the timed mile. Students had been building up to this for the first few weeks of school. Everybody who participated worked hard and did a great job! 

The top times for each PE teacher are:


Aerobic Conditioning  1st period - Boys - Peyton Thorpe 7:12       Girls - Taylee Acherman 8:10   2nd period - Boys - Kason Dart 6:58             Girls - Leah Harwood 8:09   5th period - Boys - Cannon Bennett 6:25       Girls - Sarah Seely 6:55   7th and 8th girls PE 4th period - Isabel Barney - 6:59   9th girls PE 3rd period - Shalyie Harrison Kierra Moss 9:11   7th period- Addison McLean 7:18   Carlson   Wyatt Mackay 3rd period Adam Whittaker 4th period Brennen Carter 6th period Andres Bustos 7th period Jessi Mangum 7th period   Johnson   1st period-Kaleb Feland  5:40   2nd period- Andrew Folsom  6:22   3rd period- Rhoman Eyere  6:34   4th period- Cade Olsen  5:15          Anna Salisbury  6:41   5th period- Ben Harwood  5:56   6th period- Ammon Beck  5:18        Nicole Oviedo  8:08   7th period- Broc Bennett  6:24   Congratulations to everyone that ran and to our FAST FINISHERS!  
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 9-18-17

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:12am

Parents, Students and Friends –

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS - After school clubs begin TODAY! Come join the fun with the different options we have available. MONDAYS we have an IMPROV CLUB- come learn how to do improvisation and play a variety of improv games after school. TUESDAYS we have CHESS CLUB - improve your skills and compete against your friends. WEDNESDAYS we have an ART CLUB - explore a variety of different art techniques. THURSDAYS we have an ANIME CLUB- look and see all the different types of anime and make your own! FRIDAYS we have GERMAN CLUB - enhance your skills, learn a few German words, and make lots of German food!!! Forms are available in the office, in Mr. Ferrin's and Julie Green's rooms, on the school website, and on the bulletin board in front of the Library - Come and sign up in Julie Green's room and join the fun!  All Clubs start on Monday, September 18th.

PTA BOOK FAIR - 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.

PTA REFLECTIONS - Would you like to dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of art?  This year PTA's Reflections theme is "Within Reach". Pick up a PTA Reflections form from the office or your teacher and get creative!  Entries are due the Monday after Fall Break, October 23 by 3:00 p.m. More information and entry forms can also be found at

SCHOOL PICTURE MAKE UP - If you were absent for school picture day in August, you will NEED to have your picture taken on Monday, September 27th. There is no obligation to purchase a package, but you can prepay for a package online if you wish at with online code: sfjrfall17 until 10/3/2017.

Upcoming Events:

Sept 19th – 21st: Soccer Intramurals

Sept 20th: Vision Screening 2nd Period, Captain’s Academy @ DO 8:00am

Sept 21st: Girls Tennis @ Sports Park 3:30

Sept 22nd: TERM 1 MIDTERM, Basketball Intramurals 6:00am, Field Day 7th period, Cross County @ Salem JHS 3:30

Sept 25th: Shakespeare Adjudication 2:00pm – 6:00pm @ DFJHS

Sept 27th: School Picture Make Up Day

Sept 28th: Parent Teacher Conference 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

FACS news

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 9:06am
Attributions: By Kris Kelly

Mrs. Kelly's FACS (Family And Consumer Science) Exploration classes have been learning about Values, Goals, Decision Making, Table Setting and Good Manners.  On Thursday they practiced their good manners with an Etiquette dinner.  SFJH students rocked it!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Hikers See Cave of Wonders On Annual Scramble

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:58pm
Attributions: Story and pictures by Garrett Johnson
(more pictures available)

Sixty-one brave souls came out for the annual fall hike up the Mt. Loafer Switchbacks, on Thursday Sept. 14th. 

The weather was cloudy and cool as they loaded the bus to head to the trail head.  The hikers traveled to Woodland Hills where they tackled the Mt. Loafer Switch backs, a 3 mile round trip journey. 

All hikers made it to the top easily where they were able to enjoy great views, lunch and time with friends.  After a good break at the top, they descended the mountain.  When they neared the bottom, their fearless leader, Coach Johnson, took them to explore a small cave-- the cave of wonders as he called it.  Many crickets filled the dark cave and the temperature inside the cave was significantly cooler than outside. 

The hike ended as the group pulled into the parking lot.  All that came enjoyed great views, good company, and made memories for a lifetime.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Students in College & Career Awareness learn about careers in biotechnology

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:25pm
Attributions: By Chaleesa Warren
(more pictures available)

Students made DNA models with play dough and then got to extract DNA from strawberries.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Minimal Day Schedule

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:48am


Monday, September 18, 2017


1) 8:00 - 8:25 -25 min

2) 8:30 - 8:55 - 25 min

3) 9:00 - 9:25 - 25 min

4) 9:30 - 9:55 - 25 min

5) 10:00 - 10:25 - 25 min

6) 10:30 - 10:50 - 20 min

7) 10:55 - 11:15 - 20 min

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

After School Clubs

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:27am

After school clubs are about to begin - come join the fun with the different options we have available.

On Monday we have an Improv club- come learn how to do improv and play a variety of improv games after school.

On Tuesday we have chess club - improve your skills and compete against your friends.

On Wednesday we have an Art club - explore a variety of different art techniques.

On Thursday we have an Anime club- look and see all the different types of anime and make your own!

On Friday we have German club - enhance your skills, learn a few german words, and make lots of German food!!!

All Clubs start on Monday September 18th. An application form (download it here) must be filled out. There are no fees.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 9/11/17

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:41pm

Parents, Students and Friends –


The HOPE Squad is a Peer Support team whose goals are to provide service and support to students and the community, to prevent bullying, youth suicide and suicidal behaviors. HOPE Squad members are friends to everyone and willing to help out and assist in groups and where needed. If you are interested in becoming a member of HOPE Squad, please get an application from the counseling office. Applications are due by September 14th.


A reminder to all you hikers! The fall hike is this Thursday! All permission slips need to be turned into Coach Johnson by Wednesday! You also need to pay your $5 bus fee to Mrs. Hall in the office by Wednesday.


8th and 9th graders who have Ms. Warren's class now or next semester! If you are interested in being in FFA you need to pay your dues by this Friday, the 15th to Mrs. Hall in the finance office.


The counselors would like our students to become more aware of the many career choices students have.  We are looking for people with interesting careers to come and share information about their career during our Pack-time from 9:35-10:05 Tuesday-Friday.  If you would be willing to share your experience with our students call or email Travis Palfreyman or any of the school counselors.


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 Conferences.  All money earned will buy more books for the your student's classroom. Please come by and support your students and teachers. 


Would you like to dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of art?  This year PTA's Reflections theme is "Within Reach". Pick up a PTA Reflections form from the office or your teacher and get creative!  Entries are due the Monday after Fall Break, October 23 by 3:00 p.m. More information and entry forms can also be found at


Soccer intramurals begin on September 19th, see Coach Johnson or Coach Carlson for details!


  • Sept 11-16: FFA at the State Fair – 15 students will show
  • Sept 12: GOLF MEET @ Spanish Oaks, 12:00pm
  • Sept 13: Fall Hike Permission Slips and bus fee due, Nebo School Board Meeting at District Office, 6:00PM
  • Sept 14: HOPE Squad Applications Due
  • Sept 15: Basketball Intramurals-6am, Cross Country @ Mapleton JHS-3:30pm
  • Sept 18: Half Day School – Staff Development Day – School Dismisses at 11:15am
  • Sept 19: Soccer Intramurals Begin, 2:45pm
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

9-11 Memories

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:37am
Attributions: By Jaimie Dannelly
(more pictures available)

On September 11, Miss Dannelly's 7th grade Reading classes spent the day listening to guest speakers and reading faculty members memories and experiences from that infamous day 16 years ago. They compared and contrasted the various points of view different people had and discussed the impact that event has had on the world. Special thanks to all of the SFJHS faculty that contributed their stories and were willing to have them published for all to read. Also, a huge thanks to our guest speakers Ms. Holley, Mr. Mortensen, Mr. Waters, Mr. Palfreyman, and Mrs. Wilson! 

Chaleesa Warren

 I was in 4th grade. I remember my mom waking me up to watch the news.  We went to school and in every class we watched the news. I remember teachers crying.  I also remember being told that today would change the world and how things would happen in the future. I remember feeling so sad for all those people. I also remember feeling proud to be an American that day and felt like our country pulled together to help the people in New York. 

 Alesha LeMmon

 I was getting ready to go to work and my daughter came running in the kitchen saying a plane crashed into a building in NYC. We were getting ready to leave for school and work, so I dropped the kids off and turned on NPR and began to listen to what was happening. By the time I arrived at work, the second plane had crashed into the second World Trade Center Tower. I was a startled and shocked. We brought a television in to our offices that day. I was in charge of a team of technical support specialists and the phones had stopped ringing. No one was calling. We all gathered around the TV and watched in disbelief as reporting had started on a third plane in Pennsylvania that was headed for the Pentagon had crash landed in a field. Everyone stood around in stunned disbelief. How could this happen on American soil?

 On another note, my aunt's birthday is 9-11 and she lived on a farm in Central Illinois. Because all air traffic was grounded, she said it was so very quiet over that part of Illinois as their farm is in a major flight path. One plane flew over her farm that afternoon and we surmised it was Air Force One taking the President to the bunker located in the Midwest. She said it was eerie.

 Jen Fong

 I was taking an AP Government class (in High School) from a man who was very passionate and had an opinion about everything. We would have discussions almost daily about what was going on in the news. He always had something to say and wanted us to debate things with him and each other and think about the impact on our lives. But on that day, he didn't say anything. The TV was turned on to the news in his classroom when we came in and he was just sitting at the back of the room just watching. We watched the news for an hour and we left his class. I can't say I really understood what it all meant and what would play out for the next days, weeks and years, but his reaction (so different then his norm) always stayed with me. 

 Ashli Brooks

 I was in first grade when 9/11 happened, so I don't remember much. However, I remember my mom doing my hair in front of the news, and I just remember being so confused as to what was happening! I remember her crying, and going to school and having some of the teachers crying. I soon was able to understand what happened, but as a 7 year old, it’s hard to grasp WHY it was happening. 

 Garrett Johnson

 I remember walking upstairs to have breakfast before I went to school ( I was a 6th grader in Middle School) My mom and I were watching the news that the first plane had hit the tower and as we were watching this wondering if it was an accident the second plane hit the other tower.  We then knew it was not an accident!  I remember feeling scared, worried as I left for school that morning.  When I got to school all teachers had the news on in their rooms and in each class we spent time talking about what was going on which made things feel a bit better. 

 I remember how proud I was to be an American and seeing everyone from every state take pride in their country and doing what they could to help those people in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania. 

 Jonathan Lawrence

 I was dropping off my preschooler son at daycare. The sitter had her TV on mute, when I saw the footage of the 2nd plane crashing live I almost fell over. Through live TV I just watched hundreds if not thousands die. I was gob smacked. I extended my best wishes and quickly went to my school and shot my wife a text as she was a teacher as well. I was a first year teacher at the old Spanish Fork Middle (now Diamond Fork Jr.). I was not sure how the school district would instruct teachers on covering the events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, but I decided I wanted to have it available for those interested in viewing/discussing. It was a terribly difficult day, but mostly I was worried about my little 6th graders and how they would process things that were happening. 

 Brenda Kay

 I was at home in my pajamas, starting my day with my toddler who is now almost 18 years old. My husband, who had had just left for work, turned on his radio during the drive and found out that one of the twin towers had been hit by an airplane. He called me and told me to turn on the news. Every news station was covering the unfolding story. I watched in horror as images of the burning sky scraper were shown. It wasn't long before the second tower was hit by a plane. This was SHOCKING because it was now evident that the first crash had NOT been an accident. Something horrific was happening. Someone was doing this on purpose. Two planes just do not end up crashing into sky scrapers by accident. The horror intensified as I learned that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. This was equally unsettling because the carnage was taking place in TWO locations, not one. How many more sites would be hit? How extensive would this become? How many people were going to get hurt or die? Who was doing this? Why?

 As I watched the news coverage, the first tower to be hit COLLAPSED--imploded, live, on t.v.  At first, I thought to myself, "It's a good thing they evacuated the building" but reality soon settled in:  the building had not been evacuated and people had just been killed ON LIVE TV. I sat there stunned. This could NOT be happening in America. The feeling of disbelief was SO intense. It was scary. What was happening? Nobody knew. Not the reporters.

 Footage of New Yorkers running from that area of the city, covered in gray dust--some injured, almost all dazed--brought a new level of pain to the situation. I realized that the air was filled with dusty particles, making breathing difficult. The force of the falling building, plus all of the materials falling to the ground, were injuring and killing people on the street. People were running, unable to drive their cars or take public transportation. They couldn't get home, so they started to walk. Phone lines were jammed because so many people were trying to call loved ones. People were visibly panicked and distressed because they had loved ones in the towers. 

 Firefighters and rescue workers worked to save as many people as they could from the second tower.

Trapped by the fire, some jumped to their deaths. 

The second tower fell too soon.

Firefighters died along with those they were trying to save.

Air traffic control was frantically and quickly landing every plane in U.S. airspace. 

There was speculation about terrorism, war, retaliation. 

A plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania, clearly short of its intended target (wherever that was--we didn't know).

President Bush looked furious when he addressed the nation on national t.v. FURIOUS!

 I began having nightmares. Months later, hearing a plane overhead would frighten me. I didn't feel safe anymore. 

 Jaimie Dannelly

I remember walking down the hall to go to my fourth grade class. The door was open, but the lights were off, which was weird. I went in anyway. As I walked through the doorway, I saw that my teacher had the TV on and was watching the news. I glanced at my teacher and saw that she was engrossed in the news and other students were at their desks sitting quietly. I looked back at the TV, and as I did, I saw a plane hit the World Trade Center. My mouth dropped open. I was young, but I knew something bad was happening. All we did in class that morning was watch the news and my teacher, with tears in her eyes, tried to explain what was happening, but who could really explain it? We watched replay after replay of the planes hitting the towers. We watched as the towers collapsed on live TV. That didn’t seem real to me. I was too young to really understand that thousands of people had just lost their lives, and I had watched it.

 That day I went to St. George with my mom and dad and the only thing you could hear on the radio stations was news. My mom and dad talked in hushed tones about everything, and all I wanted was to listen to music to get rid of all of the sad feelings. I remember people having a sense of pride along with the tragedy of Flight 93. Those passengers died as heroes and everyone was grateful to them for saving who knows how many lives.

 The next few weeks had a sad undertone and everyone just wanted to talk about 9-11 and what it meant for the future of our country. I had no idea at the time how much that event would change the world I grew up in.

 Kathy Thacker

 I had the news on while I was getting my kids ready for school and daycare.  They broke into the regular news to report that a plane had hit the first tower.  At that point, they didn't know why the plane had hit the tower.  The newscasters thought that it had been an accident.  It wasn't until we all watched the live footage of the second plane hitting the second tower that anyone started to realize that it was anything but accidental.  I remember feeling shock and fear like I had never felt before as I watched the plane hit the building.  I remember watching newscasters as the same shock and fear came over them, and realizing how hard it must be for them to keep any sort of professional composure as they had to continue reporting on the horror that was unfolding before them without even having a chance to begin to process what they were seeing. 

 I was going to Utah State University at the time.  USU didn't cancel classes that day, but lots of students didn't go to class. Some were too shocked and scared to leave their houses. I think that those of us who went to class were trying hard to hold on to any shred of normalcy.  However, things were anything but normal on the USU campus.  

 Silence! That's what stood out to me the most.  A college campus is usually anything but silent.  There are usually students hanging out, laughing, talking, playing Frisbee, and riding bikes.  On September 11th none of that happened.  Random students wandered the campus in what felt like slow motion.  In place of the usual laughter of friendship, there was the silence of shock and numbness, the silence of reverence towards the lives lost, the silence of tear drops falling down cheeks when no words would come that could possibly describe our feelings as we all tried to process what was happening in our country.  The only sounds that were heard were the occasional muffled cries as students hugged each other, or the sounds of professors suggesting that the lesson that they had planned somehow didn't feel all that important anymore, and instead we should just love and support each other.

 Shane Waters

 I remember turning on the TV and not believing that it was not real. The images that are burned in my mind forever are the one watching people jumping out of the buildings to fall to their death. Over the past two years I have spent some time in NY. This year I went into the museum. I don't think I will ever go back. Even thinking about it now brings back a ton of emptiness and sadness.  These pictures show the following: the foundation of Tower one. World trade Center Sphere. Only surviving tree left. Plaque and monument for the firemen who died from this station.


Alyse Freeland

 I was getting ready to go to school in 6th grade at the old middle school (Diamond Fork), and my parents were getting ready for work and I heard them starting to panic over something.  I went in their room and Matt Lauer was on the Today Show saying that someone accidentally flew an airplane into the WTC.  My mom's eyes were watering and my parents said how many people worked in that building and we were all so sad that something like this could happen and how sad for that captain who had made a horrible mistake!  I left to go to school and I was in Mr. Tuckett's (who used to teach here) class and he told us that another plane had hit the second building and none of it was a mistake.  We watched the news all day in school and I remember it was so crazy to see because all my teachers were crying and sad.  Everyone kept saying "you'll never forget where you were when you heard about 9/11 and it's been 16 years, and it still gives me chills to think about.  


PS: I also remember where I was when we captured and killed Bin Laden and that too gives me chills!


Chris Thompson

Just minutes before my alarm went off on September 11, 2001, I awoke to the ringing of the phone. It was my husband calling from his construction site.  “Hey, go turn on the t.v. and tell us what’s happening.  We just heard the World Trade Center was hit by a plane, and they think it might be a terrorist attack.”  Still half asleep, I woke my two boys for school and tried not to stir my my seventh-month-old daughter as I made my way downstairs. Shocked by the on-screen images, I returned my husband’s call and read to him the CNN Newsline that was slowly making its way across our TV.

“Oh my gosh, hon, another plane just hit! Oh my gosh!” We stayed on the phone as news reporters confirmed the obvious. We were witnessing our generation’s Pearl Harbor--a first-of-its-kind attack on our own soil that was meant to wake up an entire country. Not only was this an act of terrorism, this was an act of war.

I sat glued to the TV for the rest of the day, watching as my fellow countrymen jumped from fiery buildings while others waved white shirts out of windows, hoping to be rescued. I watched thousands emerge from clouds of black smoke covered in soot, while others ran toward the destruction, hoping to care for the dead and wounded. My heart swelled with pride (and anguish) as the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 took down the plane that was reportedly headed to the White House, sparing the lives of our country’s leadership while sacrificing their own.

It was a day that seemed to go on forever--one calamity after another popping up on the TV screen, leaving reporters in a teary loss for words as America played the lead role in one of the world’s worst domestic tragedies ever imagined--the plot eventually revealing the best and the worst in humanity.  


Joe Anson

7 September 2017

             Most mornings I listen to sports talk radio or a book on CD on my way to work, but on the morning of September 11, 2001, for some reason, just before 7:00 MST, I decided to switch to the news. I heard the report that an airplane had struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. I figured it was a catastrophic accident—some poor amateur pilot or something.

            To my astonishment, I was listening live via KSL when another plane smashed into the south tower. I was idling at a stop light when I caught the reporter’s off-guard reaction. My own, a lowly mutter: “Oh, crap.” Both towers started coming down before I pulled into the school parking lot.

            In my classroom I turned on the television and absorbed report after report as they rolled in with a play-by-play of the collapse of the towers, the bravery of the first responders, the climbing death toll. Shortly, it was the story of the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 crashing into a nondescript Pennsylvania field.

            We stood on a turning point in American history.

            The previous day, my 9th graders read a short story—“American History” by Judith Ortiz Cofer: Elena, a young Puerto Rican girl, remembers the day President Kennedy was shot. She was in the ninth grade, and she hated school. The only bright spot was her crush on a boy named Eugene. On the day of the assassination, she had made plans to study with him. It would have been her first visit to his house. School was dismissed early, and she wandered home, thinking of Eugene. When Elena appeared at Eugene’s door, however, his mother turned her away. She did not want her son making friends with a Puerto Rican girl. Returning home, Elena found her building silent and everyone in mourning. Absorbed in her own tragedy, Elena couldn’t share in the public sorrow (summary courtesy of McDougall Littell’s The Language of Literature 9).

            That morning, in the midst of public tragedy, I witnessed several parallel stories woven into the lives around me. Like Elena from the story, several complained about trivial concerns such as how embarrassing it was that someone else was wearing the same shirt. Why a certain girl hadn’t responded to a note. Why a young football player was going to quit because he didn’t get any minutes until the fourth quarter of a blowout. How the copy machine was still broken. I even overheard a few students unsympathetically shrug off the morning’s attacks with an indifferent “So what? Who cares?”

            In class we drew the parallels between the story from the day before and the current event still happening in our country. The conversations of my classroom that day dealt with putting life into perspective. Both teenagers and adults uncovered truths of human existence and relevance—discoveries similar those of Robert Fulghum’s 1959 experience with Sigmund Wollman (Seattle Times, August 29, 1991) or Henry Smith in Gary D. Schmidt’s Trouble. Despite the apathetic few, national pride inflated. Compassion grew. Where the stereotypical teenage blinders once held fast; eyes of empathy and worlds self-discovery opened. With the world on a perpetually pessimistic fast-forward, sometimes, unfortunately, tragedy is compels us to stop and scrutinize our personal perspective. Once back in check, we realize what really matter and we uncover our best selves. Only from the ashes can a new phoenix rise.

 David Thacker

The morning of September 11, 2001 started as every other Tuesday for me. I was a student at Utah State University and had a 7:30 am class so I had to be up early. I had just finished my morning shower and had stepped out of the bathroom when Mrs. Thacker (who was watching the morning news) said to me that a plane had hit one of the twin towers in New York. I walked over to see the news report, which was happening live, and saw the second plane hit the second tower. I remember thinking exactly what the news reporter was saying: “Two planes hitting two separate towers in the same morning is not a coincidence. This is an attack.” I stayed to watch more of the news until I had to leave for class.

 Once I arrived on campus, the mood was rather subdued. The usual ruckus that I had come to associate with being on campus (even at 7:30 in the morning) was absent. My classes that day were somber, and in some, there was no attempt to even have class. News reports were on all the computers and televisions. People huddled in groups and talked quietly, or comforted one another while sharing tears.

 I was in a state of unbelief. This was The United States of America! This does not happen here! And yet, it had. It really drove home for me when I went to work that night. I worked for Convergys, which is a call center. I took incoming customer service and billing calls for Sprint PCS. That night we were flooded with calls from all over the country. The attacks had knocked out all cell towers in the area. People were trying to contact their loved ones in New York and were unable to do so. I had such a sense of despair as I had to repeatedly tell the customers that I talked o on the phone that there was nothing that I could do to connect their calls. I cannot tell you how many hundreds of people I could not help that night, but each one hurt. Knowing how much they were scared and worried, and knowing I could not help them…That is a feeling I never want to have again.


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Harvest Moon Hurrah!

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 8:14am

Download a flyer here.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Local Writer Greg Bennett Visits SFJHS

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 8:16pm
Attributions: Gaylynn Parker
(more pictures available)

7th Grade Honors English students at SFJHS experienced a real treat on Friday when local magazine writer and editor Greg Bennett (Utah Valley Magazine) came to speak to students about the importance of writing.  

Mr. Bennett pointed out that it’s almost impossible to survive in today’s world without the ability to write. His advice to everyone? “The stuff you’re learning now? It’s best if you remember it.” Tips to be a better writer? 1) Read good writing. 2) Write, and write a lot. 3) Learn what makes an interesting story (understand your audience, use your own experience, and keep a notebook of your observations). 4) Learn to accept criticism of your writing.

The fun part about writing comes from being observant and paying attention to details: If you pay attention, you will usually find a story behind a story. Take a deeper look at the person sitting next to you, and you may just find you don’t really know them at all. Look for the story behind the story because that’s when life gets interesting. Then? Write that story.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Intermural Flag Football Champs

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 6:21pm
Attributions: by Rillene Nielsen and Garrett Johnson

When it comes to flag football at SFJH, the Cowboys crush all the competition!  After a grueling season, they were crowned champions of the 2017 intermural flag football tournament.

The Spanish Fork Junior High PE department sponsors intermural sports activities for students.  Many students participated in the recent flag football activity.  The Cowboys, whose team members included Ryan Powell, Gavin Ericksen, Andrew Holley, Hayden Phipps, Josh & Ethan Graham, Benji Horsley, and Andrew Huish, showed they had what it takes to become the kings of the gridiron, walking away with top honors and bragging rights.  Congrats men!

 Next up for intramural sports—soccer!  Get your team together and talk to the PE coaches.  The season starts September 19.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Math Problem of the Week

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 7:31am
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Cross Country Results 9/8/17

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:04pm
Attributions: By Esther Zacharias
(more pictures available)

Today's XC meet took place at SFJH. All Junior Highs in Nebo School District came out for the meet. The Lobo girl's team took 4th overall and the Lobo boy's team placed 5th. Way to go LOBOS! 

Lobo boys' times:

Max Murray 9:40

William Jorgensen 10:03

Andrew Folsom 10:05

Spencer Larsen 10:14

Caleb Pollock 10:16

Ryan Cobb 10:18

Porter Hall 10:30

Jonah McNeil 10:36

Justin Bailey 11:04

Samuel Clements 11:39

Cameron Defoe 11:57

Isaac Woodbery 12:22

Sean Chandler 12:37

George Heywood 13:08

Jones Lewis 14:12

Brighton McDonald 14:17 


Lobo girls' times:

Sophia Riding 11:08

Staci Lomenick 11:13

Sarah Seely 12:05

Kendell Gardner 12:21

Avery Young 13:09

Tawnee Gardner 14:00

Madisyn Lott 14:15

Marley Jensen 16:32


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

September Students of the Month

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:14pm
Attributions: Amy Gibson
(more pictures available)

Today we celebrated the September Students of the Month! These are students who exemplify The Lobo Way by strengthening, learning, forgiving and accepting, and using their voice.

Students are nominated by teachers in every department. Students earning a Student of the Month recognition receive a certificate of recognition and a Lobo Lunch. All have the opportunity to introduce themselves, enjoy lunch with faculty and administration, and hang out in the Lobo Den playing ping pong, foosball, and other games. 

Students of the Month for September are:

7th Grade - Molly Petersen, Lucy Maurin, Alyiah Beardall, Austin Maughan, Kobe Healey, Kyle Lundgreen, Celia Slusher, Sydnie Smith, and Kaley Cox

8th Grade - Karli Butler, Lauren Jones, Cole Gillespie, Bayli Rich, Emmy Oldham, Kelldrix Brown, Eli Bowen, Porter Stewart, Tyler Reese, and Payton Whitehead

9th Grade - Holden Bayless, Sydnee Seeley, Sara Snyder, Kade Argyle, Hunter Rasmussen, Davis Ashton, Emily Haroldsen, Kate Peterson, Annie Thompson, and Chelsea Lange

Congratulations to all of these exemplary students!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Seventh-graders Find Studying Utah’s Geography Delicious!

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:22pm
Attributions: Story and Pictures by Alyse J. Freeland
(more pictures available)

Mrs. Freeland's class has been learning about the 3 regions in Utah--The Great Basin Region, the Colorado Plateau Region and the Rocky Mountain Region.  

The students were able to show their knowledge by making a region map of Utah using graham crackers, frosting, air heads, marshmallows and chocolate chips.  It made for a good and delicious review of Utah's Regions!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 9/5/17

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:36pm

Parents, Students and Friends –

The counselors would like our students to become more aware of the many career choices students have.  We are looking for people with interesting careers to come and share information about their career during our Pack-time from 9:35-10:05, Tuesday-Friday.  If you would be willing to share your experience with our students call or email Travis Palfreyman or any of the school counselors.

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.through Parent Teacher Conferences.  All money earned will buy more books for the your student's classroom. Please come by and support your students and teachers.

PTA is not a time commitment if you don't want it to be.  Your membership and support alone help create many wonderful experiences and opportunities for students as well as helping our amazing teachers and staff. There are opportunities to be involved if you would like, as well as many benefits to students AND parents when parents are involved and show support.  Join now with a small $5 membership fee. Please pay with this PayPal link ( or submit separate cash/check payable to “SFJHS PTA” at the front office.
For questions contact

Friday morning basketball runs from 6:00am until about 7:20am.  All 7th,8th, or 9th grade boy or girl is invited to come and play.  Talk to Coach Johnson with any questions.

There will be a meeting for the fall hike on Wednesday Sept. 6th during pack time in the upstairs gym.

All cross-country students should have their uniform orders turned in by Tuesday the 5th and other paperwork done as soon as possible. Practices start after school on the 5th as well.

All those trying out for tennis must have their packet filled out and physical completed ASAP.

PTA believes that all children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. Reflections began in 1969 and has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.  Last year, one of our student's entries made it to the state level.
Our Theme this year is "Within Reach".  We are looking for original works of art in photography, dance choreography, literature, visual art, 3-D art, film production, and music composition. Please have your entries to the office by Monday, October 23 at 3:00.

Sept 5th: Tennis Tryouts 3:00, Flag Football Intramurals
Sept 6th: Tennis Tryouts 3:00, Flag Football Intramurals
Sept 7th:  Golf @ Gladstan, Tennis Tryouts 3:00, Flag Football Intramurals
Sept 8th: Basketball Intramurals 6:00am, Student of the Month Party 11:45, Tennis Tryouts 3:00

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

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

End of Summer Splash!

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 7:43am
Attributions: by Garrett Johnson with Rillene Nielsen Picture by Garrett Johnson

The SFJHS PE/Health department was not quite ready to let summer slip away without one last swim party.

Many students and their families came and enjoyed the Spanish Fork Pool on Friday September 1st. We’re happy so many people came out.  It’s great to be active!  And it’s so fun!

A big “Thank you!” to the all those who helped out in this activity-- especially Brad Graham and all the employees at the Spanish Fork Water Park.

If you think this should become a yearly tradition, like this post on our Facebook page.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork