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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
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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
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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

Eclipse 2017 - Cross-Curricular Connection: Science and English

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 8:12am
Attributions: Jerry Whiting, Gaylynn Parker. Photos by Heather Mendonsa. All students have given permission to be quoted.
(more pictures available)

On Monday, August 21, SFJHS students enjoyed watching the solar eclipse outside on the south lawn. The science teachers had created viewing projectors and viewing boxes, so even those who did not have solar eclipse rated glasses, could still see the moon eclipse the sun. 

7th Grade English students have an opportunity this week to read their first article of the month titled “What is an Eclipse?” This will be the first of many cross-curricular connections for SFJHS students this year. 

Several students had the opportunity to travel out of state to witness the total eclipse. Andrew Heap said, “It was indescribable. You were even able to see stars and planets, including Mercury, which not very many people see because it is so close to the sun. I would travel long distances to see that again.” Trenton Spencer said, “Thirty minutes before the eclipse, it started to get really cold and dark. Then when it was total, the sun was totally blocked and the sun's atmosphere was white. Right before it ended, there was a bright white light and it warmed up very quickly.” Adam Blake said, “It was the best experience of my whole summer. Can’t wait 'til 2045!!!!!!!” 


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Heroes

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:25pm
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

AP Human Geography Course at SFJHS

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:24am
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SFJHS now offers AP Human Geography, a class for 9th grade students who will prepare to take the AP Human Geography test at the end of the year. This college-level course is highly rigorous. In this course, students study systematic patterns and processes that shape human understanding. 

Tracee Jones says, “I took AP because I want to learn more about the people all over the world and why they act or say or do what they do.” Alissa Simmons says, “I want to push myself. I have to admit, it has been challenging.” McCade Davis says, “It’s going to be a challenge, especially with other activities going on in my life, but I think I’m up for the challenge.”

This class is taught by Ms. Terry. It’s an exciting opportunity for our students here at SFJHS. Good luck to our first ever class of AP Human Geography! 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Pack Time Begins Tomorrow

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 6:34pm

Spanish Fork Junior’s Pack Time is designed to motivate and give help to students who may need extra support or are struggling academically. Its purpose is also to reward students who consistently do well in all of their classes at school. 

Each day (except for Mondays) students will have the opportunity to attend either an intervention or an enrichment experience.

• All Students receive a mini-report card during 2nd period that shows their current grade in all classes.

• Students who are passing all of their classes with at least a C will have the opportunity to participate in an enrichment activity of their choice. The activities may include athletics, clubs, games, movies, computers, arts, crafts, public speaking, poetry slam, writing for publishing, and socializing.

• Students who are deficient in a class are required to attend an intervention in order to receive additional instruction or to make up work. They must attend the class in which they are deficient; in the case of multiple deficiencies they should attend the priority class for that day.

• If students have a passing grade but need to make up or re-do work for a class, with teacher approval, they may choose to attend an intervention in place of enrichment.

• If a teacher needs a student to make up or re-do work they may request that the student attend their intervention time in place of enrichment, regardless of the student’s graDE.

TO VIEW THE PACK TIME SCHEDULE, go to Parent and Student Information in the menu to the left and click on Pack Time Schedule.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Girls' Tennis

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 1:15pm

Attention all 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls! Your season is about to begin. Girls' tennis tryouts will start on Tuesday, September 5th and will be held everyday that week from 3:00pm to 4:15pm at the SFJHS tennis courts. 

In order for anyone to try out, you must have the tennis packet filled out and turned in to Coach T. Johnson in Room 8. You can get the packet from Coach Johnson.

Start practicing your serves, girls!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 8/28/17

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 6:36pm

Parents, Students and Friends –

SFJHS has a belief that all students, faculty and staff belong to a community. In our community we practice the Lobo Way. That is, we strengthen the pack, learn to learn, forgive and accept, and find our voice. Throughout the school year and in all that we do we will learn about and practice each of these beliefs. The first belief is we will strengthen the pack. This means we will positively contribute to our classes, our school, and our community. We will see the good in others and build confidence, and we will respect and encourage individual strengths.

This afternoon I watched a group of friends at lunch out on the lawn. A girl came out of our building with a bit of anxiety about some boys who were squeaking their shoes in the hall during lunch. The noise hurt her sensitive ears and she was angry that the boys would be so loud. She had a hard time expressing her feelings about it, but the group listened to her as they were genuinely interested in helping. They could have ignored this girl, but they didn’t…they listened until an adult came by to help their new friend. This group of friends positively contributed to their school by just listening. The girl was able to regain her composure and left to her classroom happy. Our motto, by Rudyard Kipling, says. “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” There was a great deal of strength in the small act of listening today.

Every public school has a school community council consisting of the principal, elected school employees and parents. Parent input is important in the decisions made by our council. School Community Council (SCC) needs THREE PARENT NOMINATIONS to be on the council this school year. If you are interested in serving on the SJHS SCC, email Mr. Blake Mortensen at

Thanks for participating in first round of golf tryouts. Second tryout will be Tuesday August 29, at the Spanish Oaks golf course 4:14 pm. A list of those invited to second tryouts is posted at the front office as well as coach Bartholomew's room 46

Friday Sept. 1st is the back to school swim party for SFJHS. The cost is $1 per person, please bring your families! Just let them know you are with SFJHS. At the Spanish Fork High School Pool from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.

Attention all future cross-country runners! There will be an information meeting held on Tuesday, August 29th right after school in Miss Brooks' room (26). Come learn how your running shoes can transform any bad day into a good one, frustration into speed, self-doubt into confidence, and chocolate cake into muscle!

Our first intramural sport this year will be FLAG FOOTBALL. Any 7th, 8th, or 9th grader is welcome to play. Get your team of 7 together and get signed up with Coach Johnson or Coach Carlson. We will play every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday right after school from 2:50 - 3:50 pm beginning August 29th. Get your team signed up and join the fun! There will be prizes for tournament champions.

BASKETBALL intramurals are every Friday from 6:00am-7:55am throughout the school year!

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


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Math Problem of the Week

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 7:48am

When Peter and Bill ran a 100-meter race, Peter won by five meters.  To give Bill a chance to win, they raced again, but this time Peter started five meters behind the starting line.  Each boy ran the race at the same speed as in the first race.  What were the results of the second race?


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Five SFJHS Students Honored

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 3:44pm
Attributions: By Garlynn Parker
(more pictures available)

Five SFJHS students were honored at a special launch party for the publication of their short stories in Write Outside Yourself, Volume IV: Haunts and Horrors, a young adult story writing contest. Katelyn Hurst, Grace Hernandez, Cheyenne Jensen, Natalie Joyce Olson, and Jones Lewis entered this statewide contest for junior and high school students with a range of emotions from Why not? to I’ll never win! to I hope I win!

In addition to having their short stories published in this annual journal, Natalie Joyce Olson won “Best Protagonist” for her short story “Don’t Get Out of Bed; You’ll Regret It,” Cheyenne Jensen won “Best Antagonist” for her short story “Vivian’s Diary,” and Jones Lewis won “Best Comedy” for his short story “Appliances’ Revenge.” 

These short stories, along with Katelyn Hurst’s “The Bloody Knife” and Grace Hernandez’s “Revenge on Mary,” can be read in the copy of Write Outside Yourself, Volume IV: Haunts and Horrors held in the reference section at the Spanish Fork Jr. High School Library and in the reference section at the Fulton Library at UVU.

All students who were published in this journal had the opportunity to work with an experienced revisionist to help them polish their stories before publishing.  This can be a scary or intimidating experience for 13-year-old students, but each one found the experience valuable and they learned a lot about the writing and revision process. Of this process Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Dees wrote, “They’ve written, revised, and infused each piece with emotion. It was a pleasure witnessing the great work they put into revising. With help from the wonderful WOY staff, the authors developed their pieces into something they should be proud of.”

In addition, Katelyn Hurst and Cheyenne Jensen had an opportunity to participate in a story exchange, workshopping their stories with other winners across the state.  At the reception held in their honor, Natalie Joyce Olson was asked to read a portion of her story and she did so with great flare and drama. The launch party/reception was a night to remember!

If you see these students, make sure to congratulate them on this incredible accomplishment and read their stories! Next year’s prompt is “Tales Throughout Time.” You should enter because you, too, can be published!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Ted Ed Clubs: Sharing Great Ideas

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 3:40pm

Join the Ted Ed Club at SFJHS, held on Fridays during Pack Time in Mrs. Parker's room #42. See you there!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

If Tom Knew, He’d Be Happy Too

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:27pm
Attributions: By Rillene R. E. Nielsen


Wednesday we were at 887 followers.  Now SFJH has broken 900.  As of today, we have 912 followers on Facebook!

The momentum is fantastic—let’s keeps it going.  Keep spreading the word.

Follow Spanish Fork Junior High! Scroll down and look on the left side of this page to find our Facebook link. Thanks for your continued support.  Your Lobos appreciate it!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Golf Tryouts

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:34am
Attributions: By Alesha LeMmon
(more pictures available)

Thirty students were out on the links yesterday afternoon trying their very best to become part of what will be an 8-person team. It was a beautiful day and perfect conditions for golf! Thanks to Coach Hansen and the SF Dons Golf Team for all the help getting the golfer through the course. 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Biology Students Make GIANT Discovery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 5:34pm
Attributions: By Emily Goates and Rillene Nielsen. Pictures by Emily Goates
(more pictures available)

Mrs. Goates, seventh-grade science teacher extraordinaire, is now teaching Biology at SFJH.  And as usual, her ninth-grade students are already having some extraordinary scientific adventures. 

Mrs. Goats reported, “On the first day of school, my biology classes went on a scavenger hunt to see which biological processes they could already recognize outside. We made some great discoveries including this GIANT caterpillar.”

Awesome stuff, Mrs. Goates!  Stay tuned, SFJH parents.  Who knows what else these students will discover.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Cannon Ball!!!

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 5:18pm
Attributions: By Rillene R. E. Nielsen

School has started, but we don’t want to give up on summer just yet.  So Spanish Fork Junior High is sponsoring a swim party on Friday September 1st from 3:30 PM until 6:00PM at the Spanish Fork High School Pool.

This the back to school swim party is for all SFJH students and their families as well as the faculty and their families.

The cost is $1 per person.  Just let them know you are with SFJHS.

So grab your suit and sunscreen!  We’ll see you at the pool.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Thinking Like A Scientist

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:38pm
Attributions: By Alesha LeMmon
(more pictures available)

Today in Mr. Whiting’s Science 7 classes, students were “thinking like a scientist” as they performed an experiment testing the buoyancy of various objects. Using the scientific method, students had to hypothesize whether the object would float or sink, test by placing objects into water, record their findings, and draw a conclusion about the level to which objects floated or sunk.

Mr. Whiting created an interactive lab for students to examine and learn the scientific method that his classes will use all year as they “think like a scientist”!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork