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Students Exercise Mind and Body With Yoga

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:05am
Attributions: by Coach Garrett Johnson
(more pictures available)

YOGA!!!!  Yoga is a fun way to help your body relax and calm down.  It is also a great workout!  Many students in our junior high school get a small taste of what yoga is like in Coach Johnson's Body Conditioning class.  Once they’ve been introduced to this form of working out, many enjoy it! 

Yoga will also help with one’s flexibility and many other aspects of their athletic careers. 

One very cool and interesting fact about yoga is that it is used by multiple famous sports athletes and teams both professionally and collegiately.  It is a good way to learn to how to become flexible and to center all of that energy to be able to use throughout practices and games.

Yoga is awesome!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:11am

In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app.  As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks.   Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone.  Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students. Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:

  • Encourage your friends to download the app
  • Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts

KSL Contest:

  • Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card
  • These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page
  • The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL!
  • The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m.
  • Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas!

 #nebohero #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #NeboDistrict #NeboSchools #safeUT

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Freshmen Build Greek Temples

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:13am
Attributions: By Shea Harmer
(more pictures available)

Ms. Harmer’s 9th grade World Civilizations class had an awesome hands-on experience building Greek temples out of common school supplies today.

Students learned about the different styles and types of columns.  They also learned the different parts of a Greek temple.  Each of their creations needed to show these parts!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Letter Love

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:20pm
Attributions: By: Macady Tanner

After the recent tragedy of the Florida school shooting, a neighboring school in Florida asked if people around the globe would write hand-written letters to the students at Stoneman Douglas High School to remind them they are loved. Mrs. Parker’s 7th-grade class decided to do just that. 

As the class wrote letters to unknown students in Florida, their faces lit up at the idea of someone who had gone through this tragic event opening a letter just to remind them that they are loved. With hard things going through our world like this, we would like to invite anyone who wants to put a little letter love in the world to write a letter for these kids. Sometimes you just need to be reminded you matter and are cared about even if it comes from across the globe. Let us fill the air with letter love. 

Stoneman Douglas High School

5901 NW Pine Island Road

Parkland, Florida 33076

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Ms. Freeland’s Students Use Playdough to Shape Understanding

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:06am
Attributions: by Alyse J. Freeland
(more pictures available)

Mrs. Freeland's Utah Studies class used play dough to make their own clay figurines that resembled the pre-historic Native tribes in Utah.  The kids had a lot of fun shaping clay statues like the first people in Utah did!​

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update, 2/20/2018

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:25pm

Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Friends:


Spanish Fork FFA is celebrating along with chapters around the country, the amazing accomplishments of members, teachers, and the industry of agriculture. Our FFA members are sponsoring dress up days throughout the week. See the calendar below or our Facebook page for more details.


The Girls Who Code Club program is a free program for girls in grades 6-12 that provides engaging project-based activities.  

Club girls join a safe and supportive environment of peers & role models and learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Beyond the Club, girls can tap into an alumni network of tens of thousands of girls across the country that is using computer science to solve problems they care about.

Club girls learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages — whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Club girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.

If you are interested in learning more or joining this club, send an email to Club girls will meet during Pack Time one or two days each week.


FROM OUR PTA: The PTA loves our teachers and staff!  During February’s book fair we gave out "gift cards" for each.  Thank you SFJHS for all you do for our kids!

The PTA loves our kids, too!  Because we had such amazing support at our fall book fair, we decided to give out "gift certificates" to some students!  We had a drawing and one kid from each English class received a $5 gift certificate good for a book!  As a result, 30 certificates were redeemed.  The PTA is thrilled to have more books in the hands of our students!

Also, because of the success of our FALL BOOK FAIR,  we were able to buy additional books for the English teachers’ classroom libraries. And, just over $1,000 was donated at this book fair!

With our extra scholastic dollars we earn from each book fair we hope to be able to do some fun things like this again at our next fair in the fall.

Thank you parents for the support you give the PTA and our school by purchasing books at our book fairs!


Have you ever wondered what the Advanced Learning Center is and what you can do there? Registration for the ALC field Trip goes from now until February 23rd. You will see the many classes you can take learn how the classes can give you college credit while still in high school! Our school will be attending the morning session. Sign up now in the counseling office because we have only 60 slots available.


​Registration for the next school year is coming up! Here are some tentative dates:

February 22nd- 7th into 8th grade registration during College & Career Awareness classes. Forms are due on February 27th. 

March 5th- Freshman Day at SFHS- all 9th graders will be bused to the high school.

March 7th- SFHS counselors will meet with 9th graders during World History classes to select their courses online. 


February 20th-22nd: Indoor Soccer Intramurals 2:45pm

February 21st: FFA Alumni Banquet 6:30pm, Orchestra Elementary School Tour

February 22nd: 7th grade to 8th grade registration in CCA classes, Girls Who Code Conference Field Trip 11:00-3:00pm

February 23rd: School Dance 6:00-7:30pm

February 26th: 6th grade day

February 27th-29th: Warball Intramurals 7:30am

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Eighth Grade History Students Visit State Capitol

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:14am
Attributions: by Shea Harmer

The 8th grade US History classes had the opportunity to visit the Utah state capitol building on Friday and got to see government working full throttle.

Students watched a session of Congress in which the families of Utah’s fallen soldiers were honored and  took a peek at the building’s new earthquake absorption mechanisms.  They spoke with Representative Mike McKell and got a special tour of the Supreme Court from him and our own Mayor Leifson.  They even got to have a question and answer period with Senator Diedre Henderson!

The kids learned a lot and were able to experience government! This field trip is always a favorite.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

A Pig with Heart

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:51am
Attributions: By Drew Nielsen

On February 8, 2018, the students in Mrs. Mendonsa’s class had a great and wonderful time watching Mrs. Mendonsa share with them parts of a pig. She brought a pig heart, lungs, esophagus, and larynx into class with her.

With a shop vacuum, she was able to blow the pig lungs up and show how the lungs of a pig and human work.

With the pig heart, she showed us how many chambers it had and where most of the organs attached to the heart in order for everything to work out. The class had a fun time and was able to learn about the inside of a pig.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Speed Date with a Book!

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:40am
Attributions: by Jaimie Dannelly
(more pictures available)

Mrs. Wilson provided a special treat in the library for some lucky 7th grade Reading classes on Valentines Day. The students got to "speed date" with their favorite books. They took turns sharing what they loved about their book to try and help their classmates find new reading material. The students had lively conversations and ended the activity with a sweet sugar cookie treat. Thanks to Mrs. Wilson for putting together this awesome activity!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Stakeholder Survey

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:16pm

Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools.  A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences. (Parents and employees will be emailed a link to help them gain access, while students will be shown the link in their computer labs.)

The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.

Thank you for your helpful feedback.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

FFA Dress Up Week

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:45am

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

PT Conference Schedule

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:44am

Our third and final parent-teacher conference for this school year will be this Thursday, February 15 from 3:30 to 8:00. 

Teachers will be available in the cafeteria from 3:30 to 6. 
From 6 to 8 teachers will be available in their classrooms.

We invite all parents and guardians to come meet with their students' teachers.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork


Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:10am


Have you ever wondered what the Advanced Learning Center is and what you can do there? Registration for the ALC field Trip goes from now until February 23rd. The field trip is February 26th.

You will see the many classes you can take learn how the classes can give you college credit while still in high school! Our school will be attending the morning session. 

Sign up now in the counseling office because we have only 60 slots available. 

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 02/12/2018

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:13pm

Parents, Students, and Friends –


Attention Freshman: MONDAY, February 12th, Spanish Fork High School will be holding a Concurrent Enrollment Information Night.  Students and Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. They will have representatives from UVU, the ALC, and their Career Service Coordinator there to answer any Concurrent Enrollment Questions you may have. They also will go over the "Sophomore by Exception" process.  If you plan to take any Concurrent Enrollment Classes as a Sophomore, we would advise you to attend.  It is THIS MONDAY at 6:30 in the SFHS auditorium. Hope to see you there! 


Registration for the next school year is coming up! Here are some tentative dates:

February 15th- 8th into 9th grade registration during US History classes. Forms are due on February 20th.

February 22nd- 7th into 8th grade registration during College & Career Awareness classes. Forms are due on February 27th. 

March 5th- Freshman Day at SFHS- all 9th graders will be bused to the high school.

March 7th- SFHS counselors will meet with 9th graders during World History classes to select their courses online. 


Would you like to know more about the exciting things happening at your school?  Please feel free to attend our next PTA meeting, Mar. 5 at 9 a.m. and see what we do. We have multiple board positions open or you can just come and have a voice.  This is the time to shadow a PTA member to see if you'd like to join us.  One thing we love is getting to talk with our principal every month and discussing issues that are important to us. 


We look forward to seeing you at our Scholastic Book Fair, BEGINNING TUESDAY. Scholastic’s mission is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy. Please stop in to the school during our book fair hours below and check out great books and media for even greater prices. ​Also, we will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences!

Feb. 13 (7:30am​-3pm​), 14 (7:30am​-3pm​), and 15 (7:30am​-8pm​).  


GIRLS, are you interested in learning more about coding? Meeting students from around the state who code and meeting the founder of Girls Who Code? SFJHS is planning to take interested girls to Dell EMC in Draper, UT to get started with coding!  Afterwards, we will do more fun things with coding at the school throughout this year. This kickoff event will be on Thursday, February 22 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Any girl who wants to go will need a to sign up and get a permission slip from the counseling office ASAP. All permission slips must be returned to counseling by this FRIDAY!

LOBO HERO DAY – FRIDAY            

We have great Lobo Heroes at the school who live the lobo way in their actions and in their words. Wear your Lobo shirts on Friday and get a treat!


Nebo School District values your continued input regarding our schools. We invite you to give your feedback regarding teachers and administrators working at the school to which your student attends. You may take the survey for any or all of your student's teachers. The survey will be open from February 9-25, 2018.
Thank you for your continued support of Nebo School District. 
Follow this link to the Survey to the 2017-18 Nebo School District Stakeholder Survey


February 13th: PTA Book Fair, SF High Hope Squad visit (health classes), indoor soccer intramurals 2:45pm

February 14th: PTA Book Fair, indoor soccer intramurals 2:45pm

February 15th: PTA Book Fair, 8th to 9th Registration (history classes, indoor soccer intramurals 2:45pm, PT Conference 3:30-8:00

February 16th:  Lobo T-shirt Day, State Capital Field Trip 8:00am

February 22nd: 7th grade to 8th grade registration

February 23rd: School Dance 6:00-7:30pm

February 26th: 6th grade day

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Warning: Heart Attack!!!

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:36am
(more pictures available)

This week is National School Counseling Week, and we want to give a shout out to our amazing counselors here at SFJHS! They are the best and we appreciate everything they do for the students and staff on a daily basis! ​

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Nebo Chess Tournament

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:32am

Saturday February 24, 2018   8:30 am - 1:00 pm approximately

Cherry Creek Elementary 484 S. 200 E. Springville, 84663 Please enter through east doors.

  • Arrive at 8:30 am, instructions at 8:45 am.
  • 5 or 6 rounds—all students get to play all rounds.
  • K-6 students get to play others within their own grade.

Jr. High students will be grouped together into one section. High School students will be grouped together into one section.

9th grade will join either Jr. High or High School based on numbers.

  • Rounds are up to 50 minutes each (i.e. approximately 25 minutes per player).  High School may be allowed up to 60 minutes each.
  • Plan on students finishing last round between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm.
    • Trophies will be awarded for 1st -7th place per section (plus several “outstanding” trophies), and for top 3 elementary schools and top 2 secondary schools.  All other players will receive a medal.
    • Tie breaks will be decided by the computer.
    • Information available for those interested in starting a chess club.

 Lunch will be available for purchase: pizza, snacks, etc. Chess sets and such available for purchase.  Cash or check.

 How to register:

 Register and pay online at under “Nebo District Programs.” Cost is $5.00 if you register and pay by Feb 17, or $10 thereafter.

Registrations accepted only through Thursday, Feb 22— no registration or payment accepted at the door.

Student must be in Nebo School District boundaries, whether attending public, charter, or home school, or have played in Nebo chess tournament. Supervision of children is the responsibility of the parents. Parents and other spectators may not interact with players while they are competing.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lady Lobos Conquer Springville’s Lady Knights

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:42pm
Attributions: by Shae Harmer with Rillene Nielsen
(more pictures available)

The semi-finals game was a hard fought battle for the Lady Lobos who took on the Springville Lady Knights. The Lobos offense got off to a slow start; they struggled to get into a rhythm the entire first half. Springville, however, came to play. They were very aggressive and scrappy. The Lady Lobos ended up going into half time down by 2 points.
The second half proved that SF had made the adjustments necessary to pull themselves ahead. A few collisions and injuries did occur. Callie Johnson was knocked into a Springville player and got wacked in the eye. She ended up needing stitches after the game.
The Lady Lobos worked tirelessly and fought a hard battle all the way to end, winning by just 2 points!
But that was enough to get them into the championship game against Mapleton. The game is today at Springville HS. Come support your SFJH Lobos as they look for the back to back championship victories.


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Nebo EdTech Spotlights Teacher Heather Mendonsa

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:39am
Attributions: by Myles Peterson, Nebo Digital Coach, and Rillene Nielsen
(more pictures available)

Heather Mendonsa, a science teacher at Spanish Fork Jr. High, was recently spotlighted in the Nebo EdTech Newsletter.  Ms. Mendonsa was featured for the innovative ways she’s using the technology available in Nebo District to help students learn.

Ms. Mendonsa explained, “I have started using Mastery Paths in Canvas and I am excited about where this program can take my class. It has changed my planning and differentiation in great ways.”

“First, I gave a pretest to my classes and divided it into specific topics,” continued Ms. Mendonsa.  “Based on their results, Canvas automatically assigned remedial lessons to those who needed it, focused on vocabulary and repetition for my ELL students, and gave more in-depth opportunities to those who are already at mastery. At this point, I am using Mastery Paths during class about twice a week. I have found that the students are happier because they are getting the information they need at their own pace.”

Innovation and best practices set great teachers apart from the rest.  SFJH is fortunate to have Ms. Mendonsa on the faculty team, helping students succeed.  “I'm excited to see where this is going in the next few years,” she said.  We are too.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Update 02/05/2018

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 9:43pm

Parents, Students, and Friends –

January was a busy month for the students at SFJHS! We finished out our wrestling season, continued our basketball season, sent attendees to Nebo’s junior high youth board meeting. We celebrated students of the month. The orchestra played in concert with American Idol stars, we remembered Martin Luther King, Jr., and began rehearsing the school musical. We found joy in our annual HOPE week activities, finished Term 2, and FFA attended the Wasatch Back judging. We went on educational field trips, performed in, and listened to the Nebo Youth Symphony. Most importantly, teachers taught amazing lessons giving students opportunities to learn and grow in all academic areas. We thank you all for trusting all of the teachers, technicians, lunch ladies, bus drivers, custodians, coaches, secretaries, administrators, and counselors to help your student succeed and thrive. February, here we come! 


Have you ever wondered what the Advanced Learning Center is and what you can do there? Registration for the ALC field Trip goes from now until February 23rd. You will see the many classes you can take learn how the classes can give you college credit while still in high school! Our school will be attending the morning session. Sign up now in the counseling office because we have only 60 slots available. 


Our school science fair will be held Wednesday and Thursday, February 6th and 7th in the library.  Judging for the fair will be conducted from 1st to 4th periods on Wednesday.  Awards will be presented during 7th period (Wednesday).  The open house for viewing projects will be on Thursday during the school day.  


Unfortunately, it has become a more and more common occurrence that parents are calling their students during class. If you need to contact your student, please call the front office or text them. When students receive phone calls from parents during class, they think it is an emergency and they need to answer which causes a disruption for the entire class. So please remind your students about good phone etiquette. Thank you!

Nebo District electronics policy JDE states:

Student use of electronic devices must adhere to the following rules and guidelines: Electronic devices may be used during a class period or school activity when specifically approved by the teacher or a school administrator in conjunction with educationally appropriate objectives. A teacher or school administrator should only authorize the use of electronic devices during a class period or other school activities when it benefits and enhances the students’ education. Such matters may be addressed in a disclosure document provided by the teacher outlining class rules, procedures, and expectations.


February 6th: District Basketball Tournament, Science Fair judging and awards

February 7th: School Community Council 12:00, Science Fair open house

February 9th: MIDTERM

February 13th-15th: PTA Scholastic Book Fair

February 15th: Parent Teacher Conferences

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Nebo Education Foundation Partners with Amazon Smile

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 3:19pm

If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, the Nebo Education Foundation would be significantly benefitted if you shopped through

 Support us when you shop on Amazon. Go to and Amazon donates to Nebo Education Foundation.

 About AmazonSmile

 What is AmazonSmile?

 AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Remember to type in NEBO EDUCATION FOUNDATION when it asks you for your favorite charity.

The donations that come into the Nebo Education Foundation are then given back to teachers and schools through grants. 

Thank you for your support.


Lana Hiskey

Executive Director

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork