Pepper the Guinea Pig came into Mr. Madsen’s class today for the second time, surprising many students. As the classes continued on, students looked at her with adoration. All of the students from fifth period to seventh period had seen and petted her before, so this was a first for the first four periods of students. Mr. Madsen held and petted her often, and she is simply adorable according to most students.
At the end of the day, Pepper will be taken home by her owner, Seth Liechty, not to be seen anytime soon. But hopefully, Pepper the Guinea Pig will return soon to be adored by the students of Spanish Fork Junior High.
This last weekend, on April 20 and 21, members of our school’s National Junior Honor Society joined together to help with a BSA Eagle Project. The Eagle Project was for Caleb Pollock, a student at our school. The project began with clearing rocks from the school’s field. Shortly afterward, the volunteers helped to clear rocks off the retaining walls on the east side of the school. The next morning, the rocks were completely removed and the volunteers helped to spread mulch where the rocks had been. The area is now much safer without rocks falling from the walls, and it looks better too. The project was a great opportunity to help out a fellow member of our school and volunteer.
In Mr. Madsen’s and Mr. Whiting’s science classes, the students had a great learning experience. They headed outside to a timeline in the track field to observe and learn about the Earth. Students learned about the Earth over time, and they learned about the geologic and biologic points of it. There were multiple stations to learn about. For example, the Precambrian, Phanerozoic, Cenozoic, and Quaternary periods. Though some students were cold and miserable from freezing first period, they enjoyed it and said, “It was a good outside educational experience activity.” As for the teachers, it seemed like they enjoyed sitting in their comfortable camp chairs as the students worked.
Last week, Mr. Gibson’s art class had a final project for their term on the watercolor technique. They were given one week to create a project on watercolor paper that was uniquely their own. Some of the projects featured flowers, cactuses, dancers etc. Each one was made with compassion and style of their very own.
Through everyone’s creativity, the wall out front of Mr. Gibson’s classroom is now colorful with many types of watercolor techniques. It seems incredible how much creativity is shown through all types of art projects. When students discover a new art technique, the appreciation for past artists grow. Those students now have more appreciation for artists who have used watercolors in the past. Hooray for art!
SFJHS SPRING HIKE
Attention all students! The annual Spring hike is here! If you are interested in coming on the hike there will be a meeting during pack time on Tuesday, April 24th in the weight room. We will go over all information at the meeting. See you there!
POETRY SLAM SESSIONS
Slam sessions will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25th, 26th, and 27th during Pack Time in Mrs. Thompson’s room. We won’t be having our usual school poetry slam as originally scheduled, so bring your best poem and be ready to slam it during Pack Time--minus the bright lights and scary audience! Sign up for the slam and the field trip just outside Mr. Anson’s room #3 and be sure to ask your English teacher for more details.
ARE YOU A LOBO HERO?
Our last Lobo Hero day will be this Friday, April 27th. Show your school pride by wearing your Lobo T-shirt on Friday! You know there will be treats involved!
This Friday, April 27th is the last dance of the school year! The theme is Disney! It will be held in the cafeteria from 6pm-7:30pm. The cost is $3 with student ID and $4 without.
More information will be coming soon on our annual trip to Lagoon! For now, make sure you serve your detention hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and pay any fees and fines (Library, Lunch, Registration, Yearbook) you have due. Detentions must be served and fees paid prior to qualifying to attend the Lagoon trip on May 24th.
Apr 25th-27th: Poetry Slam Sessions during Pack Time
Apr 27th: LOBO HERO DAY - SHIRTS, Basketball intramurals 6:00, Track Meet at MMHS 2:00, School Dance 6:00p
Apr 28th: Nebo Jr. Theater Festival 9-4
Apr 30th-May 4th: COLLEGE WEEK - more to come!
Cade Olsen, 8th grader from Spanish Fork Junior battles for 1st in the 400M dash. Cade finishes 2nd behind Mt. Nebo and runs a personal best of 54.9 seconds, that's 4 seconds faster than his performance just a week ago.
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Animal Science classes got to learn about the importance of therapy animals. Mini horses can be therapy animals with lots and lots of training. Ever After Mini's brought two of their therapy horses to class today. Students learned about care and training of a therapy horse, they learned about horse behavior and benefits of a therapy animal. Horses are for people with memory loss. Often times people make connections with them if they have ever owned a horse before. They cannot be ridden because of their size. They are only about 120 lbs. When they are born they are so small you can pick them up and hold them. The presenters told us their favorite part of their job is walking into places and seeing peoples reaction to a horse in a building.
Mrs. Brockbank’s class was assigned to make a project that represented a book that they liked. Some of the ideas for projects consisted of comic strips, stories, a coat of arms, and more. These projects were meant to represent either the main characters in a book, or something like a big event that happened in a book, or just to give a short summary to get people hooked on a good book. The projects were a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed being creative and working on a fun project.
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Congratulations to FFA students who competed this week in Logan!
1st Place Meats Team
Brayden Banks, Kalley Stubbs & Katelyn Beckstead
2nd place Food Science Team
Easton Redd, Kael Jensen, Wade Coombs & Gavin Woodhouse
Veterinary Science Team
Alanah Maltsbarger, Gavin Swan, Noah Runolfson & Rochelle Christensen
Agriculture Sales Team
Kaylee Jarvis, Ethan VanHoene, Kacie Jones & Kyle Clark
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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,
NEBO JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, the students who love theatre have a chance to participate in the annual Nebo Jr. Theatre Festival. It's an all day experience for the students to get to know those from other schools, perform, and participate in theatre workshops. If your student would like to participate, $15 needs to be paid in the front office and a permission form (found in Miss Holley's room) needs to be signed and turned in by Wednesday, April 18th. This is open to all students whether they're in drama classes or not.
Are you a poet but don’t know it? ...or maybe you do! Either way, be sure to sign up to audition for this year’s poetry slam! Everyone who signs up will be eligible to go on a field trip April 24th to hear famous poet and slammer, Sarah Kay, at UVU! Plus, if you are selected to represent our school in the district slam, there are prizes and fame to be had. Auditions will be held in two weeks, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25th, 26th, and 27th during Pack Time in Mrs. Thompson’s room. We won’t be having our usual school poetry slam as originally scheduled, so bring your best poem and be ready to slam it during Pack Time--minus the bright lights and scary audience! Sign up for the slam and the field trip just outside Mr. Anson’s room #3 and be sure to ask your English teacher for more details.
MARCH MADNESS PTA FUNDRAISER APPRECIATION
Thank you teachers, staff, students, and parents for participating in our March Madness PTA fundraiser! We appreciate your time and donations. Part of the money we raised will be given as a grant to the school to help purchase virtual reality equipment for your student to use in the science dept. The rest of the funds will be used for the PTA programs at our school (Reflections, Book Fair, Teacher Appreciation, etc.) Thanks so much for your support!
Apr 16th-18th: Spikeball Intramurals 7:30
Apr 18th: Native Club 9:30
Apr 19th: Great Utah Shakeout (drill), Spanish 2 Field Trip 8:00, Hope Squad 10:00
Apr 20th: MIDTERM, Track @ SHS 2:00, Rock Project NJHS 3:00 (SEE MR. LAWRENCE if you want to volunteer)
Emily Wessman is a writer. When she heard about the opportunity to submit a poem to UVU's Write Outside Yourself Journal, she submitted a poem called "Illuminate the Forgotten." This beautifully written poem met the criteria of "Tales Throughout TIme," "exploring or reinventing different eras in history or presenting possible futures."
Emily's poem was one of only two accepted for publication. Middle and high school students from across the state of Utah were all invited to submit, so this is a great honor for Emily to have her poem selected to be published.
Emily will be honored at a launch party this summer, and her poem will be published in Volume V of the print and online journal. You don't have to wait for the published version, however. Simply ask, and Emily will be happy to let you read her poem. Congratulations, Emily, and keep on writing!
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Mrs. Kelly’s FACS students were given an opportunity in their child development unit to see preschoolers learn. She separated them into seven groups. Each group was then assigned a topic that corresponded with the things they were learning about; the activity they planned was based on that topic. The greeting group made bunny shaped name tags. The large motor group’s activity was a bean bag toss. The small motor group let the preschoolers play with Play Dough. The snack group made little crabs with crackers, pretzel sticks, and cheese. The reading group had the kids sit down and listen to “If you Bring a Pig to a Party” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” The math and science group enjoyed helping the preschoolers make oblik. The art group set up pictures of flowers, bunnies, and cats for them to enjoy painting. Mrs. Kelly taught the kids the song “Five Little-Speckled Frogs.” The last activity that the preschoolers did before they left was a freeze dance.
On April 13 Ms. Warren’s class looked at strawberry DNA. It was a part of learning about Watson and Crick and their discovery of DNA. We learned why it would be important to know this in agriculture, specifically when we were learning about plant, animal, and soil scientists. “It was so cool! I loved being able to see the DNA strands,” a student said. Others agreed that the DNA strands were interesting and fun to see. “It was interesting with a strawberry. What do you think would happen if I tried this with an orange!” a student mentioned.
“The experiment was fun, and I got a bracelet out of it!” a student said. I think the whole class could conclude that it was a fun day in CTE.
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Students in Mr. Whiting’s science class watched as he dissected squids to learn about the different cool adaptations and traits that the octopus has. They also learned some of the anatomy of the octopus. Mr. Whiting showed students some of the external anatomy, like the eyes, and he told us about the chromatophores which are things on the skin that make it so the squid can camouflage. Then he cut the squid open with some suture scissors. He showed students things like the gills, ink sack, and the squid pen which gives support to the squid. It was interesting and fun.
Sam Whitaker, an aspiring writer here at Spanish Fork Jr. High, was delighted when his submission was accepted for publication in one of our local newspapers. Congratulations, Sam!
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On March 29th, twenty-one SFJH 8th graders participated in the state science fair at BYU. These students had previously competed at the school and district levels and were finalists at both levels.
In the best showing in recent memory, 10 of the 21 students placed in their categories. Third place finishers in their categories were: Hailey Campbell, Laney Hicks, and Rylei Voorhees. Second place finishers in their categories were: Joseph Boyack, Wesley Campbell, Ashley Olsen, Ellie Maughan, Cheyenne Terry, and Gwen Beagley. First place finisher and Junior Division Grand Champion was Jesse Shephard. Additionally, Broadcom Masters award winners (opportunity to compete at the national level) were Joseph Boyack, Ellie Maughan, Ashely Olsen, Cheyenne Terry, Gwen Beagley, Wesley Campbell, and Jesse Shephard. Ashley Olsen also won the World Food Special Award. Great job Lobos! Please congratulate these students if you see them today!