The SFJHS Girls Basketball team took on rival Diamond Fork Jr. last week in a heated competition.
The game started slowly with the Lady Lobos scoring in the single digits during the first quarter. Diamond Fork was a persistent competitor, shadowing the Lobos point for point, never far behind.
However, after halftime, the Ladies came out with a vengeance, ready to play. They were easily able to defeat Diamond Fork’s press getting easy breakaway baskets and multiple second shot points. They were not about to let the Diamond Backs win on their home court.
According to Coach Shea Harmer, “Spanish Fork finally put the things they had been working on in practice, into place and almost like magic; they were able to get a large lead on DFJHS.”
In the end, our Lady Lobos won by close to 20 points. Macie Clark was our leading scorer.
Come support your Lady Lobos as they finish out the second half of their season.
Spanish Fork Jr High Wrestlers had a great end to their season. Sixteen wrestlers participated in the District Tournament with five wrestlers placing.
Tyson Terry placed 3rd, with Cooper Jacobs, Tate Sorensen, Weston Ottesen, and Izaac Wetzel all finishing 2nd.
The team was full of many first year wrestlers and beginners this year, which makes the future of Spanish Fork Wrestling look bright. Thank you for all of your support for the Wrestling Program.
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Mrs. Thacker’s FACS Exploration A classes were busy making Book Buddies this week. Every Book Buddy is unique because each student creates their own pattern and design concept. It’s fun to see just how much personality can be created by fabric scraps, a few buttons, and some thread. A Book Buddy is a small stuffed toy that is made for first graders. It's designed to be small enough to easily fit in the first graders’ desks. First graders can read out loud to their Book Buddies to improve their reading fluency. Book buddies are a collaborative effort. Now that the students in FACS Exploration A are done creating the Book Buddies, the National Jr. Honor's Society will name them and create a small story about them. While National Jr. Honor Society is busy writing stories, second-semester FACS Exploration A and Apparel Design and Production 1 classes will start working on creating more Book Buddies. All of the Book Buddies that are created this year will be delivered to area first graders next year. If you want to make a Book Buddy, make sure to sign up for FACS Exploration A (7th or 8th grade) or Apparel Design and Production 1 (9th grade).
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Spanish Fork Junior High is hosting a food drive and it will begin Tuesday, January 16th and run through Friday, January 19th. Non-perishable food items and canned goods are appreciated. Students will be competing with their grade level to see who can donate the most items. The winning grade will get 5 extra minutes for lunch. We will also be handing out raffle tickets when you donate and we will draw for candy! We want to say thanks in advance to all those who will be helping and donating.
- Tuesday - Wear a Hat
- Wednesday - Wear White
- Thursday - Wear Crazy Socks
- Friday - Wear Flannel
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On January 8th, 9th, and 10th, Drama 1 students put on a show for great laughs!
These Drama 1 students have been working very hard for a few months now and the result is worth it. Without the right props or set pieces or even the materials for the puppets, these students still managed to have fun and to ensure members of the audience had just as much fun.
Even though some puppets may seem crazy or even creepy, these puppets can put on one great show! The puppet shows only lasted about three to five minutes, but the amount of effort that goes into each one is impossible to ignore.
On January 8th, 2018, the Lobos took on Diamond Fork Jr. High, in men's basketball. The undefeated Lobos did a great job playing defense, and took some seriousness while playing offense. Several three pointers were made, and they had 7 points from free throws.
While most people were thinking that it was going to be crowded because of the rivalry, it was surprisingly more empty than normal. The Lobos continued their undefeated run, and scored a huge 30 point victory, 54-24, Lobos.
You might be surprised to see a nursery area in some of your classes this week. Mrs. Thacker’s Teen Living class will be carrying around flour sack babies for the next few days.
If you want the chance to make a flour sack baby, make sure to sign up for Teen Living in 9th grade.
Parents, Students, and Friends –
THURSDAY – END OF TERM 2
We are in the last days of the semester this week. The students and our staff are working together to bring this term to a successful close and we need all hands on deck. Please check your child’s grades on Aspire and talk with them about any missing assignments or make up work that needs to be turned in. We are excited for spring semester and all of the academics, concerts, sporting events, plays, service opportunities, and activities we have planned.
Mr. Lawrence will be accepting new applications for National Junior Honor Society beginning January 22nd. We are inviting 7th graders to live the Lobo Way and apply as well. See Mr. Lawrence on January 22nd for an application.
Schedule changes for 2nd Semester will start on January 2nd. Changes will only be made if there is space available, please see your counselor prior to the semester starting. There will be a $5 fee for class changes.
Next week, January 16-19 will be our HOPE Week. The purpose of HOPE week is to educate students in an effort to prevent suicide and help students engage in positive, uplifting activities. We will also have an assembly on Thursday with Josie Solomon, for more information on her story, visit https://www.josiesolomon.com/about. Information about the food drive and dress up days will be coming soon!
LOST AND FOUND
There is a large table outside the main office with all of this year’s lost and found items. Please check to see if any of your missing items are on the table. All items left at the end of school on Thursday the 11th will be donated to a local charity.
Jan 9th: District Wrestling Tournament Weigh In at DFJHS 4:00
Jan 10th: DISTRICT WRESTLING TOURNAMENT at DFJHS 9:00-2:00, Foods I Field Trip 11:00, Nebo School District Board Meeting at District Office 6:00
Jan 11th: TERM 2 ENDS, GBB and BBB @ Springville 3:30, Orchestra American Idol Concert@ SFHS (ticket required) 6:30
Jan 12th: NO SCHOOL – District Development Day
Jan 15th: NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 16th: Hope Week, GBB and BBB: Mt. Nebo @ SFJHS 3:30, Musical Rehearsal 3:00
Congratulations to those who got last week's problem of the week correct...
The Answer was 3.04 miles per hour The winners wereSara Chandler, Ethan Graham, Callie Johnson, Molly Petersen, and Jeffrey Sass. The next problem of the week is
The first three terms of an arithmetic sequence are 17x + 20, 18x – 3 and 20x + 1, in that order.
What is the value of x?
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Madison Parker, a 7th grade student here at Spanish Fork Jr. High School, is a state swim champ. I caught up with her recently, and this is what she had to say about her experiences.
“Swim is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics. Even though it isn’t very common in Utah, I still do it.
“I started when I was eight years old. There was a city team that swam down at the Spanish Fork pool. I swam there for one summer then decided I want to join club. I swim in Provo now on the Utah Valley Rays Aquatic Team. I am almost finishing my 5th year of swimming.
“I have competitions/meets whenever we are able to. I have little meets here and there, but normally my big meets are either in July or August [and sometimes] in December or March. My meets are everywhere across Utah. I have been to Hawaii, Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas for national swim meets.
“From the beginning of school to the end I practice 2 ½ hours at the Provo Rec Center, six days a week. In the summer, I practice from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and in the afternoon, I swim from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. So, I am swimming two times a day until Saturday, when I swim from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., but don’t go back in the afternoon.
“My goal with swimming is the Olympics; right now I am working for Junior Nationals times and Olympic Trials. By 2020 my goal is to attend the Olympic Trials. By 2024 I want to be in college on scholarship and attend the Olympics. Those are most of my long-term goals. My short-term goal is to final at Sectionals which is in Texas in March, and to also get my Junior Nationals times as well.
“I love swimming and it has taught me to push my limits, that I am so much stronger than I thought, and hard work pays off! It is hard but it’s what I love to do.”
Nebo School District will host a number of parent and student mental health awareness nights throughout the spring at different high schools. This is a free seminar with information on improving mental health and safety planning provided by Wasatch Mental Health. SFJHS students can receive detention credit for PARENT AND STUDENT ATTENDANCE at one of the events. Click here for a downloadable flyer.
RYAN FLAKE WINS SPANISH FORK JR. HIGH’S GEOGRAPHY BEE Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship
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Ryan Flake, an eighth-grade student at Spanish Fork Jr. High, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 15, 2017, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. In order to participate in the Bee, eighth graders had to pass a written test with a high qualifying score. There were only 30 seats available for the entire eighth grade so being able to participate is an accomplishment in and of itself. The following students qualified and participated in the school competition:
Connor Gates, Laycee Bills, Carter Cook, Emmie Olson, McKay Shaffer, Gwen Beagley, Sydney Chipman, Jones Lewis, Questin Francis, Brian Gunyan, Wyatt Hughes-Millman, Brenner Shepherd, Natalie Olsen, Zac Dart, Samuel Clements, Ellie Maughan, Trevor Stephens, Kate Jones, Xander Lacefield, Kelsey Mansfield, Cole Gwilliam, Andrew Porter, Ryan Flake, Ashton Szalkowski, and Kade Baum
Ryan Flake finished the competition in First Place with Wyatt Hughes-Millman finishing in Second Place and Sydney Chipman finishing in Third Place. Congratulations to our school finalists!
School winners around the country, including Ryan, will now take a written test to be eligible to compete in the state Geographic Bee on April 6, 2018. State winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Geographic Bee and a chance for a $50,000 scholarship.