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Article: The Vanishing After School Activities

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:11am
Attributions: Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Math, makeup, help, understanding, knowledge, fun.  After-school at Springville Junior High looks a lot like the previous sentence.  While Mr. Rencher is the man in charge of after school detention for the students, Mr. Anderson is the man to go to for help on math.  The teachers love what they do, and love helping the children improve and help make up tardies and work. More people taking advantage of the opportunity of math lab and detention makes a better future.

Math lab is held after school until 3:30 for the students who want to go and get a better understanding, makeup prior assignments, or upgrade past assignments to know what they did wrong.  Mr. Anderson’s theory is that people should be allowed to correct assignments, because if they don’t how are they supposed to know what they are doing wrong? Math lab was “created’ to help those that need extra help, (Anderson).  He also says that the teachers are there before and after school, but “the math lab was formed as another resource to help”.

He talks about what happens in math lab by saying, “Some students attend the math lab to work on their daily assignments, to make certain their questions are answered quickly. Other students go to math lab to work on past assignments. The extra time working problems and having questions answered seems beneficial for most students who attend.”  Math lab is truly there for help and almost always has a pretty good turnout.

The other after school activity is detention and as Mrs. Davenport, a secretary for Springville Junior High, says that one reason students would have to go to detention is that they have sluffed one or more of their classes.  She goes on to say, “If a student has excessive tardies, they will need to serve detention, to make that time up.”  According to Mrs. Davenport, if someone has had behavioral issues during school, they may need to serve detention time, as a punishment for their behavior.  

Mr. Rencher explains what goes on in detention by saying, “What mostly happens in detention is the students put in their time. The students should bring school work, but few do, so they just sit there.”  Mr. Rencher says that the main thing he hopes the students get out of detention is that they are reminded of attendance policies before their attendance becomes a problem or their lack of attendance becomes regular.  He goes on to say that going to school is a law and that learning at the Junior High stage will help prepare you for college, and by so doing prepare you for your entire future. He explains the future issues by giving an example of someone who had attendance issues; “I know people who were not bad employees, but were late for work a lot”.  He says that this factor is not good in an employers eyes.

After-school math lab and detention is help that you can’t overuse.  The purpose of the two is to help the students of Springville Junior High to get their attendance up and to provide fortuity for the students.  No one was ever harmed by going to get extra help and understanding from a teacher, nor was man ever harmed by making up their lack of attendance.  You can definitely suffer from not using help, but it is not physically possible to suffer from being too cautious when it come to the subject of learning.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Things That Make The School Safe

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:09am
Attributions: Article by: Cody Creighton And Gavin Jones

Recent events in the United States have caused worry towards our school's safety in emergency situations. Our objective in this article is to inform you that our school is positively secure. A majority of students and staff here feel safe and feel they could stay calm in emergency situations with current plans. Most feel the school is well prepared for any circumstance. In example of Aiden Lowe who said that he would feel safe in case of an emergency situation.

Mr. Rencher our SJHS woodshop instructor, says that his classroom layout would be beneficial in case of an emergency. As a wood shop teacher, he states that the shop would be an optimal area of security. Higher windows and tools which could be implemented in a defensive case prove this point. “I feel safe in the class, yes, but I feel safer in the shop.” Rencher points out.  Aiden Lowe, a 7th grade student in Mr. Renchers’ class says he feels pretty safe within classes. “I feel confident with their plan and I think they’ll keep us safe.”

8th grade student, Kimbell Snapp, feels like there could be more counter measures against a violent circumstance, but all in all would feel safe with the school’s current plan. Michelle Mumford said the school is mostly prepared in case of a critical incident and would feel safe. Overall, students feel like the school is well prepared in case of emergency encounters and that the school has good actions in case of an active shooter situation.

Mr. McGuire, our principle is the lead organizer of the safety plans for our school. He has a shared strong feeling that schools are one of the safest places to be. This is showcased as they are as prepared as they could be in case of dangerous situations for students. Some of the security measures consist of almost complete camera surveillance, excluding bathrooms and student locker rooms, and all the exterior doors can be locked almost instantly with the press of a button accessed by faculty. Mr. McGuire explained that these measures help deter brutal tactics used in dangerous situations. He explained how the safe Utah app allows more than suicide prevention by allowing students indirectly help their peers by having a trained negotiator communicate with the student supposed to perpetuate these actions. Our safety measures at Springville Junior High School cover a large of array of emergency situations to protect the staff and most importantly the students.

With all our countermeasures and safety precautions we hope to deter all violent encounters, further proving schools are generally one of the safest environments for students. All these countermeasures have been proven to deter these situations almost entirely; However, try as we may, we can not completely abolish all these events from happening, so we will continue to work to improve our safety plan in news unthought of ways.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Stakeholder survey may help determine how our teachers teach

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:04am
Attributions: Article by Wynter Smith - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Recently students at SJHS were given the opportunity to take the Stakeholder Survey. The Stakeholder survey is a survey that all students are recommended to take. This survey lets you share your opinion about any of your teachers. The first part of it is multiple choice and the second part is free write. You are allowed to write whatever your opinion is about the teacher that you chose. That’s the basics of the Stakeholder survey.

Alec Noll he said “I love that survey, I to share my opinion to the school about my teachers.” There are obviously going to be some positive and negative reviews.  I don’t think a lot of students know what these surveys are used for. I certainly didn’t when I first took it in seventh grade.

Mr. McGuire Springville Junior Highs principal helps us understand the point and purpose of the Stakeholder Survey. He says “With the Stakeholder Survey, when the responses get submitted I first look at them then they go to the superintendent (his boss). “If there is a serious problem I will talk to the student but if a teacher did something illegal it will be taken to a different level.” Just like students teachers are given a grade, but their grade is based on student reviews. Mr. McGuire meets with every single teacher and tells them about their reviews and suggests things to make him/her a better teacher. He said “If I get a bad review back about I teacher I say “how can I help you get better?”

The Stakeholder Surveys main purpose is to make our current teachers better at teaching.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

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