Mrs. Mower is an amazing teacher at Springville Jr. High School. She teaches math, and there is no one who can teach it like her. She started her math journey last year during the middle of the school year. She loved being a teacher at SJHS so much she decided to do another year of it. The way she treats her students with care and love is different from other teachers. Her lessons and techniques are also different which makes it fun to be in her class.
In Mrs. Mowers free time, she loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s going on a hike, or just walking. When she is not doing that, she loves to play piano and listen to music. You may think that the average girl likes to stroll outside and play the piano, but she also loves football! As you already know, Mrs. Mower is full of talent. But, what you don’t know is she can form a taco with her tongue.
When asked what her most favorite thing about teaching, she said, “My students of course.” Kekoa Akiona a student from Springville Jr. High says whenever he walks in her class, Mrs. Mower greets him at the door with a smile on her face. Also, the blinds on the window are always open and the room is filled with sunshine. During her lessons, sometimes kids will talk or do other things that disrupt her teaching. She patiently fixes the problem though and continues on sharing her knowledge. If students ever laugh at her for something she did, she smiles and laughs along with them. No matter how hard things get or what challenges she goes through, she never gives up. She will explain things one-hundred times or go slowly or fast just for the students to understand.
The happy teacher also goes through some challenges. She finds it most hard when the students don’t participate and when there is lots of work for her to do. Through it all, she is constantly smiling and never raises her voice. She only teaches the eighth grade, so seventh graders if you get her next year you are truly lucky!
Everybody has different talents, and for the students at SJHS, most of ours is music. There’s orchestra, choir, and band. But we should just get to the more awesome one first, band. Of course, I mean, that’s what everyone was thinking, right.
Anyways, Band. With Mr. Booth as our teacher, everybody always has a blast. “Mr. Booth is the best,” as many 8th graders like, Parker Lavin, Ben Tenney, and Jacob Arbon would say, “and he just makes music and learning more fun.”
Pata Kaisa, a new 8th grader to SJHS this year, says that he plays percussion in band, and he likes the way Mr. Booth teaches him. He’s been playing for 2 years and says that Mr. Booth helps him and makes it easier for him to understand and play and that’s why he likes it. He says that the low brass section sounds cool and he wouldn't mind playing in it, and that he’d totally take band next year.
Blaise Toelupe, a 7th grader at SJHS, says the same thing about Mr. Booth. “Even though it’s kinda hard to play the baritone, Mr. Booth doesn’t get mad when we mess up, he just helps us and we get a little better.” Blaise says he wants to take band next year. And although he says he’d rather play the clarinet or saxophone, he’s been getting a feel to the baritone, and he kinda likes it.
Isaiah Carreno, an 8th grader at SJHS, says that last year, he didn’t know that band would be super cool and exciting, but his friends told him about how awesome and great it really was, and after the Christmas concert, he decided to take it this year. So what’d he do? He practiced before and sometimes after school, just so he could be all caught up by the time 8th grade comes around. He said he always felt this calming feeling when he went to Mr. Booth’s and he enjoyed learning and playing.
As mentioned before, people have different talents. Football, singing, basketball, just to name a few. But music is a talent that anyone can master, it’s a kind of talent that brings people together. Maybe stop by Mr. Booth’s room and see what he can do for you, and you could probably be a musician, too.
Have you ever heard of Intramural Tennis? Intramural Tennis is an after school program for people to practice tennis and get better, and are still able to play matches.
Kobri Fausett, an 8th grade girl says that she likes intramural tennis. “It gives us a chance to get better and maybe make the team next year” Kobri is hoping to make the team next year. Kobri plays doubles and singles and likes to play both. During and intramural tennis match they only play to four but kobri wins most of her matches.
Ella Peterson an 8th grade girl also says that she likes playing on this team. She says “ It’s easy and I can beat people, also I like to play tennis.” Ella plays doubles with her partner Jocelyn Hunt.
Kaitlyn keyeser and 8th grade girl says she also loves to play intramural tennis. “I do like to play because it gives me something to do, and it’s fun.” Kaitlyn also plays doubles with her partner Makayla Peterson. “ I like playing doubles because it’s easier and you have someone back behind you incase you mess up.” Says kaitlyn.
Over all the girls on the intramural team like playing. Would you play on the intramural team?
Seventh graders. AKA Sevies, greenies, the newbies, whatever you want to call them are new here at SJHS. Have you ever wondered what they think about our school? Read on to find out.
James Gardner and William Hammond, seventh graders here at SJHS both say, their favorite part about seventh grade are the new classes. Another sevie, Jocelyn Hunt, says her favorite part is, “Meeting new friends.¨ And she enjoys Junior High a lot because we have more options. Will’s favorite class along with Jocelyn and James is PE. He likes it because he gets to, “play sports the whole time.” Ashlyn loves seventh grade and her favorite class is History with Mrs. Porter. She enjoys it because of the teacher and she loves, “learning about history.”
On the other hand, there are some classes they don’t necessarily like. James, Will and Jocelyn all don’t enjoy CTE. Jocelyn and Will say it is because they don't enjoy the content. Ashlyn doesn’t really have a bad class, but the one she enjoys the least is Orchestra because she doesn’t like learning about music theory and stuff like that.
Mr. Dahl, a science teacher here at SJHS, teaches a lot of seventh graders. He says, “I love that 7th graders have so much enthusiasm about life. 7th graders are fun to teach and they get into what we are doing. Plus they are still small so they can't push me around yet.”
Now you know what the seventh graders really think about Junior High.
YouTube? Why YouTube? That’s probably what you are asking yourself. Well Youtube, is something that we all know that we watch.
If you’re thinking “what?! No I do not” Let’s be honest we all do it sometimes. YouTube is some type of therapy for some people.
YouTube is full of people who take their time to make other people happy, smile, and laugh. They are called YouTubers.
They are amazing people. Many people have favorite YouTubers. “ Logan Paul is my favorite YouTuber.” Cache Averett, an 8th grader at SJHS, tells his favorite youtube star.
People believe that YouTubers just do it for the money, but, you see that’s not the case with all of them. Some such as Logan Paul, Paul Rabil, Tyler Oakley, Keegan Acton, Dude Perfect, and Brooklyn and Bailey. These are just a few of them who don’t care about the money. They just want to see their viewers happy.
Paige Ballard, an 8th grader, explained how she found her favorite YouTuber. “My little sister found her one day and she was just telling me everything about her so I looked her up and she was combining two of my favorite things, baking, and nerdy things, like books and movies!’’ Her eyes look as if they laugh as she talks about Rosanna Pansino the chef of nerdy nummies.
Richmond Durfuy, an 8th grader, tells how his sister told him about the amazing one and only Jack’s Films. ‘’He just is really funny and interesting to watch.’’
Cooper Johnson, a 9th grader, has a favorite youtuber who “ does many awesome things because he is a pro Lacrosse Player,” Johnson explains.
YouTubers are just something that we love. Everyone has that something that allows them to relax and for some people it’s Youtube.
Now, we all have something we watch that makes us happy, or teaches us something.
So what’s your spark? Do you have a favorite youtuber? Why?
What are your thoughts about the weather so far? Last week it was pretty cold, and thoughts of many people here at SJHS is shocking. Keep reading, it gets interesting.
When asked, “What is your favorite season and why?” Mrs. Porter, a history teacher here at SJHS, says, “I love fall and winter. I like cold weather clothes and sitting inside, eating food while watching Netflix. I also love snowboarding and snowshoeing.” Sam Watabe, a eighth grader at SJHS, says his favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey starts. Like Sam and Mrs. Porter, Addyson Rowland, a ninth grader, agrees with them. Addy says, “I love the fall because I love the way the leaves change colors, and the cool weather.” However, unlike Sam, Mrs. Porter, and Addy, Colby Silva and Colton Davis, both ninth graders, have a different opinions about their favorite season. Colby says his favorite is spring because it’s not hot or cold. Coltons favorite is summer because “You get to hang out with friends and just chill.”
The weather, as you know, affects all of us. Whether is because of our clothes or because of sports. Addy and Colby both play volleyball, so they said the weather doesn’t really affect their sport, but Colton and Sam both say the weather does affect their sports. Colton play basketball and says it sucks when the weather is bad because he has to go to gyms to play rather than playing outside. However he says, “But it doesn’t suck that bad because at least I have a sport I can play during the winter.” Sam plays hockey and he says, “Although my favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey actually starts, if it is not cold enough we can’t really play.”
Colton, Addy, Sam, Colby, and Mrs. Porter were all asked, “What would you change about the weather?” Sam grinned and his response was, “I would make it more snowy so we could get snowed out of school.” Colby said he’d just make it the stay the same weather all year around, and Addy said, “ I would keep it cold but not too cold and not too much snow, and have it warm up a little bit.”
Now what about you? What would you change? Don’t let these kid’s opinions affect you!
We all know that there are many colleges in the US. From the mostly sunny coasts of California, to the bustling streets of New York City, and of course everything else, there’s just so many options to choose from. It gets kind of hard, right? Well, a few students already have most of their future planned, their future college, future careers, almost everything.
Jack Taylor, an 8th grader at SJHS, says he likes University of Utah, because they have a good engineering program that he’d like to take when, and if, he goes there. It is expensive, so he says he’s working towards a region scholarship, that, supposedly, will pay almost all the tuition for him. Not all the students of SJHS know what their future holds, but this guy has a pretty good idea of what could happen.
Erik Kallaker, another 8th grader at SJHS, says that BYU is a college that he would look at. Not only because it was the only one that came to his mind, but it’s academics and sports programs are very nice and he’d enjoy being close to home. After college, he says he’d like to be an engineer, because fixing things has always had his interest. He’s been fixing and building things for a while now and wouldn't mind it being his career. Although, if he can’t get that kind of job, he says he wouldn't mind staying at home with the kids.
Jared Hernandez, an 8th grade boy that goes to SJHS, says that BYU is also a good idea. Their music program is what he’s leaning towards, after all, he does play a few instruments, like the guitar and the clarinet, so you can kind of see why. He says it has some good academics, but he’s still looking at the music part of BYU. After college, of course, he says he’d like to be a musician. He says that he is one of the only people in his family that can play a musical instrument, and it’s kind of special to him. He says, sometimes, he can just play guitar to feel better, when he’s not feeling good.
Looks like BYU is a favorite option for these students at SJHS, but who knows what’ll happen when graduation is right around the corner. People change and times change, too. So, do you think you’ll be going to the college you want now? Or will it be totally different in the future?
There aren’t that many drinking fountains at our school. This causes issues with our student body. Many students have to walk to a different hall to get one miserable drink of water. Getting a tardy just for getting a drink is kinda ridiculous. A student shouldn’t have to worry about being late to a class just because they wanted to quench their thirst.
“I think it would be a great idea, it could probably help students be less tardy to classes since it’s closer,” says Jesus Hernandez. “...could probably save a couple tardies at least and less amount of tardies is always a good thing.” Jesus’s statements sum up perfectly the benefits of having more drinking fountains. Students would be less tardy to their classes that aren’t near drinking fountains and less tardies would benefit both students and teachers.
“That would be nice...wouldn’t have to walk to certain locations to get a drink,” states Landon Archer. Both he and Jesus seem to think that more drinking fountains would help SJHS’s students. Water is very important and students should have the chance to get a drink during the breaks. Landon adds to his statement by saying more drinking fountains would mean that students would not have to wait as long for others to finish up. They could easily just walk to another one. The lines for drinking fountains would go down. Which means less people in one single hallway.
Though the drinking fountains wish may not come true very soon. “It would probably be around the middle of all the things we need,” says Lilliana Killpack. It’s definitely something we want, but it’s not the most important right now. We have a lot of other things that need attention right now, drinking fountains isn’t one of them right now sadly. We hope see this come a reality, but until then we’ll make due with what we can.
One of the most beloved holidays is coming around the corner for us to celebrate. It allows many people to just let loose and enjoy the creepy atmosphere with a bit of sweetness. If you instantly thought of Halloween, you’re obviously right. There’s also one more that’s just as appreciated. It may land in the coldest of times, but warmth can be found and even felt with it’s alive and cheerful aura. That happens to be Christmas. But what does SJHS have to do with either of these? Well, on Halloween, a day before or after, everyone can come dressed up. When it’s near Christmas, we throw a big winter or Christmas themed dance. It’s nice, but how exactly do our students feel about it, and what do they think about… a different kind of dance? Now before we dive into the snow or leaf pile of details, let’s listen to what us teens prefer.
First off, Halloween is an amazing holiday. It’s alive with a deathly amount of demonic clowning around and bewitching costumes, which is what a lot of students adore! Between Christmas and Halloween, seven out of nine teens chose “the Devil’s birthday”. What did they say about it? Angela Lopez loves Halloween because you can actually be yourself, your creepy self. Corrin Jensen loves it because you can “dress however you want” and nobody can judge. Frida Gomez loves the fact that you can dress up in something out of the ordinary, while Victor Rivas prefers Halloween because “you can hide yourself”. Whether it’s under a mask or just face paint showing your creepy side, you’re hidden from the boring common side of society. For Chance, he adores this holiday because nobody can stop him from dressing up in a dinosaur onesie. Somebody give this man an award! Here is where the opinions change. Two out of the seven who chose Halloween have completely different reasons to love it. Always remember Jaxen Pugh’s wise words,” I love Halloween because you can scare the crap out of people in many different ways”. Halloween is favored by Jennifer because “there’s no religion” really involved in this holiday. For her at least. The last two out of the nine kids asked were Tracy Segeberg and Ricky Balderama. Tracy just can’t choose one.
“Both, both are freaking awesome!” she said enthusiastically.
“I like Christmas more because you can spend time with family. With Halloween, you can actually come down with something because of all that sugar”. Ricky stated. It’s good to know that he’s cautious about health and that he actually thinks about spending quality time with others.
Next up, we have their opinions on keeping the Christmas dance or replacing it with a Halloween one. Victor just doesn’t care and thinks neither should really occur. Jaxen, was the only one who said we should keep the Christmas dance. The rest is pretty obvious. Everyone else liked the idea of having a Halloween themed dance. Even if Victor didn’t care for the idea of having a dance representing these two holidays, he threw his opinion on the price,“$2, $1.50, $0.99”. Jaxen had a different idea on it. Sort of a deal. He thought of having it cost $10, but with food and a drink provided. Usually, the dance is less if we bring our student ID, but it still seems like a lot, so the majority of students agreed to having it cost $2 or even free with your ID and twice as much without it. There’s still one thing to know what SJHS students have to say about dances, and that happens to be music. Tracy is hoping for better music. To her, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as it’s better than the kind we play, then she’s all for it. Angela, Chance, Victor, and Jaxen all would like some form of rock or alternative music. Corrin thinks all kinds should be played, Jennifer crosses her fingers and wishes nobody will request “Let it Go” or cheesy music in general. Ricky doesn’t care, but he’d like to have “Thriller” played.
Third of all, if some people want to keep the winter dance while others want Halloween, Tim Burton’s classic claymation movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, bursts in through one of those magic doors to save arguments from arising. When this idea was suggested, everyone immediately supported it. They’ve all seen the movie and loved it, so when a dance with this theme was brought up, they all had “a skeleton grin”(Jack Skellington). Although it was confusing to Jennifer, her reasons made sense. “I just think it’d be kinda confusing if you have people in costumes when others are dressed formally”,She explained. But in the end, she suggested the attire should be costumes because “costumes are easier because you have others who will stress over what to wear in order to look nice, some even come like they’re going to prom.” Tracy thinks you should wear whatever along with Angela, Chance, and Corrin.
To wrap things up and put it in a coffin, a Nightmare Before Christmas dance would be nice to have rather than just a winter dance. Overall, do you think this is a good change to school events? Instead of green elf tuxedos and crimson skirts with a fur trim, we can have ghosts in the snow by our side.
What is two subtract negative five hundred million. Okay that is way too much math but, for other people they can do it without thinking. That is why at springville we have regular, honors, and honors plus math classes that you can take. You may be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you but who know maybe someone will ask you a question about (honors) and who know you might know the answer to it.
What is the difference between honors and regular math? Well in honors they advance quicker and the students are ready to learn more. In regular math the students can be nosier ( It depends). They also spend more time making sure that they know what they are learning so it take a longer time ( this is not a bad thing though). Although it may seem like the same, the stress level is different too. Chloe Sleight, an eighth grade honor student here at SJHS, said “Yeah it can definitely be overwhelming”.
Although they are both honors, honors and honors plus, are very different. For example the eighth graders honor plus are combined with ninth grade honors. That makes it different because they are learning ninth grade honors math! Not eighth grade math! Mckenly Gross said “It’s fine it’s great”. The students advance really fast and learn a lot. In response to how students like math honors students really liked it and liked being with their friends. In math honors plus since they are so ahead they do not have to take math in some of their high school years because they have already learned it!
In the end SJHS math program is a great program that helps the students be in their level of math. Making it easier for students to learn. The school has great math teachers that help the students learn as much as they can. All the students never said any negative things about the math classes they were in. However the real question is what is the square root of five hundred seventy six. If you really want to know ask the honor students!
Here at Springville Jr we have great teachers some have been here longer than others. All of our teachers here are great and we love them all so much especially the ones who have been here for so long that ever some of the student's parents had them. In this article you will learn about the teachers who have been here the longest. Some of the teachers here have been her for almost 30 years. And some have been teaching at other schools for even longer.
Mrs. Jackson a math teacher here has been teaching for 22 years here at springville. This is the only school that she has ever taught at she is the 2nd teacher who has been here the longest. She said “ I have been teaching here ever since I was 23.” That is a really long time. Mr. Shields Who is a History teacher has been teaching here for 11 years which is also a long time but, he has been teaching 31 years in total. Which is a super long time. One of the longest times for a teacher here.
Mr. Rencher who is the college and career teacher here at springville said “ I have been teaching here at Springville Jr high for 26 years.” That is a really long time.He has only taught at Springville he has never done it any where else. Cheyenne Skinner a student at Springville said “ Mr. Rencher has taught all of my older siblings.” He has been here the longest out of everyone here which is a really long time.
All of theses teachers have been here for such a long time and we just want to thank them for teaching us so much. And the teacher who have been here the longest is Mr. Rencher and then the second longest teacher who has been here is Mrs. Jackson. We love all of our teachers so much and we hope that you can teach us more so we can be good people.
It’s football season here at SJHS, and this years freshman team has been doing pretty well.
Zach Mitchell, #19 and the quarterback for the Freshman team, says that he loves playing on the team because he gets to hang out with his friends and bond with them as a team. “I think my all time favorite game would have to be either against Lone Peak, or my first ever high school game. The Lone Peak game was especially fun because we just creamed them.”
Bryton Miller is a cheerleader for the freshman team. She said that she really loves cheering for the boys. “I love learning new cheers during practice and getting to spend every Saturday with my friends watching my other friends play football.” Her favorite game was against Timpanogos. Not only did they beat Timp but it was Ashlynn Thomas’s birthday, another cheerleader for the freshman team. During one of the cheers they stopped and did a special cheer just for Ashlynn. “It was so cute because we made her cry,” said Bryton.
Seems like football not only is fun to watch but those who play and are involved liek it just as much.
Are you looking for a fun sport that you can play all through fall? A sport that gets you in shape and makes you physically strong and Mentally awake. A sport that you can make friends in. A sport that you can show what you’re made of. Then football is your answer. Football is a rough, competitive sport, that many athletes enjoy playing. This game includes a lot of hitting and tackling. There is always a chance of getting hurt.
This year the 8th grade has 3 football teams. There is Springville White coached by Brad Mertz, Springville Red coached by Ryan Strong and Steve Lancaster, and last Springville Navy coached by Nick Welch. Every Monday through Friday the football teams have practice for an hour and a half, at the Sjhs field. This year all the teams have had about four games. Springville’s 8th grade football teams have been pretty good in the last years. Every year one of the Springville football teams wins the super bowl.
Parker Lavin, an 8th grade boy on the Springville Navy team, plays defensive tackle. Parker has been playing football for four years now, and really understands the game. “It’s a really fun sport to play. It gets hard sometimes with conditioning, but it all shows at the end of the game. When everybody is tired, and you are still playing hard, that’s when it really shows.’’ Parker says. Parker one day hopes to make it into the NFL and play on defense for any team.
Nick Jackson, an 8th grader that plays for the Springville red, really enjoys the game. Nick plays as the center, he likes this position because it’s fun, and he is the only one that can play that spot. Nick chose to play football because it’s fun to play and hit people. “I think Football is fun because you get to hit people and knock them over, and i also like it because you are able to make friends and we are conditioned and we can get in shape.” Nick’s ultimate goal in football is to make it to make it to college, and from there work up to the NFL, he’d play for any team… as long as they were good.
Football is a fun sport that you can play, but it is very dangerous as well. Would you play football? Is it worth the sacrifice?
What makes you most excited for fall? For many Americans it is the time of year to sit back, relax, and watch the NFL. The league that everyone has come to love was created on August 20, 1920. The first game of this season was on September 10 with the Panthers and the 49ers. Though many people have said different teams are their least favorite, the students mostly agree that Broncos is their least favorite team.
For most people they enjoy watching their beloved football teams play. Payton Evans, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, says, “Seattle Seahawks is the best team, because I was drawn to them and then fell in love with them.” Ella Kurban proudly stated that her favorite team is the New England Patriots, because she is originally from New England. Ella is an eighth grader at Springville Junior. Green Bay is Jack Taylor’s favorite team “because my family is originally from Wisconsin.” Jack goes to Springville Junior High and is in the eighth grader. Cooper Johnson is a ninth grader at the Junior High, but his favorite team is the Houston Texans, because they were made an official team the year he was born. Jenny Walentine another ninth grader stated, “The Seattle Seahawks is my favorite team because they are a good team and I spent time in Seattle.”
When asked “Who is your favorite player, and why,” Ella responded, “Tom Brady, because I have been obsessed since I was five.” Cooper Johnson’s favorite player is J.J. Watt “because he is really good.” Jack said that he liked Eddie Lacey because he is good and he likes him. “Russell Wilson is the best since he has a good arm, he is an amazing Quarterback, and he is just awesome,” declared Payton.
Payton, Ella, Cooper, and Jenny all agreed that their least favorite team it most definitely Broncos. They all had the idea that they are a bandwagon team, except for Payton who said she believes that “they have been going down hill without Payton Manning.” Jack Taylor said that the Seattle Seahawks are his least favorite team, because he believes people like them because they are bandwagons. Richmond Durfey, an eighth grader, said that his least favorite team is the Patriots because of Tom Brady their Quarterback. Kelly Paxton, a teacher at the school, agrees with Richmond, but for a different reason. She firmly professed, “they do not play fair”, referring to the Patriots.
While fall has many different and alluring activities, many will admit that the National Football League is part of their fall entertainment. Families may have sports of their own to watch, but they can find respite in the fact that they can stay at home and watch the professional athletes play their games. Does you fall activities include football, or do you need to make time to get what the big idea is?
When someone says, “It’s the happiest place on earth!!” You can’t help but think of Disneyland. Whether you fly, drive, ride the train, ride your bike or even walk to Disneyland it is still magical. Disneyland puts the rides together amazing. All of them have tons of decorations, and the theme is always so fun. But, when Halloween comes along they change a couple of the rides.Causing some of the rides to close, they change it to Halloween themed rides along with their regular theme. It is still as magical as you’ve dreamed it to be.
About two weeks ago, some of the rides were closed. Such as, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. They were only shut down for a short amount of time while they are setting up those rides for a Halloween twist! Oliva Ottley and Maliyah Maye, students at SJHS both agreed Splash Mountain is their favorite ride. Maliyah said the ride would be cool with a holiday themed background along with the regular theme. Workers give the rides a holiday makeover in fall. For example, Space Mountain turns into “Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy” at this time of the year. All the ghosts and aliens make for a scary, but fun ride!
Halloween is Disneyland’s fan favorite holiday. They take it very seriously so their Disney customers will have a not only fun, but magical experience. If you decide to go to the happiest place on earth, make sure to not go when some of the rides are closed. Afterall, it would be better if you got the full experience. Also, the Halloween themed rides are incredible. Plan your Disney trip around Halloween for a fun, and spooky experience!
Back in August, a festival at the UCCU Center in Orem went on. This festival was only held in Utah and featured musicians and guest speakers talking about the struggles LGBTQ+ youth have. The main hosts of the festival was Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, who both addressed how suicide is more likely to occur within the LGBTQ+ community, especially if they don’t have anyone who supports them, but here’s the twist, politics were left out and no fingers were being pointed at anyone!(GASP) Guess what, we can address issues peacefully without getting political too.
First thing’s first. The message they spread to Utah, was to learn how to love, how to let someone who may be depressed/suicidal know that you are there to support them, and how to accept someone for who they are despite their sexual preference. Now, what does “acceptance” mean to some of our very own students? For Jaxen Pugh acceptance means “everything is accepted or someone accepts you.” Kaia Lowe feels that acceptance is “being okay with someone even if you don’t agree with them”. To Addison Arevalo, acceptance is leaving nobody behind or out and not pointing out their differences. When it comes to this, Iayla Searle defines it as nobody should really care if you’re gay or straight because “we’re all human”. It’s about time somebody said that. But to be honest, the most heartwarming student’s definition of “acceptance” belongs to Ricky Balderama.
“I think they’ll feel safer if we learn to accept”,he stated. He’s absolutely right. The more accepting you are of someone despite their sexuality or gender identity, the safer they feel in this world.
Second thing, every year, SJHS has an assembly talking about preventing teen suicide. It’s nice to know that they address racism as a form of bullying, but you never hear word about sexism, or homophobia, like gender stereotypes, contributing to teen suicide. Those same students from before all feel that this topic should be addressed. Iayla thinks that addressing this will make us a more welcoming school. “More knowledge means more acceptance”(Iayla Searle). Kaia is all for this being addressed times 3. Addison knows that a lot of teens struggle with their sexuality, it’s getting better, but even with our changing world, it’s a serious topic.
Last but not least, what exactly does it mean to Love Loud? Well, to Jaxen, it means you “love whoever you want and you feel whatever you want to feel.” “World acceptance”, said Jennifer Enriquez. Gold star to her. For Kaia, Loving Loud means “to be okay with who you are and to accept other people”. Addison says “not to make someone feel bad. Just let them know you’re there for them.” She’s right, just be there to support your friends or family for who they are. To sum things up, it doesn’t matter what your sexuality is, what you identify as, or if you’re a person of color, you should always be there to support someone you care about, and just don’t be a jerk gosh diddly darn! Your personality is all that matters, nothing else. If it’s one thing we all have in common, it’s the fact that we all bleed the same color. Overall, to you, what does it mean to LoveLoud?
Music is life changing. Music is just something that can change but stay the same. We all listen to music. But some of us have certain reasons on why we listen to the genres we do. We just find a connection. Bella Farr explained “ The reason why I listen to alternative pop is because when my great grandpa was alive he used to make that music and I loved it.” Music gives everything some type of hype you could say.
We all listen to different types of music. Eliza Whiting, a 9th grader, was asked what type of music she likes to listen to. “ Mostly musicals and sad songs.” Not a lot of people enjoy musicals. Janelle Mammen ,another 9th grader, would gladly agree with Eliza. They say that they love to listen to Musicals when they are ever together because they just share a special connection. Julia Witesman is someone who also adores musicals. They all love to listen to musicals such as Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and Les Miserable. They say that they find certain joy in listening to them.
Zach Jackson, an 8th grader at SJHS, gives everyone an insight on the 8th grade music genres.“I listen to mostly modern and pop music. I listen to it because I can really relate to it and I just like how they are different and fun to listen to.” Certain artists can make you relate to things you never really thought you could. Before School starts Jackson listens to the radio on the way to school.
Emma Cox, a funny crazy 8th grader, tells about her favorite music app being itunes. She just loves how she can play her favorite song on repeat. Whiting listens to youtube/spotify/pandora for her amazing music taste. Jackson prefers Z100 and apple music to get him through the year.
Favorite songs are a certain song that makes us undeniably happy. Mammen likes the song “ Would you be so kind” - Dottie. Jackson is really into “Look what you made me do”. He likes it because it is different from when people think of Taylor Swift. Farr likes to listen to “Death Of A Bachelor”- Panic! At The Disco. Madison Black says “ My favorite song has to be Timelapse by Zach Herron because he has a great voice and the rhythm is just awesome and he is Zach Herron so I mean it’s gonna be good.”
We also care about certain bands that we can easily relate to. Like Cox enjoys Why Don’t We, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd and ACDC. When she was asked why she explained “ They have the best music and songs. They are just the best.” Black smiled as she began to speak. “ I listen to Why Don’t We. Because they just make me feel amazing and their songs just make me happy.” We can do whatever we want with music. We can change the world with just one song. So how are you going to change the world with your music? What does music actually mean to you? Think about how you feel when you listen to music.
Lunch is kinda short when you eat fast, if you know what I mean. And if you know Springville Jr. High’s students, you know that the majority can’t just sit around for ten minutes. They get bored too easily. Solution? Lunch sports. Activities to get them up and moving so they can work off all those calories they just gained. It’s not a good reason, but it’s one of them.
Mr. Rockwood, Springville Junior High’s Dean of Students, says that he was a lunchtime monitor for the kids who went outside. He was constantly being asked, “Do you have basketballs?” Do you have any soccer balls?” Kids just wanted to play sports and that’s when he decided to talk with Mr. McGuire, our principal, on sports during lunch. Mr. McGuire says he was already coming up with the idea of putting basketball hoops up and painting the courts. Their plan was almost finished. They painted the courts and put up the hoops. They just needed basketballs and soccer balls. That’s not all, though. They have different sports like four square too.
A few of the kids that go outside say that it’s fun and we can get all our energy out before our next period. Kekoa, an 8th grader, says that he enjoys it because he gets to play football and hang out with his friends. He says it’s like an extra PE and helps the kids get their energy out before 5th or 6th period starts, depending on your classes. It’s a good activity for the kids overall, but will it eventually backfire? Kekoa says, “All the trash at the end of lunch sports might take it down.” He’s not wrong either. There was a whole bunch of trash towards the end of lunch sports. Keoni Spencer, another 8th grader at SJHS, says that a possibility that could have lunch sports taken back is how people might get all the balls stuck on the roof. He says they always play games that involve throwing or kicking balls and they could eventually get stuck on the roof. He also says some kids intentionally throw or kick the balls on top of the roof, which could end up being a financial issue. It could damage things on the roof, or the security cameras on the wall. It was already expensive enough to pay for all the balls, the extra equipment that breaks is a pretty pricey cost.
Even though lunch sports sounds like a great idea, everything has its downsides. After all, nothing is perfect. So, is this new activity, lunch sports, a good idea?
Oh look! Up there are some people on banners in the hall! They have 9th graders on them and have been up for only 2 years. There are 20 banners up in the curvy hall down the Page page hall. Mrs. Bass was part of a team of teachers that narrowed down the results of the nominations that all the teachers made. She said, “I chose students who are successful learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens. Students who emulate these characteristics are good students; hard-working, kind, helpful. They also work well with others and participate in class discussions.” Most teachers including Mrs. Bass voted based on the Desired Results for Student Learning that the school has developed.
At the end of your eighth grade year, 20 students get called into a meeting room in the front office. They meet the conference room in a group of about 4 other students. Mr. Rowley, the vice principal last year was the person that told the students that they were chosen to be on a banner. He hands you a paper and explains what the banners are. The students need to get the paper signed if they want to be on a banner. Some of the students who were nominated chose to not be on a banner. Mr. Rowley told the chosen teens that at the end of their ninth grade year they would be able to take the banners home. They were asked to keep it mostly a secret so it would be more of a surprize.
Bethany Blakey, one of the few students that were given the privilege to be on one of the banners wasn’t too happy with the way it turned out. She said “I was kind of surprised,” Bethany thought that it was cool that she was chosen but was kind of embarrassed about seeing her face when she walked down the halls. Each one of the students that got on the banners was assigned a caption that represented good attributes. Bethany got assigned Creative and she would have rather chosen an attribute for herself instead of getting it chosen for her. She also didn’t like her banner because there was bad lighting and as she said, “school pictures really never turn out.”
Cathay Poulsen was another of the ninth graders that was able to get on one of the banners. Cathay did not like her banner, mostly because she is holding one prop while most everyone else is holding at least two things. Also, Cathay said that she feels like her picture isn't very flattering. On the better side of things Cathay said, “It’s pretty nice,” she said that because you had to do something good and recognizable to be able to get on them.
Eighth grader Elizabella Francom said, “it’s a cool idea,” that the banners are there in the first place. Her brother, McKay was one of the few kids that got on a banner. She would like to follow his example and get on one.
Even though some of the Banner Kids weren’t satisfied with the results of their pictures they are still great examples of star students. When you see the banners in the halls just take a moment to recognize the good things that those select few students achieved.
Clubs as we all know, maybe some of you don’t, is a time after school when you can do art, math, board games, etc… So why do we all of a sudden have it now instead of having it earlier in the year? Mrs. Merrell, who is in charge of the clubs and she’s one of the special education teachers, had this to say, “ The school had a grant for it so I had to do it. “ But why did they, the school, give us clubs? Mrs. Merrell explained, “ We wanted to give students something to do after school. It seems that Mrs. Merrell has explained why we have clubs now but what do the students think?
Isaac Sedgwick, a 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say what he thinks about his art club, “ My art club is pretty good. “ And Emme Trunnel, another 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say about her chess club, “ My chess club is pretty fun. “ And last but not least let’s see what Samantha Kenworthy, yet again another 7th grader here at SJHS, had to say about her math club, “ Yes, I think it’s good. “ Another question we are faced with is has this helped these three students connect with other kids in their clubs? Isaac Sedgwick, again ,had this to say too, “ Yes, it has helped me meet other kids in my club(s). “ But I guess it had a different effect on Emme Trunnel here, this is what she said, “ No, not really. But it is still fun. “ On the other hand Samantha Kenworthy had a different answer, “ Ya, sometimes I get to meet and greet other kids who have the same interests I have. “ I guess the students aren’t too disappointed or too thrilled about these new clubs.
In conclusion it seems that we have all learned a bit more about what these clubs are about and how these clubs came to be.