8th grade English teachers were able to receive nearly a $1000 from the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership, to help cover the cost of taking over 130 students to the Topaz Museum of Japanese Internment.
This was a great opportunity for students to gain historical and cultural background on a subject that is local and dear to our hearts.
Thank you for the support, Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership!
Ninth grade Springville Junior High student, Lindsay Gardiner, received the Springville Mayor’s Recognition Award at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. Assistant Principal Shauna Shepherd nominated Lindsay for her kindness and her ability to see the needs of others. Ms. Shepherd writes “Lindsay took it upon herself to organize a group of friends to write 365 anonymous notes to a struggling student so she would have one happy note to read from a friend every day.” Springville City Council, Mayor Child and the community are so grateful for Lindsay and her example. Lindsay is the daughter of Margot Gardiner.
At Springville Junior High the students worked hard to bestow upon you Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The students who made it have been staying after school continuously since the beginning of January. The dedicated students are eager to give you the behind scenes of the play and how it works.
In the past the school has put on a variety plays, some of which include The Music Man, I’m Crazy for You, and Singing in the Rain. Many of these plays have brought family and friends closer together. Though the idea seems almost unreal the play has the potential to bring the entire society together.
“The most fun part of the play is the time we get to spend with our friends on and off the stage. It also helps that we have the opportunity to hang out with friends while we are doing something that is helping us to grow and doing something that we love,” said an eighth grader by the name of Zachary Jackson. Haley Hawks, another eighth grader, said that she likes to perform the play itself because she likes “the hard work congratulated through cheering.”
Ashley Edwards, an eighth grader, stated, “I think the play helps develop relationships and helps to build on new ones because it gives you the opportunity to get to know new people. It also helps when you need to work with other people and you develop friendships with them.” Haley expounded on Ashley’s idea and said, “I didn’t know many people last year because my friends did not do it, but the play helped me to get to know other new people.” She continued to say that to gain new friends she went up to groups of friends that she saw and talked to them. The play helps teenagers to gain confidence in themselves and helps them get out in the open for social purposes.
The students all agreed that for the after-school practice they mostly learn and do their choreography. Haley said that they also learn the music so they know how it works in terms to the play. Ashley concurred and
added saying, “The choreography is the most important and we spend most of the time getting it stuck in our heads. Some of the time when you are not acting you will have the opportunity to talk to friends and enjoy their company.
The play is often overlooked and thought not too important, but whether we like it or not the play has brought our society together. We have not only grown stronger as a society from the connections the play has brought, but we have also grown in our talents, confidence, and social interaction. The play helps to build people up, which we see seldom in today’s world. Zach Jackson ended saying, “The play gives those in it the opportunity to perform while you meet new people, and make new friends.”
Lunch time, a very sacred time for students. A break in between school to devour food and hang out with friends. You might get a school lunch, and you might bring a home lunch, but lunch should be a great time for you no matter what. There are two different lunches, first lunch gets their lunch break after fourth period, and second lunch has theirs after fifth period, and both are for relieving hungry students.
Matthew Child, a seventh grader that eats school lunch, says that he likes having more options for lunch, rather than the two or three in elementary school. Matthew’s favorite option is the orange chicken and according to him, “It sometimes is good food, most the time.” Matthew likes lunch how it is now, and says, “I like it how it is, and wouldn’t change it.”
Some people like to take home lunch, Carson Grover, who is in eighth grade, likes to take home lunch. He likes it because, “I get to pick what I eat.” Usually he takes a sandwich, chips, and brings a drink. Another big reason he eats home lunch is because it is easier not to wait in line. Having the freedom to choose what you eat, for both home lunch and school lunch is very nice. But there is more going on the background.
Djuana Sumsion is an awesome lunch lady here at SJHS. To prepare lunch there is “quite a bit of prep.” She said that they “come in at eight in the morning” to prepare lunch for the day. How do they get the food? The schools tell the district how much food they need, and the district orders it and it comes on Wednesdays.
To be a lunch lady, “you need a food handlers permit, and enjoy working with food, and kids.” It is hard work to prepare lunch for 700 kids.
Home lunch or school lunch, lunch has a lot of work involved, so the next time you see a lunch lady, make sure you tell them hi, and thank you.
Track season is coming up for Junior High Schools, and information on the track coaches is sought after. Mr. Hammon will be coaching sprints, hurdles, and relays, Mr. McKell will be coaching the distance races, Mrs. Hatch is the throwing coach, Mrs. Hotchkiss will be coaching hurdles and long jump, and last but not least, Mrs. Trunnell will be coaching the high jump event. Track season begins in March, and an information meeting has already taken place for those who wish to participate. Practice takes place after school in the field behind the school.
Mr. Hammon says, “I love to see my athletes making friends on the team.” Students say that they like all the track coaches, but the overall favorite seems to be Mr. Hammon. Jarom Gibb, and eighth grader who has done track before says that something the coaches should change is they should stop doing hills. Richmond Durfey says that he likes how the track coaches know what they’re talking about. Track is a great opportunity to make new friends and possibly find a new hobby… running! The students are all looking forward to a fun track season with the coaches this year.
Coaches donate their time to help the students grow and develop their running abilities. The coaches do their best to help the students have a good time in track and to improve.
Cell phones are almost essential to most pre-teens and teenagers today. We take them to school all the time, and they can be 100% distracting. But are they helpful? Students at here at SJHS all have strong opinions about them.
When asked how often he uses his phone, Ryan Witney said “Whenever I get the chance.” Also, when asked the same question, Hayden Antonino said, “I don’t know, probably a lot.” But most people are like Raef Grierson, who only uses his phone when he’s done with work.
So, when has your phone helped you in school? Hayden uses his phone for a calculator or to listen to music. “It helps me focus.” Hayden said. Many kids use their phones for music, and can testify that it is either distracting or helpful.
Using your phone in class can be risky business. How often do students get caught? Ryan Witney says, “Never. Not yet.” Insane. That isn’t easy. Raef Grierson said, “A lot, yes, very much.”
There are many uses for phones in class these days. If you were a teacher, would you allow phones?
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.
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.
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.
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The Springville City Council Chambers was filled with some pretty amazing students and their parents in February as Mayor Richard Child and the City Council honored them for their community service and involvement in the Springville Junior High Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). A few of the note-worthy projects they have been involved in are; fundraising efforts raising over $25,000 to help assist Mihkenna Merrill with her medical expenses, picking pumpkins and gourds for Harvest Farms, volunteering with Happy Valley Farmer’s Market and helping with Red Ribbon Week. The SJHS PTSA is led by wonderful parent volunteers. PTSA President Tess Jones describes the students she works with as “hard-working, sincere, dedicated and having great attitudes.”
Pictured with their families are the nine Mayor Recognition Award recipients: Alexi Love, Jesus Hernandez, Brynn Jones, Molly Hunter, Levi Palmer, Kevin Pau Rojas, Gavin Jones, Madoc Jones and Deagan Rosenlof,
Look around you! Nominate a student serving others and working hard at www.springville.org/mayoraward. We would love to see them at our next city council awards.
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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
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!
Parents, please complete the Stakeholder survey, which will be open until February 25th. We value and appreciate your feedback. Thank you!
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The changes to Quest Time over the last year have caused a lot of confusion to the students of Springville Junior High. Ms. Shepherd was saying that with the removal of movie rooms and advisory it made it easier for some of the teachers to manage their classrooms. Should there still be movie rooms or was that a good move by the principals of our school?
Ms. Shepherd was saying that the changes in Quest Time were to make things better and that the student advisory was not going as they planned so now we have Quest Time of Fridays. Mrs. Jackson said that, “ They wanted to make it simpler for kids but now the kids don’t know what class is a conversation room, movie room or a game room.” Oh, the struggles of Quest Time.
Emma Payne says that the purpose of Quest Time is “ It’s like recess if you have good grades. Just a nice time to hang out.” She also brought up that students sneak into the cafeteria so they can hang out with friends even though they have bad grades. “ Some students sit around but, the students who want good grades actually get their stuff done.” said Mrs. Jackson about her mandatory Quest Time.
Movie rooms were one of the changes that happened here at Springville Junior High, also there are no more student advisory on Fridays. Some of the 7th grades here don’t know what those things even are. Bryson Smith said that, “ I would want the movie rooms to come back, they sound fun.” But one of the problems that Bryson brought up was how noisy it is in the cafeteria and most teachers agree with this too. Ms. Shepherd stated, “ We are working on fixing the chaos of the cafeteria and are willing to take students opinions on how to.”
However, there is a committee that is helping making these decisions. Mr. Jensen, one of our science teachers, is the head of this committee, if there are questions or concerns about Quest Time you can ask him or one of our principals. Most students just choose the conversation rooms so it helped changing it and giving teachers more flexibility. In all, the changes to Quest Time helped out both students and teachers.
Newly sworn in Springville Mayor Rick Child gave out his first Mayor’s Recognition Awards at January’s 2018 City Council Meeting. The Mayor and City Council recognized two Springville Junior High students who are dedicated to excellence and service.
Jocelyn Nolasco is in seventh grade. She was nominated by her teacher Emily Edman. Ms. Edman shared that Jocelyn goes up to the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter on a regular basis to help provide home cooked meals to the residents. Her family does this at their own expense. Jocelyn is often seen helping a neighbor clean their yard or home. It is Jocelyn’s goal to help make other’s lives a little better with less hunger, cold or suffering. Jocelyn’s parents are Eva Aguayo and Javier Nolasco.
Michelle Mumford is a ninth grader and was nominated by her teacher Katie Reese. Ms. Reese writes that Michelle is a good example, a true friend, a hard worker, a skilled leader and an exceptional student at all times. She quietly goes about pursuing excellence without any arrogance or self-promotion. Michelle is the daughter of Sara and Blake Mumford.
Springville City is honored to recognize the wonderful youth in the community. Nominate a student today at www.springville.org/mayoraward(link is external).
Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.
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The semester 1 journalism staff wrote and created this newsletter website for Term 2.
Check out some of the things that were happening around the school!
Semester 1 Journalism consisted of Kekoa Akiona, Grace Ashby, Ashlee Bayles, Taylor Benson, Karly Bracken, Payton Evans, Elizabella Francom, Amanda Gardner, Libby Hodson, Stazie Killpack, Mathew King, Raquel Marquez, Leslie Ruiz, Cheyenne Skinner, Emily Snyder, Oakley Toelupe, and Makailee Turner. Thanks for keeping us informed!