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Utah Valley Educator of the Week: David Jones

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:14am
Attributions: Story found on Daily Herald.

Original Story found on Daily Herald.


Mr. David Jones, a ceramics teacher at Maple Mountain High School, is this week’s educator of the week.

Jones grew up in Provo Utah where he attended and graduated from Timpview High.

He is married to Marci and has six children.


Mr. Jones worked outside of education for years before realizing that his passion and desire was to teach students the art of pottery making. He went back to school and graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors in fine arts.

Jones is currently at Maple Mountain High School and in the spring 2017, was nominated and selected by his peers to receive the Crystal Apple Award.

He has been teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced Ceramics for seven years.

He works (inspires) students to help them learn how to create things with clay and understand how their mind and body can work together. They focus on understanding steps, techniques and ideas to push their limits and create projects that they previously didn’t know how to do.

Mr. Jones had designed his classes and curriculum to introduce the beginning structure and techniques to his students while encouraging individual thought and creative insights for more personalized projects. Through the process of learning, working and repetition, students can create projects that they are proud of.


What makes Jones most happy and satisfied in his work is seeing students who are so unsure of themselves gain confidence and create something, then to be proud of it.

DeAnn Nielsen, Maple Mountain High School’s principal, said, “Mr. Jones is an integral part of Maple Mountain High School. He is an excellent teacher and students know his classroom is a safe place for them to try something new, supporting their ideas and talents. He is truly a skilled potter, passionate about his instruction and ensuring his students find success. Mr. Jones has a gentle kindness, coupled with a fun personality, and is always willing to get involved in the crazy activities at our school. It is not unusual finding Mr. Jones crawling across the mat on the gym floor trying to pull the socks off students as he competes in the class wars assembly; dressed as Santa Claus in our Christmas assembly; or joining the staff dance in the Homecoming assembly. Maple Mountain High School is definitely a better place because Dave Jones is here!”

Mr. Jones’ dedication and passion goes beyond the doors of Maple Mountain High School. He contributes to the community by coaching youth sport, teaching ceramics at the Springville Senior Center, has gone into elementary schools and helped them do different projects such as masks, helping with stories and coil pots. Mr. Jones and students have also, entered bowls they made into the Bowls for Humanity fundraiser for Food and Care Coalition in Provo.

Spending time with his children is Mr. Jones’ greatest joy. He is currently teaching his 10- and 12-year-old children how to teach others how to make pottery, draw and paint. The goal is to help his children find joy in something he loves, is passionate about and to also help them earn a little money during the summer by creating and teaching a children’s art class.

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-23-18

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:01pm

MMHS 9th Annual Dance Concert

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:11am
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

The MMHS 9th annual Dance Concert is this Friday, April 27th at 7:00pm in the auditorium.  This performance entitled "Imagine" will feature the Dance Company, Dance Excel, Social Dance 2, and Dance 2 classes.  Please come out and enjoy this night of dance talent and inspiration.

Region Festival for MMHS Choirs

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:41am
Attributions: Story by Braden Rymer.
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Recently our Chamber Singers, Sorelle Voce, Concert Choir, and Men's Chorus participated in the Region festival and ALL of them received straight superior ratings and will be going to State! The students worked incredibly hard and did a fantastic job! We couldn't be successful if it wasn't for our administration, custodial staff, and our teachers. Thanks for all of your support in making this program what it is! We really do appreciate every bit of your efforts.

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-16-18

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:48am

SkillsUSA State Competition Results

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 2:51pm

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Last week the SkillsUSA chapter from MMHS competed at the state competition held at Salt Lake Community College. Among all of our awesome contestants, the following students placed:

Leah Ribble - Silver in CPR
Brian Workman - Silver in Carpentry
Jesse Harness - Silver in Welding
Kolbi Schauerhamer - Silver in Dental Assisting
Isaac Behena - Gold in Job Interview
Sam Christmas, Ladd Davis, Nathan Wright - Gold in Welding Fabrication

Congratulate these awesome students on their hard work and achievements!

Mr. Massic was also awarded the Cluster Chair Outstanding Service Award for all his work with SkillsUSA and the state competition. 

"Imagine" MMHS Dance Concert

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 2:20pm
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

The 9th annual MMHS Dance Concert entitled "Imagine" will be held Friday, April 27th at  7:00pm in the MMHS auditorium.  This concert presented by Maple Mountain Dance Company (MMDC) will feature 11 student pieces as well as guest choreographers Alexa Knutzen and Jamie Crowther.  Dance Excel, Social Dance 2, and Dance 2 will also perform in this special end of year event.  We hope you can join us!  Admission $6 adults, $4 students, $25 family.

Winter Guard State Champions!

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:41pm
Attributions: Story by Joshua Hurst.
(more pictures available)

Our Color Guard coach, Brielle Summerhays, and the students involved with Winter Guard are the Scholastic Regional AA State Champions for the 2018 season! Great job to this team and all of their hard work!

Summer Fever Fundraiser at Lagoon

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 8:59am
Attributions: Story by Lana Hiskey.
(more pictures available)

For the 2018 season, Lagoon will be introducing the “Summer Fever Fundraiser”. We are hoping to seize the excitement for summer by giving students and families a jump starts on Summer Fun at Lagoon. The Summer Fever Fundraiser will offer an exclusive discount to Utah School Families, and the Education Foundations will reap the benefits.

Maple Mountain High School earns ENERGY STAR certification!

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 8:53am

 We’re excited to announce that Maple Mountain High School has earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)!

The next time you visit, check out the little blue label on display at our entrance – it represents proven, verified superior energy performance over a 12-month period. In fact, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide!

Thank you for being a part of our sustainability story by taking simple actions to cut energy waste – like turning off the lights in empty rooms, and reporting energy waste to our facility. 

Here’s to another year of cutting energy waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and doing our part to protect the environment – together!

Learn more at  


MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-9-18

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 2:45pm

Science Olympiad State Results

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 1:40pm
Attributions: Story and photos by Kyle Miller.
(more pictures available)

The team pulled it out for a fourth year in a row.  We took first and got the best score in team history, averaging a fourth place finish over all 24 events - scoring 97 pts overall (low score wins).  There were 31 teams, including some incredibly talented teams from Hillcrest, West, and UCAS.  We were really happy to hold onto the title and represent our school again this year at Nationals.  Nationals will be May 17th-20th in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Thank you for your support of the team and these amazing students.

Here are the notable individual results:

Anatomy and Physiology                 1st Place                        Josephine Schmidt & Kaden Call

Astronomy                                        4th Place                        Bryson Evans & Logan Marks

Bottle Rockets                                   3rd Place                       Madyson Meeks & Chelsie Hawkes

Chemistry Lab                                  1st Place                        Logan Marks & Anne Dallon

Disease Detectives                            4th Place                        Kaden Call & Kali York

Dynamic Planet                                 4th Place                        Bryson Evans & Dallin Burton

Experimental Design                         1st Place                        Logan Marks & Gideon Hale & Bryson Evans

Fermi Questions                               3rd Place                       Bryson Evans & Joshua Green

Forensics                                          1st Place                        Cooper Hunley & Josephine Schmidt

Game On                                          2nd Place                       Dallin Burton & Anthony Bardsley

Helicopters                                        1st Place                        Anne Dallon & Anthony Bardsley

Herpetology                                      4th Place                        Kali York & Cooper Hunley

Hovercraft                                         1st Place                        Logan Marks & Philip Richey

Microbe Mission                              5th Place                        Kaden Call & Chelsie Hawkes

Mission Possible                              1st Place                        Joshua Green & Madyson Meeks

Mousetrap Car                                  4th Place                        Joshua Green & Isabella Frasche

Optics                                               5th Place                        Gideon Hale & Philip Richey

Remote Sensing                                6th Place                        Gideon Hale & Anthony Bardsley

Rocks & Minerals                             1st Place                        Josephine Schmidt & Isabella Frasche

Thermodynamics                              4th Place                        Philip Richey & Anne Dallon

Towers                                              1st Place                        Madyson Meeks & Isabella Frasche



Dance Company Auditions 2018-2019

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 7:51am
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

Come be a part of the tradition of excellence in dance at MMHS!  Clinics Monday and Tuesday April 16th and 17th from 3-5 pm.  Applicants must attend one of the two clinics to learn clinic dance and be prepared with one minute of their own movement.  Auditions Wednesday, April 18 from 3-6 pm in the dance room.  Applicants will perform the clinic dance in small groups and their individual choreography for judges.  Those who successfully audition for Dance Company and Dance 3/Dance Excel will be posted shortly after auditions.

Applications online at

MMHS Ellevés are National Military Champions

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:46am
Attributions: Story and photos by Molly Brenchley.

The MMHS Ellevés Drill Team competed at the West Coast Elite Dance Competition held in Long Beach, California on March 24, 2018.  The team competed in the following categories:  Military, Dance, Pom, and Hip Hop. 

The Ellevés placed 1st in Military and were awarded the National Champion Military trophy and jackets. The Ellevés also received a judge’s choice award so they were asked to perform their military routine in the Finals Gala that was held later that evening. Other routine placements were 5th in Pom, 7th in Hip Hop, and 8th in Dance. There were 62 teams competing at the competition, mainly from California, but there were teams from Texas, Florida, and Utah.

While in California, the Ellevés also had the opportunity to take classes at The Edge Performing Arts Studio.  They took a private hip hop class that was very beneficial, motivating, and fun.

Now the team will prepare for their annual showcase which will be held on May 3 in the MMHS auditorium.  The showcase will feature all of the team’s competition routines as well as a few new routines.  The new 2018-19 Ellevés will also perform.  Plan now to attend and see some award-winning routines performed by an amazing team!

Science Olympiad SUU Results

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:37pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Kyle Miller.

Science Olympiad had their last competition before state this Saturday.  We competed at SUU against 16 other teams and took home our first win of the year.  The students are very excited about their chances at state which is next Saturday at the University of Utah.

Here are the individual results: 


Second Place

Josephine Schmidt

Kaden Call



First Place

Bryson Evans

Logan Marks


Disease Detectives

Second Place

Kaden Call

Kali York


Dynamic Planet

Third Place

Bryson Evans

Dallin Burton



First Place

Kayden Mortensen

Dalton Hawk


Experimental Design

First Place

Leslie Day

Bryson Evans

Chelsie Hawkes

Fermi Questions

Third Place

Bryson Evans

Joshua Green



Third Place

Leslie Day

Josephine Schmidt


Game On

Third Place

Nathan Austin

Elliot Layton



Second Place

Anne Dallon

Madyson Meeks



First Place

Logan Marks

Philip Richey


Microbe Mission

Second Place

Kaden Call

Chelsie Hawkes


Mission Possible

First Place

Joshua Green

Madyson Meeks



First Place

Leslie Day

Philip Richey



Second Place

Nathan Austin



Remote Sensing

First Place

Anthony Bardsley

Anne Dallon


Rocks & Minerals

First Place

Josephine Schmidt

Isabella Frasche



First Place

Philip Richey

Anne Dallon



First Place

Madyson Meeks

Isabella Frasche



Second Place

Duncan Rowbury


Students of the Month - March

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:16pm

Jessica Draughon
Where do you want to see yourself in five years? 
Being in school to be a cosmetologist, hopefully traveling a little bit, having a job and an apartment.

What are your hobbies? 
Drawing and painting

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? 
Not sure:)

Jodi Ashton
Where do you want to see yourself in five years? 
Going to college.

What are your favorite hobbies? 
Painting and hiking.

Melissa Carter
Where do you want to see yourself in five years? 
RM, graduated from college, starting a family with an awesome priesthood holder. 

What are you favorite hobbies?  
Hanging out with  my sister and friends and creating some sweet art. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone fro history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  
I would talk to the first ceramist and, assuming they speak English, I'd ask them where their brilliance cam from.  Then maybe we'd have a little fun and have a mud fight.  

Zac Dean
Where so you want to see yourself in five years?  
In a mirror, that I buy in 5 years. 

What are your favorite hobbies?  
Ceramics and sports and scuba Diving. 

If you could have a conversations with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  
Walt Disney "Why did Mufasa have to die?"

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 3-26-18

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:34pm

MMHS Welding Featured on

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 9:52am
Attributions: Story and photos on by Ray Boone.
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Original story can be found here.

SPANISH FORK — If there's one thing the boss doesn't tolerate, it's laziness.

Shop teacher Jared Massic tries to instill this in his students.

"Commitment, dedication, hard work," Massic said.

Now those lessons are being applied by his students who are finalists in a national competition.

Massic's been teaching shop at Maple Mountain High School for years. Some of his students will admit they found him a bit intimidating at first.

"I was a little scared of him, actually," said Sam Christmas. "He seemed a little mean."

Of course, it's a little difficult to be afraid of the man who rules with an iron fist when he looks like he's still in high school.

"I think what keeps me so young looking is my jovial personality," Massic said. "I act like them, I look like them, it's just a good combination."

But despite his youthful appearance, there's no doubt he's critical of his students' work — and the reason might just be because he wants to temper them with the fires of adversity.

"When we make a mistake, he likes to point it out so we can fix it," said Christmas.

But if you tried to call him "Mr. Massic," he might not respond. His students just call him 'Massic.'

"I'm just more on a personal level with them," Massic said. "I want to make sure that they understand I'm a confidante. They can trust me."

And make no mistake — there's lessons here beyond shaping metal. He's trying to forge adults from the raw elements of teenagers.

"You show up on time, you do hard work, you get paid to be there and then you go home," Massic said. "I teach them a lot of things in the classroom that I think carries on to other careers as well."

But the most important lesson amid the soaring sparks in the shop is the one the students are learning from their teacher's past.

"I literally hated life," Massic said. "It was so terrible doing customer support for a cell phone company. I want to teach shop. I want to be out there building things with the kids. A lot of my students even ask me, 'Massic, why aren't you out in the field? You could be making double of what your teacher's salary is,' and money doesn't really buy happiness."

Whether Massic's students end up assembling careers with flame, or manufacturing lives in a different way, they're certainly learning how to be a part of a team.

The team from Maple Mountain is one of three high school finalists in the entire country for the "Weld it Forward" contest. Given a box of random materials, they were told to make something that lived up to the contest's name. A week before the deadline, the class still hadn't come up with their project. Then, inspiration hit.

"Two of our students were going to Mexico for a humanitarian project," Massic said. "I said, 'Why can't we just find a way to piggyback? What do these people in Mexico need?' We decided we were going to build these kitchen tables."

Massic's no stranger to winning. Last year, a group of his students brought home the national championship from the SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication competition.

Unlike that competition, the winner in the "Weld it Forward" contest is determined by online voting. The grand prize is $20,000 worth of welding equipment for Massic's shop. Voting is open until March 26, and the winners will be announced April 3.

But win or lose, the lessons are clear: Sometimes, your teacher is tough because he cares. Money isn't everything.

And sometimes, the teacher who looks like a student learns just as much from the ones he's paid to help.

"There's always going to be the ups and downs, and the ones who need to learn a lesson or two — and the ones who teach you a lesson or two," Massic said. "But I couldn't be more proud of the group of kids and what they've accomplished, because it's not typical, right?"

Lagoon Education Foundation Fundraiser

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:40pm
Attributions: Story by Lana Hiskey.
(more pictures available)

For the 2018 season, Lagoon will be introducing the “Summer Fever Fundraiser”. We are hoping to seize the excitement for summer by giving students and families a jump starts on Summer Fun at Lagoon. The Summer Fever Fundraiser will offer an exclusive discount to Utah School Families, and the Education Foundations will reap the benefits.

FCCLA at State

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:07am
Attributions: Story by Jessica Knotts.

Maple Mountain sent 11 students to Layton to compete at State FCCLA this week. Our students did extremely well, and so did our chapter!  Overall we brought home... 

  • 11 individual student awards
  • The 4 Star Chapter Award
  • The Master Adviser award
  • AND DeAnn was named the Utah FCCLA Administrator of the Year!

 If you see any of these students and DeAnn, congratulate them! 

  • Emily Eggleston- Silver
  • Katie Funk- Silver
  • Alicia Zaremba- Gold & 3rd place in the state!
  • Zoey Eckhardt- Bronze
  • Shaylie Daybell- Gold
  • Megan Griffitts- Gold
  • Erika Webster- Gold
  • Mary Kilpatrick- Gold
  • Hillary Hirst- Gold & 1st in state! Going to Nationals in Atlanta Georgia in June!!!
  • Isabel  Hirst- Gold & 1st in state! Going to Nationals in Atlanta Georgia in June!!!
  • Sophia  Hirst- Gold & 1st in state! Going to Nationals in Atlanta Georgia in June!!!