Ms. Peck will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be helping out in our special education department. We asked Ms. Peck to introduce herself and this is what she had to say:
"I grew up in Springville, attending a rival high school, but have made Spanish Fork my home. I have four children that all attended SFJHS. This is my eleventh year working for the district in Special Ed. Some activities I enjoy are knitting, crocheting and gardening. I love animals, specifically dogs, especially big ones, and have three of my own. I like trying new recipes for healthy muffins. I love reading, non-fiction and fiction. A good fiction book I recently read was Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. My favorite music genre is classical. I especially love string arrangements. My daughter plays the cello and our own Mrs. Harmon was her first teacher. I recently took a trip to New York City and loved it and can't wait until I can go back again."
Mrs. Mendonsa will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching science. We asked Mrs. Mendonsa to introduce herself and this is what she had to say:
"My name is Heather Mendonsa and I am excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade science this year. I graduated from BYU after majoring in Elementary Education. This is my sixth year teaching in public school. I also taught preschool for four years so I will be a familiar face to some. I am married and have five children. I have taught two of them so far.
By way of introduction, I love my summers. Summertime is always packed with vacation and new experiences. This summer I rented a moped in Nassau, went parasailing, and snorkeled with a 007 style machine that enabled me to cruise underwater at great speeds. I also went to Bear Lake with family and friends to camp and ride on wave runners. When I'm not travelling I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and swimming. I like to read and my favorite book to date is Counting by Sevens.
I love science and look forward to working at Spanish Fork Junior High School."
For Seniors who would like to have their PCCR (Plan for College and Career Readiness) meeting before school starts, appointments are available on selected days between July 20 and August 11. Only Seniors will be able to make appointments during this time which will reduce or eliminate the wait for walk-in assistance. The PCCR meeting will cover graduation requirements, college planning, scholarship and career information. Adjustments to the student schedule may also be made at this time. Students who are unable to meet before school begins will be scheduled during September. Parents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. Appointments are being scheduled exclusively through the Sign Up Genius system. An invitation will be sent to the NEBO STUDENT EMAIL account, or parent email on file, no later than July 19, including the sign up link. Students should check their Nebo email account for a message from “Sign Up Genius” and sign up for an appointment time.
Our math teachers provide many resources to help students with math. One great online resource is: https://www.khanacademy.org/math that explains how to do the problems on your student's homework. In addition, take advantage of the after school math labs here at the school.
Mrs. LeMmon will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be our new assistant principal. We asked Mrs. LeMmon to introduce herself and this is what she had to say:
"Hello, my name is Alesha LeMmon and I am the new assistant principal at SFJHS! I am excited to be a part of THE greatest junior high. A little about me, I was born and raised in Illinois and came to Utah after high school. I have lived here on and off for over 30 years with the last 12 years in Spanish Fork. I attended Utah Valley University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and then earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Utah University.
I enjoy the outdoors, especially in the summer and fall. I like to landscape, planning and planting outdoor spaces. I also like to hike and plan to try snowshoeing this winter along some of the trails I’m exploring this summer. My family is my everything and consists of my husband, daughter and son-in-law, and son and daughter-in-law. We love playing games together and I just learned Wackee-Six. I like to travel and have been to many different countries with students and with family, but my favorite place is home. I am excited to be a part of SFJHS and meet all of the students. We are going to have a great year!"
Mr. Madsen will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching science. We asked Mr. Madsen to introduce himself and this is what he had to say:
"Hi! I'm Peter Madsen. I will be teaching 7th grade science this year. My dad was in the Air Force when I was a kid, so my family moved around frequently. I have lived in Washington, Guam, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Germany, and South Korea. I loved moving around, making new friends, and being exposed to different cultures and ways of thinking. My mom lived in Spanish Fork when she was young, so I feel a connection here too. I went to college at UVU and loved it. This will be my first year teaching and I can't wait!
I love nature, reading, candy, sports, motorcycles, and most of all, my family. My wife Becca and I have two beautiful little girls named Faye and Emery. We are a laid back family and love doing things together - hiking, swimming, going to the zoo, road tripping, and playing outside. I look forward to meeting all of you! We're going to have a great year together!"
Parents of kindergarteners: Please sign up for a day and time for your child to come in and do their kindergarten pre-assessment. It takes approximately 30 minutes, and there are available time slots from August 22nd - 24th. Your child will be able to come to Wilson and meet their teacher on Friday, August 25th, between 12:00-2:00pm. The first day of Kindergarten is on Tuesday, August 29th. Thank you--we look forward to seeing you!
*Note: If you are using a mobile device, you will first need to download the Google Sheets app before being able to edit the document.
My name is Sarah Anderson, I am so excited to teach at Taylor this year. I am married and my husband and I are celebrating 2 years with a trip this summer. We are excited to go and hike and be outdoors. Last year I taught second grade in Provo, but have always wanted to teach Kindergarten. I will be working half day at Taylor (afternoon) and half day (morning) at Barnett Elementary. I love camping, hiking, scrap-booking, playing music and being around my family. I cannot wait to have a great school year with all of you!!
Mr. Whiting will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching science. We asked Mr. Whiting to introduce himself and this is what he had to say:
" Hi! I am Mr. Whiting and I will be teaching seventh grade science this year. I am super excited to have you in my class, so buckle up and get ready to have a blast and learn a lot at the same time!
Whether you know a lot about science or not, my goal is to help you understand the natural world around you, such as how things work and why. Have you ever wondered why the astronauts "float" in space seemingly weightless even though they are experiencing almost as much gravity as you and me? Well, we'll be learning a lot of cool things like that and more! But before I jump the gun, I hope you have had a great summer break. I have. One highlight of my summer was a trip with my family to Costa Rica. While there, I took a "Monkey Mangrove Tour" down a river in the jungle and saw a sloth, bats, crabs, lizards, turtles and crocodiles, and even had a group of Capuchin monkeys get onto our boat! It was amazing!
I absolutely love to travel, to learn new languages, to meet new people and to learn about their cultures and traditions. I am trilingual and am working on my fourth language right now. My third language was actually Mongolian. Pretty wild, right? After an LDS mission, I graduated from BYU and have lived all over, but am a south Utah County native.
I enjoy playing sports and games, working with my hands, particularly wood working, spending a lot of time with my family, and reading. The last book I read was written by my brother, entitled, "A Sacred Moment in Time: Deciphering the Restoration Scriptures and New Covenant."
I am looking forward to meeting you this school year. Enjoy your summer!"
Mr. Hansen is being recognized as this week's Utah Valley Educator of the Week! It is a well-deserved award for Mr. Hansen, who has been teaching for 28 years. He has many talents that he enjoys sharing, such as running, teaching guitar, and playing the trombone! Congratulations, Mr. Hansen! Read the full article about Mr. Hansen on the Daily Herald's website: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/education/utah-valley-educator...
Mr. Youd will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching math. We asked Mr. Youd to introduce himself and this is what he had to say:
"I grew up in Lake Shore and now live in the great town of Spanish Fork. I attended schools in Spanish Fork from elementary through my high school years. I graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 2003 and Utah Valley University in 2011. I am currently in the Masters of Education Program at Southern Utah University and will graduate this coming spring of 2018.
I am going into my 7th year as an educator. I have been teaching 6th grade throughout my teaching career and I am very excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade math next year. I love making math real, and teaching students how it really connects to the world we live in. I believe students need to see how subjects apply in their own lives so they understand the importance of learning. I love being a teacher! I enjoy my time with the students and teaching kids to believe in themselves and how to be themselves as well. In my free time I love being with my family. I'm lucky to have an amazing wife, Amanda, and two awesome little kids. I love playing all sports and I'm slightly competitive as well. Some of my favorite activities are team roping, hunting and fishing. One of my dreams in life is to hold the Utah State Angler Record for catching the largest catfish. I'm still working on that goal but I know someday I will reach it!"
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Congratulations to Jared Massic and his Welding Team. These young men won first place among over 100 state winners across the nation competing for national awards in Louisville Kentucky. Tosh Davis, Ben Warnick and Tyler Christmas built their own project and had the highest team score on a 100-question written test. They were recognized by the Spanish Fork City council this week and honored with a fire truck ride down Main Street. Well done to Mr. Massic and his team!
Registration information will be mailed out to students' homes on July 25th. All registration will be done online this year, and online registration opens July 31st. For Registration:
- Follow the steps outlined in the registration link above (on our homepage) to complete the registration steps and then access your class schedule.
- Administrators will be available August 31-July 2 for fee waivers.
Ever wonder what your teachers are doing during the summer? (Besides missing all of you, of course!!) Stay tuned over the next few weeks to find out what some of the Westside faculty and staff have been up to this summer. We're excited to see all of you in August!
Mr. Beck will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching Utah Studies. We asked Mr. Beck to introduce himself and this is what he had to say:
"I was born and raised in Spanish Fork. I was actually born in the old Hughes Hospital located in Spanish Fork. That will probably tell you my age. Both of my parents were born and raised in Spanish Fork as well. I have a lot of relatives in the area. I am a graduate of Southern Utah University and have been teaching in Nebo School District for 25 years.
I love to watch/participate in many sporting activities. During the summer months I like to camp, fish, and golf. The last book that I read was "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley. I also enjoy watching movies and spending time with my family and friends. I have many friends and get along well with others. I am going to be teaching Utah Studies at SFJHS. I have been at SFHS the past 12 years in various capacities and I am looking forward in being at SFJHS."
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN
CURRENT ASPIRE SIS LOGIN
If you have an Aspire SIS Login, please go to santaquin.nebo.edu to begin registering your student(s).
NEED ASPIRE SIS LOGIN
If you do not have an Aspire SIS Login or can’t remember your username or password, please go to www.nebo.edu/parents/sis and follow the instructions.
- After being assigned a username and password, go to santaquin.nebo.edu, click the “Registration” button on the left side of the page and complete ALL the Registration steps.
TRANSFERRING OR NEW STUDENT
If you have a child transferring from a school within Nebo School District, is a New Student, OR beginning Kindergarten please follow the registration process online then bring the Birth Certificate, Immunization Record, Proof of Residency, and any Legal Documents necessary to Santaquin Elementary to complete the Registration process.
Students who have health concerns need to have a “Student Health Form” filled out and brought to the school by the beginning of the school year. If the student has medications that need to be administered at the school, please fill out the “Authorization of Student Medication” and bring that to the school with their medication as well. These forms need to be filled out each year.
SUPPORT THE PTA
The PTA will be available on August 1 during Registration Day and also our Open House, August 21 at 2 p.m.
Hello Tigers! My name is Mrs. Black and this is my first year teaching at Taylor Elementary. I have previously taught 3 years and am very excited to be joining the 6th grade team. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and now live in Salem with my husband. I absolutely love the nature that Utah has to offer. I am also a big movie buff. You can never go wrong with a big tub of popcorn! More than anything, I love to TEACH!
We will re-open after school starts in August.
Did you know that parent involvement is a key ingredient in student success? Research has shown that parents who get involved have students who perform better academically, are more socially well rounded, and tend to feel safer and happier at school. Click here for more on the research
It is my hope that every parent will join our Spring Lake Parent Teacher Association this year. You can be involved a little or a lot depending on your schedule and the needs of your family.
Please head over to our PTA website to preview and order school shirts, review the events and activities we have planned, or sign up to help in a way that works best for you.