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The kindergartners went on a field trip to the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. They loved it! They had so much fun playing and exploring. Many of them were so excited to ride the bus for the first time.
Pepper the Guinea Pig came into Mr. Madsen’s class today for the second time, surprising many students. As the classes continued on, students looked at her with adoration. All of the students from fifth period to seventh period had seen and petted her before, so this was a first for the first four periods of students. Mr. Madsen held and petted her often, and she is simply adorable according to most students.
At the end of the day, Pepper will be taken home by her owner, Seth Liechty, not to be seen anytime soon. But hopefully, Pepper the Guinea Pig will return soon to be adored by the students of Spanish Fork Junior High.
The 7th graders this year were able to take a cool class called film studies. Last year 8th graders didn’t have this option to take this class, so most of us don’t really know what this class is or what it’s all about.
Gage Jeppson is a 7th grader at sjhs and he stated that he absolutely loves this class, “film studies is actually my favorite class, It’s really fun and we get to watch and learn about different movies a lot, and the field trips are super fun!” Gage says that he would very much recommend this class to other 7th grade students coming in next year, if this class is still an option to choose from!
Alexis shurtliff is also in this class, she said that in this class you learn about camera movement, different angles, the story circle and how movies and books follow with that, you learn different film shots, watch clips, editing clips, and different sound effects. Alexis says that she really enjoys this class.
If you are into learning about movies and sound effects, editing and all of that fun cool stuff this is definity a good class for future students here at sjhs.
On march 9th the film studies students were able to go the new disney movie “The Wrinkle In Time” River webb said that the movie was super good and that she would definitely go see it again. Mrs. Edenfield took them on this field trip and they all had a super fun time!
This years track season has started off in a surge for the finish. On March fourteenth was when the track season started off for all those interested in being involved. One problem a lot of students had this year was that they did not turn in their physical and could not participate until they had. The first meet for track is on the Friday before Spring Break. That would make it March thirtieth at Payson High School against the Junior High of Payson. The students at our school who are involved in track have been staying after school ever since March fourteenth to show their dedication to their sports association.
Many, if not all, students have to do things on their own to help them do better at track. For some that includes different things depending on what events they do. The events that the students can participate in are as follows, Sprinting: 100, 200, 400, 4x100, 4x400, Distance: 800, 1600, Medley, Throwing: Shot Put, Discus. Jumping: Long Jump, High Jump, Hurdles: 100, 110. For different events the students work on different things such as Will Hollaway, a ninth grader, works on stretching, like they are advised to do, and then he works on lifting weights and bombarding weights. Unlike Will, Cheyenne Skinner, and eighth grader, said, “Besides stretching, which we are advised to do, I like to run on the weekends so I don’t fall short on my work for the next week.”
Last week the students had to do time trials for the 100, the 200, and the 400. Even the people who do not do running events had to do the time trials for last week. The overall census was that the runners did really well for those events. Mr. McKell said, “Time trials went well we had a lot of good times. We were especially impressed with some of our 7th graders and how fast they were.” “Time trials went great. We have some 7th graders that are faster than the 8th and 9th graders. We also have some distance athletes who are really good sprinters to our surprise,” says Mr. Hammon, a health teacher at Springville Junior High. Logan Tanner, an eighth grade student at Springville, said that time trials went fast, and the people were really fast.
This year the students are really pumped for this track season and all that is bound to come with it. All of the track students recognize the talent and the potential that their peers have, and it creates a wonderful bonding experience for circles of friends that would not, at norm, mix inside of the school. Not only does it create that environment, but it is also a place that puts the students to their limits and allows them to grow. The track coaches have a lot of enthusiasm for this season, but the track students share in being enthusiastic towards this seasons greetings. Mr. Hammon sums up the zeal for this year by stating, “It's going to be a really good season.”
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We have had the privilege of having two authors come and visit our school. Chris Crowe, an English proffesor at BYU and author of the books, Mississippi Trial (a book the 9th graders have been reading). We also had the privilege of having Lance Conrad, another local author come near the end of last month.
Lance Conrad spoke to the creative writing students and students in the reading for enjoyment class. Payton Evans an eighth grader in creative writing mentioned that he had a really fun approach in teaching them. “He was telling us an old greek story, and randomly would start talking in an old “Shaksperean” voice.” she said. “It was fun.” She also said in her own writing that she was struggling and Lance Conrad was very helpful to her, on how to fully set up her world.
Author Chris Crowe, who came near the start of March, spoke about entirely different things, but still had great reactions from the students. “He told us about his experiences in Mississippi, while getting information for his book on the murder of Emmet Till.” said Gavin Jones, a ninth grader. Gavin mentioned that he thought that these experiences were really cool, especially since they have been reading his book during English.
Our school is very grateful for the opportunity of having these authors come and visit our school, and we hope that they would want to come back again. Now, if you are looking for a good read, you should check out some of these authors books, and be prepared to be amazed.
The Crystal Apple Award is an award to recognize an awesome dedicated teacher. On March 15, Mrs. Riggs took home the award. In case you were wondering, Mrs. Riggs is a super awesome teacher here at SJHS that teaches both English and Creative Writing. Mrs. Riggs has been teaching full time for 6 years. She started teaching middle school in Texas at Scott Johnson Middle School.
What are good qualities in an English teacher? Ms. Edenfield described a good english teacher as, “Hardworking, dedicated, and caring.” Mrs. Riggs fits all of those qualities. “Mrs. Riggs is a great teacher. She works hard for her students and wants them to succeed.” You can tell in Mrs. Riggs teacher that she is very dedicated and caring towards her students.
As well as being dedicated and caring, Mrs. Riggs has an awesome sense of humor. “She tries to lighten up the class with her humor,” is what Brighton Platt said about her humor. English can be a very boring class to kids sometimes, but it helps when the teacher has a good sense of humor. Drew Badger agrees that Mrs. Riggs is funny, “She’s pretty funny.”
In conclusion, being awesome can have some good consequences. Mrs. Riggs got the recognition she deserved on March 5, 2018, when she received the Crystal Apple Award. SJHS should be very appreciative of Mrs. Riggs and her awesome teaching.
Red vines, lifesavers, tic tacs, gum, heroes, hats, be red, be you, twins, and touring. This is the life of the students of Springville Junior High the last week of March. The students had the opportunity to be part of Hope Week, which is a week that the Hope Squad used to display their beliefs on how life should be for students. Each day’s dress up represented something that the Hope Squad felt should be brought to the attention of all the people who attend the school. They had several meetings to decide what they felt would help the school become the “happiest place on earth”.
It’s true that the Hope Squad wants to come close to the idea of Disneyland’s goal of being the happiest place on earth. They aim to work together and make the best Junior High experience for everyone. The goal of Hope Week according to Ashley Edwards, an eighth grader, is “To make people aware of what students are there to help them if they need some support.” Emma Cox added to her statement saying that not only is it to make known the members of the Hope Squad, but to show that the matter of loneliness is not getting better, but being ignored. Gibson Condie sums it up by saying, “If you are going through hard times Hope Squad is there.”
Hope Squad put together that week with the sole purpose of bringing the school together and uniting us as a whole. While the dress days were fun, the Hope Squad put a lot of thought and effort into them to make them that way. Dress up week is not just simply dressing up it is symbolising what you believe in. Hope; “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
From todays date, there are only 20 days of school left. The end of school is near, and that means summer is right around the corner. We are still in school though, which means we still have more work to do before we can check out of school. There is Sage Testing, which requires preparation before we can start. But we are almost there.
Sage Testing. All students have experienced it, and some may find it frustrating. Ms. Merrill, who taught seventh and eighth grade science this year thinks Sage is, “good for students to know where they are at.” Sage isn’t just to annoy students, it actually has a reason. There is a test for science, english, and math which goes on for a week or two. After that is the fun stuff.
At Springville Junior HIgh, we have the awesome opportunity to go to Lagoon as a school. As a little treat for Sage Testing we take buses for a day at Lagoon. A couple of hours to run around and enjoy the park. This year it is on May 18, so make sure to get your detentions and deficients made up so you can go enjoy Lagoon.
Sadly, after summer, school will resume again, as it always does. Seveys will no longer be seveys, eighth graders will be the king of the school, and ninth graders will move on to high school. Angela Lopez, in ninth grade is excited for a “fresh start with some of the same kids.” Whether you are excited or not, school will come again and it will bring some changes.
Even though school will always resume, make sure you enjoy the end of school and have an awesome and safe summer. Try to do more outside stuff rather than being camped inside on electronics.
Recently our school had the pleasure of viewing the performance of BYU Youngs Romeo and Julieta play. This play was only seen by 9h graders and spanish immersion students, and was performed with scenes in spanish throwing and unsuspected twist on the original tragic love story.
All of the ninth grade and spanish immersion class was invited into the cafetorium to watch the performance. Jesus Hernandez, a ninth grade student said “It was fun to watch. Pretty good overall.” Jesus liked that it was in spanish and he liked the added twist. He only wished there were louder performers but he said he still enjoyed it.
Another student, Chloe Clarke, who is in spanish immersion said she liked to see the team work and and it was all really fun. “It was really cool and fun, and I liked how it was bilingual.”
All in all it was a very great performance and everyone who saw it is very grateful they took the time to perform for all of us here.
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There's so many great things going on this time of year, that it's hard to keep up with all the fun! We are grateful for the beautiful weather that helps our activities go smoothly.
This past week, many grade levels had talent shows. Aiyana Sherman in 6th grade shared her Native American heritage with a shawl dance! Fourth graders took a field trip to Utah Lake to learn about wetlands, fish, and mosquitos (yuck)! Fifth grade competed in a track meet, and many of our Cherry Creek crocs placed in their events.
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Today, PJHS students participated in the annual school poetry slam! Over seventy poets shared their work with their peers, and twelve were selected as winners. This year's poetry slam winners are:
Katie Losee & Sierra Hooley
Easton Adams & Gabe Fulgencio
Congratulations to our winners, and shoutout to everyone who particpated today! It takes a lot of courage to share the things you've written with such a large audience, and all of our students did an incredible job. Thank you for being Grizzly Heroes!
Mark your calendars for May 16th at 6:00 PM for the Larsen Family Movie Night. Our PTA is sponsoring this fun event in the lunchroom at the school. More information will be coming. Hope to see you all there!
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We were so excited to have our Mustang Pride asssembly Friday!
We were able to recognize a few of our great teachers and some awesome students!!!
We have Mustang Pride!
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On Monday, April 24, Springville High's varsity Lady Red Devil softball team traveled to Provo's "Dawg Pound" taking home a big road region victory, 12-2.