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Utah Shakespeare Festival Touring Company Free Performance- Extra Credit for 9th Grade Students

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:20
By Lana Hiskey

The Utah Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will be performing Romeo and Juliet Monday evening, March 16, 2020, 7 p.m. at Springville High School. This performance is free to the public. All ninth-graders are studying Romeo and Juliet this year and will be offered extra credit in their English class for attending the performance. 

First performed over 400 years ago, Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of William Shakespeare’s most recognized and beloved plays. Dealing with themes of familial conflict, friendship, and (of course) love, Romeo and Juliet also explores themes of hate, revenge, and death/violence. The latter themes are undeniable, permanent, and real in all of humankind and have been repeated throughout history. Shakespeare places these themes front and center in Romeo and Juliet—and so do we in our production.

The touring director, Jason Spelbring, said, “I have always struggled to find where I fit in this play. Plays, by design, are written to allow us (the audience) in, to challenge us and invite us to explore other worlds. What would happen if we created a world where our audience members see themselves? Their type, their flaws, and their strengths. By setting our production in a classroom in 2020, we are forced to witness the effects of violent passion that Shakespeare intended to explore. Our company invites you to see the many sides of yourself in Romeo and Juliet, and I challenge you to hear this play for the first time through a modern-day lens.”

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Kids Who Count - Early Intervention Services for Nebo Families

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:17
Lana Hiskey

Since 1986, Kids Who Count has provided Early Intervention services to families of young children residing in the Nebo School District boundaries. We’ve helped thousands of families and children and we can help you. If you are concerned about your baby or toddler’s development or had a medical professional talk to you about some milestones your child hasn’t yet reached, you may be eligible for early intervention services. The purpose of Early Intervention is to enhance early growth and development in infants and toddlers under three, who have developmental delays or disabilities. Anyone can make a referral to receive a full assessment of your child’s health and developmental status at no cost. If you’re concerned about your infant or toddler, don’t hesitate to contact us. And, we now offer Autism Services for children 2 and older. Visit for more information. We are here to help! 

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Ball is Life

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:35
Article written by student: Carter Turley

 Some people have a lot of different opinions on their favorite sports. Some like soccer, others like football, but no one loves basketball like SJHS. This year there is a whole new 9th grade boys team and they’re ready to play their favorite game. They consist of twelve awesome 9th graders, all strong, hard-working, basketball killing machines. Read on to learn more about the team.

      “Before we start our games or the day we start our games, we mentally prepare ourselves and review our defensive plays,” said a humble Mitchell McConnell as he talks about how he prepares himself before the game. On the same page as Mitchell, Spencer Park also talks about how he prepares for games. He says,” What do I do to prepare for games? That’s easy. We always practice hard and go all out in our practices and before the game. I especially try to work on things I’m not very good at or mess up on whether it be jump shots, defense, or whatever.” Meanwhile, Ryder talks about how the team has been bonding. He starts,” Yeah, we are a growing team and we haven’t been together for very long, but we’re already building very strong relationships with one another and we’re gaining the trust we need.” 

      One thing the players can all agree on, is that SJHS’ student section is the best student section in the world, no doubt about it. While talking to Ryder, Spencer, and Mitchell, they agreed that the student section is amazing. They stated,“We love our student section and it’s awesome to watch so many of our friends come to our games and support us. They’re always loud, supportive, very hyped, and their chants are the best.” So watch out everyone, because here come the Knights!

Dribble and Shoot: Girls Basketball

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34
Article was written by student: Tava Groves

      The girls on the ninth grade basketball team are talented in many ways. They are incredibly talented on the court, but they are also talented in being amazing people off the court.

       According to Mr. Hammon, “The best part of coaching is the girls. It is so awesome to watch them succeed and get better, and they also make me laugh every day.”  “The girls” as Mr. Hammon mentioned are the ninth-grade girl’s basketball team- Katie Anderson, Elise Barson, Kristine Bartholomew, Georgia Dial, Amanda Felix, Juliana Giles, Angela Harris, Paris Herrick, Karolina Juarez, Suli Lauaki, and Natalie Parker. 

     In an interview with one of the team captains, Zoie Smith, she said, “I tried out for basketball because being a part of the team is just super fun. My favorite memory of the team is cheering on my teammates in a tight game” The team of ninth-graders practice hard 3 Times a week, or whenever they don’t have a game.  with Coach Hatch, a seventh grade Utah Studies teacher, and Mr. Hammon the eight-grade health teacher.

     So far the team has has great season. SJHS hopes to see them win the tournament at the end of the season. Good Luck!

Basketball Student Section

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:34
Article written by student: Brooke Constantine

SJHS has a really good basketball team, both girls and boys, but what brings the team together is our student section.  The student section is there to cheer on the team and to watch their peers play basketball. SJHS’s basketball would not be the same without the student section.

The student section is coordinated by a couple of 9th graders: Gus Ellison, Brooks Thorpe, Jayden Brown, Sophie Hunt, Mia Montgomery and Lofi Mavae.  What do these students like most about being in charge of the student section? Sophie Hunt replied, “Getting people to go to the games and dress up.”  How do they come up with the dress up themes? Gus Ellison replied saying, “ We have a group and we talk about what we want to do as a theme.” The students love to go to games and cheer on their classmates.  On December Thursday the 5th we played Mapleton and it was the largest student section we have ever had. What do the students like most about our student section? Gunner Bowers said, “It's fun, loud and a good time.”  Jocelyn Hunt said, “It brings our school and everyone together.” The students love the noise from the cheers, it helps hype the team up. What has been the students favorite theme? Most students replied with the Camo Out.  What future themes do the students here at SJHS think would be fun? Will Hammon gave the great idea of a Patriotic out, we also had a solid red or blue out, Hawaiian theme, mom or dad out and more.

Students here at SJHS have given excellent school spirit.  If you haven't been to a game you are missing out! The basketball game is good and fun and the student section is loud and proud!  Keep it up Student Section!

Girls Basketball Coaches

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:30
Article written by student: Amanda Felix

        A coach is someone that guides the team. The girls basketball team practices every day that they don't have a game. The coaches are a big part of the team, they lead them. A coach devotes their time to the team so they can achieve greatness.  

         The girls basketball coaches are none other than Mrs. Hatch and Mr. Hammon. They have coached other sports team for the Jr. High. Mr Hammon and Mrs. Hatch have both coached track and cross country together. In addition to coaching track and cross country, they decided to try coaching basketball this year. Mr Hammon was in charge of the score table last year, he enjoyed watching the games so he decided to give coaching a try.  At practice Mrs. Hatch decides to focus on the fundamentals and to improve on ball handling. Other skills that the team is focusing on for the upcoming games, is boxing out. When asked why Mrs. Hatch decided to coach she said “I love seeing students out of the classroom.” One of their favorite parts of coaching is the all the fun times and laughter that they have together. 

          Coaches play a very important role on a sports team. Mr. Hammon and Mrs. Hatch are phenomenal coaches and make basketball a party. Thank you coaches for all the that you do for the team! 

Christmas at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:34
Article written by student: Kennedie Young

As soon as December hits, Christmas time is in full swing at SJHS. Kids are wearing Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Many kids at SJHS love Christmas time. Some students tell us what their favorite thing about Christmas, Benson Digtrups favorite thing about Christmas is opening presents. Doesn’t everyone love presents! Liz Wattford tells her favorite thing about Christmas, “ I love when it is snowing outside and you can see the snowflakes coming down. It looks so pretty. “ Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. Jenna Nun loves spending time with her family. Don’t we love seeing our family. “ I love all of the Christmas traditions that my family has,” Claire Kieffer tells us. There are so many things that are amazing about Christmas. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Red Ribbon Week at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:30
Article written by student: Georgia Wilde

 During Red Ribbon Week at SJHS, the students have lots to look forward to. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week each year. Here at Springville Jr High, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week by participating in dress up days, and going to a kick-off assembly Monday morning. During the assembly police officer Craig Martinez came and talked about drug safety. During the assembly, they also introduced our dress up days for the week and the daily challenges.  Many students favorite dress up day is the crazy sock day, because it was easy to find fun socks to wear. Halle Strong thinks Red Ribbon Week is all about bringing awareness to the terrible side effects of drugs. She mentioned that it helps students know what to do in bad/unwelcome situations where drugs may be present. This years theme to get students participating is “What is your anti-drug?” Amara Waldal thinks this theme is all about “spending time on things you enjoy, and finding things to do that are good for your body.” She also thinks this theme will inspire kids to get out and get active. We are hoping that we can get students to become aware of the dangers of drugs, and all the many “anti-drugs” that everybody can participate in. Halle Strong said, “I hope that Red Ribbon Week gets kids out doing what they love and having a good time with friends.”


Christmas Concert at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:26
Article written by student: Evan Smith

Nothing brings the Christmas spirit like music, and this Christmas Choir Concert is just the right thing to bring in the joy of this holiday season.  Jocelyn Hunt, one of the alto’s in the master singers choir group said, “ The reason I chose to do choir is because I love to sing and so does the rest of our choir. This show should be one of our best!” Next Master singers bass Travis Gervaise says, "The reason for me to join choir is because I am a party guy and choir is the most partying class, and being with all of my friends.” Both of these students are very excited about this concert, and Travis has a solo next week on their choir tour to the elementary schools.  The concert was a huge success, everyone in the crowd loving every minute of it, and every student singing had a great time. The audience's favorite song by far as One Candle, the traditional Christmas song they sang for the last 20 years. Already the choir is getting ready for their next concert in the spring.

Orchestra Concert Fun

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:21
Article written by student: Avery Peterson

The orchestra concert was the best thing you’ve heard this year!! The orchestra concert was definitely the best! Gianna Furner, Paige Smith, and Ana Laine were asked some questions and here are their responses. Do you think all your hard work was worth it? Gianna Furner said, “Yes because I got to express my emotions and it was fun!” I really like how they enjoy doing what they love! Did you enjoy playing in the concert? Why? Paige Smith said, “Yes because it was satisfying to show friends and family all the hard work we have done.” What was your favorite part? Ana Laine said “playing all the songs.” Gianna plays the violin and Ana and Paige play the cello! Make sure to look out for these three musicians at our next SJHS orchestra concert!


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