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October 2009

Service Learning Helps with Halloween Dance

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:42
Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
Lily Girot busy working on the posters for the upcoming Halloween Dance.

The Service Learning class is busy working on posters for the upcoming dance. The Halloween dance will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. The posters help make the dance more “colorful, make it sparkle and have the atmosphere,” said Liz White, a Sercive Learning student at SJHS. 

The students in Service Learning make posters for every dance. The requirements for a good poster are: “They have to be neat, you have to take pride in your poster, and the posters have to do with the subject,” said, Cami Sumsion, a Service Learning student.

Students are allowed to dress up for the dance, but they have to follow the school ndress code. “The rules of the dress up dance are: students have to be modestly dressed, no blood and gore, and there can’t be masks or face paint,” said Mr. David Knudsen, vice principal at Springville Junior High School. Students also have to follow the rules of school, like any other dance.


Boys' Basketball Tryouts on November 9th

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:40
Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer

Ready, set, SCORE! Basketball tryouts are happening November 9th at Springville Junior High. The ninth-grade boys are going to be able to participate in this event and show off there skills to Mr. Shaun Blakey, the basketball coach and counselor here at Springville Junior High.

Basketball tryouts start on Monday, November 9th, and will go for two days. They will begin at 3:00 and go until 5:00 pm. Basketball tryouts will be held in the boys’ gym at the junior high. There will be a mandatory meeting for all the ninth grade boys who would like to tryout on October 20th after school in the auditorium. Mr. Blakey is also holding an open gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for anyone who would like to come and prepare for tryouts.

Mr. Blakey has been coaching basketball for two years. He said, “I always look for talent, like any other coach, but also players that are willing to work hard and never give up!” He also feels it is important for a player to be a good student and respect others on and off the court. He wants a team that will give all they have no matter what is asked of them. There will be 12 players on the team, and he would also like to have three or four managers to help.

Some students that will be trying out are Joseph Carter and Jantzen Dalley. Both Joseph and Jantzen think that they will have a good team this year. They both have had a lot of experience. Joseph has been playing since he was three years old, and Jantzen doesn’t even remember! They both like Mr. Blakey. “He’s so tight,” said Jantzen Dalley.

As you can see, both students and Mr. Blakey are very excited for this year’s basketball season. Mr. Blakey believes that we will have a very good team this year.

BMX Stunt Team Wows SJHS Students

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:37
Sarah Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer
A member of the Stunt Team All Stars jumps over Mr. Knudsen, SJHS assistant princpal.
Student Team All Stars

On Friday October 23rd, students at Springville Junior High who sold one or more cookie dough tubs for this year's fund raiser got to go see the Stunt Team All Stars do some pretty cool tricks!

The reward for selling cookie dough was a BMX show, it was held in the south parking lot by the Nebo Credit Union. Mr. David Knudsen, one of SJHS’s vice principals, said, “They have performed here before, and it is a very entertaining show.” The performers do some pretty amazing things. Alyssa Nance, a ninth grader, said, “They jumped over the vice principal!!”

The students had ton of fun, the stunt team gave away free stickers and even posters.  Remember don’t try the stunts they did at home. So if you did not see the show this year SELL SOME COOKIE DOUGH and you will next year.


Mrs. Caras, Science Teacher at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:35
Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Caras

Springville Junior High School has a couple of science teachers. Among them is Mrs. Lori Caras, who teaches seventh and ninth grade students at the junior high. She’s taught at SJHS for ten years, and she taught at Woodenville High School in Seattle for four years.

Mrs. Caras decided to teach because her father was a professor and as she was growing up, Mrs. Caras saw how he loved teaching. She would also see him grading papers, but besides that, she said it looked like fun. She chose to teach science because she loves it.  She went on the explain, “Sometimes I think kids struggle, so I want to make it easier, and I want to make it fun.”

Besides teaching seventh grade life science and ninth grade Earth Systems, Mrs. Caras has also taught Biology, A.P. Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. She says her favorite is Anataomy, Physiology and that she loves zoology, which is something she has a Master’s Degree in. “I thought I was going to be a vet when I was going up!” She said, explaining her love for Zoology. Mrs. Caras said she would like to teach for as long as she can; as long as she can stay an effective and enthusiastic teacher.

Jose Martinez,a ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “I like what I learn because the work is pretty easy. I like to learn about the Big Bang because it’s fun.” He says he likes the class because it’s fun and he has a lot of friends in the class. Jose likes the teacher because she's pretty relaxed, but when the stduents get too noisy and don’t do their work, Mrs. Caras hushes them up and tells them to do their work.

Shelby Mason, a ninth grade student of Mrs. Caras’s also likes the class, “I like this class because we learn about a lot of interesting stuff.”

Out of all the science teachers in the school, Mrs. Caras is probably amongst the favorite for her sense of humor and nice and enthusiastic attitude.

Cooking up Fun in Foods

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:32
Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer
Brigham Stagg and Nathanial Mitchell cooking in Mrs. Luke's class.

At Springville Junior High many students enjoy the Foods class.  Mrs. Natalie Luke, the Foods class teacher, enjoys teaching this class full time throughout the year.  The point of foods class is so students can learn how to cook food and to make it nutritious.  The students also learn about the properties of food.  Austin Jensen, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “We take notes, go outside, exercise, and learn about nutrition.”

The class has made many things so far this year.  They’ve made things like pizza, shortbread, scones and shakes called Orange Julius.

Lear Burton, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said that Mrs. Luke was, “cool.”  Austin said Mrs. Luke, along with Ms. Emily Davenport, Mrs. Luke’s student teacher, were “Fun and funny.” 

Lear said he joined Foods because, “I would be able to eat stuff.”  Mrs. Luke said, “I have loved teaching foods.  It gives me a chance to share something I love and to hopefully inspire kids to want to cook.”

Mrs. Luke lets her ninth grade students try to make foreign foods so they can, “appreciate healthy foods from all around the world.”  The Foods class students like to take part in this class.  Mrs. Luke hopes that students will love cooking as much as she does.

Photography Class in Action at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:18
Kara Dunn SJHS, Staff Writer
Eighth grader Samantha Child stands in front of her photograph, which is displayed in the hallway at SJHS.

Students at Springville Junior High have many different fine arts classes that are available to them. One of these classes is a photography class, in which students learn how to use a camera and take different pictures and digitally modify their pictures. According to Mr. Mitch Cudney, the photography teacher at Springville Junior High, any student who wishes to take this class needs to have patience and be willing to work hard.

“I chose to take this class because I thought it would be fun, and I like to learn how to use a camera,” Andi Dockstater, a photography student at Springville Junior High said.

In the photography class, there are many different projects that students are required to do as assignments. Their projects vary from anything from taking pictures of emotions, to pictures of different objects.

 “One of my favorite projects was when we had to take pictures of clouds.” Andi went on, “I also enjoy using Gimp, a computer program where you take a picture off the internet and change it into something else.”

“I like teaching photography; its challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Mr. Cudney said.

Springville kids get to eat outside

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:15
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
First lunch students Radley Nelson, Jonathan Luther, Gregg Davis, Damon Harris, Zach Droubay and Darby Farr took advantage of a sunny day and decided to eat outside.

One of the most exciting things about starting junior high is that you can earn the privilege to eat outside.  Springville Junior High’s kids are divided into two lunches, first lunch which has eighth and ninth graders, and second lunch which has mostly seventh and eighth graders. Students in first lunch earned the privilege to eat outside just a few weeks ago.
Chelsea Ricks, a ninth grader in first lunch, said, “I like to be outside in the fresh air.” Many kids feel the same way about eating outside. According to Chelsea, kids in first lunch are more mature, so they can pick up their trash. 

Mr. Knudsen, one of the assistant principals at SJHS, said, “When we decide to let the students eat outside we consult with the custodian, and she tells us if the lunch room has been sufficiently clean.”  According to him, first lunch was doing a good job cleaning up their trash from the tables.
Many second lunch students still hope to earn the right to eat outside. Annie Lange, a seventh grader, said, “I want to eat outside to get some fresh air.”  She hopes that kids in second lunch will start to clean up their trash.  According to Mr. Knudsen, if students in second lunch start to clean up after themselves, they will be able to eat outside too.

Reading Poe at Springville Junior High

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:14
Jacob Simmons, SJHS Staff Writer

 At Springville Junior High School, room 54 is full of astute thinkers reading advanced books. The eighth grade students of Mrs. Mary Rice’s class have been reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Black Cat.”
“We used this text as an opportunity to learn vocabulary and also to acquaint ourselves with the Gothic or Dark Romantic style,” said Mrs. Rice. She went on explain that before reading the text, the class explored the contrast between dark and light, the exotic adornments on the cathedrals that coincide with the rich language of Gothic writing. They also explored the ways in which Gothic art invokes certain conflicting emotions. The students then tracked those ideas throughout reading “The Masque of the Red Death.” Finally they shared their experiences by writing dialogues on what they thought might have happened at the masques, made masks, and then performed the dialogues in class.

Following their projects on The Masque of the Red Death, the eighth grade students read Poe’s “The Black Cat.”  Mrs. Rice explained, “For [The Black Cat], we explored the idea of an unreliable narrator, a concept popularized by Poe.”

To explain the idea to the students, the class held a “sanity hearing” for the narrator. In this, everyone in the class wrote witness statements based on characters in the story while some students were lawyers. Mr. Brian Rice’s English class served as the jury. Mr. Rice’s class listened to testimonies, evaluated arguments, and delivered a verdict.

To finish their studies on argument, the students read articles on possible ways Poe might have died. The students then built mini arguments on the possible ways. “One important idea for students is that they are rarely in a position to prove or disprove phenomena, but they can use evidence from text to make a convincing argument,” said Mrs. Rice.

Students enjoyed Mr. Poe’s writing. Hayde Blanco, a student in the class, said she loved his descriptive words. Lyndsee Mecham simply said, “He was an interesting writer.” Both Hayde and Lyndsee said their favorite text was “The Black Cat.”

Swine Flu has Hit Springville

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:12
Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer

The H1N1 virus has hit Springville.  Many students have been absent from schools.  According to the Utah Health Department website, the virus is a pandemic, which means that there isn’t a single country without the virus.  But The Utah Health Department also said, “The sickness isn’t as bad as expected.” 

The symptoms include fever, cough, soar throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.  Most cases have not been very serious, but people should still be careful.  Officials suggest washing hands often and to cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.  Officials also suggest coughing and sneezing into your elbow. 

According to Mrs. Brenda Bales, the SJHS attendance secretary, the worst days during the past week were the 12th, 13th and the 14th.  There was 23-24% of the student body absent.  Mrs. Bales said, “If your kids are running a fever, they shouldn’t come to school.”

Will SJHS Wear Best Dress?

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 13:11
Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

“At Springville Junior High we are effective communicators, responsible citizens and successful learners.”  This is the SJHS Mission Statement.  Students recite it every Monday.  Another Monday event is the Knights of the Round Table.   On Monday October fifth, the Knights of the Round Table debated on a suggestion presented.  It was whether or not students should have days to wear their best clothes and how often. 

For a student to become a “Knight” of the Round Table, they must be elected to be the representative for their first period class.  The duties of the knights are to make choices for the whole school, vote on them, and have them presented to be approved by Mr. Darrel Rolfe, SJHS principal. 

If students wear their best dress on the appointed days, there will be rewards.  According to Mr. David Knudsen, a vice principal at SJHS, there will be a movie playing during lunch for students who dress up.  There could also be a drawing for candy bars. 

Ben Johnson, an eighth-grade Knight of the Round Table, said, “We decided that everyone in the Knights of the Round Table will dress up.”  Though the Knights at the Round Table will dress up, it may not mean they completely want to.  Adrienne Dallin, a ninth grade knight of the round table said, “I really don’t want to (dress up), but if we agree, I will.” 

To many students, how often these best dress days occur can affect the way they feel about wanting or not wanting to dress up.  Ben suggests having best dress days once a month; Adrienne feels that once a term is more appropriate.  Marissa Carpenter, an eighth grader, said, “Once a month, because it’s a big day to look forward to and you can prepare for that day.”  According to Andalyn Hall, a seventh grader, students should have best dress days twice a month. 

An SJHS U.S. History teacher, Mr. Greg Shields said, “I think [dressing up] will improve student learning.  The reason, in my opinion, is that students tend to behave better when they are dressed up, and usually when students are better behaved, learning increases.”  Mr. David Hansen, the Utah Studies teacher, agreed with Mr. Shields and said, “The better you dress, the better you act.”  Part of SJHS’s mission statement is for students to be “Successful learners,” which is why SJHS wants to Dress for Success.


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