December 2009

SJHS Orchestra Students Use Technology to Become Better Musicians

Attributions: 
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Kalin Stewart takes a playing test using Smart Music.

One of the hardest and scariest things about orchestra and band class is taking playing tests.  A playing test is when a student plays a specific song for the teacher, and the teacher grades on how well that student has played.  Dr. Samuel Tsugawa’s orchestra classes at SJHS have a new way of doing playing tests.  They record their playing tests on a computer, and then send them to Dr. Tsugawa using the Internet. This is done using a program called Smart Music.
   
Smart Music not only records students when they play, but it shows students how well they have done before they send the piece to Dr. Tsugawa.  Students can get the music online or Dr. Tsugawa can scan music into the computer.  Then, when students play, it shows red notes for notes played incorrectly, green notes for notes played correctly, and notes that were not played at all are black. It also plays the sounds of the rest of the orchestra. According to Dr. Tsugawa, this is very useful because students can hear everyone else and know if they are right or wrong. He also likes Smart Music because “I am able to listen to and correct playing tests on my own time, and I can see mistakes more easily.” Another bonus feature of Smart Music: It contains a metronome and a tuner to help you practice rhythm and intonation correctly.
 
Many students enjoy using Smart Music, and prefer it to the old way of doing playing tests.  Quinn Alleman, a ninth grader in the orchestra program, said, “It’s nice because there are no other people watching you, and it makes practicing at home more fun.”  Reid Dwiggins, an eighth grader who uses Smart Music, said, “It’s great because you don’t have to bring your music home.” It is even useful for kids who don’t wish to buy the program. Dr. Tsugawa has set up several computers for students to take playing tests during class time and before school.  Alexis Fischer, an eighth grader in orchestra, said that she likes this because “We don’t have to play in front of the class.” However, there are some drawbacks to this way of doing playing tests. According to her, you don’t get quite as much time on Smart Music as you would like.  But, all in all, Smart Music is a great way to take playing tests and practice.

Team Captain Jantzen Dalley Motivates Team through Season

Attributions: 
Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer
Jantzen Dalley, team captain

Twelve people made the boys basketball team this year, and two of those twelve were voted as team captains. One of those captains is Jantzen Dalley. Jantzen loves basketball; he has been playing basketball since he was in third grade and has loved it from the beginning. This year he made the junior high school basketball team. Before the third practice, the team voted on team captains for the year. Mr. Shaun Blakey, basketball team head coach, told the team, “You should vote for someone who you think will be a good leader, will be able to push you to your limits and make us a better team as a whole.”

Jantzen said, for him, basketball is the best sport because, “It’s a high intensity, quick paced, fun game,” When he went to one of the games last year he said he thought the intensity level was a lot higher than his accelerated games which made him look forward to playing on the team even more than before.

His basketball idol is Michael Jordan, with LeBron James as a close second. The reason Michael is ahead of LeBron is because he was the best there ever was, and Jantzen wants to be the best there ever was.

 
 

Educating for 41 years at SJHS

Attributions: 
Brooke Seaton, SJHS Staff Writer

This year at SJHS a teacher is spending her 41st year educating. This teacher is Mrs. Vonnie Burton. Mrs. Burton teaches English, which most enjoy because of her. Mrs. Burton has fun things planned for her students. “All sorts of ‘PUNishment’.” She joked.

Maddie Joyner, an eighth-grade student, said that Mrs. Burton always has jokes to tell. But it’s not just the students that have nice things to say. “My favorite thing is my students,” Mrs. Burton said. Mrs. Burton said that it is her calling to teach.

Maddie said that her class is “very easy and very fun.” Eighth-grade students are learning about Edger Allan Poe. They have been finding out about his life, and will be reading some of his work.

Ninth graders are reading Romeo and Juliet, the tragic and classic story written by William Shakespeare. After 41 years, students and faculty hope Mrs. Burton will stay at SJHS much longer.

Studying a Literary Genius in English

Attributions: 
Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Vonnie Burton’s eighth and ninth grade English classes have been studying a literary genius: Edgar Allan Poe. According to Mrs. Burton, it was required for them to study a story by him. A story is chosen for each grade based on reading level. As part of their Elements of Suspense study, the eighth graders read “The Black Cat”, and the ninth graders read “The Cask Of Amantillado.”

Ninth graders were studying Poe through his history. They’ve studied theories on his death, how he wrote mysterious stories and had a mysterious life and death. They were to recognize his literary devices and his use of gothic style. They’re reading The Cask of Amantillado, which has a theme of revenge and repression. Poe uses symbolic names and ironic twists.

The eighth graders were looking at Poe by studying the theme and lesson in “The Black Cat,” covering superstitions and looking over the symbolism and the gothic style in the writing. “The Black Cat” is a story of a dynamic character who commits a crime because of alchohol. Poe uses horror to teach temperance.

Mrs. Burton admires how Poe overcame many obstacles such as being orphaned at a young age, and never adopted. He as disowned, he suffered tragic romances and an early death of his wife, plus career disappointments.  She said that Poe writes with eloquence. He used many literary devices. “He has different layers of meaning in his stories and lessons,” said Mrs. Burton, “He had a great knowing of medicine’s and science.” It was after his wife’s death when he started to delve in universal mysteries. In his treatise Eureka, Poe discusses mysteries of the universe, “He was way ahead of his time, I believe him a genius,” Mrs. Burton said.  It bothers Mrs. Burton that Poe doesn’t get worldly recognition for his knowledge and theories in medicine and science. That seems to be overlooked because of his literary contributions. Poe is responsible for bringing back the contemporary mystery story and for inventing the horror genre.

Nikki Drake is a ninth grader in Mrs. Burton’s ninth grade English class. She brags on how she shares the same birthday as Poe; she likes his work, too. “It’s good because you can tell he worked hard.”

“He’s not here to actually interview,” Nikki  explained on the mysteries surrounding Poe’s death, “So people just have to interview different people that have different resources as to where they got their information.” Nikki is excited about learning about Poe. She said, “He’s so interesting and amazing!”
 

Kelly Anderson: PE Teacher at SJHS

Attributions: 
Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Kelly Anderson

At Springville Junior High there have been various physical education teachers throughout the years, and they have all come and gone. But Mrs. Kelly Anderson, the girls' PE teacher, has been teaching at Springville Junior High for over twenty years, and those twenty years have been very fun for her.

“I thought Springville would be a great community to teach in. I had done my student teaching at Springville Junior High School in 1981 with Mrs. Harding. She was the girls PE teacher back then,” Mrs. Anderson explained.  Teachers have to have a little bit of experience before they start teaching at a new school, that often helps them to have a more fluent and precise teaching style.

“It's been fun, challenging, and I've taught a lot of great students and met many wonderful faculty members,” said Mrs. Anderson.  “I can retire in three years, but I'm not so sure I will be ready then,” said Mrs. Anderson.  Mrs. Anderson's students have enjoyed their stay with her, and she the same with her students.

 

Mr. Kindrick’s class: Helping the environment

Attributions: 
Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Kindrick and some of the logos his students created.

This week in Mr. David Kindrick’s eighth-grade science class, everyone is looking a little bit greener. Mr. Kindrick is teaching his students about the environment and how important it is to us living on this earth. “We impact the environment,” said Mr. Kindrick, the eighth grade science teacher at Springville Junior High.

A part of this unit is for students to design and create their own logo. Students will then pick the best logo out of all Mr. Kindrick’s classes, and it will be printed on a T-shirt. “Students are very creative,” said Mr. Kindrick, “I expect quality work.” Students then have the option to purchase a T-shirt for three dollars.

By making these T-shirts, Mr. Kindrick hopes that Springville Junior High will help the environment, as well as display the creativity that the SJHS students wield. “It’s good to know that SJHS is doing their part to go green,” said Katya Wagstaff, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High. Who knows, maybe SJHS could change the world by showing off their new go green T-shirts!
 

Mr., no, Dr. Tsugawa

Attributions: 
Jacob DeRosia, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Sam Tsugawa, orchestra teacher at SJHS, mysteriously disappeared one Friday in October leaving his students in confusion. “Where is he?” seemed to be the general talk around the orchestra room. The following school day, Mr. Tsugawa told of his journey to St. George. He told his classes that he had gone to a conference to discuss getting his doctorate degree.

Christopher Taylor, a cellist and student of Mr. Tsugawa’s, said “It’s really cool that he is getting his degree. I didn't think it was possible, but it may even help him become a better teacher than he already is.”

Before he gets his degree, Mr. Tsugawa has to write a dissertation. Some students asked, “What is a dissertation?” To put it plainly, it’s a book-sized report. In some doctoral programs, the dissertation may take years of full-time work to complete.

So if you see Mr. Tsugawa in the hallway, be sure to wish him luck. He may need it.

 

Junior High Melodies Taken to Elementary Schools

Attributions: 
Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

When you walk by the SJHS Choir room during sixth to eighth period, you will hear melodies and harmonies. On December 11th, elementary school students will be able to hear these harmonies and melodies without leaving their schools. “All of the elementary schools in Springville will be visited (by the Master Singers and Knightingales),” said Mrs. Leslie Walker, the SJHS choir director. The Master Singers is the ninth grade audition choir; the Knightingales are a mixed chorus of eighth and ninth grade girls.

The Master Singers will be presenting four pieces one with “Choralography—movement on the risers” and another one with a full dance; while the Knightingales will perform three, one with “choralography.” The choralography for the Knightingales was taught by Mrs. Courtney Johnson, an SJHS Vice Principal, who once performed with the BYU International Folkdancers.

For the eighth grade Knightingales, this will be a new experience. According to Krystena Robbins, an eighth grader, she is excited because little kids love songs. Her favorite song they’re performing in “Santa Claus is coming to Town.” She has a younger sister who attends Sage Creek Elementary, whom Krystena will get to see in the afternoon.
 

Giving Thanks on Thursday

Attributions: 
Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 with the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans.  Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday of November, became a national holiday in the United States in 1941.  Today we celebrate this holiday to stop and give thanks for what we have.  November 25th through the 27th was a break from school for Nebo District students.  Students and teachers at SJHS have a lot to be thankful for.

Everyone has different traditions for what to do on Thanksgiving Day.  Some have an annual family football game, or watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Aubrey Wasden, a seventh grader, rides four wheelers at her family’s cabin.  Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grader, watches the Macy’s parade. 

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go,” used to be where almost everyone went for Thanksgiving, now it’s sometimes a little different.  Anne Kawai, an eighth grader, switches off from staying home or going to her grandparents’ house.  Aubrey eats her Thanksgiving feast at her cabin.  Caitlin doesn’t have to travel anywhere, she eats it at home. 

Thanksgiving is sometimes known as “Turkey Day,” because turkey is often the main meal at Thanksgiving feasts.   Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, an eighth and ninth grade English teacher, said, “For Thanksgiving dinner, we normally have a traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.”

Thanksgiving is the time to stop and give thanks for what we have.  Living in the United States brings many blessings and freedoms by itself.  According to Anne, she is thankful for her friends and family.  Mrs. Bass said, “I am thankful for my family and my health.” What were you thankful for? 

SJHS students make the SHS girls basketball team

Attributions: 
Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer
Hannah Packard, Amberly Austin and Ashli Averett, 9th graders at SJHS, show their Red Devil pride.

This year, three ninth-grade students at Springville Junior High made the Springville High School girl’s basketball team: Ashli Averett, Amberly Austin, and Hannah Packard.

“I think it is really cool and great experience to be on the high school basketball team,” said Ashli Averett, one of the freshmen that made it to the girls high school basketball team. Ashli said, “I watched my sister play for many years. She had a lot of fun, and learned a lot. I hope to get the same experience.” Ashli also said, “Basketball is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun. I love it.” Ashli’s siblings, dad, and cousins have played high school basketball, and she said they are the ones who help her and teach her new skills.

Hannah Packard, another freshman that made the high school basketball team, said that she thinks high school basketball is a good opportunity and a privilege. Hannah said,“Basketball is one of my favorite sports.” Hannah has also been to many high school basketball games and wants to be like the people who play in them. She likes basketball because of the “Intensity-it’s a sport where you think and need skill.”

Amberly Austin, the other freshman that made the high school basketball team, said, “I think it is a big accomplishment to make the team as a freshman. It is something I have wanted to do since I was little.” Amberly said she went to some games last year and liked it because the intensity level is a lot higher. Amberly also said, “I like basketball because it is a fun sport and it is also a team sport.

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