Every year, Springville Junior High School celebrates R.A.S.K. Week (Random Acts of Selfless Kindness). The purpose of this week is to encourage the students to perform service for others to form unity in the school. The Service Learning class came up with different ideas to get students to get excited about helping others. Each day, there’s a different theme to help students remember to help each other.
Starting on Monday, March 22, there were different activities going on at SJHS. Monday was Sports Day, when students could dress up in their sports clothes and “Sport” Kindness, and there were organized sports outside during lunch.
Tuesday was Crazy Day. Students dressed up in their craziest clothes, and could pay $1 to tape Mrs. Johnson, one of the vice principals, to the wall during lunch.
Wednesday was Movie Character Day, and students were encouraged to show their “character” by doing acts of kindness, and during lunch Pixar shorts were played in the auditorium.
Thursday was Retro Day. “Don’t make kindness a thing of the past” was the motto. You could color with chalk outside during lunch.
Last of all, Friday was School Spirit Day. Students showed their spirit by wearing school colors, red and blue, and singing karaoke in the lunchroom.
Springville Junior High is blessed to have such a wonderful faculty and staff, teaching them, helping them, and most importantly, being their friend. One of these amazing staff members is Ms. Diane Hamilton, a math teacher at SJHS for students who need additional instruction and help in Pre-algebra and Algebra 1A.
Before starting to work at Springville Junior High eleven years ago, Ms. Hamilton graduated from BYU, and started looking around for a job. “SJHS called me, and here I am,” Ms. Hamilton explained.
Outside of teaching, Ms. Hamilton has many interests such as reading, playing Dr. Mario, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends. She also enjoys animals. “When I was little I used to want to be a vet, but now I’m a teacher and I love it.”
One of Ms. Hamilton’s other interest is American Sign Language (ASL). “I love ASL, I want to try and teach it at SJHS someday,” Ms. Hamilton said.
Just like everyone else in the world, Ms. Hamilton has her own set of dreams she wants to fulfill. “I want to be a school physiologist someday, but for now I am more than happy to be here teaching my fabulous students!” She is currently going to U.S.U. to receive her master’s degree and someday may fulfill that dream.
At SJHS, there are some pretty amazing people. The administration is always helping out students, and teachers come every day in order to give students the education they need to be successful in life. At the end of each year, however, Springville Junior High School recognizes some students who have been “Super Citizens.”
These students have been nominated by teachers and staff at SJHS, and they receive a letter to their parents (to inform them of the great things their child has done), a certificate, and they get to go on a field trip on Friday, April 2nd.
The students who have received the awards are: 7th graders Annie Anderson, Emilee Christensen, Claire Hatch, Olivia Monney, Mikel Everett, Jose Romero, Hadley Roberts, Austin Dayton, Chandler Collings, Tegan Jenkins, 8th graders Paige Smith, Megan Miller, Medina Dore, Joee Lowe, Victoria Ireland, Max Schreiner, Gabe Campbell, Collin Pope, Zachary Ewing, Christopher Taylor, and 9th graders Maddie Staheli, Libby Devenish, Cicely Potter, Kara Dunn, Mindy Stapel, Braden Peterson, Mark Singleton, Mitchell Rose, Aaron Brown, and Matthew Vaughan. Congratulations to these students!
On March 2nd, 4th, and 5th, sixth graders from elementary schools all around Springville to spend a day at Springville Junior High, learning what it was going to be like next year.
The sixth graders went to an assembly where they are introduced to the faculty, their new counselor, some of their options for next year, and the way things work around Springville Junior High. After the assembly, the students were given a tour of the school and then ate lunch before going back to their elementary school.
Everyone at Springville Junior High got into helping the sixth graders feel welcomed and give advice on how to succeed. Some classes gave presentations during the assembly on what their class was like, and what activities they could participate in. The seventh grade English classes created survival guides that were handed out to the sixth graders, giving them advice on how they could succeed next year.
Springville Junior High is excited about having these sixth graders attend next year.
Springville Junior High PE department offers intramurals each day after school(except for early out Wesdnesdays). Students are invited to come and play for fun or to make up PE absences.
Volleyball intramurals will run from March 15 until April 1.
Indoor Soccer will be offered after volley. More details TBA.
Springville High School is hosting Color Guard tryouts for any students that will be attending the high school next year and are interested in joining the Color Guard team. Try outs will be April 12th, 13th, and 14th.
Color Guard is a dance team that not only consists of dancing, but also equipment work such as flags, rifles, and savors.
People wanting to try out will learn a small dance routine and learn the basics of flag work, and then have to perform in front of the Color Guard instructor.
Color Guard has two seasons. One is a summer season, and the other is a winter season. During the summer season, the Color Guard team learns a dance routine that goes along with Springville High School’s marching band. The Color Guard performs at parades, competitions, and at half time at football games.
During the winter season, the Color Guard team learns a routine with a song, and then competes against other guard teams all over Utah.
Color Guard is an opportunity to learn how to dance and learn how to manipulate different equipment; it is also a chance to get to know other color guard members from all around the state of Utah.
At Springville Junior High, there are some pretty amazing students with some unique talents. One of these incredible students is eighth grader Danica Nusink.
Danica’s talent is soccer, but she’s no ordinary soccer player. Out of about 200 soccer players, Danica was one of the 36 people in her age group who made it to the State ODP, which stands for Olympic Development Program. ODP trains the top players state wide, and after the players make State, they can move on to Regional and even National.
Danica started playing soccer about two years ago. Danica explained, “My friends were doing it, and I was playing on a school team, so I decided to try out for competitive soccer.”
Danica made it onto the team as one of the four team goalies, and she, along with the other top players, is training every Saturday. As with any talent you want to soar in, Danica has to have a strong desire and a high level of commitment to succeed at soccer.
In her spare time, Danica likes to read, listen to music, and hang out with friends. Still, she likes to play soccer most of all. Keep up the great work, Danica!
For the second year at SJHS, one of the many elective classes that is available is Chinese. The Chinese class has a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Debra Wells, and the students enjoy it.
Mrs. Wells learned Chinese while serving an LDS mission in Taiwan, and then continued to study in college. She decided to be a public school teacher, so she went to China and took an 8-week teaching course. Between her mission and her life as a school teacher, she kept her Chinese up in many ways. "I worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in the Washington, D.C. area for a couple of years, translating oral Chinese materials. I worked with the BYU high school level Independent Study Chinese classes. My family and I hosted Chinese dancers several times for the Springville World Folkfest. I even got to be a guide during the Olympics - for the Chinese Women's Hockey Team!” she explained.
Next year, Chinese 1 is available for eighth and ninth graders, and if students take Chinese 1 in eighth grade, they can take Chinese 2 in ninth grade. They do a lot of fun class projects, like learning about the Chinese Lantern Festival and attending the BYU Language Fair.