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November 2010

BYU Student Teachers Create Opportunities for SJHS Orchestra Students

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 16:29
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
BYU student teachers help teach SJHS orchestra students.

“Music has greatly changed my life. I want to give students that same opportunity,” said Ms. Neilson, a student teacher from Brigham Young University. She and many other student teachers at BYU have been teaching in Dr. Sam Tsugawa’s orchestra classes at Springville Junior High.  During first period orchestra class on Tuesday and Thursday, a large group of student teachers and their instructor, Dr. Andrew Dabczynski, come into class tolearn how to teach music classes.  Ms. Neilson is the primary student teacher for Dr. Tsugawa, and helps out in all of his junior high and high school classes.

A teaching experience in a real classroom can be very helpful for student teachers. Dr. Tsugawa said, “When student teachers come into my classroom, they are able to practice what they have learned in a real classroom, and figure out what motivates young people. The only place they can do this is at a school; you can’t learn it at a university.”  After teaching in class, student teachers discuss what they could do better in the classroom, and which techniques they used were effective. Sometimes they will take videos of themselves teaching so they can show their peers and get advice. However, many of them are not only learning how to teach music class. Music teachers need to learn to play all of the band and orchestra instruments, so many of them are learning how to play a string instrument for the first time.

SJHS students also benefit from BYU student teachers. According to Colton Shelley, a seventh-grade member of the Orchestra I class, the student teachers are very helpful and give great tips. Ms. Neilson has taught Springville Junior High School students about many aspects of music including technique, expression, and basic instrument skills. Because of the student teaching program, students from BYU and SJHS have been able to succeed in music. 

The Castle Creamery at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 16:28
Zoe Baldwin, SJHS Staff Writer
Eli Edwards takes Luis Beteta's order during the seventh-grade business activity in CTE.

Seventh graders at Springville Junior High School recently participated in the ice cream shop business activity in CTE (Career Technology Education). The students got to serve ice cream at their “creamery,” called Castle Creamery, themed after our school’s mascot, the knights. The creamery took place on Wednesday, November tenth in Mrs. Linda Woodfield’s seventh-grade CTE class.

According to Mrs. Linda Woodfield, CTE teacher, the purpose of the activity was to teach the kids how to set up a business and the four P’s of marketing: product, place, price, and promotion. According to Landon Simkins, a seventh grader that took part in the creamery, they had the activity to learn how to cook.

The activity wasn’t only educational, but also fun. Landon said, “I liked serving the ice cream.” But Amber Roberson, also a seventh-grader, said, “I liked watching the ice-cream being served.”    

Think, Think, Think!

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 16:26
Claire Hatch, SJHS Staff Writer
Alexis Delange at Mind Trap.

Every student at Springville Junior High School in Mr. Greg Shields’s history class knows that they have to think a lot to pass. Likewise, Mr. Shields's Quest Time activity this year is Mind Trap, which, according to Hazel Dore, “Makes you think and is fun and challenging.”

Every once in a while in Mr. Shields’s history class, the students will take a little break from history and play a game. “The students seemed to enjoy this, so I thought it would be a good idea to do it for a Quest Time Enrichment activity,” said Mr. Shields.

During Quest Time, students who go to Mr. Shields's room can play many different trivia games, Mind Trap, Guesstures, Pictionary, or Catch Phrase.  These enrichment activities take place every Monday and Thursday in between third and fourth period (Quest Time). 

SJHS is Psyched for the New Psychologist

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 16:25
Melissa Jenson, SJHS Staff Writer
Nick Baird, new school psychologist at SJHS

There is a new school psychologist at Springville Junior High School. Mr. Nick Baird, the new school psychologist, is from Olympia, Washington. He is the youngest of four brothers and is married and has one daughter.  According to Mr. Baird, he wanted to become a psychologist because he likes counseling and working with adolescents. His favorite part of his job is working with kids and seeing them progress.

Some of the things that Mr. Baird does as a psychologist are: assessing students with learning disabilities, counseling students, creating interventions for students, and working on prevention programs. Mr. Baird’s office is located across from Mr. Mikesell’s room.

So welcome to SJHS Mr. Baird!

Oink! In With the Animals at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:29
Andalyn Hall, SJHS Staff Writer

What is FFA? The largest youth leadership organization, that’s what! For the first time, Agricultural Science is being offered at Springville Junior High. Agriculture is the production, processing, marketing, and use of foods, and fibers and byproducts from plant crops and animals. Mrs. Monica Giffing teaches Agricultural Science, or FFA, at the junior high and at Springville High School. She has been teaching FFA for five years at the high school, but this is the first year she is teaching FFA at SJHS.

Students get to participate in many different activities in FFA. The Annual State Fair field trip, attending the National Convention of Indianapolis IN, state FFA conventions and raising a pig at the school animal lab and attending stock shows to sale their animal are just a few of the opportunities.

FFA focuses on agriculture but also teaches about leadership, animal science, plant science, agronomy, natural resources, processing, agricultural careers and marketing of agricultural products. FFA is a youth organization that allows students to travel and meet people from all over the state. Students also make new friends with the same interests.

Jay Biesinger, ninth-grade FFA student at SJHS said, “FFA isn’t just for cowboys, cowgirls, and hicks. It’s about having fun and learning how to do things in agriculture.”

According to Mrs. Giffing, ninth-grade students can join this organization by taking Agricultural Science. It is a fun course that is a hands-on. She jokingly remarked, “Without farmers we would all be hungry & naked!”    If students are interested, make sure to sign up for next year’s FFA class at Springville Junior High.

The Science Within Chocolate

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:25
Emilee Christensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Left to right, eighth grader Boudey Patterson giving the chocolate experiment thumbs up, and Brittney Metler and her moon shaped chocolate.

At Springville Junior High School, students had the opportunity to learn and experiment with well-loved milk chocolate. On Monday, November 8, Mr. David Kindrick’s eighth-grade science class made chocolate molds to experiment with the physical properties of matter.

The purpose of this experiment was to help students understand and witness these physical properties. Mr. Kindrick wanted his students to see the changes from solids to liquids to gas. He chose chocolate to work with because it can go through each phase without adding or taking away a large amount of energy. Mr. Kindrick said, “Chocolate is also a tasty treat that you can get to solidify in a timely manner.”

On the day of the experiment, Mr. Kindrick brought chocolate chips to melt in the microwave for his students to mold.  Each student got a cup full of the melted chocolate. The classes were asked to bring their own molds for the experiment.  Mr. Kindrick suggested cookie cutters or a potato to carve a mold.  Most students were surprised that they could use a potato and were excited to try it. Students brought the molds suggested and other creative molds like ice cube trays and sucker molds.  According to Katie Hatfield, an eighth grader at SJHS, something she looked forward to was seeing all the different molds used for the chocolate experiment.

After students poured their liquefied chocolate into their molds, they placed the molds by the open window where the chocolate could go through the changing process. It was cold outside, which sped the process up for the chocolate lovers.  After the molds had hardened, students took the chocolate out, admired their work, and then ate away.

Mr. Kindrick’s class enjoyed the lesson and better understood the physical properties in chocolate.  Students now can relate the changes of chocolate to other things in the world. Most of the student’s favorite part of the experiment was eating the chocolate. Genna Murray said, “I mean, who doesn’t like eating chocolate?” 

The Knights Celebrate the Christmas Season through Music

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:23
Claire Hatch, SJHS Staff Writer
One of Springville Junior High School's choirs practicing for the Christmas choir show.

Ever since 1957, Springville Junior High School has celebrated the Christmas season through song. This year, on December first and third of 2010, the SJHS choirs will be carrying on the tradition. 

There are four choirs that will perform in the concert.  The Master Singers (ninth-grade integrated choir), The Journeymen (eighth-grade mens choir), The Apprentice Singers (seventh-grade integrated choir), and The Knightingales, (eight-grade women’s chorus). On December third at 7:30 pm., the Master Singers and Journeymen will put on the “Candle Light” concert, with a special appearance from the Knightingales.

The Candle Light concert will honor a secret special person who serves the school and the community.  After the Master Singers and Journeymen have sung many fun and festive songs (like “A Gentleman’s Christmas,” “Noel Noel,” “Riu Chiu Chiu,” “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus,” and many more),  the secret special person will be presented with a candle wreath.   There will be a reading of the person’s accomplishments and a poem.  The Knightingales will then sing the song “One Candle.”  Katya Wagstaff, ninth grader and Master Singer at Springville Junior High, said, “One Candle is a powerful song with a powerful meaning that we are all a light, and we should share it with everyone around us…  I hope the audience will walk away with an incredible feeling of peace.”

The seventh-grade concert is on December first at 7:00 pm.  The Apprentice Singers, made up entirely of seventh graders at SJHS, will sing many songs.  They include “Jingle Bell Dash,” “Huron Indian Carol,” “African Angel Carol,” “Christmas in About Three Minutes,” and “In the Bleak Midwinter.”  They have been practicing for forty five minutes every day and are very excited to spread the Christmas cheer.  Mrs. Leslie Walker, who directs all four school choirs, said, “I love Christmas songs because music is a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season.”

Creative Sewing

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:22
Anna Bunnell, SJHS Staff Writer

Students at Springville Junior High are participating in a Creative Sewing class. Creative Sewing is an enrichment option for Quest Time. Creative Sewing is a class where students come to work on sewing projects or learn new sewing skills.

Claire Bunnell, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I think it’s really fun and gives you a break from school.”

Creative Sewing is in the foods room (36) on Mondays and in the sewing room (room 35) on Fridays during Quest Time. Mrs. Luke teaches on Mondays, and Mrs. Bird teaches on Fridays. 

Mrs. Luke, the foods teacher at SJHS, said, “I love to sew, and so when they asked us to come up with a class that we could offer for Quest Time, it was a no-brainer. It is fun to teach others something that I love to do myself.”

Knights Learning About the Digestive System

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:09
Sarah Cheney, SJHS Staff Writer

All eighth-grade health classes at Springville Junior High School have been working especially hard this past week because they are designing a theme park. According to Mr. Ryan Chambers, eighth and ninth-grade health teacher at the junior high, the difference between a theme park and an amusement park is that an amusement park has random rides and attractions that don’t tie into anything, and a theme park all has rides and attractions based on a specific idea. In this case, the theme is the digestive system. Mr. Chambers said, “I have the students do this activity so that they can associate things that they are not familiar with, like the digestive system, with something that they are very familiar with like a theme park. Anytime someone can make connections like that it helps them remember a lot better.”

For this project, students made a poster with at least eight rides featuring a part of the digestive system. They also wrote a portfolio explaining each of the rides and how it connects to the digestive system. “They are learning about the different digestive organs that we have in our body and how they help give us energy through the absorption of nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats,” said Mr. Chambers.

Stacy Stapel, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “It’s fun just because it’s not like sitting in class doing boring things, and you get to talk to friends.”

Annee Lange, another eighth grader at the junior high, also likes this assignment because “You get to come up with different kinds of rides and creations. I’ve learned what each of the parts of the digestive system do and why they’re important.”

It sounds like the students in Health 8 have learned a lot, and they hope to keep it up!

Students Read Skeleton Creek at Springville Junior High

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:05
Faith Atkinson, SJHS Staff Writer

In Mrs. Mary Rice’s eighth-grade English classes, the students have started reading a book called Skeleton Creek. Mrs. Rice, eighth-grade English teacher and ninth-grade Honors English teacher at SJHS, said, “Skeleton Creek is a multi-genre book about a gold mining mystery. Some of the genres featured include: journal, videos, meeting minutes, newspaper articles, emails, graphs and charts.” Mrs. Rice started the books with her classes about the end of October and they will most likely be finish around the 22nd of November.

Mrs. Rice decided to have her classes read this book because it seemed exciting to her and to all of the students. The students took a vote on several books before they started reading Skeleton Creek. The students were convinced by their peers to read this book. There are two classes reading Skeleton Creek. Mrs. Rice said, “I have been impressed with the enthusiasm the class has for this text. I love it when students support each other in making meaning from text.”

Most of the students are happy to be reading this book. Abby Mangum, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “I really like reading the book because we get to watch clips, and it’s very suspenseful!” Weslie Grimes, another eighth-grade student, said, “I like reading the book because it makes you want to read more and not put the book down.”


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