November 2010

SJHS Students Show their Talents

Attributions: 
Kallie Whitby, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High School is having a Talent Show.  Auditons were held a couple weeks ago, and many students showed up. Now they have chosen a date for the assembly; it will be on the 23rd of November. There will be two assemblies for the students during school to let everyone have a chance to see all the different types of talents that students are best at. Some examples of the talents students will see are a stand up comedian, singing, dancing, and many more different talents.

Marissa Carpenter, a ninth-grade student council member at SJHS, said, “We are doing the talent show to give everybody an opportunity to show their talents and try something new.” According to Ian Lindsey, a ninth-grade student council member at SJHS, it is a good outlet for students to show their talents, in other than their school work.

SJHS hasn’t had a talent show in several years, so this will be the first one in a while. Tyler Condie, a ninth-grade student and participant in the talent show at SJHS, said, “It is a good idea, and the student council is good at putting it together.”

“There are a lot of a talented people,” said Ian. Everyone that tried out this year did a fantastic job; but next year they want even more students to tryout. So show your talents and tryout next year for the talent show. 

Boys and Girls Have Fun with Co-ed Volleyball

Attributions: 
Shannon Lott, SJHS Staff Writer

For the last few weeks, boys and girls have been playing co-ed volleyball in P.E. at Springville Junior High. Three boys and three girls are on each team. Students must be in a boy-girl order; it helps make the team fair.

Before either of the classes may leave their gym, they must both warm up. The girls warm up with their usual body conditioning exercise. After warming up, students practice bumps, a form where you hit the ball with your lower wrists. If the girls still have time before switching gyms, they practice serving. After the girls are all warmed up they are separated into 12 teams. Six of the teams are sent to the boys’ gym and six are spread across the girls’ gym, to wait for the rest of their team to come and join them.

The boys warm up a little different then the girls. They do a light jog; push up, deep squats, crunches and some stretching. The jog and stretch is for loosening their muscles, but the rest is for building muscle. The guys warm up for five minutes before switching gyms with the girls. After warming up , the boys do the same as the girls and go to a random court and wait to see who is on their team.

Everyone has a strategy to winning volleyball; most strategies usually consist of just getting the ball over the net. Others are to just hit the ball and hope someone else gets the ball or, hope it goes over the net. But students seem to have another strategy in mind. “Team work,” said Aaron Myers, an eighth-grader at Springville Junior High, “that is the best way to win the game.”

Volleyball is a game where students don't have to have any skills, all anyone has to do is hit the ball and they can win the game. This is an easy game for the students to learn so they don't have to spend all whole period practicing.

Seventh Graders Get Loud in the Boys vs. Girls Assembly

Attributions: 
Zoe Baldwin, SJHS Staff Writer
Stephanie Aragon and a team of seventh grade girls making an ice cream sundae on Mrs. Johnson’s head at assembly. They competed against a team of boys to see who could make a sundae faster.

Springville Junior High School’s seventh graders got loud on October 13.  All seventh graders attended the boys vs. girls assembly, complete with ice cream sundae relay races and pudding eating contests. Teachers and students alike had plenty of fun. Emo Apaui, a seventh grader here at SJHS, said, “Heck yeah, I was screaming at the top of my lung’s cheering on the boys.” Mr. Trent Mikesell, creative writing and seventh-grade language arts teacher, said, “The assembly was tons of fun. It was a big rush, and there was a lot of energy in the room!”

The activities included donut eating, trivia, clothes changing relay, balloon pop and many others. One of the favorite thingsfor the boys was that they won! Emo said, “That was the best assembly I’ve been to in my life!”

Some of the students think that the other grades should have a similar assembly, but not everyone agrees. According to seventh grader Sarah Christensen, other grades should do it because they would have lots of fun. Emo, thinks the other grades should have a shot so they have the opportunity to beat the girls, but Matt Peterson and Betsy Vega, both seventh graders, think that it should be the seventh graders’ own assembly.     

Students Design School Yearbook

Attributions: 
Kallie Whitby SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS yearbook staff, left to right: Austin Dayton, Payton Acor, Celeborn Stringham, Kara DeMelo, Tyler Oman, Jen Bate, Zach Droubay, Ms. Neeley, and Stacy Stapel.

The yearbook class is unlike any other. Let’s start at the beginning of yearbook, the yearbook staff. The students in the class are Jen Bate, Tyler Oman, Celeborn Stringham, Payton Acor, Stacy Stapel, Kara DeMelo, Zach Droubay, and Austin Dayton. Ms. Rachel Neeley, seventh-grade English teacher, is the yearbook advisor. The yearbook staff takes all of the pictures and designs the yearbook during seventh period.

“It is not hard to sign up for yearbook. But it is a little difficult to be accepted into yearbook. You have to be interviewed by the staff and lots of people want to get in, but only a select few do,” said Stacy Stapel, an eighth-grade student at SJHS. The staff members decided to apply for the yearbook because they thought it would be fun and also because their teachers urged them to.   Also, according to Austin Dayton, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, it takes talent to get in!

In the yearbook class they put together the yearbook and have fun. According to Ms. Neeley, the yearbook teacher at SJHS, the class is small (only eight kids), and they are all working on the different pages that they were assigned. Some might be working on the computer while some are out taking pictures.

“The yearbook is coming along absolutely fantastic! We are making great progress,” said, Zach Droubay, a ninth-grade student at SJHS. The class is very productive and is always working to make the yearbook great. “We have already designed the front cover and planned the layout for the yearbook. We are now working on our individual pages. The theme is different and we are covering some different topics and events. For example this year we are having a page about Quest Time,” said Ms.Neeley.

It is a good idea for junior high students to buy a yearbook because it is a great way to remember the year!  If students want to buy a yearbook, they need to take $21 to Mrs. Murdock in the finance office. They will receive their yearbook at the end of the year.

Ms. Neeley gave some advice for those students who might want to sign up for the yearbook next year. “Work hard and be a good student.”

There’s a Zoo at School!

Attributions: 
Andalyn Hall, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Hales and Mr. Rencher, seventh-grade CTE teachers, holding a chinchilla and a snake during the Zoo Mania assembly.

Ooh’s and aah’s came from the auditorium on October 22nd at Springville Junior High. That is where Zoo Mania had begun! Zoo Mania is an educational assembly where students learn about different animal-related careers. Seventh-grade CTE students got to see many different species of animals.

The executive director of Zoo Mania is Mrs. Karen Beverly. She helps students learn about the different occupations related to animals. Mrs. Beverly said, “We show the students the importance of taking education seriously in this stage of their lives.”

CTE, or Career Technology Education, is a class that all seventh graders take. Students learn about homemaking, different careers, and life skills. Some of the careers that students learned about in the Zoo Mania assembly are zoologist, avian biologist, and wildlife photographer. Mrs. Josie Hales, seventh-grade CTE teacher at SJHS said, “All of the students had a great time and learned a lot about the many animal related careers that they could possibly look into.”

Seventh-grade students agreed that the best part of the Zoo Mania assembly was the animals. Zoo Mania brought many different animals. There was a Monitor lizard, Chinchilla, ferret, Green Winged Macaw and many more. There was a gasp from the students when the Great Pyrenees Dog came out. Mrs. Hales said, “We had a lot of fun!”

Not only where there many animals but Mrs. Beverly also talked about doing well in school right now. Mrs. Beverly explained the different things students have to know if they want to work with animals in the future. Students need to know about math and health. She said, “Right now you are making choices for your future.”  

Spotlight on Scrapbooking at SJHS

Attributions: 
Amanda Ripley, SJHS Staff Writer

The twenty minute break between third and fourth period (otherwise known as Quest Time) has opened many doors for students with passing grades to develop extracurricular skills. One of the available enrichment activities is scrapbooking, taught by Ms. Carrie Parker in room 29.

In scrapbooking, Ms. Parker provides a few materials such as markers, scissors, and paper, but students have to bring in the majority of items they wish to use.  According to Ms. Parker, students can also write letters or notes and decorate them. 

Ms. Parker normally teaches aerobics, jogging, and body conditioning. However, she really enjoys scrapbooking and decided to teach it for Quest Time.

One student who enjoys scrapbooking is Leah Morales, an eighth grader at SJHS. “My mom and I worked on scrapbooking, and it seemed fun to do at school!” said Leah.  According to Leah, it’s really cool to work on things and be able to take it home and save forever.

Students Start Over With Second Term

Attributions: 
Rachel Standley, SJHS Staff Writer

At Springville Junior High School students and teachers are beginning second term. Term one ended on Thursday, October 28. That means that all of the work that the students haven’t turned in yet was due on that day. Students everywhere were getting their final grade printouts for the first term, and also finishing any unfinished work.

Mrs. Lise Carpenter, eighth-grade science teacher at SJHS, said, “Term one went great. I enjoy my students. We also learned a lot this term.”  She also said, “Overall, I think that grades will improve during second term. Now students know what tests will be like and they will be better at turning in work on time.”

At the beginning of the term, all of the students start out with an A. Even if no assignments have been given, the grade will be kept as an A. During the week of the beginning of the term, all the students get to go to Enrichment during Quest Time. No intervention is going on at the time. Morgan Fulkerson, eighth-grade student at SJHS, thinks that grades will improve during term two. Students will know what to expect and will probably try to get better grades.

Morgan Fulkerson said, “I am excited that first term ended and that we will be able to start fresh with new grades in term two.”

A New Hobby at SJHS

Attributions: 
Claire Hatch, SJHS Staff Writer
Top: Mrs. Woodfield teaches Christopher Rogers to Knit Bottom: Julie Barlow and Abby Mangum knitting during Quest Time at SJHS.

Part of the Springville Junior High School's mission is to help students become successful learners.  One way the school fulfills this mission is through Quest Time (20 minutes to go to an extra-curricular class of the students’ choice).  One Quest Time activity that is getting students pumped up is Mrs. Linda Woodfield’s knitting class.  Every Monday in between third and fourth periods, students can go to Mrs. Woodfield’s room to learn this new hobby.  Julie Barlow, an eighth grader at SJHS who goes to the class, said, “It’s great because the yarn is really fluffy, and you can be creative.”

The creative kids of knitting have made many things out of string.  They have made hot pads, scarves, and bookmarks.  Students have even asked if they could learn to make hats.  Abby Mangum, another eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “My favorite thing about knitting is making scarves for the winter.”

However, Mrs. Woodfield also says that when she has a lot of people who are just beginning to learn, trying to teach them all individually in just 20 minutes can be stressful.  She said, “I would LOVE to have help from people in the community who know how to knit—just the basic stitch.”  So, knitting-crazy citizens of Springville, please contact Springville Junior High to find out more.

If students really want to learn this new skill, they can come every single week.  If they just want to see if knitting is for them, they can still just come whenever they want to.  Mrs. Woodfield encourages all students to come, saying “Knitting is good to learn because it is something you can do while doing other things, like traveling or watching TV.”

Students Cook for the Foods Class

Attributions: 
Faith Atkinson, SJHS Staff Writer

In Mrs. Natalie Luke’s foods class, all the students get the chance to get up in front and teach. Students pick a food that they want to make in their demonstration, bring food from home and make it all together at the demonstration counter at the front of the room. While the student is demonstrating their food they tell the rest of the class how it is done. When the food is ready it is served in sample size to the whole class so everyone can try it. The demonstrations will be held in November and January.

According to Mrs. Luke, she decided to do demonstrations because it gives the students a chance to show their skills and what they have learned, and it gives the student a chance to share their knowledge of a food they like to make with their peers. Mrs. Luke said, “It is such a fun way to gather recipes and try new foods for everyone in the class, including me.”

The demonstrations are very exciting to the students. Alex Valenzuela, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “I am so excited! I love being able to show people how good our family’s food is.” Even when the students find out they will be getting up in front of everyone, they are still excited. Tiare Spencer, also an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I like the demonstrations because we get to eat other people’s foods.”

Mrs. Luke is really proud of her students. Mrs. Luke said, “Students do amazing jobs on their demonstrations. There is always a little apprehension, but that happens any time you get up in front of other students.” SJHS is happy to have such a wonderful teacher to teach us about great foods and nutrition.

Springville Junior Goes Freestyle without drugs

Attributions: 
Tyler Condie, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Gleave (left) and Samantha Lazenby (right) are dressed as angel and devil.

Springville Junior High School recently finished up Red Ribbon Week, starting on Friday the 22nd of October and ending on Thursday the 28th. Red Ribbon Week is a special school week where students and teachers dress up to show their independence from drugs. Friday was crazy hair day, Monday was sports day, Tuesday was switch day, Wednesday was retro day, and Thursday was freestyle day.

On Freestyle Day students dressed up in whatever described them the best, fit their personality if you will. Many teachers and students got into freestyle day, dressing up in all types of clothes, including suits with ties, hair standing up on each end, and even funny dresses and gowns. Many of the students and teachers dressed up for Freestyle Day. Some students even dressed in full body costumes, some of these were banana suits, Chinese dresses, tuxedos with ties, and even a jar of mustard.

The main reason for Red Ribbon Week is to show the importance of staying away from drugs. Mrs.  Gleave, math teacher at SJHS, said, “When your mind is clear you are able to make decisions based on your beliefs and experiences. However, when you take drugs your mind gets cloudy and confused. Your decisions are then based on fear and misperceptions.” Some students claim the earlier you learn about drugs and their effects, the better chance you have on saying no to drugs later on in life. According the Bryan Montag, ninth grader at Springville Junior High, learning early in life is essential to taking the steps to happiness. Saying no to drugs could very well be the best decision of your life. 

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