December 2010

SJHS Gets Justice!

Attributions: 
Claire Hatch, SJHS Staff Writer
Ninth grader Andrew Garza, a lawyer representing the defendant, in peer court

The SJHS Mission statement mentions that the students will be “responsible citizens” to help that happen, Mr. David Hansen’s Government and Law class has set up Peer Court. As the Springville Junior High School Handbook reads, “A Peer Court will be created as part of a Government and law class to give students the opportunity to be involved in addressing and enforcing school policy.”

So here’s how the peer court basically works: If a student is harassed, mocked, or bullied by another student, and no other person helps, there is a way to get justice.  Students can get a referral sheet from Mr. Hansen describing what happened.  Then, about a week later, the witnesses of whatever happened are taken out of first period and have to go to court.  Both the prosecutor and the accused have three or four fellow students working for them as lawyers.  There is also a council of three or four judges who decide the sentence, three bailiffs who keep order in the court, and three clerks keeping everything organized. Mr. Hansen, Utah Studies and Government and Law teacher at SJHS, said, “The most important thing about Peer Court is that students get to hear both sides of the argument and then give an opportunity decision either as a punishment or reward.”

There is also a new way that peer court can help people in the school to do good things.  If a student sees another student do a good deed without being noticed, they can get a different referral sheet from Mr. Hansen.  Then, the good-deed-doing student will be taken out of first period and given a candy bar.  “This,” as Sarah Clark, eighth grader and member of peer court at Springville Junior High School, said, “makes the school a better place.”

Springville Junior Runs Athletic Activities After School

Attributions: 
Tyler Condie, SJHS Staff Writer

Intramurals has started off with a bang! Students are playing pickleball, badminton, volleyball, basketball, and even indoor soccer at SJHS. Students come into the boys' or girls' gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM in order to participate in intramurals. All types of teachers host different sports for different days; intramurals are a way to get exercise and make up absences in P.E., jogging, body conditioning, and aerobic conditioning.

According to Coach Michael Parker, boys P.E teacher at Springville Junior High, intramurals is a cool and productive way to make up absences and just to have fun. This activity gives students the chance to play competitively, while having a great time. Whatever is happening in P.E will be the sport going on in intramurals, so if boys P.E is playing badminton, then badminton will be played after school as well.

According to Chancy Conger, ninth grader at Springville Junior High, intramurals are a fun, yet a competitive way to hang out and make friends. He loves to play badminton; it’s a great sport to play after school, and allows you to get plenty of exercise.

Students and teachers in intramurals would love to see more people join intramurals. The more kids that come, the more fun it will be. According to Mr. Parker, intramurals aren't just for absences; they are also for all kids to come and just have fun, and to get a good work out with all kinds of sports.

Students Experience Science Fiction during Quest Time

Attributions: 
Mason Barnes, SJHS Staff Writer

“Science Fiction Club is a place for students who have an interest in science fiction to come and share their interests with others,” said Mr. Sam Dahl, science teacher at Springville Junior High School. That’s right, there is a sci-fi Quest Time activity!

The sci-fi class is held every Tuesday during Quest Time in Mr. Dahl’s class room- upstairs in room number 73. In the sci-fi class, students watch sci-fi movies like ‘Contact,’  read science fiction stories, listen to old radio broadcasts like ‘War of the Worlds,’ and even write their own science fiction stories.

“Science fiction is an excellent avenue for presenting ideas, concerns, fears, or hopes for what things can be like in the future as a result of technology. It is a fun way of discussing the issues around us,” Mr. Dahl said. “Science fiction helps students look at possibilities for the future.”

After finishing a science fiction movie, students discuss the ideas and morals of the movie. According to Mr. Dahl, there is usually a deeper meaning behind sci-fi movies and literature.

Students enjoy sci-fi class during Quest Time. SJHS student Tyler Bartholomew would recommend it to other students because it is “entertaining, fun, and awesome.”

Mr. Dahl said, “I really enjoy science fiction; it is a hobby of mine. I think students who attend really have a good time as well.”

Winter Coming Once Again for SJHS

Attributions: 
Sarah Cheney, SJHS Staff Writer

The winter months are coming yet again for Springville Junior High, and all over Springville. The leaves are brown and gone, and snow is starting to fall. Many people like winter, and some also very strongly dislike it.

Katie Liddiard, eighth grader, said, “[I don’t like winter because] it makes me stiff, and it hurts.” But Brittney Metler, another eighth grader at SJHS, likes winter a lot because, “Then you can have a snowball fight, make a snowman, go skiing, and my favorite, snowboarding.”

There are a lot of advantages to winter, and there are also some disadvantages too.  According to Mary Singleton, eighth-grade student at Springville Junior High School, one disadvantage of winter is that it is cold coming to school; but, you can drink cocoa, and have soup.

So, those are some opinions of some of the students here at the junior high, but what about the teachers?  Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, seventh and eighth-grade English teacher at SJHS, said, “Here are just a few things that I like about the winter holidays: sitting next to a fire reading a book; wearing warm clothes (I love comfy sweaters); Christmas lights; the crisp, stinging sensation of the cold air; building snowmen or making snow angels; the cleanness of fresh-fallen snow, and spending time with my family during the holidays.” Mrs. Kelly Anderson, Girls P.E. teacher at the junior high, said, “I love winter! I love the snow, especially at Christmas. It just isn't Christmas without lots of snow. I like how it covers everything and makes it look white and fluffy. It makes the world look clean.”

According to Mrs. Anderson, some disadvantages are slick roads and higher heating bills. Mr. David Hansen, Utah History teacher at Springville Junior High, said, “Winter has got so many different blessings, we can have a change of seasons, and we can appreciate spring because we have felt the cold.” According to Mr. Hansen, we get water from the snow which makes Utah famous.

There are many great things about winter, and overall, SJHS loves it!

SJHS Biology Students Learn About Cells

Attributions: 
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer

Cells are the basic unit of life. So, in biology, a class during first through third period at SJHS that focuses on living organisms and they way they work, cells are one of the first and most important things students learn about. Unfortunately, many students feel they are also one of the most difficult subjects to learn about. Mr. Shawn Hatfield, the biology teacher at SJHS, has come with several ways students can memorize the complex organelles inside of cells. One of these ways is drawing them.

Students in biology recently finished a project in which they drew basic pictures of all three types of cells, and then went into detail on several flashcards showing various organelles. According to Mr. Hatfield, the drawings helped students memorize the differences between different types of cells, while the organelle flashcards helped students learn the functions of cell organelles, and the relationships between those organelles.

This is not the first time students have created representations of cells. In seventh grade, students made three-dimensional models of cells. Mr. Hatfield said, “There is more detail on the flashcards, but three-dimensional models show relationships in cells better.” One reason that the flashcards may have more detail is because students in seventh grade learn a simple overview of cells, while students in biology go into more detail.  According to Emily Jay, a biology student at SJHS, ninth-grade students are more capable and used to having difficult assignments, so it is easier to learn more specific information about cells.

Because of the large amount of material covered in biology, students must memorize the cell organelles and functions in a short amount of time. To accomplish this daunting task, students have come up with several strategies to help them memorize cells. Emily said, “I organized the organelles in my mind like a city, so I could remember what organelles the cell had by what things a city would need.” Many students use this strategy. Students compare lysosomes to garbage trucks and mitochondrion to power plants to help them remember organelle functions. Other students try to remember what the organelles do by their color, shape, and size.  Whatever way students choose to use, the information will certainly be useful to them. Emily said, “Even though cells are very small, they’re a pretty big deal.”

Performing the Passover

Attributions: 
Anna Bunnell, SJHS Staff Writer
Top: Set up of the Passover Dinner / Bottom: Anna Gurney seventh grader at SJHS

Mr. Trent Mikesell, an English and creative writing teacher at SJHS, and his class learned about  one of the Jewish ceremonies, the Passover on November 19, 2010.  The Passover is a holiday that celebrates the freedom of Jewish people from Egyptian bondage during the time of Moses.  “We read The Devil’s Arithmetic. In the book, they celebrate Passover and then it talks quite a bit about the celebration,” Mr. Mikesell said, “The best way to help the students learn about it is through activity, instead of just talking about it.”    

The Passover is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people. The Jews celebrate this holiday because it celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people.  In this celebration they eat seven different types of food. Each of these pieces of food symbolizes the hardships that the slaves went through during the time of Moses.   

This activity was not all just to eat food and have fun, but it was about learning the different religious celebrations. “Although it is religious, we are allowed to talk about it because it’s not an initiation into a religion it’s just instruction about a religion, “said Mr. Mikesell.

According to Nathan Haurch, seventh grader at SJHS, he liked the Passover because it taught him about a different religion that has an effect on the whole world.

Bouncing the Ball and Jumping High at SJHS

Attributions: 
Andrew Creer, SJHS Staff Writer
kyler Anderton shoots free throws in the game vs. Canyon View.

Football season has ended and the leaves have started to fall, which means one thing, basketball season!  The team is coached by Mr. Shaun Blakey, eighth-grade counselor at SJHS.  He said, “I became a coach to inspire kids to reach their potential, not just athletically but academically too.  The advantage of being a coach and a counselor is I get to constantly see their grades.”  Tryouts were held and these boys were chosen to be on the team: Owen Gardner, Radley Nelson, Gavin Johnson, Chancy Conger, Eric Lee, Jordan Treasure, Derek Hansen, Aaron Ashby, Skyler Anderton, Jay Biesinger, Collin Pope, and Austin Gren.  “I tried out for basketball because it is very fun to play,” said Skyler Anderton, ninth grader at SJHS.

Practice has started, and the players and Coach Blakey have goals they want to accomplish.  “I really want us to win district and win the Alpine tournament,” said Coach Blakey.  What do the players want to accomplish? “My goal is that we win every game this year.  Winning a championship is never a doubt,” said Skyler.

This season the team has 16 games to play, and many different schools to face off against.  “Teams change so much every year, you really don’t know what to expect.  The only time you know is when you’re playing them,” said Coach Blakey.  The team has a long season ahead of them, and a lot of games to play.  “I know we are a good team because we are very hard working, we have a lot of talent and a lot of heart,” said Skyler.

Home Game Schedule
January 4th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Spanish Fork
January 11th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Diamond Fork
January 13th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Mapleton
January 18th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Mt Nebo
January 25th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Payson
January 28th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Timberline

Students write parodies at SJHS

Attributions: 
Michelle Herrera, SJHS Staff Writer

This year Mr. Trent Mikesell, seventh-grade English teacher, is also teaching creative writing. In creative writing, one of the many types of writing the students are learning about are parodies. Parodies are basically when you make fun of something. Mr. Mikesell gave the students different things they could write about, and they wanted to write parodies. Mr. Mikesell, said, “Parodies are generally funny, and I wanted the humor.”

Mr. Mikesell, said, “I am excited to see what the students do. We watched several parodies, and read several examples of parodies.”   The students can write about whatever they want. Some people are making fun of celebrities, and some are making fun of fairy tales.

According to Mr. Mikesell, the students seem excited about writing the parodies. He has heard a lot of laughing about the topics the students will be writing about, and it seems they are enjoying it. According to Katie Hatfield, eighth grader, she loves to write them because they are really fun and she likes to see what different kids come up with.

Leah Daybell, seventh grader at SJHS, said, “The best thing about writing a parody is it is fun, and you get to make people laugh.”

Mrs. Nielson: New Teacher at SJHS

Attributions: 
Rachel Standley, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Trish Nielson shows a map that they are learning about in world geography.

Mrs. Trish Nielson is a  world geography and history teacher at Springville Junior High School. She was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Kingwood, Texas. She went to an elementary school, and then later a middle school, called Kingwood Middle School. At that school, she was the mascot (which was a cougar) for sporting events. She would wear the cougar costume with pride and would have fun getting the crowd rallied up for the schools’ teams.  When she was older, she attended Kingwood High School, whose mascot was the Mustangs. 

Before she became a teacher, she was an account manager, telephone surveyor, and is still a mom.  Her first job, was when she lived in Lindon, Utah. She worked for Artic Circle.  Mrs. Nielson wanted to become a teacher so she could share her knowledge of geography with students. She loves getting out of bed in the morning to teach her students, who are her joy.  She also likes to have fun and  talk and debate about history. She is willing to debate with anyone who wants to learn more about history and perspectives. 

SJHS Honors English Class Explores Elantris

Attributions: 
Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer

Students at Springville Junior High School who participate in the Honors English class will read many different pieces of literature throughout the school year. The book they are currently reading called Elantris.

“In class, students researched Elantris, along with other titles, and then gave speeches on behalf of it as well as other books. When we finally voted, Elantris was one of the books selected,” said Mrs. Mary Rice, the Honor’s English teacher at SJHS. All the books that the students are going to read this year were selected by a democratic vote by the students at the beginning of the year. Research was done on these books beforehand so the students knew what to expect from the books.

After reading, the students and Mrs. Rice devote a day to class discussion. According to Mrs. Rice, the class doesn’t discuss superficial plot issues, but instead, make comments that will push forward the conversation in a critical-thinking style. The purpose of discussing the book is to locate a few salient ideas from the actual text and then unpack these ideas to learn new things. For example, the students discussed the different religions in Elantris and applied them to real life.

According to Mrs. Rice, the response to the book is good. Most people really enjoy Elantris. Savannah Skinner, a ninth-grade Honor’s English student, said, “Elantris is an incredibly interesting and complex book, it makes you think about how things work and society.”

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