December 2010

Students Create their Own Websites

Attributions: 
Mason Barnes, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Josie Hales teaches the Computers in Business class, which is a place where students learn how to manage a business using computers. As part of the class, students are creating their own websites.

The students in Computers in Business have been making and managing their own fictional amusement parks. They get to decide what logo, slogan, name, and everything else they want to include about their park. As part of the assignment, students get to make a website advertizing their amusement park. The students began making the websites November 15th. 

The websites contain “Any and all information that the students want to include about their amusement park. They have to have at least five pages, but most of them have a contact page, rides page, calendar and hours page, etc.” said Mrs. Hales.

According to Mrs. Hales, making websites teaches students not only how actually how to make websites, but it also teaches them about the design of websites and some advertising techniques that help catch the consumer’s eye. “It is important that these students learn how to make a website, because websites are one of the best ways to advertise a business and get information out about your business to the consumer,” Mrs. Hales said.

Students enjoy making websites. Rachel Standley, an eighth grader at SJHS, enjoys it because it's an “Opportunity to express yourself.”  Kaylee Richmond, also an eighth grader, likes making websites because she hadn’t known how to make them and now she does.

Learning about Surrealism in Photography

Attributions: 
Shannon Lott, SJHS Staff Writer
Surrealism photos created by students in Mr. Cudney’s class: Sully Valencia (top), Kristin Rasmussen (middle) and Hannah Parker (bottom).

Students in photography were recently assigned a new project called Surrealism. This type art was created in Europe 1930’s and was first done in paint. According to Mr. Mitch Cudney, art and photography teacher at Springville Junior High, these photos can turn out to be crazy, zany, and fun when they are finished.

Surrealism is a type of art that students edit pictures into a different picture; there is usually a main background with small copied pictures pasted on top of the background picture.  Students use the program GIMP, an editing program, to edit their pictures. Students can do one amazingly imaginative picture, or two to four good pictures. Students can use their own pictures or ones off the internet, the finished photos must be original or interesting to pass.

“This is the most fun project we have done all semester!” said Kristin Rasmussen, an eighth grader at SJHS. This assignment has been going on for about two weeks; photography students will be working on it for another week or so. Students have enjoyed working on this project; it has been a lot of fun.  

Get Creative at the SJHS Writing Lab

Attributions: 
Sage Petersen, SJHS Staff Writer
KateLynn Kelley working on an assignment in the Writing Lab.

At Springville Junior High, there is something called Quest Time. Quest Time is right after third period where students can go to a room of their choice. Each room has an activity such as the movie, karaoke, board games, writing lab, etc. You are only allowed to go to these fun activities if you have an A, B, or C.       

This article’s focus will be the Writing Lab. It is only for writing or retaking a computerized test, but sadly you can not play games (there is a separate lab for games).  The writing lab is in room 22. The writing lab is available every day of the week except Wednesday. Students usually take tests, write, and many more. Seventh-grade English teacher, Mr. Trent Mikesell said his favorite thing about supervising the writing lab is, “It's very quiet, and it's nice to help students with papers and stories.  I like that--that's why I'm an English teacher!” According to Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, another English teacher, the best part about having a writing lab is so that students can get needed one-on-one time with a teacher. This helps students understand and finish assignments that are due.

Behind the Scenes with Mrs. Lauret

Attributions: 
Emilee Christensen, SJHS Staff Writer
New teacher at Springville Junior High: Mrs. Lauret

Guess who’s new this year at Springville Junior High? Mrs. Kelli Lauret had her first walk through the halls of SJHS at the start of the year.  This is Mrs. Lauret’s first year teaching. As a ninth-grade student she took peer tutoring and thought it was a blast. From that point on Mrs. Lauret knew becoming a teacher was exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Mrs. Lauret attended school for four years at BYU Provo. She is only three months into teaching, and she already loves her job. Mrs. Lauret has thirteen students and three aides that help out in the classroom. She said, “I love my students! It is way fun to see students learning and having fun.”  One thing she likes about her job is seeing her students make progress. “It helps you know that you are making a difference,” said Mrs. Lauret.

Mrs. Lauret’s students all agree that she is a great teacher.  Their teacher plans fun field trips for her students. Jessica Drazan, one of her students, said that what she likes about her teacher is, “she helps you out and is very nice.”  Another student, Leslie Liffereth, said, “She’s awesome!”

When Mrs. Lauret isn’t teaching, she loves to sew, read and hang out with her friends and family. When she can, she likes being out on the water wakeboarding, boating or jet-skiing.  One of Mrs. Lauret’s biggest accomplishments happened recently when she became a Mrs. She got married in August, the weekend before school started.

According to Mrs. Lauret, the three words that best describe her are patience, dedicated and a night owl.  She said patience because she uses a lot of it with her students. Dedication is for her family and her job.  And a night owl is because Mrs. Lauret isn’t a morning person and would much rather stay up late.

Everyone in the world has favorites; even teachers. Mrs. Lauret’s favorite food is Olive Garden’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Her favorite candy bar is Zero Bars, and her favorite vacation spot is a lake house in Texas. Lucky for Mrs. Lauret, her favorite holiday is Christmas. “I’ve already been listening to Christmas music for a whole month!” Mrs. Lauret said.

SJHS is very excited to have a new teacher at the school and are looking forward to a great years with her.

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