tudents in the Service Learning class are out to help the planet. Mrs. Diane Bird, Service Learning teacher, said, “We didn’t really start it. It was more of the community.” The recycling program was started a couple years ago by the city; they helped start the program by putting out giant dumpsters for paper, plastic, and glass.
Springville Junior High started a couple years ago. The journalism class had always taken care of the recycling until this year, this year Service Learning has taken over the responsibility. Each classroom has a recycle box where students throw away their paper. The service learning class collects the papers each Thursday and takes them outside to the recycling duumpster and then returns the bins to their teachers. “I love doing recycling, it’s fun to just get paper, it nice to help the planet,” said Kristin Rasmussen, an eighth grader at SJHS.
Service Learning students and Mrs. Bird welcome everyone in the community to start recycling. The recycling bins are located at the south end of the building by the first entrance closest to the front. Springville Junior High requests that you only put paper in the bins.
“Reading is the process of constructing meaning,” said Mrs. Mary Rice, an English teacher at SJHS. Oftentimes, students feel they are able to get more meaning out of a book when they are able to read books within a group. This is one reason why Mrs. Rice’s ninth grade English classes are reading Dracula and Ivanhoe in groups. The classes have studied the basic themes of both books, and will soon be splitting in to two groups, (with one group reading Dracula, and another reading Ivanhoe). Although the students are only picking one book to finish with the class, many of them are going to finish the other book on their own.
Dracula is a novel about a vampire from Transylvania who travels to Victorian England. Ivanhoe is also about England, but it explores the medieval era instead of the Victorian. It focuses on Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, and the results of his return from the Third Crusade. The two books are similar in some ways but in others they are very different. Dylan Larsen, a student in one of Mrs. Rice’s honors classes, said he liked the beginning of Dracula because it was “so mysterious.” Students in Mrs. Rice’s classes have read the beginning of both books, and they are prepared to finish one or both eventually. Mason Barnes, a student in Mrs. Rice’s ninth-grade Honors class, said, “I’d like to know the original story of Dracula.” Many other students in the class are excited to be able to choose what they want to read.
Students have done many activities to learn about the plots and ideological settings of the two books. They have done character drawings, looked at information about the time period of the two stories, and made graphs and diagrams of information in the book. Dylan’s favorite activity was making tension line graphs that show how the tone of Dracula changes throughout the first two chapters. Hopefully these activities will help the students make a more educated decision about what they want to read.
At Springville Junior High, students are having fun in cooking. At the beginning of the term students got into small groups. After they are in their groups the whole class gets assigned something to cook. Then while they are in their groups they work together to cook it. According to Mrs. Natalie Luke, foods teacher at SJHS, foods is a really fun and exciting class where students can express themselves as they are cooking.
Whitney Holley, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “My favorite part of cooking class is either making the food or getting to taste it.” She also said, “I am excited to make the Christmas candies next week.” The students will make the Christmas Foods all next week, and when students come back from Christmas vacation, they will be doing demonstrations.
Mrs. Luke said, “Right now my ninth graders are finishing up a unit on German cuisine with gingerbread cookies. My eighth graders are learning about milk, proteins, and will be making macaroni and cheese and mint chocolate chip ice cream. We will then be cooking Christmas treats all next week.”
Three students in Springville Junior High’s service learning class have found a way to turn fundraising into a competition. Ninth-grade students Savannah Bowers, Jehni McNeil, and Bianca Caraveo have started a project to help raise money for the Central Bank Angel Tree, which will help families in need during the holiday season. At lunch, the servicing learning students set up a table with a jar for each grade. Each penny that students donate will count as a point for their grade. Nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills of any quantity may be placed in opposing grade’s jars as negative points. Whichever grade has the most points on Thursday, December 16th wins a movie party in the auditorium.
According to Savannah, the idea for the “Penny Wars” came from Mr. Van Ausdal, the principal at SJHS. He had done something similar in his old school, and when he told the service learning class about it, they though it would be a great way to raise money for the angel tree.
“I think the penny wars will be successful, because everyone is trying to win a bigger amount.” said Jehni. Many students believe that the element of competition the “Penny Wars” provides makes it easier to be enthusiastic about donating. But competition isn’t the only reason students want to donate. Many students genuinely want to help families in need. Devynn Shields, a ninth grader at Springville Junior High, said she donated because she “felt bad” about all the families who needed help during these difficult economic times. Hopefully, the money raised from SJHS’s “Penny Wars” will be successful in providing a fun, competitive way to help others during this holiday season.