April 2011

Knightingales sing their way to festival

Attributions: 
Annee Lange, SJHS Staff Writer

On April 7th, the girls choir, or Knightingales, is singing their way to choir festival! The festival is a program where different schools choir groups get to sing for judges who tell the choir what they need to work on and what was done well. It gives choirs a chance to show their talent and be able to know what they can do to make the group sound better. This event is being held here at Springville Junior High.

The SJHS girls are singing three songs for the festival. “I picked the last song, ‘Cantante Domino,’ because it is exciting and rhythmic. The second song, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’, was basically chosen by the girls because they love it. The first song, ‘Come Follow Me’, is a great opener. It is fairly simple, but it sounds difficult,” said choir teacher, Mrs. Walker. They have been working on the songs since January, and try to work on at least one festival song every day. Many of the students are excited for this event. Emily Haruch, eighth-grade student and choir member, said, “Heck yes I’m excited! We get to show our butt kicking skills in singing!”

This festival isn’t the only reason students like choir. Sarah Cheney, eighth grader, said that she joined choir so she could sing better and because it’s really fun. She also said, “We sing really cool songs and we get to be with our friends.”  Mrs. Walker also enjoys having an all-girls choir. She said, “I love working with girls because they have such great powers of concentration! They are able to do so much at such a young age. And, they are very enthusiastic!”

On your mark, get set, GO!

Attributions: 
Stacy Stapel, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS track team members Eric Lee and Savannah Guinn performing in their events.

SJHS is leaping, sprinting and throwing with track. Track season has begun, and the students at SJHS are very excited and looking forward to it.  Peggy Sorenson, eighth-grade distance runner, said, “I’m most looking forward to track because this year we are going to beat Mapleton!”

Track is a school sport for anyone and everyone who wants to join. The track team practices every day after school until 4:30. On Wednesdays, students get to practice at Springville High School;  Anna Bunnell, eighth grader, said, “ I like practicing at the real track because it gives us a feel of what we’ll be racing on when we actually compete at meets.”

According to Mr. Strong, track head coach, track isn’t all about running. He said, “Track has many different events that you can choose from, if you don’t like running, no problem! You can choose to throw, or do jumping events.”

The team is practicing hard so that they can perform their best at the next meet.  Annee Lange, eighth-grade track member, said, “track is fun and good for you, so if you like to run or not, it doesn’t really matter…get signed up for track and prepare to have the best time of your life!”    

March 14th: Pi Day or Pie Day?

Attributions: 
Kylee Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Joee Lowe (left) and Austin Whiting (right), ninth graders at SJHS, enjoying Pi Day.

In math students talk a lot about pi, but on March 14th they talk about pie (as well as eat it)!  “Pi day is a holiday that the math world made up to celebrate Pi,” said Mrs. Gleave, math teacher here at SJHS.  On this day, students in Mrs. Gleave’s class discuss pi topics like how many digits of pi they have found, who has memorized the most digits of pi, and how long it took them to recite it.

According to Mrs. Gleave, we have pi day to remember pi and what it means in a fun way.  The students do two fun worksheets dealing with pi, and of course, they eat pie!!  Pi day is on March 14th, or 3-14 for the first digits in pi, every year.  One of the fun things they do is look at a PowerPoint to see all the wacky and cool things about pi.  “Mrs. Gleave, being the awesome teacher she is, gives us pie!” said Jenifer Bate, a ninth grader here at SJHS.  Most students have a great time.  Sean Tedrow, an eighth grader here at SJHS, said, “Mrs. Gleave is a great teacher and makes math fun!”

La! La! La! With SJHS’s Master Singers

Attributions: 
Sarah Clark,SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS's 2010-2011 Master Singers

Deep down everyone loves to sing. If it’s in the shower, or in the car, or just for fun, for everyone to hear, or for nobody to hear, everyone loves to sing. In Master Singers, these talented students love to sing anywhere and everywhere.  Master Singers are a group of ninth-grade boys and girls who auditioned in eighth grade to become the best singers at SJHS. This choir is taught by SJHS’s choir teacher Mrs. Walker.        

The students in Master Singers are the best of the best singers in SJHS. The eighth-grade students this year are so excited for next year. Cassidy Gage, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I’m excited for Master Singers because we’re with boys again. They make it even more fun than it already is.” Cassidy, however isn’t the only person excited for next year’s singers; Mrs. Walker is very excited for next year’s singers because she said, “They are a talented bunch!”

Many students have wondered why Master Singers is a full year, Mrs. Walker said, “It’s a full year because it takes a while to teach the students how to sing in four harmony choir. It’s a big transition from the two and three part to the four part harmony.” Mrs. Walker is still looking for ten more boys so that all the girls that should be in choir can be. The more boys we have the more girls we can have.    

Katya Wagstaff, a ninth-grade Master Singer, said her favorite part of Master Singers is singing all year long. She also likes how “everyone is friends. It’s a big group of friends who love to sing.” When students audition for Master Singers they should’ve taken two semesters of choir, to ensure that they can sing in tune; to audition the student must sing The Star Spangled Banner for Mrs. Walker.

Spinning Through Life with Springville Color Guard

Attributions: 
Camilla Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer
SHS color guard after their performance at SJHS. Back row, left to right: Kristen, Joe, Loren, Cora, Lisa, Angela, and Makiah. Middle row, left to right: Ruth, Baby, Susan, and Kara. Front row: Corbin

Swish! The fabric and colors fly as the Springville High School Winter Color Guard tosses, spins, and dances around the Springville Junior High’s gym floor.

For the students who do not know, color guard originally started as a military tradition. The military would carry their country’s flag and two rifles. They carried the flag in an appropriate position and showed great respect for it.

It is called color guard because it is referring to the colors on the American flag. The Springville color guard is a little different. For one thing, they dance to music instead of marching to orders.  The high schools uniforms are not military uniforms, but uniforms that have something to do with the song they are dancing to; this is the same with their flags.

To lots of people, the high school guard may look easy, but it isn’t. Susan Watson, a member of the color guard team thought it would be easy too, but now she knows better, “You have to have a lot of dedication to perform with the Springville color guard.” Even though color guard is hard and requires dedication it can be a ton of fun. “I love guard with a passion,” Susan continues, “I also love the girls on guard, that’s why I continued doing guard.’”   

Of course, it takes a lot of responsibility to be as dedicated as the girls on guard are. So, the guard has two captains to help. Makiah Williams is the captain, and Kara Dunn is the co-captain. They also have two instructors, Lindsay Vest and Kristen Cummings.

But, color guard isn’t just for girls. Boys are welcome to join guard as well. This year there is only one boy on the team, Corbin Cutler, who is the color guard’s manager.
 
Makiah said, “The captains are in charge of making sure the guard members have everything they need for competitions. We also make sure that every one on guard is getting along when the instructors are busy.” Kara added, “We make sure the guard stays focused, and we try to help our instructors in any way possible.”  Corbin has a very important job too, “I haul equipment and take the floor on and off when we compete.”

Kristen, one of the instructors is pleased with the guard’s progress this year. “Point wise, we started the season in the low forties but now we are making it to the low sixties.” She also explained that they have improved their technique and they have practices when they just focus on one part of the show.

But the guard isn’t just a team, they are a family. Outside of school and practices they hang out, have sleep over’s and just spend time together to strengthen their relationships. They also have an opportunity to spend hours together at competitions. “Competitions are my favorite.” Kara said, “It is our time to show judges what we can do. We get to watch other schools perform and bond as a guard.”

The color guard performed March 26th   at a competition, and took fifth place. They will perform at Riverton High School on April 2nd for state.

All eleven girls and Corbin are thrilled to have made fifth place at their last competition. Now they are anxiously waiting for state. Good luck Springville High School Color Guard!

SJHS went green on March 17!

Attributions: 
Annee Lange, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS students dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day. Front row (l to r): Riley Brockbank, Meg Longhurst , Jamie Devenish, and Ali Earnshaw. Back row (l to r): Alanna Roylance, Lauren Ostler, Hannah Bressler, Lindsay Johnson, Anna Bunnell, and Damon Harris.

Some think St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where you wear green, and pinch people who aren’t wearing green. Others believe it’s celebrated because a leprechaun man saved Scotland. But what is it really? St. Patrick’s Day is a day celebrated worldwide by Irish people and many non-Irish people. Celebrations are generally themed around things green and Irish. Celebrations include wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades. According to stpatricksday.com, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five day festival, with over 500,000 people attending the 2006 parade!

Students at SJHS celebrate this holiday in many different ways. Amanda Ripley, eighth grader, says her mom dyes their eggs and milk green in the morning. Ethan Knowlton, eighth-grade student, says his mom would make them green waffles in the morning. But the students aren’t the only ones who celebrate March 17. The school also goes green for this holiday! This year they held a St. Patrick’s Day dance, and if you wore green you would get in for cheaper! Amanda Ripley said, “Don’t forget to wear green! Little kids pinch!”

Romeo, O’ Romeo. . .

Attributions: 
Joee Lowe, SJHS Staff Writer

Forbidden love and tragedy. These things can be found in Mrs. Rice’s ninth grade Honors English classes. Mrs. Rice’s sixth and seventh period classes have been studying The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. They took a break from the story to explore ideas from the text in a writers’ workshop. Writers’ workshop is an experience to improve one's writing ability by choosing an idea from a book and exploring that idea in a text. When asked about writers’ workshop, Jennifer Bate, ninth-grade student, said, "I feel that it’s interesting to dig deeper into the meaning behind the pages of the story."

Writers’ workshop helps improve the students’ writing abilities. According to Mrs. Rice, students’ writing improvement is dependent on three factors: opportunity, instruction, and feed back. Writers’ workshop provides an opportunity to customize these factors for each student.

During writers’ workshop students explore the idea that they have chosen in a text; like a journal entry, poem, or an interview. The student then conferences with the teacher and receives feedback on how to improve their writing in the type of text that they have chosen. This helps students improve their writing in areas that interests them. According to Kayta Wagstaff, ninth-grade student, writers’ workshop is her favorite unit because you get to work with others and help each other.

Springville Junior High girls get excited for cheer!

Attributions: 
Ashlan Kendall, SJHS Staff Writer
SHS cheerleaders performing for Springville Junior High girls.

Springville High cheer and drill teams came on Friday, March 4th to our school and performed for the SJHS girls. They came to show the eighth and ninth-grade girls their dances and get the junior high girls excited to try out for cheerleading and drill team. They told the girls how to sign up and the requirements for it. Eighth-grade girls can’t sign up until next year.

“It is a good experience for the young women in the school to see what the drill team and cheerleaders do at the high school,” said Mr. Knudsen, assistant principal at SJHS.  Bailey Penrose, ninth-grade student, said, “The assembly was interesting. I liked the different dances and techniques.” The cheerleaders perform during the high school sports games. The drill team performs during half-time along with color guard.

Faith Atkinson, an eighth-grader, said, “I really liked the drill team’s dance, it was cool!” The drill team performed a 5 minute dance.  Britney Melgoza, also and eighth-grader, said “My favorite part was the cheerleaders, they’re studs!” Bailey Davis agreed with Brittney.

According to the registration form, the requirements are; 3.0 third term GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA each term after that.

SJHS Staff Members Play Card Games During School

Attributions: 
Kira Craig, SJHS Staff Writer

Staff members, playing card games during school. Who would have thought of this? Once in a while Mrs. Johnson, an assistant principal here at SJHS takes cards to teacher’s classrooms. Teachers draw cards; they have played one game so far.

Mrs. Johnson came up with this idea because she wanted away for the teachers and other staff members to talk and get to know each other. This started in January around the first of the month. “The card games are about making the staff feel like a family and to get to know each other,” said Mrs. Johnson.

So far Mrs. Breakwell, an English teacher here at SJHS, won the first game. She won two movie tickets. “It was a lucky win, I don’t know anything about playing cards,” said Mrs. Breakwell.

They will be playing these games until the end of the year. The cards were made special for these games. They have different employee’s faces on them. Other teachers and staff members will have a chance to win other cool prizes.

National Pancake Day at SJHS

Attributions: 
Anna Bunnell, SJHS Staff Writer
Annie Anderson makes pancakes on National Pancake Day at SJHS.

On Friday, March fourth, Springville Junior High’s eighth-grade foods exploration class made pancakes.

“We do Pancake Day as part of our Carbohydrate and Quick Bread Unit. We just learned about quick breads, and pancakes are a pour batter quick bread. So...we made pancake,” said Mrs. Luke, the foods exploration teacher at SJHS.  Quick bread(s) are breads that use a leavening agent other than yeast to cook making it quicker to fix. Some examples of quick breads include pancakes, cornbread, biscuits, muffins, and waffles.

Many students in her class enjoyed the activity, and loved getting to eat the pancakes. The students loved that they also got to celebrate National Pancake Day.

“My favorite part was eating a stack of pancakes with buttermilk syrup!” said Amanda Ripley, an eighth-grade students at SJHS.

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