Twenty nine Springville Junior High students went to the state math competition, and the seventh and ninth graders came in first place. On Thursday, March 16th, the students went to Utah Valley University to take a 40 question test in two and a half hours. SJHS students went with Mr. Anderson, a math teacher here at SJHS.
This test was to assess what the schools have taught, the students, and their math skills. “The test was cool and hard, but I took it more for fun,” said Brent Blackwell, an eighth grader here at SJHS.
All of the schools in Utah went to this math competition. Many of them ranked pretty high. The seventh and ninth graders from SJHS were ranked in the 3A division.
The test the students took was very hard; some students only got a few right. “I believed the first places are reflection of the good teaching in the math department. The students were well-rounded critical thinkers, who had a solid exposure to subjects presented by their parents, peers and teachers,” said Mr. Anderson. The winning team is determined by combining the top three scores from each grade.
Awards, awards! On May 24, from first through third period, SJHS is holding an Awards Assembly in the auditorium to celebrate and acknowledge students' accomplishments from the past school year.
The students are expected to dress formally for the assembly. Most students do dress up, but it is not required. The reason for students having to dress up according to Mrs. Linton, counselor at SJHS, is out of respect for the accomplishments of the students.
Numerous awards will be given out at the Awards Assembly. Some example of awards being: academic, high achievement, departmental, best improvement, carrying a 4.0 all year, high honor roll, honor roll, and perfect attendance.
“Teachers and counselors set standards for the awards that are to be given ant the students choose to reach those standards,” said Mr. Knudsen, vice principal at SJHS.
“It’s a great idea to have an awards assembly. There are so many great things students accomplish, and it’s important to recognize them,” said Mrs. Linton.
Mr. Knudsen also said, “That a lot of times you see grade averages but not the faces of the students. The Awards Assembly gives me a chance to meet everyone. I would like to see it done twice a year.”
One of the many great successes of this school year is Quest Time! Quest Time is going to be here next year because of how well it went this year. Mrs. Johnson, vice principal, said, “ It was very effective. The grades changed dramatically, the A’s and B’s went up, and the D’s and F’s went down.” It helped kids try and get their grades up so they could party in enrichment. It also helped the students be aware of their grades every single day except Wednesday.
Many kids thought that Quest Time was very good. Students could hang out and play with friends during school. According to Mrs. Johnson, she got a lot of positive feedback from the students. The teacher Quest Time committee is already working to fix some things for next year that they got negative feedback they about. Students thought Quest Time was a fun thing to look forward to, where they could hang out and talk to their friends or go to fun enrichment activities. Bethany Allen, eighth grader here at SJHS, said, “It was exciting to be able to go do something new every day depending on your mood.”
There is a class in SJHS, during sixth period, which is different than any other class. For one thing, some of the students aren’t in class, but they are in other classes talking to their peers. This class is a writing class, but it’s not a typical writing class. In this class the students get to write about whatever they want! This class is journalism.
“I like how journalism isn’t a plain old class that you sit at your desk all day in. You get to go out of class and get involved in your writing,” said Tiare Spencer, a member of the journalism staff. Sarah Clark, also a member of the journalism class said, “I like being able to learn a new style of writing. I also liked writing book reviews and doing all the extra stuff that we have added.”
The journalism class is taught by Ms. Miley, a seventh grade English teacher at SJHS. She said, “My favorite thing about teaching journalism is working with students who enjoy writing and are motivated to produce good articles for the school newspaper. I like that journalism is a class where students to get to work more independently--they get to choose what they write about and how they want to cover their topic.”
In journalism you brainstorm for article ideas and you get to interview people for your article. There is a lot more to it than that, and students are always having fun. “It’s a really fun class, and it’s really cool to experience writing in a completely different way,” Tiare added.
All the students and Ms. Miley are eager to give reasons for students to be in journalism next year. “Students should sign up for journalism because it's different than most other classes you can take at the junior high. You'll get to interview students and teachers and see your writing published in the school newspaper and on the school website,” said Ms. Miley. Anna Bunnell, another SJHS staff writer, said, “Students should try journalism, but don’t think it’s easy, because it’s not!” Sarah Clark also enjoyed the class and said, “It was fun to get to write for the paper, take pictures, and to get the inside scoop.”
To sign up for journalism you can go to the front office and ask for an application. Here are some tips for students who are thinking of joining journalism:
Ms. Miley’s advice is to, “Pay attention and work hard in your English classes. In journalism you will apply the things you learn from your English teacher.”
“Do not get behind!” Sarah Clark stressed.
Tiare Spencer agreed, “Journalism is a fun class, but you have to do your work in class.”
Cutting, carving, molding, and shaping all have to something do with one new class SJHS is offering next year. Mr. Cudney, the art teacher at SJHS, will be teaching sculpting class for all students that have a creative side and love to do things with their hands or just want to have fun.
Camilla Dunn, student at SJHS, said, “I think it’s a good opportunity for people who want more with art.” Some of the projects include sculpting monsters, making sculptures out of junk, and looking and learning about famous sculptures. Mr. Cudney wanted to teach a sculpting class because in past years they have done a unit of sculpting and he (and the students) really enjoyed it.
Sculpting, just like the current art class, lets students express themselves and gives them chance to show what they are capable of. According to some students, it will be an “interesting experience” and “different from past years.” Mr. Cudney said, “I am excited for next year to teach sculpting class.”
Teachers. Everyday we go to class and learn more than we knew the day before, but do we ever stop and thank them for what they have done for us? Ms. Parker, aerobics and jogging teacher at SJHS, will be leaving the school this year, and we would like to thank her for all that she has done for her students and for the school.
Ms. Parker first started as a teacher six years ago and has been a favorite teacher ever since. Tyler Werner, seventh-grade student at SJHS, said, “I love how she’s more than your average day teacher, she joins the workout with you, and she makes class really fun. She’s the bomb!”
Ms. Parker said, “The reason I’m leaving is, I’m moving. I’m going to miss working with the students andteachers at Springville Junior High. I have so many great memories here...racing Mr. Bentley to school, seeing what creative clothes will be worn in fitness classes , the MANY laughs shared with both students and teachers, the close friendships I share with the PE department, seeing students complete their fitness goals, and of course, CAKE DAY!” So the school would like to say good bye to her and thank her for being such a great teacher and friend at this school. Goodbye Ms. Parker, SJHS will miss you!
Mr. Cole Nelson is a eighth grade history teacher at Springville Junior High School. He used to live in Elba, Idaho and will return there at the end of this year. “I am moving back to Idaho in order to teach and run the family farm,” he said, “My future plans are to move to Idaho at the end of the month and stay there for the rest of my life.”
While at SJHS, Mr. Nelson was not just a history teacher, he was also the girls’ basketball coach along with Mr. Strong. But that is not all Mr. Nelson did this year at SJHS. He actually was one of the sprinter coaches of the track team this spring. “I've always wanted to teach U.S. History and coach basketball along with track and field.” He has done exactly that.
“I feel sad that Mr. Nelson is leaving, his class was one of my favorites, it was also a lot of fun,” said Ian Collings, an eighth grader at SJHS, “I even transferred in for a second semester.” Mr. Nelson enjoyed his stay at SJHS by learning to love the atmosphere and interacting with students and teachers. Farewell Mr. Nelson.
Mrs. Breakwell came to Springville Junior High to teach English for an internship; but sadly she is leaving at the end of this year. Other than teaching English here, she teaches English at UVU. Mrs. Breakwell said, “I liked working at SJHS very because I love the students and the faculty. I would come back next year if I could because I like the environment. I’m sorry to leave.”
Mrs. Breakwell brought fun to the class room with assignments like creating your own song based on West Side Story, writing your own chapter in Seedfolks, and many other fun writing experiences. Caden Swendsen, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “Mrs. Breakwell made learning fun and better. It was an interesting and unique experience being in her class. My favorite part about her class was working in groups and writing our own song.” We will all miss Mrs. Breakwell, both students and faculty.
Imagine a class where a student can read all period long. A class where a student can get ideas from other students about book, where they can think more about their books, and where they can read for a whole thirty minutes. This class is not just a fantasy, it is a reality. This class is Reading for Enjoyment.
Reading for Enjoyment is a class where students can read for almost a whole class period. Most days at the very beginning of class two or three of the students will do “book talks.” Book talks are mini book reviews. Students will tell the class a short summary of their book, interesting facts about the characters, a rating for the book, and tell why people should or shouldn’t read the book. These book talks are a good way for students in the class to get ideas for books they want to read in the future.
Ms. Miley, Reading for Enjoyment teacher at SJHS, said, “I love to read and I know that a lot of students love to read too; I wanted to create a place where those students could enjoy reading and be around people who share their love for books.”
During the last five minutes of each class the students do what Ms. Miley calls a journal. These journals could be, “Describe the main character's biggest strength and weakness” or “Describe the main conflict in your story.” The students will give about three or four sentences on each topic that Ms. Miley gives them. Tyana Anderson, an ninth grader at SJHS, said, “The journals help you think about you reading on a higher thinking level than you normally would.”
Reading for Enjoyment is an excellent class to take if students love to read. It gives students enough time to read, think about the books they read, and get ideas from other students about good books to read.
Teachers work pretty hard. Eight hours of the day, five days a week, plus grading and planning after school. And how many times do we say thank you? Well, during the week of April 4th, the PTA, student council, and service learning class showed appreciation for the teachers and other faculty members every day. They made nice posters for each door and gave the teachers gifts every day!
Mrs. Sharalyn Hall, a parent member of the PTA, explained the gifts that the teachers received. On Monday, the teachers were given a water bottle with a small juice mix to go with it. This was just the start! On Tuesday, the PTA made fruit smoothies in the faculty room. On Wednesday, the teachers received a package of corn nuts. Then on Thursday, the PTA again used the faculty room to make crepes for the teachers. Finally on Friday, the teachers were given a caramel apple.
Each gift included a small tag that had a metaphor to describe the gift that was with it. For example: The crepes had “Thanks for rolling up a great year!”
The teachers were appreciated the whole week by the school, the administration, and the students. The teachers appreciated the gifts as well. When asked what his favorite gift was, Mr. Booth, the awesome band teacher here at SJHS, said, “It is definitely a tie between the crepes and the caramel apple. They were both...excellent!”