May 2011

Snap, zoom, mousetrap cars!!

Attributions: 
Renae Lovelace, SJHS Staff Writer
Moroni Black gets his mousetrap car ready to race.

This semester eighth-grade students in Mr. Dahl’s science class had the opportunity to make mousetrap cars.  The students were required to have them done and at school by April 25th. They tested them in the hall. To test them, the student got their car ready, set it on the starting line, and let the car go. If it went eighteen feet then it passed.

As far as requirements, the mousetrap cars had to have at least three wheels, two axels, must be at least a foot long in length, and they could only have one mousetrap. Rat traps were not allowed. “Students made the mousetrap cars in order to put their knowledge of motion, energy, and simple machines into action,” said Mr. Dahl, a science teacher doing mousetrap cars.

Students and teachers both enjoyed making mousetrap cars. Stacy Stapel, an eighth grader, said, “I enjoyed working on it with my dad, testing the car, and seeing other students designs.”  Mr. Dahl added, “I think the cars are a great way for students to problem solve and have fun at the same time.”

Ashley Kitchen’s car went the farthest with 105 feet!  Although the cars only had to go eighteen feet, extra credit was added to the students scores for each foot beyond eighteen feet.

New Seventh Graders to Experience what SJHS is all about

Attributions: 
Sarah Clark, SJHS Staff Writer

A new school, a locker combination to memorize, and classes all over the school. It’s no wonder seventh graders are so stressed out when they first come to SJHS. The administration has come up with a solution to this.

Next year, seventh graders will come a day before everyone else; this half day is dedicated to helping the seventh graders out, because their first day of seventh grade is the hardest. The administration will be there to help with lockers and to direct students to their classes. They will also have an assembly to welcome the new seventh graders to the school.

Mr. Knudsen, vice principal at SJHS, said, “This is a great way for the administration to get to know the seventh graders before the bigger grades come back to the school.” Other teachers at SJHS also think that this is a wonderful idea. According to Mrs. Hales, a CTE teacher at SJHS, this is an excellent way for the seventh graders to get a game plan. Sara Torsak, and eight-grader at SJHS, said, “This would’ve helped me a lot I like how the administration will be there to help with lockers, I think that’ll help the most.”

The seventh graders will enjoy having the school to themselves as they get ready for their new adventure: Springville Junior High.

Lady Ham comes to visit

Attributions: 
Annee Lange, SJHS Staff Writer
Alison Fiscus, Lady Ham, teaching the class about pork and pigs.

On Monday April 25, eighth-grade students in Mrs. Luke’s Foods Exploration class were visited by Allison Fiscus. She taught the students about pigs and even made samples of pork for everyone to try. Alison Fiscus also goes by Lady Ham or the Pork Lady. She is the promotion and communication director for Utah Pork Producer. Mrs. Luke, foods teacher here at SJHS, said, “We were learning about protein, and I thought this might be a fun way for the students to learn more about it. They also get good recipes from it.”

The kids learned that there are different cuts on a pig. Some cuts are healthier than others like the low-fat cuts. They also learned how the pigs in Utah are raised. According to Lindsay Johnson, eighth grader here at SJHS, she learned that pork comes from the pigs back. She also learned that they use pig skin for many different things. Sean Tedrow, eighth-grade student, said, “All the meat is edible and there are many sections on a pig. There’s bacon, ham and pork chops.” Lady Ham made students a sample of “very yummy” portabello mushroom pork chops, according to the students. The kids also had a chance to win prizes including a piggy bank! WE LOVE PORK!

Roller Coasters, Screaming, Cotton Candy, and More!

Attributions: 
Mckenzie Reidhead, SJHS Staff Writer

The end of the school year is coming to a close, which brings Lagoon Day! On May 25, students who have been responsible citizens, effective communicators, and successful learners get to go to Lagoon.  The Lagoon pass is $26.50 to get in to the park, and the bus fare is $15.00.

Students will follow dress code at Lagoon and need to provide their own lunches. The busses are loading at 7:30-8:00 and will leave promptly at 8:00. At 3:00 the buses will begin loading in the Lagoon parking lot and immediately leave at 3:15. Students must hand in their permission slips and money to the finance office by Friday, May 20.

Most students will have a great day at Lagoon riding rides and hanging out with all their friends. With more than 45 rides, students will have non-stop fun. Austin Dayton, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I love Lagoon day. You get to have a great time with all your friends.”

Mrs. Wimmer, the campus supervisor at SJHS, said, “SJHS has been taking students to Lagoon for over 40 years, and I have been in charge of it for less than 15 years.” 

Super Knights Have Super Fun!

Attributions: 
Whitley Hicken, SJHS Staff Writer
Super knights, from left to right: Jennifer Bate, Will McQueen, Alexis Fischer, Savannah Bowers, and Taylor Frossard.

If you are kind, respectful, and acting like a super citizen then you are probably a super knight if not you might be next year.

Six boys and six girls in every grade have been chosen to go to Trafalga as “super knights”. They were able to do unlimited activities such as laser tagging, rock climbing, and mini golf (inside and outside.) Super knights got free pizza and got a $10 power point card so they could do the arcade games in the lobby at Trafalga.

Students are only aloud to go once while in SJHS so other students get the chance to feel what it feels like to be a super knight.  Teachers will watch and look for students that are acting like super knights and they will have a ballet.  Marin Rosenberg, seventh grader at SJHS, said “To be a super knight you need to act like yourself around teachers.”

“I think the students really enjoyed the activity a lot! Everyone we talked to was having a fun time and no one complained.” Said Mrs. Hamilton, a SJHS teacher said. It gave students a good opportunity to be rewarded for good behavior, and they have been doing this for a wile and will do it for a long time.

 

Yearbook: Capturing memories that last a lifetime

Attributions: 
Ali Earnshaw, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS 2010-11 yearbook staff. Front row, left to right: Zach Droubay, Stacy Stapel, Payton Acor, and Jennifer Bate. Back row, left to right: Austin Dayton, Celeborn Stringham, and Tyler Oman.

You may think that you won’t forget the memories that you have made with your best friends during school, but you can never be sure. Don’t you want to have a book that captures the memories of your school years? That you can show a future family or friends? Most school yearbooks have similar formats; they include photographs of students, information on activities, sports, and other activities.   

At SJHS we have a yearbook class where students create the entire yearbook. It is a great class for students who are interested in taking pictures, designing and being creative. This class takes place during seventh period. Each student gets to design up to 6-10 pages for the yearbook and gets to put their skills to the test. To apply for yearbook students would have filled out an application and turned it into Ms. Neeley or the office. Ms. Neeley, the yearbook advisor at SJHS, said, “Students should take yearbook because it is a fun class and you learn a lot about taking pictures and design.”

This year’s applications for yearbook are over, but there is always next year. Yearbook applicants were interviewed by the yearbook staff to discover why they want to be in yearbook. Jen Bate, a ninth grade yearbook staff member, said, “I love yearbook; I did it last year, and I wanted to finish my last year, at the junior high out with yearbook.” If you are a student and are interested in any of these things, then consider yearbook for a class next time the opportunity comes up. 

Goodbye ninth graders!

Attributions: 
Tiare Spencer, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High has been a home to many, but we all must move on eventually.  The ninth graders of 2011 have to leave the junior high as the end of school closes in.  The typical ninth-grade status is known as being the rulers of the school.  Susan Suazo, eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “I’m looking forward to walking down the seventh-grade hallway and be looked at like a goddess or a queen.”  The eighth graders this year are really looking forward to being the ninth graders at SJHS next year. 

Although the ninth graders will be leaving the school this year, junior high has changed them forever.  Zach Droubay, ninth-grade student at SJHS, said, “Junior high has made me more confident with myself.”  Even though they are leaving, they will have great memories that they have made and shared and the school that will stick with them throughout their lives. Zach’s last words that he would like to leave with the school are, “Good luck to the youngins that are still here.” 

Get Tangled

Attributions: 
Stacy Stapel, SJHS Staff Writer

Are you looking to go on an adventure with somebody that you just met, and all you have to protect you is a frying pan and a small little chameleon? I bet that you are not, but Rapunzel from the not-so-new film Tangled was.

The long-lost princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life locked away in a tower. But when a cunning thief sneaks his way into her hiding spot, she comes up with a very mischievous plan. Rapunzel is about to discover who she really is, while finding out about the world around her, and she's a little nervous about it.

Tangled is now out of theaters and on DVD. The amazing characters, hilarious plot and subtle hints of romance in this movie has been changing the way kids think, talk and act! Adults, teenagers, and probably even babies have loved and adored this new version of the classic tale, 'Rapunzel.'

Seventh-grader Cassidy Bowers, said, “ I thought that it was one of the most amazing movies I've ever seen,” she continues, “I love the original story of Rapunzel, but I like Tangled even more!”

According to Austin Galbraith, also a seventh-grader, his favorite part of the movie was 'definitely the horse.' He said, “ I love how the horse, (Maximus) acted like a dog, a knight, and a horse all at the same time. Maximus is cool, smart, and most of all, funny!” 34e

Austin Dayton, eighth grade student, said, “ It was an awesome movie and I would recommend it to anybody.”

Excitement, final exams, end of school here we come!

Attributions: 
Joee Lowe, SJHS Staff Writer

A new term has rolled around the corner here at Springville Junior High. According to Sara Torsak, eighth grader, “I view the beginning of a new term as a clean slate; you can have a fresh start.”

Fourth term is the last term of the year for the students. In the last quarter there are many events: track and field, tennis, student-lead conferences, awards ceremony, Lagoon day, and spring break!

Mrs. Caras, science teacher, said, “Fourth term is my favorite because I like the material I teach. I also enjoy the coming of spring, spring break, and then May... the last month of the school year.”

Fourth term has crept up on students here at SJHS. Students are excited that it has finally come. Lily Girot, ninth grader, said, “I like fourth term because it is one step closer to summer.”

There are new beginnings for everyone in the start of a new term. Especially fourth term, spring is on its way, fun extracurricular activities are starting, and school is almost out. According to Sara Torsak, eighth grader, fourth term is her favorite, there are a lot of fun activities and it’s awesome! 

Farewell Blakey, Farewell

Attributions: 
Tiare Spencer, SJHS Staff Writer

Goodbyes are never easy, especially when they’re for someone close.  On March 8th, 2011, SJHS said goodbye to Mr. Blakey, a counselor here at Springville Junior High.  Mr. Blakey was known as a counselor, a coach, and a friend to many at the school. 

“The reason for leaving SJHS was the opportunity to work at a high school, Maple Mountain High,” said Mr. Blakey.  He also said that it was really hard for him to leave behind those that he was working with, and the friendships that he had built for the past four years.  The staff and faculty said that he will be greatly missed as a colleague, and as a friend.

For several years Mr. Blakey stretched his talents farther than a friendly counselor, and coached the track and basketball teams at SJHS.  Track members this year are very sad to have lost such a great coach. 

The final words of Mr. Blakey are, “I will miss everyone at SJHS and am very lucky to have worked at such a great school. I am excited to continue watching the good things that happen at SJHS and see the great things that the students there are able to do in helping the school continue to be the success that it is. GO KNIGHTS!” He will be greatly missed by the school.

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