September 2011

Our New and Improved Drop-Off Lane

Attributions: 
Madison Zeman, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Van Ausdal, the school’s principal, is out every day making sure students are dropped off safely.

This year there’s a safer way to drop off your children at Springville Junior High! Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, and the School Community Council decided they needed a more organized, quicker, and safer way to drop off the students.

Here’s how it works: Parents pull into drop-off lane in front of the school, which is between the sidewalk and the yellow line, and students go right out onto the sidewalk. That way they’re not in danger of being hit by a car when their parents drop them off in the middle of the road.

It seems to work much better than the way it did last year. “It makes a much smoother flow. It’s quicker, and safer!” said Mr. Van Ausdal. Also, eighth grader JJ Walentine said, “It’s way less confusing than last year. People almost got hit several times.” We really appreciate the town’s effort to make a safer way for the students get to school.

SJHS Mural Brings School Spirit

Attributions: 
Ali Earnshaw, SJHS Staff Writer
Sarah Cheney, ninth grader at SJHS, helped to create the new school mural.

Knights are asked to protect the weak, defenseless, and helpless. They are sworn to uphold the values of courage and honor.  As Springville Junior High Knights, these things are expected and wanted in students’ actions towards each other and themselves. As a representation of our school and its mascot, Mr. Mitch Cudney, art teacher at SJHS, and SJHS students reproduced the painting of a knight and a lady, entitled "God Speed," painted by Edmond Leighton. Mr. Cudney said, “I decided to paint a new mural because I wanted to paint something that was fun to look at and that showed school pride. I chose that specific painting because it represented both boys and girls at the school.”

Last year the mural took 400-500 hours and there were about 150-200 students that helped paint the mural. One student especially was Sarah Cheney, ninth grader at SJHS, who said, “It was fun working on the mural. There were so many little pieces, but overall it was worth the time.”  Mr. Cudney also said, “I’m very happy with the outcome of the mural. It turned out very well, and I made sure that it was done with caution, detail, and quality materials.”  Mr. Ken Van Audal, principal of SJHS, said, “The mural is fascinating to me. I love the colors. I love that students helped create it. I would like the halls to be filled with original works by our students.” 

New School Year-New Student Council

Attributions: 
Ali Earnshaw, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS fall student council, left to right: Annee Lange, Amanda Ripley, Moroni Black, vice-presidents, and Jamie Devenish president

This 2011-12 school year things are changing at Springville Junior High School. There are new banners in the hallways to show our school pride, Monday advisory period during Quest Time to improve student’s grades, early morning enrichment for tardies, the school mural, and more varied choices for classes like dance, math common core, pods, and sculpture. Another new change at SJHS is instead of being required to take service learning as an elective, the student council meets two times a week during Quest Time to think of ways to improve the school, and plan fun activities for students to participate in. 

SJHS’s student council for first semester is Jamie Devenish, president, and Moroni Black, Annee Lange, Amanda Ripley, vice-presidents. The second semester student council is Stacy Stapel, president, Ethan Knowlton, Lindsay Johnson, and Payton Acor, vice-presidents along with Mrs. Murray as their advisor. According to Amanda Ripley, ninth grader at SJHS, the student council plans to make our lunch room cleaner by having Lunch Wars. First and second lunch will compete against each other. The winning lunch will receive a prize of some sort. 

Mr. Trent Mikesell, assistant principal at SJHS, said, “I’m very happy to be involved in the student council. I always wished I could have been the teacher in charge and this gives me a way to be a part of it! Make sure as students you listen to the announcements for some of the fun events planned this year.”  The student council also gets to help decorate the gym for dances, give morning announcements and be more involved with assemblies. Annee Lange, ninth grader at SJHS, said, “Student council is really fun! It makes me feel more part of the school and everyone is so hilarious and fun to be around!” 

Mrs. Walker helps students prepare for this year’s musical, Oklahoma

Attributions: 
Chase Kimball, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Walker, the choir teacher at SJHS, is now teaching a new Quest Time class: Musical Audition Prep.  In this class, she helps students prepare to audition for the 2012 school play, Oklahoma. Audition Prep takes place every Friday in the choir room and will go on every Friday until the musical auditions in January. 

In the first two in Audition Prep classes, the students read from scripts, and Mrs. Walker and the other students gave them comments on what they could do better. In the third meeting, Mrs. Walker announced that this year’s school play will be Oklahoma, and gave some information about it. She said, “Now that we have announced this year’s musical, it will be easy for us to work on appropriate songs for auditioning, learning part of a dance, etc. We will also do more work on reading from a script.”  

The Quest Time class began on Friday, September 6.  Mrs. Walker said she thought “it would be fun to offer a drama class of some kind, since we don’t have drama classes in our school day.” She hopes the kids in the Audition Prep class will be better prepared when they audition for the school musical and other plays they audition for. Bailey Bird, an eighth grader at SJHS, said that he likes going to this class because he has “lots of friends there” and he “likes reading out of scripts." So, if you like musical theater and have good grades, come on down to Audition Prep!

Springville Junior High School’s exciting day for seventh graders!

Attributions: 
Clarissa Scott, SJHS Staff Writer

On Friday, August 19th, Springville Junior High School opened its doors to the new seventh graders to make them feel safe and comfortable.  Coming into a new school can be hard, and that is why Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, came up with the brilliant idea of the seventh-grade day.  The purpose of the day was to make the seventh graders feel welcome at the junior high.  “Little things like finding your lockers, getting to the lunchroom, those are the things that cause kids stress,” Mr. Van Ausdal said.  He hoped the seventh-grade day would help with the stress.

On the seventh-grade day, the new seventh graders came to the school in the morning and it was like a sped up day of school, but with only seventh graders.  According to Mr. Trent Mikesell, an administrative assistant at SJHS, this helped the seventh graders find their classes, open their lockers, and get used to their surroundings without eighth and ninth graders around.

In classes, the teachers played get-to-know-you games and had discussions about what they’re going to be doing in the class. According to Mr. Dave Knudsen, assistant principal of SJHS, 95% of seventh graders came to school on Friday.  Many seventh graders were glad they came and said it was very helpful.

According to Mr. Knudsen, after their classes the seventh graders attended an exciting assembly where they played Minute-to-Win-It games based on school stuff, watched a clip from “We are Marshall,” and talked about laying your heart out and doing your best.  Afterwards the seventh graders got t-shirts that said “We are Springville,” had pizza for lunch, and went home.

What an exciting day for the seventh graders! The day was lots of fun, and the the seventh graders that went had a great time.  Many seventh-grade teachers say do your best and keep your chin up. Good luck seventh graders!

Spotlight on Ms. Beddes

Attributions: 
Cassidy Bowers, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Beddes, SJHS English and history teacher

It’s a new school year, and Springville Junior High School has opened its doors to a few new teachers. One of those new teachers is Ms. Kiera Beddes.  She is teaching five periods of eighth-grade English and one period of seventh-grade Utah Studies. According to Ms. Beddes, she wanted to teach Utah Studies and English because she felt that English and History both help to tell the story better. Ms. Beddes said, “With History, it is the story of what happened, and what people believed, and felt. English is how you tell the story, the images that people used to tell of what happened by the words they left behind.”

Ms. Beddes went to BYU in Provo, and got a major in history and a minor in English and Scandinavian Studies.  Ms. Beddes said, “I always liked to learn, and liked teaching because you are constantly learning.”

Rosa Gashler, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I like her class, it’s not stressful.  It is actually quite relaxing. And she is nice. She’s a good teacher because she helps understand things better and clearly.” 
Ms. Beddes is also enjoying her time with the students at SJHS. 

Spotlight on Mrs. Cole

Attributions: 
Claire Davis, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Cole, SJHS history teacher

Mrs. Lana Cole is a new teacher this year at Springville Junior High. She teaches Utah History and US History to the seventh and eighth graders in a portable classroom outside.

Mrs. Cole went to college at BYU. She decided she would start teaching because she thinks “people and history are so interesting.”  She has lots of fun teaching at Springville Junior High. “It’s a cozy town,” Mrs. Cole said.

“Her class is way fun,” said Jansten Thorpe, a seventh grader at SJHS. According to Mrs. Cole, her seventh-grade classes just got done with the mountain men explorer unit where they told tall tales and ghost stories. They learned about different animal tracks and had their own rendezvous where they traded “beaver pelts” for candy.  As for the eighth graders, they just finished learning about the Native Americans. They even had a plant identification day. Mrs. Cole brought different herbs, and the students tasted the herbs then tried to guess what they were.