Springville Junior High School will be having a cultural assembly on November 22, during school hours. Assistant principal of SJHS, Mr. Dave Knudsen, said the idea for the assembly came from a high school he used to work at. Mr. Knudsen said, “The idea came about because the school leaders thought it would be a great idea to have students see what other cultures are like.” The idea also has to do with this year’s theme for reflections which is Diversity. Mr. David Hansen, history teacher at SJHS, is in charge of the assembly along with Mr. Knudsen. Students Klade Smith and Moroni Black are helping. According to Mr. Hansen, instead of just teaching about different cultures in class, they are going to have students show their culture in a creative way such as dance or music. Cultures such as Hispanic, Polynesian (Maori, Tongan), and folk music will be included in the assembly. The assembly will be set up the same way as the talent show last year.
The students that will be involved in the assembly think the assembly is a good idea. Tiana Taala, an eighth grader at SJHS who will be in the assembly, said, “I’m excited for the assembly because people don’t know about my culture and where we come from and what we do.” Klade Smith, ninth grader at SJHS who is helping Mr. Hansen put together the assembly, said, “Different cultures and citizens have to work together as one.”
The assembly is meant to show that all cultures have beauty and talent that needs to be appreciated by others, and it is vitally important that we know each other’s cultures and see everyone for who they are. Mr. Hansen said, “I think that the more we understand about people it helps us to appreciate who they are. We can then value their talents and values. We then will all get along better. We make a bigger circle of friends.”
At Springville Junior High, the seventh though ninth-grade boys football season is under way and is going until the end of October. There are six teams: SOS Drug Store, Rotary, Quality Cleaners, Reams, the freshman A team, and the freshman B team.
Klade Smith, a member of the freshman B team, said, “Football is a great sport. you get to go out and hit with your brothers on the team.” According to Klade, it is fun to got out and play with your friends. “I treat my teammates like my brothers,” said Klade.
The freshman team was one team until it was split up into two. Nik Grosland, a member of the ninth grade A team, said, “I think that splitting up the teams was a great idea we get to split the talent.” The two teams have the same mascot: the Red Devils. So far the B team has 4-1 record, and the A team has a 0-5 record.
There are also two eighth-grade teams: the Reams Badgers and the Quality Cleaners Vikings. Zuki Kaufman, a member of the Reams Badgers, said, “I like playing football, getting the right play done, and tackling.”
So far the Reams Badgers are 7-0 and the quality cleaner Vikings are 3-3. Thomas Child, a member of the Quality Cleaners Viking, said, “I love My team because we laugh, we are all good sports, and we work together.” With the season halfway over and games still to come, all the teams are going to work hard to win the championship.
Mrs. Maughan, the English and dance teacher at Springville Junior High, had her class take on a project. They wrote an ‘I Will’ statement, promising they would do something on the anniversary of 9/11, in memorial of the people who died that day. They wrote cards to local firefighters and police officers. They also took time to learn more about 9/11, and remember it, in the process.
September 11, 2001, was one of the most tragic events in United States history. Nineteen terrorists hijacked four jet planes, all occupied with passengers. Two of those planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers. The third crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to take control of the plane, before it reached its intended target in Washington, D.C.
According to Mrs. Maughan, after she and her students finished their project, they felt “Proud to be American, and felt respectful for those who died, because they better understood what happened.” May we remember those who died, and that it changed America.
Apringville Junior High School is now holding Morning Enrichment from 7:20 to 7:50 for students who have two or more tardies in a class. One day at morning enrichment will make up for one tardy. While students are at enrichment they get to work on homework or do something quietly. They can’t talk to anyone, though.
Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, principal of SJHS, said, "Kids need to be on time to their classes because it’s a life skill to be on time, and if you’re late often then it’ll create bad habits. They also miss information, and it disturbs the class.”
Mrs. Distefano said, "Plan wisely, according to your schedule, when to go to your locker or to visit with friends. If you need extra time for something, ask to use a hall pass.”
Last year, Enrichment was during lunch, but according to Mr. Van Ausdal, it was not successful and hard to get students and their lunches there. Now it is easier, most kids are coming, and over all changing enrichment to the morning was a successful change.
This year Mr. Trent Mikesell, a former Springville Junior High School seventh-grade teacher, was appointed by Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the school principal, to be a new assistant principal along with Mr. Knudsen at SJHS. For the past few years Mr. Mikesell taught seventh-grade English and Creative Writing.
Ms. Rachel Neeley, who teaches seventh-grade English, said, “It is really fun working with Mr. Mikesell, he always has great ideas and works hard.” Now that Mr. Mikesell is no longer a teacher, he has more time to spend with individual students. Even though he doesn’t know as many, he likes spending time one on one with the students he does get to know.
Right now Mr. Mikesell is working on his masters degree at BYU to become a school administrator. When comparing being a teacher and an assistant principal, Mr. Mikesell said, “They’re both good, I love teaching, but I know I’m going to like this too.”
During the day, Mr. Mikesell helps with Quest Time and monitoring in the lunchroom. He also helps with student discipline and plans student projects like the Super Knight activity.
According to Mr. Van Ausdal, Mr. Mikesell seems to be happy. Perhaps in future school years, Mr. Mikesell will be our very own Springville Junior High School principal.
picture: Mikesell.jpgcaption: Mr. Trent Mikesell, new assistant principal at SJHS
Lately, the tables in the Springville Junior High cafeteria seem to be cleaner. Why is that? It’s because the student council and the school administration have decided to create the Lunch Wars. The whole purpose was to keep finished lunch in the trash instead of on the tables or floor, and to encourage students to pick up their mess. “Lunch Wars is to make lunch clean, but fun and rewarding!” said Amanda Ripley, the student council vice-president.
The winning lunch must keep the tables all clean and earn 25,000 points. Each lunch gets 500 points every day, and they lose ten points for every piece of trash. If they do they will be rewarded a pizza party. We will have Lunch Wars each term, and there will be bonus point days that will be announced over the announcements.
“Mr. Mikesell and Mr. Knudsen put in idea, and then asked the student council to add details,” said Moroni Black, a ninth grader and the other vice-president. So far, first lunch has around 12,000 points, and second lunch has around 6,000 points. Remember to keep the tables clean!
This year something mysterious came to our school. A mysterious thing that has students stay after school and learn about things they don’t learn in class! This mysterious thing is called 4H clubs. These clubs are a way for students to learn about the things they’re interested in outside of school hours. The person behind all this work is Ms. Justine Kent. She gave SJHS the opportunity to have these clubs at our school.
“We wanted to give students an opportunity to have a positive experience at school,” said Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS. He got a grant that let us have these clubs at our school. The clubs are American Sign Language, drama, jewelry, chess, dance, and Spanish. Every one of the clubs is unique and has something fun to do and teach. If students don’t like any of these clubs then every ten weeks they can create one of their own clubs as long as they get a teacher to help them.
If students go to the American Sign Language club, they learn to communicate with people who are deaf.
The drama club helps you to sing and act better.
“I love to act and I wanted to become better at acting, that why I joined the drama club,” said Carly Maughn, a seventh grader at SJHS.
In the jewelry club students go and learn how to make jewelry. After they learn about jewelry they get to make it and show it off to all of their friends.
Learning strategies and moves to win the game of chess is what students learn in the chess club.
The dance club teaches students cool dances and move so they can make up their own dances.
All of the clubs start at 2:50 and go until 4:45. If you want to make your own club, just wait until the end of November, when they’re signing up again, give Ms. Kent your name and what club you want to be in or start.
Every Monday, the Springville Junior High School golf team has a tournament. The tournament is at either Hobble Creek in Springville, Spanish Oaks in Spanish Fork, or Gladstan in Payson. Joseph Bell, a member of the golf team, said, “I like going to Hobble Creek because I like the way the holes are set up.”
Mr. Dallin Krebs, math teacher at SJHS and coach of the golf team, expects the team to finish in the top three at the districts. The golf team consists of nine boys and one girl. They are: Tanner Gervais, Nicholas Cooper, Joseph Bell, Cortez Nelsen, Charlie Fry, Lydia Austin, Jaden Warren, Alex Donahue, Michael Nelson, and Brandon Merkley. According to Joseph Bell, the golf team is the "bomb dot com."
A unique thing happened this year at Springville Junior High, a girl made the golf team. Lydia Austin is the only girl golfer in the whole district. Surprisingly enough, the golfer leading the team on this year’s squad is Lydia. The rest of the golf team is not far behind Lydia, and the whole golf team is getting better and better each day.
The golf team’s next tournament is Monday, October 3 at the Spanish Oaks Golf Course in Spanish Fork. When explaining the expectations for this years team, Coach Krebs said, “I expect the golf team to make improvements from the first golf tournament to the end of the season.”
This year, several SJHS ninth-grade girls are playing on the high school soccer team. They play soccer games on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, and they practice three times a week for two hours at Springville High School. The girls' high school soccer team has won four games, and lost three, and tied three. They defeated Provo High School's junior varsity with a team of 8-0.
The coach of the girls' high school soccer team is Jay Mason, and his assistants are Kim Marchbanks and Mike Shulski. Jay Mason used to be head of coach for boys' soccer team. Kim Marchbanks has always been involved with high school sports. Mike Shulski was also a coach for boys’ soccer team.
According to Anna Bunnell, a ninth grader on the high school soccer team, the reason students should be on the soccer team is because it can be a great experience, it can help you build self confidence, and you can get a really good work out for it. It’s also a lot better than club and recreation team because it’s representing someone. “Soccer can be hard sometimes because we have to do it right after school, so you have to keep up with your school work. And it can also take a lot of time and effort unless you’re like committed to it,” Anna said.
This year Springville Junior High School is having a no tardy party at the end of the term for students who are never tardy for class. According to Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, principal of SJHS, the administration wanted encourage kids not to get tardies and reward the ones that don’t. Being on time helps students develop life long skills, shows respect to teachers, helps gain academic skills.
Mrs. Kim Rice, English seven and pre-algebra teacher at SJHS, said, “ If the quality of the party was interesting, I think it would be a fun, adventurous opportunity.”
It’s called the no tardy party because you can only go if you have no tardies. That means that if you have even one tardy you aren’t going to the party at all. Dakota Olsen, a seventh grader at SJHS, said that she is excited for the party. “I don’t get any tardies so I can go,” Dakota said.