February 2012

Superbowl Election In U.S. History

Attributions: 
Katherine Johnson, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr.Shields's 3rd period History class in front of an electoral map.

Top row from left to right: Sydney Hiester, Kayla Pexton, Ricky Moala. Second row: Jordann Wallentine, Delanie Mortensen, Shay Johnson, Camryn Rousse, Samantha Rasmussen. Bottom row: Jennifer Pizzaro. 

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Giants or Patriots, who are you? This was the big question in  Mr.Greg Shields’s U.S. History classes at SJHS. It's football season, and the tension is rising. According to Mr.Shields, this tradition of teaching about the electoral college system has been going on for about 12 years, and he plans to do this for the rest of his teaching career as long as he still teaches U.S. History. He started mock elections in Payson and has been doing it ever sense. 

Mock elections are fake polls for the eighth graders to learn about the electoral college and to have a chance to participate in the system of voting. Andy Pendelton, eighth grader here at SJHS, said, “We do mock elections so we can understand the government and to be better prepared to vote soon.” Mr.Shields, said, “It’s important that students know what they will be voting about in the future.” 

Some of the topics Mr.Shields's classes have talked about in the past are Coke vs. Pepsi, the Superbowl, Chevy vs. Ford and the actual presidential elections, like the ones coming up this November.

According to Justine Bernal, eighth grader here at SJHS,  there was a lot of enthusiasm felt by all the students. People on rival sides were really into it and having fun. Andy said, “It was a fun learning experience, even though Mr.Shields played favorites!”

The scores were pretty far off from each other. In the electoral voting, the Giants had, 2,020 votes and the Patriots had 1,208. In the popular voting Giants had 199 and the Patriots had 107. That's quite a land slide!

Yearbook, Is It The Class For You?

Attributions: 
Lexey Anderson, SJHS Staff Writer
This is this year’s yearbook staff. Top, left to right: Meg Lonhurst, Morgan Martin, Riley Brockbank, and Maiya Buckley. Bottom, left to right: Janessa Lewis, Stacy Stapel, and Halle Acor.

Springville Junior High’s yearbook class is a full-year class with Ms. Rachel Neeley.  In yearbook, students  design pages on a online program, take fun pictures and learn how to deal with deadlines.  It is only a single period class, and it gives you a chance to be creative as well as some freedom to go along with that. 

“I love yearbook because its fun seeing how people's personalites come out and express themselves,”  Halle Acor, an eighth-grade yearbook student at SJHS, said. In yearbook you get quotes design pages, and work around deadlines, which means the staff has to complete a certain  amount of pages finished by the deadline. Ms. Neeley  said, “I want my students to learn how to take a good picture, how to layout and design a page, and how to be responsible and keep up with deadlines.” 

In the yearbook class, students take all different kinds of pictures such as movement, sports, classes, groups and action shots along with just plain out fun, interesting pictures. Meg Longhurst, a yearbook student at SJHS, said, “We design pages, interview people, and get pictures of things like assemblies and things like that.”

Morgan Martin, another yearbook staff member, said, “I love yearbook mainly because when it’s all finished, people look at themselves and say ‘that’s me!’”  So, if you are interested in designing pages, socializing with all kinds of people, interviews and taking pictures, yearbook is the class for you!

Bringing the news to you!

Attributions: 
Becca Dickinson, SJHS Staff Writer
This semester's journalism class.

Top, left to right: Rachel Dockstader, Lexey Anderson, Betsy Vega, Sarah Mitchell, Aaron Myers.  Middle, left to right: Camryn Rouse, Bianca Trujillo, Lexie Pendley, Becca Dickinson, and Luanei Mulipola.  Bottom, left to right: Cassidy Bowers, Katie Johnson.

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Journalism is a real-life experience...when you sign up for the journalism class, you get to be a journalist for SJHS! You write articles, interview students and staff around the school, and get your articles published in the SJHS newspaper and the Springville Independent News!  Marin Rosenberg, eight-grade student at SJHS, said, “It lets people know what’s going on” at the junior high. This class is for eighth and ninth graders who have an interest in writing. Ms.Tiffanie Miley, journalism and English teacher at SJHS, said, “Students will learn how to ask good questions, how to be good listeners, how to organize their ideas, and how to write clearly.” 

Registration begins February 22, and 23 for seventh and eight grade students.  This class requires an application at registration.  Mrs. Monica Distefano, eighth-grade counselor at SJHS, said, “This class is a really good experience to interview and get a new social experience. It’s great to see kids’ articles in the newspaper!”

For more information about this elective, go to the counseling center or talk to Ms. Miley.

I yam what I eat

Attributions: 
Betsy Vega, SJHS Staff Writer
Students cooking in the SJHS kitchen.

Welcome to the only place in the school where talking is encouraged, eating is a must, and having fun is just icing on the cake; yep, I'm talking about foods. Mrs. Natalie Luke teaches foods one and foods two all day long, and Mrs. Adrienne Murray teaches foods two, one period of the day.

Foods one is available to eighth graders and foods two is available to all ninth graders, while CTE is just an intro of the fun things ahead. Think foods isn’t important? Well, aside from it having wonderful teachers, it also counts for your high school graduation credit. So, you’re going to have to fill that space one way or another, and doing it in junior high is recommended. Don’t worry, foods is only a half-year elective, so it won’t take up much space in your schedule.

Mrs. Luke got a foods scholarship in college, and has been teaching foods for several years. She said that she wants her students to “learn to be confident in the kitchen, it’s a life skill.” “It’s a fun class, you learn a lot and get to eat!” said Kayla Pexton, an eighth grader, at SJHS.  Kayla said she’s definitely gonna take it next year.

Be Creative in Your Writing!

Attributions: 
Sarah Mitchell, SJHS Staff Writer

Students who enjoy writing can take one semester of Ms. Rachel Neeley’s Creative Writing class. The class is all about being creative in your writing, and writing about the things that students find most interesting to themselves. “I love writing, and teaching Creative Writing is a way I can help students improve their writing, and learn to love writing,” said Ms. Neeley.

In this class students learn about how to  do many different kinds of writing.  According to Ms. Neeley, the type of things that her students write are children’s books, all kinds of short stories, poetry, and multi-genre autobiographies. Zoe Dalley, a seventh-grade Creative Writing student, said, “I always love to write, and I heard that Ms. Neeley was really nice.” Having Ms. Neeley as a teacher is one of the reasons why Zoe wanted to take Creative Writing.  Ms.Neeley hopes to teach students to learn to love writing. If you love writing, then this is the class for you!