The Service Learning students at Springville Junior High School have just finished a big project at SJHS. The students cleaned and fixed up the courtyard at SJHS. According to Mrs. Adrienne Murray, service learning teacher at SJHS, she was excited to help the school and the students with their service project. Tyler Johnson, Bailey Bird, Jacqueline Bradford, and Christopher Esklund were in charge of this project. These students planned and designed the landscape.
Mrs. Murray said, “The purpose of service learning projects is to learn about various school subjects while serving. I have the students learn how important it is to serve and give back to their school and community, while also learning more about academic subjects. I have already seen them using math to figure out the square-footage of the courtyard to determine how much sod is needed.” According to Christopher Esklund, eighth-grade student at SJHS, first they pulled up the tile and cleared out the courtyard. After that they got the area ready so they could lay down the grass.
Many students at SJHS helped clean up the courtyard, like the boys P.E. class. According to Spencer Johnson, seventh-grade student at SJHS, he liked helping the service learning class with this project because “It makes a difference, and it’s something we get to take part of.”
This courtyard project helped the school out in many ways. According to Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, principal at SJHS, the new and improved courtyard makes the building look nicer. Students will be able to sit out there during lunch, and teachers will be able to take their classes out to the courtyard for class if they want to. Mr.Van Ausdal said, “The courtyard will provide more opportunities for students and teachers.”
Eighth-grade students in integrated science classes at Springville Junior High School were assigned to build a mousetrap car using one regular mousetrap as a source of power. You’re probably wondering how a mousetrap car works. Mesa Bake, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said, “You need to use your notes and knowledge.”
The car works when one end of a string is tied to the arm on the mousetrap or a lever, and the other end is wound around an axle. By winding the string around the axle, the mousetrap spring is stretched back. As the mousetrap is released, it pulls the string off of the axle causing the wheels to turn and make the car move. Students needed to make their cars go at least ten feet, and were awarded extra credit points for every foot the car went farther than 10 feet.
The day after the assignment was given, Mrs. Carpenter showed her classes some examples of mousetrap cars from previous school years. According to Hannah Grosland, eighth grader at SJHS, the examples gave her ideas of what she was going to do.
The cars were tested on Wednesday, April 4th. Mrs. Carpenter said, “Mousetrap car competition day is probably my favorite day of the year. I love seeing the creativity of students in creating their car. I love to see the students’ excitement when they see their car work just like they planned.”
Did you know that there is a lights and sound crew at Springville Junior High School? Yes, you heard right, The lights and sound crew is made up of a group of hand-picked students here at SJHS. Mr. Shawn Hatfield, a teacher and the lights and sound advisor, at SJHS, said, “The crew does a very,very,very good job and they are very responsible.”
In lights and sound students learn how to use a soundboard, lights, and how to do spotlights. They also learn about microphones, and do all of the effects for assemblies and all the school preformances. Anna Bunnell, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “The pressure is always high.” According to Mr. Hatfield, the purpose of lights and sound is to give the students. If you like working with lights, soundboards, microphones, spotlights being with friends, working hard, and having fun, then lights and sound is the thing for you.
Ms. Rachel Neeley is an English, creative writing, and yearbook teacher at SJHS. Janessa Lewis, Halle Acor, Morgan Martin, Stacy Staple, Meg Longhurst, Riley Brockbank, and Maiya Buckley love Ms. Neeley’s yearbook class, and are hoping students take her class next year. “One thing Ms. Neeley can do so well, is always keeping her students on track and making sure they are focused,” said Morgan Martin, a ninth-grade yearbook student.
According to Ms. Neeley, the best part of her job is definitely working with the students. Her job is never boring. Junior high student are smart, interesting, and endlessly entertaining. Chyenne Brown, a seventh-grade student, said, “Ms. Neeley is so fun because she helps you, if you’re having a problem and she just so freaking awesome.”
Ms. Neeley planned on being an English and creative writing teacher because she loves to read and write. Ms. Neeley also enjoys working with teenagers, and thinks that her job as a SJHS teacher is perfect. Students here enjoy Ms.Neeley, and students like Chyenne love the fact that she has Ms. Neeley as her English teacher.
Several SJHS students and teachers celebrated the start of spring and the end of winter by going to the Color Festival. The Color Festival was held on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 at the Sri Sri Radna Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. The point of the Color Festival is to celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring. At the Color Festival, attendees buy chalk that comes in many different colors and throw it on others. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. They have a color countdown every two hours, where they count from ten and at one they throw colors in the air, which makes a cloud of many different colors in the air so everyone has at least some color on.
On Saturday, the Color Festival went from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Sunday it went from noon to 4:00 pm. The colors are completely washable and come out of clothes and can be washed off skin with water. The admission is free and a bag of five colors only cost ten dollars. Single bags are two dollars. In fact, even some of the teachers went to the Color Festival, Mrs. Cole, the seventh and eighth-grade history teacher at Springville Junior High School, said, “I have gone to Color Fest almost every year that I've lived in Utah. I think it is important to learn about and experience other cultures -we are really lucky to have a Hare Krishna temple in the area so we can learn a bit about that sect of Hinduism.” Cheyanne Sherman, a seventh grader at SJHS, said, “I loved being covered in colors and the festival is very fun.”
The color festival happens only once a year in Spanish Fork and Salt Lake City. It’s a good time to have fun with your friends and enjoy the passing of winter and coming of spring by dancing, throwing color, listening to live music, and having a chance to go see the cultures that celebrate everyone.
Mrs. Erica Persson’s dance class salsa danced with Mr. Michael Parker’s Boys P.E. class at the end of March. Mrs. Persson thought that the boys and girls would have fun dancing together, and she was right! According to Caden Swendson, a ninth-grade student at Springville Junior High School, it was fun because a lot of the kids thought that they were too cool to dance, and that made it really funny. Caden also said his favorite step was “when the boys got to spin.”
There are a lot of different opinions about dancing. Some like it and some don’t. Sometimes it’s a fast learning process, and sometimes it’s slow. Caden said, “Some steps were fast and easy, but others seemed impossible.”
Dancing is a great way people can get to know each other. According to Mrs. Persson, it was a great social experience. It was nice also for the students to get to know the other kids they wouldn’t talk to on a regular basis. Mrs. Persson also enjoyed watching the students dance. Mrs. Persson said, “They get excited to see who they will dance with,” that was the most fun part.
Mrs. Courtney Droz, a ninth-grade counselor, is very interested in counseling at SJHS. “I enjoy working with the students here, they’re all amazing and wonderful kids, and I love to get to know them.” Claire Bunnell, a ninth-grade student, is always at Mrs. Droz office. According to Claire, she loves to go to see Mrs. Droz and talk to her, because she is so chillaxed, nice, and you could tell her anything you want.
Mrs. Sue Tarin, a secretary here at SJHS, enjoys Mrs. Droz being here. According to Mrs. Tarin and Mr. Trent Mikesell, Mrs. Droz was the reason why Hope Squad started. “She is really nice, and she is really good at Ipod playlists, I just think that it’s fun and different,” said Mrs. Tarin. Mrs. Monica Distefano, an eighth-grade counselor, loves how Mrs. Droz is efficient.
According to Claire, Mrs. Droz is a very fun person, is a Utes fan, and is a great counselor at our school. Here at SJHS, Mrs. Droz tries her best at keeping students happy, and she is a good asset to our school. Claire said that Mrs. Droz is so awesome you could accept her as your best friend.
Mr. David Rencher is the Introduction into manufacturing teacher, also called woodshop, at SJHS. Mr. Rencher, said, ”I really love working with my hands and working with the problems that come with that kind of work.” Mr. Rencher has spent his whole teaching career at SJHS; he has been here for 20 years. Mr. Rencher, got his Master's and Bachelor’s Degrees both at BYU. “Woodshop is one of the things I did really well when I was in junior high,” Mr. Rencher said.
Christopher McClain, ninth grader here at SJHS, said, “We’re making a wooden box of awesomeness, and it’s awesome.” Students in Mr. Rencher’s Woodshop class have an opportunity to buy the box they make when it's complete. Before students even start working on their box they must first buy the supplies. Students buy goggles, hinges, and clasps, then students can decide if they would like to purchase the entire box.
Woodshop can be a bit of a dangerous class. Before students are able to move on with building their chests, they must first be able to name all the tools they will use and prove they know how to use them safely.The safety test ensures students are careful with the knowledge of the tools they use. According to Scott Hansen, eighth grader at SJHS, the tools students use are not something to mess with. Students are trained to use tools safely in Woodshop.
Tristen Knouse, ninth grader here at SJHS, said, “Everyone was racing to finish their box first. It is really fun and we can also help each other, which is one of my favorite parts.” Students can sign up for this class in the beginning of the school year during class registration. According to Christopher, woodshop is an interesting class with different opportunities than what other classes offer.
A new assistant principal has just come to Springville Junior High School. Mr. B.J. Wright was assigned to come to SJHS by BYU. He has taught third and sixth grade at Wilson Elementary School in Payson. According to Mr. Wright, he had the opportunity to be an intern principal at Riverview Elementary in Spanish Fork, as well as Lehi High School, in addition to here at SJHS.
Mr. Wright is going to be one of the assistant principals at SJHS until the end of the school year. According to Mr. Wright, he is excited to be at SJHS because he heard it was a “great place to be.” Mr. Wright said, “I want to be a principal so that I can help create an atmosphere in a school where teachers and students work together in the learning process. I enjoy teaching a lot, but I can only help so many students in one classroom, as a principal I am able to help many more students be successful!”
According to Sadie Ogles, eighth grader at SJHS, Mr. Wright is very friendly, and he is good for our school because he interacts with the students. “Mr. Wright gives us a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective. I am glad Mr. Wright is here because we need the help and he’s a good man.” Mr. Van Ausdal, principal at SJHS said. Mr. Wright has four children. His oldest children are in second grade and kindergarten. He taught at Wilson Elementary School, which happens to be the school he went to when he was younger. He taught with two of his former teachers. Mr. Wright loves to read and his favorite book at the moment is Magyk.
Did you ever wonder how the journalism class writes their articles? At Springville Junior High School, we have a school newspaper. That’s thanks to Ms. Tiffanie Miley, teacher of the journalism class at SJHS. The journalism class is in charge of writing articles and taking pictures for the newspaper. Ms. Miley created the system used to write an article. If the articles are well-written enough, they can be entered into the Springville Independent News, and maybe published in the next issue. Here’s how journalism students a journalism article.First, the student starts out with a brainstorm. They figure out what they already know, what they need to know, and who they can interview. After that, thej ournalism students decide who they want to interview and write questions. The part that most journalism students like is next: interviewing.
Becca Dickinson, an eighth-grade student currently enrolled in the journalism class, said, “I like interviewing. It gives you the chance to have a little freedom.”Once all the interview responses have been gathered, the student highlights them into two different categories, information and quotes. The information and quotes highlighted are the ones the student feels are best to include in their article. After this, they order the information gathered from most important to least important. After that, they can start writing their first draft. “My favorite part is probably the typing/writing part because it’s so fun to create an article on something someone will read, and probably make them feel inspired to be in journalism too,” said Bianca Trujillo, an eighth-grade student, also in the journalism class.
Once the first draft is written, the student has two different people review their article. When the two reviews are made, journalism students make the changes in the next drafts. When they are done doing that, they make the final changes to their article. Once all the changes are saved, they print their final draft, and turn it in for Ms. Miley to grade and give back the next day.
When the article is returned to the student, they have to find a picture for it, and do a subject approval. A subject approval is when a student goes to an adult they interviewed, and see if one of their quotes, or any information from them is correct. They then make the changes on the article for the final time, and submit the finished article via email to Ms. Miley. Once submitted, the final article will be added to a future school newspaper.According to Becca Dickinson, she feels great knowing people read her work. She also feels “professional.” That concludes how a journalism student writes an article. Hopefully you can take journalism sometime while you’re still at the school!