Andalyn Hall and seeral other students at SJHS have just participated in the State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Career Development Event. FFA is the largest youth organization in the nation. They learn about everything in agriculture. Andalyn said, “I love all the different events that I can participate in. There is something for everyone.”
Springville did very well in the competition. Springville High School’s Agricultural Communications Team got first place and qualified for nationals for the second year in a row. There are a few ninth-grade students from SJHS on the the high school team: Andalyn Hall, Kira Craig, Katie Biesinger, Alex Valenzuela, and Caitlin Dinkel are all on the high school team. As an individual, Andalyn Hall got third place.
According to Andalyn, she joined FFA because she loves animals. “I wanted to learn more about potential jobs, animals, and things that interest me,” said Andalyn. There are three rankings or scores competitors can get. Either as an individual or as a team, they can get gold for first place, silver for second, and bronze for third. A gold ranking team also means that the team gets to represent Utah for the FFA National Convention. It takes a lot of work to get a gold rank. Andalyn said, “If you want to win it takes a lot of dedication.”
Parents' Entertainment Night is coming up on Thursday, May 17th. According to Mrs. Koriane Maughan, dance and English teacher, Parents' Entertainment Night is all about giving the dancers the opportunity to show their parents and family what they’ve been working on. Sam Allan, an eighth grader, said, “I am excited to perform for my parents.”
Mrs. Maughan’s dance class is going to be performing a jazz, hip-hop, and a country line dance. This week on Thursday, the dancers are going to be performing during Quest Time. Brittney Melgoza, an ninth grader, said, “I am so excited to show my parents, how much I love to dance.” These dancers have been practicing really hard and know that they are going to do well in their performance. If you want to check their dances out, go to the gym on Thursday during Quest Time and watch them perform.
Mrs. Erica Persson, health, dance and aerobics teacher at SJHS, is having a baby boy. His name is going to be Seth Michael Persson. Mrs. Persson is about nine months pregnant, and she is due June first, a week after school gets out. Mrs. Persson said, “It’s all very exciting!”
This is Mrs. Persson’s last year at SJHS. She is going to stop teaching and be a stay at home mom to her two kids and her new baby. Her two kids are very excited to have a new baby brother. Her family is excited to see the baby’s “firsts” like first smile, first laugh,first steps, and first rollover. Mrs. Persson said, “I really enjoy being a mom.”
On Thursday and Friday, May 10th and 11th, the SJHS track team left school to compete in the district track meet. The meet was held at Salem Hills High School, and all junior high schools from Nebo School District participated. According to Anna Gurney, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, she likes to see schools compete and see who is best.
SJHS did very well at the Districts! According to Mr. Strong, long jump coach at SJHS, they placed third overall, set many first places and also set a few district records. Mr. Strong also said, “In some ways, District Finals is what we work towards all year. Everyone is really trying their hardest to do well.”
Students are now sad to see the track season is over. Meg Lonhurst, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “ I am kind of happy it is over because sometimes it can be stressful, but I am also really sad because it was a really fun opportunity to be able to participate in.” According to Anna Gurney, she is sad the track season is over because she loves to exercise and she loves being able to hangout with her friends after school.
The following SJHS students placed in the district final track meet:
100 Meter Hurdles
2nd: Tiana Taala / 5th: Kaylee Richmond / 6th: Savannah Guinn
4th: Morgan Ammons / 5th: Ciarra Snap
1st: Lindsay Johnson / 5th: Peggy Sorenson
5th: Peggy Sorenson / 6th: Julie Sumsion
3rd: Peggy Sorenson / 4th: Julie Sumsion
1st: Kaylee Whitaker / 5th: Abby Mangum
1st: Abby Mangum / 5th: Elissa Coral / 6th: Dominique Edwards
5th: Morgan Ammons
1st: Savannah Guinn
100 Meter Hurdles
3rd: Michael Merrill
5th: Nik Grosland
4th: Skyler Spencer
1st: Nik Grosland / 5th: Ezra Hopoate
1st: Nik Grosland / 2nd: Preston Adams / 4th: Ryan Gage / 5th: Ezra Hopoate
1st: Michael Merrill
1st: Skyler Spencer / 4th: Michael Merrill
Springville Junior High School recently held the monthly Super Knight Assembly. During Super Knight assemblies, two students from each grade who try their hardest in school and are also well behaved receive the Super Knight award. Ricky Moala, a Super Knight in eighth-grade here at SJHS, said, “It felt really good because I know that I did my best in all my classes.” The Super Knights of April were ninth graders: Jacob Rasmussen and Anna Bunnell, eighth graders: Ricky Moala and Cheyeann Peterson, and seventh graders: Sean Makin and Ally Brunson.
Super Knight Assemblies also let SJHS students share their talents with our school. At the April Super Knight Assembly, Mrs. Erica Persson and Mrs. Koriane Maughn’s dance classes performed dance routines. Mrs. Maughn said, “I love seeing students feel confident. It is so fun to watch them come out of their shells and really start to be performers. I like seeing them smile and feel like they’ve accomplished something wonderful!” Students also enjoyed three musical numbers, two of which were performed by Alex Hawker, ninth grader on the violin, and Joseph Cieslewicz, eighth grader on the guitar. Then Quinn Gleave, eighth grader, sang and played on the piano.
Many students like to watch their peers share their talents with us. Mr. Trent Mikesell said, “I think the students enjoy the opportunity to have a break and enjoy the musical numbers. They also like seeing their peers be recognized.”
Super Knights are great people to go to for advice. Super Knight Ricky Moala said, “try your best in school and always strive to learn.”
Front, left to right: Rachel Dockstader, Cassidy Bowers, Sarah Mitchell, and Betsy Vega. Back, left to right: Camryn Rouse, Bianca Trujillo, Lexie Pendley, Becca Dickinson, Dr. Rhodes, Luanei Mulipola, and Katie Johnson.
On April 23rd and 24th, an accreditation review team came to Springville Junior High School. They gave SJHS a very good report! According to Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, SJHS principal, they told SJHS that they were impressed with the wide variety of stakeholders involved in the process, the school leadership, and that the report from SJHS to the review team was professional.
Many people don’t even know what accreditation is. Dr. Mary Rhodes, a co-chair on the accreditation team, said, “The accreditation process is when the Utah State Office Education reviews a school, and they decide whether you can earn credits toward high school. The community also looks at the process.” The school itself also has to do things before the accreditation team comes. Ms. Tiffanie Miley, journalism Teacher at SJHS, said, “One of the things we do to prepare for accreditation is to analyze our school to see how we’re doing in a variety of areas.”
When the accreditation team came they looked for a lot of different things. According to Dr. Rhodes they look for curriculum, instruction, assessment, the school’s action plans, and Desired Results for Student Learning (DRSL’S).
In order to prepare for accreditation, the SJHS staff got together and made action plans. According to Ms. Miley, an action plan is a plan for improving our school. Our school has four action plans. Our action plans include a common core implementation and school-wide writing program, a professional learning communities and teaching kids to have higher thinking skills, school culture ownership and community, and meeting student needs by providing mentors.
According to Mr. Van Ausdal, there are many things that our school has to do to prepare for an accreditation visit. Our school had to rewrite our school profile, get together a group to compare school practices, analyze what is going on with the school, and set action plans and goals.
SJHS got the highest score possible from the accreditation team. Dr. Rhodes said, “I like the chance to visit and see other schools. I like talking to the teachers and being able to take ideas from other peoples schools and apply them to our school.” Mr. Van Ausdal was also very impressed with the way our school did.
Mr.Shawn Hatfield, science and biology teacher at, has taught at SJHS for 20 years. Mr.Hatfield teaches everything from cells to biology and plants to worm dissection.
According to Cooper Halladay, eighth grader at SJHS, cutting open a worm is harder than most people would think. Mr.Hatfield’s first period science enrichment class had the gross opportunity to dissect worms on April 26, 2012. CJ Haynie, seventh grader at SJHS, said, “Worms are more complex than I thought.”
Mr.Hatfield’s class looked at worm brains, intestines, hearts, and gullets. Dephany Rays, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “The insides are super, super disgusting.” Bailey Bird, eighth grader at SJHS, said, “In Mr.Hatfield’s class we learned all about the different body parts and the correct way to open earthworms.”
There is a brand new P.E unit at SJHS! The administration asked Mrs. Kelly Anderson, PE teacher at SJHS, one thing she wanted to teach, and she picked archery. This is the first time SJHS has done archery, and the students are very excited to learn a new skill. The PE department used grant money to buy the equipment they needed for archery. Mrs. Anderson, said, “It’s been fun to see the students get excited about archery.”
Sarah Christensen, eighth-grader at SJHS said, “It feels good shooting the targets and getting a good score.” Most kids seem to like archery, so the school hopes to continue this sport in the coming years.
On April 23, 2012, Mr. Greg Shields, an eighth-grade U.S History teacher here at SJHS, started teaching his students about the Civil War. Mr. Shields got all dressed up for his lesson by wearing a navy blue Civil War uniform. As students entered into his classroom, they were surprised by his appearance.
Jailena Santiago, an eighth grader, said, “When I first saw Mr. Shields outfit, I thought he was going to play a joke on us.” Tanya Garibay, an eighth grader here at SJHS, said, “I thought he looked handsome in it.”
In Mr. Shields’s class, they are also watching a movie named “Glory.” According to Mr. Shields, he chose this movie because he wanted students to see what struggles the African American soldiers had to overcome and get a feeling of what the battles were like in the Civil War. Eleah Coral, an eighth grader, was so touched by the movie and was really proud of how soldiers fought for their rights and their freedom.
At Springville Junior High School, staff and students celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week at the end of April. Teacher Appreciation Week was a week where students and PTA parents did activities to show how grateful they are for their teachers. This activity was put together by the PTA parents.
Mrs. Wendy Chipman, the SJHS PTA president, helped with most of the planning for Teacher Appreciation Week. “I planned the drawing, prizes, and thank you notes,” said Mrs. Chipman. She was also involved in giving all the teachers bagels and smoothies.
There were many activities that the school did to show appreciation. Mrs. Murray’s Service Learning class made posters for the week and hung them in the hallways. Then the Student Council made root beers for the teachers.
Students wrote thank you notes to different teachers and once all of the notes had been collected, they were put in a drawing and pulled out to see what teacher would win a prize. After the prizes had been handed out the teachers were given all the thank you notes written by SJHS students.
Teacher Appreciation Week is an annual activity and will continue for the years to come. It’s a time to show teachers and staff that we care, and that they’re important to the students and the school.