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October 2012

New SJHS Building

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:02
Abi Maccabee, SJHS Staff Writer

Have you ever moved before? Or have you ever thought about moving to a new place? Well a similar change will be happening to Springville Junior High, coming fall of 2014. SJHS will be getting a new school! The SJHS building that is now in use was built in 1957. It will have been in use for at least 57 years by the time we move to the new building.

The location that was picked is east of Canyon Road between Center street and 400 South. To be more specific, it will be built in an empty field above Childs Park. The transportation was probably the biggest reason why it was picked.  Mrs. Bass, an English teacher at SJHS, said, “The location will save the district money in busing costs over an extended period of time.”  According to Tyler Strong, a seventh grader at SJHS, he lives near where the building will be built, so it will be easier getting to school.

The reason why SJHS is getting a new school is because it is old, and has been in use for a long time. According to Mrs. Bass, it is time for a learning atmosphere that meets our needs a little better. Mr. Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, said that the building “has served its purpose.” What will happen to the current SJHS building is yet to be determined, but it won’t be knocked down. Kacey Clegg, another seventh grader at SJHS, said, “I am not excited to get a new school, because I like this one!” So whatever the new school will be like, we are sure it will serve our needs as expected.

Hola! Who’s ready for Spanish?

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:00
Maryn Giles, SJHS Staff Writer

“I really like Spanish, I get to chill with my amigos and to excel in a different  tongue,” said, Landon Simkins, a ninth grader. As you can already tell, we have  a Spanish class at Springville Junior High. There are a lot of students who are nervous or frightened to take Spanish because they think they may not succeed. Well, according to Senor Beebe, the Spanish teacher at Springville Junior High, “Anyone can take Spanish as long as they are interested in learning it. It takes a lot of patience and time to take it, but as long as you put time into it you will succeed.” Senior Beebe also said, “My favorite part of teaching Spanish is when I see or hear enthusiastic students using what I have taught them. I also love it when I hear the students talking to each other in Spanish. And using all the techniques they learned in my class.”

Students really enjoy Spanish class, and they are very glad they took the class. Rebecca Hammond, an eighth-grade student, said, “Spanish is a super fun class, we play games and learn amazing and fun stuff. It’s not just a sitting type of class, and I would recommend it for any student in the school.” Some of the students who take Spanish  have family members that are from foreign countries and they take this class so it is easier to communicate with them, and so that they can understand them better. So after reading this article, are you going to take Spanish?

Uniting Against Drugs During Red Ribbon Week

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:52
Allyson Smith, SJHS Staff Writer
Girls dressed up for Retro day.

Front row, left to right: Chloe Wilson, Tiana Spencer, Carly Maughan, Marin Rosenberg, Ceci Sumsion, Natalie Sumsion, and Maryn Giles.  Back row, left to right:  Meg Longhurst, Tanika Farrar, Sadie Clark, Sadie Mangum, Allison Clisbee, and Zoe Dalley.


On Monday, October 8th, Red Ribbon Week began at Springville Junior High School.The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to help encourage students to avoid drugs and violence. Students dressed up each day of Red Ribbon Week. The dress-up days went along with the purpose of the week.  Monday was Superhero Day. (Be a Hero, save your friends from drugs and violence!) Tuesday was Retro Day. (It’s not groovy to do drugs!) Wednesday was Unit to Fight against drugs and violence. (Wear red--school spirit day) According to Gray Burton and Kennedy Clement, service learning students, they picked out the catchy phrases as a class. 

Each day during second period, the service learning students would go around to classes and take pictures of people who are dressed up and give a piece of candy to each of them.  According to Braxton Karren, a seventh grader, he like having red wrist bands during red ribbon week.

Kennedy Clemmet said, “I loved Red Ribbon Week because it was fun to dress up.” Gray Burton enjoyed it because it was fun to see everybody dress up. Kennedy Clement, Maddy Droubay, and Braxton Karren all agreed that superhero day was there favorite day. Kennedy said, “Superhero day was super fun.” Braxton dressed up for that day by putting an S on his back so he could be Superman so he could get “super candy.”  Maddy Droubay liked superhero day because it was fun to see what other people thought that were superhero’s. Gray Burton’s favorite day to dress up was not superhero day, it was Spirit day because lots of people wore red that day.

The New Face, Mrs. Canar

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:44
Zoe Dalley, SJHS Staff Writer

This year, there is a new teacher at Springville Junior High School. She came to our school mid-year, and is here to replace the old English teacher, Mr. Strong. Her name is Mrs. Canar, and she is very excited to be teaching here at our school!

Mrs. Canar has been teaching full time since 2010, and says she loves teaching English. “It is an important subject because effective communication is such a critical skill in any profession,” she said.  According to Mrs. Canar, she is really enjoying our school so far, and her favorite part about teaching at a junior high is the enthusiasm of the students and their eagerness to participate.  

Even though she has been given the difficult responsibility of coming in after the school year started, the students of our school have been warm and welcoming to her as a new teacher! Even though her teaching styles may be different than Mr. Strong’s, the students in her class feel they are working productively as a group. Mrs. Canar deals with the challenging task of coming to a new school after the school year starts by focusing on how excited she is about the opportunity to teach here at SJHS. According to a few students in her class, Mrs. Canar gives out candy, uses reading logs, and likes to teach in an organized and professional way. “She stays on topic,” said eighth-grade SJHS student Alexis Pool. 

Even though students think she is a more serious teacher and prefers to teach by the book, they also think she is a enjoyable and interesting person. “She’s a lot of fun!” said eighth grader Shyann Molster. According to eighth-grade student Alex Farrell, Mrs. Canar is a likeable teacher because she doesn't get mad at the students. In conclusion, Mrs. Canar has many great qualities, and will make a fantastic new addition to our staff here at Springville Junior High School!

SJHS Welcomes Toddlers

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:43
Samantha Sorensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Two CTE students at the storytime part of their preschool: Aleah Morris (left) and Chloe Wimmer (right).

On October second, Springville Junior High’s seventh-grade students hosted a preschool in their CTE classes.  Tiny toddlers came to enjoy a fun day of arts, crafts, music, stories, and treats. Mrs. Bird, the CTE teacher in charge of the preschool, said that the reason for the CTE preschool was “to give students some experience with young children.”

Each class was divided into groups to help prepare their section of the project. The students then planned for the young toddlers to come, whether it was making name tags, or creating a craft.  Each SJHS student contributed in their own way. Overall every participating student enjoyed the preschool. Josh Gomez, a seventh grader at SJHS, said that “the crafts were fun,” and Sara King, a seventh grader at SJHS, said, “I definitely the preschool was fun.”    

Chase Kimball Plays With Utah Valley Symphony

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:39
Marynda Chipman, SJHS Staff Writer
Chase Kimball, ninth grader at Springville Junior High

On Wednesday October 17th, and Thursday, October 18th, Chase Kimball, a ninth grader at Springville Junior High School, was invited to perform with the Utah Valley Symphony at the Covey Center of Arts in Provo.  Chase performed a piano piece called “Movement lll of Concerto in F” by George Gershwin, who also composed “Rhapsody in Blue.”  According to Chase, both performances went well, especially Thursday’s performance.  

Chase said, “My favorite part of performing was when I got up to bow after playing and everyone was clapping and cheering.  There’s no feeling that compares to that.  I also liked talking to people who came to the concert and celebrating afterwards.”  After the concert, refreshments were served to the performers and to people from the audience.

Chase practiced three hours every day to prepare for concerts.  Chase was one of many Young Artists to perform.  Some other performers played a variety of instruments like the violin, the viola, the french horn, and the piano.

Chase said, “I’d like to thank everyone who came to my concerts. Things like this remind me of why I like performing.  Your support means a lot to me, and it was a blast afterwards!”

Amazing Artists at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:32
Zoe Dalley, SJHS Staff Writer
Two drawings by our amazing artists, “Kings Chair” by Taylor Whitney and “Jacks Chair” by Chloe Potter.

Some may not know it, but this year, hidden deep within our school, Springville Junior High, there are many students whose talents go unrecognized. The Journalism staff is going to highlight a few of these gifted students with the highly praised skill of creating art.

These students all have different reasons to draw. One such example is eighth grader Taylor Whitney, who says she like to draw because it allows her to be at peace and to express feelings she wants to show to others. Some simply like to draw because it is fun, like amazing artist Chloe Potter, another eighth grader here at SJHS. Additionally, they have to do many things to improve their art. Brynn Patten, eighth-grade SJHS student and amazing artist, likes to get better at drawing by looking at professional art and trying to imitate it so their own art will get better. Others, such as eighth-grade student and artist Abi Maccabee, take art lessons as well.

One thing that all of these talented girls have in common is that they believe that anyone can draw. “Just put your heart into it. It doesn't matter how good you are!” said Abi Maccabee. But there are a lot of things that young artists need to remember and keep in mind when they start trying to draw. “They don't have to focus on the details,” said Taylor Whitney, “Start simple, think about it and see it in your mind.” It is also important to practice, practice, practice!

All of these students started drawing when they were very young, but that doesn't mean its too late! From what I've seen, I have come to the conclusion that no matter how much experience you have, how much raw talent you possess, or what resources you have available, you can still draw well. If these young girls can do it, then so can you! All of these amazing artists agree, if you try really hard, and you do your best, its possible. So if you keep at it, there is no reason that you can't be great! 

Creative Writing

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:28
Sadie Grace Mangum, SJHS Staff Writer

Fiction, fantasy, whatever you want! These are just a few of the many genres the Creative Writing class at SJHS gets to participate in while becoming one-of-a-kind authors straight from our school!  

But what is creative writing? Ms. Neeley, the Creative Writing teacher, said, “Creative Writing is an elective for students who like to write stories and poetry.” But with all the different types of writing, how do you choose what to write about? Mrs. Neeley said, “We brainstorm different genres as a class and then we vote. Whichever genre gets the most votes, is the genre we write next.” Theres so many things you can do in Creative Writing, with all the different genres, that the possibilities never end!

Students say that creative writing is always really fun. Mrs. Neeley said, “I think the students like the class because it gives them the freedom to write what they want to write about.” Many students also like the fact that they have more freedom than in other classes. Avyrie Fellows, a student in Creative Writing, said, “ In Creative Writing, we get to be silly!” Even though its fun, the students still have to stay on task to not get behind. During class, the students spend most of their time in the computer lab typing their stories. Students have said that one of their favorite things about creative writing is that they have the freedom to use whatever font they want and talk to their friends as long as they stay on task. 

All in all, Creative Writing is a fun class as long as you stay on task. You will be able to get good grades while having fun! So if this class sounds fun and exciting, this is the class for you!

Are you ready for a challenge in 9th Grade honors math and English?

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:27
Maryn Giles, SJHS Staff Writer

“A lot of people think  honors math and English are way too advanced for them, but truly it’s not much harder than regular math or English.  You just have to put more time into it,” Tyler Johnson, a ninth-grade honors English student, said.  This year at Springville Junior High we have a lot of students in the honors math and English classes. Mrs. Rice, a ninth grade honors English teacher, said, “Anyone in this school can be in honors English in ninth grade, but many are not; and the reason why they are not isn't about intellect, it is about taking up the identity of a person who wants to learn to care about learning, rather than merely finishing assignments and accumulating points.”  Many students said that they took this class so they will have their college credit.  Lydia Austin, a ninth grade honors math and English student,said, “Since I took biology it was a requirement that I took the honors subjects.” 

The students at SJHS said that the classes are fun and enjoyable; they are a little bit harder than just the regular math or English class. Matthew Peterson, a ninth-grade English student, said, “Everything is basically the same, but the tests are harder. They give out more worksheets, and you have to put a lot more time into your work and make sure it is perfect.” The students feel like the math assignments are huge, but they said that it is a lot more helpful when the tests come. Gunther Snodgrass, a ninth-grade honors math and English student said, “They are really fun classes, you are around people who want to achieve the same things as you.” 

All the students encourage the seventh and eighth grade students to try to get the guts to sign up for the honors classes, so they experience what it is like when you get into high school and college. Lydia Austin, said, “Honors math is the bombdiggity.”  Mrs. Rice said, “ Honors students are open about their goals for higher education and that makes them pleasant to be with.” 

The Magic of the Moment....

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:23
Sadie Grace Mangum, SJHS Staff Writer

This year students of all ages are participating in the statewide Reflections contest at SJHS. You might remember Reflections from elementary school. It is an art contest that the PTA puts on every year to celebrate the artistic talents of all ages. Erika Crystal, a student at S.J.H.S said “You can pretty much enter anything, photos, visual arts, or 3-D.” The possibilities never end, with all the options some of the categories include, visual art, theatre, literature, 3-D arts, photography, film, dance and  musical composition.

Students all around Utah enjoy all the endless possibilities in the Reflections contest.  Abby Mangum, a former junior high student student, said, “I have entered reflections every year since first grade and so far, my favorite category is visual arts.”  Erika Crystal said, “My favorite category is the photography.” There are so many choices but before you enter, make sure you stick to the topic.  This year’s theme is “The Magic of the Moment.”

If you are interested you can sign up in the front office. I am sorry to say it but it is too late to sign up this year. But you will have plenty of opportunities next year and for years to come. Next years theme is: Believe, dream, inspire.  You’d better get started!



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