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December 2012

Candlelight Concert at Springville Junior High

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:55
Marynda Chipman, SJHS Staff Writer
Top: Chase Kimball stands in front of the ninth-grade Mastersingers as he tells the audience about the two people being honored at the Candlelight Concert. Bottom: Mrs. Bales and Pat Bartlett were both recognized at this year’s concert.

On December fifth, two of the choirs at Springville Junior High School had a Candlelight Concert.  The two choirs are mostly made up of eighth and ninth-grade students.  They have been practicing since the middle of October for this concert.  In the concert, they sang a lot of  Christmas songs, and also one song that is traditional at  Springville Junior High, called, “One Candle.”  There were two ninth-grade soloists for that song.  The students who were the soloists for “One Candle” were Kelsie Taylor and Bailey Bird.  Students in the choir can tryout in front of the class to receive a solo.  Whoever gets the most votes gets the solo.  According to Bailey Bird, the concert went really well, and everyone sounded good.  His favorite part of being in a concert is being nervous, because it’s scary and fun at the same time.  

The concert was dedicated to our attendance secretary Mrs. Bales.  Mrs. Walker said, “She is such a great secretary in our school!  She is so organized, and she is just a wonderful person!”  Pat Bartlett was also honored, she is very involved in music and theater in Springville, and also used to be a  storyteller at the Springville Library.  Mrs. Walker, the choir teacher at SJHS, said, “The concert went really well.  Everyone was prepared and enthusiastic, and they sang beautifully.  There was a nice feeling of Christmas there.”  

Now that this concert is over, the choirs are going on tour to elementary schools in the area performing the same concert.  Good luck Mastersingers, Knightengales, and Journeymen!

SJHS Girls Basketball Team Looks to Shoot Themselves to the Top

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:51
Marynda Chipman, SJHS Staff Writer
The ninth-grade girls and boys basketball teams.

Every winter at Springville Junior High School, the girls’ basketball season starts.  Only ninth-grade girls are allowed to try out for this team.  The girls on this year’s team are Sarah Skinner, Allyson Smith, Sarah Mciver, Tiana Ta’ala, Katie Johnson, Maddie Brenchley, Stephanie Aragon, Courtney Myers, Emma Hargett, Ciara Snapp, Lavasi Leilua, and Kayla Pexton. There are two coaches for this team, Coach Woolf and Coach Gurney.  The girls practice everyday after school for two hours.  Coach Woolf said, “We have a great group of girls that are willing to work hard and improve their skills. I like to see the improvements they make during each practice. I also really enjoy exercise and one of my jobs as assistant coach is to condition the girls. We work very hard!”  According to Tiana Ta’ala, a ninth-grade girl on the team, the coaches rock, and the practices are fun and challenging.

The coaches expect the girls to improve after each game and fight to win games.  Throughout the season, Springville Junior High will play against other junior high teams in the district.  All of their home games will be played in the boys’ gym, and the coaches and players encourage students to come support the team.  Kayla Pexton, a girl on the team, said, “Who doesn’t love basketball?”

The Gophers

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:38
Sadie Clark, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bales and Mrs. Murdock with Helen, the seventh-period office TA.

Office TA’s work behind the scenes for SJHS. They work for the office and especially help Springville Junior High School’s secretaries. They run papers and notes to students and teachers, they help students that are new to SJHS with their schedules and lockers, they rake leaves, and they also help decorate the Christmas tree.  Mrs. Bales, an SJHS secretary, said, “They are our gophers. They do anything and everything.”

Many of these TA’s really enjoy helping others as a TA. They are glad that they chose to help. Jonathan Haws, a ninth-grade student, said, “I just like helping people!” Megan Marshall, another ninth-grade student, likes working with the secretaries. She said, “Mrs. Bales and Mrs. Murdock are really nice.”  It is a good thing that SJHS has these amazing students making such contributions to the school. The TA’s work very hard for SJHS; they are an important factor in keeping our school up and running.

Spotlight: Mr. Kindrick

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:17
Maryn Giles, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Kindrick

Have you ever met someone that can joke around, has an amazing sense of humor, and can do it all while teaching a class about science? Well at Springville Junior High School, we have one of those teachers. His name is Mr. Kindrick. Josh Sanders, an eighth grader, said, “Even with his silly personality he can get to the topics well, and we can leave the room feeling confident in what we learned, and also know that we learned something new.” There are a lot of students who feel that Mr. Kindrick is an amazing teacher and he can be silly. Ms. Hamilton, a teacher at SJHS, said, “My favorite thing about Mr. Kindrick is that he loves to boogie down to the music that plays in the hallways during the break.”        

Mr. Kindrick said, “I really like the day-to-day interaction with the students.” The students also notice that Mr. Kindrick gets along really well with his students. Most of his students say that since he has kids of his own our age, it makes it easier for him to understand and get along with his students. Jaxon Tijerina, an eighth grader, said, “He is a very cool teacher, and he knows how to teach a lesson.”

Students Mr. Kindrick  has taught said that they really love him and his goofy personality. If you haven't had a chance to meet him you should find the time to do it because it will change your life!  You will also leave with a new sense of humor.

The Honorable English Teacher Mrs. Rice

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:14
Marynda Chipman, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Rice and her fifth period class.

For the past ten years, the honors English teacher, Mrs. Rice, has shown Springville Junior High a different style of teaching that has helped her students improve and excel in reading and writing.  Mrs. Rice said, “Teaching English gives you the chance to do deep philosophical thinking and take a stand on many moral and ethical issues.”  Mrs. Rice has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Education.  

On January tenth, Mrs. Rice will be starting a new chapter in her life. Traveling across the country, Mrs. Rice and her husband will be attending the University of Kansas to earn their doctoral degrees.  One of Mrs. Rice’s life goals has always been to get a doctorate degree.  Mrs. Rice will also be teaching classes at the university about linguistics. 

In order to get her Ph.D., Mrs. Rice will have to take two years of classes, and find an idea of what to study.  Then she will have to write a dissertation on the topic she studied.  The topic Mrs. Rice has chosen to study is the reading and writing of adolescents who come to this country as immigrants and have to learn English in school.  According to Mrs. Rice, you can’t write about what people already know, you have to use what is already known to find out something entirely new.  

Mrs. Rice has been somewhat of  a role model for her students.  According to Danny Salazar, a ninth grader, Mrs. Rice is good at using big words, modeling her coat, and has a great sense of humor.  He also is intrigued by her life stories and thinks that they need to go in a book.  

Mrs. Rice said, “I wish all my students, their parents, and my colleagues good luck.  I hope they all get to acquire the education they want for themselves and that they can meet  all of their other life goals as well.”  According to Mrs. Rice, her favorite thing about teaching is that she gets to learn.  Getting her doctoral degree will open up space for her to pursue questions that interest her.  She is also looking forward to being able to spend time with her infant daughter Hannah Stephanie Rice.

Zoomania Brings Animals for a CTE Assembly

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:05
Austen Moon, SJHS Staff Writer
One of the many animals CTE students were able to see during the Zoomania assembly.

It isn’t too often that students get to see animals inside of a junior high school.  But all seventh graders at Springville Junior High School had the opportunity to not only see a few animals, but learn a little bit about them.  On Monday, October 22nd, Zoomania came to SJHS to put on an assembly for seventh graders during their CTE class.  According to Mr. Taylor, one of three CTE teachers at SJHS, the reason for the assembly was to show students a few career paths involving animals.

Zoomania brought a great variety of animals to the assembly.  According to Mr. Taylor, there were two snakes, a couple of lizards, a macaw, a flying squirrel, a Great Dane, a tortoise, and even a chinchilla.  “It was really cool to see all of those animals at the same assembly,” said Brett Moon, a seventh grader at SJHS.  Not only was the assembly fun and entertaining, it also helped give students a better understanding about jobs with animals.  “It’s a positive way to expose students to different career paths without giving them a big, long lecture,” said Mr. Taylor. “I think [the students] enjoyed it.”

Have you ever gone into a different world?

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:56
Maryn Giles, SJHS Staff Writer
Some students in the Reading for Enjoyment class.

“Some people think reading is boring, but if you get into a book, you will be hooked because it takes you into the world of the book,” Danielle Melendez, a seventh grader said. Daniela is part of the Reading for Enjoyment class at Springville Junior High School. 

Ms. Miley, the Reading for Enjoyment teacher, said, “It's so fun to see kids open up about what they're reading and share their opinions with the class.”  This is an elective class where people read for almost the whole period. People take this class if they really love reading, if they want to get better at reading, or if they want to enjoy reading more. Ms. Miley said, “I wanted to create a place when kids who enjoy reading could get together and talk about books with people who share their love of reading.”

During the Reading for Enjoyment class, the students give book talks, which is when they get up in front of the class and share about a book they have read, also they write a short journal entry about what they had read that day or anything else that Ms. Miley decides to have us think about, and of course they read.  Blake Johnson, an eighth grader, said, “I like this class cause I can read the books for my book reports and then I have time at home to get my other homework done.” 

Some of the students have taken the class for all three years of junior high, and now they can finish a 500 page book in about 2 weeks. All together it is a fun class, and you will enter all kinds of different worlds with one good book.


Front row, left to right: Kenny Whimpey, Anthony O’Banion, Stephen Gantt, Miles Rosenberg, Brandon Garnica, Alyssa Gardiner, Brielle Cruz, and Alexis Hardman.  Back row, left to right: Destinie Higgins, Daniela Melendez, Tanner Wilkerson, Kaylee Middlebrook, Mason Coomes, Blake Johnson, Tyler Killian, and Devin Vest.

SJHS Sculpture Class

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:32
Sadie Grace Mangum, SJHS Staff Writer

Wood, paper, clay, metal these are only a few of the unusual materials being used in the sculpture class at SJHS!  Mr. Cudney, the sculpture teacher at SJHS, said that sculpture “is a class for beginning and intermediate artists.  We explore sculpting and many different  types of media.” Megan Gashler, an eighth-grade sculpture student at SJHS, said, “I love working with my hands and making things I’ve never made before, and the sculpture class gives me a chance to do both of them!”

In sculpture class, aside from all the usual materials, they also make a wide variety of unusual projects such as animals, monsters and abstract forms. Megan Gashler said, “So far in Sculpture Class my favorite project has probably been the masks, although it was kind of gross to touch the wet plaster! Eww!” Mr. Cudney said, “I like making monsters, cool looking people sculptures, and masks.”

All in all, students think that the sculpture class is really fun and interesting. So if this class sounds fun, it is the class for you! You can sign up at the end of the year to participate in some of the fun activities in Mr. Cudney’s sculpture class.

Music to My Ears

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:20
Chloe Wilson, SJHS Journalism Staff

“It’s really fun. I like it because it’s a class where, instead of homework, you get to play music. It’s different from other classes,” said Sena Warren, an eighth grader at SJHS. This quote describes an amazing elective class available at Springville Junior High School: orchestra.

Dr. Tsugawa directs and teaches the orchestra during first, second, and third period. There are some cool instruments, which include bass, violin, viola, and cello. Students warm up with scales and other exercises, then get their fingers moving with faster songs. Then they tackle their concert songs. The orchestra is looking forward to performing in upcoming concerts, including one in January.

Many students enjoy being in the orchestra. “It’s really fun-we get to play really fun songs where you go really fast,” said Becky Britt, an eighth-grade orchestra student. Sena Warren said, “I did sixth-grade orchestra and I really liked it. I’ve tried several different instruments, but I loved the cello. I definitely have a better ear... it’s made me sharper on what I’m doing.”

Shelby Smith, a cellist in eighth-grade, said that she loves orchestra. She wanted to learn to play another instrument and she loves the cello so far. “Dr. Tsugawa is really funny. He dances sometimes, and he makes playing fun and easy,” she said.

Springville Junior High’s Snappy Photography Class

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:16
Allison Clisbee, SJHS Staff Writer

Students in Mr. Cudney’s photography classes this year are learning a lot of new skills.  They get to go outside during class and take all sorts of pictures.  Then they edit and share their photos with the class.  Riley Jeffers, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “It’s cool to see how the pictures turn out.”  According to Alyvia Woolsey, an eighth grader at SJHS, students get to take different kinds of pictures.  The class takes pictures that fall into certain categories, such as abstract, perspective, black and white, and much more.  Mr. Cudney, photography teacher at SJHS, said, “Each assignment, we focus on a different concept or technique.” 

According to Mr. Cudney, students in the photography classes learn basic techniques: the composition of photos, the principles of design, and the history of photography.  They are also learning how to express themselves and how to tell a story through photos.  They often take pictures of events in nature, such as sunsets, trees, and clouds.


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