January 2013

Getting Groovy with Art Class

Attributions: 
Maryn Giles, SJHS Staff Writer

Have you ever said to yourself, I am such a bad artist?  I can’t even draw a straight line! And have you ever wanted to draw better than a four year old?  And actually make your flowers look like flowers and not like bombs? 

Well, at Springville Junior High School we have a art class that everyone loves. There are some students who find that art helps and inspires them.  Brayden Howell, a seventh grader, said, “Art is inspiring.” Some of the students have families that are very artistic, and they get inspired by them to do art and see where it will take them. 

Izzy Nicholes, another seventh grader, said, “Art says so much, for and about you. It represents how original you can be.”  Even though art might not  be easy at first, just as long as you are dedicated to it you will succeed eventually. 

Right now the art students are working on paper mache masks, which are masks that you mold of your face and then put newspaper over the molds. The students find that at first it is really difficult, but if they practice and practice even at home in their free time, their masks get better, and  Mr. Cudney is also happy with them.  Kaylee Middlebrook, a seventh grader, said, “ Art is long and hard, and takes a lot of time and work, in the end it turns out good.” Some students who have extra free time will ask Mr. Cudney for extra projects they can do, which gives them more time to practice, and the students improve. 

Izzy Nicholes also said, “My cousins are artists. They taught me how to draw in different cultures, and different types of art.”  Art class all together will help you throughout your life, many students said. It’s not just about the pictures; it’s about all the different types of art that are out in the world.

Students Shoot for the Gold at the Archery Tournament

Attributions: 
Allison Clisbee, SJHS Staff Writer

Every year, and archery tournament is held at the Salt Lake Palace in Salt Lake City.  This year, the NASP, National Archery Schools Program, will hold the tournament on February twenty-third.

Mrs. Anderson, girls P.E. teacher at Springville Junior High, attends the archery tournament every year.  She teaches an archery section in her P.E. class and likes to see students apply what they have learned.  She commented, “It was really fun last year, so I’m excited for this year.”

Mrs. Anderson isn’t the only one excited about this year’s archery tournament.  Many students have been looking forward to it.  Dakota Dalley, a seventh grader at SJHS, is looking forward to getting outside and hanging out at the tournament.  Archery is one of Dakota’s favorite sports.  Becca Hammond, eighth grader at SJHS, participated in last year’s archery tournament and is doing it again this year.  She is excited to go, because she gets to hang out with her buddies.  One of her friends, Brynn Patten, another eighth grade student, won fifth place overall last year.  Becca says that she is excited to see how Brynn does this year.

Becca Hammond said, “The tournament is a great way for us to know each other more and provides good opportunities.”  Good luck to all of the students at SJHS who are going to the archery tournament!

6th Graders Watch “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Attributions: 
Allison Clisbee, SJHS Staff Writer

Students and teachers at Springville Junior High had the opportunity to watch our school’s amazing play, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”  But some students from other schools got the chance to see it as well.

On October 30th, sixth graders from Brookside, Art City, Sage Creek, Westside, and Cherry Creek Elementary Schools came to our school on a field trip.  Sixth graders over the years have loved to come and see the play at SJHS.  According to Mrs. Walker, a teacher at SJHS, the play was a big success.

The sixth graders really enjoyed watching the play this year.  Mrs. Larsen, a sixth-grade teacher at Art City Elementary, said, “They were entertained the entire time.”  Mrs. Walker commented, “They were very attentive throughout the play, and they laughed and giggled during the kissing parts.”  THe sixth graders at Art City really like coming to our school, especially since they have older siblings her at SJHS.

Mrs. Walker enjoys when the sixth-grade students come to watch the play.  She and several others have been a big part in making this play a success.  Thank you to everyone who put their best efforts into the play, and to all those sixth graders who came.

Secret Santa Spectacular!

Attributions: 
Zoe Dalley, SJHS Staff Writer

Christmas is a time for celebration, but what is a teacher to do when they want to have a fun holiday activity for their class? The possibilities are endless, but our history teacher here at Springville Junior High School, Mr. Shields, decided to stick with a beloved classic. I’m talking about the Secret Santa of course! On December 20th, 2012, this activity had the students of Mr. Shield’s second, third, fifth, and sixth period classes excited from when they had to hunt for the perfect gift right down to the surprise when they received their own! 

Mr. Shields has been doing the Secret Santa for about three or four years now. According to him, he does it to make school more fun around the holidays, but also to get his students to think of someone else other than themselves. “It is good for us to be unselfish and think of others needs. I am hoping that students will take it seriously and put some thought into giving a good gift,” Mr. Shields said. 

It’s been a big hit with the students as well! According to Maggie Anderson, an eighth grader here at SJHS, it’s fun to wonder about who got her name and what she was going to get as a gift. “I love surprise gifts!” she said. A lot of the students participating received a food item or somthing Christmas themed for their gift. “Everyone loves food,” said eighth-grade student Devin Vest. To help the girls in his class, Mr. Shields made the comment, “The best way to a man's heart, is through his stomach!” 

When you have a fun Christmas party with food, presents, and you get out of class, it’s hard not to love the Secret Santa!

Battle of the Lunches

Attributions: 
Sadie Clark, SJHS Staff Writer

Contentions have arisen here at Springville Junior High. Lunch Wars have begun. Lunch Wars is a fun and creative competition that motivates students to pick up after themselves and keep the cafeteria clean. The competition is between first and second lunch. As Mr. Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, would put it, Lunch Wars is “a little incentive to help students keep the lunchroom clean.”

Lunch Wars has had positive effects so far. The students have been doing very well. First lunch is in the lead, and second lunch is behind by about 500 points. Lunch Wars will be ending when the semester is over, which is January 10th. Mr. Mikesell, the Dean of Students, said, “It's important to clean up after yourself, and take pride in the school. This is a way to reinforce responsibility and teach students to clean up after themselves.”

Maddie Taylor, a ninth-grade student on student council, said, “Sometimes after I eat lunch, I pick up paper, and it’s not that hard.” The administration hopes that students at SJHS can make a difference, and that they will take advantage of it, because it really isn’t that hard. If everyone at SJHS did their very best, the school would be a bright and beautiful place to learn.

Christmas Doors

Attributions: 
Chloe Wilson, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Anderson's winning Christmas door.

The actress Ashley Tisdale once said, “I love Christmas, not just because of the presents, but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”  This Christmas, Springville Junior High celebrated the holidays by cutting paper, sprinkling glitter, measuring wrapping paper, stringing tinsel, and hanging lights to create their own beautiful Christmas doors. “The best part about it is that it brings the Christmas spirit. It’s just cool because it makes the school colorful,” said Sydney Heister, a ninth grader at SJHS. “I think Mrs. Rice’s is the best. It’s like a cave.” Sydney didn’t help with the doors this year, but she says it looks like fun. Emma Page, another ninth-grade student, said, ”I like to see people’s faces and reactions. I helped with Ms. Anderson’s door... it was fun.”     

Participation was optional, but teachers and students who decided to enter the contest had a lot of fun. Mario Serrano, a ninth-grade student, said, “You compete against other classes to see which one’s the best... I think ours was the best, the lighting was cool.” Ms. Anderson, a math and English teacher, said, “Basically, I showed them some pictures, and they voted as a class which ones to do. I got the supplies and turned them loose. They've done a fantastic job! I'm very pleased with their work.”
        
Here are the winners for the contest: Mrs. Gleave, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. K. Rice, and Ms. Neeley all won Honorable Mention; Mr. Cudney won Most Creative; Mrs. Maughan won the award for most Christmas Cheer, and Ms. Anderson's snowmen were the overall winners.

SJHS had a lot of fun decorating doors and is excited for future Christmas Door Decorating contests. “I thought the door decorations were really creative and I’m excited to see what they look like next year, too,” said Allison Clisbee, an eighth grader.

Boys Slam Dunk During Games

Attributions: 
Allyson Smith, SJHS Staff Writer

This year, the 2012 ninth grade boys basketball team has been working hard to keep a good season. According to Mr. Kindrick, the assistant coach, they are very dedicated to working as a team. The team has been working really well with each other. In Mr. Kindrick’s opinion, the team’s defense has improved. Offensively they have started to execute some of the things that are needed to be successful. “Everyone works together,” said Stu Killian, a ninth grader on the team.

So far during the season, most of the team members have learned different things about basketball. Stu Killian has learned how to do a turnaround jump shot. According to Scott Averett, a player on the basketball team, has learned that teamwork is really important. Without it, the team can’t function correctly. Each player has a certain part, and if they don’t do their part, then the play doesn’t work.

The first 45 minutes of each of their practices are always the same. They work on different skill development such as defense and defensive positioning, ball handling, passing, and shooting. After that they work on game development things, such as offensive sets, strategies, and scrimmaging.

Scott likes his team because everyone gets along and plays well with each other.  According to Mr. Kindrick, kids play really well when they get a lot of support from their friends so come to the games!

Ninth Graders go to the Clark Planetarium

Attributions: 
Austen Moon, SJHS Staff Writer

On Friday, December 14th, Springville Junior High was much emptier than usual.  Most of the ninth grade took a field trip to the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City with teachers Mrs. Rice, Mr. Hatfield, and Mr. Hansen.  About 150 students went on the trip, which lasted from 8:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon.  Students got an opportunity to look around the planetarium a little, and then sat down to watch a movie.  “We took a ride through early history, and learned how ancient civilizations perceived the stars,” said Chris Fitzgerald, a ninth grader at SJHS.  After the movie, the students headed to a mall in Salt Lake to eat lunch.  From there, they headed back to Springville Junior High.

According to Mrs. Rice, English teacher at SJHS, the purpose of the field trip was to “enhance background knowledge for our respective subject matter.”  In other words, the goal of the field trip was to give students more background knowledge for each subject at school: English, history, and science.  Not only was the field trip educational, it was also very fun for many students at SJHS.  According to Chris Fitzgerald, the best part was either eating pizza, or listening to Daft Punk and watching the light show.  “We rocked out in the dome theater,” said Chris,  “We had a great time.”

The New and Improved Quest Time

Attributions: 
Samantha Sorensen, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High School has a 20 minute free period between their third and fourth period known as Quest Time. Quest Time has two different options for classes, enrichment for students with D’s and above, and intervention for students with F’s. It has not always been this way,the rule used to be that only students with C’s and above could attend their choice for an enrichment class.  Now enrichment is available to students with D’s. Mr. Van Ausdal, principal of SJHS, said that the new Quest Time “potentially puts more kids in enrichment.” Enrichment classes are fun for kids and include things such as movie rooms or conversation rooms. At the beginning of December this new rule was introduced to all of of SJHS.

Mrs. Gleave, a math teacher at SJHS, said, “Quest Time in general has been really effective.”  Now it can be even more effective, if students are struggling in a class and have an F, they can go and get more help than ever. Rachel Loredo, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, said that the new Quest Time is “ less stressful.” Lauren Besinger, another eighth grader, said, “Intervention is a time for kids to get help when they need it.”  Going to intervention helps students become more successful and raise their grades in classes they might be struggling in.

According to Mrs. Gleave, students can get still get help even if they have a grade that is anywhere from an A to a D. There is a math lab and study room open every day of the week, and students can always make arrangements with teachers to come in at intervention if needed.  Mr. Van Ausdal, principal at SJHS, said, “I feel that anytime we can get kids that need help that is a good thing.”

Students Look Forward to the New Term

Attributions: 
Sadie Mangum, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS is excited to announce that on Monday, January 14th we are starting a new semester! Starting a new semester is more than it seems. Many new changes will occur for all grades that include new classes, automatic A’s and a fresh start at the year. Students look forward to this time of the school year.        “I am excited for the new term because I get a bunch of new classes, including clothing. Everyone says that class is really fun!” said Alisa Boyer, a student at SJHS. “I am excited for new term because I am going to be a library T. A,” said Taylor Wright another student at SJHS. There are many reasons students all over SJHS are excited for the new semester. Chloe Wilson said, “I am excited for the new semester because I get new classes and I get instant A’s. I am also excited to meet new teachers.”

Many students have set goals for the new semester because we get new classes and it’s a new year. Taylor Wright said, “This semester I am going to try keep up my straight A’s.” And Alisa Boyer said, “This semester, I am going to turn in my homework on time.” 

But whatever you are excited for, SJHS hopes that we have a great semester and a happy new year.

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