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January 2013

The Story of Anne Frank Lives on

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 10:27
Samantha Sorensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bass and some of her students practicing their scenes in the Anne Frank play.

The time of World War II was a harsh and bitter time for all who lived then, but one story  is better known than others: the story of Anne Frank. Anne Frank was a young girl when World War II began, and because of her family's religion she was forced go into hiding to avoid the Nazis that threatened her and her family’s lives. Going into hiding made a lot of restrictions for her and her family. She couldn’t leave the secret apartment above her father’s business, she couldn’t use water during the day, and she couldn’t throw stuff out because the workmen below may hear her family or have evidence she was up there. It was a very tough life for her and for many other Jews at the time; they constantly lived in fear. 

Mrs. Bass’s class is able to learn about the story of Anne Frank in a unique way, they are performing plays to help them understand her story. Mrs. Bass, an eighth-grade English teacher at Springville Junior High School, said, “I do the Anne Frank plays because it is a more interactive way of learning Anne’s story. I have tried different methods of teaching her story, and this seems to be the most fun.” And according to some of her eighth-grade students, they all like learning about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. 

The whole class participates in the play by playing different roles, the students are allowed to pick their own roles until a certain character has be chosen for all three scenes. Kyle Rogers, an eighth-grade student at SJHS playing the role of Mr. Dussel in the Anne Frank play, said that he chose this role “because he is a grouchy old man, and he is funny.” 

The Anne Frank plays are a great way to learn about Anne Frank’s story and to have fun while doing it.

Spotlight: Ms. Fausett

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 09:11
Tiana Spencer, SJHS Staff Writer
Some students in the seventh-period foods class. Front, left to right: Cooper Halladay and Kallie Powell. Back, left to right: Kimberlyn Hicken, Emo Apaui, Ms. Fausett, Sierra Marshman, Michael Nelson, and Tyler Sumsion.

“She explains things really well. She’s fun, and has a good sense of humor,” said Emily Mason, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, when asked about Ms. Fausett, the new Foods teacher at SJHS. Ms. Fausett started out as a sub for Mrs. Luke while she was on maternity leave, but she is now teaching the morning Foods classes.  We are lucky to have her because Ms. Fausett is well trained and well prepared for this position.

Ms. Fausett graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2012 after attending there for five years.  She studied Family and Consumer Science education (FACS for short). Ms. Fausett has been at the junior high since October, when Mrs. Luke had her baby. Some things about her is that she would love to teach in the future. She would also like to travel more. She  helped students at BYU for four years in cooking, and realized that she wanted to teach for good. According to Ms. Fausett the oddest thing according to her that she has heard students do, was use salt in their chocolate chip cookies instead of sugar.

What makes a great cook successful according to Ms. Fausett,  it takes practice, and dedication to learning it. So, If students are taking the class, or have it in the future, do not panic. Ms. Fausett is there to help.

Sew What?

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 16:09
Chloe Wilson, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bird's second period sewing class, left to right: Carlie Maughan, Cami Dallin, Camille Ostler, Olea Barlow, Julie Sumsion, Ally Brunson, Iraidi Orozco, Diana Arellano, and Alexis Bowers.

What do a buffalo, a monkey, a horse, and pajama pants have in common? If you guessed that they all live in a jungle, you’re wrong. All of these are similar because they are all projects that can be made in Mrs. Bird’s sewing elective class at SJHS.

“I took the class because I wanted to develop a new skill that I’m actually going to use in real life,” said Sadie Mangum, an eighth grader in sewing class. ”I enjoy it because we get to learn while we talk to friends, which is really cool,” she said. Lizzy Brimhall, another sewing student, said, “I do [enjoy sewing]. It’s the silver lining in my day. I’ve made two bags, pj pants... I’m working on a stuffed animal seal right now. It’s really cute.”

Taylor Wright, another eighth grader, said, “You get to make what you want. You get to order crafts and stuffed animals and make them. You get the privilege to give them to your family. When you’re in sewing class, it comes together and looks more and more like [your project] when you’re done.” Taylor likes sewing class because it’s given her something to do, and it’s really fun. “I looked at the pillowcases I did in CTE [in seventh grade] and those I do now.... I’ve improved so much,” she said.

Mrs. Bird, the sewing teacher at SJHS, said, “I like teaching sewing because I enjoy doing it myself. My favorite part about teaching is that I get to teach kids to do something with their hands. It helps them build confidence.” Mrs. Bird likes the mystery projects most of all. She said, “They get to choose what they want to do... it’s fun to see what they come up with. They have performance requirements that they have to pass, and them they can choose from a variety of projects to make.”

Any student interested in sewing can sign up at the end of seventh and eighth grade. Some of the projects that you can make include various bags, pajama pants, stuffed animals, aprons, quilts, pillowcases, skirts, and dresses. There is also a sewing club during Quest Time on Thursday, where eighth and ninth graders can sign up to make anything they want. It’s held in Mrs. Bird’s room (#36).  All in all, students love Mrs. Bird’s sewing class because it’s a chance to be creative and have fun. “I feel like I can make anything!” said Sadie Mangum.

Students Go Math Caroling in Mrs. Gleave’s Class

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 16:06
Austen Moon, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Gleave’s seventh period math class performing their Math Carols on December 20th. Becca Hansen, Brienna Bernardi, Justin Crooksten, Thomas Child, Tayler Stubblefield, Mykael Geeting, Sara McIver, Somer Johnson, and Kassitey Craudell.

Everybody has their own Christmas traditions.  In Mrs. Gleave’s math classes here at Springville Junior High School, they have a little tradition of their own.  Every year, right before winter break, Mrs. Gleave’s classes go around the school and sing Christmas carols.  The only catch is that they must make up parodies to their favorite carols, turning them into Christmas Math Carols.  The classes performed on December 20th, during each class period.

According to Mrs. Gleave, the idea for Christmas Math Carols all started with the quadratic formula, which some people memorize to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”  “Studies show that putting things to music can help you remember them,” said Mrs. Gleave.  “The quadratic formula was so easy to remember, so I decided to try making a few math carols with my advanced class.”  After a couple of years, though, every one of Mrs. Gleave’s classes were making up their own, unique, math carols.  Some of Mrs. Gleave’s favorites include: “Rhombus Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and a song about triangle congruency to the tune of “Carol of the Bells.”  

Students typically get together in groups of five or so, and go through their textbooks to find formulas.  After that, they make them into lyrics, and turn them in to Mrs. Gleave.  This year will be the sixth year in a row that Mrs. Gleave’s students are going caroling.  “In the beginning, we didn’t bug too many teachers, but in recent years, we’ve gotten a lot of positive response,” said Mrs. Gleave.  According to Mrs. Gleave, each class usually has the opportunity to perform their songs for three or four classes.  “Education should be fun,” said Mrs. Gleave,  “and with winter break coming up, it’s a fun way to end the calendar year.”  Derick Paulsen, a ninth grader at SJHS who caroled last year in Mrs. Gleave’s class, said, “It’s a great way to still learn new things without doing a bunch of assignments.”

Rooty toot-toot and a Rummy tum-tum, the Band Concert is Coming to Town

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 15:52
Ceci Sumsion, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Booth on stage with the eighth-grade band.

The Springville Junior High School band had their concert on December 12th, 2012. Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade bands all played in the concert. During the concert the bands played a wide variety of songs. The ninth graders played songs from the musical Wicked, and a Disney medley. The eighth graders played the Beatles and Christmas music, and the seventh graders played Queen songs and Christmas songs. According to Mr. Booth, the band conductor at SJHS, all of his songs are his favorite--he only does awesome music. According to Skyler Walser, an eighth grader in the band, her favorite songs was Greensleeves.

People in the audience said the band did great. Maggie Anderson, an audience member at the concert said, “They did really well, and they sounded great.”

Mr. Nackos, Super Substitute!

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 15:37
Zoe Dalley, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Nackos, a substitute teacher at SJHS

Mr. Nackos is an awesome substitute here at Springville Junior High School, and it seems like everyone here at the school has heard his cool name at one point or another. He is a big favorite among students and is often picked to sub by teachers. He has been a substitute teacher for nine years and counting, and he really seems to enjoy his job!

“He really makes class fun!” said eighth-grade  SJHS student Gage Carter. And many students agree! Almost everyone you ask will say he is a really fun teacher. According to seventh grader Aida Popham, he is a good substitute because he is funny, and explains the material in a way that's easy to understand. Mr. Nackos says he enjoys teaching at a junior high because all of the students are so enthusiastic! 

But Mr. Nackos doesn't just like to sub, he also likes to golf in the summer, and visit his grandchildren in his spare time. So, now that you know a little more about him, you can continue to hope that your next substitute teacher is the amazing Mr. Nackos! 

Flour Sack Babies at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 15:35
Caitlin Fulkerson, SJHS Staff Writer
Students holding their flour sack babies. From left to right: Ricky Moala, Andrew Lewis, Kylee Poulsen.

In Mrs. Murray’s teen living class at SJHS, students were given flour sack babies to carry around and take care of. Teen living students took care of the flour sack babies from December 10th through the 14th. Ricky Moala and Andrew Lewis, ninth graders in Mrs. Murray's class, said, “The purpose of it is to show that it is hard to be a teen parent if teen pregnancy happens.” According to Mrs. Murray, while students are in class, they can set their baby on their desk, by their desk, or in a designated nursing area.

Each baby weighs 10 pounds. If a student gets assigned twins, each baby weighs five pounds. According to Andrew Lewis, each student has a daily log of what they have to do each day. Also, they have to wake up in the middle of the night to email Mrs. Murray saying they fed the baby, changed the baby, etc. According to Mrs Murray, another major goal for this assignment is to prevent child abuse.

“Students are responsible for the flour sack baby at all times. It is considered a newborn infant and can’t be left unattended,” Mrs. Murray said. 

Around the Town, Knightengale Candlelight Tour

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 15:15
Zoe Dalley, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS choir singing at Brookside Elementary. Picture taken by Corine Clark.

The eighth grade girls choir (aka “The Knightengales”) practices at Springville Junior High School every Tuesday, but they aren't always cooped up here at the school. On December 18th, 2012, the Knightengales went on tour to elementary schools all around Springville! All of the girls participating were really excited, and after how hard they've worked, its easy to see why!

These girls went to Brookside, Art City, Cherry Creek, Westside, and Sage Creek Elementary. They also got one other special treat . . . they went to the mall for lunch!  But it wasn't at all easy to earn participation for this tour. It was actually a lot of hard work! According to Tyree Strong, an eighth grader here at SJHS, the Knightengales practiced every Tuesday at Quest Time, went to two early practices at 6:30 in the morning, and they couldn't have a lot of tardies or absences, or else they couldn't go. They couldn’t have deficient grades either. “It”s a lot of work, but it’s also fun!” said Mrs. Walker, choir teacher at SJHS.

So, why does the school arrange tours like this? Well, there are many reasons the girls are allowed to go on such fun trips! “The kids seem to really like it. It also lets them know about choir, and hopefully, they will join it some day,” said Mrs. Walker. According to Shyann Molster, it’s also so they can show their talent off to other schools around town. “It’s awesome! And we sound awesome!” said eighth grader Lauren Beisinger.


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