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March 2013

Mr. Rencher’s Class Controls Robots

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 22:08
Marin Rosenberg, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Rencher's Exploring Technology class wrote programs to controls robots.

All students at SJHS are in Mr. Rencher’s class in seventh grade for Career Technology Education. After learning about technology in seventh grade, many students take Exploring Technology from Mr. Rencher in eighth or ninth grade. The Exploring Technology students were recently able to build and control robots as an activity in class. The point of the exercise was so that the students that took the class could learn about robotics and electronics. This task is called Mechatronics. Mr. Rencher had the class start in February and they spent about a month with the students programming and learning about the robots. 

All of the students start with the same robot and attach different sensors to it to do different experiments. All the experiments need to be programed on the computer so the robot can work. Mr. Rencher said, “I had some students make a robot this term that picked up a ball and Derek Peterson and Josh Kovatch made one that pulled itself along a string. Most of the students made a robot that followed a line around a track using a light sensor. I have had students make battlebots and some students in a group had two robots communicate with each other through Bluetooth.”        

Many kids in his class have lots of fun thinking up new things to have their robots do. Garrett Huffaker and Brady Dolan, eighth graders at SJHS, made a robot that moved on a string like a ski lift. Derek Petersen, an eighth grader in Exploring Technology, said, “We had a lot of fun with the robots, and I think that the coolest robot was the ski lift robot. The robots were already built out of Legos, and we just had to program in what we wanted it to do.”

Pinging the Pong in PE

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 22:03
Clarissa Scott, SJHS Staff Writer

This year at Springville Junior High School the PE classes added a new unit. Ping pong! Coach Parker, the boys PE teacher at SJHS, teaches the ping pong unit. According to Coach Parker, he loves the game and he thought that the students would like it too, and so far most have. Taylor Sweeten, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “It was really fun, but it was too short.” Taylor wishes they could have played ping pong for longer. Coach Parker likes ping pong and has fun teaching it. He said, “I just teach the basics, grip, rules, serving, doubles strategy. We do little demos, short drills, and lots of games!”

Many of the students enjoyed learning to play ping pong. Anna Gurney, a ninth grader from SJHS, said, “Ping pong was really fun. It gave me an opportunity to learn how to play the game,” The ping pong unit started first semester when the PE students move indoors for the winter before basketball. Then it starts in the second semester before the PE students go back outside for the spring. Ally Smith, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “I liked ping pong because it was a fun experience, and I had a lot of fun playing it” For some students this unit was a new experience. According to Tyler Wright, a ninth grader at SJHS, he had never played ping pong and he had an awesome time learning how and playing ping pong. Students had fun with this unit and thought it was a good unit for PE.

The ping pong unit is coed. Coach Parker takes some of the girls in PE and sends some of his boys to Mrs. Anderson, the girls PE teacher. Then the students pair up into groups of two and face different groups of students in a bracket. How the brackets work is if a group wins a round that group gets to move up to one of the higher tables and the group that loses goes to one of the lower tables. All the students are trying to get to the highest table. Many of the students think that ping pong is fun and that the school should continue playing.

9th Graders Take an Exciting Visit to Springville High School

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 21:34
Laura Uribe, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS ninth graders visiting Springville High School.

Ninth graders at Springville Junior High took a visit to the Springville High School on February 25, 2013. The reason they went to the high school was to get to know the school, to get tenth-grade registration materials, and to get ready for next year. The ninth graders watched videos about some classes that they can take next year.  They also got to take a tour around the school so that they could get to know the school a lot better. 

The high school counselors were there to open the students’ minds to what they should be expecting next year and to encourage them to take some fun elective classes. Not only that, but the high school counselors also helped the ninth graders understand the requirements it takes to graduate from high school. Mrs. Distefano, a ninth grade counselor at SJHS, said, “This was so that the students could have a little bit of orientation, also a little tour of the school to get to know the school a little better.” 

Jocelyn Galindo, a ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “I enjoyed going to the high school. It was very good experience it really is helpful to go.” Cassandra Smith, another ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “I enjoyed this experience, it’s going to be a very good, and new learning experience.” 

Gustavo Camcho, another ninth grader at SJHS, said, “I am excited, but yet not really.” He also said, “I learned you have four hour long classes a day.”  Overall, the students at SJHS seemed to have enjoyed this visit. They seemed to have had a great learning experience.

Basketballs are Flying in Girls PE

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 21:31
Basketballs are a Flying in Girls PE
Girls in Mrs. Anderson’s sixth period class. Left to right: Tess Fisher, Kaylee Nunn, Ashlie Elmer, Tina Serrano, and Carlie Maughan.

The girls’ physical education (PE) classes have started shooting for the hoop. On March 4, they started the basketball unit. The students have begun learning to shoot, dribble, pass, and how to avoid fouling the other players. According to Maryn Giles, an eighth grade girl currently in PE, PE is where you learn different activities to help you stay physically fit. The main goal of PE is to teach kids how to play sports and give the kids a class where you don’t have to sit still. Natalie Sumsion, another PE eighth grade girl, said, “PE exists to make kids get physically active.” 

The PE classes play many different sports which includes ping pong, archery, badminton, pickleball, volleyball, disc golf, soccer, softball, football, and kickball. Carlie Maughan, one of Mrs. Anderson’s eighth grade students, said, “My favorite sport we play is badminton.” 

Mrs. Anderson, the girls PE teacher, said, “Lots of kids like to play basketball, and it is easily accessible with six hoops and a gym. Anyone who wants to play on a team can play city league or we have both girls and boys basketball teams here at SJHS.”  According to Natalie Sumsion, the girls learn how to shoot, pass, dribble and do layups. The different classes have a lot of fun playing games in PE. According to Mrs. Anderson, the girls have fun, but at the same time they are learning how to be physically fit and active.  

The PE class is mandatory, but most, if not all, students would choose to take PE anyways. Mikinna Mchoes said, “PE is really fun and it gives me a chance to stretch my legs after sitting in a desk all day.” Many girls have discovered a real love of sports through the PE program.  Maryn Giles said, “Usually I would never have tried basketball or many of the sports we play, but now that I have tried them I love playing. I also found out that I am pretty good. It also a very social class and I get to play with my friends. I love having PE in my schedule.” 

Spectacular SHS Performances During Quest Time

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 21:17
Clarissa Scott, SJHS Staff Writer
Top: The SHS cheer and drill teams performing during Quest Time at SJHS. Bottom: Torrey Perkins and Kylie Lamb from the SHS cheer squad.

On March 1, Springville High School’s cheer, drill, and dance teams all came to Springville Junior High School. Many SJHS  eighth and ninth grade students went to the girls gym during Quest Time to watch the teams perform. Sarah Mitchell, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “It was a fun performance to watch! The girls on the teams did really cool stuff.” 

The cheer and drill teams started the performance with an incredible dance that they did together. After the opening number, the cheer team performed. The cheerleaders’ happy and exciting attitude pumped up the crowd. Their dance included amazing tumbling and throwing girls up into the air!

When the cheer team was done with their dance, the drill team took the stage. With their bright red costumes, they performed an upbeat dance with bright smiles on their faces. 

Next was the dance team. Their dance was a modern dance that they performed excellently with grace and elegance. The dance team was the only team that had not one, but two boys in the group!

Many of the girls in attendance enjoyed watching the three groups perform and want to join at least one. According to Demmi Nava, a ninth grader at SJHS, she went to the performance to get information about the groups, and she really want to join one of them. 

Tryouts for the dance team are on April 25, and the cheer team is tryout on March 25 through the 29. The drill team tryouts are on April 8 through the 11. Many SJHS girls are excited to join the teams and can’t wait to try out. Good luck girls!

SJHS Students Attend Archery Competition in SLC

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 20:56
Emma Whipple, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS students attended the state archery competition in February.

Back, left to right: Mrs. Anderson, Melanie Anderson, Caleb Houtz, Jessie Simons, Marin Rosenberg, Jeremy Esklund, Nathan Standley, Dakota Dalley, and Wylie Warren.  Front, left to right:  Kaylee Reymund, Sarah Tucker, Becca Hammond, Brynn Patten, and Emily Mason.


On Saturday, February 23, students state-wide went to the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City for the annual archery competition to compete against each other for the winnings.  Junior high and high school students shot for the perfect score of 300.  About 15 students from Springville Junior High competed in Salt Lake.  The competitors shot for as long as 30 minutes during the all-day event and then they could hang around the Salt Palace with their friends, or go to lunch with their families.  

Over 700 kids came to the competition in Salt Lake, but not all were awarded.  Only the top three teams, and top three girls and boys in each age group got prizes, which included: trophies, bows, and certificates.  Even the coaches got to try out their shooting skills!

The team did great overall in the competition!  Three SJHS students placed in the top 15 for their grade level.  Marin Rosenberg got 6th place out of all ninth graders state-wide, Brynn Patten got 4th place out of all eighth graders state-wide and 6th place out of all junior high students, and Sarah Tucker got 13th place out of all seventh graders. 

“I go as their coach, and I love to watch the students shoot. I also get to know the parents a little better too,” said Mrs. Anderson, the girls P.E. teacher at SJHS.  We have been doing archery at Springville Junior High for two years.  Mrs. Anderson also said, “We did really well shooting the short distance (10M), but need to work on the longer distance (15M).  Next year we will focus a little more time on that.”  The students had a lot of fun going to the competition and anyone is welcome to go, even if they are not in P.E.  They just need to come to the practices.  Caleb Houtz, a ninth grader from SJHS who went to the competition, said, “I loved it!”  Jessie Simons, a seventh grader from SJHS who also went to the competition said, “ Everyone should do it!”  

Exploring the Constitution

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 13:49
Alexis Pool, SJHS Staff Writer

Eighth grade students in Mr. Shields’s history classes at Springville Junior High  are learning about the “very basic foundation of our government today,” the Constitution. To learn about this important piece of our history, the students are making a brochure advertising the Constitution and what it represents.  “The Constitution enabled the people of our country to be free from an oppressive government which would limit the people’s rights,” said Mr. Shields, the history teacher who is conducting the project. He hopes the assignment will help his students further understand the Constitution and why it is so important to our history. 

According to Mr. Shields, the project is to create a pamphlet that will advertise the Constitution as well as provide the important main parts of the Constitution. The project should include a title page with a catchy phrase and three more pages explaining the main parts. Blake Johnson, an eighth grader at SJHS who enjoys being in Mr. Shields’s class, said, “Doing the assignment will help me study for the test and helps my grade.” The assignment is the biggest one due this semester and lots of time should be put into it. 

The brochure should look very neat, colorful, and should represent the Constitution itself in a patriotic way. According to Ceci Sumsion, an eighth grader in the class who has already completed the assignment, “to get the project done on time, you have to be organized and put lots of time into it.” According to Paige Cook, another eighth grader in the class, “Doing the project helped me learn what the six goals of the Constitution are, which helped me understand everyday life much better and I can see things from a new perspective.” The history project was due this Friday, March 8th. Mr. Shields is excited to see the pamphlets completed and see what his students have came up with to represent our history. 

Field Trip to the Corn Wagon Quilt Co.

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 13:42
Paige Cook, SJHS Staff Writer

The eighth-grade sewing students took a field trip on Friday, February 15, to the Corn Wagon Quilt Co., in Springville.  They were able to see many things while visiting the quilt store.  According to Mrs. Bird, the sewing teacher, the purpose of this trip was so the students could see the projects a quilting store does.  Visiting the store helped the students see some of the options they could have if they decided to have a career in textiles.  The students  saw an embroidery machine and a machine that puts holes in the fabric, that are later used to crochet.  Chloe Dean, an eighth-grader in sewing, said that they learned “how people made quilts.”

The class was able to watch the women at the store demonstrate their machines.  The students got to experience the use of a machine quilter, which a Corn Wagon employee operated free-hand.  She explained to the students that she made up the designs, sketched them, and then went to work!  Megan Gashler said, “A lot of [the quilts] looked like art.”

According to Mrs. Bird, this field trip was a good experience, and she would definitely do it again.  Mrs. Bird also said, “I wanted [the students] to see that art work could be in a different form.”  Megan Gashler said, “It was really cool!  I loved it!”

February Super Knights

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:26
photo courtesy of Trent Mikesell
February Super Knights, left to right: Zachary Crocker, Reagan Park, Hannah Kallaker, Lauryn Davis, Sam Farley, and Marcus Hansen.

February's Super Knights were announced during the February 22nd assembly.  Lauryn Davis and Sam Farley were named the seventh-grade Super Knights.  Hannah Kallaker and Marcus Hansen were named eighth-grade Super Knights.  Reagan Park and Zachary Crocker were named ninth-grade Super Knights.  Teachers made the following comments about February’s Super Knights:

7th gradeLauryn Davis

  • Lauryn Davis is a member of the HOPE Squad, and she puts her heart into it. She is always kind and helpful to her peers and classmates, and she really cares about others.
  • Lauryn Davis is always positive, happy, and fun to have in class. She is friendly to other students who might be lonely, and helps everyone feel good about themselves. I overheard her once defending someone that other students were talking badly about.

7th grade—Sam Farley

  • Sam Farley is very polite and always tries his best.
  • Sam Farley is happy, kind, and great to have in class. He works well with other students and always gets his work done. 
  • He knows when to be serious, but he knows when to have fun, too.

8th grade—Hannah Kallaker 

  • She is a gracious student who always does her best, going above and beyond expectations in my class.  She is friendly to me and other students.  She is also helpful, kind, and generous.
  • She is super pleasant in class, fun to have around. Great student with a very creative side to her. She always adds a personal touch to everything she does. Shes One of a kind that I wish I had 30 more of. She going to crazy successful at whatever she ends up doing in the future.

8th grade—Marcus Hansen

  • I have enjoyed teaching Marcus this year.  He is one of the most helpful students I have ever had.  He is friendly to everyone and is always willing to share a pencil. I really appreciate having such a fine young man as a student in our school and especially in my class.
  • He is a conscientious student who tries his best.  He is kind and friendly to everyone. He is always optimistic and includes others.

9th grade—Reagan Park

  • Reagan Park is an exceptional student. She is very hard working and does high quality work. Reagan treats others with kindness and respect. She is the type of person that others want to be around because of who she is and how she acts. She radiates awesomeness! And I almost forgot to mention ... Reagan has many, many talents and is quite humble about them.
  • Reagan is a dynamic girl with a warm, gentle and kind demeanor. There isn’t a mean bone in her body! She has a welcoming smile that puts you at ease.  She has a very bright mind and is always seeking to learn the truth in things. She welcomes an intelligent conversation.  Her mind, talents and abilities will take her great places in her life! 

9th grade—Zachary Crocker

  • Zach Crocker is an awesome young man. He is very quiet and very respectful. Zach is a humble person and considerate of others. I really appreciate his hard work in class. Zach is a deep thinker. I appreciate Zach's caring and thoughtful ways.
  • Zach Crocker is great. He want to learn and is going to do what it takes to learn. He quietly goes about his work and is always courteous and shows respect to all he comes in contact with. 

Hill Air Force Base Tops All

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:54
Erin Caswell, SJHS Staff Writer
Eighth graders holding up one of the airplanes left to right: Erika Crystal, Ben Leishman, Kielle Popham, Carlie Maughn, Erin Caswell. Bottom: Students dressed as pilots left to right: Erika Crystal, Lela Packard, Carlie Maughn, Kielle Popham.

On February 19, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Hansen and Mr Hatfield, Springville Junior High teachers, took a small group of eighth-grade students up to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden for an educational experience. Ben Leishman, a SJHS eighth grader, said, “Hill Air Force Base is a working Air Force Base which holds a museum with lots of cool, old planes.”  According to Chloe Wilson, another eighth grader, it is a big museum with lots of airplanes and artifacts about planes and pilots. Chloe also said, “It was an educational experience that helped us explore science, technology, and the history of flying.” The museum was large and had a lot of information about anything from pilots to the type of fuel planes use.  

There was a lot that happened on this field trip including looking at planes, eating outside, and looking at pilot statues, but that is not all the students who went on the field trip did. Tyler Anderson, another eighth grade boy in the group, said, “We saw a lot of planes and got to dress up like astronauts.” According to Ben Leishman, there was a special room the students got to go into where the students flew simulators and tried on pilot clothes after seeing both halves of the museum.  According to Kielle Popham, they got to freely walk around the museums and outside with all the planes. It was really fun and she recommends going there because it was “pretty cool.” Tyler Anderson said, “I learned a lot about planes and I had a great time.” 


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