November 2013

Red Ribbon Week at SJHS

Attributions: 
Emma Whipple, SJHS Staff Writer
Red Ribbon Week Pledges
Students participate in games during the Red Ribbon Week Assembly
Members of the Latinos in Action Group Present during the Red Ribbon Week Assembly

Red Ribbon Week is a time for students to dress up at school, participate in fun games, and also learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Red Ribbon Week usually takes place in the last few weeks of October.  Red Ribbon Week for Springville Junior High was October 7th, 8th, and 9th.  

Schools across the nation participate in Red Ribbon Week in memory of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was working undercover in Mexico for four years on a big drug bust.  He was soon caught and killed by a drug cartel that found out he was working with the DEA.  His family donned red ribbons in his memory, and thus Red Ribbon Week was born.

Red Ribbon Week is for students K-12 around the nation to learn about drugs and alcohol, and the harm they can do.  Here at SJHS, posters were put up around the school, listing facts about underage drinking, and drug use.  Students could participate in trivia questions involving the facts on the posters each day for a prize.    

There was also a theme each day so students could dress up!  The theme for Monday the 7th was, be a hero and don’t do drugs; students made pledges at lunch not to do drugs, and you could dress up like your favorite superhero.  Tuesday the theme was friends don’t let friends do drugs.   It was twin day or dress like your best friend day, and Wednesday, students wore red for the last day of Red Ribbon Week.  According to Ms. Miley, an assistant principal at SJHS, she thinks that “it’s a great thing to do in schools.”  

On the Monday of Red Ribbon Week, the student council from both semesters, and the Latinos in Action group held an assembly where they told the story of Agent Camarena and how Red Ribbon Week started.  Skits were performed by the student council, and a huge Jeopardy game took place between all the students in the assembly! “I like Red Ribbon Week because it’s fun and you get to dress up!” said Ana Jimenez, a ninth grader and a member of the Latinos in Action group at SJHS.

New Honors English Teacher Rocks!

Attributions: 
Sarah Tucker, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Neeley with her class, photo by Sarah Tucker, SJHS Staff

We have a new honors English teacher this year at SJHS. Ms. Neeley, the English and creative writing teacher, has taken on another challenge. She is teaching honors English and according to some of her students she is doing a great job! Ceci Sumsion, a ninth grade girl in honors English, said that she likes Ms. Neeley’s class because you can learn new techniques. Stanton Woods, a ninth grade boy in honors english, said that he likes Ms. Neeley’s class because it feels more involved. Ms. Neeley said, “I am having so much fun teaching honors English. It is fun to teach ninth graders and the students in my class are so smart and willing to do hard work. It is awesome.”       

Ceci Sumsion said, “I like Ms. Neeley a lot because she is fun and she makes the class fun.” The coolest thing Ceci has done in class this year is read the book Anthem. She said it was coolest thing because it was a different kind of point of view.        

Stanton Woods said that he likes Ms. Neeley’s class because they learned about  different types of persuasion. Also Ms. Neeley involves the students a lot; Stanton feels more involved than in other classes.       

Ms. Neeley has taken on all these challenges. So good luck.

Who is Mrs. Droz?

Attributions: 
Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Droz, photo by Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff

Mrs. Droz, the eighth grade counselor and an advisor in HOPE Squad, has been helping students for a whole decade at the end of this school year.  As a counselor she says she is very busy.  But what does she do?

Mrs. Droz explains, “As an eighth grade counselor I help my students with their social, emotional, and educational needs.” That is exactly what she does.  She says that she tries to meet with her students and learn about them, mostly about their interests, strengths, and goals.  They set goals and work through any areas where the student might struggle.  She often times meets with the student’s friends, family and teachers to find solutions. As a counselor, she says that she also teaches CTE guidance lessons, HOPE Squad training lessons, bully prevention lessons, career exploration lessons, and she helps students with registration, class selection and class schedules.

“We counselors are very, very, VERY, busy,” says Mrs. Droz.  Mrs. Droz is also a part of the HOPE Squad advisory.  She explains that the HOPE Squad is a suicidal prevention and peer support team made up of 31 students and 5 advisors.

HOPE Squad member Tyree Strong said, “Mrs. Droz is a wonderful advisor.”  

Mrs. Droz has done a lot of work on the HOPE Squad, such as organizing meetings and training lessons, making activities possible, and planning suicide prevention lessons,  just to name a few. 

Not only is Mrs. Droz a counselor and advisor, she is also a sports fanatic.  She loves the University of Utah football team, the Utes, and watches all their games  She even has season tickets and spends most of her weekends at Rice Eccles Stadium.  Aside from football she also likes the Utah gymnastics team which she has season tickets to as well.  Her family cheers on the University of Utah’s team, the Red Rocks.  Mrs. Droz is an amazing counselor.

Mr. Hatfield’s Egg Bombs

Attributions: 
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer
Student in Mr. Hatfield's class, photo by Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff

It’s that time of year again when Mr. Hatfield, a science teacher, throws eggs off the school roof.       

Yes, the science elective teacher dropped eggs off the roof, but not any eggs, eggs in little parachutes or covered in bubble wrap. Some kids covered their eggs in bubble wrap, others used plastic bag parachutes, and some just put them in a ziplock to see them explode.Every year Mr. Hatfield has his class make different strange devices to protect their egg when it is dropped. Mr. Hatfield enjoys letting kids try new things, and says it helps students learn the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. 

Mr. Hatfield said, “I started the egg drop 22 years ago,” and “I don’t know why I started it.”

If you would like to make some devices to protect an egg getting dropped off the roof of the school you might like Mr. Hatfield’s science electives, or hope you get Mr. Kindrick, an eighth and ninth grade science teacher, because they are the only teachers that do the egg drop according to Mr. Dahl, another science teacher.

All About Ms. Dunn

Attributions: 
Chloe Wimmer, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Dunn, photo by Chloe Wimmer, SJHS Staff

Many of you know Ms. Dunn as a seventh grade and ninth grade english teacher, or even a journalism teacher, but do you really know her?  What her favorites are? What she likes to do in her freetime? What type of music she likes to listen to?         

“Ms. Dunn is fun and easy going. We get along great, and besides that Ms. Dunn is the best teacher and everyone should know her,” says Clara Brotherson, a ninth grade girl at our school.  

Cortez Nelson, another ninth grade student at our school, said, “Ms. Dunn teaches very well, and she is a very exciting teacher!”       

Some of Ms. Dunn’s favorites include her passionate love for Zac Efron, BYU, the color purple, Harry Potter books, The Beatles, and her favorite phrase “oh my giddy aunt” from the movie A Knight's Tale.  Ms. Dunn became a teacher because she loves reading, writing and working with teenagers, and she always did very well in English when she was younger.  In her free time Ms. Dunn likes to play tennis and watch movies. She would also love to live somewhere on the east coast because she loves big cities where there is so much to do.        

So now hopefully you know what a fun and exciting teacher Ms. Dunn really is.