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December 2013

Food Drive Update

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:22
Mackenzie Walker, counselor
Food donated by SJHS students so far this week.

We have had an amazing response to the Food Drive so far!  We have exceeded our goal of 300 lbs of food, and still have two days left!  Way to go everyone!  Here are the rankings for the competition as of 7th period on Wednesday, December 18th:

  • 7th Grade:1st Place: McBride, 2nd Place: Taylor
  • 8th Grade:1st Place: Bodily, 2nd Place: Shepherd
  • 9th Grade:1st Place: Luke, 2nd Place: Severson

The Food Drive ends Friday, December 20th so let's see how much more we can get!

Food Drive

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:23
Mackenzie Walker, counselor

The Counseling office has teamed up with the Latinos in Action (LIA) class to organize a Food Drive here at Springville Junior High through the Community Action Food Bank!  The Food Drive will run from Monday, December 16th through Friday, December 20th. There will be a competition between all the 7th period classes to see which class brings the most cans, and the winning class in each grade (7th, 8th, and 9th) will get a pizza party!  Only non-perishable items please, as well as no glass containers.  For more information on what items are the most needed at the food bank, feel free to visit their website

All the World is a Stage

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:26
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer

 Lo! Let the Shakespearian Homeric, plays commence!! Come one and all! To Mrs. Maughan’s room and let the story of King Midas begin!

 Mrs. Maughan’s ninth grade English classes are performing plays. They are currently learning about Greek Mythology and personal narratives.

“It is a fun way for students to be directly involved in the stories of the gods and goddesses,” said Ms. Maughan.

Some plays were funny, but others were serious. There was a play about King Midas and his golden touch, and a play about Atlanta and a race to choose a husband.

They all had to write their own scripts and make their own props.

“I like writing,” said Dante Kimber, an ninth grader, “I am awesome.”       

If you would like to make plays then hope that you get into Ms. Maughan’s English class.       

“My favorite part of this project is seeing the students’ creativity come out!” said Ms. Maughan.

Students in the Spotlight

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:22
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer

 We have lots of fabulous students here at Springville Junior High School.  This month we are putting the spotlight on two students from each grade, a boy and a girl. Each of these boys and girls are talented students. Enjoy learning more about them.

Catie Brunson, seventh grade~ Catie is a piano playing genius! She also likes sports. Her favorite subject is  math and she also enjoys playing in the school band. The ice cream of her choice is  strawberry cheesecake. She enjoys watching Marvel Superhero movies. When she puts the earbuds in she listens to Josh Turner and Michael Buble.          

Hunter Boschee,seventh grade~ Hunter loves sports! Scootering and riding horses are his hobbies. He loves PE, and considers himself talented at football. Some other favorites are cookie dough ice cream and Maroon 5.

Sariah Rencher, eighth grade~ Sariah says that something she is good at is smiling. Her hobbies are running and doing crafts. Her favorite class is Health class. The ice cream of her choice is chocolate fudge brownie. And she likes to listens to Imagine Dragons and watch UP.

Brayden Tijerina, eighth grade~ Brayden is  a sportaholic. His hobbies are sports, which he’s good at, and he likes body conditioning. His favorite music is OneRepublic. His favorite movie is appropriately Here Comes The Boom.      

Emily Baugh, ninth grade~ Emily enjoys ice skating and painting. The class that she enjoys the most is Seminary. Her favorite movie is Neverland, which she says is “sort of like Peter Pan but not.” She also likes cookies and cream ice cream and listening to Pierce the Veil.               

Marcus Hansen, ninth grade~Marcus Hansen says, “ I like to play soccer and hang with friends.” He likes his science class, and enjoys eating pistachio ice cream. He considers himself good at doing homework and being nice to people. The movie he likes the most is Olympus Has Fallen. He also likes to listen to Rascal Flatts.

Mullet Men

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:19
Lauryn Davis, SJHS Staff Writer
Eighth Grade Boys with Mullets pose for a picture. Photo by Lauryn Davis, SJHS Staff
Ryker Jenkins, an eighth grade boy, shows off his mullet. Photo by Lauryn Davis, SJHS Staff
Ryker Jenkins shows off his mullet. Photo by Lauryn Davis, SJHS Staff

The definition of a mullet[a] is a hairstyle in which the front is cut trim, but the back is long, left wild and often uncut. Even when the back is cut, it is still longer than the front.Lots of boys at SJHS have mullets; it is a new fad at the school.

 Ryan Pexton, an eighth grader at SJHS, said the only reason he grew a mullet was because no one else was doing it. Then he sang ¨Stick To The Status Quo¨ From High School Musical

Beau Mattinson, a seventh grader at SJHS, said he had one when he was a kid and just wants to grow it back.

Chase Ewell, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “ I grew my mullet because it looks good coming out of a football helmet.” 

Dallin Packer, another eighth grade boy, then replied, “It looks good with everything Chase!” 

Ryan Pexton is hoping to grow his mullet out to his mid back so it will look like a cape. Chase Ewell said he would like to grow it to his shoulders. Dallin Packer said, “My mom wont let me grow it out any longer”. 

Aubrey Stewart, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “The guys with the mullets are pretty cool, but the mullets themselves are nasty.” 

Ms.Dunn, an English teacher at SJHS, said, “I think they are weird but really funny.” 

Sarah Tucker, an eighth grader at SJHS, thinks they are awesome because you can braid them.

Tina Serrano, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I think they are weird because they shave the sides so it looks like a skunk.”


Career Talk With The Counselors

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:16
Emma Whipple, SJHS Staff Writer

 It’s that time where the ninth graders have started getting serious about their future.  Many students have been thinking of what career they want to pursue when the time comes, and the ninth graders at Springville Junior High have been talking with Mrs. Linton, Mrs. Droz, Mrs. Distefano, and Mrs. Walker, who are all counselors at SJHS, about what path they should take.  

Ninth grade students, their parents, and one of the counselors get together to discuss career choices, classes that can help them get on their way, and what colleges would be a good choice for them.  “During an SEOP meeting we will celebrate your successes, make a four year plan for high school graduation, and a plan for college and career readiness. We talk about your strengths, goals, and interests. We give you information about high school opportunities and requirements, exploring career fields, and post high school options,” said Ms. Linton, the ninth grade counselor.

SEOP means Student Education Occupation Plan, but according to Ms. Linton, statewide schools are changing the name to College and Career Plan. SEOPs are a time for any ninth grade student to ask questions that they may have on what classes to take in high school and/or college.  Also, the current eighth graders who, will be ninth graders next year, will start to have meetings with the counselors at the end of the year to select some high school classes that they might want to take and get introduced to college plans.  “It’s getting me excited for high school and college,” said Ana Jimenez, a ninth grader at SJHS.

Spanish Class Amigos and Amigas

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:15
Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Mr. Beebe's third period Spanish class work on an assignment. Photo by Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff

 Have you ever wanted to speak another language?  Well at SJHS a Spanish enrichment class is taught by Mr.Beebe, the Spanish teacher, from seventh through ninth grade.  For those who are not familiar with the Spanish class here is what it is like.  

Mr. Beebe said that they play a lot of games because “I think games make learning more fun and enjoyable.” Kosner Lewis, a seventh grade Spanish student, says they have played a game called “cerca and lejos” where the class hides an item in the classroom while a student waits in the hall.  The student in the hall has to find the item once they are called back into the class.  As the student is searching the class is saying “closer” in Spanish.  When the student gets closer to the hiding spot the class gets louder until they are virtually screaming.   

In Spanish one, the eighth grade Spanish class, the students play what Mr. Beebe calls “speed interviews.”  He explains that it is like a speed dating game.  The students have one minute to ask a list of questions about one another, but they have to ask and answer them in Spanish.  When time is up they switch partners and ask the questions with their new partner.

In Spanish two, the ninth grade Spanish class, students have learned about foreign exchange, and have learned how to fill out foreign exchange applications.  They have even filled out fake ones in class.  Mr. Beebe also said that at the end of the school year, students will go on a fake cruise and, for the last couple of weeks of school, are expected to only speak Spanish.

Michael Bravo, an eighth grader in the Spanish one class, said the reason he is learning Spanish is, “because my dad speaks Spanish and my culture is Mexican.”  

Becca Hammond, a ninth grader in Spanish class, also says that she joined Spanish class, “[Because] my mom’s side of the family speaks Spanish.”  As seen from these two students, family is a similar reason why students opt to take Spanish class.  

However Kosner Lewis said that the reason he decided to take Spanish class was “so I could communicate to others who speak Spanish.”  

As you can see, there is no one reason to learn Spanish.

What Does It Mean To You?

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:12
Chloe Wimmer, SJHS Staff Writer

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”                                                  -Andre Gide       

Ms. Miley, one of the assistant principals at SJHS, said, “I think it means that in order to achieve great things we have to be able to take that risk.”

Mrs. Distefano, the seventh grade counselor, said, “ You have to be willing to take risks to improve.”

Makayla Gee, a seventh grade girl at SJHS, said,  “that you have to have courage to do something, if not you can't discover something new.”

Alexia Gornichec, an eighth grade student at our school, said, “ I think it means that to find new things you have to come out of your comfort zone a little.”       

Holly Hill, another eighth grade student at SJHS agreed.  She said, “ You have to be able to step out of your comfort zone to do great things, and you have to give things up in order to accomplish your dreams.”       

Spencer McQueen, an eighth grade boy at SJHS, said, “A man cannot find new stuff unless he has courage to go out and find it.”       

Spencer Johnson, a ninth grade boy at SJHS said, “ If you never partake of new opportunities than you can't succeed.  If you let go a little you can find a new path in life.”       

You can decide what it means to you.

The Amazing World of Girls Basketball!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:06
Sarah Tucker, SJHS Staff Writer
Members of the SJHS Girls Basketball Team, photo by Sarah Tucker, SJHS Staff

This year at SJHS the girls basketball team is working hard. They are working well together and are committed to playing the games and trying very hard to win and represent the school. They are very important to the school and the team.

Holly Hutchison, a player on the girls basketball team, likes the game of basketball because it is fun being on the team with everyone.Tessa Larson, another one of the players on the team, enjoys the sport and enjoys being with all her friends. Megan Skinner, another player on the team, likes to play basketball because she can play with her friends.

Mrs. Gurney, the coach of the girls basketball team, said, “I coach basketball because it is the best sport ever!” Her favorite thing about coaching is seeing improvement in the plays. She loves teaching the sport and seeing people succeed at it.Our basketball team is doing very well at practicing and getting ready to represent SJHS at games.

Make sure to go and support them at the games too.

Power of the Press

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:41
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Journalism Staff
Students in the Journalism class at SJHS

If writing is power then we have a lot here at Springville Junior High, because we have a whole class dedicated to writing for  your benefit. This class is the Journalism class.         

According to Ms. Dunn,the journalism teacher, the goal of the Journalism class is publicity for  the school, and to make people aware of the good things we are doing here. Examples of things they consistently write about, are teacher spotlights, student life, and sports. These are fulfilling their goals because these are all important things to inform parents, students, and teachers about.        

To get into Journalism, students who were interested had to fill out applications. Ms. Dunn then emailed the English teachers with a list of the kids who were interested in being in the Journalism class and asked to get more information about them. All the students who applied made it onto the staff. The current Journalism class consists of 10 students.

As hard as the Journalism class works they also have a lot of fun working together. Amanda Hall’s favorite part of Journalism is getting to interview students. Chloe Wimmer likes the chromebooks and talking with  friends. Stephen Gantt likes the writing.        

The Journalism class is very helpful yet fun. They work very hard to inform SJHS of current events.


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