January 2014

The December Super Knights!

Attributions: 
Emma Whipple, SJHS Staff Writer
The December Super Knights

 Yes that’s right, the December Super Knights have been awarded!  At the assembly on Friday December 20, at SJHS, all six were announced.  Sarah Reber and Kaiden Exon are the seventh grade Super Knights, followed by Marissa Roper and Jonathan Young as the eighth grade Super Knights, and finally Maryn Giles and McCaiden Begay as the ninth grade Super Knights.  Here are some of the comments that teachers said about them!  

Sarah Reber: 

* She always has a positive attitude.  Sarah is eager to learn and is always nice and friendly to everyone.* Sarah is what every student should be, happy and willing to try her best on every assignment

* She is nice to everyone she comes in contact with.  She is a great critical thinker and she always tries her best.

* I love having her in class!  She is so much sun to have in class.  She is always happy and I have never had a student who tries harder.  Sarah is definitely a super knight!  

Kaiden Exon: 

* He is an excellent student. He always gets his homework and assignments in on time and always tries his hardest.

* I know this student in and out of school and have always been impressed by his chivalrous attitude.  Kaiden exemplifies what a Springville Junior High Knight should be.* Kaiden is a hard worker and always completes his assignments. He is very respectful and will be successful in whatever career he chooses.

Marissa Roper: 

* She always pays attention and tries her hardest.  She always comes to class with a positive attitude.

* Marissa is a very diligent, kind, and responsible student.  She is the perfect combination of successful learner, responsible citizen, and effective communicator.  Marissa always monitors her own learning.  She is kind and willing to help other students.  I enjoy having her in class every single day.  She is a delight.

Jonathan Young: 

* He is a fabulous student. He is always willing to answer questions and help those around him. Jonathan consistently goes above and beyond the expectations in my classroom. He has a positive attitude and is a great example to everyone in the classroom.

* He is a great student! Jonathan works well with others, always gets his work done, and has a good attitude.

Maryn Giles: 

* She is a wonderful student!  Maryn comes into my class every day with a happy attitude.  She is truly a leader and example to her classmates.  Not only is she bubbly and friendly to her peers, but she's also a hard worker.  Maryn wants to do her best in everything she does.  She participates in class and always contributes to discussions or questions.

McCaiden Begay: 

* He puts forth extra effort to make sure he is doing the right thing. I am proud of him for his hard work.  He is a humble and respectful student. I appreciate his hard work and sense of humor.  He is a very good listener and also a deep thinker. I have really enjoyed having him in my class.  McCaiden works hard every day in class. He asks good questions and does high quality work.  He is the hardest working guy I know. McCaiden is very friendly and always willing to share cool things in his life.

“It’s nice to be appreciated for doing your best,” said Marissa Roper, the eighth grade girl Super Knight.  The announcement of the Super Knights was followed by a presentation from student leaders from UVU.

Five student leaders from the university introduced some college classes available at Utah Valley University and also talked about student life.  They talked about clubs and fun classes that they themselves have taken, and other classes that different students have taken.  Also each one of them shared a fun story to go along with the presentation of some of the clubs or different classes to get students more excited and interested.  At the end of the assembly, the student leaders had made a little Jeopardy game about their presentation.  The assembly was split in three teams and students had a chance to win a backpack or a t-shirt by answering questions about UVU.  

But once again, congratulations to all the December Super Knights!

Christmas Caroling… in School?

Attributions: 
Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Ms. Gleave's Honors Math class serenade students in the hallway
Students in one of Ms. Gleave's ninth grade classes sing in the front office
Students in Ms. Gleave's class sing math Christmas carols
Students dressed up for the math Christmas festivities

 On Friday, December 20th, 2013, Mrs. Gleave, a math teacher at SJHS, took most of her classes Christmas caroling around the school.  However, these songs had a strange twist.  Instead of singing about the joys of Christmas, the songs taught about math formulas and when they are used.  It all started at the beginning of the week before Christmas break.  The students got into their own groups and picked one of the Christmas carol options.  They then proceeded to change the lyrics to be about a math formula and how to use it.        

Mrs. Gleave explained that, “It’s a fun way to memorize not only math formulas, but a little bit about how or when to use those formulas.”   

Mrs. Gleave also says caroling is a fun way to learn because, “When you add a little creativity to your homework you make connections that would be missing otherwise.  Students get to work in groups and capitalize their creative skills beyond numbers.” 

According to Aubrey Stewart, an eighth grade student in Mrs. Gleave’s class, caroling in school is “the best way to learn.”  

Jacob Faber, another eighth grader in Mrs. Gleave’s class, agrees saying, “It’s a fun way to spread the Christmas spirit.” 

Most of the songs involved were the most recognizable.  This included: “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer,” “We Three Kings,” “The Twelve days of Christmas,” “ The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Silent Night.”

LALALALA, Listen to the Choir Sing

Attributions: 
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Utrera directing the choirs as they sing at the mall
The choirs singing at the Provo Towne Mall

Did you know that the SJHS Choir goes on tour? It is just a mini tour to all the  elementary schools in Springville, and the Provo Towne Center mall, but it is still pretty sweet!       

This year they went to Art City, Brookside, Cherry Creek, and Westside, on December 17.  The choirs that went were the Master Singers, Journeymen, and Knightingales. They all performed “Feliz Navidad,” “One Candle,” and “I Sing Noel”. The Journeymen sang, “Masters in This Hall,” “Jingle Bell Celebration,” and “Shepherd's Spiritual”.  The Master Singers sang, “Bidi Bom,” “Brazilian Christmas Carol,” and “The First [Noel]”.       

Mrs. Utrera, the choir teacher, said, “The most rewarding part is to see the excitement on the elementary students’ faces. They love to hear the songs, especially the familiar ones. Sometimes you hear them singing along. They also like it when we do a fun activity where they get to participate with us. It is fun to share the gift of music and make so many people happy!”       

Students also had favorite parts. Aleah Morris, an eighth grade Knightingales, said that her favorite part was “to see all the kids- they’re cute.”        

Kaden Jepperson, an eighth grade Journeyman, said that his favorite part was that people were  watching them. Kaden and Aleah are both glad they went       

All in all the choir tour was a success. All who participated had a good time.

Christmas Break

Attributions: 
Chloe Wimmer, SJHS Staff Writer

Everyone enjoys a break from school, whether it’s the sleeping in, or the not having to get ready. It could be that you can hang out with your friends earlier and later, or maybe you just have fun because you don’t have as many worries, and you don’t have to even think about school.         

Everyone does different things over the break. Zach Jenkins, a seventh grader at SJHS, got to ride in a hot air balloon and hang out with his friends.  Kallysta Strong, a seventh grade girl at our school said that she made gingerbread houses at her grandma’s house.       

Some kids also like their family traditions. Zack Dalley, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said, “One of our family traditions is every year on Christmas Eve we go to IHOP with the Shcriener family.”       

Megan Martin, another eighth grader, said that she goes to her grandma’s and they have a family talent show.       

Christmas break is always fun, but sadly it had to come to an end.  Now you can look forward to Spring Break!

SJHS Food Drive!

Attributions: 
Lauryn Davis, SJHS Staff Writer

“I just grabbed a bunch of cans and put them in the bag, because I feel good donating, but l never know where to donate to,” said Holly Hill, an eighth grader at SJHS. “It's a good way to serve and help people in need, especially at this time of year during the holiday season.  An added bonus is that the winning classes receive a pizza party,” said Mr.Beebe, the Spanish and Latinos in Actions teacher at SJHS.  All the food went to Community Action Food Bank in Provo. 

Latinos in Action, a class at SJHS, was in charge of the food drive. Mr.Beebe said, “About two weeks ago Mrs. Walker from the counseling department came and asked me if the Latinos in Action class could help with a food drive.  She thought it would be a good idea to have the school work together to collect food for those in need.  She found the Community Action website, signed us up, and here we are.”

Their responsibilities include, splitting up every day during seventh period and going to each class to pick up the food that students  donated.  They bring the food back to Mr.Beebe’s room where they counted it and kept a chart of how much each class had collected.  Then they took it to Mrs. Walker's room  to store until the administrators took it to the food bank. They also had a couple students make an announcement at the end of each day letting everyone know which classes were winning the competition with the most food brought. Mrs.Walker said she was expecting 300 pounds of food and we got so much more than that she was very happy and surprised.  The winners of the food drive are Mr.Bentley for ninth grade, Mrs.Bodily for eighth grade and, Mr.Taylor for seventh grade.                 

As a school we collected about 1,650 pounds of food for the Community Action Food Bank in Provo!

Building Bridges

Attributions: 
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer
A Student in Mr. Hatfield's Class Builds a Straw Bridge
A Student in Mr. Hatfield's Class Builds a Straw Bridge

 Bridges, many people ride on them but very few make them. However Mr. Hatfield, a science teacher, had all his students make bridges out of plastic straws, and with all the competition for candy there were some crazy ideas for bridges. Many strange ideas included: one half straw, 20 straw bundle, and a cube. The more successful ideas looked more like real bridges. A school record was set by a truss bridge (a common bridge with struts) that held six pounds, it may not seem like a lot but these are straw bridges, so they aren't very strong.       

Although 6 pounds was the record, it was usurped a day later by a small arrow looking bridge that was put upside down for a total of 10 pounds!        

The creator of said bridge was James Tripp, a seventh grader, who confessed that he stole the idea. He also said, “It was a fun opportunity to make bridges.”       

He swears that if his partner had been there he would have failed because he would have had it right side up, and this would have weakened it. James had fun eating his candy bar prize and then gloating about how he holds the all time school record.       

Mr. Hatfield taught the students about force and weight and their effect on bridges. He told the students about how he liked student suggestions and that is why he did this project, because the kids wanted to. After creating the bridges, many students took on the motto of Alex Mitchell, a seventh grader, who loved saying “MORE TAPE!” and used crazy math to help his group.        

If you enjoy watching things break, then you can join Mr. Hatfields class next year!

When I Grow Up I want to Be...

Attributions: 
Amanda Hall, SJHS Staff Writer

 “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is the inevitable question that all teens encounter. Some dread it, some take it on with a planned out answer, but no matter the circumstance, everyone must choose. In order to help out, Springville Junior High School’s counselors have invited parents to present about their career to the students in the library during Quest Time.       

Ms. Droz, the eighth grade counselor, said, “The program was the brilliant idea of Mrs. Distefano [the seventh grade counselor]. We were thinking about putting together a career day and having many speakers come in to talk about their careers, but she realized that having the speakers come during Quest Time would give students the opportunity to hear from more presenters, as well as giving the presenters flexibility as far as scheduling.”       

So far, there have been presentations on Aviation by Ken Sink of UVU, and Social Work by Terri Sawyer; many more are soon to come. According to Ms. Droz, there are plans for having a dental hygienist, radiologist, police officer, and a cosmetologist come. More information such as dates and times can be found on the school website: sjhs.nebo.edu/content/windows-workplace.       

“I love teaching and talking about solutions that help people feel better. I also thought youth might be interested in becoming social workers since it is a well attended area of studies at the universities in Utah,” said Terri Sawyer, who presented on December 13th. “I can't guess how youth feel, but there were a few smiles and laughs, so I am guessing that some youth enjoyed it.”       

The counselors welcome and encourage all students to attend.

Pushing the Limits-SJHS Wrestling Team

Attributions: 
Sarah Larson, SJHS Staff Writer

 “Wrestlers fight. Wrestling is a certain type of fighting, in which you don’t punch or kick. It’s called grappling. You use all the muscles in your body to overpower and dominate your opponent,” Coach Ward, the coach for the SJHS wrestling team, said. 

The team practices everyday after school in the school cafeteria. They condition their bodies to make them stronger. They work on technique, drilling the best way to knock people off their feet, turn them on their backs, and pin them there, according to Coach Ward.  “It’s challenging physically, mentally, and emotionally. I love the sport of wrestling because it’s hard, and it makes you stronger in every way,” he said.        Since the team got off to a late start this year, they practice hard to make up for lost time. They are practicing for each match on Wednesdays, also for the District tournament on January 22nd. After that, the season is finished. They had a match on January 15th, against Diamond Fork. The team is steadily improving at each match, due to many first year wrestlers and competing against other teams with a lot of experience.         “The team has a wrestler at each weight class, the competitor will wrestle all by himself, and each win gives the team points, and the team with the most points win.” Coach Ward said.

Jackson Chambers, a wrestler on the team, said, “Wrestling is fun, even if you lose.”

“It’s not really about winning or losing for me. I believe that the only way you can really lose is if you cheat. If you don’t work hard, mess around, cheat, and don’t respect yourself and your opponent, you lose. If you do your best, then you win. It’s the same way in life,” Coach Ward said.

The Amazing Guest Speaker!

Attributions: 
Sarah Tucker, SJHS Staff Writer
Guest Speaker Wesley Ruff (r) with Cortez Nelson and Clara Brotherson

 If you went to the November Super Knight assembly then you heard that awesome guest speaker. Wesley Ruff, from Channel 4 News, came to our school and gave an important lesson on being a champion. He brought up the student council and some other students onto the stage and had them make letters out of their bodies as he told stories about being a champion. He told a story about when he was in Jr. High, and a story of when he was at sporting event to show the importance of being a champion. In the end all the students spelled out the word champion with their bodies.       

If you watched Channel 4 News at six o’clock that evening you would have seen Mr. Ruff on the news wearing one of our Super Knight pins, and giving SJHS a shout out. He told his co-workers that he went to this school as a kid and then he got to come back to visit and speak.       

At the assembly we also put a new item, a copy of the school newspaper from this year, in the time capsule.         Anna Claire Smith, a vice president on the student council, said she had fun being on stage and she thought the assembly was a very big success.        

Cortez Nelson, the student council president, said the assembly was good because it was fun to have a guest speaker. He also liked getting to shake the Super Knights’ hands. His favorite part was at the end when the guest speaker talked about being a champion.        

Mr. Argyle, an assistant principal, said that he liked the assembly and getting to see the Super Knights being presented for all the good things they do at this school. He also liked the guest speaker because he said we were all champions. Mr. Argyle said, “I loved it, it was a great message for kids, adults and anybody really.”

Congratulations to the November Super Knights!

Attributions: 
Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff Writer
The November Super Knights with Guest Speaker Wesley Ruff (center)

Congratulations to  seventh graders Brynn Dinkel and Moroni Wright, eighth graders Cinthia Perez and Logan Furner, and ninth graders Kenzie Keane and Hunter Farr.  These students have just been awarded the Super Knight award for November 2013 at SJHS.  They have worked hard and have stuck to the traits of a Knight.  

Moroni Wright, the seventh grade boy Super Knight, said, “It’s awesome, I like [being a Super Knight.”]  

Logan Furner, the eighth grade boy Super Knight, agrees saying that the experience on stage was “exciting.”  

Cinthia Perez, the eighth grade girl Super Knight, said that it feels good to be a Super Knight and that, “It feels good to know people appreciate you .”

The following is what the teachers said about the Super Knights:   

Brynn Dinkel:

* “She has a kind, ever optimistic presence that lifts those around her.  She leads by quiet example and positive participation.”

* “She's persistent and always gets her work done.  She's nice to everyone.”

* “She is the ultimate example of a Super Knight. She goes the extra mile and gives 100%+ on everything she does. She has a great personality and does her school work with a smile and awesome attitude. She  is willing to help others in class and is not afraid to ask questions if she needs clarification.”

Moroni Wright:

* “He is an exceptionally hard worker. He always makes sure that his work is not only done but that it is correct and done well.”

* “He is smart, hard working, and creative.  He always tries his best!  I wish I had a class full of students like him.”

* “He quietly goes about his work. He is a hard worker and knows what to do to be successful in school. He is very polite and courteous and completes all of his work on time. He is a great example to other students.”

Cinthia Perez:

* “This student is always positive and willing to do her best.  She comes to class prepared and is a great influence on those around her.  She is a delightful addition to our class community.”

* “She is such a sweetheart.  I love her smile and positive attitude which she brings to class everyday.  She is so well behaved and a delight to teach.”

* “She is a very respectful student. She listens intently, words hard in class, and excels on tests, quizzes, and assignments. She is a joy to have in class.”

* “She is a very conscientious student. She is always willing to work with other students, and is patient and kind even with students who are struggling. I enjoy having her in class!”

Logan Furner:

* “He is a very hard worker. He works hard to develop his talents and shares them with others. He is always kind. He works really hard to improve his grades.”

* “He is an amazing artist!  Every day he has his eyes on me and his pencil ready to go.  He works harder than anyone I know in all of my art classes. It's a joy to have him in my class, and I can't wait to see what kinds of things he will do in the future.”

Kenzie Keane:

* “She has been a great asset in helping other students. She is self-motivated and I believe she will go far.”

* “She is truly a positive role model.  She tries to befriend others in various groups and she is always respectful.  She has a happy personality and is willing to try anything!  She isn't afraid of something new or unknown, but she jumps at the chance to be involved.  She is considerate of others around her and shows great maturity with how she treats her peers.  Not only is she a great person, but she is a great student.  She works hard and knows how to enjoy school.  She is a very deserving person for the Super Knights award because she is a positive example in everything she does!”

Hunter Farr:

* “He is such a great student - he works hard and does his best. He is also so friendly and kind to students and teachers, exactly what you would expect from a "Super Knight!"

* “This student is a star!  He is always ready with a smile and makes sure to encourage his classmates.  He is the ideal example of being a good student.  He is on time, works hard, asks questions, says thank you and even offers help to other students whenever he sees an opportunity.”

* “He has a positive attitude and has been very willing to help when I've asked him to assist other students.”

Congratulations again Super Knights, and let us all congratulate them on a job well done.

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