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March 2014

Latinos In Action Fundraiser

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 09:26
Rachel Harker, SJHS Staff Writer

“The Latinos in Action is a class for Latinos to have a chance to learn leadership skills and help the community. Right now we are working on a service project to raise money to research a cure for cancer by promising a pizza party for the winning teacher that brings in the most money. Our goal is to earn 3,000 dollars for our fundraiser.” said Mr. Beebe, the Latinos in Action leader.

“We help the community and do fundraisers, we also help the school and other people like every Tuesday and Thursday we go to Brookside Elementary and help kids that need help with reading or writing. We really just try to contribute as much as we can,” said Daniela Melendez, an eighth grader in Latinos in Action.

Latinos in Action is all about helping and giving. If you love to give and help, make sure to take Latinos in Action. Also, remember to bring in money for the fundraiser to help kids with cancer.

The New SJHS

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:11
Daniela Melendez, SJHS Staff Writer
The new SJHS building
A future classroom in the new SJHS building
The A wing in the new SJHS building

Have you seen the new school? If you have not,  you should go and take a peek at how it is progressing. The current building has been around a long while and will be missed. It has such great memories, but we can make some new ones at the new school too.        

Our school principal, Mr. VanAusdal, said, “I think the students will love everything about the new school. Everything is bigger; we have two gyms that are bigger than the ones here. I just think it’s a beautiful building, and that it’s an energized environment for learning.”          

Mrs. Murdock, the finance office secretary, said, “We’re very excited to move in there in June; we are also excited to have more room for students and storage.” According to Mrs. Murdock the boundaries are going to change, so it will bring about 200 more kids into our school.        

Mrs. Bales, the front office secretary, is also very excited about the new school. “I think it’s awesome; I can’t wait.” Mrs. Bales thinks that the students will like how the school is more up to date, and “more modern.” Everyone also wonders what will happen to this school when we leave. According to Mrs. Murdock, the district is going to keep it. They are turning it into a Nebo School District office or something related to it. There are not  many details on it, but it will not get torn down.  Everyone is excited about the new school, but we will be sad to leave this one. The old SJHS will be missed.

Student Council

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:05
Cami Ward, SJHS Staff Writer

Second semester we have a new student council! Sean Stapel, Savannah Grant, Clara Brotherson, and Tyree Strong. According to Mrs. Murray, the student council supervisor, the student council meets every Tuesday and Friday during Quest Time. They plan the dance themes, conduct Super Knight assemblies, and plan school activities. Some of the school activities include, Red Ribbon Week, RASK Week, and selling Valegrams for Valentine’s Day. 

Mrs. Murray has worked with the student council for three years.“It is fun to work with students who have unique and fun ideas to improve the culture of our school, and who try to make our school a better and safer place for all students,” said Mrs. Murray. The process of getting in to the student council is pretty time consuming. Clara Brotherson said they had to write an essay on why they wanted to join student council, make a video (that people actually like), make a poster, and have at least a 3.5 gpa.       

Mrs. Wimmer, a secretary at SJHS, also works with the student council. She says Sean Stapel and Cortez Nelson have been doing the Knights sign outside all year. They do a good job. Check the sign for upcoming events. “I love all of the student council kids,” said Mrs. Wimmer.       

According to all the student council kids, some days they miss a lot of class for activities. Usually they miss fourth period, but on days that there is a dance they pretty much miss the whole day. They all really enjoy working together.  “I really like being on student council. It’s good working with other kids and they are all fun to be with,” said Tyree Strong.        

We love our student council and thank them for all they do for the school!

Mr. Tsugawa and his Orchestra Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:04
Chloe Potter, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Tsugawa conducts students in his orchestra class
Students in Mr. Tsugawa's third period orchestra class practice

 Mr. Tsugawa is the orchestra teacher at SJHS, as well as a teacher of multiple music classes at the high school.

Those who have had Mr. Tsugawa love being in his class. “I like getting to play a lot of different songs,” said Mikinna McHoes, a violinist in Mr. Tsugawa’s ninth grade orchestra class.  According to another orchestra student, Brayden Miller, Mr. Tsugawa has a great sense of humor, but still knows when he needs to be serious. Many of his students here at the junior high plan to continue lessons from him in high school.

The students are preparing for an upcoming orchestra concert, and they sound great, thanks to the fine tuning and expert help they get from Mr. Tsugawa.

The Undercover Ninjas at SJHS

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:02
Holly Hill, SJHS Staff Writer
The counselors pose for a picture while playing foosball
The members of the counseling office play foosball

The counseling office is a great place to go for help.  But what exactly do the counselors do?  We have a sneak-peak into the everyday life of an SJHS counselor.

Mrs. Distefano, the seventh grade counselor here at SJHS, says that everyday is different.  “We have such a variety of things that we do, we want to help all students explore their options for the future so they can develop a plan to achieve their goals.”  The counselors work with students to help them be more successful in school, and to get through the challenges of being a teenager.

Mrs. Droz, the eighth grade counselor, said, “The day in the life of a counselor can be absolute chaos unless you are a ninja with time management.  There are so many requirements for our position, and demands for our time, and it is often overwhelming and draining.  It is essential (and difficult) to determine how to best use your time.  But, it feels awesome doing the job of a school counselor!  Working with students, helping them find solutions, make plans, set goals, celebrate with them when they accomplish those goals… It is highly rewarding; you never wonder, ‘am I doing something worthwhile or making a difference?’  It is a job where you never get bored, and are always working toward improvement in some area.  It is interesting, fulfilling, and satisfying work.”  Mrs. Droz is also a HOPE Squad advisor.  She says it is one of the favorite parts of her job.  She feels that the students do such a great job of finding students that need help, being an example, as well as an ally.

Mrs. Tarin, the registrar for SJHS, said:  “The purpose of my job is to help students register for school when new students come here, I help them get their classes all set.”  She also waits with students waiting for a meeting with their counselor.  She said it is really fun helping out the students.

Sariah Rencher, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “The counselors are always trying to help you.  They put in the effort to really know you, and they know many students by name.”

Kaden Haynie, a seventh grader at SJHS, said, “They never quit on you; they just keep pushing until the problem is fixed.”

According to Dallin Packer, an eighth grader at SJHS, the counselors really are there to help you.  They are a great support. Lindsey Gomez, ninth grader at SJHS, said that the counselors are really nice and sweet.  

They are all around just great people.

Fun in Foods Exploration

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 09:59
Rachel Harker, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Luke and Mrs. Murray pose with TA Ryker Jenkins (center)
Students in Mrs. Luke's Food Exploration class prepare to cook

Foods Exploration is a class you can take when you are in eighth grade, and you can take Foods 1 in ninth grade. The foods teachers at SJHS are Mrs. Luke and Mrs. Murray. Mrs. Luke, a foods teacher at SJHS, said, “I love teaching kids a skill that they can use for the rest of their lives. The ability to cook helps a person be more self-sufficient, and it makes them feel great when they are able to create something yummy they can eat! I want them to be able to cook several meals/dishes by the end of the class, be able to read any recipe well enough that they can complete any dish successfully, and to learn about nutrition and be an amazing chef!” 

Ryker Jenkins, a TA for Mrs. Luke, said, “I love cooking and making new friends. We made oreo truffles and they were so much fun to make and really yummy! I really learned how to cook and have fun while doing it. I would recommend this class for any upcoming eighth and ninth graders because Mrs. Luke is the! She’s really fun and prepares you for when you move out.”

“My favorite part about foods is eating the food we made! All the food we made is pretty good, but the cookies were the best. I learned how to cook different kinds of food and it’s really fun to learn how to cook, too!” said Jordan Pruitt, a ninth grader at SJHS. 

If you love to cook or want to learn how to cook, be sure to take Foods Exploration and Foods 1 in eighth and ninth grade!

College and Career Readiness

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:26
Mackenzie Walker, 9th grade counselor
College and Career Readiness

The Utah State Office of Education has made a big push for students in Utah to be "College and Career Ready" upon graduation.  As a way of helping students to get through that journey, Mrs. Walker from the Counseling office has designed a bulletin board in the game room (room #14) with some helpful information on what students can do throughout that process. Come check out what you can be doing now to become college and career ready!

The Ninth Grade High school day Visit

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 14:35
Amanda Smith, SJHS staff writer

On Wednesday, February 26th ninth graders went to Springville High School to get registered for next year. Anna Claire Smith, a ninth grade girl, is getting ready for high school. Anna Claire said she wants to take “really educational classes that will make my brain smarter… and sewing. Anna Claire is considering some high school sports, like soccer and cheerleading. 

Diana Sanchez, a ninth grade girl that visited the high school, says she wants to take classes in high school that will make her feel like  a “warrior”. Diana also is talking about high school sports and she wants to play soccer in high school.

There are a lot of fun classes that you can take in high school. You can take wood shop and welding.  If you love to dance  there are a lot of activities you can do. You could be in dance company, drill team or you could join cheer. There are more classes depending on what you want to do. If you like to sing you could be in the choir or a new class is the handbell choir.

Kenzie Ferran, a ninth grade girl, says she wants to take some college classes in high school. She is excited for high school because you get to leave the school for lunch. Kenzie also is planning on playing softball in high school.

 Mrs. Caras, a science teacher at Springville Junior High, attended the high school day. Mrs. Caras checked kids on the bus, wandered around the school with the tour groups. Mrs. Caras said she “basically did what all the ninth graders did.” Mrs. Caras got to go because she is a ninth grade teacher only. She said it helps kids get to know more about registration and the requirements to graduate.

We hope all the ninth graders have a good time at high school next year!.

Eighth Graders Visit Air Force Base

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 14:31
Emori Sky Brown, SJHS Journalism Staff

What have the Gifted and Talented students been up to lately?The eighth grade Gifted and Talented (G&T) students took a field trip to the Hill Air Force Base on Friday, February 21. According to Mr. Hatfield, a science teacher who supervises the G&T groups, the purpose of this field trip was to teach the students the science behind flying aircraft. He says that he likes taking the students on field trips “to give them enrichment beyond what they learn in the regular classroom.”       

While at the Air Force base, the students did and learned a lot of things. They got to talk to mechanics and pilots of the planes, see flight applications, and even got to spend time on a real flight simulator! The students said that they had lots of fun.       

Maren Cooper, a student in the eighth grade G&T group, said that the best part of being in Gifted and Talented is going on field trips. Maren said that her favorite thing they did was look at the airplanes and learn about them. “It was fun,” she said.       

Avyrie Fellows is another student in eighth grade G&T. Her favorite part of the field trip was the flight simulations and “running around and touching the big airplanes.” She said she likes being in G&T a lot. “We get to learn new things about government, science, history, and many other things.”       

It seems like the eighth graders in Gifted and Talented have had lots of fun on this great learning opportunity!

Get to Know the SJHS Lunch Ladies!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:38
Emori Sky Brown, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS Lunch Ladies Lisa Faber and Cory Ostler. Photo by Emori Sky Brown, SJHS Staff

We see them all of the time. They serve our lunch every day. But do we really know who they are? Lisa Faber and Cory Ostler are two of the lunch ladies at SJHS who work hard to provide us with our food each day.       

Lisa Faber has been working at SJHS for two and a half years. She said that she really likes working here because she gets to come hang out with her friends. 

Aside from work, she has other hobbies she likes to do. “I am a book blogger. I read new books for publishers and authors,” she says.

She has been married for 21 years and has four children. One you may know, Jacob Faber, is an eighth grade student here at SJHS. She also has a kid in elementary school and one in high school. The other is currently living in Chile.

Some fun facts about Lisa Faber are that her favorite color is teal and she likes to read. 

A student lunch worker here, Catie Brunson, said that she enjoys working with Lisa every day. “I already know her and I’ve known her for a while, so I’m more comfortable talking to her than most of the lunch ladies,” she said. 

Her son, Jacob, who is also a lunch worker, said, “She’s a nice lunch lady.”

Cory Ostler has been working here for just six months. She says that she likes her job because,“it’s a lot of fun. I like the girls I work with, and I like the hours because I get to be home with my children when they get home from school.”

When she is not here at work, she owns and operates her own baking business! “I get to make money doing what I like,” she said.She has been married for 15 years. Her husband is a musician, and her seven-year old daughter loves art. “My family is very artistic,” she said. She also has a five-year-old son who loves Star Wars.       

Her favorite color is red and she loves baking and decorating cakes.       

The student lunch workers like her, too! Catie Brunson said about Cory Ostler, “She’s a good worker and she’s friendly.”       

Jacob Faber commented, “She’s awesome.”Now you have been introduced to a few of the lunch ladies.

Next time you see them in the lunch line, why not say hello?


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