May 2014

9th Grade Honors English Summer Assignment

Attributions: 
Rachel Neeley, English teacher

The purpose of the 9th grade honors English summer assignment is to help students continue to develop strong reading and interpretive abilities. 

For this assignment you will need to read one of the books listed on the second page of the assignment.  As you read the book you will need to keep a reading response journal.  The journal should have two columns.  Look at the PDF above for more detailed information.  

District Track Meet

Attributions: 
Amanda Smith, SJHS Staff Writer

 SJHS went to districts! On Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 students from our school represented Springville Jr. High and completed at the Nebo district track meet.         

Mr. Kindrick, the throwing coach, said, ”We are amazing at the field events, shot put, discus, long jump and high jump. We also are very strong in the hurdles for both boys and girls.” According to Mr. Kindrick, the team does very well in relays and distance.

“During the season the athletes choose their own events with some nudging by the coaches steering them in the direction of what we think they can be good in. Once we get to districts it's all about who has the best times or distances. There are certain minimums that need to be met but in each event we can take our best six athletes with several others serving as alternates in case of injury or sickness or things like that,” said Mr. Kindrick.

Mrs. Bodily, the distance coach said, “Qualifying for districts depends on the event. For distance events, each team can have unlimited entries, as long as they have run a specific qualifying time. For field events, we can take the top six from our school, as long as they have thrown or jumped the minimum.There are also relay teams that compete in districts, so we put together two  teams per relay of some of our fastest runners so that we can be competitive in the team events.”  

Mrs. Bodily also said, “Since sprinting events have to be run in heats, we can only take our top six runners for each event.”       

Brennen Rymer, a student at SJHS that attended districts, ran the 100, 200, 400, and did the long jump. Brennen likes track  because it keeps him in shape and he loves to run. Brennen said his favorite part of the track meet was “winning.”

Congratulations to the boys track team who placed first, and the girls team who placed second!

Lagoon Day!

Attributions: 
Rachel Harker, SJHS Staff Writer

 On Thursday, May 29th, Springville Junior High is going to Lagoon for our annual Lagoon Day! 

“It has been a tradition to go to Lagoon for a long time. I love to watch the kids having lots of fun! My favorite thing is definitely going to Pioneer Village for a cinnamon roll,” said Ms. Wimmer, a secretary at SJHS.

“It’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember. I love just visiting and talking with friends from other schools and talking to the kids in a casual way. My favorite ride would have to be colossus,” said Mr. Van Ausdal, the principal at SJHS.

“I am excited to go to Lagoon because it is fun going and hanging out with my friends and riding awesome rides, but my favorite ride would have to be the Catapult,” said Tehoa Cromar, a ninth grader here at SJHS.

“I am so excited to go to Lagoon! I love roller coasters and it is just fun to be able to hang out with my friends but the most important reason I like it is no school! My favorite ride is Wicked because it is super fun and also terrifying at the same time,” said Megan Martin, an eighth grader here at SJHS.

The Last Choir Concert of the Year

Attributions: 
Holly Hill, SJHS Staff Writer

On Friday, May 16th, the last choir concert of the year was held.  “I love all of the songs, but some of my favorites were, ‘There's No Business Like Show Business’ - because I it comes from one of my favorite musicals, Annie Get Your Gun; ‘Mama, I'm a Big Girls Now,’ from Hairspray, because the girls had so much fun doing it; ‘For Good,’ from Wicked, because of the great message of the song, ‘Lion King Medley,’ from Lion King: The Musical, because I have always loved the movie; and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’ because it is so powerful!” said Mrs. Utrera, the choir teacher at SJHS.        

“I think that the concert went really well, everyone seemed to be really into it and had a good sound!” said Sariah Rencher, an eighth grader at SJHS.

Some of the students favorite songs were “I See the Light,” from Tangled, “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now,” from Hairspray, “For Good,” from Wicked, and the “Lion King Medley,” from Lion King: The Musical.

“My goal is to always have the performers and the audience leave feeling happy and better about life because of our time spent together.” said Mrs. Utrera.

“I’m the teacher!”

Attributions: 
Cami Ward, SJHS Staff Writer
Brendon Tolley does his presentation in Mrs. Maughan's class

For the last few weeks of school, Mrs. Maughan’s English classes are doing “I’m the teacher” presentations. The students pick something they want to teach the class, and they go up in front of the class for at least five minutes. According to Mrs. Maughan, she does not remember how she decided to do this assignment but she loves it. It is her favorite assignment of the whole year!

Taylor Christensen, one of Mrs. Maughan’s students said, “I like this assignment and I think it’s really fun to watch other people teach me.” 

Mrs. Maughan said, “I will definitely keep doing this assignment.  I am surprised every year by the variety of presentations that I see.  Students constantly amaze me with their knowledge, hobbies, and interests.  It's a fun opportunity for them to share those things with their peers.” Also, she thinks students learn a few things from this assignment. They learn how to present in front of an audience, and they learn how to teach about something they like or are interested in. They also learn how to incorporate different learning styles into their presentations, and find out that teaching is harder than they think!

Mrs. Maughan is an awesome teacher, and we really enjoy having her here. This assignment has been a blast so far and we hope future students enjoy it too!

End Of Year Band Concert

Attributions: 
Chloe Potter, SJHS Staff Writer

On Wednesday May 21st, the last band concert of the year was held in the SJHS auditorium. 

The seventh graders played “Eclipsys”, “Hogan's Heroes March”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (The Beatles), “Stonehenge”, “Thriller”, and “Y.M.C.A.” The eighth graders played “Swahili Folk Hymn”, “Raiders March” (Indiana Jones), “Three Welsh Songs”, “Best of the Beatles”, and “Jurassic Park”. The ninth graders played “New Forest March”, “Down By the Salley Gardens”, “Pueblo”, “Michael Jackson Hit Mix”, and “Smoke on the Water”. 

“All of the bands are doing most excellent! I really appreciate the students’ hard work, dedication, and excellence!” said Mr. Booth. “I will really miss teaching the ninth grade band students who will be moving on to the high school next year. I'm also looking forward to teaching at the new Springville Junior High School next year!”

Mousetrap Car Champion

Attributions: 
Daniela Melendez, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Kindrick, a science teacher here at SJHS, had his students build mousetrap cars a couple weeks ago, like many of the other science teachers. Mr. Kindrick gives a prize to the student who breaks the record of the year.

Jackson Chambers, an eighth grade student, made his car expecting it to go about 60 or 70 feet. Jackson’s car went 99 feet, breaking the record of this year which was 73 feet. 

Jackson said the biggest struggle he had to deal with was time. He felt like he had a lot to do in short amount of time.  

“I was excited, especially since I beat everyone by like 20 feet,” said Jackson. 

“I expected it to go further; he had a great lever system constructed,” said Mr. Kinkdrick.  

According to Mr. Kindrick if Jackson had set his car straight it would have  gone further. Congratulations to Jackson for being the mousetrap car champion!

Mrs. Jackson

Attributions: 
Shayra Riches, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Jackson is a math teacher that has been teaching at Springville Junior High for 19 years.   She is from Indiana, and is married with four boys.  She loves to watch sports and be outside with her kids.

Mrs. Jackson said, “Spending time with my family and teaching are two of the best ways to spend my time.”

She chose math as her major because it always came easy for her.  She really loves doing all types of math.  After doing some education classes she knew that she wanted to teach.  She knew it would be something different everyday and that seemed fun to her.

Abby Smith, seventh grade student, said, “She teaches very well and is easy to understand.”        

Mrs. Jackson said, “I have two weird stories.  Once I went through three class periods before a student finally told me my pants were unzipped.  I asked the classes the next day and they all said they saw it but didn't tell me.  I was so grateful to the student who was brave enough to tell me.  The other one was just this year.  I came to school with two different shoes on.  They were both black but I was in such a hurry to get to school that I didn't pay attention.  Of course my first period noticed so I took them off and went barefoot the rest of the day.”

Students Perform at UVU Orchestra Festival

Attributions: 
Emori Sky Brown, SJHS Staff Writer

On Wednesday, May 7th, the SJHS orchestra classes performed in the Utah Valley University Orchestra Festival. The festival included orchestras from many different schools and took place at the UVU Sorenson Center in the Ragan Theater. The Springville students performed from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

The purpose of this trip was to provide an opportunity for the students to go out and listen to orchestras from other schools. It was also an opportunity for students to be graded on how well they played. There were two judges watching all the students. They graded each orchestra on their performance and came down afterwards to give them compliments and tips on what they could have done better. All of Springville’s orchestras received great scores!

The classes left at about 10:30am (after a while of trying to fit all of the cellos and basses underneath the busses). They arrived at UVU, ate lunch, and watched some of the other orchestras play. The Orchestra I class played first, then the Orchestra II class, and then the Orchestra III class played last. Each class also had their picture taken by a professional photographer after they finished playing. 

It was a very busy day for everyone, especially Dr. Tsugawa, the orchestra teacher-he had to keep track of all three classes at once while they were in different places: either performing, getting ready to perform, getting their pictures taken, or sitting in the audience. Everyone was able to finish out the day without any problems, and after another struggle with the instruments, the students started home and arrived back at SJHS around 5:00pm.

We Have a New Student Government!

Attributions: 
Holly Hill, SJHS Staff Writer
The new student council (l-r): Ryker Jenkins, Easton Call, Jared Buhler, Chloe Wimmer, Zach Dalley, Claire Pexton, Lauryn Davis
Next year's student council members do a funny pose

On Monday, May 5th, seventh and eighth grade students elected the student council for the 2014-2015 school year!  The winners of the election were Jared Buhler, Easton Call, Zack Dalley, Lauryn Davis, Ryker Jenkins, Claire Pexton, and Chloe Wimmer.       

Lauryn Davis said, “When they called my name, it felt like everything stopped.  I was like, ‘Did I hear that right?’  I was really surprised!  I want to be on student council so that instead of just coming to school, I can come to school and actually make a difference daily.”       

Ryker Jenkins said that he wants to be on student council to bring more excitement to the students for school activities.  “Students never really feel a need to participate in school activities, and I want to change that.”       

Chloe Wimmer said, “I was really relieved when they called my name; running for student council is a lot more stress than you would think.  I want to make sure that every single student gets included. No one should feel left out of anything.”       

Claire Pexton said she would like to put some trash cans outside so the fields are not as messy.       

Zack Dalley said that he was very happy when his name got called.  He is excited to add a fun spirit to the council and make new friends.       

Jared Buhler said that he hopes to add a good attitude and a fun personality  to the council, and he hopes to help solve problems at SJHS.       

Easton Call said, “I was really excited when my name was called, but I also felt really bad for the people who didn’t get in.  I was kind of confused, ‘Do I celebrate, or do I cry?’  I want to be on student council because I feel like it’s one of the best ways to give back to the teachers for all that they do, and it’s a really good way to get to know new people.  I hope to add creative ideas and lots of excitement and energy to the council.”

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