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October 2014

Why You Should Take Master Singers

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:26
Abby Kawai, SJHS Staff Writer

If you are in eighth grade and singing is your passion, then you should definitely take Master Singers. Master Singers is the ninth grade choir class at SJHS. You get to learn songs, sight read, sing in harmony, and learn all about music. Also, if you take Master Singers, you will have a better chance at getting into high school choir programs. Tristan McAfee, a Master Singer, said that she likes choir because she can hang out with fellow singers.   

“I love Master Singers!” said Benton Aegerter, another Master Singer, “It’s fun to be able to sing and socialize in class.”

Another good thing about being in a choir, or even any music class, is how it teaches you how powerful music can be. Mrs. Utrera, the choir teacher here at SJHS, said, “Music has great power to lift us higher, touch our hearts and even transport us to another time and place.” Music gives off certain feelings, can make people happy, and says things that words cannot say.

Mckenna Whitby, another Master Singer, said, “I love music! It’s a good way to express yourself. Without music, life would be pretty empty.”  

Katie Petersen, another Master Singer, said that music makes her happy and shows personality. Regarding if eighth graders should take Master Singers next year, Katie said, “Everyone should do it!”

The Big Competition

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:25
Lexi Rogers, SJHS Staff Writer
Brinlee Paystrup and Natalya Love, the winners of Mr. Shields' history competition

These past few weeks Mr. Shields, a history teacher, has been busy. He has had to teach his eighth grade history students all the names of the states. To help them with that, they played a little game quite similar to ‘‘Around the World’’. Each student would take a turn standing up to compete against another student while Mr. Shields pointed to a state shown on the projector. Whoever said the name of the state first, won and moved on. This game lasted for about one week. Mr. Shields finally narrowed it down to his “sweet sixteen,” as there were only sixteen contestants left. They were: Brinlee Paystrup, Natalya Love, Aydan Marshall, Tani Foster, Trevor Ollerton, Katie Britt, T.J. Roberts, Dallin McNeese, Nate Allred, Moroni Wright, Saane Mavae, Abbie Smith, Brynn Dinkel, Jaymon Jordan, Madi Fowler, and Jake Pritchard. One by one they were eliminated leaving Mr. Shields with four students. These students names were, Katie Britt, Natalya Love, Brinlee Paystrup, and Moroni Wright.     

“It was really fun, and I liked that I got into the final four,” said Katie Britt, an eighth grade student.

“It was really successful, and I think competition is good at school, because it motivates kids to do their best,” said Mr. Shields.

As each of the final four took turns battling each other, one by one they were eliminated, leaving only two contestants: Brinlee Paystrup and Natalya Love. These two girls both did very well in the competition, but the final winner was Brinlee Paystrup. 

“I think they had fun, and learning is fun so this was one way to make it fun,” said Mr. Shields.

 All in all, the students had fun and knew the states better than they did before. Doing this competition proved successful, fun, and way worth the time.

Read All About it!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:24
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS Journalism class

“The journalism class was created to give students real-life writing opportunities and to inform people about what goes on at Springville Junior High School.  Journalism is a unique class where students have an audience of more than just their teacher and classmates; the audience is all of the students and parents at our school and anyone who visits our school website.  It is a great opportunity for our students to get published at such a young age,” said Ms. Miley, an assistant principal and former journalism teacher. The journalism class has been around for at least 15 years and has been taught by three teachers before Ms. Dunn, the current journalism teacher. Ms. Miley, who was the previous journalism teacher, taught journalism for about five years before Ms. Dunn began to teach it.

The journalism class is a class made to create the school paper and to write about the going ons of the school. There are currently 19 students in journalism, and they love going around the school and getting into classrooms to interview students in order to “get the scoop,” according to Kazdin Lewis, a ninth grader in journalism. 

Another student in the class is Alexis Rogers, an eighth grader, said, “I am glad to be here!” She explained, “We need the paper so people can get information about our school.”

The journalism class puts out a new paper about every month and is very careful to edit the articles and make sure that things are polished. Ms. Dunn said, “Journalism was made to publicize the good things about our school and keep people informed.”

Lunch Ladies In Cafeteria

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:22
Jodi Noyes, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS lunch ladies

The hard working ladies in the cafeteria are absolutely amazing! They work especially hard to put breakfast and lunch on the table for the kids at Springville Jr. High. “The best part is feeding the hungry children,” said Mrs. Messick, the SJHS lunch secretary. 

The ladies begin to make lunch at 8:00 a.m and have it ready by lunch time. They also have a food delivery at 5:30 a.m every other day.

Mrs. Chappell, the manager, has been here for 10 years and likes her job. She enjoys working with all of the great ladies.

The ladies work extra hard because not only do they make breakfast and lunch for our school, but they make food for other schools as well.

They have also made a few mistakes. Mrs. Chappell's big mistake was when she accidently left the meat out overnight and then they had to throw it away.

Mrs. Messick’s worst mistake was when she accidently put the money in the wrong account.

All the ladies get along and enjoy working together. The lunch ladies at Springville Jr. High are absolutely amazing!

New Students of the 2014 SJHS

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:21
Autumn Olsen, SJHS Staff Writer

Along with a new SJHS, the Springville Community got a lot of new students! For the last few weeks of school, they have adapted to this new school. But these students are not just seventh graders, they are eighth graders, and ninth graders too!

“This school is pretty cool, and it feels awesome to be one of the first students in this school,” said Logan Herrick, a seventh grade student at SJHS.

“This school is a lot different than others, and it’s a good different, and being in a new school is just like being in a normal school,” said Carter Shepherd, a eighth grade transfer from Mapleton.

“It is different, and we are in a new school. It is awesome to know that I am not the only one new, because everyone is new to this school,” said Julia Collier, a ninth grade transfer from Mapleton.

“This is way better than elementary school, and a lot cleaner too,” said Carter Shepherd.

Hopefully these new students will be able to adjust to this new school, and be able to enjoy their years here.

Spotlight: Photography Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:20
Hailey Sandate, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High School has a photography class taught by Mrs. Wallace, the art teacher at SJHS. 

According to Mrs. Wallace the class takes a lot of pictures each week out of class. “I love photography because it has the potential of changing the world. Images have the potential to be able to be read across culture and can speak to people in a way that words can not. The  students had to create artistic work that was well thought out. This class requires a little more dedication, because of the amount of out of class assignments. We have a lot of great photographers this semester. It’s exciting to see the amazing shots these guys take; they look very professional. I’m really proud of them,” said Mrs. Wallace. 

This is Mrs. Wallace’s second year teaching photography. This is the first year that the class has photoshop on all the computers in the lab. The students have the opportunity to be on the computer more. “They are able to learn more tools to enhance their photos,” said Mrs. Wallace.  In the lab they learn how to create memes, crop, clip out objects, isolate color, and restore and manipulate photos. “We will progress and do a final poster design. Students will create a portfolio of their best photos throughout the semester,” said Mrs. Wallace. 

Rylan Habel, an eighth grade photography student, likes being able to use photoshop the most. “The hardest thing is trying to get the right photo.” According to Rylan his career in the future will probably involve photography. If Rylan could change or add something it would be to do more photoshop. 

According to Hailey Watson, an eighth grader at SJHS, she joined photography because she liked to take pictures. “One of the things that are hard about photography is to find something to take a picture of.” 

“There has been a lot of interest in photography., because so much of art is turning digital, and many college art courses require that you have photoshop and design knowledge. We had 100 students sign up for photography and we are offering one class a semester this year, so it’s difficult to get into Photography,” said Mrs. Wallace

Windows to the Workplace

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:19
Kaden Haynie, SJHS staff writer
Brodie Berg, a fireman from Salt Lake City, talks to students during a Windows to the Workplace presentation

On September 23 and 25, there were two people who came to Springville Junior High School to give information about their career and what it takes to do their job.  They were part of the Windows to the Workplace series presented by the counseling office.

Lisa King, a pet groomer at Petsmart in Orem, came to SJHS on September 23 for Windows to the Workplace.  Mrs. Distefano, a counselor at SJHS, said, “She did really good  and she was really entertaining.  She also talked about what pet groomers do for their education and their salary.”  According to Mrs.Distefano her favorite part was that Ms.King kept the kids entertained.               

Brodie Berg, a firefighter in Salt Lake, came to SJHS on September 25 for Windows to the Workplace.  Tanii Foster, an eighth grader at SJHS, and Chase Ewell, a ninth grade student at SJHS, both said, “It went well as he talked and as he asked questions. He talked about how to prepare, education, what firefighters do, how long they work, career and salary.”  

Tanii said, “My favorite part was when he showed his equipment.”  

Chase said, “My favorite part was when he told everyone they actually get cats out of trees alot.”

In Windows to the Workplace there are lots of people with different careers who come to SJHS to talk to the school about their job.  The counselors do a lot to put this together for us.

SJHS Film Studies Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:17
McCade Dixon, SJHS Staff Writer

 At SJHS students cannot sign up for the Film Studies class fast enough.  Ms. McBride, the Film Studies teacher, has almost a completely full class to teach for a semester.  “This class is for eighth and ninth graders. It’s a semester-long class, and I’m glad I get to teach this class because it is a lot of fun,”  said Ms. McBride.

The materials learned in the class are film techniques, adaptations and patterns in movies and stories.  The class has read and watched the Night at the Museum, The Lorax, and Matilda so far.  Some projects students get to do are make storyboards and write screenplays for stories.

According to Elijah Scordato, a student in the Film Studies class, he likes the teacher and the class.  Other students in the Film Studies class like it and are glad they took it.

Ms. Brennan Makes Candy History in Utah Studies

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:16
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Ms. Brennan's Utah Studies class show off their candy Utahs

Ms. Brennan, a history teacher, made Utah Studies exciting on September 10. She brought in candy to represent different landmarks in Utah. The class had already been trying to memorize this information, but Ms. Brennan knew from personal experience that sometimes memorization comes easier if food is involved. She said, “In the seventh grade I had to make a cell out of a sugar cookie, frosting, and use candy to represent the different parts of the cell. To this day I still remember all the parts of a cell because of that activity, so I thought it would be a fun way for my students to remember the geography of Utah.”

The class made Utahs out of graham crackers, and then frosted them putting landmarks in the proper places.

Adeline Walker, a seventh grader in Ms. Brennan’s class, said, “I enjoyed putting them together, and putting Lake Powell and the other lakes on it.”

Bethany Stewart, another seventh grader in Ms. Brennans’ class, said, “It was a fun way to see where places in Utah are.”

The candy turned out to be a very effective way of learning the landmarks of Utah. According to Adeline, putting it together herself was more helpful than the usual system of pictures and maps. Bethany said, “It stuck with me after that.”       

Ms. Brennan felt that the activity was worth it. She said that many of her students did well on the quiz as a result of the candy Utahs.

The students also enjoyed eating the candy. According to Ms. Brennan they used Swedish Fish, candy corn, sour gummy worms, and cherry sours. Both Bethany and Adeline agreed that Swedish Fish were their favorites.

All in all, this was a great activity that benefited all who participated. Both students and teacher seemed to enjoy it.

Drama Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:14
Lindsey Batty, SJHS Staff Writer

The drama class at Springville Jr. High is a new class. The teacher, Ms. Clement, is also new here; she was and still is a teacher at Mapleton Jr. High. 

According to Kaitlyn Gee, a student at SJHS, she said that when she walks into drama she feels like a different person. Mayzie Brunson, also a student at SJHS, said when she walks into that class she can be fun and act like a crazy person. 

Kaitlyn said that they have written a play. They also have been learning how to look like they are hitting, punching, and kicking. Mayzie said that they have been playing fun games and have written a script.

Kaitlyn said that she chose drama class because she likes to act, and loves acting like a drama queen. Mayzie chose it because she heard people from other schools say that it was super fun. 

Kaitlyn said that her favorite thing about drama is that she likes to walk into drama and feel like a different person and creating a new her.  Mayzie’s favorite thing about drama is that it is so much fun to walk in and to act like a whole different person and she gets to mess around.


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