November 2014

Red Ribbon Week

Attributions: 
Hailey Sandate, SJHS Staff Writer
Eighth grade students "Scare Drugs away with Crazy Hair" for Red Ribbon Week.
Cayla Giles, a ninth grader, with crazy hair for Red Ribbon Week.

At Springville Junior High everyone likes to show that they are drug free. The week before Fall Break, October 12-15, was Red Ribbon Week.  Red Ribbon Week is only once a year. 

“I have really liked the fun activities we had at lunch this year, and the dress-up days are always fun! I love seeing other teachers get involved,” said Mrs. Murray, a teacher at SJHS. 

SJHS did an activity every day in support of Red Ribbon. On Monday the theme was "Don’t sleep through life! Get educated and be drug-free", and students wore pajamas to school.  On Tuesday it was "Stomp out drugs and wear your craziest socks!" and on Wednesday it was "Scare drugs away with crazy hair!" 

“The meaning of Red Ribbon Week  is to spread awareness,” said Jared Buhler, who is on the student council.         

“The meaning of Red Ribbon Week is to inform the students about drugs and alcohol and tell them the effects,” said Maren Pilcher, another member of student council.

Spotlight: Mr. VanAusdal

Attributions: 
Jodi Noyes, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Van Ausdal

Mr. VanAusdal is the principal here at SJHS. He has been the principal here for five years, and has worked in Nebo School District for 23 years.

“The best part of being a principal is getting to see the students succeed and see things improve better,” said Mr. VanAusdal.

He is from Rock Springs,Wyoming. He is the second oldest out of five kids. Mr. VanAusdal has been married for almost 22 years. He has four kids, and one cat. He served an LDS mission to New Zealand, and served his country in the Marines. Some of his hobbies are playing golf, reading, and taking walks.       

Mr. VanAusdal is a huge BYU fan. He is starting to like their soccer team. He also coaches a soccer team.

“Mr. VanAusdal works hard to make sure things are running well, and to make sure teachers and students are happy,” said Ms. Dunn, an English teacher here at SJHS.

“Mr. VanAusdal is a very caring person. He loves to interact with the students and demonstrates a genuine concern for their interests,” said Mrs. Murdock, the finance secretary.

Mr. Busath, New English Teacher

Attributions: 
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Busath

This year has been so much fun, getting to know the new teachers. One of these new teachers is Mr. Busath, a seventh grade English teacher.

Mr. Busath decided he wanted to be an English teacher because he realized he liked to teach people. He also enjoys the “methods and science” of teaching. 

So far he is enjoying the experience. He said, “I like the puzzle of teaching. It is fascinating how we all learn, how we grow, and what structures we all need to be successful. I also get a kick out of reading and writing with my students, especially about topics that are meaningful.”

The students are enjoying the experience of learning from him. Diana Munoz, a seventh grader, said, “He’s really nice and he’s a cool teacher.” She also implied that Mr. Busath makes learning very fun.

Teachers also have found their interactions with Mr. Busath to be positive. Ms. Dunn, an English teacher, said, “He is willing to work hard and contribute new ideas.”

Mr. Busath, as most teachers at SJHS, has really enjoyed the new school. He said, “The new building is awesome.”        All in all, Mr. Busath is wonderful new addition to our faculty. Be sure to say hello to him.

Spotlight for Ms. McBride

Attributions: 
Autumn Olsen, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. McBride

The SJHS students are very lucky to have the teachers that they have now. Ms. McBride, is one of these teachers. She teaches English, and has a lot to say about how much she loves her job and her students. 

“This year I teach all eighth grade English, with one elective (Film Studies). I used to teach seventh grade, but I'm not this year,” said Ms. McBride. 

“My favorite thing about my job is getting to know my students. I love when a student tells me something funny that makes me laugh, or I get to read an awesome story that a student writes, or I see a student being an ally and looking out for people who need friends. I am really impressed by the students at our school, and I'm glad I get to spend time with them,” said Ms. McBride. 

“I never really wanted to be a teacher until after I graduated from college. I got a degree in English at BYU and then worked as an editor/writer for a year. After that I realized I would rather be teaching instead, so I went back to school for a year, and now I'm here at Springville Junior. I am really glad I made the change because I love being a teacher. Sometimes my job is stressful, but it's definitely worth it,” said Ms. McBride.

Ms. McBride is a wonderful teacher, who we hope will stay at SJHS for many more years!

Mr. Taylor Spotlight

Attributions: 
Lindsey Batty, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Taylor, a CTE teacher

Mr. Taylor, a CTE teacher  at SJHS, said he likes teaching because it is fun being around kids and teaching different kinds of new things. He has been a teacher here at SJHS for three years. He became a teacher after he was in a Business education program. 

According to Cassandra Vasquez, a student at SJHS, she likes Mr. Taylor because he is funny and nice. “I like his class because the activities are fun, and we can explore new things with the computers.”

According to Mr. VanAusdal, the principal here at SJHS, he hired Mr. Taylor because he was the best candidate available. He likes that Mr. Taylor is passionate about his subject  matter.

Spotlight: Mr. Shields

Attributions: 
Lexi Rogers, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Shields

Many of the teachers have come to SJHS only this year. Some of them have been here longer. Mr. Shields is one of those teachers. Mr. Shields is one of the history teachers at SJHS, and he has been teaching total for twenty-eight years, and has taught at SJHS for eight years. Mr. Shields teaches eighth grade U.S. History. 

“I love teaching history,” said Mr. Shields. Many students like Mr. Shields and what he teaches.

“I love the projects we do, so far we have done the U.S. map which was fun,” said Alexis Garrett, an eighth grade student in Mr. Shields’ class. 

In Mr. Shields’ eighth grade history class they do worksheets, lessons, notes, and big term projects. Once in awhile on Friday Mr. Shields teaches a life lesson. He drops history for that day and teaches the eighth graders one or two life skills that will help them through their lives.

“Mr. Shields is a really good teacher; I like his class,” said Melody Anderson, another eighth grade student in Mr. Shields’ class. Mr. Shields is an excellent teacher, but he also has interests outside of school. “I love to camp, ride dirt motorcycles, build big fires, and sports,” said Mr. Shields. He also loves spending time with his family, traveling, and reading.

History is a fun class to be in. Mr. Shields makes it fun for everyone. SJHS is grateful for all Mr. Shields does to help the students.

Technology At SJHS

Attributions: 
Cole Gierisch, SJHS Staff Writer

Technology here at SJHS has impacted our school a lot in the past year. Students have had more contact with technology during classes. “We wanted to make more technology available to students on a daily basis,” said Ms. Miley, assistant principal at SJHS. “Technology improves learning at our school by giving teachers and students more tools with which they can  learn and explore. It enables teachers to teach in a new way, and it allows students to learn in a new way,” said Ms. Miley. 

Teachers also think technology has other benefits in addition to improving the learning aspect of school. “Being able to use technology is a real-world skill that everyone will end up using, no matter what career they go into,” said Ms. McBride,  an English teacher at SJHS. 

Last year SJHS had four computer labs, three Chromebook labs, and one iPad lab. This year, we have three computer labs, one iPad lab, and fourteen Chromebook labs, according to Ms. Miley. 

“There are a couple of benefits to Chromebook labs. The first is they are portable. Classes don’t need to relocate to use them, it saves time during the class period. Plus that opens up other rooms to be used as classrooms. Secondly, Chromebooks are less expensive and therefore we can have more computers per students when we go that route. It is important to have the technology in the hands of as many students as possible,” said Mr. Rowley, an assistant principal at SJHS. Because the school got so many new Chromebook carts, they also had to get rid of some of the old computer labs. “The computers were really old, so I believe the district took them and recycled them,” said Mr. Rowley.

Spotlight: Mrs. Seeley

Attributions: 
Carson Bracken, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Seeley, a math teacher at SJHS

Mrs. Seeley is a math teacher at SJHS, and this is her first year at SJHS. She teaches math for eighth and ninth grade students. Mr. VanAusdal, the principal at SJHS, said, “At SJHS we look for the best and nicest teachers to teach. Mrs. Seeley is a nice and smart teacher.”

According to Mrs. Seeley, she loves to teach eighth and ninth grade math. She used to teach Juniors and Sophomores at Bingham High School which she said she loved, but she loves younger students because of how much energy they have.

Mr. VanAusdal said, “I chose Mrs. Seeley out of all of the others applying for the job because she is smart, and she knows her math content.” According to the students at SJHS who have math with Mrs. Seeley, she is a fun teacher and she teaches students well. She works with you one on one with your math to help you understand it more.

Mrs. Seeley said, “The reason I only teach eighth and ninth grade is because I don’t get to choose what grades I teach. So don’t worry seventh graders, it’s not that I don’t like you I just don’t get the choice of the grade I teach.”

Mrs. Seeley said, “SJHS is a wonderful school to teach at. I love to be a math teacher. It reminds me of my childhood. I used to play with stuffed animals and pretend that they were my students. In high school I realized I loved math for the problem solving. I enjoy the satisfaction of solving hard problems and getting them right. Students make my job the best. Thank you SJHS!”

SJHS Takes Fourth in Golf Tournament

Attributions: 
McCade Dixon, SJHS Staff Writer

On Monday, October 13th the Nebo School District golf tournament was held at Gladstan Golf Course in Payson.  Mr. Krebs, a math teacher at SJHS,  coaches the SJHS team.  “We had a good year, we placed first, second, two people got third, and one got fourth,”  said Mr. Krebs about the golf season.  “We finished fourth in the district final, there were only four strokes between second and fourth place.”

Brandon Gordon, an eighth grade student, said he did pretty well in the tournament. He took fourth out of eighth, and mostly first throughout the season. He said, “I like to play golf and try to play as much as possible.”  According to Brandon, Salem won the tournament and Springville got fourth.

 Jaxon Wilkinson, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said he did okay in the tournament and good throughout the season, first and second in most of the meets. Jaxon said he likes to play golf and will keep playing it for as long as he can.

Digital Design Class

Attributions: 
Kaden Haynie, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Taylor's Digital Design class on Halloween

Mr.Taylor is the teacher for the digital design class here at SJHS.  His first semester class says it is a cool class.

Tay-Tay (Mr.Taylor) said, “I like this class. My favorite part about this class is that I like watching and seeing kids make some programs, games, and seeing their creativity.  I think I’m a good teacher because I'm big (not fat), loud, have good humor, and I have a good taste in college football.”

Jace Hansen, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said, “I really enjoy this class. My favorite part about the class is that we get to play with the computers everyday.  I took the class because it sounded fun.  I really like everything about Tay-Tay because he is a really good teacher.  My favorite thing I’ve done in the class is the free Fridays.”               

Traer Peterson, a student at SJHS, said, “I like the class because I love programming.  I’m glad that my mom made me take the class.  I also love everything about Tay-Tay.  My favorite thing that I’ve done in the class is code.org.”

Brandon Sadler, a student at SJHS, said, “I love the class; it’s fun, and one of my most favorite classes to go to and just make games.  I took the class knowing I got to play with computers.  Tay-Tay is a really fun teacher.” 

Rachel Rimmasch, a student at SJHS, said, “I like the class. My favorite part of the class is getting to work the computers.  I took the class because of the computers.  Tay-Tay makes learning a fun experiment.  My favorite thing that I’ve done was scratch.com and making things.”

Taking the digital design class could be a great experience, and you can take it next year.

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