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November 2014

Speech and Debate Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:43
Lexi Rogers, SJHS Staff Writer

This year students have been given many electives to choose from. Some of the teachers have had to take on extra classes so that we would have many different opportunities to learn different skills. One of these classes is the Speech and Debate class.

“I love teaching this class. It is really fun to hear what all the students have to say and see their fun personalities,” said Ms. Neeley, the Speech and Debate teacher.

The Speech and Debate class is only half a year so they have to work hard and fast. In the first term they have been working on different kinds of speeches. They have done icebreaker speeches, a narrative speech, and are working on persuasive speeches.

“It’s pretty fun. It’s not like other classes, Ms. Neeley lets us talk. It’s a fun class,” said Carter Shepherd, an eighth grade student at SJHS.

“It’s a fun class to take and teaches you a lot about speaking to people and persuading them,” said Julia Collier, a ninth grade student at SJHS.

The Speech and Debate class is a fun, informative, helpful class for all those who want to learn to communicate better with people.

Painting with Pencil

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:42
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Mrs. Wallace's drawing class

For most people drawing means doodling and idle pencil scratchings, but in Ms. Wallace’s drawing class, things are taken to a whole new level. Ms. Wallace, the art teacher, has been teaching at SJHS for two years and loves to draw. 

Ms. Wallace said, “We currently are working on skateboard design. There are some cool designs. We have lots of fun projects including xeroxing and sketching out our faces, learning how to draw the figure, and collaborating on a large piece.  Every student receives their own sketchbook. We get to learn about illustrators, and try different drawing mediums. It's a pretty fundamental class, and I think everyone who practices will improve their drawing skills.  Everyone is born with a desire to create, and drawing is just one of the ways. Art classes helps us learn how to make observations, think creatively, solve problems, and collaborate with others. Art is a great way to communicate with the world. It's a skill that everyone should learn.”

According to Brandon Garnica, a ninth grader in the class, drawing is important for expression.

Calling all artists! Drawing class is ready for you!

Ms. Piña or Ms. Pineapple-Take Your Pick

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:38
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Pina, a new seventh grade English teacher.

This year not only did we get a new school, we also got many new teachers. Among these teachers is Ms. Piña, a seventh grade English teacher, and she is fantastic.

Different teachers have unique reasons they chose to be teachers for junior high students. Ms. Piña says, “I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten and first attended school myself.” 

According to Ms. Piña, various experiences led her to realize she would not do well in an elementary school setting. As she went through high school she found that she loved English, so naturally she chose to become an English teacher.

Ms. Piña said that so far she loves SJHS, “What is there not to like about SJHS?! One thing I especially love is the optimism we have in our school.  We have the chance to be leaders and open this new beautiful building, and everyone is taking on the opportunity and doing their best. I love having the opportunity to come to school each day and know that we are setting the future and leading the way for thousands of others who will follow in our footsteps as they attend SJHS one day. I also love the technology we have! I think we are very fortunate to have such valuable tools at our disposal that can enrich our learning but also make it more fun too.”

Her fellow teachers love Ms. Piña just as much as she loves the new school. Ms. Dunn, an English teacher, said, “Ms. Piña is a wonderful addition to the seventh grade English team. She is very creative and comes up with great new teaching ideas. She is very willing to contribute to our team and work hard.”

Ms. McBride, another English teacher, is also a fan of Ms. Piña. “I really love working with Ms. Pina. She knows her stuff, but she is fun. She is really good at incorporating new ideas and new technology into her classroom, and she is willing to share what she has discovered. I know that Ms. Piña really cares about her students and that they are successful.”

Her students enjoy her as well. Abby McQuivey, a seventh grader, said that “[Ms. Piña] is really nice and fun.” Abby said her favorite thing she has learned from Ms. Piña is FANBOYS, words that you use to connect two complete sentences to make a compound sentence.

Finally, many have wondered why Ms. Piña is so obsessed with pineapples. They are all over her room and she is even referred to by her students as Ms. Pineapple. Ms. Piña said, “ I have had a lot of people struggle with the pronunciation of my last name - Piña (think "pee-nyuh" like piña colada), so I just decided that since "piña" means "pineapple" in Spanish and "pineapple" is also easier to say and remember, I would have my students call me "Ms. Pineapple" if they would like. That way students don't have to worry about saying it wrong or remembering how to pronounce it. I think it is fun, and it makes me smile too!”

English Spotlight

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:35
Autumn Olsen, SJHS Staff Writer

There are many wonderful English teachers at SJHS. The English teachers come to school with bright eyes and open arms, and are ready to teach each day.

“I love teaching English! I love being able to focus on reading and writing, and I love teaching my students such important skills. I also love the freedom teaching English gives me-- I feel like I have so many options of what and how to teach,” said Ms. Dunn, an English teacher  at  SJHS.

“I really like teaching English. I especially like teaching here at Springville Junior High. Teaching can be a lot of work, but it is also rewarding to see students grow,” said Ms. McBride, another English teacher at Springville Junior High.

“Teaching English is the craziest, hardest thing I've ever had to do. But I also insanely love it too. I love when students get really into it. When you see a student that is normally bored in your class suddenly getting engaged in what we're talking about, that makes it all worth it for me,” said Mr. Mccombs, a new English teacher at SJHS.

English is a great subject. There are many wonderful English teachers at SJHS, and the SJHS community hopes that they will teach for many years.


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