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December 2014

November Super Knight Assembly

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:58
Lindsey Batty, SJHS Staff Writer
The November Super Knights

On November 21, 2014 the SJHS second Super Knight Assembly happened. The Super Knight Assembly’s purpose is to spotlight students for doing the school basics which are: being responsible citizens, successful learners, and effective communicators. 

According to Mr. VanAusdal, the principal  at SJHS, we have Super Knight Assemblies to celebrate the good things students do. The Super Knight Assembly is centered around the school basics. Teachers nominate students that do those things, then the faculty votes on the selected students-one boy and one girl from each grade. 

Zack Jensen, was the seventh grade male Super Knight. According to Zack, he thinks he deserves to be a Super Knight. He feels proud of himself, and it is a big deal to him that he won a Super Knight award. He said he was very happy and shocked when he found out he was a Super Knight. He had no idea that he was going to win it, and he was a little nervous about getting the award. 

Kelsie Remington, the seventh grade girl Super Knight, said she deserves to be a Super Knight  because she is awesome. “I feel good about being a Super Knight because people actually notice that I try to be a good student.” She was very surprised when she found out she was a Super Knight. 

Grant Gardner, the eighth grade boy Super Knight, said, “ I guess I deserve to be a Super Knight. I get straight A’s and try to be really nice to everyone.” Grant feels good about being a Super Knight. He was very excited and happy about being a Super Knight at our school. “I was surprised, but I know I acted good enough to deserve this.”

Madi Smith, the eighth grade girl Super Knight, said, “ I think I deserved this award because I try really hard, and I help everyone when they need help or I think they need help. It feels good to finally achieve something and have everyone recognize me for it.”  According to Madi, she was very shocked to find out she was a Super Knight. 

Cole Monson, the ninth grade boy Super Knight, said, “I deserve to be a Super Knight because I try to follow the rules the school has for us students.” According to Cole, being a Super Knight is cool, and he enjoys knowing other people appreciate him. He was very surprised when he found out he was a Super Knight; he was not expecting it. 

Amanda Hall, the ninth grade girl Super Knight, said she feels pretty cool about being a Super Knight. She said she was surprised when she found out about being a Super Knight. “I never thought I would ever be a Super Knight,” said Amanda.  

Congratulations to all the November Super Knights!

Boys Basketball Team

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:48
Hailey Sandate, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS boys basketball team plays against Frontier.

On November 18, 2014 the boys basketball team played against Frontier Middle School from Saratoga Springs at home.  The SJHS boys team won with a score of 41-38.

Gus Sopena, the coach for the boys basketball team, said that he wanted to coach basketball to help them improve. “I wanted to coach the boys basketball team for several reasons. First, last season was my first here at Springville and our team didn’t achieve as much success as they had hoped. Having said that, the 2013 team was a fun, awesome group of guys and we competed hard. I personally did not want to leave on that note. I felt like I owed the administration, my terrific Athletic Director, and the students more. It was easy to stay because of how much Principal VanAusdal and AD Parker appreciated me. I could easily tell they wanted me back. It’s easy to stay somewhere they love and appreciate you. I want to reward their faith in me.” 

To get chosen for the boys basketball team Coach Sopena looked for attitude, effort, and skill. They had several open gyms where the boys learn basic fundamental skills through drills that helped prepare them for tryouts. They looked for boys that hustle a lot, are very coachable and have great team attitudes. “Skill is obviously important, but I can’t teach a guy who can make 3 pointer after 3 pointer how to be more humble,” said Coach Sopena.  

“I know we won that exciting and nerve racking game, on November 18 because of two things: our hearts and refusing to give up. We were down 11 points at one point in the first half. In the 4th quarter with 3 minutes left, we were down 6 points. We showed tremendous heart. I told the boys that we weren't going to play perfect since it was the first game and that we’d have some storms to battle through and if we stuck together, we’d come out winners no matter what,” said Coach Sopena. 

Cole Bowers, a ninth grader at SJHS, joined the basketball team so he could hangout with friends and get closer to people. In order to prepare for games Cole said, “I always think about what to do right before a game.”         

“Thank you to all the fans that came out to support our guys. I know the boys LOVED it! Keep coming out to the games and showing your Knight pride.”

SJHS Girls Basketball

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:40
Kallysta Strong, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS girls basketball team plays against Timpview.

SJHS has many sports to offer, one being girls basketball. Girls basketball is offered to all ninth grade girls; it started at the beginning of November and goes to the beginning of February. The team practices every day (except game days) from three to five, and on Wednesdays from two thirty to four thirty. The team includes 13 girls:  Jessey Simons, Taralyn Gervais, Megan Nusink, Avyrie Fellows, Brielle Cruz, Erin Call, Cayla Giles, Danielle Hartness, Kaitlynn Broderick, Sam Atkinson, Lynn Bereton, Grace Ashcraft, and Nikiah Jones. The coaches are Ms.Brennan, our very own history teacher here at SJHS, and Ms. Merrell, a special education teacher here at SJHS.

 “I played for three years in high school, two at Lone Peak and my last year of basketball in California,” Ms. Brennan said. She is excited to be the first ever SJHS girls basketball team to play in the new gym and have new uniforms. 

Ms. Merrell has been playing basketball for all her life. She said, “I started in the world of basketball when I was born. My dad was the basketball coach at the high school where we lived and he coached for 21 years (in all). I grew up in the gym, it grew to be a passion and love for me. I went to basketball camps starting at age 5 and continued to do so up till my junior year of high school. I stopped playing my senior year due to injuries and other reasons, but still loved/love the game. It teaches you life lessons you can't really learn anywhere else.” According to Avyrie Fellows, a ninth grader, said she is very excited for the basketball season and said they have a good team. She loves this sport and this is her fifth year playing basketball; she is a point guard. 

The girls have games every week either on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. And has won their first game against Lakeridge. So come show your support to our outstanding SJHS Girls Basketball team!

A Field Trip Worth Mooing About

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:39
Kazdin Lewis, SJHS Staff writer
Avarie Peterson and Nikiah Olsen, ninth graders in Agricultural Science, pet a calf
Braydon Tijerina, a ninth grader in Agricultural Science, pets a calf.

On November 24, 2014 the Agriculture Science (Ag science) class here at SJHS journeyed to Ottesen Dairy in a quest to discover the sciences behind dairy production.  According to Mrs. Thomas, the Ag science teacher, the dairy is owned by her husband’s family.     

Also according to Mrs. Thomas, after the class arrived at the dairy students visited different stations.  “Some examples,” she said, “of these stations are: the milking barn, baby calves, and everyone’s favorite- the milk tank.  At each of these stations we discuss what science is occurring.”  

Previously, according to Mrs. Thomas, the students had made ice cream in class to get a taste of what dairy production was like.  “Now we are visiting a dairy to give them a glimpse into milk production,” said Mrs. Thomas.  

According to Chloe Wimmer and Isaac Englund, two Ag science students, the best station was visiting the baby calves.  Chloe said, “It was fun to see all the baby calves.  It was especially awesome because there was a new calf just born that morning.”  

At the end of the field trip all the students gathered at the milk tank station and were offered a drink of the raw milk. According to Chloe Wimmer, it was right from the tank.

Spotlight: Mr. Dahl

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:36
Hailey Sandate, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Dahl, a seventh and eighth grade science teacher.

Mr. Dahl, a science teacher at SJHS, has been teaching for six years. He has been working at SJHS for all six years. “I love working with the students and passing on the things that I have learned about science,” said Mr. Dahl. “I want to help students to be as excited as I am about science. I really like this age group as students are still excited about life and have a lot of energy,” said Mr. Dahl. 

“He’s really good at teaching; he is also entertaining,” said Hunter Ricks, an eighth grader at SJHS. 

“His class is very interesting,” said Joel Emmett, an eighth grader at SHJS. According to Joel, he always does fun activities. “We made a giant food web.” 

“He is very nice,” Brooklyn Giles, a seventh grade student at SJHS. According to Brooklyn she loves being able to learn different things. “I love when we do posters,” said Brooklyn. 

According to Samantha Bothe, a seventh grade student at SJHS, she loves doing experiments in Mr. Dahl’s class. “He is a good teacher,” said Samantha.

Archaeologist and Orthodontist Visit School

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:34
Aubrey Stewart, SJHS Staff Writer

On November 3rd and November 4th, we were lucky enough to have an archaeologist and orthodontist come and visit our school. These visits were for the Window to the Workplace program put on by the Counseling Office at Springville Junior High. 

Kara Kawakami Petty, the archaeologist, presented her career using a lot of pictures. These included photos of skeletons she had uncovered herself, artifacts, and sites that she had worked on. Abi Maicas, a seventh grader, said, “I liked the pictures the archaeologist had. It showed what you would do and find.”

Mrs. Petty also spoke about how it is hard work. She said that most archaeologists burn out after about 10 years. She also informed the students that if archaeology was something they were interested in there were opportunities to volunteer in the field even at this age. Mrs. Petty said, “My career as an archaeologist is to analyze and learn about cultures through their material remains. The remnants of their homes, food, tools, and even skeletons. Archaeologists study historic as well as prehistoric civilizations, and even present peoples. Archaeology is a branch of Anthropology.”

Ms. Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior High, also appreciated the pictures Mrs. Petty shared. She said, “[Archaeologists] definitely have challenging working conditions!  I thought it was really interesting to learn about how their findings can help to discover trade routes.”        

The next day we had orthodontist, Dr. John Schouten, come. He focused on the work it takes to become an orthodontist. On average it takes over 10 years to get to the point where you can be a practicing orthodontist. He also talked about how orthodontists are related to dentists.

He shared what they do on an average day. At the end he passed out little goodie bags full of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Mrs. Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior, said, “It was interesting to hear him compare the education and career path of an orthodontist and a doctor, and how it's getting more difficult to become an orthodontist.  I thought it was great that they brought toothbrushes and toothpaste to hand out.”

Abi Macias appreciated the fact that he covered all the bases about what you need to do to get the job done.

All in all, it was a very informative experience to all who came to these presentations. It was also a positive experience for the presenters. Mrs. Petty said, “I enjoyed presenting because I like to share what I love. There were a lot of really thoughtful and good questions asked by the students too.”

The Amazing Mrs.Bales

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:31
Kaden Haynie, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bales (c), the SJHS attendance secretary, with Nathaly Torres and Ryker Jenkins.

Mrs. Bales, one of the SJHS staff members, helps the school and helps to make people feel good about coming to SJHS.

Mrs.Bales, the attendance secretary, said, “My favorite part about my job is the kids because they make me laugh.  It took a really sweet personality to get my job.  My job’s not too difficult, but it’s stressful and a little hard because there are eleven hundred kids and two parents per kid, so it’s hard to keep people where they're suppose to be and running smoothly.  I also really love the new, open, bright building so I can see the naughty and nice students walk by.”

Mr.VanAusdal, the principal at SJHS, said, “The best thing about Mrs.Bales is that she is hard working, fair, and she always makes good decisions. She makes our school more successful by making kids understand being in school is important.  She is a good asset and supportive with everyone.  She is one hard working professional.”

Mrs. Murdock, the finance secretary at SJHS, said, “Mrs.Bales has a great personality and a funny sense of humor.  She is easy to talk to and makes everyone around her feel comfortable.  She is very efficient, organized, and gets things done quickly.  She is always willing to listen and talk with students or parents about improving attendance.  She brings a warm and welcoming presence to the front office.  We love working with Mrs.Bales at SJHS.”       

Aydan Marshall, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I like that Mrs.Bales is very nice, hard working, funny, and gives me candy.  I love to talk to Mrs.Bales because she is hilarious.  I feel that I can talk to her whenever I need to because she is very understanding.  She should get a raise.”       

Nick Cloward, a eighth grader at SJHS, said, “Mrs.Bales is very nice and gives us candy.  I love to talk to her because she is very nice, and plus I'm related to her.  I feel like I can talk to her because we are tight.  She needs a raise.”

Mr. Kindrick Spotlight

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:28
Lindsey Batty, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Kindrick, a science teacher at SJHS, has been teaching for about 15 years.He  taught one year of science at both Timpview High and East Hardy Middle School before coming to Springville Jr. High school where he has taught for thirteen years. He said he loved science when he was little, and he wanted to teach science because he likes to understand things. According to Mr. Kindrick, he wanted to teach junior high students because they make him feel young. 

According to Ryder Peterson, a student at SJHS,  he likes Mr. Kindrick because he is a good teacher. He likes his teaching because he lets them talk to each other and figure out what he is teaching them. His favorite activity they have done in class was the egg drop. The egg drop is when you put a egg in a container with two “airbags” to protect the egg, then drop the container and see if the egg is broken               

According Cassidy Vest, a student at SJHS, Mr. Kindrick is a fun teacher and she likes his class. She likes the  experiments he has them do in his class. Her favorite one they have done so far is playing with liquid nitrogen and making ice cream with it. 

According to Jackson Riley, a student at SJHS,  he likes Mr. Kindrick because he is funny. He likes how in Mr. Kindrick’s class they do not  take a lot of notes. His favorite activity they have done in class so far is walking around the field looking for planets on a planet app. His favorite part about his class is getting on the Chromebooks. 

Matt Stoker, also a student at SJHS, thinks Mr. Kindrick is a good, funny science teacher. He likes how Mr. Kindrick makes concepts easy to understand. His favorite activity, along with Cassidy Vest, was the liquid nitrogen activity.

Bread and Circuses

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:25
Lexi Rogers, SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Mrs. Maughan's ninth grade English class perform plays

An SJHS English teacher, Mrs. Maughan, gave her ninth grade students a chance to stand in the spotlight. In ancient Roman times entertainment for the people was called “Bread and Circuses.” In middle school terms this entertainment is called skits or plays.

 “I want students to be able to adapt a story and comprehend it as a group,” said Mrs. Maughan.

After reading the Odyssey, and learning about Greek and Roman mythology, they put on plays depicting the stories. They were required to take the story and change it into a script. According to Mrs. Maughan, they were then required to present it to the class.

“Most of the students seem to enjoy it.  Everyone enjoys watching, but a few students get stage fright when they have to perform their own play.  This is a very fun unit for me and for the classes,” said Mrs. Maughan.

“I did ‘The Weaving Contest’ for my play, and it was pretty fun,” said Kaylie Paynter, a student in Mrs. Maughan’s class.

Ninth graders all around love this exciting, new way to learn about ancient times. All the world’s a stage!


Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:16
Jodi Noyes, SJHS Staff Writer

 Intramurals is a time after school to come and play sports that you normally would not be able to do. They take place after school in the gym or outside usually on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:45 to 3:45, usually, unless there is a basketball game, dance, etc. You can count intramurals for extra credit or make-up if you miss a day in P.E.

According to Mr. Chambers, one of the P.E teachers at SJHS,  about 40 people attend, depending on what the activity is, so you may run into somebody you know.

They usually play whatever they are doing in P.E like basketball, pickleball, outdoor games, etc.

“Intramurals is good in junior high because it gives the kids an opportunity to play sports they normally wouldn’t be able to play. It’s a lot of fun!” said Coach Chambers.

“Intramurals is good because you are able to get an easy good grade if you miss a day,” said Lexi Rogers, an eighth grade student here at SJHS.

Many people enjoy attending intramurals. It is a lot of fun!


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