January 2015

Christmas Dance at Springville

Attributions: 
McCade Dixon, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS gets festive when it comes to Christmas, even holding a dance celebrating Christmas to reward students for good behavior and attendance on Thursday, December 11.  According to Mrs. Distefano, a counselor at SJHS, the dance went well and she liked chaperoning, “I enjoyed chaperoning because I like to see students having fun in more of a social environment,” said Mrs. Distefano. “My favorite part of the evening was when the first slow song came on.”

Students also enjoyed the dance. “I like the dances because I get to hangout with friends and dance with babes,”  said Isaac Hodson, an eighth grade student at SJHS.  

Kaden Haynie, an eighth grade student at SJHS, also thinks the dances are fun and goes to most of them.

Doors with Christmas Costumes

Attributions: 
Cole Gierisch, SJHS Staff Writer

This year at SJHS, we are having a Christmas door decoration contest. It was held between the third-period classes, who made the door decorations during class. 

“It is a good way to spread Christmas spirit in the school,” said Lexi Kearns, a ninth grade student at SJHS. 

“I think it’s fun because we don’t have any class during third period,” said Kaiden Exon, an eighth grade student at SJHS. Teachers also seem to like the contest too. 

“It is a fun way for students to be creative and have a good time,” said Ms. Neeley, a ninth grade English teacher at SJHS. 

Ms. Pina’s class took first, with a Christmas tree, Mrs. Caras took second, with snow scene, Mrs. Jackson third, with a scene of the school staff, and Mrs. Wallace fourth, with a knight.

The SJHS Food Drive

Attributions: 
Cole Gierisch, SJHS Staff Writer

The Latinos in Action has one job, to help. Last year, the Latinos In Action held a food drive. They did it again this year. “We did the food drive because we did it last year, and it worked,” said Angeles Gaitan, a ninth grade student at SJHS. “It also is a good way to help people out,” said Angeles. 

The food drive was also a competition, where the seventh period classes went for the most food donated. The winner, Mr. Taylor’s class, got a pizza party.

The food went to the Community Action Services and Food Bank, which are in south Provo, according to Mr. Beebe, the Latinos In Action teacher at SJHS. The Latinos In Action participated in the food drive this year, because they did it last year and it seemed to work, according to Daniela Melendez, a ninth grade student at SJHS. 

SJHS has donated 4,246 items, according to Mr. Beebe.

“As part of the class, we look for service projects we can help out with. The food drive is one we participated in last year and we decided to do it again this year,” said Mr. Beebe. 

The Latinos In Action also does other service projects for the community, including peer tutoring at the elementary schools, according to Angeles Gaitan. 

They also do lessons for themselves, like leadership training, according to Ihovanni Tinoco, a ninth grade student at SJHS. 

“I think it helps build the school community. It’s good that we’re all working together to help accomplish something worthwhile,” said Mr. Beebe, “I also like the competition aspect of it with the classes. I think competition helps make it more fun.”

Flour Sack Babies

Attributions: 
Stephen Gantt, SJHS Staff Writer

Baby week was December 1st-5th. All the students in the teen living class carried around a flour sack baby and had to care for it at school and at home. Ms. Murray, the teacher of Teen Living, said, in Teen Living, students learn about how to be a good friend, get along with and appreciate family members and your heritage, personality traits for yourself and others, dating, and sexual responsibility. “Students have to name their baby and clothe it with small blankets. The gender of the baby is drawn from a hat, to emulate the randomness of real baby genders. To care for the baby, the parents have to wake up at one in the morning and take care of the baby.”       

“I chose Teen Living because I want to be a mother,” said Sarah Tucker, a ninth grader, “My baby is Victoria Johanna Tucker.”       

“I chose teen living because I thought it would be fun, but it’s really tiring,” said Brett Moon, a ninth grader.       

At the end of baby week, the babies got turned in, graded and then handed back, either to be cared for or made into cookies. If the parent had recorded any abuse, or if Ms. Murray found some on the baby, the parent were docked points. And thus ends another baby week, but take heart after it is all said and done, bread week begins!