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September 2015

Ms. McBride, a Knight Through and Through

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:11
Ryann Brockbank; SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. McBride, an eighth grade English teacher

“She really has a knack for teaching!” said Ms Pina, a seventh grade English teacher, about Ms. McBride. Ms. McBride is an eighth grade English and film studies teacher here at SJHS.

“Springville is a great place because it’s full of great people,” Ms. McBride said. She has been teaching here at SJHS for four years, and she loves it here.

 “I love her classes. She’s one of my favorite teachers,” said Bethany Stewart, an eighth grade English student. 

According to DeeAnna Jolley, another eighth grader, Ms. McBride is a very positive, happy, and caring teacher.  Ms. McBride loves her students, and is “impressed by how kind, hardworking, fun and funny the students are.” She is an adventure-loving person, and likes camping, hiking, reading, playing her guitar and spending time with friends and family. “I’m pretty sure I have the funniest brothers of all time,” Ms. McBride said.  Ms. McBride goes the extra mile every day to help her students learn to love English, reading and writing. “I actually understand what I’m learning,” said another of her students, Ryan Popham. 

“She has an energy that charges the classroom, and she’s good at connecting with us,” said Jenessa Crystal, an English student.“I want them to learn that writing is not so scary,” Ms. McBride said.

 Ms. McBride makes an effort to make English, a not-so-scary experience, and to help her students at SJHS have a good time. “She wants every student to feel involved. I’m very impressed with how great of a teacher she is, and how well she prepares students,” said Ms. Pina. 

“Ms. McBride is such a good teacher!” DeeAnna Jolley said, “I am very happy she is my teacher.”

Who Rocks The House? Reams Football Team!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:10
Kinzie Lewis; SJHS Staff Writer
Tyler Kelly and Mike Giles, members of the Reams football team
Karson Benson, a member of the Reams football team

Here at Springville Junior High (SJHS) football season has started! 2015 is a brand new year for Reams, one of the 8th grade football teams, to win! SJHS wants to spread their love for football!

Mike Giles, an eighth grader at SJHS, said that he has been playing football for as long as he can remember; he said maybe around five or six years! Tyler Kelly, another eighth grader known as TK, said he has been playing, “around 3 years or longer.”  They both love football and are on Reams team. Karson Benson, another eighth grader, said that their team has been undefeated. 

Karson Benson said, “I like to play football because it’s fun, and I like to run into people and hit them.”  According to Mike Giles he likes football but also enjoys baseball, basketball, volleyball, and if fishing and hunting count then he enjoys them too. Tyler Kelly said that he may play football next year because he enjoys it, but he isn’t sure yet. Karson, Mike, and Tyler all agreed and said that they love football and appreciate the thrill of it.

In Tyler’s family he is not the only one that plays. His little brother is playing football for the first time this year, and Tyler’s dad used to play it and really inspired Tyler to play it too, and following in Tyler’s footsteps was his little brother. 

Karson said, “Walter Payton, a NFL football player for the Chicago Bears, is the one who inspired me to play and I want to be as good as him one day.”

Spotlight: Mr. Bass

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:08
Cole Gierisch; SJHS Staff Writer

Last year Mr. Bass moved to SJHS as a science teacher after just finishing work as a teacher facilitator at BYU, according to Mr. Bass. He also said he was placed here at SJHS by Nebo School District.

Mr. Bass loves helping all of the students, and working with the administration and staff. “The teachers and administration and staff are very supportive and a lot of fun to work with,” said Mr. Bass. 

“He helps all of the students with the things they need help with,” said Sean Roylance, an eighth grade student at SJHS. 

“I love the plain and simple truth of search for answers that science provides,” said Mr. Bass.

According to Mr. Bass, he likes hunting, restoring cars, shooting, outdoor recreation, and spending time with his family. He has two daughters and one son; two of his children just returned from LDS missions. His daughter served in Sweden, and his son served in Russia. His youngest daughter is a senior at Maple Mountain High School.

Springville Junior High Adds a New Award to the Super Knight Assembly

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:07
Bethany Stewart; SJHS Staff Writer
The new Chivalry Award

This year has brought many changes that are unexpected.  One of them is the Chivalry Award.  This is the first year it has been introduced.  According to Mr. Rowley, one of the assistant principals, he and Mr. McGuire, the principal, came up with it.  According to Mrs. Porter, a US history and Utah Studies teacher, we have so many great students here, and this is a great way to honor more.  Each teacher will get to choose one student for the award.  

To get this award, Mrs. Porter said that the student would have to treat their classmates with respect and go the extra mile to be an ally.  Mr. Rowley said, the students need “[to] go above and beyond in a class or show substantial improvement in a class.”  

We will honor them each month in the Super Knight Assembly, with the Super Knights of that month. Since every teacher gets to choose one student, there will be around 40 students presented with the Chivalry Award each month, starting with the Super Knight Assembly in October. 

 Mrs. Porter said, “I am extremely excited to see more of my students and other students get the award.” She said that she is looking forward to seeing who is chosen for the award.  According to Ahna Hullinger, an eighth grader here at SJHS, when she won the Super Knight, she enjoyed it. She is glad that we are going to have the opportunity to honor more students, and give them a good experience.  

Mrs. Porter said, “We have so many great students at SJHS who do so many great things when no one is looking, so I love the opportunity to recognize more amazing students.”

Spotlight: Mr. Shields

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:04
Anna Birch; SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Shields, an eighth and ninth grade history teacher

Mr. Shields is one of our history teachers here at Springville Junior High School. Mr. Shields has been teaching for about 27 years, and eight of them have been here at SJHS. He is currently on his ninth year here. 

According to Mr. Shields, he is a big camper. Every year his family and his friends go on a big camping/motorcycle trip, each time to a new place. He also goes on a summer trip with his wife. He also loves traveling, cruises, riding dirt motorcycles, and reading. Mr. Shields has seven children, four sons and three daughters. He had his four sons with his first wife who died 20 years ago. His first and third sons are married but do not have any children yet. He remarried and has three step-daughters with his second wife. His daughters are all married and all have children, nine in total. His wife is a surgical nurse. 

Mr. Shields wants to make a difference in the life of a teenager. He said, “Also I guess I like to get up in front of a crowd of teenagers and act like a clown.” Mr. Shields loves teaching US History and loves the students here. 

Katelyn Hollister, an eighth grader, said, “You should be excited; his class is really awesome. I like history, and he does it justice.” He is happy, smart, fun, and an all around good person and teacher, according to Jamie Haws, an eighth grader. Mr. Shields is professional, but he makes the class enjoyable to be in.

 Isobel Alvord, an eighth grader, said, “If you have a Spanish last name he will say it over and over again. It always makes them and me smile.” Mr. Shields is one of those teachers that can make your day turn from terrible to the best day ever!

The teachers and staff at SJHS really love Mr. Shields. Mr. McGuire, the principal said, “We are lucky to have Mr. Shields in the school. His experience and talents are a great asset to the students.” He is energetic and really knows his stuff. 

He seems to love what he is doing, and we are very lucky to have such a great history teacher! Thank you Mr. Shields!

“Biggest Loser” Scott Mitchell Inspires People To Be Healthy

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:20
Jade Poulson; SJHS Staff Writer
Scott Mitchell's children-- Madi and Zach

Scott Mitchell, a former NFL Quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals, is a Springville resident and was recently a contestant on the show The Biggest Loser.  “I was motivated to do this because I was overweight and my dad died from being overweight and having diabetes, and I wanted to set a good example for my kids,” said Scott Mitchell. Scott Mitchell wanted to start eating healthier and get his life back.

It all started out last year explained Madi Mitchell, a ninth grader at SJHS and Scott Mitchell's daughter, “My dad wasn’t eating healthy. He had a lot of bad habits, and it was hard to do a lot of active things like go on a hike or do anything active together.” 

She explained, “The reason my dad went and decided to be on The Biggest Loser was…we were at a football game at The University of Utah and my dad saw an ad for The Biggest Loser. He wanted to change his life, so he decided to give them a call and try out.” Scott then got a call back and he decided to go to California to audition. Once he was in California he didn’t return home and their family knew that meant he was going to be on The Biggest Loser show. “When my dad was gone it was really hard, and we couldn’t call him. We could only write letters, and he only got them when they let him have them,” explained Madi Mitchell. “My dad was away from us for four to five months, so it was really hard”, she continued.

Zach Mitchell, a seventh grader at SJHS and another one of Scott Mitchell’s kids, said, “It was hard seeing my dad leave and I was really sad.” 

Madi Mitchell said, “When my dad got home I was so happy to see him! He took us shopping to Costco and we bought healthy food and made amazing recipes that were really good and healthy.”

In the magazine Utah Valley University, the article “Perspective: ‘Biggest Loser’” Scott Mitchell said, “I came on this show to inspire people and my family to be healthy and not throw away your life.” He wanted to be a role model and like his kids said “get his life back.”

Let’s Go on a Voyage with Mrs. Ottley

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:18
Andrew Messenger; SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Ottley, a new seventh grade English teacher

You will always go on an adventure in Mrs. Ottley’s room. Mrs. Ottley is a new English teacher this year at Springville Junior High School. According to Mrs. Ottley, she came to SJHS this year because she lives in Springville, and she loves the faculty, administration and the building. She said, “I think Springville is the best place to live and work.”

Mrs. Ottley’s room is sailing themed. According to Mrs. Ottley, it is sailing themed because they are learning about anchor questions when they are reading. In addition to anchor questions they are also learning about reading skills. She said her room is decorated like this because, “reading takes you on a voyage.”

According to Mrs. Ottley, her favorite thing about SJHS is the teachers and the students. She also mentioned that she loves seeing her sons in the hallway. Before she came to SJHS she was doing her student teaching at Payson High School, the same place that Mr. McGuire was the assistant principal before he came here. 

Ms. McBride, an English teacher at SJHS, said that Mrs. Ottley is really nice and cares about the students. According to Ms. McBride, she brings good ideas to the table in the SJHS English department. According to Bennion Messenger, a seventh grade student in her English class, Mrs. Ottley is enthusiastic and likes to reward good behavior. He also said that she has a fun way of teaching things, like watching Disney’s The Lion King so they can learn how to make connections and inferences along with other reading skills.

Springville Football Ninth Grade Teams!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:17
Dianna Munoz; SJHS Staff Writer
The Springville Junior High Ninth Grade Football Team

The Springville ninth grade football team is doing great! Their team is awesome at playing. They had four football games and won all of them, and they are so proud of that. Shane Staples is one of the players on the team, he said he likes the team because they all have the same goal which is to win all the games. Shane said that he thinks they can, “Yes we are going to stumble sometimes, but we got this.” 

There are about 30 players from Springville Junior High and they have four players from Mapleton Junior High. This team pushes themselves to win every game. They practice two hours on  Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and sometimes Saturday. They practice before the games too, but only for an hour. They are doing a great job. They have eight team captains, so if any get hurt or sick they have backups. Their team colors are red, blue, and white, so let's keep doing great guys!

Welcome to SJHS, Mr. Jackson

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:16
Jenessa Crystal; SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Jackson, the new eighth grade counselor

This year at SJHS, Mr. Jackson became our eighth grade school counselor after Mrs. Linton left.  Mr. Jackson said, “When there was an opening at the school, I immediately requested to come here.”  According to Mr. Jackson, he went to the University of Utah for Human Development and Family Studies.  Afterward he got his graduate degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Counseling.  

According to Mr. Jackson, he has worked at Spanish Fork Junior High, as well as Sage Creek, Park, and Goshen Elementary schools.  Mrs. Distefano, the ninth grade counselor, said, “We’ve been to many meetings and conferences together over the years.” 

Mr. Jackson also helps with the students’ schedules.  According to Sabrina Scott, an eighth grader, her schedule change took only five minutes, when it used to take days.  “He helps students if they don’t feel like they can talk to anyone else,” said Sabrina Scott.  According to Katie Jackson, an eighth grader, he is always there for people.  He is always excited and there to help you out.  

Mr. Hammon, the eighth grade health teacher, said, “When I first saw Mr. Jackson, it was at a staff meeting.  I remember looking at him and thinking, ‘What a majestic beard!  I wish I had facial hair as glorious as his!’  Little did I realize just how cool he was.”  According to Mr. Hammon, Mr. Jackson is the nicest guy on the planet.   

Mrs. Distefano said, “He cares so much about students and works hard to meet their needs.”

New Year, New School, New Principal

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:02
Andrew Messenger, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. McGuire, the new principal of SJHS. Photo by Andrew Messenger, SJHS Staff

Every year there are changes in schools- some are big and some are small. This year Mr. McGuire is the new principal for Springville Junior High School. He started this year, 2015-2016. According to Mr. McGuire, he became our principal after Mr. VanAusdal moved to the District offices. 

Many teachers are enjoying how he does things. Ms. Pina, an English teacher, said, “He doesn’t do things the old fashioned way, but the way that works the best.” Additionally, according to Mr. Rowley, an assistant principal, Mr. McGuire shares the same goals as the rest of the staff. These goals are that they care for the students, they are focused on the students’ education, and they “want Springville Junior High school to be the best in the world.” 

People can be different, but they can also be the same. Mr. McGuire is the same as Mr. VanAusdal, the former principal, in many ways. According to Mr. Rowley, they both care about the students. He also said that they are both focused on the students’ education and they want SJHS to be the best school.

Many students and teachers enjoy having Mr. McGuire as the principal. According to Mrs. Caras, a biology teacher, he is very willing to do things and is very helpful. According to Mrs. Murdock, the finance secretary, he is creating a warm and welcome school for students, parents and staff. Mrs. Murdock also said that he is genuinely concerned for each of the students’ education.

Outside of school Mr. McGuire has a lot of fun (Yes! teachers have a life outside of school). According to Mr.McGuire, one of his favorite hobbies is fishing. His favorite place to go fishing is Flaming Gorge. Mr. McGuire has four kids; he has two sons and two daughters. His entire family loves sports and they spend a lot of time at the ballpark. Before he became our principal, Mr. McGuire taught history and Spanish, and was vice principal at Payson High School. 

Mr. McGuire has been is education for 17 years. Nine of those years he has spent it in administration. Now he gets to spend the next part of his career with us. Mr. McGuire said, “School should be fun,” and this year will be great with Mr. McGuire.


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