October 2015

Students Finally Are On The Road

Attributions: 
Crew Gandolph; SJHS Staff Writer
Cars in the SJHS Parking Lot

This year at SJHS is exciting for ninth graders for one big reason- everyone is so happy to turn 15. Some kids say it is like a preadult card is given to you in the form of a permit. Yes, kids can finally get their permits and start driving. 

“Driving is such a thrill,” said Aydan Marshall, a ninth grader at SJHS. And he is right according to Jesse Viaria, a 15 year old  here at SJHS, driving makes you feel free. And it is such a thrill that ninth graders cannot get enough of it. 

Some of them have driven so far to different places, it is insane. According to Gabe Zabriskie, a ninth grader at SJHS, he has driven from the Springville Reservoir to Bridal Veil Falls in Provo. Others have done some pretty awesome things behind the wheel, “I was on this open road, and I felt that I had to do something awesome, so I went 0 to 60 in 7 seconds,” said Aydan Marshall. And others are not super smart on the road, like Gabe Zabriskie for instance went 80 miles per hour right past McDonalds.

But these are only just a few students with the experience to drive. But these students have awesome advice that younger students should follow. “Don't do stupid stuff,” said Jesse Viaria, a student at SJHS. And according to Gabe Zabriskie, learn stick shift; it is very important that you do. But there is one more piece of advice that we should all listen to and it is from Aydan Marshal and that is “just remember- driving is dangerous, so drive safe”. So all of you eighth and seventh graders, remember this: when you get your permit stay safe on the road.

Utah Is Better When It’s Candy

Attributions: 
Kinzie Lewis; SJHS Staff Writer
Seventh Graders is Mrs. Porter's Utah History Class with their Candy Utahs

Springville Junior High wants the 2015 seventh graders to know twenty different physical features of the state of Utah, but instead of writing they made Utah out of candy in Mrs. Porter’s Utah History Class. 

Mckay Dalley, a seventh grader, stated that it helped him learn about Utah because he could see where the physical features were. Samuel Gee, another seventh grader, said, “It helped me learn about Utah because to me it made it as realistic as possible.”

Mrs. Porter said, “I think you learn when you are enjoying yourself, and this activity definitely is a good mix of fun and learning.”

Mckay said, “We used Mike ‘N’ Ikes, Licorice, and gummy worms. We used those candies to outline 20 physical features.” Samuel stated that he used Mike ‘N’ Ikes to outline mountains and gummy worms for the Wasatch Mountains. They had Graham Crackers for the base of  “Utah” and then they used frosting to keep it all together. 

Mrs. Porter said, “I got this from my seventh grade science teacher. We were asked to go home and make a giant sugar cookie and then bring the cookie and candies to class so that we could label the different parts of the cell with the candies. I loved it, and still to this day I can name the parts of cell.” Mrs. Porter thinks the seventh graders learn more because they are making it in candy because you learn more while enjoying yourself and having fun. According to Mrs. Porter she is going to do this every year for the seventh grade!

Agricultural Science Field Trip!

Attributions: 
Kennedy Huston; SJHS Staff Writer
The Agricultural Science class on the bus after getting rained on at the State Fair

Agricultural Science is a class offered to all ninth grade students and counts as a science credit.In Ag Science you learn about agriculture, FFA or Future Farmers of America, animals, plants, food, public speaking and leadership. According to Kosner Lewis, a ninth grade student at SJHS, you learn about how science is used in agriculture.

On September 19th, the Ag Science class went on a field trip to the Utah State Fair. “At the State Fair we visited many animals including pigs and sheep. I also hung out with my friends and ate some really good food,” said Kosner Lewis. According to Beau Mattinson, a ninth grade student at SJHS, they went and learned about agriculture stuff.  According to Mrs.Thomas, the Ag science teacher at SJHS, they go to the fair to allow students the opportunity to see a variety of agricultural products grown right here in utah. For example sheep, pigs, vegetables, grain crops and agricultural mechanic projects. While there the students can walk around and view the agricultural displays, shop at vendors, eat lunch and this year they got drenched by rain.“Even though it was cold, it was still a ton of fun,” said Kosner Lewis.

The Golf Team Tees Off

Attributions: 
Jenessa Crystal; SJHS Staff Writer
Members of the SJHS Golf Team

Since 1995, Mr. Krebs has coached the SJHS Golf Team for students.  Tryouts were held on the week before Labor Day. The team practices at the Hobble Creek Golf Course once a week for two to three hours.  The SJHS golf team plays to win and to have fun.  

According to Mr. Krebs, the golf coach and a math teacher here, the golf team was an intramural program offered by Coach Perkins, a former coach here.  In 1995, Mr. Krebs took over as coach of the team. 

In golf, whoever has the lowest score wins.  The number of strokes until the ball goes in the hole is your score.  There are nine holes in a regular season and eighteen in tournament play, according to Mr. Krebs.  There are eight people on the golf team.  Ellie Nielsen, a seventh grader, said that she uses her driver to tee off,  an iron in the middle, and a putter on the green.  

Mr. Krebs said, “I really enjoy working with the golf team members and helping them improve their game.  I like being outdoors and the association with the parents and other golf coaches.”  According to Max Davis, an eighth grader, Mr. Krebs does not reprimand you if you mess up; he tells you how to fix it.  According to Jake Dellamas, an eighth grader, Mr. Krebs has been golfing for a long time.  According to Max Davis, another member of the team, the golf team is pro.

Cell Phones at SJHS

Attributions: 
Jakob DeLlamas: SJHS Staff Writer

Cellphones are a huge part of our society and that includes school. So how serious is the cell phone threat, and is it even a threat?  Many teachers are for cell phones being allowed in school as an emergency tool, calculator, or even a way of entertainment (if allowed by the teacher).  Here at SJHS there is no standing rule about cellular devices, instead it hinges on how the teachers feel. If a teacher is against cellphones in their classroom, that is their choice.

Out of 15 students, seven own a cellphone and nearly all that percent bring it to school.  Almost all cell phones were gifts from parents, and most kids are extremely careful with their phones due to the fact that they will not be getting a replacement. For that exact reason most kids are on their first phones.  Of the students who do not own cellphones, all of them would like one and all have varying degrees of when their parents will give them one. Taren Stewart, a ninth grader, said he would not get one until he earned his Eagle Scout Award. The majority of the 15 students own an iPhone.

Some teachers are not dead set against them; they just do not want to see them out in class. Cell phones are not strictly banned.  When you incorporate the words school and technology many people think about students texting under their desks or cell phones being taken away.  Cell phones were not really around a few years back, and now you never know what is really going when someone looks down into their lap. So there you have it, information on cellphones at Springville Junior High, and maybe a new look on technology in schools.

Mrs. Porter’s Class Plays Mayan Basketball

Attributions: 
Dianna Munoz; SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Porter's Eighth Grade Class Playing Mayan Basketball

Springville Junior High eighth graders learned how to play basketball a different way in Mrs. Porter’s US history class. In Mayan basketball you can not use your hands or feet, but you can use your body to play,and it was intense. If you lost they would kill you as a human sacrifice; it  was huge in that time. You also had to get the ball in rings, and the ball had to weigh nine pounds. Mrs. Porter, a US and Utah history teacher who has been at the school for two years, taught her students to play.         

Mrs. Porter likes history because when she was in high school she had an awesome  history teacher, and it made her think “I wanna be a history teacher!” History is her favorite subject.  Mrs. Porter said she likes the Mayan basketball because it gets students to do something, and not just stay in their desks, and it would makes them remember how to play and enjoy a day outside. She also enjoyed watching her students play.

Jake Konse, a student in Mrs. Porter’s class, said, “I love playing!  It was different and fun to play. I think Mrs. Porter is funny and cool, and I would it again. It was fun.” Justice Farr, another of Mrs. Porter’s students, said she liked it, but not as much as she liked watching other people play. “I like Mrs. Porter. I like how she can joke around and still teach us.”

Tennis Team Takes All

Attributions: 
Bethany Stewart; SJHS Staff Writer
The Girls Tennis Team Practicing
The Girls Tennis Team Practicing

The SJHS Girl’s Tennis team is off to a great start with a lot of great girls. This year, the SJHS Girl’s Tennis team tryouts were held on August 25.  Girl’s Tennis will go until early October.  According to Christy White, a seventh grader here at Springville Junior High, the practices are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and sometimes on Fridays.  The matches are every Tuesday and Thursday.  According to Mr. Dahl, a science teacher and the tennis coach, the practices go from 2:50-4:00.  

Christy White said about Mr. Dahl, “He is really nice, and he pushes us hard to do our best.” According to Kelsey Sumsion, a seventh grader at SJHS, he is a great coach, and one of her favorite teachers.  

According to Christy White, it is a great group of girls and they all get along really well.  They do not judge each other, and their team is more important than winning.  Mr. Dahl said, “This group is a lot of fun. It is awesome to see the girls improve from the beginning to the end of the season.”

Lydia Felix, a seventh grader at SJHS, said that she is on the tennis team because, “I love tennis; I’ve done it for three or four years.”  According to Calli Egbert, an eighth grader at SJHS, she was on the team last year and really enjoyed it, so she decided to do it again.  According to Christy White, she just started tennis this summer, but she really enjoys tennis more than other sports.  She enjoys tennis because she is meeting new people and learning more about tennis.

History Sure is Sweet: Shields’ Sweet 16

Attributions: 
Anna Birch; SJHS Staff Writer
Parker Stewart and Cooper Riggs took first and second place!
The tournament bracket for Mr. Shields' Sweet 16

This year is the eighth year that Mr. Shields, a US History teacher at SJHS, has been doing the “Sweet 16” to help students study for the States of USA test. Mr. Shields has two students stand up and try to say the state he points to as fast as they can. They eliminate each student until there are the top three of each class, and those three go into the Sweet 16.  It was a close competition between Parker Stewart and Monte Taylor. Parker Stewart came out on top. 

Parker Stewart, the first place winner, said, “It’s one of my favorite things so far.” According to Parker, all the seventh graders should try to get into the Sweet 16 when they are in eighth grade. In order to prepare, he had someone in his family point to a random state and he had to say it as fast as he could.  He also recommends practicing in class while other people are doing it. According to Parker, he was not really nervous until the final four. 

Monte Taylor came in with a close second, followed by Cooper Riggs and Kelby Jeppson. According to Monte, he was really excited especially when the competition got intense. All of the final three had a lot of fun doing it and encourage anyone to try to get into it, even if they do not think they will be good at it. 

Mr. Shields has a lot of fun doing it and sure knows all of the states after pointing to each of them 100 times per year. According to Mr. Shields, he thinks the students have fun doing it and and it helps them learn. He said, “Whenever you have a competition it makes people try harder and they seem to care to succeed more.” 

Good job to the students who made it to the Sweet 16: Parker Stewart, Monte Taylor, Cooper Riggs, Kelby Jeppson, Johnny Acevedo, Mikayla Robison, Zack Smith, Bryce Allen, Savannah Clyde, Kenna McNeil, Ahna Hullinger, Sydney Tolley, Will Francom, Bailee Parker, Max Davis, and Evelyn Ethington!

Technology and SJHS

Attributions: 
Andrew Messenger; SJHS Staff Writer
Students using Chromebooks in Foods

Every year technology keeps advancing, getting cheaper and faster. Springville Junior High School is benefitting from this because it allows us to incorporate technology into teaching and learning. 

Every English classroom has its own Chromebook cart, and teachers have been using this in many ways. In addition there are many more carts are available for teachers to share with each other and three computer labs. Every classroom has a media center including a sound system, projector, document camera, Blue-ray player, and a computer for the teachers to use.

With a Chromebook cart in every English classroom, the English teachers have found many ways to use it. According to Ms. McBride, an English teacher, the more you write, the better you get, and because of the Chromebooks the students spend more time writing instead of rewriting drafts. According to Ms. McBride, she uses her Chromebooks for Kahoot, an online quiz and review program, to review concepts. She said, “I love having a projector hooked up to my computer, so I can show video clips and pictures.” 

Technology is a big part of science. Mr. Dahl, a science teacher, said, “One of the main things I use are the iPads.” According to Mr. Dahl, they have many apps that let students manipulate things like cells, among other things. He said, “I think the students really enjoy using the iPads.” According to Mr. Dahl, hands on activities keep students interested and help them retain information better.

According to Mr. Beebe, the Spanish teacher, there are many websites that can help the students learn Spanish, and having access to Chromebooks they can use them more. He said, “I have students use Chromebooks for creating presentations and writing essays.” According to Mr. Beebe, one website they use outside of class is Quizlet to help students with vocabulary acquisition. He said, “[Technology has] opened up a lot of possibilities.”

Mrs. Bird, a CTE teacher, said, “Technology has changed significantly over the past few years.” According to Mrs. Bird, in the past she had to give demonstrations in small groups throughout the class period, now she uses a document camera when giving a demonstration so the entire class can see it. She said, “Technology is readily available to give instruction at the touch of a finger.”

According to Mr. Hammon, a health teacher at SJHS, he uses his projector for videos. He said, “I’ve been able to incorporate research based learning into my curriculum.” According to Mr. Hammon, it is great to let the students use Chromebooks to discover new things on their own.

According to Mrs. Porter, a history and Utah studies teacher, she is a visual learner and she loves to show video clips to go along with the lesson that day, so the students will better retain the information that they learned. Mrs. Porter said, “It's been fun to find new ways to incorporate [technology] so that my students can better learn.” According to Mrs. Porter, they use Chromebooks to research and write papers.

According to Ms. Utrera, the choir teacher, they use Youtube to watch videos of other choirs singing. In addition they have a sound system that includes microphones so they can record themselves in order to hear how they are doing. She said, “We sometimes use online music theory programs to learn about reading music.” Ms. Utrera also said, “I try to find great resources to enhance my curriculum.”

Mr. Anderson, a math teacher, said, “Technology has made the teaching of math more visual. For example, hours we used to spend learning how to graph polynomial equations is unnecessary because of the graphing tools we have.” According to Mr. Anderson, he uses technology so students can more quickly discover patterns of graphing using graphing calculators.

Technology has made a big impact on this school, from English class to choir. Technology will only keep changing and improving.

Sub Zero Comes to SJHS

Attributions: 
Cole Gierisch; SJHS Staff Writer
Sub Zero demonstrates how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen
Sub Zero demonstrates how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen

The eighth graders in science class this semester got to see a demonstration from Sub Zero Ice Cream on Friday, September 18th here at SJHS. The demonstration featured liquid nitrogen freezing ice cream by pouring it onto bowls of ice cream mixture, expanding, and contracting at extreme temperatures, according to Mr. Bass, a science teacher at SJHS. At the end students also got to eat the ice cream. 

“The college or high school student made the demonstration more interesting and exciting,” said Sam Daybell, an eighth grade student at SJHS. According to Sam, all of the students learned something and got a better understanding of how science is used in the real world.

Sub Zero does demonstrations as a public service to educate students, according to Mr. Bass.

“The hands on and visual demonstrations helped the students learn quicker and remember what they learned better,” said Mr. Bass.

Teachers at SJHS have also been doing liquid nitrogen and ice cream demonstrations as well, according to Mr. Bass, but they want to make Sub Zero an annual occurrence in our school.

“Sub Zero is wonderful. We are very grateful to them. They help to educate students at schools, and I advocate support to them,” said Mr. Bass.

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