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January 2016


Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:29
Jenessa Crystal; SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS Girls Basketball team playing against Mapleton Junior High

On November 10, 2015, tryouts were held at SJHS for the girl’s basketball team. The basketball coaches are Coach Porter, a history teacher, and Coach Merrell, a special education teacher.  The girls on the team are Mckelle Weight, Kim Bayles, Katrina Britt, Emmalee Smith, Alice Giatras, Jenica Freeman, Tanii Foster, Camille Davies, Hayley Herker, and Kailee Thurman.

Coach Porter has been coaching for two years. Coach Porter said, “I love sports, and I love teaching, so it seemed like a natural fit and more time to get to know the awesome students at our school.”  According to Camille Davies, a ninth grader on the girl’s basketball team, the coaches know what they are doing and are really good basketball players.  Coach Merrell can play really well with only her left hand, according to Jenica Freeman, a member of the team. 

According to Kailee Thurman, a ninth grader on the girl’s basketball team, her favorite part of basketball is the adrenaline rush that she gets while she is playing.  According to Jenica Freeman, she likes that everyone has different positions, but you still get to score a lot.  

According to Jenica Freeman, the girls team works on passing, dribbling, and running exercises.  They do drills like gauntlet, mican, and scrimmage.  

Coach Porter said, “I think sports teams in general are important.  When I was in school, one of the only reasons I was motivated to do well in school or be there was so that I could play on the sports team.  Now that I am a teacher and I love learning and school, I am grateful for sports that kept me disciplined and motivated.  I think a lot of people feel that same way.”

On November 9, tryouts for the boy’s basketball team were held.   The basketball team is coached by Coach Howard and Coach Runyan.  The boys on the team are Alex Ashton, Riley Dustin, Josh Ireland, Nick Cloward, Camen Rollins, Kolby Carter, Daren Mumford, Matt Stoker, Brodie Taylor, Devin Cutler, and Ayden Christensen.  Coach Runyan said, “I love the game of basketball.  I want to be part of developing their skills.”  

Coach Runyan and Coach Howard are both new coaches this year.  Coach Howard said, “[Basketball is] good for the future.  It builds character and helps in middle school and beyond.”  According to Coach Runyan,  the boy’s team has been working on drills that include running and aggressiveness, without causing fouls.  He likes their hustle and aggression.

Who is Mr. Rencher?

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:23
Kennedy Huston; SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Rencher, a CTE and Manufacturing teacher

Mr. Rencher, is a teacher at SJHS; he teaches Technology and Engineering to seventh graders as part of the College and Career Awareness program. He teaches Exploring Technology to eighth and ninth graders, last but not least he teaches Introduction to Manufacturing to ninth graders.

According to Cathay Poulsen, a seventh grade student at SJHS, Mr. Rencher puts humor into his teaching, which means his lessons are fun and easy to understand. He is a really good teacher. He is kind, and if you have any problems he takes care of them for you. 

According to Mr. Taylor, a computer teacher, Mr. Rencher puts in a ton of hours to make sure his students have a good experience in his class. Mr. Taylor said, “Mr. Rencher is a super nice guy and all the staff like him.” 

Mr. Krebs, a math teacher at SJHS, said, “Mr. Rencher is one of the most helpful people I know. He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it. He is a happy person and is easy to talk to. He is a great teacher and knows what he is talking about. He is a good friend.”

According to Mr. Rencher, he had a teacher in high school who suggested teaching and after trying other things out in college, he decided to go back to teaching. According to Mr. Rencher, the funnest part of teaching is seeing the moment when a student “gets it.” 

If Mr. Rencher could hold onto one memory forever he said, “besides the times with my family, I would like to remember all the times I have seen students helping one another...and riding my motorcycle.”

We Are the Knights of Springville

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:57
Ryann Brockbank; SJHS Staff Writer

This year, at Springville Junior High, everyone is asking the same question; what does it mean to be a Knight? Mrs. Porter, a history teacher, said, “I think being a Knight is standing up for what’s right, and those you care about, even if no one else does.”

“We are all working towards the same goal, to become Knights,” said Bethany Stewart, an eighth grader. At SJHS, our main goal is to be effective communicators, responsible citizens, and successful learners. According to Mike Oman, an eighth grader, to be a Knight is to be able to accomplish our goals and follow the school statement. 

Ms. McBride, an eighth grade English teacher, said, “Our statement contributes to our school spirit, and is a great thing for us to work towards together.”

“In medieval times,” Ms. Porter said, “being a knight was a great honor, and knights were the ones that took it upon themselves to always stand up for others, and to be selfless.” She continued by saying, “I love that we are the Knights, and hopefully each student really understands how they can help others.”

As Knights, it is our duty to look out for our fellow peers, and to be an ally. According to Mr. Rowley, the assistant principal of SJHS, as Knights we are all representing our school.

Jenessa Crystal, an eighth grader, said, “Last year, one of the first things I learned at our school was our statement. The SJHS statement says that everyone should try to be the best person they can be, no matter what the circumstances are.”

Ms. Porter said, “I think the students are proud to be Knights, and they probably do not even realize that they do so many things each day that fit what a knight would do.”

Mike Oman said, “Knights are the ones who defended the castle. As students of Springville Junior, we need to defend our ‘castle’ and our classmates, as we all become Knights.” 

Springville Junior High School, we are the Knights.

Mrs. Comsa

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:55
Destiny Trammel; SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Comsa, a seventh and eighth grade English teacher

Mrs. Comsa, an English and Language Arts teacher at Springville Junior High, has been working at SJHS for two years. She also taught at Villa de Paz Elementary, a kindergarten through eighth grade school, and was also a Special Education Instructional Coach at Pendergast Elementary in Arizona. 

She loves teaching at Springville Junior High. She said, “SJHS has so much spirit! The faculty is wonderful to work with, and the students are awesome.” According to Mrs. Comsa, seeing students grow and progress here at SJHS is definitely fun. 

According to Mrs. Comsa, she originally wanted to be a curator at a museum. She actually got her bachelor's degree in Art History at BYU. She eventually decided to become a teacher. In 2014 she came to SJHS to teach seventh and eighth grade English.

Mrs. Riggs Students Write Creatively!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:48
Anna Birch; SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Riggs teaches the Creative Writing class here at SJHS during first period. Mrs. Riggs has been teaching for four years, and this is the second year she is teaching Creative Writing.  She decided to teach Creative Writing because she knows how helpful it is to have someone else look at your work and give honest feedback, and she loves to write herself. 

The students in the class enjoy it. According to Kimberly Bartholomew, an eighth grader, she likes that she has free range of her writing. She also likes that she gets feedback from the other students and Mrs. Riggs. Paige Simpson, a seventh grader, said, “My favorite part about it is that I get to write what I want.” According to Paige, she took the class because she likes to write. AnnMarie Humble, an eighth grader who took her class last year, said, “I liked writing science fiction and realistic fiction.” 

Mrs. Riggs loves teaching Creative Writing, since writing is a passion of hers. Mrs. Riggs said, “This year we started doing walkabouts which lets us go outside the classroom to write. You can find all sorts of writing ideas when you change your perspective.” During the semester, the students vote on what genres they would like to write about, then they have class instructions and examples. The students have up to two weeks to write, revise, edit, and share their short stories on their blog. According to Mrs. Riggs, students that take Creative Writing tend to improve their writing. 

Mr. McGuire, the principal, said, “I think Creative Writing is a great class. Students who write well do better in all subject areas. This class helps promote that.”  According to Mr. McGuire, he thinks the students are unique, and that Mrs. Riggs does a great job. 

Thank you, Mrs. Riggs for teaching our students how to write better!

Mr. McKell Leaves SJHS

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:04
Kinzie Lewis; SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. McKell, a history teacher

Mr. McKell is a new history teacher here at SJHS. Mr. McKell is transferring schools and leaving SJHS for Payson Jr. High. His students were shocked when he told them on Monday, January 4, 2016. Mr. McKell is a nice, funny and overall good teacher. His students are dreading Thursday, January 14, 2016-- the last day Mr. McKell will be at SJHS. 

Connor Snapp, an eighth grader in Mr. Mckell’s US history class, said, “Mr. McKell is funny and is always nice.” Even though this is Mr. McKell’s first time teaching at SJHS, Connor will miss him, and he wants him to stay. According to Connor, Mr. McKell teaches well, and he is not too strict. 

Gabbie Grimes, another eighth grader at SHJS, who is also in Mr. McKell’s class, said, “Mr. McKell is very nice. He’s easy going and doesn’t give much homework.” According to Gabbie, she is going to miss how nice he is. Gabbie does not want Mr.McKell to leave, and she will miss him very much.

Jace Farr, another eighth grade student,  said, “Mr. McKell is really nice and a super good teacher.”  Jace also added, “Mr. McKell’s test are easy, his personality is awesome, and he really connects with our class.” Jace is so sad he is leaving and wants him to stay because he is one of her favorite teachers.

Lincoln Wright, another eighth grade student in Mr. McKell’s class, said, “Mr. McKell really connects with his students and treats them like friends not students.” Lincoln is also sad that he is leaving and really wants him to stay because he liked Mr. McKell out of all the history teachers. 

According to Mr. McKell, he loves the environment of SJHS and how friendly everyone is. Mr. McKell added, “I also liked how involved and dedicated the teachers are at making sure each student is successful.” Mr. McKell is going to miss his students the most. According to Mr. McKell, he is sad that he has to leave SJHS. Mr. McKell said, “I am nervous to move to Payson, but excited to grow and have new experiences.”

What About The Assembly?

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:52
Bethany Stewart; SJHS Staff Writer
Members of the HOPE Squad stand during the assembly to be recognized

On Monday, November 2 an assembly about the HOPE Squad took place.  Along with that, the Super Knight Assembly took place.  The HOPE Squad is a group of students at the junior high who are here to help you.  This assembly was to introduce the HOPE Squad to students, and it was also to teach students about being an ally.

According to Ms. Droz, the assembly was fun to plan.  Ms. Maughan, a ninth grade teacher, said, “Assemblies always take time and effort to plan, but it’s fun to see how they turn out.”   

According to Kennedy Bird, an eighth grader on HOPE Squad, it was really weird seeing her face on the screen at the assembly when they showed a video introducing the new members.  According to Lydia Felix, a seventh grader on HOPE Squad, she felt uncomfortable seeing herself up on the screen, and felt like she looked weird.  Ammon Elzinga, an eighth grader at SJHS, said that “it was kind of embarrassing [to see his face up there].”

According to Ms. Droz, this assembly was meant for everybody.  The main topic of the HOPE Squad assembly was about being an ally and stopping bullying.  They showed a lot of videos to show students how bad cyberbullying is, and how to be an ally instead of a bystander.  They showed a video introducing the new HOPE Squad members.  They talked about what to do if you are being bullied-some of the things were to ignore the bully, make a joke of it, or tell an adult. The HOPE Squad helped with showing how to be an ally.  Ms. Droz said, “Being an ally is the most effective way to reduce bullying school wide.”

Once Upon a Time We Got a New Dean of Students (assistant principal)

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:48
Andrew Messenger; SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Shepherd, the new Dean of Students

Once upon a time we got a new principal. We also have a new Dean of Students. This new Dean of Students is Mrs. Shepherd. She was appointed when Ms. Miley went to the high school.

According to Mrs. Shepherd she interviewed and was asked by Mr. McGuire, the principal, to be the Dean of Students here at SJHS. Before she came here she taught history and German at Maple Mountain High School. 

Mrs. Shepherd said, “The kids here look me in the eyes and say hello when I pass them.” She continued, “The kids here are really friendly.” According to Mrs. Shepherd, she likes SJHS because the students want to learn, and the teachers want to help the students be the best they can be. She said, “The students and staff here are fantastic to work with.”

According to Ms. Bales, the office attendance secretary, Mrs. Shepherd is a delight to work with, and she has a friendly and outgoing personality. Ms. Bales said, “She is the type of person you can depend on to get the job done.” According to Ms. Bales, she is dedicated to her job, and her ability to get to know the students and focus on their needs is amazing.

According to Mrs. Shepherd, when she is not at school she sings in a competitive choir. She also mentioned that she likes to go camping with her family, read, play with her dogs, and cuddle her three month old son.

Review Game to the Rescue!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:46
Kinzie Lewis; SJHS Staff Writer

At Springville Junior High Mr. Shields, a history teacher, helped his eighth grade students prepare for a test. In class Mr. Shields took his students out in the hallway to play a review game, where they had to match explorers with what they did that made them famous. Mr. Shields got this review game from Mr. Hansen, another history teacher. This review game helped the students memorize things better. Mr. Shields has been doing this game for six years and thinks this game is a good learning opportunity for students. 

Brayden Zubia, an eighth grader, is in Mr. Shields’ class and played this review game. He said, “It was really fun. You had a bag full of explorers’ names and what they did. You had to match them together then you would see how fast you matched them. The goal was to get the least amount of seconds in a round.” According to Natalee Moore, an eighth grader, they were learning about European travelers. 

Nathan Conrad, another eighth grader, said, “It helped me remember the explorers.” 

Brayden said, “The game helped me memorize faster.” According to Natalee the game was intense and put pressure on you so you would have to memorize it. Jade Poulson, another eighth grader, said, “It helped me remember names.” 

Natalee said, “I like this game because it helps you in the future when someone asks a question.” Nathan said, “I like this game because it’s unique and not like the other review games.” Brayden said he liked it because it was very competitive.

Ms. Jensen Teaches English

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:29
Leighlou Brown; SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Jensen, a new seventh grade English teacher

Ms. Jensen is one of SJHS’s seventh grade English teachers. This is her first year at our school. She used to teach down in Cedar City. Ms. Pina, a seventh grade English teacher, said, “Ms. Jensen is awesome!” 

“I chose to be a teacher because I think education is one the most important things in the world,” said Ms. Jensen. Learning is a lifelong skill, according to Ms. Jensen. She chose to teach English because reading and writing are skills that are used all the time. 

Ms. Jensen’s hobbies include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing at her cabin in Island Park, Idaho. She also loves to cook. She said, “I’ve been known to bake cakes in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.” 

Ms. Jensen has another job she likes to do too, as a theater designer for props and sets dressing. Ms. Pina said, “Ms. Jensen knows a lot about theater which is really cool!” Ms. Jensen also loves tap dancing.

Ms. Jensen has a family of three, and she is the youngest. She has two older sisters who are married. She is not married, but loves her family and goes on vacation with them.  

 According to Averi Smith, a seventh grader, “Ms. Jensen is nice to everyone!” Jayden Tate, also a seventh grader, thinks Ms. Jensen is nice, funny and has fun activities. Ms. Pina thinks Ms. Jensen is a hard worker. She often stays late at school to be prepared for class the next day. 

Paige Simpson, a seventh grader, said, “Ms. Jensen is joyful.” 

Welcome to SJHS Ms. Jensen!


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