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March 2016

Spotlight: Ms. Distefano

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:12
Kennedy Huston; SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Distefano, the ninth grade counselor

Ms. Distefano is one of the three counselors at SJHS. She is the main counselor for ninth grade students and affairs. Ms. Distefano has worked at SJHS for 12 years. According to Ms. Distefano, she became a counselor because in high school she felt like she did not have a lot of direction in terms of her future, so she wanted to be able to help kids find direction in their life. She likes getting to work with SJHS students. She also enjoys all the faculty, and there really is not anything she dislikes about her job.

According to Ms. Tarin, the counseling secretary at SJHS, she has worked with Ms. Distefano for five years. She thinks Ms. Distefano is very genuine, and really takes the time to get to know the students, and really cares a lot about the students at SJHS. She is also very nice and friendly.  Ms. Droz, a counselor at SJHS, said, “I have worked with Ms. Distefano for six years. She is really fun to work with.”

According to Ms. Distefano, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her family, having girl nights with her nine year old daughter, and visiting family in Ohio.  Ms. Distefano said, “I love getting to know all the students, and enjoy the variety of things I get to do.”

Ninth Graders Visit the High School

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:10
Ryan Popham; SJHS Staff Writer

On Tuesday, February, 23 2016 the ninth grade students took eight buses to Springville High School. They were taken to the auditorium and told about all the classes they can take during their tenth grade year. 

According to Mrs. Gleave, a math teacher, this is a great opportunity for the students to have a chance to see what the high school is like. Mrs. Gleave said, “I think the orientation day is awesome.  It gives students a chance to see the school while classes are in session.  That experience is quite different from attending a basketball game or school play.”

Many students were both excited and a little nervous to go to Springville High School. According to  Shane Stapel, a ninth grader, he was excited that he will have more options about classes to take. According Brynn Dinkel, a ninth grader, she was excited, but is also a little scared.

 High school is when you start thinking about what you want to do. Students take classes that will help them get closer to their goals in life. Shane Stapel said, “I want to be an actor, so I'm going to take classes to get closer to that goal.” Some of the classes he said he wanted to take were choir, drama, and welding.

Ms. McBride’s Guest Speaker

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:48
Caitlin Buhler; SJHS Staff Writer
Students in Ms. McBride's fourth period class with Hein Tlustek.
Hein describing life in Germany during WWII.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Germany during World War II? Well, Hein Senior Tlustek was a kid during WWII. On February 26, Ms. McBride, an English teacher, had Hein as a guest speaker in her fourth period class. Hein was born outside of Berlin, Germany. Hein said that while others hid in bomb shelters, he sat on the roof and watched the bombs. He said that it looked like a light show.

Ms. McBride said that her class was learning about Anne Frank, and Jake Jackson, one of her students, mentioned that his grandpa grew up in Germany during that time. Jake said that Hein would be happy to come to Ms. McBride’s class. 

Hein came to America in 1963 to attend BYU where he majored in teaching. But before that he went to Canada and worked as a gold miner. He has six kids and eighteen grandkids. Now he lives in Bedford, Indiana with his wife Donna. He is currently 79, but will be 80 in September.

Ethan Martin, an eighth grade student, said, “He talked a lot about things in his life that he did at that time, and it was really cool to see insight from his perspective.”  

Ms. McBride said, “We also got to hear a cool story about when the American soldiers used to give him rides to school, chocolate, and Coke.”

Master Singers

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:26
Meagan Jones; SJHS Staff Writer

Have you ever had a question that is really hard to answer and you are afraid to go and ask someone?  Well the question “What is Master Singers?” is not a hard question at all!

Master Singers is an amazing choir class here at Springville Junior High!  To get into this higher choir class, you not only have to audition, you also have to love to sing and be determined. In Master Singers they do awesome tours where they go and sing at all sorts of places.  Master Singers do a lot more than the other three choir classes.  Not too long ago they sang the National Anthem at one of the BYU basketball games!

During December they went and performed for some of the elementary schools in Springville.  They went and sang different, fun Christmas songs.   According to Ammon Elzinga, one of the Master Singers, this is one of his favorite parts about Master Singers.  Ammon also said, “It’s fun, and I like it better than Men's Choir because it’s combined with girls.”

Jake Jackson, another Master singers, said his favorite part about Master Singers is “hanging out with my friends and joking around.”

Master Singers is not just fun though.  You have to work hard, but you have fun at the same time. 

Kate Chatfield, another Master Singer, said, “It’s really fun, but it’s also a lot of work.” Being in Master Singers take lots of work because you have to practice your voice a lot.  It takes up a lot of your time because you are there after school sometimes for performance practices.  Emelia Randolph, another Master Singer, said, “It’s fun but kind of stressful. It’s also fun to be around your friends.”  She also likes learning new stuff about her voice, and how she can make it even better.  

As you can see Master Singers is an awesome choir class where you can have fun, learn new things about your voice, and perform in many different places!

FFA Week

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:25
Kimberly Bortolon; SJHS Staff Writer

FFA Week is one of the best weeks that we have here at SJHS. FFA (Future Farmers of America) members did something called FFA week at SJHS on February 29-March 4 where they would do a different theme everyday. 

So what is FFA week for?  According to Mr .Rowley, the assistant principal, FFA week is to raise awareness of FFA and to have some fun as well. Mr.Rowley said that he enjoys FFA week because of the fun activities they do. “FFA is a very fun program at our school, and it is also at the high school as well,” said Mr.Rowley.

 According to Devanie Furner, a member of FFA, one of the easiest things to do during FFA week was to wear the FFA colors. “We had the idea of the FFA colors, yellow is for new horizons, corn gold is for golden fields, and blue is for blue field on nations flag. I also enjoyed handing out candy if students wore the colors or theme of the day,” Devanie said. 

 Brynn Dinkel, another member of FFA said that FFA week teaches you different things, and if you are part of FFA you also get to raise pigs. “I think we did a great job putting up the posters to announce FFA” Brynn said. She also thinks that they should tell the students that it is not only about farming, but if you join you get to help with FFA week.

 Devanie and Brynn think the best part of FFA week is when everyone would go and guess how many corn kernels were in the jar. They both said it was super fun for the FFA members, and it made it better when they saw the students having fun and guessing as well. FFA week is a fun week for students, teachers and FFA members, everyone is enjoyed themselves and had fun with all the creative activities the FFA members created.

50´s Sock Hop

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:06
Ryan Popham; SJHS Staff Writer
Students at the Valentine's 50's Sock Hop

The Valentine's Day dance happened on Thursday, February 11 in the main gym. It had a 50´s theme and was for all students at SJHS. It cost four dollars without a school I.D. and was three dollars with a school I.D. 

Haylee Carpenter, a student a SJHS, said, “It was fun to be with my friends.” According to Ammon Elzinga, another student at SJHS, students could dress up in 50’s clothes. 

The D.J. played a mix of 50’s and modern music. Mr. Hammon, an eighth grade health teacher, said, “At the last dance they played some awesome music at the beginning that was easy to dance to.  Near the end they played some weird songs that I'm not sure could classify as music.  But it was still really fun for everyone I think.” 

Haylee Carpenter said, “I loved that they played Grease.” 

To decide who is going to chaperone the dance, the teachers at SJHS get sent an email, and are asked who would like to chaperone.. Some of the teacher chaperones were Mr. Hammon, Mrs. Ottley, and Ms. Pina. Mr. Hammon said, “At the dances I help the other teachers make sure everyone is safe at the dance.  I personally make sure those boys ask the girls to dance on the slow songs.” According to Ammon, to make the dances better they could play “more slow songs and have dances overall through the school year.” According to Haylee, the dance was perfect, and there was nothing they could do to make it better.

The school has four dances every school year. One at the beginning of the school year, at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and the last one is at the end of the school year.

Party for the Untardy

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:05
Joseph Harrison; SJHS staff writer

On Friday, February 12, the no tardy party was held in the SJHS cafetorium during seventh period. Students enjoyed the final moments of the school day eating pizza, singing karaoke, conversing with one another, and overall just living the good life. 

The no tardy party is a special activity reserved for students who went all term without a tardy. According to Mr. Rowley, the assistant principal at SJHS, no tardies are a big deal and something to celebrate. No one can argue otherwise! To celebrate their huge milestone, students gather in the cafetorium and for a party. 

“It’s pretty legit!” Macarthur Reilly, a ninth grader at SJHS said. “You get to skip class.” Macarthur enjoys the no tardy party because there is pizza there. Pizza is a very convincing factor to strive for no tardies! 

Mr. Rowley also loves it because it is a way to reward great students. “I love any way to recognize the great things our students achieve,” Mr. Rowley said. “About two thirds of our students attend the party.” 

The no tardy party is a great way to reward students for the great accomplishment of no tardies, and students should strive for the goal.


Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:36
Kennedy Huston; SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS has decided it is time to take a step towards the future. SJHS has decided to participate in NJHS (National Junior Honor Society). The NJHS is a program for junior high students in eighth and ninth grade. According to Ms. Dunn, an English teacher at SJHS and the NJHS advisor, NJHS is a program where students get together to perform service projects, and go on outings and field trips. NJHS is NHS(National Honor Society) just for junior high students.

To be part of NJHS you must have a 3.5 GPA and fill out an application. According to Ms. Dunn, students who qualified received applications in their English classes. Students who wish to join must apply. Completed applications are due Friday, March 4 to Ms. Dunn’s room, P110. Applications will be reviewed by a committee, who will then decide which students should be accepted. Students who are accepted will be notified at the end of March.

Ms. Dunn said, “NJHS is a wonderful way for students to contribute service to SJHS and the community. It is an opportunity for students to have leadership roles and make new friendships. It also looks great on a college application.” 

Ms. Distefano, the SJHS ninth grade counselor, said, “I’m really excited about NJHS. It is another activity students can be involved in, and I hope it will have a positive effect on SJHS students and help SJHS students be motivated to work hard in school.”

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