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September 2016

The SJHS Band

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:00
Article by Lindsay Gardiner

Students like taking band at SJHS for lots of different reasons. Some students like learning how to play new songs on their instruments. Other students think it’s fun and like playing instruments with their friends.

8th grader Kaylee Smyth said that something she likes to do is “To learn new pieces and see what it’s like when it all comes together all instruments combined.” Also, 8th grader Ashley Donahue said she liked it “When we learn new songs like right now we’re learning Star Wars.”

Mr. Booth might be making band a little to fun because 8th grader Taylor Crook said “Sometimes I can't help myself so I play when I’m not supposed to.” Plus Kaylee said she likes Mr. Booth since he “Is awesome.”

Ashley said she plays the trumpet because her brother played it so she thought it would be fun to learn and Kaylee said she wanted to learn to play the clarinet since her mom and aunt played it so she wanted to play it also.

Mr. Booth is making this a fun year learning songs and having concerts for these students. Now we’ll see them and many others have the time of their lives this year in band.


The Future Farmers of America

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:24
Article by Hailey Gabbitas

FFA is about learning skill to help you in careers in the future. It takes place all over Utah and it is a very popular thing, at SJHS we have a FFA class and many students love it. It all started in 1928.

Some of the Students at SJHS said some pretty interesting things. A student at SJHS named Jace Farr said that the reason why she like FFA is “ The field trips are a lot of fun, and they aren't a lot of money,” another student named Ty keyser said he like FFA because “ you get to meet new people, and have a really fun experience.” Most of the FFA students like Trista Alvey, Taelyn Reed, and Taylor Okelberry said they most enjoy FFA for the field trips and overnight stays. They recently had a field trip to the state fair and all of them said it was so much fun. Some of the things we did said Trista Alvey was “ We milked a cow, went on a scavenger hunt, and worked with animals,” It was really fun she said. Most of them chose to be in FFA for the field trips and raising a pig.

According to Taylor Okelberry she said she took it because “ I thought it would be a fun learning experience.” 

A Guide to Springville

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:48
Article by Jocelynn Garner

Welcome to the Art City! Springville, Utah is a great place to live. There’s a lot to do, the community gets along well, the schools have great education and it’s an easy place to be. It’s a happy place and whether you are stopping by or moving in you’ll enjoy your time here. There’s a big library on main and center street.

When getting settled in making friends is a big key. Friends will be there for you, help you with anything you need and make your life full of happiness. Making friends at school is easier than in your neighborhood but you still will have friends wherever you go. Church, barbeques, and going outside to your local park are places and ways to make friends. Ms.Ottley, a teacher at Springville Jr.High would go on walks up Hobble Creek Canyon. She also said “Getting involved in the community instantly made me feel like I belong here.” Alyssa Badger’s said making friends helped her settle in and “Everyone’s really nice.” Not just friends make you feel welcomed but sports teams. Being on a team will definately make you feel like you have a purpose in the city you live in like Springville.

Springville is an easy going city. Nothing is really hard, but a small trouble is school. The schools aren’t bad at all but what kid doesn’t not completely enjoy school all the time? Some tips for school are to make friends at school, stay on top of your homework, and ask teachers for help if you need it. Ms.Ottley mentioned that it would be nice to have a rec center to take her kids to. Luckily, soon there will be a rec center on the way!

Some fun activities or places to go in Springville are the mall, movies, up the canyons and a popular one is high school football games. The high school football games have great turn outs. Our Springville Red Devils are a great team to watch. The homecoming game is one of the funnest games to go to. The last homecoming game for the Springville Red Devils game was Skye and Brylee Boschee’s first game and they both said they had really enjoyed it and would like to go to more. Nate Conrad likes a lot of different sporting events located in Springville. The parks in Springville are very relaxing to go to and read or to bring your kids to. Springville is a calm city with welcoming people and fun events to go to.


A Little More About P.E.

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:46
Article by Sakari Duvall

This year at SJHS, P.E. students and coaches were asked some questions. These questions were to about their get a little bit of information about their class, they were asked these questions because SJHS P.E., is much different than some other schools.

The students names are; Gabe Tilton a 7th grader, Arianie Perez-Diaz, an 8th grader and Mike Giles a 9th grader. The coaches names are Coach (G)erhauser, Coach (P)arker, and Coach (C)hambers. All of these people are so nice and wonderful. These are the coaches responses to the questions.

Do you enjoy teaching/playing the sports with the students? Why? “Yeah it’s much more exciting”, said Coach G. Most of the time playing with them can be fun, said Coach P. “It depends.” said Coach C, because it can be hard playing with all 6 periods. Why do more units get played instead of one? “If everybody can choose what they want, then everybody is happier.” said Coach G. “For student choice” said Coach P. Coach C said that it gives the students a choice, and that it helps the students to find what they are most interested.

What is the worst injury you have seen during P.E.? “A kid busted his arm!” said Coach G. She was disappointed that she wasn’t there to see, but her sub got to. “Major bloody noses, a head hit with a metal bat, and a broken leg” according to Coach P. “Broken bones” said Coach C. Also girls earrings getting ripped out of their ear. Another question was, “Are a lot of kids lazy?” Coach G said,” yes!” Coach P said there are some kids, without a doubt. Coach C said that it depends. If a student likes the activity that they choose, then they usually aren’t. About how much money do you think, gets wasted when things break? “A lot!,” said Coach G. Coach P said,” a couple hundred.” Couch C agreeing with that.

Here are the questions the students were asked and what they had to say.

Do you like most of the units that you pick? “Yeah they're fun” said Gabe Tilton. “Yeah”, said Arianie Perez-Diaz and Mike Giles. Do you have friends with you in P.E.? “Yeah,” said Gabe and Mike. Arianie said she has many.

What’s your favorite part about P.E.? Gabe said that you get to actually do something instead of just sitting around. Arianie said,”I like getting active and I love sports.” Mike said that he likes throwing touchdowns because he gets to feel the fame.

Do you like your coach? “Yeah, she’s fun”, said Gabe. Arianie and Mike both said yeah, too.

What period so you have P.E., would you change it, why or why not? Gabe has it 2nd period and the he likes having it then. “4th, so right after quest time. It was close because I would always go to the cafetorium.” said Arianie. Mike has it it 5th period and said,”no because it’s nice after lunch.” And that is all!


Meet Some of the Siblings at Springville Junior High!

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:41
Article by Brenna Carlton


At Springville Junior High School there are lots of pairs, and sometimes even trios, of siblings. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a sibling in the same school as you? Maybe you even have a sibling soon coming to be with you at school. In this article we’re going to talk to some of the siblings at SJHS and see how they feel about it, so stick around!

There are lots of possibilities of what these siblings think about sharing the same school. They could absolutely love it, or they could absolutely hate it. They could kind of like it, or be right in the middle. You never know! Let’s find out what some of these siblings think.

Kai Ellison is a 9th grader this year, and his little brother, Driggs Ellison, is a new 7th grader. “Having him at school with me is okay, but it’s not the best,” Kai says. “I have to be more responsible now.” That is true. If you’re the older sibling, you will probably be looking out for them all the time. Driggs says that being at school with Kai is terrible. “He always picks on me,” he said. He goes on to say that they don’t really get along at home, but that they are both good at sports. They’re also both 5”3.

Will Daybell, Sam Daybell, and Jack Daybell are all at Springville Junior High this year. Will and Sam are fraternal twins, both in 9th grade. Jack is a new 7th grader this year as well. When asked how it feels to have all three of them at school together this year, Will said that it felt normal. Sam says, “It doesn’t really make a difference. It’s pretty normal,” Jack says that it is not good at all. He doesn’t like being in the same school as them because they’re annoying. Sam and Will don’t mind it. “I don’t get along with Will, but I get kind of get along with Sam,” Jack says. However, Sam says that he gets along with Will, but not Jack. Will just says that he gets along with both of them. It’s all a little confusing, don’t you think? “We all like loud music,” Sam says. Jack says that he and Sam both don’t like to go to ball games, and he and Will look the same. Will says that they all have absolutely nothing in common. All of them think differently.

Abby and Brenna Carlton are sisters. Abby is in 9th grade and Brenna is in 8th grade. “People always tell me that I look like Brenna, but we look nothing alike,” Abby says. Brenna agrees. “It feels normal being in the same school as her because it’s all I’ve known since kindergarten,” Brenna goes on to say. They are only about a year apart, so they are mostly always together. Both of them say they aren’t very similar, but they both cheer. They both say that they get along at home most of the time.

Lastly, there’s Savannah and Aspen Clyde. Savannah is a 9th grader and Aspen is a 7th grader, along with Driggs and Jack. “It’s comforting having Savannah with me this year,” Aspen says. Being a new 7th grader can be hard, so you’ll definitely want your older sister or brother with you. When asked if she was embarrassed to be seen with Aspen around school, Savannah replied, “Heck no! She’s awesome!” Don’t we all want to have this kind of relationship with our siblings? Savannah and Aspen both love volleyball, and the shoe brand Converse.

Now we know what some of the siblings at our school think about having each other in the same school. Some love it, others are kind of in the middle, and some don’t like it very much. It’s different for everyone, and that’s okay. 


TA’s of SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:38
Article by Anya Keil

TA: Teachers Assistant. We love our TA’s at SJHS, but we would like some more information about them. Who are they? How do they help? How do you become one? Let’s answer some questions!

Let’s start off with a very popular question: How do you become a TA? Here I will take you step by step to become a TA. First of all, you need to be a fairly good student, not necessarily in grades but enough to be likable! At the beginning of the year you have to ask the office if you can become a TA for a specific teacher, if they agree then you take a form down to the teacher for her/ him to sign, you then bring the form down to your counselors and they decide from then on, if they agree then congrats! You’re a TA!

TA’s indeed get graded but, like the advisory period, it’s pass or fail. “My TA’s get graded on whether or not they do my bidding” Mr. Hammon, an 8th grade teacher said. He also said “Behind every good teacher there’s a great TA”Sometimes if a teacher has a lot of requests for TA’s they’ll just send the papers down to the counselors to give their opinion on which students should be TA’s

Why do teachers need TA’s if tons are already doing good on their own? Well TA’s help speed up classes and clean things up. All in all TA’s are great people who sign up to help the teachers they love! Thank you TA’s!

SJHS, Bilingual?

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:34

Did you know there are a group of students at SJHS that have been speaking a second language since kindergarten? The class available here at Springville Jr is called Dual Language Immersion. You learn about the culture of spanish speaking countries, and dive straight into the spanish language. In this article, you’ll learn all about the class that is Dual Language Immersion, including who can do it, why they should or shouldn’t do it, and much more.

Spanish Immersion has many benefits for joining. Rachel Ellingson joined because she “...wanted the opportunity to enhance her language skills.” Mrs. Edman, culture and language teacher, told us another upside of learning spanish culture and linguistic abilities, saying “There are many benefits to being bilingual… it will greatly benefit them in their future careers.” She later said that they are currently receiving high school credit for the courses they’re taking.

Most of the people taking the class have been doing it and known each other since kindergarten. Five of the six people that we interviewed told us they had done it since the program began at Westside Elementary, during their kindergarten year. Since they have been doing it so long, they have become impressively proficient at the spanish language.

The large majority of the class told us they enjoyed being in the two classes they take each semester, with only one person saying they didn’t like it. Colton Balagna, 7th grader, told us “My favorite thing about it is learning the different cultures of the different countries.” Others told us they really liked the chance to interact with each other, since they had been together since kindergarten. Gilbert Villarreals,7th grader, said his favorite thing about spanish immersion is, “...english is harder for me, speaking in spanish in class makes it easier.”

There are some downsides however, Mrs. Bass, English teacher in the Spanish Immersion told us, “Students use up 2 electives each semester.” They also have two classes together with the same group of kids, so for people who like making friends it may be kind of hard. Angle Patino told us he didn’t like it because he didn’t think he was as proficient as other kids, because he speaks english at home.

To end, Dual Language Immersion is a very useful class, helping you in jobs in your future, and giving you high school credit. You’re surrounded by the best of the best, who has been learning spanish since kindergarten, that can help you through it. 

Lights, Camera, DRAMA!

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:33
Article by Scout Benson

From costumes to props, these outgoing actors have it all. Between the silly skits and dance numbers what do they do in their class? Keep reading to find out!

First let’s meet the teacher. Ms.Clement teaches drama here at our very own SJHS as well as Mapleton Junior High. She teaches 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period at Mapleton and the rest here. 7th grader Izabella Farr said, ¨Ms. Clement is fun, funny and quirky.”

We’ll start at the bottom and work to the top. So here are the facts on Drama 1. This class is mainly 7th graders but some are first time acting 8th and 9th graders. 7th grader Ryley Waycasy, says, “I like drama because I get to be someone else instead of myself. I still like myself, but I get to be someone else.” Izabella Farr 7th grader, said she wanted to take drama because, “I've always loved acting; I love to sing, and I love to be sarcastic.”

Onward to Drama 2! Drama 2 is 8th and 9th graders and is focused on musical theater. Right now they are learning the choreography for their songs and dances. They are doing Dancing Through Life from Wicked, Status Quo from High School Musical, Loathing from Wicked, Hard Knock Life from Annie, and King of New York from Newsies. Victoria Hunt told us that her favorite part of drama is that it's a safe place. She is playing a “Dumped Bride” in Loathing. Bryce Chambers, 8th grader, said that he liked drama because he gets to express himself. He is playing Boq in Dancing through life.

Now Drama 3. Drama 3 is mainly focused on Shakespeare and is a class of only 9th graders. Right now they are doing Midsummer's Night Dream, and Macbeth. Logan Herrick said that they are working on accents. He is playing the lead role, Macbeth, in the play Macbeth.

Last but not least, Theater Tech. Theater Tech is in charge of set design, costume and make-up, sound and light. Gavin Jones said that Theater Tech wasn't even like a class because they are in charge of themselves. ¨Ms Clement kinda shoves it on you and you have to figure it out.” Right now they are working on costumes and makeup for Drama 3, but also sound and light.

So there you have it folks. All the facts and great stuff about being in Drama. If you like acting, this is the class for you. Support the Drama kids by going to their plays. Keep having fun and being awesome Drama students!


Fifty Nifty United States Competition!

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:31
Article by Kelby Jeppson

Did you know that learning the states can be fun and sweet?  That’s right!  In Mr. Shields class, there is a competition called the “Sweet 16,” also known as Around the World.  “The Sweet 16 competition is a game to help the students learn the name and location of all 50 states,” says Mr. Shields.  Mr. Shields says that this is how it works: “Two students stand up next to each other and I point at one of the states on a map and they yell out the name of the state as fast as they can.  Whoever says it first is the winner and they move on to the next person. We go through the whole class and whoever wins the most is the winner.  Then I took the fastest in each class and put them into the Sweet 16 for all my classes. Then during Quest Time we had a best of seven competition with those 16 students until we had a grand champion.”  The grand champion ended up being Kaden Paxton, with Grace Moffitt in second place.

Kaden Paxton, the first place winner, says that his favorite part about the competition is how fun and competitive it is.  According to Isaac Harding, one of 16 competitors, everyone was really good so it made the competition very challenging.  Grace Moffitt, the second place winner, said, “It was very fast paced.”  Both Kaden and Isaac said that the competition is super fun because it helps you learn the states and you can get rewarded for it.  Mr. Shields says that his favorite part of the competition is seeing how fast everyone is.  He says “They are incredibly fast and it just amazes me. It is fun to watch. I also think it is cool how hard they try and practice to get faster.”

Mr. Shields said that he does the competition because it makes  “learning more fun and as a way to help learn the states.  Usually when people are competing they try harder.”  According to Isaac, he always felt the risk of losing during the competition.  Grace Moffitt said she was “very happy about getting second place.”  Mr. Shields also says that hopefully the Sweet 16 helps the students learn the states but have fun doing it.  He also “hopes it motivates them more.”  Grace says that she likes the competition because it encourages kids to practice the states.

Great job to all the students who made it onto the Sweet 16: Grace Moffitt, Marsha Woods, Alexi Love, Angela Lopez, Isabelle Bagley, Isaac Harding, Raquel Marquez, Preston  Roberts, Kaden Paxton, Molly Hunter, Sydnie Nilsson, Jenny Wallentine, Addisyn Johnson, Jackson Brooks, Tony Agustin, and Bethany Blakey!



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