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October 2016

Windows Into the Workplace: Looking Through the Window of Your Future

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:42
Article by Alex Yoder

In this day and age, it is getting more and more important to know what one of many career pathways you are going to take. This is the exact reason Mrs. Distefano, 7th grader counselor, decided to set up a Quest Time opportunity in room 404 for students to watch a presentation about a certain career. The presenter is someone who knows lots about the profession, usually being someone who has gone down that certain career pathway. Mrs. Distefeno told us the biggest problem she had was not enough people knowing about it, so hopefully by the end of the article, you’ll consider attending one of the presentations. There’s an infinite number of careers; so there has to be one for you!

As stated above, it is imperative that students can find a career pathway for them. Mrs. Distefano told us the purpose of the presentations. She said, “Windows into the Workplace is to help students be able to explore careers, and get familiar with the many jobs out there.”

   The purpose of the presentation is completely countered out however, if the students are interested and involved. Mrs. Distefano told us what makes a presentation a good one. she said, “It's good when the presenter brings something to engage the students with.” Some of the most popular presentations from the past have been a firefighter, and an author.

Next time you are looking for something different to do for Quest Time head to room 404 for Windows Into the Workplace. You might just discover your dream career. 


The Golf Team!

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:37
Article by Emma Biesinger

This year the Golf team is swinging their way to victory with great technique and amazing skill! Some of these students are pros and have been doing golf for years!

Kyle Snyder, an 8th grader at our school says that he’s been doing golf since he was 8! Kyle explained why he likes golf,” Because you get to do it without a team and you don’t have to worry about anyone else.” Kyle’s inspiration to do golf was his Grandpa because, as Kyle explained,”He’s really good.” His favorite part about golf is hitting the ball long distance. And for the people that are good at golf and want to join, here is some friendly advice, “Don’t get mad at yourself when you’re playing and always stay positive.” said Kyle.

Ellie Nielson, a fellow golfer on the team and the only girl, says that she has been playing golf for 4 years! “My grandpa golfed and he wanted me to do it,” said Ellie. Her favorite part about golf is being able to get away and play. Ellie’s advice for all the people who want to get on the team is that you need to practice a lot and you have to be good and proud of yourself.

Mr. Krebs the golf coach, has been coaching golf for 21 years! “I enjoy playing golf and I like teaching students and seeing them improve their golf skills,” says Mr. Krebs. He likes the challenge of golf and feels like it is the one sport where you are honest and have integrity. Mr Krebs says he enjoys working with the students on the golf team and he loves being outdoors with them. He said,”It gives us a chance to “kick back”, and enjoy the outdoors, and have something in common.” Mr. Krebs explains, “My advice is to practice, practice, practice!!! Go to a golf course, practice hitting balls on the driving range, and play the course. Play with someone who knows the rules and can help you correct things you are doing wrong.”

If you want to get onto the golf team, take some of the advice these great players gave you and get going!

Want to Learn Something During Quest Time? Go to Quest Enrichment!

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:35
Article by Kelby Jeppson

There are a lot of interesting things that we don’t usually learn about in school.  For example, learning American Sign Language, World War II weapons or Medieval Art History.  However, this year at our school anyone can go to a new thing called Quest Enrichment.  This is something that happens during Quest Time where you go to the Quest Enrichment teacher of the week and learn about interesting topics.  Rebekah Holladay is the one who thought of this.  According to her, one day at school she was bored and had a thought that Quest Time would be a great time to learn.  She wrote a letter to the administration about her idea, and it passed.  Mr. Hammon, and eighth grade health teacher, encourages anyone to go because “it's a cool bonus class for kids.  In what other school will you get to learn from experts about Norse Mythology, Sign Language, or WW2 weapons?”

Quest Enrichment is unfortunately not very well attended, but it is a “very fun way to spend your Quest Time,” says Hannah Henage, a ninth grader.  She also says that “the things we learn are very interesting.”  Likewise, Lily Holladay, a seventh grader, explains that there are very cool things to learn about.  Mr. Hammon thinks Quest Enrichment is a great thing because “every teacher has a lot of different talents to offer and teach besides just the school subject they teach.”  According to Rebekah, if she had one word to describe Quest Enrichment, she would say it is interesting.

The Quest Enrichment topics that have been taught so far are Medieval Art History, American Sign Language, Relationships (Love Language), Bioethics of Animals, Norse mythology and Marvel Comics and WW2 Weapons.  Hannah Henage said that her favorite topic so far has been ASL and she would also love to learn about Physics, Latin, or Psychology.  Mr. Hammon was one of the Quest Enrichment teachers one week and his topic was love language (relationships).  “In my opinion, nothing is more important in education and in life than our relationships.  I taught about the 5 Love Languages because I want to help my students with all their relationships (family, friends, and dating) so that they can get more happiness and fulfillment in life,” he says.  According to Lily, she really enjoyed going to learn about love languages and she also enjoyed learning ASL.  Rebekah also said that she liked going to all of them, but the three that she really liked were WW2, Love Languages and ASL.

If you would like to get more out of your Quest Time and learn about interesting things, then Quest Enrichment is the place for you to go!


What is Peer Tutor?

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:33
Article by Scout Benson


What is Peer Tutor? What do you do in Peer Tutor? Is it fun?  If you're like me, you have asked these questions and more. 

The Peer Tutors help the kids at our school with disabilities and who need extra help. Caleb Faber, a eighth grader, said that he became a Peer Tutor because he wants to help the students. McKay Dally, an eighth grader, said that he wanted to take it because he wanted to help out with sports and PE. Brynn Ross, a eighth grader, says, “I wanted to take [Peer Tutor] because it was something new and it sounded fun!” Ashley Eves, a seventh grader, said she became a Peer Tutor because she thought it would be fun to help others. Wesley Balmforth, a ninth grader, says he is taking the class because it is fun to interact with students in need.

What qualities do you think that you should have if you want to take Peer Tutor? Brynn Ross said that you have to be patient, and Caleb Faber said, “You have to be nice, patient, and caring.” McKay Dally said you should to be patient and nice. Ashley Eves said, “You have to be good with kids and patient.” Wesley Balmforth stated that you should be kind and patient.

What do they do in Peer Tutor? McKay Dally said that he is there when for PE, so he helps with sports. Ashley Eves says, “I help the students with math.” Brynn Ross said that she does science with them.

How has being a peer tutor changed these students? Wesley Balmforth said, “We get a different look at life.” Brynn Ross said, “I get to see life through others' eyes.” Caleb Faber explained that it helped him be a better person and become more patient. McKay Dally said that it is helping him become more patient, understanding and less judgmental. Ashley Eves said that it helps her be more patient with her siblings.

So that is peer tutor for you! McKay Dally said, “I would encourage others to take this class because it is important to learn the things you do in the class.” So if you're looking for a fun and rewarding class, take this class! 

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Deliciousness

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:26
Article by Eliza Whiting

I hope that by now, based on the title, you have guessed that I am talking about the heavenly, sweet mouth watering thing, chocolate.

Chocolate comes from the cacao tree. It only grows in tropical places. The pods are as big as a butternut squash and they hold 30-50 almond sized beans. The beans have to ferment for 3-5 days. Then they are sorted into cocoa nibs 47% and 53% cocoa liquor. Which is not alcoholic by the way. It is then mixed with vanilla and sugar and lecithin which is basically a fat. Also the average chocolate bar has insect parts in it.


Here are some facts about chocolate. Chocolate can sicken or even kill Cats and Dogs. So be careful around your pets. Dark chocolate can help reduce heart disease by ⅓ percent if eaten every day according to The smell of chocolate can trigger relaxation. Did you know that white chocolate is actually not chocolate because it doesn't contain any cocoa.

Yummmmmmmmm! Do you love chocolate as much as I do? Jocelynn Garner an eighth grade girl doesn’t. “ It’s too sweet she says sweetly. Jocelynn is one of the only people I know that doesn’t like chocolate.  It’s so good. I love chocolate.

Works Cited

@insidePN. "Nutrition Coaching and Certification | Precision Nutrition." Precision Nutrition Nutrition Coaching and Certification Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2016

@FACTSlides. "24 Facts about Chocolate ←FACTSlides→." Chocolate Facts:., 16 July 2016. Web. 05 Oct. 2016.


Lifestyles in Samoa

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:21
Article by Anya Keil

I, Anya Keil, have spent most of my childhood roaming the dirt roads of Apia, Samoa. This small island has so many treasure coves of memories for me! I spent a little over 8 years here until I moved to America with my mother to live in Utah. Utah’s where I’ve been for the past 6 years. I have not been back since I was 7 and a half! That’s a long time without seeing your family! Anywho, I am back finally, reporting from my home in Apia!

One thing I have noticed is that the police control here is very loose, especially on the streets! There are huge fish markets where there are people and cars making their way through. ITS CHAOS! I have never seen a collision in any of my years living here. I think that’s saying something.

FUN FACT: My family owns a TV station and the only lotto in Apia.

People here usually speak Samoan or broken English. When people who live here speak English it’s usually a little slurred (not in a bad way), or have an accent. It’s hard to explain over text but all Samoans have a Samoan accent. It’s very loose and a lot of times end their sentences on a high note.

FUN FACT: Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson got big and buff at my uncle's gym! Dwayne is a close family friend.

Samoa is a very traditional place. Family values are a huge part of our lifestyle. Elders are respected and fed first, if not then you get yelled at! Babies usually walk around with just a diaper (or on extra hot days they walk around with nothing at all!) because the temperatures here can reach extreme highs!

FUN FACT: The Keil family was a royal family back in the day of kings and queens. 

Samoa is a kind of like Hawaii but minus all the hotels and pollution. We have beautiful beaches and exotic, delicious food! All together Samoa is just an amazing place with wonderful people.

Orchestra is Awesome!

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:16
Article by Eliza Whiting

Orchestra students are getting accustomed to a new teacher, Mr Taylor,  this 2016-17 year. Here are some explanations from the orchestra students themselves.

According to Emma Biesinger, a cellist in 8th grade, there are four Orchestra classes: 1st period is beginner class (those who have no orchestra experience), 2nd period is the seventh grade Master Class, 3rd period is for the 9th grade class, and 4th period is for the 8th graders.

Jake Peterson, is a seventh grader in the Orchestra 1 Master Class. He plays the violin. He tells us that the reason he is doing orchestra this year is because he already had the instrument and he wanted to play it. Janelle Mammen is an eighth grader violinist who has been playing since she was in fourth grade. She says that Orchestra is different with the new teacher, Mr Taylor. But everyone is adjusting. Dr. Tsugawa, the teacher last year, moved on to teach at BYU.  

“It’s a challenge,” Janelle says, “ But challenges are good. I like challenges!”

Josie Rey, an eighth grader and viola player, says that Orchestra has not changed much at all. She thinks it’s because Mr Taylor was Dr. Tsugawa’s student.

Scout Benson, a eighth grade cellist, says that Dr. Tsugawa was more strict. Yet, she thinks that this new year is harder. “It’s harder, but I wouldn’t say that it’s hard,” she says.

Next let’s hear what Ashlee Bingham, a bass player, says about orchestra. She says the reason she joined orchestra was because Mapleton came to her elementary school and let them try out their instruments and she liked the bass because it was bigger than her.

Orchestra is a fun elective for all grades. As you can see the orchestra is a fun place to be. 

8th Graders' Tips for 7th Graders

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:09
Article by Angela Lopez


It’s the 7th graders first year of junior high at SJHS! Wow they’ve grown up so fast, but you 7th graders might be thinking, "how do i survive 7th grade?" Well, some 8th grade students gave some tips on how to survive throughout the year.

Do you have any tips for the 7th graders? 8th grade student Tommy Coronel responded, “Be a good noodle, and earn your star stickers.” “Include everyone even though you don’t know them,” said 8th grader Michelle Pioquinto.

What was the hardest part of 7th grade? "Nothing," said an 8th grader Byron Orozco. Well Byron, hopefully 7th grade will be easy for some others too. Michelle Pioquinto said that it was meeting new people.

What things did you do to survive your first year of Junior High? Tommy Coronel said that he just doesn't get in anybody's way. Michelle Pioquinto said that she tried blending in with other students. Blending in can be pretty hard for some people.

Lastly, what things should they be expecting in their first yeat of Junior High? According to Michelle Pioquinto, she said that they should be expecting it to be hard because they have multiple classes.

Hopefully when you 7th graders read this, these tips from 8th graders has helped you get through this year!

Top Notch Art Kids!

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:01
Article by Scout Benson

The works of art that come out of the classroom are fantastic the critics are saying, magnificent and inspiring. What are these art kids doing in art? How about we go find out!

Melanie Lee, a seventh grader, said that she took art because her dad is a artist. “I love drawing animals, but I can't draw people!” she said. She says that art is just a hobby but a fun one!

Anaya Keil, and ninth grader, she says that she took art because she had done art every year than this and she wanted to keep going. She likes to draw people;  she wants to be a interior designer.

Brayden Zubia, a ninth grader, said he likes taking art because it helps him prepare to be a fashion designer which is what he wants to be when he grows up. He says his favorite thing about art is free drawing.

Sakari Duvall, an eighth grader, says that her favorite thing to draw is basic shape drawing. She says she wants to be a photographer.  She wants to learn to draw better and that is why she is taking art. Her favorite kind of art is photography.

Right now in Art 1 they are working on perspective pieces. They will write their name and make it look like it's popping out at you.

 Let's get a little more on Ms. Elison. Her inspiration to become an art teacher was her seventh grade art teacher. Her favorite type of art is paint and photography. Ms Elison said that her favorite activity that they do in art is mandalas and form sculptures. (Pictures above) She loves to teach/do art because she wants to help her students be better plus she says it helps with stress. She says that the most rewarding part of being an art teacher is, “Watching the students attitudes change toward art.”

So thats art! If you want to see more of their work it's usually in the hallways!


Shakespeare at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 20:25
Article by Hailey Gabbitas

Have you ever wondered what Shakespeare is? The Shakespeare students at SJHS are doing a play for the school. Most people wonder why we even have Shakespeare? It's all about understanding the language of it! Shakespeare all started in the year of 1564 when a guy named William Shakespeare happened.

A student at SJHS named Aimee Kelly said, “ I love Shakespeare because he is/was an amazing director and always doing fun and dramatic plays. Being in Shakespeare plays helps people come together as a team and it is so much fun.” That is Aimee’s favorite thing about Shakespeare, she plays the role of Bianca but she said that if she could change the role she played she would pick the role of Lady Macbeth or Macbeth because she has always wanted to be a Lead.

Also another student named Kimberly Bortolon said that she likes Shakespeare because “you get to act it all out with the whole entire cast. I also love getting to know other people.” Kimberly plays the part of Macbeth in the play and she says that she really likes that part. But she said if she could choose a different role to play she would pick Lady Macbeth because “ when she dies she gets to do a dance scene and I love to dance.”

Ms. Clement teaches drama here at our very own SJHS as well as MJHS. She teaches 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at Mapleton and the rest here at SJHS. According to Ms. Clement her favorite part of Shakespeare is “the emotions are super high and low, I also love Shakespeare because it is a really fun learning experience for the students.”

Cali Eggbert, a 9th grade student at SJHS, said that she loves being able to talk in a way they used to, and you get to understand the language. She also said that if she could pick a different part she would pick one of the witches because they are creepy, and creepy is always fun.

Ammon Elzinga another 9th grade student at SJHS loves Shakespeare because “you get to have fun almost everyday, and you are able to go crazy.” Most of the girls like Jamie Haws, Cali Eggbert, and Madeline Ungren said that if they could pick a different role to play they would choose the witches, because they are creepy, exciting, and also really fun.

Last but not not least another student at SJHS named Logan Herrick who play Macbeth in the play says “I love acting with my friends and having fun together.” So all in all Shakespeare is really fun and it's a rush.


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