March 2017

All you need to know about Brian Cervantes

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Brian Cervantes is 14 years old and was born on February 20th, 2003. He is currently in 8th grade. Brian is a very nice person liked by many, but he considers himself not known by many around the school. If you don’t hear Brian very often, it's probably because he is not very talkative and can be shy at some times.

His favorite animal is a dog, and he also has had a dog as a pet for 8 months. His dog's name is Nicky and is a chihuahua. Some fun things about Brian is that he likes the snow, likes to longboard, and his favorite season in summer. His favorite classes are math because he likes to solve problems, foods because he likes to cook, and health because the teacher is one of his favorites.

Brian Cervantes is a very nice person with many different traits. I would highly recommend meeting him and talking to him because he is a very good friend towards everyone and is a good person to talk to about anything.


Locked In?

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at SJHS it seems like there is a lot of garbage in the commons area after lunch. The administration of the school mentioned to the students that if there continues to be a lot of garbage in the area that students will have to stay in the cafeteria so the commons won't be messy.

8th grader Jesus Hernandez said that after he eats lunch in the cafeteria but does like to wander the halls after he is done eating and claims that a lot of students would dislike the change because it might feel like being improsioned. 

Trace Peterson, another 8th grader, said that he eats in the cafeteria but also likes to wander in the halls when he is finished eating because he is able to hangout with friends and go outside.

8th grader Garret Jones said that he eats in the cafeteria but does like to go in the halls because it is too packed in the cafeteria and there isn't much space to hang out with his friends.

The school administration has expressed that it makes the school look bad if the commons and halls are messy, and it also causes more work to be done to clean up the school.

It seems that most students like to go into the halls to be with their friends, but if the halls and commons area continues to be messy, students will soon lose the privilege to be able to leave the cafeteria.

What is FFA week?

Article by Saydie Van Leuven - SJHS Student Staff Writer

FFA week is where students get to celebrate FFA and dress up, FFA actually stands for Future Farmers of America. Amy Robertson, an eighth grader, said that her favorite day to dress up on this year is cowboy day. Another eighth grader is named Tristin Richmond, he said that he kind of likes FFA week because it’s a good idea, he also said that he liked cowboy hat/ hat day the best this year. Shawn Curtis, an eighth grader explained that he didn’t really know what FFA week was. 

Some students really liked it and some students didn’t really know or understand the purpose behind it, but FFA week is a really good idea. The purpose of FFA week is to try to get people to take the class in ninth grade and to try and get that class to be recognized by more students.

Students at Springville Junior high school all have mixed feelings about FFA week, but If you’re interested look for FFA week next year and take the class!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Article by Esmeralda Montoya, SJHS Student Staff Writer

       Teachers, parents, and students went to parent teacher conferences Thursday, February 16th. At SJHS they have parent teacher conference once a term.“Once a term is enough,” said Ms. Edenfield, an English  teacher at SJHS. At parent teacher conference, parents had the chance to meet  their student’s teacher and to know what they're doing in school.Teachers  love to meet students parents, even if it takes time to go to each individual teacher “ It takes a lot of time, but it's worth it” said Ms Edenfield. It’s good that you meet in person better than email because then the your teachers get to see your parents and siblings way better in person is something that Ms. Edenfield said. “ I like the face to face connection,you can’t get that through email ” said Mr Jensen

Some people may think that PTC is just a waste of time? Mr Jensen thinks it’s good because “People in the community can meet teachers and if problems can talk things out”. There are a lot of good ideas as to why they should come but some just don't have the time or they just don't like to come.”My mom gets mad at me” said Hondo Quezada an 8th grader abotu when he comes to conferences. If this sounds like your situation you should probably get your grade up and be positive about it because parent teacher conference is a good thing to come to. Jake Follette explains he likes coming to the conferences because ”I could show my mom how cool I am.” Emma Burham an 8th grader said “It is fun to hear what teachers say about me”.

So parent teacher conferences is a good event to come to. If you have a chance your parents should see how good you are doing in school. They would be proud, so if you have time or a chance to even come you should go.The next one might be the best one; go show your parents how special you are.     


Chris Crowe- The Making of “Mississippi Trial, 1955”

Article by Lizzie Kurban - SJHS Student Staff Writer

In Ms. Piña and Ms. Ottley’s 9th grade English classes, they've recently been learning about the civil rights movement and reading the book Mississippi Trial, 1955. Mississippi Trial is a historical fiction novel about the infamous murder case of young Chicago native Emmett Louis Till. These 9th grade students recently got the golden opportunity to meet with Chris Crowe, the author of Mississippi Trial. They got to listen to him speak about the history behind the book, the process of how he gathered information for it and created his fictional characters, and writing stories in general.  

In an article written by Chris Crowe called, “Where Did Mississippi Trial, 1955 Come From?” Crowe explains that first got the idea for this novel while working on another novel of his about Mildred D. Taylor, a Newbery medal winning author. He had never heard of Emmett Till before this; while reading an autobiographical essay of Mildred Taylor he saw that she mentioned that the murder of Emmett Till had a big impact on her when she was young. He did some research on Emmett Till and  said, “I was stunned by what I found.” He read an article in Jet Magazine about the murder case and saw a picture of Emmett’s mutilated corpse, he further explains how upsetting this was for him, “The more I read, the more shocked, for many reasons, I was. I was shocked that I had never heard of a case that was as widely covered in 1955 as this one was. I was shocked at the terrible nature of the crime. I was shocked that this case is virtually forgotten in the teaching of U.S history.” He wanted American teenagers to be caught about Emmett Till and the bogus trial of his murder, seeing as in his words it was “the trigger of the Civil Rights movement.” That this nefarious, hateful crime should not be forgotten.

Crowe decided to write a novel on this. He thought that historical fiction would be the way to do it, seeing as he didn’t want it to just be about the murder case, he wanted a story behind it. He wanted to make it seem more real, and from an outside perspective.  He started on his research, he read up a lot about the Civil Rights movement and about the the Jim Crow laws in Mississippi at the time. He read about the murder, he read books that had already been written about it, like “Death in the Delta” and “Emmett Till: Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement” He even traveled down to Mississippi in the same week of August that Emmett Till had went. He went there to really get a feel for life in the delta. He visited the town, he talked to the locals, he even met an old blind veteran who had been alive at the time of the case who would later become a character in the story. Amongst all of the research he did, he even got talk with Emmett Till’s mother. All of his research was in place and he started the writing process, except there was one problem, he couldn’t figure out which perspective to tell the story from. He thought about having it from the perspective of one of Emmett’s cousins, but that didn’t seem to fit. He eventually came to the decision that it should be told from the perspective of an outsider, which is where Hiram came from. He took some things from his own childhood and weaved it into Hiram’s story. While writing this story he wanted to keep it as true to history as possible, which is where he gave a great tip for writing historical fiction in general. He explained to us, “It has to be like you’re wrapping  wire around a pole. The pole has to be the true history, the facts and nothing but the facts, and the fiction is the wire that you have to wrap around it.”

Mississippi Trial was a great book, definitely a book that you should take the time to read. Crowe told a story that needs to be told and not forgotten. In this novel you learn about how harmful hate and prejudice can be. It teaches us how wrong the ways of the past were, we can learn a lot from it; If people learn this lesson we can all learn to never repeat the awful past. Humans are humans, no matter what their color, and if we can all learn that then the world would be a much better place.

Spotlight on Mrs.Jackson

Article by Jenny Wallentine and Chandler Kiser - SJHS Student Staff Writer

For 21 years, Mrs Jackson has faithfully taught  as our math teacher at Springville Junior High School,

When asked “ Why did you become a math teacher ” she said that it was   always very fun and interesting for her and that she had a math teacher in elementary that let her work at her own pace and so she loved it and she wanted kids to be excited like her. She is originally from Indiana and therefore her favorite team is the Hoosiers. 3 things that many people probably don’t know about her are, that her husband is three years younger than her and she doesn’t like to read because it’s to hard to focus and she’s been to Mardi Gras.

Mrs Jackson’s favorite food is “Anything she doesn’t have to cook.” and her birthday is May 6th, she loves to travel, the farthest place she’s ever been to is Puerto Rico. When Mrs. Jackson was kid she wanted to be a bank teller. Why? Because she really wanted to count the money, and she used to love to take money out of her moms wallet and count and stack the money.

Mrs. Jackson is a very loved math teacher, most every student who has had her just simply loved her, when Savannah Blume was asked why she loved Mrs. Jackson she said “ because she is AMAZING! ” Jackson Kiser also said “ she is the best math teacher ever ” and Sara Watabe said “ Mrs. Jackson explained everything really well and I loved how she had us write notes in a packet ”.

So it seems that at Springville Junior High School most of the student that had Mrs. Jackson Love her, we all hope that Mrs.Jackson will continue teaching at SJHS for a long time.

Humans of SJHS: Korbin Steele

Article by Rainy Hickman - SJHS Student Staff Writer

            Korbin Steele is a 9th grader here at our school. He’s a swell guy to be around, he’s really nice and friendly. An interesting thing about Korbin is that he’s had type 1 diabetes for 13 years. He wouldn’t consider himself well known, and it depends on the day with whether or not he’s friendly.

He estimated that there’s 500,000 windows in New York City, but there’s 27 million. He would describe yellow as a bright, vibrant, and at times annoying color to a blind person. He’d be purple, if he were a color in the crayon box, “because it means royalty, and I’m royalty,” he said sarcastically. Who do you think would win: Batman or Spider-man? Korbin said that Batman would win because Spider-man’s weak.

Now imagine a penguin walked into the room you’re in wearing a sombrero. What does he say, and why is he here? Korbin said that the penguin would say “hola, peeps” and is here for the “dank spicy enchilada memes.” He’s got 5 pets, 1 dog, 3 cats and a lizard. His dog’s name is Rambo, and his cats’ names are Casper, Jinx, and Oscar. He’s in photography, because he really likes taking pictures and the class is cool.

Are you a hunter, or a gatherer? Korbin would be a gatherer because he thinks that killing animals is sad. And that’s Korbin. If you’re not already friends with him, I highly recommend it. He’s a great guy to be around, and is funny, and nice.


Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Q: I have a lot of homework. How do I keep myself focused? How do I not fall too far behind and end up with missing assignments?

A: What I do to focus is put away my phone. That is my biggest distraction when I do my homework. Maybe have someone hide it from you. Also, get organized! If you can keep track of all your assignments it's easier to actually finish them. Last thing, make sure to turn in all your finished assignments. The sooner you turn them in the less likely you are to lose them.

Q: Do you ever doubt the existence of others than you?

A: Now that you bring it up, i totally do. What if this is all a dream

Q: Do you think this is proof that Nicolas Cage is a time traveler?

A: Yes.

Q. Why do humans matter? We are born as a baby, struggle our entire life with everything from finding food to eat, homes to live in, educating ourselves to gain more understanding, staying healthy, making friends and relationships, raising a family, earning a living, and then we die. If we have more accomplishments in life, earn more money, have more friends, raise a bigger family, and somehow do everything better than anyone else, we will still eventually die. Right? In a world teaming with 8.7 million different life forms, how do humans fit in?

Every past civilization, with their manmade structures, machines, systems, and cultures, has eventually succumbed to Mother Nature. Plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi methodically remove every trace of what we leave behind. Why are humans important? Does the fact that we can ask questions like these, ponder the unponderable, think the unthinkable, and accomplish things that no other species can accomplish, somehow give us a higher purpose? Are humans destined to become the guardians, caretakers, and eventually the masters of the universe?

A: You're right that humans are all born to die. If that's true, then I think our purpose is to leave things to make things better for the people that come after us. I'm not sure if we are destined to become matters of the universe, because there is a high chance that there is other life elsewhere. If you look at how much humans have changed our little earth we have really accomplished a lot. Don't think about it too much, because you will never have all the answers. Some things are supposed to be mysterious.

Oscars, and what happened

Article by Micah Schmitz - SJHS Student Staff Writer


The 89th annual Oscars (held on February 26, 2017) may not actually be all that pertinent to students, but it's created memes, and they are of a pretty big importance to junior high students.

The main reason that this year's Academy Awards were so special, At the end of the ceremony, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came on stage to reveal the winner for Best Picture. Dunaway then read out La La Land from the card, proclaiming the movie best picture. All of La La Lands actors and writers and producers (etc.) streamed onto the stage. There was just one problem: Moonlight was the winner for Best Picture. The mistake was quickly corrected, but it will still go down in meme history, and is already all over the internet.

Some students had an opinion on the matter. Ethan Mageno said “ I'm kinda glad that La La land didn't win the best picture, because I wanted it to stay as a play.”

Many people will remember this year's oscars for many years to come.

If you were wondering, here are the results:

  • Best Picture: "Moonlight."
  • Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea."

  • Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land."

  • Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight."

  • Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, "Fences."

  • Directing: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land."

  • Foreign Language Film: "The Salesman," Iran.

  • Adapted Screenplay: "Moonlight," screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

  • Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea."

  • Production Design: "La La Land," Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.

  • Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land."

  • Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.

  • Sound Editing: "Arrival," Sylvain Bellemare.

  • Original Score: "La La Land," Justin Hurwitz.

  • Original Song: "City of Stars" from "La La Land," music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul.

  • Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

  • Documentary (short subject): "The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.

  • Documentary Feature: "O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.

  • Film Editing: "Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert.

  • Makeup and Hairstyling: "Suicide Squad," Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson.

  • Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.

  • Animated Short Film: "Piper," Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer.

  • Live Action Short Film: "Sing," Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy.

  • Visual Effects: "The Jungle Book," Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon.



Springville Jr High -the best school you will ever see

Article by Esmeralda Montoya - SJHS Student Staff Writer

        Springville Jr High is a great school, and it has amazing teachers in it. Junior high is grades 7-9 which is really awesome, there is so much activities in this school and so much amazing things and fun stuff like spin the wheel, track, and so many other things that are really fun.

   Hondo Quezada an 8th grader here at SJHS said “Mr.Hamon and Ms. Porter are my favorite teachers.” There are so many great teachers here that will love to help you and try to get your grades up when needed. “Mr. Jensen he's just amazing” said Miriam Montoya a 9th grader here. Teachers here have done a lot for a lot of  students like get an A or with homework now the teachers here at SJHS are awesome you just can't ignore that.

     Miriam Montoya explain how she loves school, but she says this school is amazing, better than her other schools and that she loves all teachers here because of how amazing they are. Again school here is fantastic  but it might be a little hard but don't worry because there are teachers who will help you with what you don't understand. “Math is kinda hard but all the other classes are okay” Miriam Montoya said.

    “I come to school a lot.“said Hondo Quezada, and Miriam Montoya said “I come to school try not to miss it.” it is  amazing how they come to school, but that's not all, they come to learn and to be with friends. Springville Jr High is great if you want to go to a great school where you will have so much fun. So if you are in 6th or 7th or 8th and wondering where should you go next year come here because it is a great school. GO SPRINGVILLE JR HIGH!