January 2018

Article: Changes to Quest Time

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Article by Ella Stoddard - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The changes to Quest Time over the last year have caused a lot of confusion to the students of Springville Junior High.  Ms. Shepherd was saying that with the removal of movie rooms and advisory it made it easier for some of the teachers to manage their classrooms.  Should there still be movie rooms or was that a good move by the principals of our school?

Ms. Shepherd was saying that the changes in Quest Time were to make things better and that the student advisory was not going as they planned so now we have Quest Time of Fridays. Mrs. Jackson said that, “ They wanted to make it simpler for kids but now the kids don’t know what class is a conversation room, movie room or a game room.” Oh, the struggles of Quest Time.

Emma Payne says that the purpose of Quest Time is “ It’s like recess if you have good grades. Just a nice time to hang out.” She also brought up that students sneak into the cafeteria so they can hang out with friends even though they have bad grades. “ Some students sit around but, the students who want good grades actually get their stuff done.” said Mrs. Jackson about her mandatory Quest Time.

Movie rooms were one of the changes that happened here at Springville Junior High, also there are no more student advisory on Fridays. Some of the 7th grades here don’t know what those things even are. Bryson Smith said that, “ I would want the movie rooms to come back, they sound fun.” But one of the problems that Bryson brought up was how noisy it is in the cafeteria  and most teachers agree with this too. Ms. Shepherd stated, “ We are working on fixing the chaos of the cafeteria and are willing to take students opinions on how to.”

However, there is a committee that is helping making these decisions. Mr. Jensen, one of our science teachers, is the head of this committee, if there are questions or concerns about Quest Time you can ask him or one of our principals. Most students just choose the conversation rooms so it helped changing it and giving teachers more flexibility. In all, the changes to Quest Time helped out both students and teachers.

Springville Mayor and City Council Honor Exceptional Nebo Students

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Article by Shannon Acor

Newly sworn in Springville Mayor Rick Child gave out his first Mayor’s Recognition Awards at January’s 2018 City Council Meeting. The Mayor and City Council recognized two Springville Junior High students who are dedicated to excellence and service.

Jocelyn Nolasco is in seventh grade. She was nominated by her teacher Emily Edman. Ms. Edman shared that Jocelyn goes up to the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter on a regular basis to help provide home cooked meals to the residents. Her family does this at their own expense. Jocelyn is often seen helping a neighbor clean their yard or home. It is Jocelyn’s goal to help make other’s lives a little better with less hunger, cold or suffering. Jocelyn’s parents are Eva Aguayo and Javier Nolasco.

Michelle Mumford is a ninth grader and was nominated by her teacher Katie Reese. Ms. Reese writes that Michelle is a good example, a true friend, a hard worker, a skilled leader and an exceptional student at all times. She quietly goes about pursuing excellence without any arrogance or self-promotion. Michelle is the daughter of Sara and Blake Mumford.

Springville City is honored to recognize the wonderful youth in the community. Nominate a student today at www.springville.org/mayoraward(link is external).

Mental Health Parent Awareness Nights

Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.

Term 2 Newsletter

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Created by SJHS Journalism

The semester 1 journalism staff wrote and created this newsletter website for Term 2. 

Check out some of the things that were happening around the school! 

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Semester 1 Journalism consisted of Kekoa Akiona, Grace Ashby, Ashlee Bayles, Taylor Benson, Karly Bracken, Payton Evans, Elizabella Francom, Amanda Gardner, Libby Hodson, Stazie Killpack, Mathew King, Raquel Marquez, Leslie Ruiz, Cheyenne Skinner, Emily Snyder, Oakley Toelupe, and Makailee Turner.  Thanks for keeping us informed!