May 2018

9th Grade World Geography Learn African Style Drumming

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Article by Katie Reese

The Utah Core Curriculum for 9th grade World Geography states, “Culture is the total sum of human expression.” In order to best help the students experience ways that cultures maintain their identities and traditions through their music, Ms. Reese and Mr. McKell wanted to give their students the opportunity to learn how to play African drums.  

Jeff Ballard, a recently retired Nebo School District teacher spent two days at Springville Junior teaching Ms. Reese’s and Mr. McKell’s students African style drumming. Mr. Ballard has been playing the African drums for over 20 years and has accumulated many drums and other musical instruments from around the world.  He brought a drum for each of the students to use as he taught them the different rhythms and techniques of African drumming.  He also brought his daughter Hannah to help instruct and layer the various rhythms together that they were teaching the students. Thank you, Mr. Ballard and Hannah, for volunteering your time and spending 2 days at our school to teach our 9th graders!! We had a lot of fun! 

Article: The Quest of a Virtual Future

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Article by Ashlee Bayles and Ella Stoddard - SJHS Student Staff Writers

“There were clothing parts all over from college students and we were looking at all of the ideas they had created and portrayed in their designs.”  These are the thoughts of the few lucky students who were able to go on a field trip with Ms. Bird to SLCC. Salt Lake Community College is one of the only colleges in Utah to have an appeal fashion design course, which is one of their reasons for going.  Another reason is that Ms. Bird found her love for sewing from her mother who is deceased and this field trip was a way of remembering and paying tribute to her. Along with her mother, the late Leona Isabell Roylance, Ms. Bird dedicated the trip to the late SHS sewing teacher Carol Manwaring.

The students described the most interesting things on the field trip, and their responses were quite shocking.  Cheyenne Skinner, an eighth-grade student, said that she enjoyed “being at the mall” and seeing an old dress at the college.  Calianne Skinner agreed with her twin Cheyenne and said she enjoyed going to the mall, but that she also liked the tiny shoes on display.  Sarah Hubbard, another eighth grader, told people her favorite part of the entire field trip was seeing a jacket made out of monkey fur.

Since the field trip was optional the students explained that the reason for them going was because it was “fun, interesting, a good experience, the teacher invited us to go, it allowed us to miss school, and a lot of our friends were going.”  Once there they came to the realization that the purpose of the field trip was to “introduce them to the SLCC programs available on fashion design,” as Sarah says. In preparation for the trip, the sewing students have done a number of projects throughout the year.  

The entirety of the program includes a fashion show to make it into the school first of all.  Once in the school, there are very mild fees for attending SLCC. After graduating the class and finishing the course they go on to be self-employed and successful.  The head director of the course, Ms. Mojdeh Sakaki, deserves the utmost appreciation and gratitude of all the people who attended this wonderfully put together field trip.

Article: End of school and upcoming summer

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Article by Jared Hernandez and Maliyah Maye - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The end of the school year is coming very close.  Every student is very excited to leave school and enjoy the freedom of summer. But every student is going to miss their favorite teachers and friends.

I asked if they are happy that school is going to end. “ I’m very happy that school is ending. Because school is sometimes long and boring”. Said Isaiah Carreno. “ I’m very happy that school is going to be over. Because I can go skate”. Said Tyler Bennett.

The 8th graders are Now moving up to 9th graders which mean they are now high schoolers. “ I’m very excited to start high school next year”. Said Ben Tenny

I asked if any student is going to miss any of their teachers.” I’m going to miss Mr. Booth He is a very fun teacher”. Said Isaiah Carreno. “ I’m going to miss Mr. Booth and Mr. Hammon They are awesome” Said Ben Tenny.

   I asked some future 9th graders if they are prepared to start school next year. “ I’m super ready. Because my grades now count for college”. Said Isaiah Carreno. “ No. I’m not ready to get graded for school.” Said Tyler Bennett.

With summer coming on very quick everyone is also deciding what everyone is going to do this summer. Here a list of things to do during the summer to make sure its the best one yet here.

Springville rec center: competition pool, spin studio, cardio equipment, track, concessions, leisure lounge, spectator seating, outdoor pool, equipment room, party rooms, leisure pools, lobby, office area,  child watch, competition pool, dance studio, gymnasium etc. there are so many things to go there and do this would be a very fun thing to do during the summer. This would be a very fun place to go with friends, family etc. it opens May/24/2018 make sure to check this out during the summer. If you are babysitting you could also take the kids you are babysitting there.

Going on a hike : here in springville and mapleton there are many different hikes to do in this area because we live right by the mountains. Such as left fork days canyon trail, spanish fork peak trails, spring canyon trail, hike the Y, slate canyon loop trail, squaw peak trail, powerhouse overlook, rock canyon trail, provo peak. These trails range from hard to moderate many of these are harder trails although there are a couple moderate ones on this list. A hike is a great thing to go to to get outside and really connect with nature and with yourself so go on a hike this summer. Another hike you should definitely do is hike to the hot pots. There are many of these all around the springville area.

Go on an adventure: go somewhere that you have never bene and just see where the day takes you don’t limit your time and options. Maybe even take pictures everywhere you go and then at the end of the day look at all the different pictures. Maybe even say you wanna go to mcdonalds or something like that and then walk there and go to a bunch of places on the way. This is just one idea on the many ways you can go on an adventure.

Playing sports: playing sports during the summer can be a very fun way to be active and let out energy this is also something you can practice by yourself and also something that you can do with friends and family, furthermore this is a very good thing to be social. Additionally Playing sports is also a very good source of exercise.

Go on a road trip: you don’t even have to go very far to go on a road trip. With a roadtrip you can go really far or even somewhere just an hour away. Road trips are very fun and very similar to an adventure. This is something that you can do with family, friends etc. this is also a very fun was to connect and do a fun activity. This is something that I would definitely recommend to do during the summer.

Go out for ice cream: Another thing you could do is go for some ice cream with your family such as SOS drug, roll with it, cold stone, rockwell creamery, BYU creamery, sub zero, baskin robbins, etc. these are just a couple of the many ice cream places you could go during the summer. Going out for ice cream is something very fun to do that can just bring up your spirits and make you happy.

Go to the reservoir: going to the reservoir is something very fun and can help you be active and swim in some cool water to cool off from the hot sun you can also build sand castles, tan in the sun, eat snacks, and do many fun things that can make your summer amazing. So you should definitely go check this out. In addition you can also fish and go on canoe’s.

Spend time with friends:spending time with friends is something that you can anything on this list but once again the can be very entertaining but if you are going to high school it will be very good to grow closer with friends so when you go into high school you have good friends to talk to and stick together with so that you have good friends in high school. This will also be a very good thing in the summer and also try to make new friends on the way.

Try a new style:trying a new style in the summer would be an easy way to reinvent yourself and try new things the summer is a time when you can experiment with your look without having to go to the school with it just incase you don’t like it in the end this would be way fun because you could save money, go to the mall and try new things. I would highly recommend this if you ever want to reinvent yourself.

Go to a concert:  in summer you have to at least try to go to one concert because going to a concert is a summer must do. This will give you a chance to go with friends, family, or by yourself and see your favorite artist while enjoying treats and partying because who doesn't want to do that this would be amazing to do during the summer and many people do this and this could also be an experience to make new friends.

Workout: working out in the summer is a great way to stay in shape and get ready for sports tryouts for high school teams, club teams, city league teams etc. and when you stay fit you feel good and from my experience you eat good feel good. Exercise also combats health conditions and disease, exercise also improves mood and boost’s energy. In addition to that exercise promotes better sleep. Working out can also be very good social experience to make new friends and have a much more healthy lifestyle. .These are just a couple reasons why you should workout during the summer.

Article: Term 3 No Tardy Party

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Article by: Jake Follette, Cody Creighton, Gavin Jones - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The no tardy parties is a tradition here at our school. (A party for those who get no tardies.) SJHS held their third term no tardy party on April 23rd. The activity they chose to take kids on was the CLAS ropes course. As the title implies the requirements to attend the no tardy party is to have no tardies or absences for the term.  Kayla Jackson, one of the students who went, said that earning her invitation was easy, her advice, “Just go to class.” Kaden Paxton says to take his advice and just be aware of the time. For all their effort the majority of people enjoyed attending.

In Kayla’s opinion it was the best no tardy party so far. Kaden agreed, saying the activities were “really fun.” Many students said the school made a great choice choosing the ropes course and it pulled a lot of kids in and made them want to go. “The only problem was that the lines were too long, other than that it was great.” mentioned Kaden.

In conclusion, keeping a perfect record is well worth it.

Article: Poetry Slam, I’m A Poet And I Know It

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Article by Kara Larsen and Madison Black - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Poetry is important to our school and important in life to broaden our perception of life. Poetry is a good chance to get to know other people and if your good enough, you can win scholarships or free money! The Poetry Slam is a event where students can show off a poem they wrote or where they can recite a poem that was written by someone else.

Each year SJHS has classroom poetry slams followed by a school slam. There is also normally a local poet who comes in to show students a real life example of slam poetry. 10 students are picked to then move on to the district poetry slam.

Slam poetry is a good time to talk about things that people usually don’t feel like they can address or talk about. Take Kimberly Torres for example, she is writing and will be performing her own poem about suicide because she thinks that it’s something that people need to talk about but don’t feel like they can. However, poems don’t always have to be serious. Mrs. Pina, an English teacher at SJHS said that the students can write about what they’re passionate about. Students can write about whatever they want, whether they write about ground beef or death, as long as they’re passionate about it.

A lot of work is going into the poetry slam and students are doing their best to write the greatest poem they possibly can. Rehearsals and performances to friends and family are how the students are preparing for the big day.

The school poetry slam was last week. The district slam is this week! Wish everyone some luck!