Most people may think that Student Council is just students working to make the school a happy and fun place for fellow students. But let's go behind the scenes and see what really happens in the 45 minute class period during school. Student Council is always helping around school whether it's ` making posters or having a meeting with the assistant principal but no matter what they are doing they are always busy. Zach Jackson said “When we aren’t helping fellow students with school we usually meditate or do whatever we can” Meditation is a type of focused thinking it can help you feel calm and not stressed about the daily world around you. Payton Evans said” Meditation is when she makes us lay down or sit up in a relaxing position and reads us a story with lots of description and it really helps me stay calm and not feel stressed.”Others on Student Council like Dallin Hatfield said “we meditate, talk, or have a party.” In other words when they party they talk and chat with friends. Though Student Council may be a lot of work such as making posters and helping out around the school, they still have some free time to hang and chat with friends. But they also have plenty of time to meditate.
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Throughout our entire lives we have been asked what we want to do when we grow up, who are we now and who do we want to become? As we learn and grow ,our answers change and grow with us. We start to want different things and work on improving them in our daily actions. Sometimes we don't know what we want, so we are stranded in an fictitious limbo; not knowing where we stand, not quite sure which way to go. We push ourselves and eventually find what we want to be, and how we will achieve that goal.
When we talk about what we would like to do with our futures we get an expansive amount of answers, each more unique than the other. Regan Holley reported that she would like to be a doctor, she’s excited for high school because of the opportunities that are presented before her. These opportunities prepare her for the path she may eventually take. Another student at SJHS, Kaenan Walker would like to skate. He is not excited for highschool because in his opinion it does not prepare him for what he wants to do with his future. Others would rather sleep than anything else, such as Ben Carson so as you can guess they would prefer to be home than high school. You can imagine that they will change their minds in the near future considering there are very few ways one can major in sleeping.
With all of the different thoughts and opinions received from asking a few simple questions, it all ended in the same sole conclusion. They all want to do something, it doesn't matter what they want to do because they all have a plan for the future whether it is clear or not. They have a plan and they are all willing to find a way to go through with it and follow their dreams.
A student Olivia Haigh says that Ms. Jensen “makes the classroom fun brighty and happy.” Ms. Jensen has been teaching English here at Springville Jr. High School since 2015. Ms. Jensen was asked why she teaches English, she replied “because storytelling is always important. Books help make us better people. English is the most fun… personally.”
Ms. Jensen enjoys Fantasy. Her favorite book is Mila 18 and her favorite book to teach is The Outsiders. Ms Jensen also enjoys teaching poetry.
Red ribbon week is an entire week devoted to the promotion of adrug free life. The school supports activities to raise the awareness of the dangers of drugs and how to avoid it.
There are many activities to do during the Red Ribbon Week. One of the best known activities is a daily dress up in which you get to dress up as something and go to school wearing it. Each day has a specific theme for dressing. The themes for this year are as follows: Monday was red ribbons, Tuesday was cool socks, Wednesday was crazy hair and inside-out, Thursday is sweats and sports clothes, and Friday was simply to wear red. Many students enjoy dressing up. Travis Nord, a ninth grader stated, “I enjoy dressing up because it is great for awareness.” others, like Adison Green, a ninth grader, just enjoy seeing other people dress up.
Another activity during Red Ribbon Week are special activities during lunch time. When asked, Adison Green didn’t even know that there were lunch activities while Travis Nord said, “ I think [the lunch activities] are pretty fun.” One day during lunch they had a picture booth with Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper!
One activity that everyone knew about was an assembly during the Friday of Red Ribbon Week where Brad Barton, a famous magician and world record breaker came and showed some tricks and talked about how hard he had to work to break the record for the 45-year old 3k.
Red ribbon week is an enjoyable week for all and it helps awareness of drug abuse. When people know more about the consequences of drugs, they are less likely to do them, and they do it in a fun way.
This year there is a new class that is being required by the State for 8th graders to take. It is called Digital Literacy and it is exactly what it sounds like. The whole purpose of this class is to teach kids about computers and how to teach them. Mrs. Maughan the former english teacher teaches this class. She was looking for a fun, new change and was talking to Mr. Mcguire and they came to an agreement that she would take the job. Mrs. Maughan says that she thinks this class is awesome and can tell that the students do too. “Yes, it’s awesome.” she said “Kids love computers and I think that everyone wants to be better at them because they know how important they are besides just “Shell Shocker”. Which is a very popular game amongst the 8th graders. There are many great reasons as to why this class is necessary, and that is why Mrs. Maughan likes teaching it. There are tons of practical opportunities for kids to learn about technology and enjoy it. This is now a permanent and awesome class that kids will love taking!
Forty-Five minutes of hard work and fun. Students get to put their own personal zing on each apparel design project that they make. Apparel Design and Production is a class for 9th Graders at Springville Jr. High, the class is taught Mrs. Bird a Clothing and CTE Introduction teacher. In Apparel Design and Production, student Calianne Skinner said, that her favorite sewing project this year so far has been the overnight bag/duffel bag. Calianne Skinner said, when asked what project she is looking forward to, “I’m looking forward to being able to make my quarter quilt!” Emma Burnham, like Calianne a Apparel and Production student at Springville Jr. High agrees with Calianne Skinner, that the project that she is looking forward to is the quarter quilt. To conclude, Apparel Design and Production is a fun 9th Grade class where you make many fun, creative projects that you get to put your mark on!
Colorful leaves are falling the pumpkin spice is calling, fall is here there is joy in the atmosphere. What is your favorite thing about fall? Andrew Owens and Tayden Metcalf both said, “my favorite thing about fall is Halloween.” Andrew Owens said, “I like it because i get to see everyone's Halloween costumes.” Lots of people enjoy Halloween, from carving pumpkins to halloween costumes this is many of the students favorite thing about fall. Another one of students favorites is Thanksgiving. Tayden Metcalf said, “Thanksgiving is good because there is food and family.” Thanksgiving is a way to give thanks to good things in life. It's a time were you can sit down as a family and enjoy a delicious meal. Tatum Chamberlain said, “I love all of the food at Thanksgiving and hanging with friends and family.” Thanksgiving started when Pilgrims came to America and met with the Indians and made friends this is a very important holiday to Americans. Fran Hernandez said that she likes fall because “The weather is nice and it's not hot anymore!” Most people like that you're not boiling hot anymore. Now it's nicer cooler weather. A lot of people love to jump into a pile of leaves. Fall is a very enjoyable season, from taking a nice hike to jumping in leaves there are many fun things about this wonderful season
You can find a list of four Early Voting locations or vote on Election Day at twenty-four locations found here: utahcounty.gov/elections.
All invited to the #savethekids free Parent Education Night sponsored by Nebo School District on November 5, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Springville High audirorium at 1205 East 900 South in Springville, Utah.
Collin Kartchner and Dr. Katey McPherson will lead a discussion on:
- Balancing screen time and device use,
- Protecting and cultivating our children's self worth,
- Devising a sensible family use of device plan.