As soon as December hits, Christmas time is in full swing at SJHS. Kids are wearing Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Many kids at SJHS love Christmas time. Some students tell us what their favorite thing about Christmas, Benson Digtrups favorite thing about Christmas is opening presents. Doesn’t everyone love presents! Liz Wattford tells her favorite thing about Christmas, “ I love when it is snowing outside and you can see the snowflakes coming down. It looks so pretty. “ Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. Jenna Nun loves spending time with her family. Don’t we love seeing our family. “ I love all of the Christmas traditions that my family has,” Claire Kieffer tells us. There are so many things that are amazing about Christmas. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
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During Red Ribbon Week at SJHS, the students have lots to look forward to. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week each year. Here at Springville Jr High, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week by participating in dress up days, and going to a kick-off assembly Monday morning. During the assembly police officer Craig Martinez came and talked about drug safety. During the assembly, they also introduced our dress up days for the week and the daily challenges. Many students favorite dress up day is the crazy sock day, because it was easy to find fun socks to wear. Halle Strong thinks Red Ribbon Week is all about bringing awareness to the terrible side effects of drugs. She mentioned that it helps students know what to do in bad/unwelcome situations where drugs may be present. This years theme to get students participating is “What is your anti-drug?” Amara Waldal thinks this theme is all about “spending time on things you enjoy, and finding things to do that are good for your body.” She also thinks this theme will inspire kids to get out and get active. We are hoping that we can get students to become aware of the dangers of drugs, and all the many “anti-drugs” that everybody can participate in. Halle Strong said, “I hope that Red Ribbon Week gets kids out doing what they love and having a good time with friends.”
Nothing brings the Christmas spirit like music, and this Christmas Choir Concert is just the right thing to bring in the joy of this holiday season. Jocelyn Hunt, one of the alto’s in the master singers choir group said, “ The reason I chose to do choir is because I love to sing and so does the rest of our choir. This show should be one of our best!” Next Master singers bass Travis Gervaise says, "The reason for me to join choir is because I am a party guy and choir is the most partying class, and being with all of my friends.” Both of these students are very excited about this concert, and Travis has a solo next week on their choir tour to the elementary schools. The concert was a huge success, everyone in the crowd loving every minute of it, and every student singing had a great time. The audience's favorite song by far as One Candle, the traditional Christmas song they sang for the last 20 years. Already the choir is getting ready for their next concert in the spring.
The orchestra concert was the best thing you’ve heard this year!! The orchestra concert was definitely the best! Gianna Furner, Paige Smith, and Ana Laine were asked some questions and here are their responses. Do you think all your hard work was worth it? Gianna Furner said, “Yes because I got to express my emotions and it was fun!” I really like how they enjoy doing what they love! Did you enjoy playing in the concert? Why? Paige Smith said, “Yes because it was satisfying to show friends and family all the hard work we have done.” What was your favorite part? Ana Laine said “playing all the songs.” Gianna plays the violin and Ana and Paige play the cello! Make sure to look out for these three musicians at our next SJHS orchestra concert!
Sharing is Caring. Why was the two weeks of giving important? Who, what, why and when.
Who does it go to, what was the purpose, why did we do it, when was it? Mandy Miller said, “ I think the school did it because people in this small town don’t have anything will get things for free so that they won’t have to pay for coats for their kids.'' This is an amazing quote. Emmalee Boorman said “ they did it for the people that are less fortunate than us.” I asked why the school did the 2 weeks of giving and Aspen Cook said, “ So that they can have things than having to try to get a job or stay on the street to get money for a coat.” I asked do you think that it will make an impact? Mandy said, “ Yes, so that the people who don't have things. The schools 2 weeks of giving was a success. We donated over 1,000 pieces of clothes.
On Tuesday October 29th, the 9th grade drama class put on the play Hamlet. The cast chose the play Hamlet because most everyone liked it and thought it would be fun to do. Emme Trunnell, the director of the play said, “Everyone really pushed for Hamlet and it was something most people knew about. The best part of the play was the final performance. We had been building up to that moment all term.” The cast of the play had to do a ton of work to make this play perfect, they had to memorize lines, they had tons of rehearsals, they had to get costumes, and much more. So it really did take a lot of time and a lot of hard work. Kennedie Young, a member of the cast, said, “ My favorite part of the play was probably practicing with all of my friends, and having fun together.” The play brought a lot of people together and helped a lot of people to develop their talents. The 9th grade drama class did a fantastic job and the final performance was beautiful. After the play was over, Emme stated, “It was really exciting and I would love to do it again!”