Meet Mrs. Burge

Article by Kobri Fausett

Mrs.Burge is a newer teacher here at our school, let's find out where she came from. Where did Mrs.Burge teach before you may be wondering, she explained, “I taught for 5 years i the Jordan School district,  and then I stayed home for 9 years with my kids. I then taught a Mountainville Academy for a year before my husband got a principalship down is San Juan county. I worked as a teacher there for 7 years.”

That's so fun to be going to different places and trying some new stuff. All of this experience definitely prepared her for everything to come in the future. All of that switching around, how did that bring her here? Mrs. Burge explained  “Even Though we loved our student there, we jumped at the chance to be closer to family. I picked Springville Jr HIgh because of the awesome administrative team and beautiful building.” what is some differences between those districts? “In my last school district the building was much older. I am lucky to have such a beautiful nw building. Another big difference is my new teaching teams. In my old school, I was the only ELA( English Language Arts) teacher for an entire grade ; here at sjhs we have 3 or 4 per grade. It’s nice to be able to collaborate with a team. I did get paid quite a bit more in San Juan School District, and i had twice as much sick days, in spite of that, I love being a Knight!”

9th Grade Visits SUU to See The Iliad Play

Article by Aspen Clyde

“An Iliad” was a dramatic and attention grabbing production full of life and power.

According to Fred Adams (the host for the play)  The production at the Beverly Center for the Arts “has been going on for the last 57 years.” The students who attended the play described it as “dramatic and impressive acting.”  A teacher at Springville Jr. High explained the play as “Impactful, a very good representation between the conflict of a person and the reality of war.”

New Art Teacher in Springville Junior High

Article by Amber Haslam

Springville Junior High has gotten a lot of new teachers this year. One of the new teachers is Ms. Belnap, she is the new art teacher. I asked Ms. Belnap a couple of questions. For instants I asked what is your favorite part about teaching? She said “ I like seeing all the students walk into class at the beginning of the year and seeing them improve every single day!” What is your least favorite part about teaching? “ I don’t like to seeing students give up on what they are working on.” We are so happy that Ms. Belnap has chosen to come to SJHS to teach the students that are interested in art.

Crossing Boundaries

Article by Cam Hall

At Springville Junior High, we have a great cross country team. With great coaches Mr. Hammon and Mr. McKell, as well as many awesome athletes. Here is a little info about the team. “Cross Country makes me feel like I can accomplish something,” said Mason Palmer, who is in ninth grade. Meets are on Fridays, and the athletes compete in mile and a half races. Athletes who are on the High School team got invited to compete in Idaho in an event sponsored by Nike. The boys placed 3rd overall, and the girls took home the gold at 1st. Colton Bologna had the opportunity to compete in this event and loved it. “It was awesome to see kids from all over, like Utah, California, and Idaho competing in one place, and it was sponsored by Nike, so that is very cool too.” Some of the runners on the high school team are Malil Boyer, Kaylanna Price, and Spencer Neel. Kudos to them for doing an awesome job! Cross Country is a great way for students to compete, and also have fun while doing it. Colton said “I’m happy that my hard work has paid off.” Overall, this year’s Cross Country has been great, and all the athletes hard work has paid off.

P.E intramurals almost every day after school!

Article by Elizabella Francom

Have you been to P.E. Intramurals yet? If you said no then you should definitely go because it is sooo much fun! You can go if you need to make up P.E or you can just go for fun. And they have a lot of different game to play. It changes almost every week so you can play a lot of different fun sports!

Ashlee Edwards Said “ I love going to intramurals and you can just go hang out with your friends for and hour after school and I don’t even have P.E so I just go for fun!”

If you haven’t gone yet make sure you try it out!

School Community Council 2018-19

Elections for School Community Council will be held August 20-23. Ballots will be in the front office. Please call the school or email Mr. McGuire by August 17th if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else. 

2018 Summer Hours

We will be in the office: 

Monday-Thursday:  8am-1pm

Friday: closed 

Closed July 4th and 24th

9th Grade World Geography Learn African Style Drumming

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 explained, "we 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. Students had a lot of fun and Hekela Mavae said, "it was cool to get to do something hands-on and different for class." 

Thank you, Mr. Ballard and Hannah, for volunteering your time and spending 2 days at our school to teach our 9th graders!!