No Tardy Party.

Article by Chandler Kiser - SJHS Student Staff Writer

On Wednesday the 26, students who did not have any tardies during term 3 got to go to the Stadium theatres in Payson. They could see Smurfs the Lost Village, or Boss Baby. Jane Wilson, an 8th grader at SJHS, said that she went to the No Tardy Party because you get to miss school, and she is seeing Boss Baby “Because boss baby is better that Smurfs.”

Jackson Kiser said that he went to the No Tardy Party because he didn't go last time and he wanted a break from school. 

Amanda Gardner and Kelsey sumsion both said that they were going to see Boss Baby and they also mentioned that they didn't want to see Smurfs because it didn't look as good. Also they said that they went because they wanted to miss school and because their friends were going.

Hopefully all the students that went had good time.

SJHS loses MVP Ms. Hamilton

Article by Lizzie Kurban - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Unfortunately SJHS has to say goodbye to one of our very beloved teachers, Ms. Hamilton. Springville Jr. very much appreciates her and everything she’s done for our school and we’re going to miss her very much.

Ms. Hamilton has had a great experience teaching at our school, she’s had very many fun, funny memories with students and faculty. “It’s been awesome, I’ve loved it.” she said.

She´s also learned some things from the people she’s met while she’s been here. “ I’ve learned from the students to not take life so seriously sometimes, you have to laugh and be happy.” She’s also loved getting to know the other teachers here. She´s made a lot of great memories with them she´s grateful to have made so many good friendships.

One last piece of advice that she wants to share with the students is, ¨remember to have fun, but still work hard. Don´t be afraid to nerd out and have fun about learning. And just be there for eachother and take care of eachother.¨

Plans for the future? Next year she´s going to be working as a district specialist, so she'll come to the counseling office at our school as well as other schools from time to time, so be sure to say hi if you see her.

But someday she hopes to be working with rescue animals. She´s always had a love of animals and she hopes that someday she can work with them or at volunteer at a shelter or something like that.

Thank you, Ms. Hamilton for the work you've done for our school. We're going to miss you very much, good luck with your new job. Keep being awesome. :)


Local Student Does Something Shocking

Article by Micah Schmitz - SJHS Student Staff Writer

In breaking news, a local student has sneezed. This was met with shocked reports from other students, as they had never heard anything so disastrous. While authorities do not wish for the identity of the student to be known, we can confirm that the sneeze happened sometime between three o'clock, and four o'clock  on Wednesday the 26th. As most sneezes move at one hundred miles per hour, which is almost two times as fast as a hurricane, it's understandable that some students are shocked. One eighth grade student, Carson Lyman said “'I’ve heard of people sneezing before, but I never thought it would happen at our school.” and many agree, while another student, Oliver Smith a ninth grade student said “ A sneeze is beauty in it's purest form. This [sneeze] is perhaps my favorite thing in general of all time.” Whatever the results of this sneeze, we as a school, and as a nation, will have to come together.

Color Fest 2017

Article by Saydie Vanleuven and Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

If you drove down south March 25 or 26, you may of hit crazy traffic, and didn't know what was causing all the commotion. Well all the traffic was because of an event that happens once a year, the color festival. Many students at Springville Junior High went to the color festival with friends and family. The color festival occurs at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah.

Many people know this celebration as the color festival even though it’s real name is The Holli Festival or Celebration.

Jace Farr, a ninth grader at SJhs, said she went to the colorfest and she has gone before, she said that she likes going because it gives her a chance to hangout with friends and throw chalk at each other she also said that her favorite part of going is the part where every hour everyone gets together and throws chalk into the air at the same time. Another ninth grade student of sjhs named Jada Hysolli went too, she stated that she has gone before and that she likes going because it’s fun and she likes all the different colors. She also said her favorite part was when everyone got together to throw chalk in the air. Anthony Gutierrez, an eighth grader, said he went this year and he’s gone in previous years. He said he likes to go because he likes to get colorful and his favorite part was hanging out with friends. Penelope Carter, another eighth grader, said she went and has gone years before this one and she likes to go because it’s at a temple and there is a lot of religion involved and there is a lot of good vibes. Taylor Benson, a seventh grader, said she went and has gone before and she likes to go because she likes to throw chalk at people

Even though all these people went ot the color fest no one really knows the real purpose of it and why they have it. The real purpose of why we have the color fest is a religious celebration that’s why they have it at the  Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah. 

Mrs. Riggs

Article by Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Riggs is an english and creative writing teacher at Springville Junior High. She is loved by many students and teachers.

Mrs. Riggs didn't want to always be a teacher, her childhood dream job was to be a writer or a fly girl, a.k.a. A dancer.  She became a teacher in 2012, but started at Springville Junior three years ago. She became a teacher because she loves literature. But besides teaching, Mrs. Riggs, is some what flexible. She can kick her foot up and touch the back of her head!! Mrs. Riggs has won only a single free throwing contest in elementary school.

Students at Springville Junior High love Mrs. Riggs, but not many people know her favorite sport. Not even the teachers. Damen Bernardi thinks her favorite sport is volleyball, while Tessa Popham believes that it is basketball. Whitney Sheppard thinks that her favorite sport is basketball, and Adi Whiting thinks that it is ice skating. Mr. Jensen, a science teacher at Springville Junior, thinks that roller derby would be her favorite sport, “I could totally see her as a roller derby chick.” He even came up with a few nicknames for her, “Riggs the System” or “Pixie Fire Dragon!” But sadly nobody got her favorite sport right. Mrs. Riggs said that her favorite sport is either video gaming or softball/baseball. Yeah!

Mrs. Riggs likes drawing, camping, hiking, and water skiing. She doesn't have any free time to do so between school and her 2 children! Her knees pop every time she bends down and dirty blonde is her actually hair color!!

Mock Trial

Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at SJHS we have some very unique clubs. One of the most interesting opportunities is to participate in Mock Trial. Students involved with Mock Trial get to go to other schools and have a pretend trial. Luke Carter, who was Mock Trial last year, said they learned what a real trial is like. Alma Burrows said he learned more about real trials.

“The best part is getting to take the day off school and hanging out with my friends.” said Luke. He said that even though it can be fun it is really hard.  “It would be fun, but it is a lot of work.”

Alma said he wouldn't do it in high school because it is so much work. Both Luke and Alma said that Savannah Clyde takes charge of the group. Alma said Savannah makes sure the team is successful.  In all, mock trial sounds like a club that helps you be more responsible and learn about real court rooms

Ask Seka: Singin’ In The Rain

Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Going into the the SJHS production of Singin’ In The Rain I really wasn’t expecting anything special. The production started 15 minutes late, so I was extremely surprised when I got to experience a stunningly beautiful play. I was very surprised, this being a small J.R. High production, that I genuinely enjoyed the play. I thought the set was simple but very nice, and the lighting was excellent. The actor knew their lines and had a lot of emotion. I was thoroughly impressed.

Monte Taylor and Hannah Henage star as Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon. Hannah did an amazing job, her voice was powerful and her acting skills were A+.  Monty was a natural and I can’t think of anyone better suited to play the role of Don Lockwood.

The songs were very well executed. “You are my lucky star” was the highlight of the show. The number was wrapped up in so much emotion, and it was a perfect end to a beautiful musical. Most of the songs were good, the sound system was much improved from last year. The only number that I didn’t enjoy was “Make them laugh” because there was too much going on for my attention span, although Bryce Chambers did excellent on the unicycle.

I loved the costumes, especially Hannah's green dress. Kennady Bird and Haylee Carpenter both did outstanding jobs even though they didn’t have as large of parts. All in all, this play was very enjoyable and I would definitely see it again. 

Teacher appreciation week- Awards and Most likely to

Article by Lizzie Kurban - SJHS Student Staff Writer

During Tecaher Appreciation Week students nominated the teachers for some fun awards and “most likely to’s”. A few teachers were asked their opinions on their awards  and here’s what they had to say. If you want to see all of the awards that were given to the teachers then check it out in the commons area.

Here are some of the awards that were given to some teachers,

Mr. Kindrick- Best South Pole Elf

Ms. Pina- Most Likely to Eat a Pineapple

Mr. Booth- Best Hair

Mr. McKell- Most likely to leave half-way through the year

Mr. Jackman- Most stylish teacher

Mrs. Gleave- Christmas spirit award

Here are some of the teacher’s thoughts and feelings on winning these awards and whether or not they think they are accurate.

In a sarcastic and slightly amused tone, Mr. Kindrick stated that his students are wonderful for nominating him for such a prestigious award and that he definitely is the best south pole elf out of all the teachers.

Ms. Pina said, “ I’m honored that people recognize my pineapple enthusiasm.”  and although Ms. Pina has embraced the whole pineapple thing, she says that a pineapple probably wouldn’t be her first choice in fruit. So she probably wouldn’t be most likely to eat a pineapple.  

Mr. Mckell thought that that his nomination was funny, seeing as he actually did leave SJHS half-way through the year last year to teach at Payson Jr High, but he said that he never plans on leaving halfway through the year again

Mr. Booth was amused by his nomination seeing as he doesn’t have any hair on his head. He was still very honored though. As for accuracy he was wondering, “Do eyebrows count?” if so then his award would be accurate

Mr. Jackman said, “There are many stylish teachers at our school, but I’m grateful to the students for recognizing my style in particular.” He also encourages students to wear what they want and express their own individual style.

Mrs. Gleave loved that she got the Christmas spirit award, probably due to the fact that she does math formula christmas carols with her students every year. She said that she loves the formula carols unit and she’s going to continue to do it for a long time.

We then asked the teachers which of their co-workers they would nominate for an award.

Mr. Kindrick said he would nominate Ms. Hamilton- Greatest teacher ever award

Ms. Pina would nominate Ms. Maughan-most likely to play "Heads Up" with Ellen DeGeneres while Carpool Karaoke-ing with James Corden

Mr. Mckell said he would nominate Mr. Bentley- Most interesting teacher, “Because he’s a really interesting person and has a lot of life experiences.”

Mrs. Gleave would also nominate Ms. Hamilton for an award, she said she’s nominate her for “Best co-worker award.”

Teacher appreciation week was awesome. We’re all really grateful for our teachers and we appreciate them and everything they do, SJHS really has amazing staff. Students please remember to thank your teachers for everything they do for you.

Houston, We’ve Got Copycats

Article and Comic by Trey Widtfeldt - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Ever wanted to go to space? Too bad. To go up, you got to have a lot of experience (yes, it is rocket science) and it costs a lot of money. But how about reenacting going to space? That takes a significantly less amount of money and training, and you can blow up the ship without causing a national disappointment.

Well, recently, some of us participated in the Apollo 13 mission malfunction reenactment. Basically, the whole gist is they brief you on your tasks, then lock you into a dark room where you have to solve puzzles and make sacrifices in order to come home. (Yes, I get that it sounds like some demented horror movie, but this time it's fun!) It's almost a race of sorts, where whoever finishes (or can, for that matter) the fastest is technically prepared for space and a bootleg medal. You do have a limited amount of time, as, of course this is space were talking about and oxygen is not complimentary.

Rondo Andersen said: “It was really fun, they gave us a large amount of materials to create devices for our survival. They put a lot of effort into it.” He also mentioned that many of the people there really enjoyed it. Most of the others mentioned it was very accurate, and they made it look alike it as well.

So there it is. You can thank Mr.Hansen and Mr. Hatfield, a former teacher of SJHS, for this great experience.

The secret life of Mrs. Porter

Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Porter is a history teacher here at Springville Jr, she taught at the old school for 1 year, and has taught for the 3 years that this new school has been running. Mrs. Porter hasn’t always been Mrs. Porter, before she got married she was Mrs. Brennan and still gets called that from time to time. Mrs. Porter has been married for 2 years now to Seth Porter; they have no kids, but depending on how her students have behaved that day would like to have 5. She spends her free time watching Netflix, mountain biking and playing with her dog.

She wanted to be a history teacher because of an amazing past teacher Mr. Harnett. He inspired her, and she wants to give that same inspiration to her students. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters; three of them are married giving her a total of 7 brothers and sisters. One of her brothers when she was younger put a live rat covered in goo in her hair. It died in there and they had to go to Fantastic Sams to get it cut out.

Her favorite unit to teach recently has been the revolutionary war, because her students really enjoy learning about it.

Jessica Hermann, an eighth grade girl, says that,” Mrs. Porter’s more of a friend then a teacher.”

“She gives you time to do your assignments and makes them fun and easy to do.” Payton Johnson explains.

One really fun activity they did was a reenactment of The Trail of Tears. The students were the Cherokee Native Americans and Mrs. Porter was the soldiers keeping them in line. Madison Parker said that this activity was one of her favorites.

Springville is very grateful for the work Mrs. Porter puts into her lessons activities and grudge ball games. We are lucky to have her!