Writing Character Sketches in Mr. Mikesell’s Class

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Miksell teaching his 7th grade English class.

Have you ever found it hard to tell someone that you appreciate them?  Seventh grade students in Mr. Trent Mikesell’s class at Springville Junior High recently did this by writing character sketches.  According to Mr. Mikesell, kids chose someone they admire, usually in their family, and wrote about their “appearance, actions, thoughts and feelings, even their speech.” They typed them in the computer lab. They printed the character sketches out and gave them to the person they wrote about.

Many students enjoyed this activity, and are excited to see the person when they get their character sketch.  Sean Tedrow, a student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, wrote about his brother Chandler. He said, “I wrote about him because he is my favorite brother, and he’s awesome!” He thinks his brother will be very excited to read his character sketch.  According to Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grade student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, all the people who get character sketches will be happy to see that the authors appreciate them.  As a bonus, the authors will become better at describing people when they write.

Learning More in Honors English

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Rice’s students prepare for a group discussion.

Do you remember those essays you had to do when you were in school? Well writing here at Springville Junior High isn’t too hard to find. Especially for those students who would like to have a better understanding and were brave enough to take Honors English.

Honors English here is taught by only one teacher, and that teacher is Mrs. Mary Rice. According to her, in Honors English students have more choices than students in other English classes. Instead of Mrs. Rice choosing what the class will study, it is, “Whatever the students decide to do,” said Mrs. Rice. “Students pick from a reading list and the subject that has the most votes is what they get to work on.”

Ninth-graders Whitney Norman and D.J. Barnes both agree that their favorite thing they have worked on is reading Dracula. Whitney said, “Reading it as a class helps me understand it more than when I read it alone.” 

People may think that Honors English is a class where they do nothing but work, but students sure do like this class. Whitney said, “It’s just a lot of fun!”  D.J. also likes the teacher. D.J. said, “She interacts with her students more than any other teacher I have met.”

Mrs. Rice has a lot of fun projects planned out for the students in Honors English. According to Mrs. Rice, these projects will be writing, dramatic and presentational projects. So think again, maybe Honors English is a class that eighth grade students might want to take.

Expert in Mathematics

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

There are various math teachers at Springville Junior High, one of those teachers is Mr. Dallin Krebs, who other than being here for almost three decades is also  very loved by his students, former and present.

“My career goal at a young  age was to be a farmer like my dad," said Mr. Krebs.   Mr. Krebs was born in North Logan, Utah, where he and his five brothers and two  sisters often helped their father with the farming right after school was over for the day.  Which of course is where Mr. Krebs got his ambition to become a farmer at a young age, but due to the poor economics of farming he was unable to do that.

"I then decided I wanted to be a electrician, so I enrolled at Utah State University with my major as Electrical Engineering. I completed all but two years of the required math courses my first year and then left for two years, said Mr. Krebs.  After two years Mr. Krebs returned to USU,  the teachers told him he would have to start all over again in order to be in Electrical Engineering.  He didn’t want to start over again, so he just decided to choose Industrial Education.

"Since I had all those math courses I was asked to teach math in addition to the vocational courses at my first school," said Mr. Krebs.  With time and help of his college math classes he started teaching math more frequently.  When he came to Springville Junior High School he saw there were no vocational courses so he just decided he would teach math, which he has been teaching for  twenty nine years now.

"I like teaching here at Springville Junior High. The best part is the students," said  Mr. Krebs.  Over the years Mr. Krebs has taught some very smart students whom he liked, and they liked him back. He still gets invitations from his former students to go to weddings or other important events, all due to their very close friendship with Mr. Krebs.

First School Newspaper at SJHS

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
Members of the journalism staff dividing up the school newspaper to pass out to the student body. Left to right: Max Schreiner, Kara Dunn, Christopher Taylor, Morgan Bowser, Jacob DeRosia and Cody Woolsey.

Springville Junior High school’s faculty and students are buzzing about the first school newspaper to be released in seven years. The Journalism class worked for weeks to get enough articles to be published into a newspaper. Students’ and teachers’ reactions were astounding! 

“It was cool to know what was happening in the school,” said Seth Daybell, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High. When students woke up and groggily made their way to their first period class, they were surprised to hear on the morning announcements that there was going to be a school newspaper released that morning.

“How cool to have an actual newspaper! I was excited to see SJHS students' work in print!” said Mrs. Gleave, a math teacher at Springville Junior High. The whole school raved about the first school newspaper and is excited for the ones to come!

SJHS is getting active with basketball open gym

Jacob DeRosia, SJHS Staff Writer

Basketball open gym is an after school program were anyone can come in and do some fine tuning on their skills.  If students are looking to polish up on their skills or just to play some basketball, open gym is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 4:30pm.  So far, open gym is very popular with, on average, 20 people per day!

“Anyone can come and improve their skills or just come to shoot some hoops.” said Mr. Blakey, counselor at SJHS, and supervisor of open gym.  The rules are simple: don’t mess around, play basketball. Easy enough? Sure is. Coming to open gym ensures a good time and good pointers.

Mrs. Bales, SJHS Attendance Secretary

Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bales

The students and teachers at Springville Junior High will recognize the name of Mrs. Brenda Bales, attendance secretary at SJHS.  Mrs. Bales’s job is to keep track of attendance at the junior high.

Mrs. Bales has been working at the junior high for 15 years.  According to Mrs. Bales, one of her favorite parts of her job is that she is always busy.  She also said, “The kids are my favorite.”

Ms. Rachel Neeley, a seventh grade English teacher at SJHS, said, “Mrs. Bales can do a million things at once!”  According to Ms. Neeley, Mrs. Bales is an enjoyable person to talk to. 

Kids at SJHS can always be comfortable asking Mrs. Bales questions about things happening at school and much more.

Chemical reactions in Mr. Kindrick’s class

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. David Kindrick, eighth grade science teacher at SJHS, is doing a class experiment about chemical reactions. They are studying about how the statue of liberty turned green, how you make nylon, how pancake batter changes to pancakes, and other cool stuff.

Each student in Mr. Kindrick's class is doing something different. Students are using computers to research information on the internet. Jordan Kendall, a student in Mr. Kindrick's class, is learning about how the statue of liberty turned green. Jordan said, “The statue of liberty turned green because the salt, the air, and the outside coat that protects the statue of liberty mixed together which made a chemical reaction that turned it green.”

Derek Hansen is learning about how you make nylon. Derek said, “Nylon is a complex fiber. You combine liquids called hexanediolyl dichloride and diaminohexane just to make one strip of nylon”. Mr.Kendrick said, “Chemical reactions take place everyday around us, so it's nice to know why things happen.” 

SJHS golf team took 5th in the Nebo district tournament

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS Golf Team: Zach Droubay, Allen Maughan, Gregg Davis, Radley Nelson, Kyle Englund and Coach Krebs

This year Springville Junior High took 5th place in the Nebo School District tournament.  The team missed 4th place by just a few strokes. The golf tournament was held at Hobble Creek Golf Course, where students form Springville, Mapleton, Payson, Mt. Nebo, Spanish Fork, and Diamond Fork Junior High Schools competed to see who the best was.

The golfers played eighteen holes and the best four scores from each team were totaled to determine the winner. This year Gregg Davis, Allen Maughn, Kyle Englund, Radley Nelson, and Zach Droubay went to the district tournament at Hobble Creek. Gregg Davis said that he and his team did well.

Gregg Davis loves to golf and is looking forward to next year and says that he will tryout next year. Mr. Dallin Krebs, the golf coach and an SJHS math teacher, said, “I think the golf team is important because it gives students another opportunity to participate in another school activity and golf also teaches values and more. Students who participate are required to be model students. The values students learn from playing golf will stay with them the rest of their lives."


Girls Get Fit at Springville Junior High

Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer

With all the illness in the world today, obesity is a common threat. But not for the girls at Springville Junior High. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday girls have the opportunity to meet after school from 2:45-3:45 with their instructor Mrs. Claire Mills.

Mrs. Mills has been teaching for three years at Springville Junior High, not only teaching the girls work out club, but also the special education program at the school. Mrs. Mills said, “I think that we do need this program. It helps promote a healthy life style, it's fun and everyone makes new friends.” Even with the hectic schedule of students day-to-day lives, girls still have the opportunity to relieve their stress and have fun at the same time.

Seventh-grader Nina Tuttle said, “I think the club is a good idea; girls can interact more with people outside of class.”  Nina isn’t the only one who shares a love for the club. Ninth-grader Maddie Alispach said, “Girls get the chance to get to know each other and be fit. It's good that people be fit.”  Everyone’s hopes are high as more after school programs begin to grow.

Even with the first term ending for students, everyone is encouraged to join the club, where instead of textbooks and tests, students do healthy activities such as, sports, making healthy treats, yoga, free weights, pilates and so much more. So take a stand for health like many other girls at Springville Junior High.



Service Learning makes blankets for Children Justice Center

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Jessie Wimmer, an eighth grader in Service Learning, works on a fleece blanket for the Children's Justice Center.

 Service Learning is a class offered at SJHS that allows students to do service within and outside of the school. Once a semester students are required to do some sort of project that helps others. Kaity Hansen, Jehni McNeil, and Jessie Wimmer, all eighth graders, decided to make fleece blankets and donate them.
The girls tied about fourteen fleece blankets and donated them to The Dollhouse Boutique, where they were sold and one hundred percent of the profit was then donated to the Children’s Justice Center where children who have been abused can get the help they need.   
According to Kaity Hansen, she wanted to do this project because she loves to sew so she thought it would be fun. Jehni McNeil said “it sounded like a really needed cause.”  Jessie Wimmer wanted to do it so they could raise money to help children.