Mr., no, Dr. Tsugawa

Jacob DeRosia, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Sam Tsugawa, orchestra teacher at SJHS, mysteriously disappeared one Friday in October leaving his students in confusion. “Where is he?” seemed to be the general talk around the orchestra room. The following school day, Mr. Tsugawa told of his journey to St. George. He told his classes that he had gone to a conference to discuss getting his doctorate degree.

Christopher Taylor, a cellist and student of Mr. Tsugawa’s, said “It’s really cool that he is getting his degree. I didn't think it was possible, but it may even help him become a better teacher than he already is.”

Before he gets his degree, Mr. Tsugawa has to write a dissertation. Some students asked, “What is a dissertation?” To put it plainly, it’s a book-sized report. In some doctoral programs, the dissertation may take years of full-time work to complete.

So if you see Mr. Tsugawa in the hallway, be sure to wish him luck. He may need it.


Junior High Melodies Taken to Elementary Schools

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

When you walk by the SJHS Choir room during sixth to eighth period, you will hear melodies and harmonies. On December 11th, elementary school students will be able to hear these harmonies and melodies without leaving their schools. “All of the elementary schools in Springville will be visited (by the Master Singers and Knightingales),” said Mrs. Leslie Walker, the SJHS choir director. The Master Singers is the ninth grade audition choir; the Knightingales are a mixed chorus of eighth and ninth grade girls.

The Master Singers will be presenting four pieces one with “Choralography—movement on the risers” and another one with a full dance; while the Knightingales will perform three, one with “choralography.” The choralography for the Knightingales was taught by Mrs. Courtney Johnson, an SJHS Vice Principal, who once performed with the BYU International Folkdancers.

For the eighth grade Knightingales, this will be a new experience. According to Krystena Robbins, an eighth grader, she is excited because little kids love songs. Her favorite song they’re performing in “Santa Claus is coming to Town.” She has a younger sister who attends Sage Creek Elementary, whom Krystena will get to see in the afternoon.

Giving Thanks on Thursday

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 with the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans.  Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday of November, became a national holiday in the United States in 1941.  Today we celebrate this holiday to stop and give thanks for what we have.  November 25th through the 27th was a break from school for Nebo District students.  Students and teachers at SJHS have a lot to be thankful for.

Everyone has different traditions for what to do on Thanksgiving Day.  Some have an annual family football game, or watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Aubrey Wasden, a seventh grader, rides four wheelers at her family’s cabin.  Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grader, watches the Macy’s parade. 

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go,” used to be where almost everyone went for Thanksgiving, now it’s sometimes a little different.  Anne Kawai, an eighth grader, switches off from staying home or going to her grandparents’ house.  Aubrey eats her Thanksgiving feast at her cabin.  Caitlin doesn’t have to travel anywhere, she eats it at home. 

Thanksgiving is sometimes known as “Turkey Day,” because turkey is often the main meal at Thanksgiving feasts.   Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, an eighth and ninth grade English teacher, said, “For Thanksgiving dinner, we normally have a traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.”

Thanksgiving is the time to stop and give thanks for what we have.  Living in the United States brings many blessings and freedoms by itself.  According to Anne, she is thankful for her friends and family.  Mrs. Bass said, “I am thankful for my family and my health.” What were you thankful for? 

SJHS students make the SHS girls basketball team

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer
Hannah Packard, Amberly Austin and Ashli Averett, 9th graders at SJHS, show their Red Devil pride.

This year, three ninth-grade students at Springville Junior High made the Springville High School girl’s basketball team: Ashli Averett, Amberly Austin, and Hannah Packard.

“I think it is really cool and great experience to be on the high school basketball team,” said Ashli Averett, one of the freshmen that made it to the girls high school basketball team. Ashli said, “I watched my sister play for many years. She had a lot of fun, and learned a lot. I hope to get the same experience.” Ashli also said, “Basketball is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun. I love it.” Ashli’s siblings, dad, and cousins have played high school basketball, and she said they are the ones who help her and teach her new skills.

Hannah Packard, another freshman that made the high school basketball team, said that she thinks high school basketball is a good opportunity and a privilege. Hannah said,“Basketball is one of my favorite sports.” Hannah has also been to many high school basketball games and wants to be like the people who play in them. She likes basketball because of the “Intensity-it’s a sport where you think and need skill.”

Amberly Austin, the other freshman that made the high school basketball team, said, “I think it is a big accomplishment to make the team as a freshman. It is something I have wanted to do since I was little.” Amberly said she went to some games last year and liked it because the intensity level is a lot higher. Amberly also said, “I like basketball because it is a fun sport and it is also a team sport.

Geometry Students Create Art Using Quadrilaterals

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Quadrilateral art projects displayed in Mrs. Gleave's classroom.

“What’s the point of learning math if we can’t apply it?” asked Mrs. Corrin Gleave, the geometry teacher at SJHS. Geometry students are learning to apply the math they have learned to various shapes, angles, and lines. One of these shapes is the quadrilateral, or four-sided shape. Students recently made special art projects using all seven of the special quadrilaterals which include the kite, trapezoid, isosceles trapezoid, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, and square.  Students can make anything from a rocket to a house, and many of them have enjoyed this activity very much.

Many students feel that using the seven special quadrilaterals to make art is a good way to help you remember and understand them. Elizabeth Elliot, a ninth grader in geometry who made a paper house for her project, said, “It’s really visual. It’s a different and fun way of learning.” Mrs. Gleave said, “We deal with so many shapes in geometry that sometimes it gets tricky keeping track of them all. By using the seven special quadrilaterals to generate an art project, each student has the chance to analyze these shapes.” Students in geometry agree with Mrs. Gleave that this project has not only been fun, but has helped them learn about the seven shapes they were using as well.

SJHS Choir Shows their Christmas Spirit at Concert

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer

On Thursday December 2, 2009, the choir preformed their Christmas concert at Springville Junior High. This included the Apprentice Singers, Knightingales, and Master Singers. Some of the songs that the master singers sang were songs from all over the world. Both the Knightingales and Master Singers danced during some of their songs. 

Cami Sumsion, a Master Singer at Springville Junior High, said, “I chose to take choir and tryout for Master Singers because it was fun and challenging at the same time.” The choir students practiced singing their songs during class. “We practice our songs by singing them, and Mrs. Walker will stop and fix what needs to be fixed in that song,” said Braden DeFreese, another Master Singer.

The choir will be performing some of these Christmas songs for the school right before the Christmas break.  

Band Christmas Concert on December 15th

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

The students in Mr.Booth’s seventh, eighth, and ninth grade band classes have been working hard the last few months to prepare for their annual Christmas concert. The concert will be held on December 15th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the SJHS auditorium. 

“I’m really excited for the concert,” Bailey Jones, an eighth-grade band student at SJHS, explained, “It’s awesome, and I really like our music.”

Every year Mr. Booth starts his band classes off early learning their Christmas pieces and preparing to perform. “They will be ready for the concert,” Mr. Booth, SJHS band director, explained, “They’ve been working very hard.  I’m looking forward to some excellent performances. It’s nice to see and hear the result of hard work and dedication.”

The band concert is not only made up of Christmas music, but also of a lot of different types of music like classics and other genres. 

Ms. Neeley: amazing English teacher at SJHS

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Neeley

Ms. Rachel Neeley is just one of the amazing teachers here at SJHS. Ms. Neeley teaches seventh-grade English, yearbook, and creative writing. This is Ms. Neeley’s sixth year teaching. Ms. Neeley said, “I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. I loved reading and writing when I was in school. I was pretty good at it, so I decided to teach English.”

Ms. Neeley loves teaching is because of her students and some of the funny stuff they say.  In creative writing, one of the assignments is a list of 52.  A group of boys is writing "52 Ways to Get Dumped.” Ms. Neeley said, “It was a hilarious list of things boys could do to get dumped.” The students think she is funny to. Ethan Knowlton, a seventh-grade student, said, “she teaches well, but she still knows how to have fun.  She is such a cool and fair teacher; she knows how to talk to us.”

Students agree that her class is really fun. Katy Kendall, a seventh grader, said, “I like the activities.”  Marissa Colson, another seventh grader said, “When something funny comes up we all laugh, it’s one of my favorite classes.” Spencer Duncan, an eighth grader in her yearbook class, said, “Ms. Neeley is so nice and fun to talk to.”


Mrs. Sue Tarin, Teacher, Secretary, and Friend at SJHS

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Tarin hard at work.

Springville Junior High is blessed to have so many wonderful faculty members to work with and rely upon. One of these many members is Mrs. Sue Tarin, Springville Junior High’s new counseling secretary and friend.

“I love working with Mrs. Tarin; she’s nice and is also very helpful,” Mrs. Monica Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior High, said.

“I started working here because I already worked for the district and I was looking for a full time job. When this one became available, I took it,” Mrs. Tarin explained.

Mrs. Distefano explained that Mrs. Tarin has a big job. “There is a lot to learn and remember. She’s done a great job of jumping in and figuring things out,” she explained. 

Mrs. Tarin is more than just a secretary. She is also a mother and friend. “One of my hobbies, I guess, would be considered raising my family,” Mrs. Tarin explained. 

“I like having my mom work here, she’s always right there if I need her to sign some papers or other things,” Veronica Tarin, a seventh-grader at Springville Junior High and the youngest child of Mrs. Tarin, said.

Mrs. Tarin tries her best to look out for everyone around her. “If I could change one thing about this school, I would take away some of the trials and hardships that some students have to face at this age. It’s not fair at this age, to have to go through some of these things.” 

Mrs. Tarin, just like anyone else, has her fair share of dreams she would like to soon accomplish. “I’ve always wanted to learn how to golf and fly fish,” she confessed. “My kids make fun of me, but I think it would be fun to learn.”

Mrs. Tarin enjoys working at Springville Junior High and hopes to keep working for the next few years. “I’m looking forward to spending the next twenty or so years working here, until retirement.”

Contestants participating in Make it With Wool contest

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
Caryn Crandall, SJHS student, took 4th place in the district Make It With Wool competition.

Last week the Make it With Wool competition took place at Mapleton Junior High School. The Make it With Wool competitors sew outfits that are at least 60% wool.  The contestants who entered this competition spent many hard hours working on their projects.

The night before the fashion show of Make it with Wool, the contestants had their item judged. The judges base 40% of their evaluation on sewing and 60% on fashion, marketability, and how the contestants accessorize. After that night, the contestants smiled for the cameras and showed what their hard work was for: the fashion show.

If the contestants win districts, they have the opportunity to go to state to compete with people from all over the state. If they win state they then go to nationals to compete!    

Caryn Crandall, a ninth-grade contestant in Make it with Wool, has been doing this competition for a long time. She enjoys doing it because, “It’s fun to learn about sewing, and I love shopping for all of the accessories.” It took Caryn a very long time to sew her outfit that she entered with. Caryn made a skirt, jacket, and dress all made out of wool. It took a lot of hard work, but Caryn said she enjoyed doing it! Caryn Crandall competed against high school students and took fourth place; she'll be continuing onto state.