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.

Awesome Utah History teacher, Mr. Hansen

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Hansen

Mr. David Hansen is one of our most important history teachers here at Springvile Junior High. He not only teaches history to seventh graders, but he also teaches something he thinks is very important: civic rights and character.

Mr. Hansen has been teaching at Springville Junior High for 22 years. In that amount of time, his students have really grown attached to him. “He is awesome and fun!” said Katie Carter, one of Mr. Hansen’s seventh grade students.  The reason he has stayed so long is “it’s the time where most of the changes occur for a student. It’s a crucial age where students start to decide what they are going to be later in life, and I like to be a part of that.” Mr. Hansen likes to “help nudge students in the right direction.” He wants them to be a very big success later in life.

According to Mr. Hansen, education is very important; it helps you build a strong foundation for the rest of your life. He did a couple things before teaching but then realized “everybody’s got their gift, teaching is mine.” He started teaching at Mountainview High School in Orem then he moved over to our school and what a difference he has made!

Teaching Newcomers An Old Language

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Rice

For years, many families from Latin America have arrived to the U.S. searching for work, education, and freedom from oppression, poverty, and at times Communism in the case of Cuba. So many are not able to speak English, but at Springville Junior High School, English and English as a second Language teacher Mrs. Mary Rice wants to make a difference and help Hispanics learn English and not suffer in the American life.

“If you are an ESL student, you come to a place called school every day and spend about six hours with people your own age who are talking and communicating with each other,” said Mrs. Rice.  Students who are in ESL at Springville Junior High are learning English but also learning to socialize with each other; students sometimes find it hard to completely learn the new language but most of them pull through and they learn the basic vocabulary in a 3-5 year period.

"During this time, students can also learn to speak without an accent or minimal traces," said Mrs. Rice.  Not all students will learn English fluently like others who have lived in the United States for most of their lives, but it is possible and kids have to want to learn and learn successfully, and just stay out of trouble.

"It is easy to think that children who came to this country do so voluntarily, but that is  almost never the case," said Mrs. Rice.  Most Hispanic children come here do to difficult situations in there home country, while some kids choose to get an education and grow, others decide to take the wrong road by choosing gangs, drugs, prostitution and so on.  Some Hispanic kids choose to do these things over getting an education.
Every student that decides to join Springville Junior High to learn and grow is welcome.  Mrs. Rice knows this and is willing to help all her students so they are ready to tackle life head on.