Mrs. Walker directs SJHS choirs

Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Leslie Walker teaches choir part-time at Springville Junior High.  She teaches for the seventh-grade Apprentice Singers, eighth and ninth-grade Knightingales and Journeymen, and last, but not least, the ninth-grade Master Singers. 

Mrs. Walker has worked at Springville Junior for seven years. Besides teaching choir at Springville Junior High, Mrs. Walker sings in the LDS Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  She also leads a local children’s choir called the Hobble Creek Singers.

According to Brooke Lange, a ninth-grade Master Singer in Mrs. Walker’s class, Mrs. Walker teaches well and is funny.  Brooke also said she is very nice.  Max Williams, a seventh-grade Apprentice Singer at SJHS, said, “We have a lot of good songs.”  Michelle Herrera, another Apprentice Singer said, “I enjoy having Mrs. Walker as a teacher because she is fun; she lets us sing a lot of fun songs and you can bet it is never boring in that class!”  Mrs. Walker's class is enjoyed by so many of her students.

Springville Junior High counselor: Mrs. Linton

Sarah Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Monica Linton is one of the eighth-grade counselors at Springville Junior High. Mrs. Linton has been a counselor at Springville Junior High for two years. “I first met the administrators and counselors here and thought it would be a great place to work.  I’m sure that this is the best place to be,” said Mrs. Linton

“As a counselor, I meet with students for all kinds of reasons. From schedule changes to problems with friends or school, to celebrating good grades and hard work,” said Mrs. Linton. Hayde Blanco, an eighth-grade student, said, “I have known Mrs. Linton from the beginning of the school year, she is really nice.” She also meets with teachers, parents and other counselors to see how she can help students be happy and successful.

Mrs. Linton loves children and animals. She has five children, a bearded dragon and two corn snakes! She spends her free time watching high school wrestling tournaments, dance competitions, football games and playing “Sorry” and “Uno.”

Mrs. Gleave: Making Math Easy

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Corrin Gleave is the Geometry and Algebra 1A teacher at Springville Junior High School. She has been teaching at SJHS for three years. “Over the last 25 years, I’ve taught mostly by request, and not as a classroom teacher in other schools,” she said.

She’s also taught math at Le Jordan Academy in Kailua, Hawaii, dance for BYU Children’s Program, at BYU Hawaii as a quest artist and substitute teacher, and for the state of Hawaii as an “Artist in the School”

Mrs. Gleave grew up in American Fork, Utah and always wanted to be a dancer and teacher.  As part of her education, she went to AFHS, UVU  and U of U. She has a Bachelor’s degree from BYU for dance and math major.  And, finally, at SUU, she got a Masters in Education.

“The atmosphere in my class is fun and respectful-but watch out for serious.” Mrs. Gleave explained, “I think learning should be fun, don’t you?”  In Mrs. Gleave’s class, kids do a lot of group work. She said that teaching others is the best way to learn. Most people say that Geometry is easier than Algebra, but Mrs. Gleave thinks that Geometry is just Algebra in action. Algebra II comes next, and then there are a few choices such as college algebra, pre-calculus, and even statistics.  “I love SJHS, and I hope that I can make students love it here, too!” Mrs. Gleave exclaimed.

Jose Martinez is a ninth grade student in Mrs. Gleave’s algebra class. He said that the level of difficulty depends on what she is teaching. Like everyone else, he describes the class and the teacher as fun. “It is fun most of the time,” Jose explained. Usually, in her class, students can have fun and mess around, but if it gets to a point when it’s too much, Mrs. Gleave does take command. She’s not a teacher that will let bad behavior pass.

Jose likes Mrs. Gleave’s teaching style because she makes it easy and he describes the atmosphere in the class as friendly. His favorite part of the class is the being able to chat with friends while he works.

Mrs. Crane: New Eighth-Grade Counselor

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Anne Crane is new to SJHS this year. She is an eighth-grade counseling intern. Mrs. Crane works with Mrs. Linton to keep an eye on kids with low grades and encourage them to do better. They also are there to listen when kids need someone to talk to.

Mrs. Crane has also worked as a substitute, French and geography teacher, and a tutor for home-bound students. Right now she is also teaching at Spanish Fork High School.
When Mrs. Crane has free time she enjoys camping, fishing, and taking road trips to scenic places. She just became a grandma on November ninth for the first time. She enjoys looking at pictures of my new grandson who lives in Dallas, Texas. “I wish he lived here so I could play with him,” she explained.
Out of everything about the junior high, Mrs. Crane enjoys the kids the most. “I’ve overcome the bumps in the road and want to share what I’ve learned with the students to help them be successful and happy!”
“Mrs. Crane is so willing to help and be involved in every activity,” said Sue Tarin, the counseling office secretary. “ We will miss her when she has to leave.”


Girls Make Basketball Team at SJHS

Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. David Kindrick, Springville Junior High science teacher, is coaching the SJHS girls’ basketball team. They seem to be in good shape, since their record is 1-2. They are on their way to going to district! The names of the girls on the team are: Mindy Staple, Sarah Ripley, Ripley Tew, Mackenzie Morris, Courtney LeFevre, Emily Daybell, Kara Stoddard, Amanda Sly, Maddi Stahlie, Amy Tingey, Cami Sumsion, and Brooke Caswell.

The girls are looking forward to playing their next game so they can get redemption. Mr. Kindrick said, “We are really athletic and willing to work hard.” Cami Sumsion, ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “The basketball team is way awesome!” The girls’ basketball team is looking forward to finishing their season and how it turns out. Keep up the hard work!

Mixing Music With DJ Creative

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Ernesto Sandoval, ninth-grade student at Sringville Junior High school, is a DJ. He and his brohter have their own DJ business called “Luz Y Sonido” which translated into English means “Light and Sound.” Erney has been a DJ for only about a couple of months. He uses is a laptop, turntables, mixers, speakers and a program called Virtual DJ. “They’re pretty expensive, but really worth it,” said Erney.

Erney uses a lot of turntables and effects. He and his brother mostly put Mexican music into their performances because that’s what their customers mostly want. But they also mix in hip hop and reggaeton.  His DJ name is “DJ Creative” and “Luz Y Sonido” is going pretty well.  Erney said that they actually have quite a few customers and the places they mostly play are at quinceaneras, birthdays and weddings. “All have been satisfied with our work,” Erney informs. Unfortunately though, no one from this school has ever seen Erney and his brother perform.

DJ stands for “Disc Jockey.” Several techniques are used by DJ’s as means to better mix and blend recorded music. The role of selecting and playing recorded music for an audience is the same for every disc jockey. The selected music, the audience, the setting, the preferred medium, and the level of sophistication of sound manipulation are factors that differentiate the various DJ types.

Learning about calories in Mr. Chambers's class

Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer

Hasn’t everyone thought about a healthy way to lose or gain weight? Well, in Mr. Ryan Chambers's health class students are learning how to both gain and lose weight. Mr. Chambers is teaching his students what will help people lose weight in a healthy way, limiting calories slowly will help with weight loss.  To gain weight, people should slowly start eating more and drink all-natural juice like orange juice or apple juice.

Mr. Chambers likes to teach this subject because he likes to help the kids know that there are other options other than anorexia or bulimia. But he also wants students to know how to gain weight in a healthy way, but not get unhealthy by eating everything they see. Mr. Chambers said, “It’s scary to think that the number one killer is heart disease, and it is something that can be prevented by regulating the nutrients we put into our bodies.”

SJHS Orchestra Students Use Technology to Become Better Musicians

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Kalin Stewart takes a playing test using Smart Music.

One of the hardest and scariest things about orchestra and band class is taking playing tests.  A playing test is when a student plays a specific song for the teacher, and the teacher grades on how well that student has played.  Dr. Samuel Tsugawa’s orchestra classes at SJHS have a new way of doing playing tests.  They record their playing tests on a computer, and then send them to Dr. Tsugawa using the Internet. This is done using a program called Smart Music.
Smart Music not only records students when they play, but it shows students how well they have done before they send the piece to Dr. Tsugawa.  Students can get the music online or Dr. Tsugawa can scan music into the computer.  Then, when students play, it shows red notes for notes played incorrectly, green notes for notes played correctly, and notes that were not played at all are black. It also plays the sounds of the rest of the orchestra. According to Dr. Tsugawa, this is very useful because students can hear everyone else and know if they are right or wrong. He also likes Smart Music because “I am able to listen to and correct playing tests on my own time, and I can see mistakes more easily.” Another bonus feature of Smart Music: It contains a metronome and a tuner to help you practice rhythm and intonation correctly.
Many students enjoy using Smart Music, and prefer it to the old way of doing playing tests.  Quinn Alleman, a ninth grader in the orchestra program, said, “It’s nice because there are no other people watching you, and it makes practicing at home more fun.”  Reid Dwiggins, an eighth grader who uses Smart Music, said, “It’s great because you don’t have to bring your music home.” It is even useful for kids who don’t wish to buy the program. Dr. Tsugawa has set up several computers for students to take playing tests during class time and before school.  Alexis Fischer, an eighth grader in orchestra, said that she likes this because “We don’t have to play in front of the class.” However, there are some drawbacks to this way of doing playing tests. According to her, you don’t get quite as much time on Smart Music as you would like.  But, all in all, Smart Music is a great way to take playing tests and practice.

Team Captain Jantzen Dalley Motivates Team through Season

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer
Jantzen Dalley, team captain

Twelve people made the boys basketball team this year, and two of those twelve were voted as team captains. One of those captains is Jantzen Dalley. Jantzen loves basketball; he has been playing basketball since he was in third grade and has loved it from the beginning. This year he made the junior high school basketball team. Before the third practice, the team voted on team captains for the year. Mr. Shaun Blakey, basketball team head coach, told the team, “You should vote for someone who you think will be a good leader, will be able to push you to your limits and make us a better team as a whole.”

Jantzen said, for him, basketball is the best sport because, “It’s a high intensity, quick paced, fun game,” When he went to one of the games last year he said he thought the intensity level was a lot higher than his accelerated games which made him look forward to playing on the team even more than before.

His basketball idol is Michael Jordan, with LeBron James as a close second. The reason Michael is ahead of LeBron is because he was the best there ever was, and Jantzen wants to be the best there ever was.


Educating for 41 years at SJHS

Brooke Seaton, SJHS Staff Writer

This year at SJHS a teacher is spending her 41st year educating. This teacher is Mrs. Vonnie Burton. Mrs. Burton teaches English, which most enjoy because of her. Mrs. Burton has fun things planned for her students. “All sorts of ‘PUNishment’.” She joked.

Maddie Joyner, an eighth-grade student, said that Mrs. Burton always has jokes to tell. But it’s not just the students that have nice things to say. “My favorite thing is my students,” Mrs. Burton said. Mrs. Burton said that it is her calling to teach.

Maddie said that her class is “very easy and very fun.” Eighth-grade students are learning about Edger Allan Poe. They have been finding out about his life, and will be reading some of his work.

Ninth graders are reading Romeo and Juliet, the tragic and classic story written by William Shakespeare. After 41 years, students and faculty hope Mrs. Burton will stay at SJHS much longer.