Getting Published at SJHS

Cody Woolsey SJHS Staff Writer
Kaleb Barnum, Andrew Garza, and Max Schreiner, all journalism students at SJHS.

The first school newspaper was a big hit around the school. But many students school-wide do not know the hard work and dedication it took to write all of the articles and publish it into a newspaper. Read on to learn about the process it took to make the newspaper.

“We had to wait almost the entire first term before we had enough articles to publish into a newspaper,” said Max Schreiner, a journalism student at SJHS. The process of making a single article takes about a week. It starts with journalism students picking an article topic, then they brainstorm ideas for your article like who can be interviewed and what you need to know.

Next, journalism students interview people who have something to do with their chosen topic. Then they use an "inverted pyramid," which looks like an upside-down pyramid to plan out their article in order of importance, with the most important information being shared at the beginning of the article.

After planning out the article, journalism students then write the first draft; but that’s not the end of it. After that they get a "Peer Review" which is when one of the fellow journalism students read the article and make sure it is ready for the second draft. They then get their article edited by another student, and after making all their changes, turn their article to Ms. Miley for the final editing and grading process.

"I don't grade too hard--I just make sure that the basic requirements for news writing are met.  But I do edit pretty carefully since our articles end up in the newspaper," explained Ms. Tiffanie Miley, the journalism teacher at SJHS. After students get their articles back, they take a picture and email Ms. Miley their finalized article.  Ms. Miley formats the school newspaper and sends it to the Springville Herald, who then sends it to the printer.

"When I see my article published in the paper I feel excited,” said Jacob DeRosia, another Journalism student at SJHS, “it’s pretty cool to see something you wrote in a newspaper.” Even though it’s a lot of work to get the newspaper up and running, it’s very rewarding in the end. We enjoy your comments on the newspaper and hope you enjoy the new ones to come!

The Artistic Side of English

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer
Seventh graders in Ms. Neeley's English class sharing their poetry.

When most students think of English, they think of reading books, writing essays, and doing reports. However, in Ms. Rachel Neeley’s class, poetry is their focus right now.

“I love poetry; it’s like the artistic side to English,” Celeborn Stringham, a seventh grade student in Ms. Neeley’s class, explained.

“I love teaching poetry.” Ms. Neeley explained, “It allows students to be creative, poetry is also lots of fun because it’s a very different type of writing. I hope that students learn how to use figurative language effectively in their writing. I also hope that students gain an appreciation for poetry.”

Students in Ms. Neeley’s class write poetry and then turn it into her for her edit and advice. She explained that reading the poems her students write was her favorite part of the poetry unit. “I’m always so impressed with that my students write,” she explained.

Not everyone is good at the same things. Some students prefer other language arts activities, while others love writing poetry. “Teaching poetry allows some students to shine.” Ms. Neeley said, “It’s fun to try new things, even if you’re not good at them.”

Lights and Sound Crew help assemblies succeed at SJHS

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Jonathan Luther and Jordan Robinson,two members of the light and sound crew, are shown here working inside the light booth.

Imagine if you went to a concert or play, but you couldn’t see or hear the performers.  The lights and sounds crew’s job at SJHS is to make sure this does not happen.  They are in charge of all the lights and sounds in plays, concerts and assemblies.   The seven students on the crew are directed by Mr. Shawn Hatfield, a biology teacher at SJHS.

Being on the lights and sound crew can present some challenges. According to Jonathan Luther, an eight grader on the crew, it’s really hard to memorize all the knobs, switches, sliders and buttons. You also have to be able to think fast when something goes wrong, since you can’t stop an assembly when a light won’t turn on or a microphone breaks.  Another difficultly of serving on the crew is that there are concerts, plays, and other after school programs.  Students on the crew could have to do something at almost any time of day, from five’ o clock in the morning to ten’ o clock at night.

The kids on the lights and sound crew are given a lot of responsibility, but they get a lot of privileges as well.  They get to get out of class, and sometimes they will miss a whole day of school to do a play or special assembly.  Jordan Robinson, a ninth grader on the crew, said, “I like doing lights and sound because it makes me feel like I am in control, and I get to be with some of my friends.” 

According to Jonathan, one of the most enjoyable parts of being on the crew is working with Mr. Hatfield.  He said that Mr. Hatfield is “fun to joke around with.”  According to Jordan, Mr. Hatfield is always willing to help the students on the crew with anything they need.  Mr. Hatfield said, “I enjoy seeing the success of kids in plays. Lights and sound is one of the things that makes a play a success.” He has been helping the lights and sound crew for 10 years.

Wheel of Prizes

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer

Fridays at Springville Junior High are always fun because Friday is the day we spin the wheel at lunch. For most students, Friday is the day they get their awesome prizes such as iPods, chips, fifteen and five dollar gift cards to Wal-Mart, Yuda Bands, one dollar bills, and coming soon, Krispy Kreme Doughnut gift cards.

To spin the wheel students must get ten stickers from teachers and then they can spin. Teachers give out stickers to students for many reasons.  Students receive stickers for being effective communicators, responsible citizens, successful learners, having good attendance, and high test scores. Mr. Shaun Blakey, SJHS counselor, said, “Teachers can also give out stickers for whatever they feel students deserve them for.” When students receive stickers they can put them into their planner on the page marked for stickers, and after they receive ten stickers they can take their planner filled with stickers and spin the wheel.

The counselors and Mr. David Knudsen, assistant principal, are in charge of the wheel with little help from the student council. Students spin the prize wheel at lunch and then go to the front office and pick up their prizes after school. Kaitie Bair, a student at SJHS, said “I’ve only spun once and got a candy bar, but other kids get the big prizes like iPods and gift cards.”

So, just reminder students every Friday bring your planners and be ready to spin!

Shakespeare is Back in English Classes at SJHS

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Bass and her class discuss "Romeo and Juliet."

Mrs. Elizabeth Bass’s ninth-grade English class is taking a step back in time to the late fifteen hundreds, to the time when Shakespeare was the writer of the century. 

“We’re starting a unit on the play, 'Romeo and Juliet.'” Mrs. Bass explained, “Typically all ninth-grade English teachers explore this play; I think it’s fun to study because there are lots of things that students can relate to.”   

“It’s fun to learn about this kind of stuff, and about Shakespeare’s life,” Madeline Alishbah, a ninth grade student said. 

The class is not only studying the play “Romeo and Juliet” but they are also learning about the time period of Shakespeare. “We’re learning about how they used to speak and are insulting people in that language,” Madeline explained.

“Shakespeare is one of my favorite authors,” Mrs. Bass explained. “I’m really passionate about teaching anything Shakespeare.” 

Mrs. Bass's enthusiasm must be contagious, because her stduents are enjoying the play as well.  “I like learning about Shakespeare,” Madeline explained. “It’s fun to learn about a different culture and how different it used to be.”

Mrs. Jackson, Teacher and Friend at Springville Junior High

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Marthea Jackson is a math teacher at Springville Junior High, as well as a friend to her fellow faculty members and the students she has taught in the past.

Mrs. Jackson started her teaching career at Springville Junior High fourteen years ago and has loved every minute of teaching. “I love how everyday is different; the experiences we have everyday in class, watching a kid be so happy that they did well on a math test when they didn’t think they would.”

Mrs. Jackson never thought she would be a math teacher until she got into college. “I took a class about education, and both my parents were teachers. I got hooked.”

Tyler Bartholomew, a seventh grade student of Mrs. Jackson’s, described her as “awesomely awesome.”  He went on to say, “I love playing math games in her class.”

After fourteen years of teaching here, Mrs. Jackson has not gotten tired of teaching math. “I feel so old. Students I had when I first started teaching are now married with kids of their own. Crazy!  I love my job. I love the interaction with the kids and being able to teach them more than just math. It’s hard being a teenager, and it’s nice to help students realize how smart they really are,” Mrs. Jackson explained.

Mr. Booth: director of band

Sarah Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Booth playing the clarinet with the band students.

Mr. David Booth is the band teacher at Springville Junior High and has been teaching for 14 years at SJHS. “I’ve always been drawn to all kinds of music, rock, jazz, R&B,” said Mr. Booth. According to Mr. Booth, his high school wrestling coach and math teacher, Mr. Hilderman, was a big influence on him becoming a teacher.

The band students love band. Paige Smith, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I like how I get to express myself through music; Mr. Booth is a great teacher!” When people think of band they usually think of music. The band members play many different kinds of music like rock, Christmas, jazz, classical and much more.

If  a person wants to be a band teacher they would have to be able to play many instruments. Mr. Booth plays all the instruments in band; he has played brass longer than the others. Mr. Booth said, “My mom tells me that when she was pregnant with me, she used to rock in a rocking chair listening to the Beatles, and I would kick her stomach along with the music!”

Mr. Booth believes in hard work, however, he enjoys a good laugh every once in a while.  He loves teaching at Springville Junior High, and he looks forward to many years to come. He says the students at Springville Junior are the best!!!

Students vs. Teachers: Flag Football

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Students watch the annual flag football game at SJHS.

Every year at Springville Junior High there is a special event:  students vs. teachers flag football.  Each year, students think they will win but are always proven wrong.

“There are six teams, five student teams and one teacher team; the overall winner is the team that has the most wins," said Mr. Brian Rice.  Even though it seems like the student would have an advantage with more student, the teachers are usually  the victors because they are bigger, smarter and more handsome than the students, as Mr. Rice put it.

The flag football game consists of ten minute games and whoever accumulates the most wins is the winner. "It was fun and unexpected," said Dan Nava, student at Springville Junior High School.  Students have always been willing to challenge the teachers in everything, whether it is in sports, academic progress or just life. The students always want a new challenge.

“Hopefully the students will just have fun,’’ said Mr. Rice.  The game was held on Tuesday, November 10th and the teachers won again, undefeated.

Students Test Their Artistic Ability in Chinese

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

The Chinese class at Springville Junior High School is having a contest. Students made posters, and these posters will be entered into a contest sponsored by the Utah Foreign Language Association. The theme this year is “One Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures”.

“I will be awarding a prize at the school level, and then the winner of the school will be entered into the statewide contest which will be judged November 5th,” Mrs. Debra Wells, teacher of the Chinese class, explained. The students will not be graded on artistic ability, but on whether or not they made an effort and followed the theme. Since this is for Utah Foreign Language Association, contest participants are just supposed to choose any foreign language and interpret the theme on their poster with the chosen language. But many students chose to do it on the Chinese language and culture.

Brandon Brundage, a ninth-grade student of Mrs. Wells, was for a long time unsure what he was going to do for this contest. He said, “ I’m excited, because I want money, and this contest will let me bring out my creativity.”

The prize for first place of the state-level contest is two-hundred and fifty dollars. Second place prize at state-level is one-hundred and fifty dollars. In addition, the schools of all winning posters will be rewarded one-hundred and fifty dollars for their foreign language programs.

At the school level, Mrs. Wells will be giving a prize, either gift certificate or cash. First place will be worth twenty dollars and the second place will be worth five dollars. Students voted on November 3rd for their favorite piece. Teachers will also vote for the best, and then they take the winner to the state level contest for the chance to win.

The winners class winners have been chosen and the first place winner was Jenny Monico, eigth grade student. second place was Hannah Reinhart, eighth grade student, and third place was Kat Smith, ninth grade student. Jenny’s project was sent on to the state contest.

SJHS Students Learn from Ms. Miley

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
The journalism class taking a break from writing articles.

Ms. Tiffanie Miley teaches seventh grade Language Arts, Reading for Enjoyment, and the Journalism class at SJHS; she is a very busy teacher! Ms. Miley decided to become teacher because of her good teachers in high school. She enjoyed to reading so decided to teach English. She loves coming to work everyday, and considers herself lucky to have a job she enjoys.

This is Ms. Miley's eleventh year at SJHS, and she chose to teach here because, “There are so many good kids at the junior high!” Morgan Bowser, a student in Ms. Miley’s class, thinks that she is a nice teacher and is very patient. Max Schreiner, another student that has Ms. Miley, thinks she has “good teaching strategies and she also is very helpful.”

Ms. Miley likes teaching Language Arts because, “We get to read fun books together and the seventh graders are very easy to like.” Ms. Miley helps her students learn reading strategies and better writing techniques. 

She enjoys journalism because the students are very “self motivated.” In journalism the students write about things that are going on at our school, Springville Junior High. If the article, meets all of the expectations the students ave the opportunity to be published in the Springville Herald Newspaper.

The Reading for Enjoyment class reads their own books. They then discuss the different books they are reading and what they enjoy about them. Ms. Miley, with all those classes, is a great teacher in all of them!