Amazing counselor at SJHS

Attributions: 
Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Monica Distefano, ninth grade counselor at SJHS.

    Throughout their junior high years, some students have personal problems big or small, and there is a group of dedicated people who are always there to help out with problems.  That group of people is the counselors.

Mrs. Monica Distefano is a very well-known and loved counselor at  Springville Junior High. Throughout the past three years she has helped many teenagers who either have personal problems or are just feeling unhappy about life. Whatever the reason, she is always prepared to talk to them.

"I have enjoyed counseling because I get to know a lot of students very well," said Mrs. Distefano. A lot of people are not familiar with the fact that these were her first three years actually counseling full time, whereas before she was only counseling half time.

"There has not been one thing I have not liked about these kids," said Mrs. Distefano.  Students are at times shy or aggressive when they have to talk to a counselor, but she has liked all of the students that go in and out of her office, looking for advice or to transfer classes.

"I didn’t really expect a certain thing from any of the students," said Mrs. Distefano. With every new set of kids a counselor gets, some expect great others expect not so great things, but Mrs. Distefano did not, and that’s why she learned to get along with all the students.  She talked to them and also grew to be loved by all of them.

Snowboarding in the greatest snow on earth

Attributions: 
Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer

Utah has the greatest snow on earth, and winter sports here are taken pretty seriously.  For example, snowboarding is one of the sports that a lot of people do around the globe.  It is where you ride a board side ways, and you have to figure out how to turn, stop, and how to go faster.

Utah has a lot of places people can visit and have a good time on the slopes. There is Sundance, Canyons, Alta, and Snowbird, jus tot name a few.  Those are pretty popular places in Utah.  Chelsea Ricks, ninth grader at Springville Junior High School, said, “I love snow boarding. I love the snow, the mountain, and the outdoors. I hope I can go this year.” Jacob DeRosia, eighth grader at SJHS, has been snow boarding almost his whole life. He said, “I love it. I like the high speeds and all the risks you have to take. I usually go around ten to fourteen times a year.” 

So if anyone hasn’t ever been snow boarding, this year would be a great year to try it. So, as you can see, it is loved by some people.

After School Writing Lab at SJHS

Attributions: 
Cody Woolsey SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Mikesell is one of the English teachers who supervises the after school writing lab at Springville Junior High.

Most students at Springville Junior High have not yet heard of the important news - there is an after school writing lab for students. Students can use this writing lab to finish assignments on computers or get help on their writing assignments.

“The writing lab is everyday after school from 2:40-3:30 except Wednesday,” explained Mr. Mikesell, an English teacher at Springville Junior High, “We have English teachers there everyday. They can help you with any writing assignment, and can help you learn how to use computers.” The supervisors are Ms. Neeley, Mrs. Bass, Mr. Mikesell, and Mrs. Rice, all English teachers at Springville Junior High. They are there the whole time to help students with anything they need.

According to Mr. Mikesell, the environment in the writing lab is a very calm, peaceful, laid back environment where students can get their work done with very little interruption. It’s a place where, teachers hope students can feel calm and know that they can get help if they need it.

In the past, very few students have shown up to the writing lab. This is its second year being used and the supervisors hope that this year more students will show up.

“The writing lab is in room 22 – a computer lab; there are plenty of available computers for students to use, if needed,” explained Ms. Bass. If you need to finish your writing assignments or need help understanding how to use computers for school, the writing lab is the place for you!

Orchestra 101

Attributions: 
Julie Barbosa SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Tsugawa teaches his 8th grade orchestra class.

Have you ever wandered through the halls and heard the beautiful melody of the violin? Or perhaps the viola, cello, of bass? Here at Springville Junior High, hearing an instrument isn’t hard to come by.

Mr. Tsugawa not only teaches 96 students at the junior high, but he also teaches many more students at Springville High School. For 21 years he’s been busy spending half days at both schools, and the students have nothing bad to say. Eighth Grader Hayde Blanco said, “He’s really fun, there are lots of things to love about orchestra.”

Mr. Tsugawa is well known for his fun songs and teaching skills. Orchestra is one of the few classes were no text books are needed, so this class isn’t hard to love. Ninth Grader Elizabeth Elloit, who has been playing the violin for four years, said, “His class is really fun and we learn a lot.” With his European Melodies and American songs, students learn a lot about different cultures and religions.

The orchestra students have a lot to look forward and prepare for because every two to four years high school orchestra students have the opportunity to perform at California’s Disneyland. This opportunity helps encourage students to work and have the chance to perform at a real stage.

The Sunroc Lions win… again

Attributions: 
Jacob DeRosia SJHS Staff Writer
Sunroc Lions facing the Payson Giants...It’s a bad idea to come into the Lion’s den.

Last Tuesday evening the streets of Springville were quieter than normal. Of course! That’s why; the Sunroc Lions faced an intimidating opponent: The Payson Giants.

Immediately after the Reams Badgers defeated their opponent, the Lions took the field and amazed crowds from the start. From amazing kicks to two touchdowns within the first half, the Lions kept the crowd in their seats for the duration of the game.

Although they won, Tyler Sumsion, a player on the team, said, “We did really well in the first half, but in the second half we could have given 80% more effort.” Many SJHS students showed up for the football game and all said it was the best game so far.

 

As the quarterback soon found out, mistakes can be to your advantage. Late in the second half, the announcer said, “The pass is a beauty! Wait, what has happened here?! The ball carrier is the quarterback!! He threw to himself!”  As the audience was trying to figure out what had happened, the announcer said, “The pass was tipped of toward the quarterback!”

Though the audience got a good laugh out of it, the boomerang pass was short lived. And people wanted to see who would win the game. At the end of the day, the Lions had a great game, and won 24- 20

SJHS Journalism Class is Back

Attributions: 
Jacob Simmons SJHS Staff Writer
Your informers from SJHS. (See below for listing of names)

With the new school year, Springville Junior High School has a new journalism class to bring you information about the school and its surroundings.
 
The journalism class is taught by Ms. Tiffanie Miley, who also teaches seventh grade English. “I enjoy teaching journalism because it's a class with an immediate real-life application,” said Ms. Miley. She continued to say that because of the real-life nature of the class, it motivates her students to do their best work. Surely, many teachers would like that.

Students enjoy the class too, Jack Setzer, a journalism student, said one of his favorite things about the class was going out to interview students and teachers. Kara Dunn, another member of the class, said, “I love this class, and being able to move at our own pace while writing about what we want.”  Max Schreiner, another member, said he enjoyed being able to move at his own pace too.
 
As a class, the journalism students brainstorm a list of things that are going on at the school, and around the school. They then choose a topic they want to write about, brainstorm about the topic, and gather information through interviews. Following the interviews, the students, draft, edit, and review each others work, and finally e-mail their article to Ms. Miley who submits the best articles to Springville Herald.
 
“We love the young people who write for the Springville Herald,” said Pat Conover, an editor for the Herald. SJHS finds their articles in the paper rather often, much to the liking of the students, and their mentor, Ms. Miley.
 
For the first time in several years, this semester's Journalism class is going to publish and distribute a paper to the students during school. 

Pictured: Front row, left to right:  Jacob Simmons, Spencer Duncan, Jennifer Galindo, Kara Dunn,  and Jack Setzer.  Second row:  Brooke Seaton, Morgan Bowser, Shyenaia Luna, Jacob DeRosia, and Cody Woolsey.  Third row:  Chelsea Ricks, Katya Wagstaff, Julie Barbosa, Hayde Blanco, Christopher Taylor.  Back row:  Max Schreiner, Andrew Garza, Kaleb Barnum, Sarah Jensen, Jose Martinez, and Kenia Martinez.

Mrs. Maughan: New English Teacher at SJHS

Attributions: 
Morgan Bowser SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Koriane Maughan with eighth graders Haleigh Payne, Jordan Treasure and Chancy Conger.

Mrs. Koriane Maughan is a new eighth grade English teacher at Springville Junior High. She has also taught at Salem Hills High School and Lehi High school. She hopes this year she can help her students get excited about English.

The reason why Mrs. Maughan decided to teach is because she had a summer job as a dance teacher; she had so much fun teaching girls to dance that she realized she wanted to do it for a career. She decided to teach English because it was something she enjoyed at school.

According to Mrs. Maughan, the reason why she loves teaching is because she “laughs at work everyday because kids have such fun personalities.”  According to Jehni McNeil, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, “Mrs. Maughan is very enthusiastic about everything we do.”

Outside of school Mrs. Maughan enjoys playing softball; she is even in a league. She also enjoys golf and dancing; she has been a dance teacher at Stars Studio in Salem and Dance Central in Springville.

This Fall's SJHS Student Council

Attributions: 
Chelsea Ricks SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS Fall Semester Student Council, left to right: Jace Hartman, Katie Bair, Sara Ripley and Cami Sumsion

As the school starts, students are getting ready for another great year at SJHS, with the help of the new student council. Student council for the first half of the year is Jace Hartman, president, Cami Sumsion, Sara Ripley, and Katie Bair, vice presidents. These students serve the school for half the year.

Students on the council “serve the school and work on projects,” Sara Ripley said, “We are supposed to be examples to the school, and encourage responsibility and kindness.”

“Student council is fun,” Jace Hartman said, “We make the school fun, and we make contributions to the school.” Student council takes Service Learning where they do service projects for the school and the community. They also learn how to be a better council. They learn how to give ideas for the school's behalf. The student council learns how to be successful learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizen, so they can be the best council.   

The students got on the council because they campaigned last year and gave reasons why they should be on the council. Some of the responsibilities of student council members are, “Decorating for the dances, doing service projects, coming to the administration with concerns and suggestions, and doing the pledge of allegiance on Mondays,” said assistant principal Mr. David Knudsen.

SJHS Golf Team

Attributions: 
Max Schreiner SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS Golf Team, front row left to right: Radley Nelson, Allan Maughan and Cooper Fullmer. Back row: Coach Dallin Krebs, Kyle Englund and Zach Droubay.

The most exciting thing for a golfer is making the golf team. This year the golf team members consist of eighth graders Gregg Davis, Allan Maughan, Gabe Hargett, Radley Nelson, Cooper Fullmer, Kyle England, Zachary Droubay, and ninth grader Tanner Bunnell.

The golf team practices at Hobble Creek Golf Course every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., but “team members are strongly encouraged to practice on their own during the week,” said Coach Dallin Krebs, who is also a math teacher at Springville Junior High.

There are four tournaments each season plus districts which is where the winning school will be determined. Zachary Droubay, golf team member, said he joined the golf team, “Because it’s awesome!” He also remarked that Mr. Krebs has taught him a lot of things. The golf team had their first tournament on Monday, September 14, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at Hobble Creek Golf Course.

Ready, Get Set, Audition at SJHS!

Attributions: 
Katya Wagstaff SJHS Journalism Staff

Students at SJHS have the opportunity to audition for this school year’s musical sometime in January or February.  Not every student has what it takes to be a drama queen (or king).  But if a student really wants to, it is suggested that they have a good voice, and take dance lessons of any kind. 

Last year, the musical The Fiddler on the Roof, was in the fall.  But that means auditioning at the end of the previous school year, and rehearsals in the summer.  This year the musical will be in the spring.  According to Mrs. Leslie Walker, the choir director at SJHS, and the soon-to-be school musical director, “Depending on the play (I pick), the auditions will either be near the end of January or the beginning of February.”

The reason students audition or don’t audition normally depends on what musical will be presented.  Mrs. Walker has been choosing between High School Musical Jr. and Bye Bye Birdie.  

What if Mrs. Walker chooses High School Musical Junior?  Students have different opinions about High School Musical.  Kaity Hansen, an eighth grader, said, “I love it! It’s my favorite movie!”  The reason students like or don’t like High School Musical could have something to do with Zac Efron, who plays Troy Bolton in the movie. 

Another change taking place with the school musical is that Mapleton will not be invited to audition because they are doing a Shakespeare production at the same time.  That also means that Mrs. Erin Bailey, the Mapleton choir teacher, will not be helping this year like she did the last school year. 

What is a school musical without choreography and a choreographer? The choreographer for this upcoming production will be Ms. Tyne Valgardsen, who choreographed Beauty and the Beast three years ago. 

Being in the school musical can be an awesome experience for students.  It’s a chance to meet new people, learn new things and come outside of their comfort zone.

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