Books, books and more books at Springville Junior High

Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Brimhall and TA Bronson Bartholomew.

Have you been to a library? The smell of leather and dusty pages of a book.  Well, at Springville Junior High this place is more than a library. Everyday before and after school hours, students are welcome to come to the library. Here students can explore the computers and the thousands of books open to them.

Mr. Gary Brimhall has been working at the junior high for seven years, and said, “I absolutely encourage the students to use the library. Reading helps learning in all subjects.”   But Mr. Brimhall isn’t alone in running the library. At Springville Junior, students have the opportunity to become TA’s, or teacher assistants, to help the teachers grade homework or run errands.   One of the library’s assistants is eighth grader Bronson Bartholomew.  “I encourage students to use the library, because they don’t have to pay for books. Also if you leave a TV show you can never come back, but books are always there,” Bronson said.  The library doesn’t just have books, it also has computers, tables and a copy room. Students can check out books with their student ID card and number, but the library has more than just textbooks to offer. Mr. Brimhall said, “We have everything, fantasy, mystery, biographies, history and lots more.”

With everything the junior high library has to offer, students are encouraged to use the library. And with talk of a new Springville Junior High coming soon let’s hope it comes with an awesome library too. 

Peer Court Starting Soon at SJHS

Jacob Simmons, SJHS Staff Writer

For many years now Springville Junior High School has successfully held a peer court in their government and law class. Soon the class plans to reopen the court system for this year.

According to Mr. David Hansen, the government and law instructor, the class plans to start the court within the next two to three weeks. “We are working on the Constitution and on opening and closing statements. Once we finish with that we plan to open the court.”

The court is run completely by the students who act as the bailiffs, clerks, attorneys, and judges. When the class gets a viable complaint, the attorneys are sent out to interview possible witnesses. They then draft opening statements which are given as if in a real court of a law. The trials continue as real trials do, with questioning of witnesses in front of the judges. The attorneys give the closing statements and the student judges make a fair ruling.

Trials are held for many things, from swearing to stealing binders. “We hold trials for the minor things,” Mr. Hansen said. He explained that if a situation is serious, it is handed over to the principal or other appropriate personnel.

To get a trial, students need to pick up a referral sheet from the front office. On the paper, they explain what happened, as well as other students that witnessed the event. They then submit the sheet to Mr. Hansen, who determines if it is a real case, and then runs it through the court with his class.

“The greatest thing about the court is that it gives students the opportunity to control their own destiny,” said Mr. Hansen. The court has had much success with this in the past by giving students the chance to give proper punishment to their offenders.

Snack Shack is Closed Down!

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer
Students at SJHS having fun at lunch.

Many Springville Junior High students remember the snack shack in the lunch room. Well, this year the snack shacks were closed district-wide by the Food Service Administration.

The Food Service Administration closed the snack shack down because they decided to make a new and healthier lunch line. This lunch line will serve things like apples, oranges, bananas, salad shakers, milk, nachos and breadsticks with marinara sauce. Meals are determined by the district, where they follow the guidelines set out by the Federal Government.

Mrs. Debbie Messick, Springville Junior High lunch clerk, said, “I enjoyed the options that we used to have in the room, but this will be a good thing.” Savannah Bowers, a student here at Springville Junior High, said, “I think it will be a great idea because students get more options to choose from.” The district is trying to make healthier choices available to students in the school.

The Teacher of Technology: Mr. Rencher

Jack Setzer, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Rencher

Springville Junior High has been a very lucky school since 1992, because Mr. David Rencher has been a teacher here for eighteen years. He says he enjoys his job of teaching technology classes. No wonder, before he was a teacher, he said he wanted to be an architect and a carpenter, among other things. Mr. Rencher “has a good mind about technology,” according to Oscar Portillo, a former student of Mr. Rencher’s.

Mr. Rencher’s classes are part of a state program called Career and Technical Education (CTE). In CTE, students learn about different things they can do when they grow up and how they can do them. Mr. Rencher teaches about careers involving things like construction, architecture, design, and some other things, like film-making.

Writing Character Sketches in Mr. Mikesell’s Class

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Miksell teaching his 7th grade English class.

Have you ever found it hard to tell someone that you appreciate them?  Seventh grade students in Mr. Trent Mikesell’s class at Springville Junior High recently did this by writing character sketches.  According to Mr. Mikesell, kids chose someone they admire, usually in their family, and wrote about their “appearance, actions, thoughts and feelings, even their speech.” They typed them in the computer lab. They printed the character sketches out and gave them to the person they wrote about.

Many students enjoyed this activity, and are excited to see the person when they get their character sketch.  Sean Tedrow, a student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, wrote about his brother Chandler. He said, “I wrote about him because he is my favorite brother, and he’s awesome!” He thinks his brother will be very excited to read his character sketch.  According to Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grade student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, all the people who get character sketches will be happy to see that the authors appreciate them.  As a bonus, the authors will become better at describing people when they write.

Learning More in Honors English

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Rice’s students prepare for a group discussion.

Do you remember those essays you had to do when you were in school? Well writing here at Springville Junior High isn’t too hard to find. Especially for those students who would like to have a better understanding and were brave enough to take Honors English.

Honors English here is taught by only one teacher, and that teacher is Mrs. Mary Rice. According to her, in Honors English students have more choices than students in other English classes. Instead of Mrs. Rice choosing what the class will study, it is, “Whatever the students decide to do,” said Mrs. Rice. “Students pick from a reading list and the subject that has the most votes is what they get to work on.”

Ninth-graders Whitney Norman and D.J. Barnes both agree that their favorite thing they have worked on is reading Dracula. Whitney said, “Reading it as a class helps me understand it more than when I read it alone.” 

People may think that Honors English is a class where they do nothing but work, but students sure do like this class. Whitney said, “It’s just a lot of fun!”  D.J. also likes the teacher. D.J. said, “She interacts with her students more than any other teacher I have met.”

Mrs. Rice has a lot of fun projects planned out for the students in Honors English. According to Mrs. Rice, these projects will be writing, dramatic and presentational projects. So think again, maybe Honors English is a class that eighth grade students might want to take.

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.