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!

Another Term Begins

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer

As the first term comes to an end at Springville Junior High, another one starts right back up. For students this is an opportunity to get it right the second term; students like Kaleb Barnum, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “it’s a fresh start, all my grades are A’s.”

During term two, many students are bound and determined to get better grades from last term. Mr. Shaun Blakey, school counselor, said that one way to get better grades is to “Just do it!” He also suggested that students stay organized and use the writing and math labs after school if they fall a little behind.

The second term and the fourth term are both 45 days long, two of the shorter terms. But the second term includes more holidays, which means more days off which for students is one thing to look forward.  Term two began on November 2, 2009 and will conclude January 14, 2010 

Making Treasure Chests in Woodshop

Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Rencher helps Trevor Pool and Camren Partridge with their treasure chests in woodshop.
Jacob Davenport measures the boards for his chest.
Mayra Martin and Bianca Caraveo in the woodshop room.

Mr. David Rencher’s woodshop class is doing a class project. Their class project is to make their own individual chest that is the size of a treasure chest. It will take about the whole second term. Students have to take many safety tests so that Mr. Rencher knows that they will be safe in the shop. Students have to use saws, big machines, blades, and a lot of stuff that can hurt anyone. So students have to take a safety test for every machine that they will use.

Students have to take pieces of wood and turn it into a chest. There are many steps that need to be done. Students pick their own pieces of wood and make it into a treasure chest with the help of Mr. Rencher. But when they are done with it, it should look like a real live treasure chest.

Mr. Rencher, teacher at SJHS, said, “I love doing this project. It is educational, and it teaches students the importance of being safe with the tools, and it is fun.”  At the end of the term the students in woodshop will have their own box. Zach Hansen, an eighth grade student at SJHS, said, “Woodshop is the bomb!!” So if anyone hasn’t done woodshop, they should definitely give it a try.

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.