SJHS kids compete in Cross Country

Attributions: 
Christopher Taylor SJHS Staff Writer
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At Springville Junior High, there are a lot of opportunities for sports. One of these is Cross Country.  Cross Country is basically long distance running.  Kids compete in one and a half mile meets each week on Thursdays. On Monday through Wednesday they practice, usually running two to four miles each day.  Ms. Carrie Parker, the aerobics and body conditioning teacher, coaches the team.  All grades can run and compete.
 
Kids on the Cross Country team run about three and a half to four hours each week. Sometimes they do special activities, like hill sprints. In hill sprints kids run up a steep hill as fast as they can several times. Most kids think it is hard, but worth it.  Spencer Duncan, an eight grader on the team, said that they are good “because they get you used to running hills.” Kids are challenged each day. Owen Gardner, another eighth grader, said that “You use your physical ability and your mental ability to keep going.”

Kids have lots of fun in Cross Country. Alex Hawker, a seventh grader, said that “Running clears my mind.”   Emily Daybell, one of the ninth graders on the team, said, “I love running to cool places.”
 
Ms. Parker is very enthusiastic about the team. She said, “We have a good turnout of a great group of runners. I love being a coach.” According to her, it is a great experience because she gets to watch runners get better at what they do.  
 
Many team members think that meets are an important and fun part of Cross Country.  There have been two meets so far. In both meets, the boys took first and the girls took third.  Unlike other sports, where how good the team does is based on whoever got in first, Cross Country depends on the five fastest runners on the team. Their placements are added together to give the team a score. The school with the lowest score wins. 
 
Many people are curious about how the new seventh grade team members will turn out.  Ms. Parker said, “The seventh graders are a strong addition to our team.”  Most seventh graders are glad to participate in Cross Country.  According to Alex, everyone has been very nice to the seventh graders even though they are new.

SJHS kids compete in Cross Country

Attributions: 
Christopher Taylor SJHS Staff Writer
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At Springville Junior High, there are a lot of opportunities for sports. One of these is Cross Country.  Cross Country is basically long distance running.  Kids compete in one and a half mile meets each week on Thursdays. On Monday through Wednesday they practice, usually running two to four miles each day.  Ms. Carrie Parker, the aerobics and body conditioning teacher, coaches the team.  All grades can run and compete.
 
Kids on the Cross Country team run about three and a half to four hours each week. Sometimes they do special activities, like hill sprints. In hill sprints kids run up a steep hill as fast as they can several times. Most kids think it is hard, but worth it.  Spencer Duncan, an eight grader on the team, said that they are good “because they get you used to running hills.” Kids are challenged each day. Owen Gardner, another eighth grader, said that “You use your physical ability and your mental ability to keep going.”

Kids have lots of fun in Cross Country. Alex Hawker, a seventh grader, said that “Running clears my mind.”   Emily Daybell, one of the ninth graders on the team, said, “I love running to cool places.”
 
Ms. Parker is very enthusiastic about the team. She said, “We have a good turnout of a great group of runners. I love being a coach.” According to her, it is a great experience because she gets to watch runners get better at what they do.  
 
Many team members think that meets are an important and fun part of Cross Country.  There have been two meets so far. In both meets, the boys took first and the girls took third.  Unlike other sports, where how good the team does is based on whoever got in first, Cross Country depends on the five fastest runners on the team. Their placements are added together to give the team a score. The school with the lowest score wins. 
 
Many people are curious about how the new seventh grade team members will turn out.  Ms. Parker said, “The seventh graders are a strong addition to our team.”  Most seventh graders are glad to participate in Cross Country.  According to Alex, everyone has been very nice to the seventh graders even though they are new.

Mr.Tsugawa, director of the Orchestra at SJHS

Attributions: 
Jennfer Darlenne Galindo Enriquez SJHS Staff Writer

The spotlight is on the Director of the Orchestra, Samuel Tsugawa, who has been teaching since 1987. He has enjoyed making music at both Springville Junior High and High School. “He’s outgoing, and not afraid of anything. He’s nice and very awesome,” Hayde Blanco, an orchestra student said. “I enjoyed making music all through junior high and high school. This experience in high school made me make up my mind to become a music teacher,” Mr. Tsugawa said.

Mr. Tsugawa attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1987. His first teaching job was in Hawaii, and then he moved back to Utah. He started teaching at Springville Junior High School and Springville High School in 1989.
 
“I like coming up with new ideas to help students learn and love music,” Mr.Tsugawa said.  Students appreciate Mr. Tsugawa and all that he teaches them. “Mr. Tsugawa is really funny. He likes to joke around a lot. He makes boring music really fun. He is a cool teacher,” said Sarah Jensen, another orchestra student.
 
Mr. Tsugawa grew up in Hawaii where no ethnic group made a majority at school. Mr. Tsugawa loves that there are a lot of different types of people at Springville Junior High School. “They learn to get along. It’s cool having so many types of friends,” said Mr. Tsugawa.
 
“Teaching was a great career choice,” said Mr. Tsugawa. Mr. Tsugawa spends at least 10 hours a day at school, planning lessons, practicing instruments, or doing homework. He also gets along with students but, he feels sorry for students who are not respectful, he thinks they will not reach their potential they could have and should try harder. “Most students turn out smart and respectful,” said Mr. Tsugawa.

Having fun & helping out in Service Learning!

Attributions: 
Jack Setzer SJHS Staff Writer
Shawnee Henderson, Liz White, and Taylor Martin make a poster in Service Learning.

Service Learning is a class that is all about doing service in the community and school.  Mrs. Diane Bird is the teacher. In a basement classroom at SJHS, the Service Learning class plans what to do and carry out their charitable plans. And they do it all because… they like doing service.

Mrs. Bird organizes her class by giving small groups of people different tasks, and boy, is there a lot to do! They make all the posters in the school, and they do announcements for all the school promotions. Also, they read to Third Graders at Brookside every Tuesday.

The Service Learning class also goes on special trips to the Humanitarian Center, the home for Senior Citizens and other service projects. They also “go to the forest service and help clean,” according to Cami Sumsion, one of Mrs. Bird’s students.

Students join the Service Learning class for different reasons. Some are on the student council, so joining is mandatory. Others like helping. When service learning student Oscar Portillo was asked why he joined, he replied, “This class is legit!”

Yearbook Class at SJHS

Attributions: 
Spencer Duncan SJHS Staff Writer
The 2009-2010 yearbook staff. Front row, left to right: Sadie Larsen, Jennifer Bate and Kristi Hatch. Middle row: Tyler Oman, Spencer Duncan and MacKenzie Pullman. Back row: Zach Droubay and Kyle Gashler.

Springville Junior High School has a fun class that designs the yearbook.  The teacher of this class is none other than Ms. Rachel Neeley, who is also a seventh grade English teacher.  Eight students take part in the Yearbook class for a full year. 

Ms. Neeley said the rules the staff follows are “Work hard, be respectful, and be responsible.”  Even though the staff has rules to follow, they also have privileges.  These include deciding what the yearbook is like and getting to do their assignments at their own pace.  Jennifer Bate, a yearbook staff member, said she wanted to be in the yearbook staff because “I thought it would be fun and a great way to express my ideas.”

Jennifer also explained that students will like the yearbook because “there are cool page features that will emphasize cool and funny things that will be enjoyable to look at and read!  There are also pictures of all your friends and stuff like that!”

The yearbook staff members use a program called Yearbook Avenue by Jostens to design the yearbook.  The theme for the yearbook is a secret so everyone can have a surprise at the end of the year.

Ninth graders enjoy their last year before high school

Attributions: 
Andrew Garza SJHS Staff Writer

This year is the ninth graders' last year at SJHS. Next year the ninth graders will go to the high school where they have only four classes a day, and they will go to the other four classes the next day.

Jace Hartman, the student council president at SJHS, is looking forward to driving, driver’s education, playing baseball on the ninth grade team, and football.  He said, “I am looking forward to high school, but my friends tell me that you can’t talk in the halls or you’ll be late to class. You’ve got to go straight to class.”

Another ninth graders at SJHS, Chelsea Ricks, is looking forward to a class called drill team; which is a dance team at the high school. But she is sad that she'll be one of the “youngs again.” For her last year at SJHS she wants to be with friends, lots of people, and have a wonderful time.

Springville Junior High’s New Tardy Policy

Attributions: 
Christopher Taylor SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High School has a new tardy policy. For many years, students had to go to Morning Enrichment at seven o’clock if they were tardy to class.  This year, SJHS has switched to a lunch detention tardy policy.

Once students have been tardy twice, or have sluffed class, they must report to detention at lunch. Students have five minutes to get lunch and go to the detention area. The detention area is behind an expandable wall in the lunchroom.  Kids must eat lunch and then sit quietly or do homework.

Mrs. Courtney Johnson, the new assistant principal at SJHS and one of the lunch detention supervisors, said, “It’s not a party.”  She said that there will be “constant eyeball supervision” while kids are serving in detention.

Last year, many students simply decided not to go to the Morning Enrichment Program. Hopefully, since the new detention program is during school instead of before, this will not happen anymore. There will be punishment for kids who still don’t show up though. Mr. David Hansen, a teacher at the school, said that he will “Pull off your fingers one by one” if you don’t come to detention. Although he was kidding, there will be serious consequences for kids who don’t come. According to Mrs. Johnson, if you don’t come to the detention, they will find you the next day and add to, or double your time.

Many people said they felt that this program will be better than Morning Enrichment. According to Mr. David Kindrick, the eighth grade science teacher, it will be better because students get an automatic penalty, and because they will have no excuses for not coming to lunch detention.  When Mrs. Johnson said that the reason she likes the lunch detention program better is because “It’s a drag to miss lunch.”

New Instructor of the Fine Arts at SJHS

Attributions: 
Kenia Martinez SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Mitch Cudney, new art and photography teacher at SJHS.

There’s a new professor teaching the fine arts at Springville Junior High. Mr. Mitch Cudney replaced Mr. Jethro Gillispie as the art and photography teacher.  Mr. Cudney has been teaching for four years, but this is his first year teaching at a junior high.
 
According to Mr. Cudney, there’s probably more good art work coming from the Springville High School, but it’s still too early to tell. He hopes to get students more excited about getting creative and excited about all the different kinds of art.

Mr. Gillispie transferred from teaching at Springville Junior High to teaching at Maple Mountain High School, which just opened this fall.. He is now teaching more advanced classes than what Springville Junior High provides.

Besides teaching art, Mr. Cudney enjoys practicing art himself by painting in his free time. He said that drawing and painting are more his favorite and that he mostly paints for himself, though he hasn’t had much time to do it lately. But besides painting for himself, Mr. Cudney has also received painting or drawing requests from various people, with the cost depending on quality and size of the painting or drawing.

New Seventh Graders at SJHS

Attributions: 
Kara Dunn SJHS Staff Writer
New seventh graders Camilla Dunn, Peggy Sorenson and Sean Tedrow

With the new school year starting to pick up speed, Springville Junior High is excited to get to know and teach the new seventh graders. The new seventh graders are also excited to get to know the school a little better and begin their classes. “It’s kind of scary, but fun because you get to try something new!” Peggy Sorenson, a seventh grader at Springville Junior High, explained.

Mr. Shaun Blakey, the seventh grade counselor at SJHS, told us what he thought about getting to work with the new seventh graders. “I’m looking forward to getting to know them this year, and the next two years.” He went onto say, “I expect great things from this group. They are helpful and seem to really look out for one another.” 

“Everyone seems really friendly,” Camilla Dunn, another seventh grade student at Springville Junior High, said. The new seventh graders are all very excited to spend the next three years of their life in halls and classrooms here at Springville Junior High and Springville Junior High faculty and students are excited to have them with us. 

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