Springville kids get to eat outside

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
First lunch students Radley Nelson, Jonathan Luther, Gregg Davis, Damon Harris, Zach Droubay and Darby Farr took advantage of a sunny day and decided to eat outside.

One of the most exciting things about starting junior high is that you can earn the privilege to eat outside.  Springville Junior High’s kids are divided into two lunches, first lunch which has eighth and ninth graders, and second lunch which has mostly seventh and eighth graders. Students in first lunch earned the privilege to eat outside just a few weeks ago.
Chelsea Ricks, a ninth grader in first lunch, said, “I like to be outside in the fresh air.” Many kids feel the same way about eating outside. According to Chelsea, kids in first lunch are more mature, so they can pick up their trash. 

Mr. Knudsen, one of the assistant principals at SJHS, said, “When we decide to let the students eat outside we consult with the custodian, and she tells us if the lunch room has been sufficiently clean.”  According to him, first lunch was doing a good job cleaning up their trash from the tables.
Many second lunch students still hope to earn the right to eat outside. Annie Lange, a seventh grader, said, “I want to eat outside to get some fresh air.”  She hopes that kids in second lunch will start to clean up their trash.  According to Mr. Knudsen, if students in second lunch start to clean up after themselves, they will be able to eat outside too.

Reading Poe at Springville Junior High

Jacob Simmons, SJHS Staff Writer

 At Springville Junior High School, room 54 is full of astute thinkers reading advanced books. The eighth grade students of Mrs. Mary Rice’s class have been reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Black Cat.”
“We used this text as an opportunity to learn vocabulary and also to acquaint ourselves with the Gothic or Dark Romantic style,” said Mrs. Rice. She went on explain that before reading the text, the class explored the contrast between dark and light, the exotic adornments on the cathedrals that coincide with the rich language of Gothic writing. They also explored the ways in which Gothic art invokes certain conflicting emotions. The students then tracked those ideas throughout reading “The Masque of the Red Death.” Finally they shared their experiences by writing dialogues on what they thought might have happened at the masques, made masks, and then performed the dialogues in class.

Following their projects on The Masque of the Red Death, the eighth grade students read Poe’s “The Black Cat.”  Mrs. Rice explained, “For [The Black Cat], we explored the idea of an unreliable narrator, a concept popularized by Poe.”

To explain the idea to the students, the class held a “sanity hearing” for the narrator. In this, everyone in the class wrote witness statements based on characters in the story while some students were lawyers. Mr. Brian Rice’s English class served as the jury. Mr. Rice’s class listened to testimonies, evaluated arguments, and delivered a verdict.

To finish their studies on argument, the students read articles on possible ways Poe might have died. The students then built mini arguments on the possible ways. “One important idea for students is that they are rarely in a position to prove or disprove phenomena, but they can use evidence from text to make a convincing argument,” said Mrs. Rice.

Students enjoyed Mr. Poe’s writing. Hayde Blanco, a student in the class, said she loved his descriptive words. Lyndsee Mecham simply said, “He was an interesting writer.” Both Hayde and Lyndsee said their favorite text was “The Black Cat.”

Swine Flu has Hit Springville

Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer

The H1N1 virus has hit Springville.  Many students have been absent from schools.  According to the Utah Health Department website, the virus is a pandemic, which means that there isn’t a single country without the virus.  But The Utah Health Department also said, “The sickness isn’t as bad as expected.” 

The symptoms include fever, cough, soar throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.  Most cases have not been very serious, but people should still be careful.  Officials suggest washing hands often and to cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.  Officials also suggest coughing and sneezing into your elbow. 

According to Mrs. Brenda Bales, the SJHS attendance secretary, the worst days during the past week were the 12th, 13th and the 14th.  There was 23-24% of the student body absent.  Mrs. Bales said, “If your kids are running a fever, they shouldn’t come to school.”

Will SJHS Wear Best Dress?

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

“At Springville Junior High we are effective communicators, responsible citizens and successful learners.”  This is the SJHS Mission Statement.  Students recite it every Monday.  Another Monday event is the Knights of the Round Table.   On Monday October fifth, the Knights of the Round Table debated on a suggestion presented.  It was whether or not students should have days to wear their best clothes and how often. 

For a student to become a “Knight” of the Round Table, they must be elected to be the representative for their first period class.  The duties of the knights are to make choices for the whole school, vote on them, and have them presented to be approved by Mr. Darrel Rolfe, SJHS principal. 

If students wear their best dress on the appointed days, there will be rewards.  According to Mr. David Knudsen, a vice principal at SJHS, there will be a movie playing during lunch for students who dress up.  There could also be a drawing for candy bars. 

Ben Johnson, an eighth-grade Knight of the Round Table, said, “We decided that everyone in the Knights of the Round Table will dress up.”  Though the Knights at the Round Table will dress up, it may not mean they completely want to.  Adrienne Dallin, a ninth grade knight of the round table said, “I really don’t want to (dress up), but if we agree, I will.” 

To many students, how often these best dress days occur can affect the way they feel about wanting or not wanting to dress up.  Ben suggests having best dress days once a month; Adrienne feels that once a term is more appropriate.  Marissa Carpenter, an eighth grader, said, “Once a month, because it’s a big day to look forward to and you can prepare for that day.”  According to Andalyn Hall, a seventh grader, students should have best dress days twice a month. 

An SJHS U.S. History teacher, Mr. Greg Shields said, “I think [dressing up] will improve student learning.  The reason, in my opinion, is that students tend to behave better when they are dressed up, and usually when students are better behaved, learning increases.”  Mr. David Hansen, the Utah Studies teacher, agreed with Mr. Shields and said, “The better you dress, the better you act.”  Part of SJHS’s mission statement is for students to be “Successful learners,” which is why SJHS wants to Dress for Success.

First term comes to the end

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer

Another term comes to an end at Springville Junior High, and students are rushing to get assignments turned in. There are four terms a year, and we’re coming to the end of the first term. After an exhausting first term students are getting the feel of school back into their system.

For those students who think they could use a little bump up on their grade, Ms. Tiffanie Miley, Language Arts teacher, said, “Check SIS as soon as possible and talk to your teachers about any missing assignments. Don’t wait until the 29th to do something about your grade.”

Some students think that this term has gone by too fast, students like Andy Garza, who said, “I can’t believe how fast this term has been. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at home doing nothing.” On the other hand, students like Kaleb Barnum said this term took forever! School is never going to end!

So as you can see, there are a lot of different opinions on how this term is ending, but it will end no matter what we say or do.

Learning about Life in CTE

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Woodfield helps Ezra Hopoate cuts fabric for his beanbag.

The CTE classes at Springville Junior High School are probably among some of the most enjoyable classes offered. Seventh graders certainly enjoy their CTE classes and look forward to them during the day.

The classes of CTE change around every 60 days, rather than on the semester. Students get the opportunity to do the three segments of CTE: Home Economics, Technology, and Careers. In CTE, students learn things about the world, about their home and raising children, and how to get a good career.

According to seventh-grader Stacy Stapel, her favorite part about CTE is that they get opportunities to do hands on activities. It gives students an opportunity to learn how to do real life things to help them lead a better life in the future.

“I’m excited to learn about new things!” said Hannah Bressler, a seventh grader at Springville Junior High. And who wouldn’t be? The whole class is about things that will help you lead a better life.

Learning Chinese at SJHS

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer

Chinese is a class that has been at SJHS for three years. There are two Chinese classes; one is called “Intro to Chinese,” which is for eighth graders, and the other is a regular Chinese class for the ninth graders.  Mrs. Debra Wells, the Chinese teacher at SJHS, said that “Intro to Chinese” is only one semester and it focuses on learning to communicate in Chinese. But the ninth grade class is a full year long, and covers communicating orally in Chinese and requires the students to learn about 150 Chinese characters by the end of the year. Both classes cover cultural elements of the Chinese language and Chinese speaking countries in the world. Mrs. Wells said, “We already learned about Chinese Valentine’s Day and next week we will celebrate the Mid-Autmn festival.”

Mrs. Wells also said that by the end of this semester, eighth grade students will be able to hold basic conversations in Chinese, introduce themselves, and talk about their families and things they like to do. By the end of the ninth grade course, students will be able to talk about their families, school, sports, occupations and food all in Chinese. They will also be able to write basic notes in Chinese and read letters from their pen pals.

In Mrs. Wells's class, students play a lot of games to help review vocabulary and learn new sentence patterns. The classes are divided into teams named after cites in China. Mrs. Wells said, “Each day the teams complete a different 'challenge' and the top teams at the end of two weeks will be the grand prize winners.”

Mrs. Wells said, “I first studied Chinese over 30 years ago, and I loved it so much I kept studying I have traveled to Asia for Chinese classes for the last three summers, since I became a public school teacher, and I intend to keep on studying and learning. Whenever I tell someone I'm a teacher, they just nod their heads but if I say 'I teach Chinese,' they are amazed and want to know more. So, if you really want to impress your friends, learn Chinese!”

Radley Nelson, a student at SJHS, said, “I think it’s very interesting to know about other cultures.” He also says that this will help him if he ever goes to China or meets a Chinese person. Vicky Ha, a student at SJHS that was born in Mainland China said, “I like Chinese class because we play a lot of games and the teacher is very nice."

Performing Band At Springville Junior High

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Booth conducting the eigth grade band.

Everyone knows that in junior high and in high school there is a Orchestra class, cheerleading, workout, and other special clubs, but one class that people forget is band. Band is a class that unlike orchestra, has modern instruments.

"I love teaching band, I've always been drawn to different music," said Mr. David Booth, band teacher at Springville Junior High.  Mr. Booth has been teaching band for 14 years now and counting; 14 years which he has very much enjoyed and is still enjoying to this day.
"I can get around on most instruments, but have the most background on brass instruments," said Mr Booth.  In order to qualify to be a band teacher, teachers have to know how to play different instruments; this is something that Mr. Booth is very good at.

"I really like band because I get to make noise, and Mr. Booth is awesome," said Steven Nunn, a band student.  For years Mr. Booth has taught many students, all which come out with a lot of good, fun memories; plus new knowledge of music.

"I plan on teaching at Springville Junior High for many, many years to come.  Students at  Springville Junior High are the best!" said Mr. Booth


Future Writers of SJHS

Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer

Have you ever had that warm feeling? The feeling of pride and joy when you finish reading a book or an essay. Well, this feeling is all too familiar to the Creative Writing class at Springville Junior High.

Creative writing is an elective here at Springville Junior High, where students have the opportunity to write and express their feelings. Ms. Rachel Neeley, seventh grade English teacher, has been teaching creative writing for two years, and said, “I love teaching an elective. It’s fun! I love reading all the amazing things my students write. It is a great class. If you like to write, sign up!” 

Rachel Standley, eighth grader, agreed saying, “I took this class so I could be a better writer, there you can express your feelings freely.”  This class is open to all students who share there love for writing. Ninth-grader Sariah Morris said, “We do a different subject every two weeks, whether it's historical or scary. It’s really cool.”

With the freedom to explore the world of writing, students not only have fun, but learn new and interesting things. So you never know, one of these wonderful writers could end up as a  journalist, publisher, or maybe even an author. The possibilities are endless for these students and many others here at Springville Junior High.


Learning and teaching math at SJHS

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer

Every year in school brings changes, but math is something that remains constant for your entire education. SJHS is just like any other school in this regard.  However, our school is different from others because of the kids and teachers that participate in the math program. We not only learn, but many kids have fun as well.

There are five different math classes offered at SJHS: Seventh grade math, Pre Algebra, Algebra 1a, Algebra 1, and Geometry. Next year there will also be an Algebra 2 class. The classes are similar in many aspects, but move at different paces. Seventh grade math is a slower paced Pre-Algebra, and Pre Algebra and Algebra 1a are slower oaced  versions of Algebra 1.  According to Mr. Dallin Krebs, an Algebra 1 teacher, his class is fun because it is like solving a puzzle.  Geometry takes the things that you learned in Algebra 1 (as well as the preceding classes) and applies them to real life.  Mrs. Corrin Gleave, the Geometry and Algebra 1a teacher said that “Geometry is my favorite! You get all the satisfaction of solving for x, but you also get the shapes, colors and, wait for it... ANGLES!”

Teachers are probably one of the most important factors in learning math. Students at SJHS feel that we have very helpful teachers. Many teachers feel the same way about the kids at our school. Mrs. Kaycie Sorenson, a new math teacher at SJHS, said “The students are great, they are so excited and willing to learn, which makes it 100 times better for me!”  An example of this willingness to learn is seen in Lear Burton, an eighth grader.  He said, “I like being in Geometry because it’s fun and it makes me feel high and mighty to be in an advanced math class.”