SJHS students learn about the Government

Christopher Taylor. SJHS Staff Writer

Many kids want to have a position in or participate in the government someday. The Government and Law class teaches them how to do this.  Government and Law is an exciting class at Springville Junior High, where kids learn about how the government works and how they can apply its principles to their own lives. It is taught by Mr. David Hansen, and both ninth and eight graders may take the class during eight period. The class is one semester long.
Lots of kids feel like Mr. Hansen is perfect for teaching government and law. He knows all about the government and how it works, and he is eager to teach it to kids. It helps that he has already taught all of the students Utah History in seventh grade. Allan Maughan, a student who has taken both classes at SJHS, said, “When I was in seventh grade, Mr. Hansen was my favorite teacher. He was one of the reasons I wanted to take Government and Law.”
Kids in Government and Law get to participate in peer court, which is a system that helps kids solve problems between each other. According to Mr. Hansen, it is great because it gives kids a “fair trial” instead of one person deciding their punishment.
Another one of the activities the students have been participating in is writing a bill. They decided to write one about health care, since that is a big debate currently happening in the government.  Allan said, “Writing bills is fun! We get to put in our word of what we think of health care.” The students in Government and Law will be submitting their bill to their legislator.

Dancing at the SJHS dances

Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer

When you were younger did you ever enjoy going to school dances? Well, Springville Junior High is having dances this year! They have five dances a year. There is the Welcome Back Dance, Halloween Dance, Christmas Dance, Valentine’s Days Dance, and the End of Year Dance. Dances start at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm. 

There are four slow dances out of the whole thing. Students don't have to dance; they can sit on the bleachers during the slow dances. But when the slow dance is over they go back down and dance. The DJ, Audio Visions, has a request sheet so students can go choose the song. The DJ has a wide variety of songs.  There will be supervisors at the dances, like teachers and PTA volunteers.

Katie Bair, ninth-grade student at SJHS, said,” I love the dances. They are so fun.”  If you like hanging out with your friends, the dance is a great place to hang out with them. Jace Hartman, another ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “I love going to the dances. They are such a great place to hang out.”  The next dance will be held on Thursday, October 29th.

Go SJHS Cheerleaders!!!

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer
Badger cheerleaders holding up their banner for the football team to rip through at the beginning of the footbal game.

“G-O Lets Go! Springville, G-O Lets Go!!!!!” These words are very familiar to the Springville Junior High football players. Here at Springville Junior High we have cheerleaders supporting and gathering the crowd for the football players.

According to Cynthia Esklund, Springville Junior High cheerleader, cheerleaders help the football players. Cheering gets them “pumped up.” Alyssa Nance, another Springville Junior High cheerleader, said “Heck Yes!” cheerleading is a sport.

Some things that cheerleaders do at football games are dances during half time, tumble, and pump up the crowd. A unique thing that Cynthia Esklund and her team, the Badgers, do is make a banner and then hold it up while the football players run through it at the beginning of the game.

Max Schreiner, eight grade student and football player at Springville Junior High, likes having the cheerleaders at the games because they are “cute,” but when they do their dance during half time it is hard to hear his coach. Kaleni Neiufi, seventh grade football player, said, “It gets the crowd and a lot of people cheering for us.” But according to Kaleni, his team mates pay more attention to the cheerleaders than the game.

Who is Mr. Chambers?

Sarah Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer
Ryan Chambers, new health teacher at SJHS

Mr. Ryan Chambers is the health teacher at Springville Junior High. He teaches eighth and ninth graders. Shyenaia Luna, an eighth grader, said “Mr. Chambers explains the things we’re learning clearly and thoroughly.”

Mr. Chambers said, “I love teaching health! I feel it is the most important class you will ever take.”  Eric Harrison, another eighth grader, said, “So far I have been able to handle the topics well. Mr. Chambers has been a good teacher.” Mr. Chambers lives in Spanish Fork and has to come to Springville to teach. “To be honest, it would not really matter where I was teaching. I love helping students make healthy choices.” said Mr. Chambers.

His students agree that Mr. Chambers is funny and not too strict. So like Mr. Chambers always says, “You can be the smartest and most wealthy person in the world, but if you don’t have your health, then you have nothing.”  

History of Springville Junior High

Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer
Springville Junior High School

Everyday hundreds of students walk through the doors of Springville Junior High. To many, this school is a home away from home, where students advance academically and prepare themselves for the future. But what about the past? We’re going to step back and relive the birth of this school.

Springville Junior High was born in 1957, when guest speaker Governor Clyde opened these doors and welcomed the first junior high knights. Around 602 seventh, eighth and ninth-grade students came. It was a good start with 26 teachers ready to share their knowledge.  

Since then the school has gone through a lot of changes, small things from drinking fountains and chairs, to stairs and even changing the location of the cafeteria. Mrs. Janine Murdock, the finance secretary, said, “I attended the Springville Junior in the early 1960’s. I remember many favorite teachers and eating lunch in the downstairs art room.”

Memories have been made here, but new ones are soon to be born with talk of building a new junior high in Springville.  Mrs.Joye Wimmer, secretary at SJHS, said, “Springville Junior High is a great school with lots of opportunities for all students to excel in academics, athletics and fine arts. Springville Junior High is a great place to work and has lots of support from the faculty and staff.”  With talk of a new school people can only hope for the best and that progress on the new school starts soon.

October Scientist of the Month

David Kindrick
Jacque Kass, SJHS's Scientist of the Month

Each month in eighth grade science, SJHS teacher Mr. David Kindrick selects a “Scientist of the Month.”  Jacque Kass received the honor in October because, according to Mr. Kindrick, not only is Jaque a great student, but she is also “very friendly and has a positive attitude about everything.” 

Jacque Kass was born June 7th and has lived in Springville her whole life.  She has one “awesome brother name Mitch and two chill parents that I love to death, and I have a pet fish that is a beta.” 

Jacque’s best friend is Elaine, and they have been friends since they were one.  Some of Jacque’s hobbies include softball, basketball, volleyball, and she really loves playing the piano.  Jacque loves rap music, playing video games, and her favorite holiday is Halloween.  

Jacque wants to live where it snows all the time, maybe the North Pole.  She loves being outside, and if she could choose a profession it would be some kind of scientist that studies things outside. 

Mrs. Dexter: Awesome student teacher

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Dexter, history student teacher at SJHS.

Mrs. Kayde Dexter is a student teacher at Springville Junior High. She will be teaching history in Mr. Greg Shields's class until December fourth, though she wishes she could stay longer.
Mrs. Dexter said that the reason why she is interested in teaching is because “I was one who lucked out and had some amazing teachers in junior and high school. These teachers were able to instill a love of learning.”  Mrs. Dexter wants to help her students become more engaged, responsible citizens so they can succeed. 
The students really seem to enjoy Mrs. Dexter. Brooke Seaton, an eighth grader student, said,“Mrs. Dexter is really fun and nice.”  According to Victoria Ireland, another eighth grade student, “Mrs. Dexter will be a good teacher because she has good class management and she knows how to keep a classroom fun!”
Mrs. Dexter said, “I like to teach history. It's my first love, I could never be happier than when I am lost in time.” Many students said that they will be sad to see Mrs. Dexter go, but they know she will make a fantastic teacher.

SJHS basketball intramurals going on now

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High is now offering basketball intramurals everyday except for Wednesdays, from 2:45-3:45.  Intramurals is an after-school program for any student who needs to make up an absence in PE, or just wants to play basketball.

Basketball intramurals end November 6th and tryouts for the school basketball teams will be November 9th-13th.

Volleyball intramurals will begin sometime in the month of November.      

Peer Tutoring: A Fun Way to Help

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
Katelynn Marshall and Chance Gordon working on an assignment in Mrs. Mills's class at SJHS.

A fun way to interact with students with special needs in our school is to be a peer tutor. Students have the option to take peer tutoring, a class where they get to have fun helping and interacting with the students that have special needs in Mrs. Claire Mills’s class. Peer tutors help make the kids' school life a little bit easier. The peer tutors will help Mrs. Mills’s students with their assignments, study with them and help them take tests for their classes.

The peer tutors help Mrs. Mills’s students by, “coming into class and immediately sitting by someone to help with their academic work, or social or life skills. They help with work, but the main goal is to be a friend with the students and help them understand social etiquette,” said Mrs. Mills, Special Education teacher at SJHS. The peer tutors are very helpful. Mrs. Mills said, “I honestly could not run my class without them.”

Tina Carter, a peer tutor, said, “I think peer tutoring is a fun way to interact with the kids, help with their activities and getting to go on field trips.” Peer tutors get to go on field trips with Mrs. Mills’s class if they want to. Peer tutoring is a class where you interact with kids with special needs and learn skills for the future.

New Peer Pals at SJHS

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

This year, counselors at Springville Junior High decided that they would try something new in order to help new students succeed. “Peer Pals” is a program in which students try their hardest to look out for new students and make sure no one feels excluded or left out. Teachers recommended students who are good leaders and able to include others.

“Sometimes students notice things that teachers or the other councilors don’t notice,” Mrs. Monica Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior High, said. Mrs. Distefano went on to say, “We’re going to try to meet with new students at least once a term to see how they are doing.”

Although there are a few selected students to be peer pals, Mr. Shaun Blakey, another counselor, said, “Students don’t need to be a ‘Peer Pal’ to help other students. We hope all students will look for anyone who needs a friend and invite them to hang out with them.”