Chemical reactions in Mr. Kindrick’s class

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. David Kindrick, eighth grade science teacher at SJHS, is doing a class experiment about chemical reactions. They are studying about how the statue of liberty turned green, how you make nylon, how pancake batter changes to pancakes, and other cool stuff.

Each student in Mr. Kindrick's class is doing something different. Students are using computers to research information on the internet. Jordan Kendall, a student in Mr. Kindrick's class, is learning about how the statue of liberty turned green. Jordan said, “The statue of liberty turned green because the salt, the air, and the outside coat that protects the statue of liberty mixed together which made a chemical reaction that turned it green.”

Derek Hansen is learning about how you make nylon. Derek said, “Nylon is a complex fiber. You combine liquids called hexanediolyl dichloride and diaminohexane just to make one strip of nylon”. Mr.Kendrick said, “Chemical reactions take place everyday around us, so it's nice to know why things happen.” 

SJHS golf team took 5th in the Nebo district tournament

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS Golf Team: Zach Droubay, Allen Maughan, Gregg Davis, Radley Nelson, Kyle Englund and Coach Krebs

This year Springville Junior High took 5th place in the Nebo School District tournament.  The team missed 4th place by just a few strokes. The golf tournament was held at Hobble Creek Golf Course, where students form Springville, Mapleton, Payson, Mt. Nebo, Spanish Fork, and Diamond Fork Junior High Schools competed to see who the best was.

The golfers played eighteen holes and the best four scores from each team were totaled to determine the winner. This year Gregg Davis, Allen Maughn, Kyle Englund, Radley Nelson, and Zach Droubay went to the district tournament at Hobble Creek. Gregg Davis said that he and his team did well.

Gregg Davis loves to golf and is looking forward to next year and says that he will tryout next year. Mr. Dallin Krebs, the golf coach and an SJHS math teacher, said, “I think the golf team is important because it gives students another opportunity to participate in another school activity and golf also teaches values and more. Students who participate are required to be model students. The values students learn from playing golf will stay with them the rest of their lives."


Girls Get Fit at Springville Junior High

Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer

With all the illness in the world today, obesity is a common threat. But not for the girls at Springville Junior High. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday girls have the opportunity to meet after school from 2:45-3:45 with their instructor Mrs. Claire Mills.

Mrs. Mills has been teaching for three years at Springville Junior High, not only teaching the girls work out club, but also the special education program at the school. Mrs. Mills said, “I think that we do need this program. It helps promote a healthy life style, it's fun and everyone makes new friends.” Even with the hectic schedule of students day-to-day lives, girls still have the opportunity to relieve their stress and have fun at the same time.

Seventh-grader Nina Tuttle said, “I think the club is a good idea; girls can interact more with people outside of class.”  Nina isn’t the only one who shares a love for the club. Ninth-grader Maddie Alispach said, “Girls get the chance to get to know each other and be fit. It's good that people be fit.”  Everyone’s hopes are high as more after school programs begin to grow.

Even with the first term ending for students, everyone is encouraged to join the club, where instead of textbooks and tests, students do healthy activities such as, sports, making healthy treats, yoga, free weights, pilates and so much more. So take a stand for health like many other girls at Springville Junior High.



Service Learning makes blankets for Children Justice Center

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Jessie Wimmer, an eighth grader in Service Learning, works on a fleece blanket for the Children's Justice Center.

 Service Learning is a class offered at SJHS that allows students to do service within and outside of the school. Once a semester students are required to do some sort of project that helps others. Kaity Hansen, Jehni McNeil, and Jessie Wimmer, all eighth graders, decided to make fleece blankets and donate them.
The girls tied about fourteen fleece blankets and donated them to The Dollhouse Boutique, where they were sold and one hundred percent of the profit was then donated to the Children’s Justice Center where children who have been abused can get the help they need.   
According to Kaity Hansen, she wanted to do this project because she loves to sew so she thought it would be fun. Jehni McNeil said “it sounded like a really needed cause.”  Jessie Wimmer wanted to do it so they could raise money to help children.

Awesome Utah History teacher, Mr. Hansen

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Hansen

Mr. David Hansen is one of our most important history teachers here at Springvile Junior High. He not only teaches history to seventh graders, but he also teaches something he thinks is very important: civic rights and character.

Mr. Hansen has been teaching at Springville Junior High for 22 years. In that amount of time, his students have really grown attached to him. “He is awesome and fun!” said Katie Carter, one of Mr. Hansen’s seventh grade students.  The reason he has stayed so long is “it’s the time where most of the changes occur for a student. It’s a crucial age where students start to decide what they are going to be later in life, and I like to be a part of that.” Mr. Hansen likes to “help nudge students in the right direction.” He wants them to be a very big success later in life.

According to Mr. Hansen, education is very important; it helps you build a strong foundation for the rest of your life. He did a couple things before teaching but then realized “everybody’s got their gift, teaching is mine.” He started teaching at Mountainview High School in Orem then he moved over to our school and what a difference he has made!

Teaching Newcomers An Old Language

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Rice

For years, many families from Latin America have arrived to the U.S. searching for work, education, and freedom from oppression, poverty, and at times Communism in the case of Cuba. So many are not able to speak English, but at Springville Junior High School, English and English as a second Language teacher Mrs. Mary Rice wants to make a difference and help Hispanics learn English and not suffer in the American life.

“If you are an ESL student, you come to a place called school every day and spend about six hours with people your own age who are talking and communicating with each other,” said Mrs. Rice.  Students who are in ESL at Springville Junior High are learning English but also learning to socialize with each other; students sometimes find it hard to completely learn the new language but most of them pull through and they learn the basic vocabulary in a 3-5 year period.

"During this time, students can also learn to speak without an accent or minimal traces," said Mrs. Rice.  Not all students will learn English fluently like others who have lived in the United States for most of their lives, but it is possible and kids have to want to learn and learn successfully, and just stay out of trouble.

"It is easy to think that children who came to this country do so voluntarily, but that is  almost never the case," said Mrs. Rice.  Most Hispanic children come here do to difficult situations in there home country, while some kids choose to get an education and grow, others decide to take the wrong road by choosing gangs, drugs, prostitution and so on.  Some Hispanic kids choose to do these things over getting an education.
Every student that decides to join Springville Junior High to learn and grow is welcome.  Mrs. Rice knows this and is willing to help all her students so they are ready to tackle life head on.


Service Learning Helps with Halloween Dance

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
Lily Girot busy working on the posters for the upcoming Halloween Dance.

The Service Learning class is busy working on posters for the upcoming dance. The Halloween dance will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. The posters help make the dance more “colorful, make it sparkle and have the atmosphere,” said Liz White, a Sercive Learning student at SJHS. 

The students in Service Learning make posters for every dance. The requirements for a good poster are: “They have to be neat, you have to take pride in your poster, and the posters have to do with the subject,” said, Cami Sumsion, a Service Learning student.

Students are allowed to dress up for the dance, but they have to follow the school ndress code. “The rules of the dress up dance are: students have to be modestly dressed, no blood and gore, and there can’t be masks or face paint,” said Mr. David Knudsen, vice principal at Springville Junior High School. Students also have to follow the rules of school, like any other dance.


Boys' Basketball Tryouts on November 9th

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer

Ready, set, SCORE! Basketball tryouts are happening November 9th at Springville Junior High. The ninth-grade boys are going to be able to participate in this event and show off there skills to Mr. Shaun Blakey, the basketball coach and counselor here at Springville Junior High.

Basketball tryouts start on Monday, November 9th, and will go for two days. They will begin at 3:00 and go until 5:00 pm. Basketball tryouts will be held in the boys’ gym at the junior high. There will be a mandatory meeting for all the ninth grade boys who would like to tryout on October 20th after school in the auditorium. Mr. Blakey is also holding an open gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for anyone who would like to come and prepare for tryouts.

Mr. Blakey has been coaching basketball for two years. He said, “I always look for talent, like any other coach, but also players that are willing to work hard and never give up!” He also feels it is important for a player to be a good student and respect others on and off the court. He wants a team that will give all they have no matter what is asked of them. There will be 12 players on the team, and he would also like to have three or four managers to help.

Some students that will be trying out are Joseph Carter and Jantzen Dalley. Both Joseph and Jantzen think that they will have a good team this year. They both have had a lot of experience. Joseph has been playing since he was three years old, and Jantzen doesn’t even remember! They both like Mr. Blakey. “He’s so tight,” said Jantzen Dalley.

As you can see, both students and Mr. Blakey are very excited for this year’s basketball season. Mr. Blakey believes that we will have a very good team this year.

BMX Stunt Team Wows SJHS Students

Sarah Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer
A member of the Stunt Team All Stars jumps over Mr. Knudsen, SJHS assistant princpal.
Student Team All Stars

On Friday October 23rd, students at Springville Junior High who sold one or more cookie dough tubs for this year's fund raiser got to go see the Stunt Team All Stars do some pretty cool tricks!

The reward for selling cookie dough was a BMX show, it was held in the south parking lot by the Nebo Credit Union. Mr. David Knudsen, one of SJHS’s vice principals, said, “They have performed here before, and it is a very entertaining show.” The performers do some pretty amazing things. Alyssa Nance, a ninth grader, said, “They jumped over the vice principal!!”

The students had ton of fun, the stunt team gave away free stickers and even posters.  Remember don’t try the stunts they did at home. So if you did not see the show this year SELL SOME COOKIE DOUGH and you will next year.


Mrs. Caras, Science Teacher at SJHS

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Caras

Springville Junior High School has a couple of science teachers. Among them is Mrs. Lori Caras, who teaches seventh and ninth grade students at the junior high. She’s taught at SJHS for ten years, and she taught at Woodenville High School in Seattle for four years.

Mrs. Caras decided to teach because her father was a professor and as she was growing up, Mrs. Caras saw how he loved teaching. She would also see him grading papers, but besides that, she said it looked like fun. She chose to teach science because she loves it.  She went on the explain, “Sometimes I think kids struggle, so I want to make it easier, and I want to make it fun.”

Besides teaching seventh grade life science and ninth grade Earth Systems, Mrs. Caras has also taught Biology, A.P. Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. She says her favorite is Anataomy, Physiology and that she loves zoology, which is something she has a Master’s Degree in. “I thought I was going to be a vet when I was going up!” She said, explaining her love for Zoology. Mrs. Caras said she would like to teach for as long as she can; as long as she can stay an effective and enthusiastic teacher.

Jose Martinez,a ninth grade student at SJHS, said, “I like what I learn because the work is pretty easy. I like to learn about the Big Bang because it’s fun.” He says he likes the class because it’s fun and he has a lot of friends in the class. Jose likes the teacher because she's pretty relaxed, but when the stduents get too noisy and don’t do their work, Mrs. Caras hushes them up and tells them to do their work.

Shelby Mason, a ninth grade student of Mrs. Caras’s also likes the class, “I like this class because we learn about a lot of interesting stuff.”

Out of all the science teachers in the school, Mrs. Caras is probably amongst the favorite for her sense of humor and nice and enthusiastic attitude.