Having Fun in Clothing Class

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Diane Bird, clothing teacher, helps students lay out their patterns for aprons. Left to right: Eighth graders Ben Johnson, Tori Glassford, Katelynn Marshall, Kaity Hansen and Savannah McNitt.
Kaity Hansen shows off her completed apron.
Ben Johnson sews his apron.

There are a lot of elective classes at Springville Junior High. One of these is the clothing class; in the clothing class students have the opportunity to learn new sewing techniques and how to use the techniques on their own sewing projects. Students come each morning and work on their projects. Ms. Diane Bird, who also teaches service learning, is the teacher in clothing.

Every two weeks students in the class are expected to turn in a project. Some of the projects are book bags, aprons, and pajama bottoms. Right now, the students are either finishing up their book bag or starting an apron. Brittany Hooley, a member of the class, said, “I look forward to the clothing class everyday because I love learning new things about sewing.”

The class is available to eighth and ninth grade students. The clothing class is taught periods one and three. Lots of people have fun in the class. Laurelin Webb, another member of the class, said, “I love sewing! I just feel good when I’m sitting there working on my project.” So if you’re looking for a fun way to spend your elective credits, take clothing next year!

Students From Different Countries at SJHS

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Here at Springville Junior High School we have many students from a variety of different countries.  For example, Cheira Enriquez, a student at SJHS, is from Mexico where she lived and went to school until her family moved to America five years ago. “In Mexico you have to wear uniforms and here you don’t,” said Cheira, explaining the difference between schools in Mexico and schools in America.  She says she moved to America to get a better education.

Vicky Ha, another student enrolled at Springville Junior High, came from China. She’s been living in America for eight years. She said she moved to America because her dad and his family were here.  Vicky explained why she likes living here, “In America, people are more well mannered, and I feel it more safe here. The place is more clean and I have friends here.” But then she added that she likes China because people are more out-going and her family is there.

Max Sunjidmaa, a ninth grader at SJHS, is from Mongolia and moved to America a of couple years ago. According to Max, Mongolia is quite like many countries outside United States. “Doubtlessly, from culture to language, the countries differ,” Max explained, “American culture is based on individualism rather than group based culture.” Max believes it’s good in many ways because here in America there are vast amounts of opportunities that are impossible in numerous other countries, such as careers and education.  He says that schools in his country have a different academic system that is quite distinguishable when compared to schools here. “American schools provide you with many options and choices for the subjects you are interested to learn,” he said, “It is better, of course, if you can identify the opportunities that you have today that many other kids don’t have.”

All the different kids, including the kids from different countries find friends here and are treated equally by the teachers. If a student does not know English, someone who does know their language can assist them in their process of learning.

SJHS Girls Tennis Team

Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Ninth-grader Autumn Hathaway serves against Payson Junior High.

Now that school is underway, so is girl’s tennis. The tennis season started in early September and goes until early October.  Mr. Brian Rice, teacher at SJHS, is the coach and has been for four years. The girls love him as their coach. Victoria Ireland, an eighth grade student, said, “Mr. Rice is really patient and nice; if I mess up he doesn’t criticize me. He just corrects me and helps me do better.”

A lot of the girls feel they are improving with their tennis skills. Sydney Watts, an eighth grade student, said, “I am hitting the ball more and understanding the game more.”  Mr. Rice also said he feels the girls are improving.  There are a lot of first year girls and they are most definitely getting better.

Many girls said they would sign up for tennis again because it is so fun. The girls said that the reason why tennis is so fun is because of the competition, but also being able to do it with a friend and for the love of the game.

So far the girls have won three out of four matches and are hoping to make it far in the district championships which are coming up this week. Good luck tennis team!

IOWA Testing at SJHS

Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer

Eighth graders at Springville Junior High just finished IOWA Testing.  Mrs. Monica Linton, a Springville Junior High counselor, said, “Testing is situated in third, fifth, and eighth grade so than students don’t have to test every year."

The testing lasts for one week of the school year in eighth graders history class.  The test includes the following subjects: reading, language arts, math and science.  Each of these sections test the students’ knowledge in the individual subjects.

Mrs. Becky Murdock, a history teacher at SJHS, said, “Students may not think testing is all that important, but testing shows educators what students know and what they need a little help on.”  Christopher Taylor, an eighth grade student, said, “Yes, I think it’s important, but it shows the nation and the state how the kids are doing.”

Testing causes the school schedule to be thrown off course a little.  But eighth graders have finished testing and will now get back on track with their school work.

Library TA's help out at SJHS

Jack Setzer, SJHS Staff Writer
Bronson Bartholomew and Vicky Ha are Library TA’s at Springville Junior High.

Ever wondered how librarians get so much done? Well, Mr. Gary Brimhall, SJHS librarian, has designated 8th and 9th graders to assist him with his library duties during their free periods. They help out in the library and make copies for teachers. They say that they became TA's because they like helping out. More specifically, Library TA Bronson Bartholomew said he likes his job because “you get to help out teachers and other students.”

According to Mr. Brimhall, the responsibilities of a Library TA are to “check out and check in books, put books away once they’re checked in, and do all the copy jobs.”

How does a student become a Library TA? According to Vicky Ha, one of these designated helpers, they just ask their counselor. “They will help you, and they’re nice!” said Vicky.

Out With the Old, in With the New SJHS

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer
Springville Junior High School students Megan Miller, Cynthia Esklund, Katelynn Marshall and Hannah Reinhardt look forward to a new junior high building.

On June 23 of this year, the 160 million dollar Nebo Bond and Leeway was passed.  This bond gave the Nebo School District much needed funds to build new schools and repair older ones.  Part of that money is planned to be used to build a new Springville Junior High School.  According to Mr. Darrel Rolfe, principal of SJHS, the new school and architectural plans for it are still in the “going to happen stage.” 

Students at SJHS are mostly excited about getting a new building because the present SJHS was dedicated in 1957.  Though SJHS is on the older side, there are qualities of this school that students like.  According to Katie Bair, a ninth grader, the knight stickers that are on the walls (like the one in the lunch room that says “The Great Hall” and the one in the ninth grade hall that says "Home of the Kinghts") are pretty cool.  Brandon Chambers, an eighth grader, said, “I really like the band and orchestra rooms because they’re big.”  Hannah Reinhardt, another eighth grader, really likes the floor plan of this school. 

Students want to have input on what gets changed in the new school building that the present one doesn’t have.  Megan Miller, an eighth grader, said she wants more classrooms upstairs so that we won’t need portables.  Katie wants bigger classrooms, and Brandon wants bigger hallways. 

Students who went to a different school last year want some of the characteristics of their old school in the new SJHS.  Katelynn Marshall, an eighth grader, went to Timberline Middle School in Alpine last year.  Timberline had restaurant booths in the lunch room, and a much larger library.  She would like those things in the new school building. 

The new building may not be being built right yet, and the architectural plan may not be ready, but SJHS can’t help but cheer at the thought of a new school!

Amazing counselor at SJHS

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Monica Distefano, ninth grade counselor at SJHS.

    Throughout their junior high years, some students have personal problems big or small, and there is a group of dedicated people who are always there to help out with problems.  That group of people is the counselors.

Mrs. Monica Distefano is a very well-known and loved counselor at  Springville Junior High. Throughout the past three years she has helped many teenagers who either have personal problems or are just feeling unhappy about life. Whatever the reason, she is always prepared to talk to them.

"I have enjoyed counseling because I get to know a lot of students very well," said Mrs. Distefano. A lot of people are not familiar with the fact that these were her first three years actually counseling full time, whereas before she was only counseling half time.

"There has not been one thing I have not liked about these kids," said Mrs. Distefano.  Students are at times shy or aggressive when they have to talk to a counselor, but she has liked all of the students that go in and out of her office, looking for advice or to transfer classes.

"I didn’t really expect a certain thing from any of the students," said Mrs. Distefano. With every new set of kids a counselor gets, some expect great others expect not so great things, but Mrs. Distefano did not, and that’s why she learned to get along with all the students.  She talked to them and also grew to be loved by all of them.

Snowboarding in the greatest snow on earth

Kaleb Barnum, SJHS Staff Writer

Utah has the greatest snow on earth, and winter sports here are taken pretty seriously.  For example, snowboarding is one of the sports that a lot of people do around the globe.  It is where you ride a board side ways, and you have to figure out how to turn, stop, and how to go faster.

Utah has a lot of places people can visit and have a good time on the slopes. There is Sundance, Canyons, Alta, and Snowbird, jus tot name a few.  Those are pretty popular places in Utah.  Chelsea Ricks, ninth grader at Springville Junior High School, said, “I love snow boarding. I love the snow, the mountain, and the outdoors. I hope I can go this year.” Jacob DeRosia, eighth grader at SJHS, has been snow boarding almost his whole life. He said, “I love it. I like the high speeds and all the risks you have to take. I usually go around ten to fourteen times a year.” 

So if anyone hasn’t ever been snow boarding, this year would be a great year to try it. So, as you can see, it is loved by some people.

After School Writing Lab at SJHS

Cody Woolsey SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Mikesell is one of the English teachers who supervises the after school writing lab at Springville Junior High.

Most students at Springville Junior High have not yet heard of the important news - there is an after school writing lab for students. Students can use this writing lab to finish assignments on computers or get help on their writing assignments.

“The writing lab is everyday after school from 2:40-3:30 except Wednesday,” explained Mr. Mikesell, an English teacher at Springville Junior High, “We have English teachers there everyday. They can help you with any writing assignment, and can help you learn how to use computers.” The supervisors are Ms. Neeley, Mrs. Bass, Mr. Mikesell, and Mrs. Rice, all English teachers at Springville Junior High. They are there the whole time to help students with anything they need.

According to Mr. Mikesell, the environment in the writing lab is a very calm, peaceful, laid back environment where students can get their work done with very little interruption. It’s a place where, teachers hope students can feel calm and know that they can get help if they need it.

In the past, very few students have shown up to the writing lab. This is its second year being used and the supervisors hope that this year more students will show up.

“The writing lab is in room 22 – a computer lab; there are plenty of available computers for students to use, if needed,” explained Ms. Bass. If you need to finish your writing assignments or need help understanding how to use computers for school, the writing lab is the place for you!

Orchestra 101

Julie Barbosa SJHS Staff Writer
Mr. Tsugawa teaches his 8th grade orchestra class.

Have you ever wandered through the halls and heard the beautiful melody of the violin? Or perhaps the viola, cello, of bass? Here at Springville Junior High, hearing an instrument isn’t hard to come by.

Mr. Tsugawa not only teaches 96 students at the junior high, but he also teaches many more students at Springville High School. For 21 years he’s been busy spending half days at both schools, and the students have nothing bad to say. Eighth Grader Hayde Blanco said, “He’s really fun, there are lots of things to love about orchestra.”

Mr. Tsugawa is well known for his fun songs and teaching skills. Orchestra is one of the few classes were no text books are needed, so this class isn’t hard to love. Ninth Grader Elizabeth Elloit, who has been playing the violin for four years, said, “His class is really fun and we learn a lot.” With his European Melodies and American songs, students learn a lot about different cultures and religions.

The orchestra students have a lot to look forward and prepare for because every two to four years high school orchestra students have the opportunity to perform at California’s Disneyland. This opportunity helps encourage students to work and have the chance to perform at a real stage.