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.” 

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!