Article: The Vanishing After School Activities

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Math, makeup, help, understanding, knowledge, fun.  After-school at Springville Junior High looks a lot like the previous sentence.  While Mr. Rencher is the man in charge of after school detention for the students, Mr. Anderson is the man to go to for help on math.  The teachers love what they do, and love helping the children improve and help make up tardies and work. More people taking advantage of the opportunity of math lab and detention makes a better future.

Math lab is held after school until 3:30 for the students who want to go and get a better understanding, makeup prior assignments, or upgrade past assignments to know what they did wrong.  Mr. Anderson’s theory is that people should be allowed to correct assignments, because if they don’t how are they supposed to know what they are doing wrong? Math lab was “created’ to help those that need extra help, (Anderson).  He also says that the teachers are there before and after school, but “the math lab was formed as another resource to help”.

He talks about what happens in math lab by saying, “Some students attend the math lab to work on their daily assignments, to make certain their questions are answered quickly. Other students go to math lab to work on past assignments. The extra time working problems and having questions answered seems beneficial for most students who attend.”  Math lab is truly there for help and almost always has a pretty good turnout.

The other after school activity is detention and as Mrs. Davenport, a secretary for Springville Junior High, says that one reason students would have to go to detention is that they have sluffed one or more of their classes.  She goes on to say, “If a student has excessive tardies, they will need to serve detention, to make that time up.”  According to Mrs. Davenport, if someone has had behavioral issues during school, they may need to serve detention time, as a punishment for their behavior.  

Mr. Rencher explains what goes on in detention by saying, “What mostly happens in detention is the students put in their time. The students should bring school work, but few do, so they just sit there.”  Mr. Rencher says that the main thing he hopes the students get out of detention is that they are reminded of attendance policies before their attendance becomes a problem or their lack of attendance becomes regular.  He goes on to say that going to school is a law and that learning at the Junior High stage will help prepare you for college, and by so doing prepare you for your entire future. He explains the future issues by giving an example of someone who had attendance issues; “I know people who were not bad employees, but were late for work a lot”.  He says that this factor is not good in an employers eyes.

After-school math lab and detention is help that you can’t overuse.  The purpose of the two is to help the students of Springville Junior High to get their attendance up and to provide fortuity for the students.  No one was ever harmed by going to get extra help and understanding from a teacher, nor was man ever harmed by making up their lack of attendance.  You can definitely suffer from not using help, but it is not physically possible to suffer from being too cautious when it come to the subject of learning.

Article: Things That Make The School Safe

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Article by: Cody Creighton And Gavin Jones

Recent events in the United States have caused worry towards our school's safety in emergency situations. Our objective in this article is to inform you that our school is positively secure. A majority of students and staff here feel safe and feel they could stay calm in emergency situations with current plans. Most feel the school is well prepared for any circumstance. In example of Aiden Lowe who said that he would feel safe in case of an emergency situation.

Mr. Rencher our SJHS woodshop instructor, says that his classroom layout would be beneficial in case of an emergency. As a wood shop teacher, he states that the shop would be an optimal area of security. Higher windows and tools which could be implemented in a defensive case prove this point. “I feel safe in the class, yes, but I feel safer in the shop.” Rencher points out.  Aiden Lowe, a 7th grade student in Mr. Renchers’ class says he feels pretty safe within classes. “I feel confident with their plan and I think they’ll keep us safe.”

8th grade student, Kimbell Snapp, feels like there could be more counter measures against a violent circumstance, but all in all would feel safe with the school’s current plan. Michelle Mumford said the school is mostly prepared in case of a critical incident and would feel safe. Overall, students feel like the school is well prepared in case of emergency encounters and that the school has good actions in case of an active shooter situation.

Mr. McGuire, our principle is the lead organizer of the safety plans for our school. He has a shared strong feeling that schools are one of the safest places to be. This is showcased as they are as prepared as they could be in case of dangerous situations for students. Some of the security measures consist of almost complete camera surveillance, excluding bathrooms and student locker rooms, and all the exterior doors can be locked almost instantly with the press of a button accessed by faculty. Mr. McGuire explained that these measures help deter brutal tactics used in dangerous situations. He explained how the safe Utah app allows more than suicide prevention by allowing students indirectly help their peers by having a trained negotiator communicate with the student supposed to perpetuate these actions. Our safety measures at Springville Junior High School cover a large of array of emergency situations to protect the staff and most importantly the students.

With all our countermeasures and safety precautions we hope to deter all violent encounters, further proving schools are generally one of the safest environments for students. All these countermeasures have been proven to deter these situations almost entirely; However, try as we may, we can not completely abolish all these events from happening, so we will continue to work to improve our safety plan in news unthought of ways.

Article: Stakeholder survey may help determine how our teachers teach

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Article by Wynter Smith - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Recently students at SJHS were given the opportunity to take the Stakeholder Survey. The Stakeholder survey is a survey that all students are recommended to take. This survey lets you share your opinion about any of your teachers. The first part of it is multiple choice and the second part is free write. You are allowed to write whatever your opinion is about the teacher that you chose. That’s the basics of the Stakeholder survey.

Alec Noll he said “I love that survey, I to share my opinion to the school about my teachers.” There are obviously going to be some positive and negative reviews.  I don’t think a lot of students know what these surveys are used for. I certainly didn’t when I first took it in seventh grade.

Mr. McGuire Springville Junior Highs principal helps us understand the point and purpose of the Stakeholder Survey. He says “With the Stakeholder Survey, when the responses get submitted I first look at them then they go to the superintendent (his boss). “If there is a serious problem I will talk to the student but if a teacher did something illegal it will be taken to a different level.” Just like students teachers are given a grade, but their grade is based on student reviews. Mr. McGuire meets with every single teacher and tells them about their reviews and suggests things to make him/her a better teacher. He said “If I get a bad review back about I teacher I say “how can I help you get better?”

The Stakeholder Surveys main purpose is to make our current teachers better at teaching.

SJHS PTSA Receive 9 Springville Mayor Recogntiion Awards

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Shannon Acor

The Springville City Council Chambers was filled with some pretty amazing students and their parents in February as Mayor Richard Child and the City Council honored them for their community service and involvement in the Springville Junior High Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).  A few of the note-worthy projects they have been involved in are; fundraising efforts raising over $25,000 to help assist Mihkenna Merrill with her medical expenses, picking pumpkins and gourds for Harvest Farms, volunteering with Happy Valley Farmer’s Market and helping with Red Ribbon Week. The SJHS PTSA is led by wonderful parent volunteers. PTSA President Tess Jones describes the students she works with as “hard-working, sincere, dedicated and having great attitudes.”

Pictured with their families are the nine Mayor Recognition Award recipients: Alexi Love, Jesus Hernandez, Brynn Jones, Molly Hunter, Levi Palmer, Kevin Pau Rojas, Gavin Jones, Madoc Jones and Deagan Rosenlof,

Look around you! Nominate a student serving others and working hard at www.springville.org/mayoraward. We would love to see them at our next city council awards.

SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23

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Lana Hiskey

In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app. As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks.

Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone.

Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students. Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:
· Encourage your friends to download the app
· Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts

KSL Contest:

Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card

These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page

The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL!

The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m.

Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas!

Stakeholder Survey

Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools.  A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at www.nebo.edu beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences. (Parents and employees will be emailed a link to help them gain access, while students will be shown the link in their computer labs.)

The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.

Thank you for your helpful feedback.

https://neboschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3Lrk9lpA9ORMRD 

Support Nebo Education Foundation

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Lana Hiskey

If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, the Nebo Education Foundation will have significant benefits if you shop through AmazonSmile. Support your student and local schools when you shop on Amazon. Simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0546418 and Amazon donates to Nebo Education Foundation. 

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Remember to type in NEBO EDUCATION FOUNDATION when it asks you for your favorite charity. The donations that come into the Nebo Education Foundation are then given back to teachers and schools through grants. Thank you for your support.

Article: Changes to Quest Time

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Article by Ella Stoddard - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The changes to Quest Time over the last year have caused a lot of confusion to the students of Springville Junior High.  Ms. Shepherd was saying that with the removal of movie rooms and advisory it made it easier for some of the teachers to manage their classrooms.  Should there still be movie rooms or was that a good move by the principals of our school?

Ms. Shepherd was saying that the changes in Quest Time were to make things better and that the student advisory was not going as they planned so now we have Quest Time of Fridays. Mrs. Jackson said that, “ They wanted to make it simpler for kids but now the kids don’t know what class is a conversation room, movie room or a game room.” Oh, the struggles of Quest Time.

Emma Payne says that the purpose of Quest Time is “ It’s like recess if you have good grades. Just a nice time to hang out.” She also brought up that students sneak into the cafeteria so they can hang out with friends even though they have bad grades. “ Some students sit around but, the students who want good grades actually get their stuff done.” said Mrs. Jackson about her mandatory Quest Time.

Movie rooms were one of the changes that happened here at Springville Junior High, also there are no more student advisory on Fridays. Some of the 7th grades here don’t know what those things even are. Bryson Smith said that, “ I would want the movie rooms to come back, they sound fun.” But one of the problems that Bryson brought up was how noisy it is in the cafeteria  and most teachers agree with this too. Ms. Shepherd stated, “ We are working on fixing the chaos of the cafeteria and are willing to take students opinions on how to.”

However, there is a committee that is helping making these decisions. Mr. Jensen, one of our science teachers, is the head of this committee, if there are questions or concerns about Quest Time you can ask him or one of our principals. Most students just choose the conversation rooms so it helped changing it and giving teachers more flexibility. In all, the changes to Quest Time helped out both students and teachers.

Springville Mayor and City Council Honor Exceptional Nebo Students

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Article by Shannon Acor

Newly sworn in Springville Mayor Rick Child gave out his first Mayor’s Recognition Awards at January’s 2018 City Council Meeting. The Mayor and City Council recognized two Springville Junior High students who are dedicated to excellence and service.

Jocelyn Nolasco is in seventh grade. She was nominated by her teacher Emily Edman. Ms. Edman shared that Jocelyn goes up to the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter on a regular basis to help provide home cooked meals to the residents. Her family does this at their own expense. Jocelyn is often seen helping a neighbor clean their yard or home. It is Jocelyn’s goal to help make other’s lives a little better with less hunger, cold or suffering. Jocelyn’s parents are Eva Aguayo and Javier Nolasco.

Michelle Mumford is a ninth grader and was nominated by her teacher Katie Reese. Ms. Reese writes that Michelle is a good example, a true friend, a hard worker, a skilled leader and an exceptional student at all times. She quietly goes about pursuing excellence without any arrogance or self-promotion. Michelle is the daughter of Sara and Blake Mumford.

Springville City is honored to recognize the wonderful youth in the community. Nominate a student today at www.springville.org/mayoraward(link is external).

Mental Health Parent Awareness Nights

Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.

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