Singing in the Rain comes to SJHS

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Article by Alyssa Badger, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Every year Springville Junior HIgh does a school musical. In the past they’ve done plays like “Crazy For You” and “The Music Man.” This year Ms. Utrera, our school’s choir and yearbook teacher, chose “Singing in the Rain, Junior” for this years drama’s production. The leads include Monte Taylor, Kennedy BIrd, Hannah Henage, and Colin Gwilliam. The play will be performed for everyone Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25 and Monday, March 27 at 7 each night.

Kennedy Bird, “Lina Lamont” in the play, is really excited for everyone to see it. She thinks everyone will love it and that it’s a really fun show. She says her favorite part about doing the play is “All the people in it and it’s a really fun way to meet new people and make new friends.” She said she did the play because she has been in it every year, she loves performing and her brothers were also in school musicals.

Colin Gwilliam, “Cosmo Brown” in the play, auditioned for the play because he thought it would be fun and he was in it last year. “I like singing and dancing.” he added. His favorite part about the musical is “The singing and hanging out with friends backstage.”  He is very excited for everyone to see the play.

Kim Bartholomew, a cast member, did the play because “I’ve always had a passion for singing, and I’ve always wanted to do it. This is the first year I have time for it.” She said her favorite part about the play is how fun it is to learn new things and how fun she has singing and dancing. She is extremely excited for everyone to see it.

The school musical is open for everyone to see Saturday the 25th at 7 and closing night is Monday the 27th. Come support your peers in “Singing in the Rain”!

Spectacular Student Teachers of Science!

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Article by Jocelynn Garner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Tall, beautiful, young, magestic creatures lurk around Mr. Bass’ classroom, but don’t worry it’s just Ms. Carey and Ms. Merrill. They are the student teachers. Their job is to learn how to teach a class one day, and help the teacher they are shadowing. Unfortunately they’re leaving after spring break of this year.

Ms. Merrill, one of the student teachers, loves teaching here. “I love the atmosphere. I love that the students are excited about learning [and that the] faculty is really nice and welcoming. Students are nice to each other” she said. Mr. Bass has taught her a lot of new things. “He helps me figure out what kind of teacher I want to become; methods of teaching different concepts.” Merrill said. “Helps us everyday. Always willing to bend over backwards to get us what we need; great ideas of what to teach; gives great feedback.” Ms. Merrill said talking about how Mr. Bass helps her. She wants to make a difference in students lives. She wants to teach them to “Learn to love to learn.” Ms. Merrill wants to teach science because it “explains almost everything in the world. You see science everywhere you go.” She wants to be a teacher because both of her parents are teachers themselves, they “inspire me to an educator” she said. She would go on roadtrips with her dad and he would say to her “Look out there, can you see the shield volcano?” She wants to be just like him. Ms. Merrill is currently working for her Bachelor of Science and Earth in Space Science Education degree at BYU. She’s been wanting to teach since first grade. Even though there are those difficult days the good outweigh the hard things.

Mr. Bass absolutely enjoys the extra help. “It means I can be innovative and creative, get supplies in order; take care of individual students; improve grade book maintenance.” He said. “They don't need a lot of help; they have an excellent base of knowledge; it's a matter of teaching to own styles.” Mr. Bass said. When he does help them it's “mostly by creating a supportive environment that allows them to be creative in their own way.” Without their help it would otherwise take time away from more important needs. Not only is Mr. Bass teaching the two of them but they're teaching him as well. They give “their fresh ideas. Help with technology. They have a different frame of reference and point of view.”

The reason that Ms. Carey loves teaching at our school is, “The students are generally fun to be around and are mostly willing to do their work. The people are very personable and down to earth, which is always more fun to be around. I like that the students are willing to learn, even though it might always be about fun or exciting things. There are many resources to help teachers to enhance the learning of their students. This has overall been a good experience so far.” Being a student teacher gives you a lot of opportunities to learn. “I have learned that getting to know the students and their interests helps me to be able to understand how to try to relate what we are learning to what they enjoy doing.” Ms. Carey said. It can be difficult at first to come into a new place with new people so do to get used to the place Ms. Carey said,  “I started off observing Mr. Bass, but now Ms. Merrill and I write our own lesson plans and teach the classes ourselves.” She is learning to be a teacher “Because it is important to me to contribute to helping young minds learn; that is learning not only on the subject of science, but a huge goal is to help them to become good and contributing citizens.” she said. But why science? Well Ms. Carey said it was because “ Scientific principles are evident everywhere in life, whether we think about it or not. Physics/engineering - roads, houses, buildings, etc. Chemistry - how our bodies work. Geology - just look at those mountains and everything else! It is so applicable and neat to figure out how the world works.” Her inspiration is.. “I had several teachers who taught me so much more than their subject matter; they showed us that they really cared about us as individuals and not just as another of their bunches of students. I learned a lot about life, being kind to everyone no matter how they treat me, and how to be an informed and contributing citizen. They inspired me to want to make a positive difference, as well.” She is currently working on getting her Physical Science Education degree at Brigham Young University. Ever since middle school she's wanted to be a teacher. Yes it can be hard to be a teacher but with what Ms. Merrill said the hard things are outweighed with the good. It can be hard with the preferences of each student, making it nicer for students to learn and the different science concepts can make the job hard.

Now after reading about the hard work and what it's like to be a teacher or student teacher, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their work. It would be fair enough to say that Mr. Bass, Ms. Merrill and Ms. Carey are the most iconic trio at Springville Jr. High.

Cool Knight of SJHS: Cooper Acor

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Article by Micah Schmitz - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Springville Junior High may seem like a little school, in a relatively smallish town, but some of our very own students have done some great things, for example, 7th Grader, Cooper Acor, was invited by Representative Francis Gibson to the State Capital on Tuesday to lead the House of Representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance on the House Floor. Cooper was extended the invitation after he responded to an email Gibson had sent to his constituents asking for a volunteer. Cooper is a Boy Scout in Troop 67 of the Hobble Creek District and explained to Gibson he was currently working on his Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. After leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Cooper enjoyed a VIP tour of the State Capital as well as an explanation of how a bill becomes a law during the Legislative Session.

Charles Brenchley said “I think that's very intriguing, and it shows just how far you can go, regardless of your background.”

Way to go Cooper! 

Rise of the Planet of the 9th Graders

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Article by Trey Widtfeldt, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Sevies turn into 8th graders, and, eventually, through much aggravating elective classes and maybe some irritated teachers, they turn into 9th graders, in other words, high schoolers. But wait, aspiring 9th grader! You’re still tethered to SJHS! There is but another year that you must take before ascending to education heaven.

What I’m trying to say is that some people are no longer eighth or seventh graders anymore. Registration has come to redeem or exact it's vengeance upon unwilling eighth graders. You can either enjoy some elective classes, like being a TA or going to Creative Writing. So what did some people have to say about the future of 9th graders and their plans for high school. Wheeler Sedgeley said he was choosing to take some of the more artistic classes, such as Interior Design, Theatre Tech, and Creative Writing. While his plans for high school were almost the complete different. He hoped to take more of the science class, and if there was one, and if it was even possible, a psychology class, mentioning that he had hopes of becoming a detective.

Diego Clark (His third appearance on the show, come on down, Diego!) Took some of the same classes, his high school future was much different than that of Wheeler’s. He hoped to take a lot of AP classes for Science, Math, and English, hoping to get a lot of College credit in.

If you’re a sixth grader, welcome! If you’re a sevie, hold on to your wlecome from last year. If you’re an eighth grader, there’s another year ahead of you. If you’re a ninth grader, goodbye!

But seriously, high school is a pretty cool place to be, get your plans in so you can get it out of the way and have a great school year!

Time for registration at SJHS. Which classes do you want to take?

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Article by Saydie VanLeuven and Esmeralda Montoya - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Springville Junior high students are registering for new classes for next year. What electives did they take? Do they think it would be harder next year?

Amy Robertson, an eighth grader at Springville Junior high school, said that some of the electives she’s taking are foods and peer tutoring. She chose those electives because she signed up for them this year and she really liked them. Another eighth grader at SJHS named Tristin Richmond explained that he signed up for  foods and PE because they were fun and he wanted to do them again. Hondo Quesada, another eighth grader, said he signed up for foods and PE too because they were fun this year. Hailey Gabbitas, a ninth grader at SJHS, said that she signed up for dance, woodworking, and child development because they seem pretty fun and exciting. Another eighth grader at SJHS named Jake Follette explained that he signed up for foods class because you get to make food and he loves food. Tucker Kelsey, an eighth grader, said that he signed up for spanish because he needed the credits and he also took seminary because of his religion. Abi Christenson said that she signed up for health and FFA because she wants to get credits.

Amy said that she thinks it next year will be harder because ninth grade is the grade that counts. Tristin agreed with Amy. Hondo said he thinks it would be harder because there are harder classes. Hailey said that she thinks tenth grade will be harder that ninth because there is more work and a new school. Jake explained that it would be harder because eight is pretty easy but he doesn’t think ninth is. Tucker said it wouldn’t be harder because he gets smarter every year. Abi said she thinks it would be harder because ninth grade actually counts.

If you need help picking out your electives for next year you can always count on your friends and family to give you some ideas, also the counselors can always help too.

Spring Break!!!

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Article by Chandler Kiser - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Spring break is coming up for Springville Junior High School and many student are excited for it.

Jane Wilson, an 8th grader at SJHS, said “ I am going to London and Paris”, she also said that she is really excited for it.

Jane said that her grandma is taking her and along with her, her two older sisters, Chloe and Emma. Jane explained, “ I want to see the Eiffel tower and go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa." She is also excited to see Wicked at Royal Albert Hall and she is also going on lots of tours and one of them is a food tour. She is very excited for the trip and can't wait to go.

Amanda Gardner, a 8th grader at SJHS said that she is going to Mexico for the Child Hope Foundation. While she is  there she is going to help build orphanages and she is very excited to play with the kids. She also hopes to make a difference in the children's lives. She also said that a lot of teens in her neighborhood and their families are also going with them to help.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Junior High Drama

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Article by Alyssa Badger, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Junior high is known for girl drama. Most people here believe that there’s a lot as a teenager. ¨No matter where you go there is gonna be a drama problem.” one student said. Multiple students say there is an issue with the way certain people interact with each other while being a teen. There is a variety of students who feel they are a victim to the drama epidemic.

In a survey, ten out of ten people believe that everyone is involved with drama at some point in their teenage years. Though some people go through more than others, they all agree that everyone goes through some form of it. Mr. Hammon, the eighth grade health teacher at the school, says the best way to deal with drama is to “put your life in perspective, take a step back and count your blessings.” He says that staying off social media is a good way to diffuse the drama. He claims, “don’t gossip or spread rumors.” to be the best way to not start drama. He says that in our day and age people’s brains are starting to not fully develop until around 25-30 years old instead of 20-25 years old like past years. The best way to help with this, he says, is to just not be on your phone so much and don’t let it control your life. He says this will help you in long run with drama and the development of your brain.

One girl says that she’s not really involved with drama a lot but does feel like there is an issue with it as a adolescent. She says she deals with drama depending on what it is. “I usually just brush it off.” she added. Another student said she asks her mom what she should do when something comes up then she helps her out.  She says that she is involved in drama all the time. She said “Though there is drama as a teen, it’s just apart of life.”

In conclusion, though a lot of students believe that everyone goes through some type of drama as a teenager, it does not affect everyone.

Moving On

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Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

6th grade students from Sage Creek, Cherry Creek, Art City, Brookside and West Side elementary came to Springville Jr. High this week for their Orientation. They started off with an assembly showing many of our fine arts programs such as drama, choir, band, and orchestra.

Emilly Jessee, an upcoming 7th grade girl, is very excited for the class options that are available to choose from. “ I am very excited for foods in 8th grade!” As is almost every single 6th grade student.

Another upcoming 7th grader, Grace Basudldo, says that the class she is most excited for is art! “ It’s going to be weird not having a recess anymore, but it’s ok because I’m in Jr. High!”  

The transition from elementary to jr. high is weird and sometimes scary, but to all you future 7th graders, just do your best, work hard, have fun and jr. high will be amazing.

Welcome to SJHS

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Article by Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Many eighth grade students have switched to Springville Junior High School during the school year. But do you know what it's like to switch to a new school in the middle of the year?

Ashton Lloyd and Kamrynn Blades switched around Christmas time  from Mapleton Junior High School. Kamrynn Blades likes Springville better than Mapleton, but Ashton Lloyd likes Mapleton better than Springville. Kamrynn likes Springville better because she has a lot more friends and people are more welcoming. Springville’s hallways are better and wider. Ashton doesn't like Springville as much because, “Springville doesn't have as many people similar to me.”

Taelyn Gourley switched from Juab Junior High School in Nephi, Utah. Taelyn likes Juab better than Springville because she has more friends at Juab. “Springville has better teachers though!”

Where ever you call home, SJHS has some great benefits! 

Masters of Singing

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Article by Jenny Wallentine - SJHS Student Staff Writer

At our school we have many very talented performers who love to sing, act, and dance. Luckily for us, we have a choir where kids can let out our creative side and sing out. This choir is called the Master Singers. They are a combination of 8th and 9th graders who love to sing and have incredible voices. This choir is led by the school’s yearbook, choir and director, Mrs Utera.

Students here seem to love choir Daniel Kawai an 8th grader in Master singers says he loves to sing and go travel around to perform. Molly Hunter says, “I love to hang out and sing with my friends!” The master singers get to travel around more than the other choirs get because they are known as the “advanced choir”.

Songs at the school are very unique and different compared to songs performed on the radio. People seem to love the songs the most popular choice is Johnny O and SallyAnne. But other ones that people chose are Sieze the Day, Cornerstone, and the Nutcracker Jingles.

Kids love Mrs Utera and say she's very chill and kind to the other choir kids. All the 8th graders say that they will be attending the choir again next year if they have enough credits. So be sure to check out our school's Master Singers.

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