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.

Term 2 Newsletter

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Created by SJHS Journalism

The semester 1 journalism staff wrote and created this newsletter website for Term 2. 

Check out some of the things that were happening around the school! 

CLICK HERE 

Semester 1 Journalism consisted of Kekoa Akiona, Grace Ashby, Ashlee Bayles, Taylor Benson, Karly Bracken, Payton Evans, Elizabella Francom, Amanda Gardner, Libby Hodson, Stazie Killpack, Mathew King, Raquel Marquez, Leslie Ruiz, Cheyenne Skinner, Emily Snyder, Oakley Toelupe, and Makailee Turner.  Thanks for keeping us informed! 

Article: Topaz Field trip

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Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

On November 14, the 8th graders at SJHS had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Topaz Museum in Delta and learn about the Japanese Internment Camps that were in operation during WW2.

Many of the eighth graders enjoyed learning about what life was like for the Americans of Japanese ancestry.

“It was really moving to see what they went through.” Chloe Sleight states, as she talks about her experience.

“ My favorite part of the field trip was going inside of the barracks,” Laurissa Blakey explains, “They didn’t have insulation so it got so cold and hot all the time. It was just really sad to see what they had to go through.”

“The most fascinating thing about Topaz, was when we got to actually go into the barracks and see what it was like for a family of 4.” Dallin Hatfield explains.

Something else that they got to see was what the internees did on their free time- Shell art.

“They made these beautiful things will just some shells and nail polish.” Blakey continues.

This was definitely a one a great learning experience for 8th graders and surely to be something they will forever remember. 

Article: Future Farmers of America

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Article by Elizabella Francom - SJHS Student Staff Writer

At SJHS there is program called FFA which represents Future Farmers of America. In this program you learn about many different things such as agracoucher. FFA is a program which helps kids throughout America become better friends and farmers. Today, the National FFA organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

In FFA you have the option to get rewards by earning them. A few ways you can earn a award is by being a good person ,listening to instructions, and being an outstanding student.  If you do FFA you have many opportunities to do service projects. While doing the projects you can earn awards.  In FFA they believe that it is important that you do in classroom work just as much as real life experiences. That is why you do both. You do classwork just as much as you go around and lean and see stuff in real life.

Many of the people who do FFA here at our school enjoy it . All of them say it is supper fun and they loved taking the class. Morgan Roper who is in FFA Said “FFA is so fun I love being in it.” But FFA isn’t all about having fun it is also about hard work. Shara Whatabe said “FFA is fun but it is also taught me a lot about who I am and what I want to be when I grow up.” FFA can teach you a lot about who you are and what you want enjoy doing and what you want to be when you grow up.

In FFA you also learn about agriculture, food and, animals.  Agriculture is learning about framing and taking care of land and learning how to use the equipment farmers use. When you learn about food you learn how to grow it and take care of it so it will be healthy. And when you learn about animals you find out how to take care of them and how to keep them strong and healthy and to know what to feed them. FFA sound super fun and I would love doing it and all of you should consider it because it could help you find out about what you love doing, and what you want to be. That is why everyone should do FFA.  

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