Meet our new English teacher, Ms. Smith. Her husband was also an English teacher and really liked it, so it made her want to teach it too. Ms. Smith taught in Alpine District for history. She also taught at 2 other private schools and wanted to come back to public schools. She said, ‘’Springville Junior High has a great administration and great kids.” Ms. Smith tries to make her lessons fun and make it relate to life. She worked with kids with hard lives and it made her want to help other kids too. “When people have fun they learn more,” said Ms. Smith. She wants her students to see themselves as writers and lifelong readers. And that what they have to say matters. Ms. Smith wants them to be prepared for their futures. Stop by and tell her hi next time you're in the P hallway!
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Meet Ms. Miley! Springville Junior High’s new principal. This is Ms. MIley’s first year as the principal of SJHS. When asked about switching to SJHS, Ms. Miley said, “It just felt really natural and familiar.” Most people are unaware that she worked at Springville Junior High for 16 years. She was an English teacher, Journalism teacher, and the Dean of Students. She also said that coming to our school made her extremely happy because it feels like home here. There are a lot of people that she loves here, but it was also hard for her to leave the other people she loved at her old school, Springville High.
You can see here just how much she puts into her work and how much she puts into getting to know the people she works with. Ms. Miley cares a ton for the students here. In response to the question, What do you want the student body to know about you, Ms. Miley stated “That I am really excited to be here, I love junior high and especially Springville Junior. I guess I just want them to know that I care.” Ms. Miley has only been the principal for a little while, but you can already feel the love she has for the students here.
Cross Country season has come and gone now. But what did it take for them to have success? What did the cross country team do to train? To find out we talked to coach Matt Hammon. Upon being asked what training is like Coach Hammon told us that on Tuesdays and Thursdays they do more challenging and harder workouts and on Mondays and Wednesdays they take it easier. On Fridays, they go to their meets. When we asked him what the best part of cross country is he said that his favorite part was seeing the kids bond and have fun and he likes seeing them win. He also told us about how the team compares to last year's team- he explained that they did very well especially the girls. To sum it all up cross country is a good way for students to be social and stay in shape. Check it out next year!
Mini Pinatas filled with candy, fun lunchtime activities, dancing in the commons. What is happening at SJHS? We had LIA Week! LIA stands for Latinos in Action. LIA is a student action team that has a main goal, according to LIA member Linnthay Sanchez, to “Help everyone and do lots of service.” This group of awesome students wanted to have an activity-filled week to give the people of SJHS an important message.
Linnthay Sanchez says, “What we hope to accomplish this week is we want to teach the students at SJHS that they can all become leaders.”
Among all the fun activities the LIA got to do that week, a few favorites were musical chairs and dancing during lunch, helping with Parent Teacher Conferences, and participating in fun Quest Time activities in Mr. Beebe’s room. One of the Quest Time activities to participate in was a drum performance by Diego Campos of the Brazilian band Diego Brazuca. It was a lot of fun!
Lily Austin of LIA said, “We hoped that after this week we could form a stronger bond with our team.” And she was not wrong. After last week, we saw others being kind to each other and forming closer bonds; especially within the LIA team.
As the week neared its end, we saw a huge improvement in the attitude of our school. The new 7th graders were feeling more welcome, friends were being made, and everyone was having fun. LIA week was definitely a success, and we can’t wait for it to happen again next year!
15, love, 40, love, 40, 15, game! Springville Jr High Schools tennis team, who are they? How'd they do? What do they do?
The following girls tried out and made the tennis team for 2019. Junior Varsity girls are, Danica Gwilliam, Sydney Hardy, Aralynn Luzuriaga, Janice Davis, Camille Unguren, Melat Degala, Savannah Rollins, and Caitlyn Hirschi. Varsity girls are, Natalie Aragon, Tatum Chamberlain, Brooke Constanine, Millie Thomson, Kate Peterson, Ginny Peterson, Adria Young, and Lily Killpack. The head coach of the team is Mr Dahl and the assistant coach is Mr Parker (or Natalie Aragon). Why did they choose to play tennis? Danica Gwilliam replied with, “I wanted to try something new.” A good portion of the tennis team just barely started playing tennis, they joined the team because they wanted to try something new. What kind of things do the girls do to prepare for a match? Natalie Aragon replied with, “I have to mentally prepare and have confidence in my serves.” Millie Thomson, Janice Davis, and Adria Young all replied with “practicing and a short rally before.” Practice makes perfect! The tennis team would practice every day after school. Their practices consisted of practice matches, challenge matches, tennis games, ball machine and more. The season started September 10 and ended October 3. JV had their district tournament October 7 and Varsity had theirs October 8. Both JV and Varsity did good and had lots of fun.
The season for the Springville Jr High Schools tennis team has now come to an end. The girls had a very successful season had built good lasting relationships with each other. Let's go Knights!
Districts meet, on your mark, get set, go! Emily Sumsion sprints off into the lead of the pack determined to help pull her team to a first-place finish.
Emily Sumsion is a runner for Springville Junior High school. In the summer, Emily would run 6-8 miles every day with most days doing a hard workout. During the cross country season at Springville Jr. High school, she runs about 3-4 miles with about 2 workouts a week. In preparation for the next meet not only does she work hard during the week, right before the race she goes for a warm-up run and gets pumped for the race that is about to begin. Emily said, “I like cross country because I can do something fun with my friends.”
Emily Sumsion is an amazing long-distance runner who works hard during the week in preparation for the meets on Fridays. She loves cross country and being with friends on the team.
Hundred of students crowd the halls, filling the school with their own unique personalities, interests, and emotions. Even though there are all these different kinds of people, some students still feel alone without a friend to look out for them. SJHS hosted Be an Ally week to help change this.
Being an ally has several different meanings to different people. When asked about the topic one of the students, Kimbal Mcferson, believes that being an ally means, “helping those who need it and those who don’t.” He thinks we should be looking out for fellow peers in our school which seems to be a very common trend among the students. Annie Low has similar opinions saying that allies help out whenever they can.
Many hope to be able to have the friendship and school spirit continue beyond this week. Ms. Jensen, the teacher in charge of the student council, commented on the changes she’d already seen as a result of Be an Ally week. She said, “Only the second day, kids say they made new friends.” This week as already shown improvements in the overall positivity in the school. Mrs. Shepherd, the assistant principal, said that one of the outcomes she hopes to see as a result of the spirit week is to see nicer kids with fewer kids going home feeling sad.
There were many fun activities planned for the days throughout the week. There were dress-up challenges like wearing school spirit, dressing up as a Disney character, neon colors, etc. Many students like the dress-up challenges, Bennett Averett and Reese Barron’s favorite dress-up day was the sports team gear day. The week also ended with an assembly where guest Ben Kjar shared his story of being an ally and then the band Foreign Figures played some of their music.
To conclude, Be an Ally week was an overall success pushing many students out of their comfort zones to go help other peers. Abigayle Burns sums it up best saying that her favorite thing about the week was showing uniqueness among the students and similarity.
Nebo is offering another class for parents called “Progress not Perfection.”
When: October 21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Springville High, 1205 East 900 South
In this presentation, Kane talks about the difficulties teens face in today’s complex social media world as they sort through the journey of progress versus perfection.
➡ Anxiety is the number one issues facing teens.
➡ Depression rates are higher now than ever before.
➡ Teenage suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death.
➡ This is the 20% face of mental health.