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

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!!!

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

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

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

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

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.

Fashion Week at SJHS

Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves and Jocelyn Garner - SJHS Student Staff Writers

Springville is a small town, but we have some surprisingly fashionable students here at the Junior High. We have several students that want to pursue a career in fashion, and there are several sewing classes that teach about clothing. There aren't a lot of clothing stores in Springville, so most people go out of town to Provo or Orem to shop. Many students said their favorite stores were H&M, Forever 21, Cotton On, Aeropostale, Rue21, and Pacsun. Eva Laraway said her favorite store is Urban Outfitters, which is all the way in Salt Lake City! Clearly our students are willing to go the extra mile to look nice.

Brayden Zubia and Daniella Arguellos both said that  denim is their favorite thing to wear, and Eva said her favorite article of clothing is a black jumper.  Everyone said that the clothes you wear are very important because they are a form of expression and it defines people. Brayden and Eva said their clothes are not expensive, but Daniella said hers cost a lot.

Eva has a fashion blog and wants to work for Vogue. Brayden wants to be a famous fashion designer. Daniela, however, wants to work in medicine. Some fashion icons they have are Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga, Alexander Mcqueen, Troye Sivan, and Audrey Hepburn.

As you can see, we have some rising fashion stars here at SJHS.

All you need to know about Brian Cervantes

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Brian Cervantes is 14 years old and was born on February 20th, 2003. He is currently in 8th grade. Brian is a very nice person liked by many, but he considers himself not known by many around the school. If you don’t hear Brian very often, it's probably because he is not very talkative and can be shy at some times.

His favorite animal is a dog, and he also has had a dog as a pet for 8 months. His dog's name is Nicky and is a chihuahua. Some fun things about Brian is that he likes the snow, likes to longboard, and his favorite season in summer. His favorite classes are math because he likes to solve problems, foods because he likes to cook, and health because the teacher is one of his favorites.

Brian Cervantes is a very nice person with many different traits. I would highly recommend meeting him and talking to him because he is a very good friend towards everyone and is a good person to talk to about anything.


Locked In?

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at SJHS it seems like there is a lot of garbage in the commons area after lunch. The administration of the school mentioned to the students that if there continues to be a lot of garbage in the area that students will have to stay in the cafeteria so the commons won't be messy.

8th grader Jesus Hernandez said that after he eats lunch in the cafeteria but does like to wander the halls after he is done eating and claims that a lot of students would dislike the change because it might feel like being improsioned. 

Trace Peterson, another 8th grader, said that he eats in the cafeteria but also likes to wander in the halls when he is finished eating because he is able to hangout with friends and go outside.

8th grader Garret Jones said that he eats in the cafeteria but does like to go in the halls because it is too packed in the cafeteria and there isn't much space to hang out with his friends.

The school administration has expressed that it makes the school look bad if the commons and halls are messy, and it also causes more work to be done to clean up the school.

It seems that most students like to go into the halls to be with their friends, but if the halls and commons area continues to be messy, students will soon lose the privilege to be able to leave the cafeteria.

What is FFA week?

Article by Saydie Van Leuven - SJHS Student Staff Writer

FFA week is where students get to celebrate FFA and dress up, FFA actually stands for Future Farmers of America. Amy Robertson, an eighth grader, said that her favorite day to dress up on this year is cowboy day. Another eighth grader is named Tristin Richmond, he said that he kind of likes FFA week because it’s a good idea, he also said that he liked cowboy hat/ hat day the best this year. Shawn Curtis, an eighth grader explained that he didn’t really know what FFA week was. 

Some students really liked it and some students didn’t really know or understand the purpose behind it, but FFA week is a really good idea. The purpose of FFA week is to try to get people to take the class in ninth grade and to try and get that class to be recognized by more students.

Students at Springville Junior high school all have mixed feelings about FFA week, but If you’re interested look for FFA week next year and take the class!