Ms. Merrill is a science teacher, she teaches 7th and 8th grade. She also coaches the school's girls basketball team. She has been teaching at Springville Jr. High for two years. Jade Murray, one of her 8th-grade students said, “Ms. Merrill is fun and always has a positive attitude. She gives examples to help me learn better when I don’t fully understand something.” Another 8th-grade student Ammon Taylor said, “She always tries to make class interactive. I like how Ms. Merrill is strict on the rules and helps us achieve our goals.” Ms. Merrill said she became a teacher because both of her parents were teachers, she loves a-ha moments and loves her coworkers. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is to play basketball and spend time with her family. She loves to get to know her students and watch them progress throughout the year. We love having Ms. Merrill as a part of our school at Springville Jr. High School!
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Noah Jacobson and Audrey Hawkins are apart of the FFA 2nd semester. They competed on the Agricultural Science team. They got first! They will now compete in the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are very excited to represent SHS at the National FFA Convention in October of 2019. Although they won the Agricultural Science Convention they still wish that they could have done something a little bit better. Noah feels like he could have spent a little bit more time on the layout of his page. Audrey wishes she prepared more for her practicum. We then asked the question ‘What is your favorite part of state and FFA?’ Noah replied with “ The people that you get to meet are amazing and fun!” Audrey answered with “ Being with all of the FFA members from around the state and hanging out with them!” In the end, everything turned out good for everyone! We want to congratulate Noah Jacobson and Audrey Hawkins with winning and wish them luck in Indianapolis!
At the end of this school year, 9th-grade English classes are watching and learning about Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by Shakespeare in 1597 and describes a tale between two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. If you’ve watched or read Romeo and Juliet, you know it is more than a love story, and that’s what our 9th graders are beginning to learn.
The 9th-grade English classes are watching the Globe version of the play, adaptations as well as reading it out of the textbook. “I like to see the adaptations, and how they can change the play,” said Bridger Mason, a ninth grader. “My favorite way to get the story has to be the movies, it’s easier to follow than reading it in the textbook.” Johann Orozco, another 9th grader, said: “I like Romeo and Juliet because it’s not like every other love story, where the love lasts forever because both Romeo and Juliet end up dying.” Along with watching and reading it, the English classes have been doing activities to go along with it. They did a Masquerade, which is a dance from the times of Romeo and Juliet, and the classes have been acting out scenes with props too. “I like the acting because it lets us experience a little bit of what it was like to be back then. Except we did it less gory, instead of doing the fight scene we played rock paper scissors,” Johann said. “I also liked the dance, I thought it was going to be a disaster but it turned out quite fun.”
If you’re in 8th grade this year, be ready for Romeo and Juliet. Bridger says, “Be excited for the dance and for the movies, it’s a fun unit to study in English.”
“How many instruments can one person play?” This was the first question I thought when I walked into his classroom three years ago. I soon found out that it much more than the number of studio musicians in Steely Dan, and if you don’t know who they are, then learn your jazz-fusion bands. Mr. Booth, a multi-talented musician and a music enthusiast, is just an awesome person. He found his music appreciation in Montana where he grew up. He moved into Utah in 1992 and he has been teaching at SJHS ever since. He says his greatest accomplishments are when students become more talented musicians and seeing them become better people in general. Coming to Jr. HIgh I heard a lot of great, fun things about him and he lived up to his reputation. Every day I look forward to his class, his weird sense and humor and homemade cookies. Carsten Smith says, “I dare say he is the best teacher”. I agree with Carsten whole heartedly that he is the epitome of a teacher!
Here’s a few fun facts about Mr. Booth:
He can throw a piece of gum into the trash from across the room
He has Mr. Booth sign language that’s his own form of communication
He loves to find great sales or he likes to talk about them
We know he’s upset when he fidgets with his knuckles
Works in his garden as a pastime
Was a drummer in a band called The DeSotos All-Star band for over 20 years
Mr. Booths Ritz crackers song
He’s always wanted to learn how to tap dance
On a more serious note…
Eastern New Mexico University for 1 year. Associates degree at Ricks College. And his bachelors at BYU
When he retires he wants to continue learning the guitar. He also said to continue learning and to work in his yar
He knows how to play most brass, woodwind, stringed, and percussion instruments
I wanted to feature Mr. Booth in this article because he has become my friend. SJHS voted that he deserved the crystal apple for the positive impact he has had on our school. Since, he shares his knowledge and a deep understanding of music theory with passion and a sense of humor. He’s inspired me to develop my own creativity with music. He’s one teacher that his students will miss as they leave Jr. High hoping to see Mr. Booth’s quirks and nuances one last time.
Mr. Rockwood has been working here at SJHS for 2 years as the Dean of Students. “The Dean of Students is like a Vice - Vice Principal”, says Dr. Rockwood, who has a Bachelor Science Degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. “...and so I’m getting a promotion to Assistant Principal at Payson.” He gave me some of his favorite things, like his favorite colors are Blue and Green, and his favorite things about each grade. Dr. Rockwood said,” My favorite thing about 7th graders are that they’re eager to start a new thing and school, but that they’re also nervous. 8th graders are in this time of comfort zone, because they know the school, and they’re not worried about High school yet, and they know how the school works. And 9th graders are just ready to start High School, they’re ready and excited, and they think it’s going to be pretty fun.” I asked him who he looked up to and who he wants to be like, Dr. Rockwood responded,” Well, I’m 5’9, so I look up to everyone, or just most faculty and some students. But I want to be like Mr. Boothe, he makes so much of a difference to people and students. He teaches amazing, and he makes students feel empowered in and out of the classroom.” And this is how amazing Mr. Rockwood is.
We loved Dr. Rockwood helping students here and giving them great feelings and making them feel welcome. And so, Dr. Rockwood gave me some departing words of wisdom. He said,” I have loved teaching here at SJHS, and it’s been great. The faculty and students have taught me so many things, and I’m leaving a better person from before I started here. So, I will leave you this thought. If you remember these 3 lessons of virtue, which are to be courageous in being kind, honest, and hard working, there is nothing you can’t do.” And with that, from everyone, students, and faculty here at SJHS would like to say thank you, and good luck Dr. Rockwood!!
Relay, distance, sprints, hurdles, jumping, and throwing. Track has so many options, so much to offer. Springville Jr. High track the girls won districts for the past two years, and the boys side is up there as well. Interviewing a few 9th graders who have been doing track for the past 2 or 3 years, Logan Tanner said, “My favorite thing about track is the high jump, because not everyone can say they can do it. Plus its like doing a backflip over the bar” Logan went onto say, “I did track to stay in shape and be with friends.” Ashley Edwards another 9th grader agreed with Logan saying, “I play other sports so I did track to stay in shape and to be with my friends.” With practices after school everyday Monday-Thursday, along with meets on Fridays, another 9th grade track runner, Kennedy Davis said, “I love going to track meets, and being able to sit in a hammock underneath the bleachers during meets.” Kennedy would also have to agree with Logan and Ashley saying, “The reason I did track was to help me improve, so I can be able run faster.” she replied when asked what her favorite event was, “Relay races are also the most fun race. You get to compete with a team of amazing runners.” In conclusion, track is an amazing way to make friends, stay in shape, improve, and have fun.
At SJHS we have many great teachers and we love them all. One of the amazing teachers that we have is Mrs. Taylor! Mrs. Taylor has been teaching here at SJHS for one year. This will sadly be her last year at SJHS because she is going to be a principal at a different school. She teaches Utah History here and, loves it. Somethings that Mrs. Taylor likes to do when she is not teaching is spending time with friends and family, going on walks and hikes, and learning new things. One of her students Jesse Bosermen said “Mrs. Taylor is really nice and kind she helps you with work when you need help, she also helps you achieve your goals and get good grades.” Mrs. Talyor likes teaching because she likes seeing students succeed, and she likes being around people who care about kids. One thing that inspired her to become a teacher is that she knew the impact that a good teacher could have and she wanted to be that teacher. We are going to miss Mrs. Talyor so much and we hope that she will have an amazing time being a principal and impacting kids in a different way.
Mr McGuire the principal of SJHS is leaving us next year and we will miss him very much! He has made an impact on the school and made SJHS the great school it is. The students here at SJHS have enjoyed very much having Mr McGuire as a principal.
What does Mr McGuire like about being the principal? He says “I have enjoyed all of the great students.” People don't realize that principals care about the students. That is their whole job to help the school but the most important job it to care for the students. We asked some students “How has Mr McGuire helped you in the school year?” Gunner Bowers a 8th grade boy replied with “He makes sure we get to class on time and he’s a pretty good guy.” Mr McGuire walks around the halls and tells kids to get to class on time. Students don't realize that he is trying to help you. Grades and attendance start to matter and colleges will look at your attendance and if you have bad attendance they won’t take you. Brooklynn Zajac a 7th grade girl said, “he helps the teachers out so they are successful in helping me learn.” Mr McGuire cares about us and how we are learning so he helps the teachers out with how to teach the students. Why did Mr McGuire want to become a principal? He replied with “I like helping students that need extra help.” What does the principal do around the school? What does he like to do? “I like to hang out at all the activities, I like having conversations with students and teachers, I like to be involved in sports events, I think it is fun to hang around at lunch or outside.” He likes to do fun things but he also has to do things around the school that really don't get recognition. “I do all the day to day business of the school, I have to budget the money, hire the teachers make sure I get good teachers that will help around the school, I have to cover for teachers who are absent and find subs and I have to discipline students and teachers.” What makes a good principal? Mr McGuire said, “A good principal is someone who cares about the students and shows with their actions and not only words.” We asked Leah Lanier what she will miss about Mr McGuire she replied with, “I will miss his determination for what he does for the school.”
Mr McGuire left us with some final remarks, “Continue to be Allies, continue to stick for each other as Knights. Eyes open do the work, look forward to high school, do great things and do what you want to do and HAVE FUN!" It is safe to say that Mr McGuire has been a great princiPAL here at SJHS.
State testing for all grades will run April 29-May 9. We will be on a rotating schedule where each period will have a 100 minute period during the testing block to complete their tests. Click on the link to see the schedule.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production – this year performing one of the world’s first psychological thrillers, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
An evening performance for everyone is this Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 at Springville High School, 1205 East 900 South, Springville, UT. Another performance will be held on Monday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. at Spanish Fork High, 300 West 99 North, Spanish Fork. And, admission is free.
Michael Bahr, the festival’s education director directed this production. “For many of our audiences this will be the first time they have seen a professional Shakespeare production,” said Bahr. “This program seeks to entertain, enrich, and educate with innovative and accessible performances to rural and urban schools and communities, many of which would not have this opportunity otherwise.”
Come be entertained and enriched with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – and again, admission is free!!!