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Basketball Student Section

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:34
Article written by student: Brooke Constantine

SJHS has a really good basketball team, both girls and boys, but what brings the team together is our student section.  The student section is there to cheer on the team and to watch their peers play basketball. SJHS’s basketball would not be the same without the student section.

The student section is coordinated by a couple of 9th graders: Gus Ellison, Brooks Thorpe, Jayden Brown, Sophie Hunt, Mia Montgomery and Lofi Mavae.  What do these students like most about being in charge of the student section? Sophie Hunt replied, “Getting people to go to the games and dress up.”  How do they come up with the dress up themes? Gus Ellison replied saying, “ We have a group and we talk about what we want to do as a theme.” The students love to go to games and cheer on their classmates.  On December Thursday the 5th we played Mapleton and it was the largest student section we have ever had. What do the students like most about our student section? Gunner Bowers said, “It's fun, loud and a good time.”  Jocelyn Hunt said, “It brings our school and everyone together.” The students love the noise from the cheers, it helps hype the team up. What has been the students favorite theme? Most students replied with the Camo Out.  What future themes do the students here at SJHS think would be fun? Will Hammon gave the great idea of a Patriotic out, we also had a solid red or blue out, Hawaiian theme, mom or dad out and more.

Students here at SJHS have given excellent school spirit.  If you haven't been to a game you are missing out! The basketball game is good and fun and the student section is loud and proud!  Keep it up Student Section!

Girls Basketball Coaches

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:30
Article written by student: Amanda Felix

        A coach is someone that guides the team. The girls basketball team practices every day that they don't have a game. The coaches are a big part of the team, they lead them. A coach devotes their time to the team so they can achieve greatness.  

         The girls basketball coaches are none other than Mrs. Hatch and Mr. Hammon. They have coached other sports team for the Jr. High. Mr Hammon and Mrs. Hatch have both coached track and cross country together. In addition to coaching track and cross country, they decided to try coaching basketball this year. Mr Hammon was in charge of the score table last year, he enjoyed watching the games so he decided to give coaching a try.  At practice Mrs. Hatch decides to focus on the fundamentals and to improve on ball handling. Other skills that the team is focusing on for the upcoming games, is boxing out. When asked why Mrs. Hatch decided to coach she said “I love seeing students out of the classroom.” One of their favorite parts of coaching is the all the fun times and laughter that they have together. 

          Coaches play a very important role on a sports team. Mr. Hammon and Mrs. Hatch are phenomenal coaches and make basketball a party. Thank you coaches for all the that you do for the team! 

Christmas at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:34
Article written by student: Kennedie Young

As soon as December hits, Christmas time is in full swing at SJHS. Kids are wearing Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Many kids at SJHS love Christmas time. Some students tell us what their favorite thing about Christmas, Benson Digtrups favorite thing about Christmas is opening presents. Doesn’t everyone love presents! Liz Wattford tells her favorite thing about Christmas, “ I love when it is snowing outside and you can see the snowflakes coming down. It looks so pretty. “ Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. Jenna Nun loves spending time with her family. Don’t we love seeing our family. “ I love all of the Christmas traditions that my family has,” Claire Kieffer tells us. There are so many things that are amazing about Christmas. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Red Ribbon Week at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:30
Article written by student: Georgia Wilde

 During Red Ribbon Week at SJHS, the students have lots to look forward to. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week each year. Here at Springville Jr High, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week by participating in dress up days, and going to a kick-off assembly Monday morning. During the assembly police officer Craig Martinez came and talked about drug safety. During the assembly, they also introduced our dress up days for the week and the daily challenges.  Many students favorite dress up day is the crazy sock day, because it was easy to find fun socks to wear. Halle Strong thinks Red Ribbon Week is all about bringing awareness to the terrible side effects of drugs. She mentioned that it helps students know what to do in bad/unwelcome situations where drugs may be present. This years theme to get students participating is “What is your anti-drug?” Amara Waldal thinks this theme is all about “spending time on things you enjoy, and finding things to do that are good for your body.” She also thinks this theme will inspire kids to get out and get active. We are hoping that we can get students to become aware of the dangers of drugs, and all the many “anti-drugs” that everybody can participate in. Halle Strong said, “I hope that Red Ribbon Week gets kids out doing what they love and having a good time with friends.”


Christmas Concert at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:26
Article written by student: Evan Smith

Nothing brings the Christmas spirit like music, and this Christmas Choir Concert is just the right thing to bring in the joy of this holiday season.  Jocelyn Hunt, one of the alto’s in the master singers choir group said, “ The reason I chose to do choir is because I love to sing and so does the rest of our choir. This show should be one of our best!” Next Master singers bass Travis Gervaise says, "The reason for me to join choir is because I am a party guy and choir is the most partying class, and being with all of my friends.” Both of these students are very excited about this concert, and Travis has a solo next week on their choir tour to the elementary schools.  The concert was a huge success, everyone in the crowd loving every minute of it, and every student singing had a great time. The audience's favorite song by far as One Candle, the traditional Christmas song they sang for the last 20 years. Already the choir is getting ready for their next concert in the spring.

Orchestra Concert Fun

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:21
Article written by student: Avery Peterson

The orchestra concert was the best thing you’ve heard this year!! The orchestra concert was definitely the best! Gianna Furner, Paige Smith, and Ana Laine were asked some questions and here are their responses. Do you think all your hard work was worth it? Gianna Furner said, “Yes because I got to express my emotions and it was fun!” I really like how they enjoy doing what they love! Did you enjoy playing in the concert? Why? Paige Smith said, “Yes because it was satisfying to show friends and family all the hard work we have done.” What was your favorite part? Ana Laine said “playing all the songs.” Gianna plays the violin and Ana and Paige play the cello! Make sure to look out for these three musicians at our next SJHS orchestra concert!

Sharing is Caring

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:16
Article written by student: Chantel Furner

Sharing is Caring. Why was the two weeks of giving important? Who, what, why and when. 

Who does it go to, what was the purpose, why did we do it, when was it? Mandy Miller said, “ I think the school did it because people in this small town don’t have anything will get things for free so that they won’t have to pay for coats for their kids.'' This is an amazing quote.  Emmalee Boorman said “ they did it for the people that are less fortunate than us.” I asked why the school did the 2 weeks of giving and Aspen Cook said, “ So that they can have things than having to try to get a job or stay on the street to get money for a coat.” I asked do you think that it will make an impact? Mandy said, “ Yes, so that the people who don't have things. The schools 2 weeks of giving was a success. We donated over 1,000 pieces of clothes.


Hamlet Play at SJHS!

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:12
Article written by student: Sadie Crandall


On Tuesday October 29th, the 9th grade drama class put on the play Hamlet. The cast chose the play Hamlet because most everyone liked it and thought it would be fun to do. Emme Trunnell, the director of the play said, “Everyone really pushed for Hamlet and it was something most people knew about. The best part of the play was the final performance. We had been building up to that moment all term.” The cast of the play had to do a ton of work to make this play perfect, they had to memorize lines, they had tons of rehearsals, they had to get costumes, and much more. So it really did take a lot of time and a lot of hard work. Kennedie Young, a member of the cast, said, “ My favorite part of the play was probably practicing with all of my friends, and having fun together.” The play brought a lot of people together and helped a lot of people to develop their talents. The 9th grade drama class did a fantastic job and the final performance was beautiful. After the play was over, Emme stated, “It was really exciting and I would love to do it again!”

Mrs. Taylor, math teacher of SJHS and SHS!

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 13:52
Article written by student: Chantel Furner

Mrs.Taylor used to work at the Springville High school. She still works there but comes here for half a day I asked Mrs.Taylor how she likes being at the new school.(SJHS). She replied by saying, “I absolutely LOVE this school! I already knew the teachers and administration were excellent since I have a son Owen who has been at the school for the last 2 years. I am lucky to be a part of a wonderful math team, and I have grown to love so many students and teachers here.” I asked Mrs.Taylor how is it different from being at the high school? She said “There are a few obvious differences. There are 7 class periods each day here at the junior high, which makes classes much shorter than at the high school where we have 4 classes each A and B day. I prefer the A/B day schedule only because I get to spend more time with my students in one sitting, which permits more time with individual students. My students at the high school know they can't miss class because we cover a lot of material each day, and missing 1 A or B day class is the equivalent of missing 2 regular classes here. Attendance is so important! It doesn't matter if you are the best math student or the worst; if you miss a class you will be behind! At the high school, I find students are on their phones more and I remind my students: "Don't let your phone make you a bad math student." Students that come to class and pay attention will do well. It's a pretty easy formula.’’
Overall Mrs.Taylor enjoys being at the junior high, though there are many differences the junior high will always put a smile on your face.

Meet Ms. Smith!

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 13:45
Article written by student: Zoie Eriksson

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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