Article: Changes in the Library

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Article by Karly Bracken - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Do you have a library pass? According to the students, it’s the thing to have at SJHS. The library has so many changes recently and for the most part, everybody has been happy with them.

Library passes are something that you can get from Mr. Brimhall, the librarian. Sydney Averett, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, has a library pass and likes it a lot.  She said, “I like having the pass because I get to be with my friends in the library, and also because it’s not crazy like it is in the commons.” So as you can see, if you have a pass then you can chill with your friends in a calmer environment.

The library also has student library workers who help check out people’s books. Makenley Gross, another eighth grader at SJHS, is a student worker in the library. To become a worker, you ask your specific grade’s counselor if it would work with your schedule. Gross likes being a library worker, but she isn’t very fond of the library passes.  When asked if the library passes were liked, she replied with, “The library passes are okay, but It gets tiring of having to always open the door for people with passes.” And the other workers probably feel the same way.  

In conclusion, there are lots of changes in the school concerning the library. You can even get a library pass!  So are you going to get a library pass?

Article: The Masters of Singing

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Article by Emily Snyder - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The Masters of Singing are here at SJHS! But first who are the Masters of Singing? The real name for them is Master Singers. Master Singers are the highest choir rank in our school here at SJHS. Master Singers is only for 8th and 9th graders, and only has one class period, which this year is fifth period. To get into Master Singers you need to have an audition, and auditions are held at the end of the year for 7th and 8th graders, who were not already in Master Singers that year. 8th graders that were in Master Singers in their 8th grade year do not have to audition again.

This year in Master Singers we have 85 choir students, which is a big leap from last year, last year they had 72. When asked, “How is Master Singers going so far in your opinion?” Cooper Johnson, a ninth grader, says “It’s going great because everyone is so loud it makes me sound quieter.” Michelle Mumford, a ninth grade girl, says it is really different from last year, in the way that there is a lot more people, which means more enthusiasm, which also means more hyper kids. Ammon Key says, “It’s alright, the kids are not too serious about it.”

The Master Singers group get awesome opportunities to sing a lot of different places. Last year they were able to sing at different elementary schools, which you probably got experience when you were in elementary school. They sang at nursing homes at a place called Abravanel Hall, and a lot of other different  places. Ammon Key, a bass in the Master Singers choir, says his favorite place they sang at last year was Abravanel Hall. And it wasn’t just Ammon’s favorite, Cooper Johnson, Michelle Mumford, and Eliza Sorenson all said it was their favorite too!

So why did they join Master Singers? Cooper and Michelle both said for the fine arts credit, however, they also said because they love to sing. Ammon, Eliza, and Victoria Hunt said this too. So what about you? Do you like to sing? Join master singers next year, because once you do you’ll have experiences to go with you to high school and in high school choirs you get to travel! Also join because like they said it is so much fun.

 

Article: Girls Tennis

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Article by Elizabella Francom - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Girls tennis is one of the many sports that we have here at Springville Jr high. Mr. Dahl a science teacher here at Springville Jr high is also the tennis coach. Each year he has tryouts which are two days long and he looks for the best girls there. And the next day everyone who tried out come to his classroom and  he will tell you if you made the team or if you didn’t and if you made call backs. If you get a callback you go to the tennis courts after school one day and you play a mini tournament. You play other girls who also, got a call back and  whoever has the most wins makes the team.

Mazie Schoolfield, a ninth grader, has been on the tennis team for all three years of jr high and she said “Tennis is so fun I love playing it and I love the coach.” Mazie is planning on trying out for the high school tennis team next year. Paige Simpson, another ninth grader, has been on the team for two years, said” We are going to try our hardest to to get first.” She also loves play tennis and is also planning on trying out for the high school team next year. Ellie Espllin, a seventh grader, who is on the tennis team said, “ This is my first year playing and I am glad I made the team.”

Coach Dahl had been playing tennis ever since he was nine years old. We asked him why he liked playing tennis and he said “ I don’t really like team sports.” In tennis you only one person on your team or you don’t have anyone so that is why he likes tennis. We also asked him about this tennis season and if it will go well. He said that he thinks that this season will be really good.

 

SJHS Students Pay It Forward with Pumpkins

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Meg Grierson - PTSA Public Relations

More than thirty students from Springville Junior High School volunteered at Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday, October 10th, harvesting gourds for a community service project. The students, who belonged to chapters of the PTSA, Student Council, and National Junior Honors Society, brought in almost two dozen wheelbarrows of produce. In gratitude for their service, Jaker’s awarded each student a pumpkin—not to keep for themselves, but to pass along to someone in need.

“This was a great way for the kids to learn to work, and also to pay it forward,” stated Tess Jones, PTSA President and organizer of the event. “They can donate their pumpkins to friends who are being bullied, struggling with financial issues, medical issues, or just in need of cheering up.”

Despite over an hour of hard labor, and the grime and battle scars to prove it, the students wore genuine smiles as they cut the gourds free, piled them into wheelbarrows, then carted them away. “It feels great when I help people lift their burdens,” said eighth-grader Ella Unguren. “I know that I’m making their life easier.”

Several of the participants’ younger siblings joined the SJHS crew. Among them were Brookside Elementary students Levi Palmer and Madoc Jones—both of whom have joined the junior high’s PTSA organization despite their younger age—indicating that the school should enjoy an even brighter future of community involvement and service.

Article: Chinese immersion: New to SJHS

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Article by Cheyenne Skinner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Did you know that languages are easier when you learn them as a child? That’s why the Chinese immersion is so GREAT. The Chinese immersion started seven years ago. The students had one half of the day in chinese and the other half in English at Sage Creek. The students can not hear one word in english from their chinese teacher. Making it harder to understand what is going on, and easier to learn the chinese.

Here in the Jr. High it’s different- the students had a option of one period or two of chinese. In one of the classes they learn Chinese spelling and Chinese words. In the other class they learn Chinese culture and history. Mrs. George, the Chinese teacher from sage creek, said “ First graders don’t understand chinese that well seventh graders do!”. As the first graders go through the chinese immersion program they understand chinese more and more. Mrs. Distefano, SJHS counselor and mother of a 5th grade chinese student, said “It is amazing to go to parent-teacher conference and listen to her communicate with her teacher in chinese”.

The students of the chinese immersion program love learning chinese too! Kailey Neilson ,a chinese immersion student here at SJHS, said I “made good friends from it” Kailey also thought it was weird cause the time was way shorter, and another chinese immersion student  named Gibson Condie said “It’s fun I like it”. In response to, how is Jr. high different from Elementary school Chinese, the students thought it was way more challenging.  Which is good because that means they are making a lot of progress or should be in the future.

In the end with all the facts together the chinese immersion program sounds like the students are learning a lot and the parents are glad they are doing it. Hopefully the chinese immersion program will keep and being successful. The students think that it will go well. The chinese immersion program is very small so far because so far in the Jr. High it is only the seventh graders but when it is it will be fun for the whole school to have chinese students! 

The Fight for Number One

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Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

During the first couple of weeks of school, Mr. Shields does a competition for his eighth grade students called “The Sweet Sixteen”, which is a competition to see who know the states the best. He stands at the board with a map of the U.S. Two students face off against each other and try to name the state that he points at the fastest. Who ever wins the most in the class moves onto the bracket play. They then face other people from other class periods and work their way through the bracket towards first place.  Eventually,  you have a winner who receives a prize from Mr. Shields. Last year's winner was Kaden Paxton who is now in ninth grade.

Alec Nole, one of the sweet sixteen competitors, says that “It’s really fun being in the top sixteen, when you play it’s super nerve racking, but still really fun at the same time. I do pretty good when I play, except that I can’t ever remember which state is Kansas.”

Mr. Shields had played “Around the World” a couple of years ago and had an idea to play it with his students to learn the 50 states better. He has done it for about 10 years now, and every year he says has been great.

Ryan Glazier, another one of the sweet sixteen participants, says that when he plays all he can think about is, will he win. “I hate all of the states that look like squares, I can never remember which ones are which.”

Games like this are always an amazing way to teach students and get them involved in the topic. “It definitely helped me learn the states more,” said Alec. The sweet sixteen students were Roman Betts,

McKenly Gross, Nico Elliot, Max Whipple, Porter Small, Lauren Mesinar, Alec Noll, Sarah Hubbard, Jace Welsch, Adrian Camacho, Diana Sosa, Dulce Tenorio, Ryan Glazier, Kode Cottam, Lizzy Wilkinson, Emma Payne, and Issac Miles-alternate. The final two came down to Emma Payne and Sarah Hubbard, Sarah ending up as the champion.

Hope Squad Helps Springville Junior High

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Electricity is in the air as the students of Springville Junior High are in anticipation for the results of this years Hope Squad.  Hope Squad is a club that people vote for, it is initially to talk to people and make them feel better and spread hope to everyone.  The students at Springville Junior High vote for their peers to make up the Hope Squad.  The students chosen often hold meetings during Quest time, a free period if you don’t have a D or lower.  They will be the Hope Squad members until they leave the school if they choose to.  

Brynn Ross, a ninth grader at Springville Junior High, said “I think that the purpose of Hope Squad is to prevent suicide.”  Audrey Wood, an eighth grader, said that she thought that Hope Squad was to help people through challanges.  Paige Ballard, an eighth grader, from last year’s Hope Squad said that the overall purpose for it was to unite people and help people to feel part of the group. They also need to feel welcome and needed she added.  “Hope Squad is for people that are struggling or for people who are contemplating suicide,” Ella Kurban, an eighth grader, stated.  Ryan Glazier, an eighth grader, from last years Hope Squad replied that it is initially meant to prevent suicide and for people who are feeling lonely.

Just barely at Springville Junior High  the students got to vote for students to be their Hope Squad members of this year.  When asked what they looked for in the students for Hope Squad many students replied that they want someone nice and someone easy to talk to.  Wood said that someone who is listening and cares about you.  Ella readily responded saying, “I vote for people who want to be there and who are sensitive and open.”  

Paige Ballard explained that being a Hope Squad member meant being “trustworthy, responsible, responsible with how people are feeling, someone wanting to help, and to be the person who helps prevent suicide.”

Monica Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior, has many things to say about Hope Squad such as, “I think Hope Squad is a great program to have at our school.  We’ve been running the program here for about six years.  Once students are trained, they know what to keep an eye out for, and the importance of referring students for help.”  She later goes on to say that the students have become good at communicating when someone might be in a crisis.  On the Hope Squad website it states how Hope Squad is a “peer support team” to help kids their age.  Hope Squad also makes it possible for kids that at at risk to get help from the counselors.  

Mrs. Distefano later states that last year Hope Squad went up to  Shadow Mountain for their training, and that they would meet weekly during advisory.  Last year the Hope Squad had a wonderful idea and came up with hope week and with a variety of ideas on how to spread hope.  Throughout the week the students planned fun positive activities for the school, and activities that made it so the students were being allies to one another.  Through the year the students continued their training to help their peers.  Her last remark was that the students did an awesome job with the entire thing.

 

Student Council, What even is it?

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Article by Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

You’ve probably heard of the Student Council here at SJHS. Every year the students vote for 9th graders that run to be their leaders. Every school has one, but what do they even do, stand there at assemblies and smile? It turns out there is much more to it.

Our student council members are, Christine White, McKay Dalley, Joseph Hammond, Jaden Tate, Scout Benson, Molly Hunter, Alexi Love, Gavin Jones, Brenna Carlton, Jacob Follete, Jesus Hernandez, and Johana Meza. They set a good example and are friends to everyone, and in the words of Christine White, one of the students listed above, they are “Someone to look up to.”  

Student council has a lot of responsibilities, McKay Dalley one of the members said, we “take charge of ribbon weeks.” They also plan activities, like dances and special holiday things. They help the sevies feel comfortable in the new junior high environment. Mrs. Jensen, one of the teachers that works with the members said, “They keep us informed about what students think about certain topics.” Molly Hunter another member of the council said, ¨I get to interact with a lot of people.”

Why would you even run for student council, you might ask? Christine did because it was “A chance to be a leader.” McKay thought along the same lines and thought it would be fun. Molly Hunter said she ran to “have a new experience and help out around the school.”

Now that the members are in student council, they love it a lot. One of Mckay Dalley’s favorite parts of being in student council is getting the t-shirt. Apparently, they get to put their nickname on the back. Mckay’s was Mackdaddy and Christine put C.L. White. Mrs. Murray, one of the teachers who has helped with student council for seven years exclaimed, “I love getting to know these kids! They are all so great! I love being involved in the school directly with students outside of a regular classroom setting.” There has only been one change this year and it’s the amount of members. Last year they had 16 and this year they only had 12.

Hopefully all of the 8th and 7th graders will consider student council because it’s a great experience and will help you grow. Christine sums up student council perfectly saying, it is “Working as a team to figure out how to help people.” Even though student council does this we can all aspire to be one team as a school and lift each other up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Student advisory has been CANCELLED?!

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Article by Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

This is no Adele song, but rumor has it that student advisory has been cancelled. Eighth and ninth grade students are surprised to arrive back at Springville Jr. High with the news. After a great summer, students discovered they have an extra quest time in place of Friday advisory. School year 2017-2018 will never be the same.

You may be itching to learn why on earth they cancelled Friday advisory. Mrs. Shepherd, the Springville Knights vice principal, explained we did not do advisory very well. Friday assemblies took away from our one-day-a-week advisory time. Lessons were created, but most of the students say they never did them. Nevaeh Chavez stated “I would not bring advisory back because we never did the planned lessons, we just watched movies.” Overall, it did not go as planned. Teachers and parents gave feedback to the community council, and the council decided to not bring it back this year.

Although we did not have advisory very often, it is still a big change to SJHS. It is affecting the springville knights school in different ways. Nevaeh said “ It is affecting me because I don’t get no movie time!” A lot of students watched movies in advisory instead of doing the lessons. Oliva Ottley, an involved student at the school, said she would much rather have quest time because nobody liked advisory. Madeline Park said “I learned how to play a few video games but that is it.” Another reason they cancelled it is because students did not get what parents and teachers intended them to get out of advisory.  In all, it is for the best, because another day of quest could help students get better grades. When we had advisory, students had to go into a specific classroom instead of a classroom they needed to go to. Springville Junior High Knights now have an extra quest time!

7th Grade Day and School Open House

We will run a modified schedule on Monday, August 21st for all seventh graders. Come meet your teachers and get acquainted with the school from 9:00-11:15. We will have popsicles and an eclipse viewing party afterwards if you'd like to stay. 

There will be an open house for all students and parents on Monday, August 21st from 3:00-5:00. Teachers and administrators will be here to greet you and show you around. 

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