It goes by many names, CTE, CACA, (College And Career Awareness) so on, and so forth. The purpose of the class is to prepare you for the ramen consuming, Nickelback listening chaos that is college. There are three classes all going in a trimester where you cycle through each teacher. There is Mrs. Bird, the home ec teacher, Mr. Parker, the computer sciences teacher, and finally, Mr. Rencher, who does, well, most of the College prep. Mr. Rencher is the main target of this, as he is probably the biggest asset to the College and Career studying. One of the students even verified that they have been studying potential jobs that they could get, and specifically which one appeals to them the most. They currently working on woodworking, (Did I mention there is a humongous wood shop just through a door in the front of the class? Well there is.) which they go and create puzzles, models, etc. Completely out of… Well, wood. They said as well they enjoyed Mr. Rencher as the teacher, and liked his teaching style as well. (Probably because of his love of OK GO music videos.) The primary source of the education and the most necessary part of the program is what is called UtahFutures.Org. Go ahead and check it out, most likely students will or already have. There is also an elective included for most of these classes, and it can be a great add for credit, so go ahead and check it out!
Springville seems to be quite the hotspot for love. As you may have noticed, there are quite a few couples among us. With Valentine's Day a couple weeks ago, there is more love in the air than ever. Some people believe that love in junior high doesn’t exist, others experience it. Let’s see what people think.
Kinzie Lewis, a ninth grade girl, has been with Zach Mitchell, an eighth grade boy, for a few weeks now. They met through a mutual friend at school. They both claim to be in love. Kinzie says being in a junior high relationship includes being “teased a lot, some people get mad, people ask a lot of questions.” Zach Mitchell says a middle school relationship is “good, I like it.” Seems like these two are quite fond of young love.
Austin Ewell, Kennedy Bird, and Chezlee Cordes all aren’t so open to the idea. “The only relationship I have is with God.” said Kennedy and Austin. Chezlee says the best time to be in a serious is either 97 or 2, no in between. Chezlee also stated, “Relationships don’t go anywhere.” Kennedy Bird says the best time to have a serious relationship is when you’re 17, because “ when you’re 17 you’re going into your senior year, you know what’s going on.” She added that relationships this young are mostly just for attention.
One anonymous ninth grade couple have been dating on and off for a while but have currently been going strong for four months. He says that a junior high relationship is “great, it’s nice to know someone out there loves you.” She says on the same topic, “it can be super weird, but if you’re with someone who you’re really good friends with, it works out really well. People are gonna make fun of you, but it’s gonna come if you’re gonna have a relationship young.” They both rated their relationship a ten.
Though there seems to be quite a wide variety of opinions among the students, it works for some people but not for everyone.
The SJHS English teachers are very happy to announced the winners of the 2017 Creative Writing Boot Camp Contest.
The winners are :Chloe Sleight (7) Laurissa Blakey (7)
Lucia Reina (8)Trey Widfeldt (8) Emily Clisbee (9) DeeAnn Jolley(9)Katelyn Hollister (9) Iamthius Brown (9)
Honorable Mentions:Tessa Popham (8) Mekenzie Rogerson (8) Destiny Terry (9)
It’s the beginning of 2017. New year, new lunch schedule? Springville Junior High´s staff has voted on the lunches changing. This rearrangement has put the ninth graders in second lunch after fifth period and the seventh graders into first lunch after fourth. Their decision has caused a lot of mixed feelings among the students.
Most students thought that the changes were made based on complaints from seventh graders. Mrs. Shephard cleared this rumor up by saying that the lunch changes were made because the seventh graders were having a hard time transitioning into a lunch later in the day without recess. They felt that an earlier break would help them concentrate better. Another reason is that they have a lot of extra food in the second lunch and they thought it would be better to give it to the “bigger bodies”.
Emma Bair, a ninth grader, said she had mixed feelings on the matter. She said that she liked the way the classes were split up but she also gets pretty hangry during the day. This seemed to be a pretty popular opinion among the ninth graders.
Even though a lot of people aren’t happy with this decision to change our lunch schedules, Mrs. Shephard says that the change isn’t necessarily permanent and it's definitely a possibility that they might go back to the way it was before next year based on the data taken from this school year.
Here at SJHS, the basketball season has ended. Many students have their own opinion about basketball and the loss that SJHS had that day.
7th grader Axston Squire says that he doesn't like basketball, because he is “Not good at it” and also didn’t watch the last SJHS tournament game. And doesn't plan on watching it next season.
Tristan Sandate, an 8th grader, said that he thinks basketball is “all right” because it is not interesting to him, he also brought up that he didn’t watch the last SJHS game, but thinks they could have used better strategy during the game, and it would increase their chance of winning.
Darren Allred, another 8th grader, says that he likes basketball because it is fun to play, but didn't watch the last game. And said that he “probably wont” watch the next game.
Yet another 8th grader Trevor Wright said that he kind of likes basketball because it is a good activity to “ Play with friends” but did not watch the last SJHS game.
And last of all Traydon Shepard other wise known as Trey said “I like basketball because it's fun to play,” but sadly did not watch the last game the school played, but agrees with Tristan that they should try new types of strategies and that might help them win the next game.
It appears that these students at SJHS may not be basketball fans, but hopefully we will be able to grow the basketball community, and get more people to see the games.
Creative writing! What is it? How is it? Why is it? So many questions, such a little article!
In summary, Creative Writing is well… Creative Writing. There is really no other way to describe it. Well, turns out this class has a little bit more of a backstory. Besides learning English like other English elective classes, you and your class will take a survey on their favorite genres and books and will decide what book you write first. Currently, they are doing scary stories now, and the fantasy stories will soon follow after. (But of course, the fantasy stories are inevitable.) A classmate stated that they really like the class, and that she enjoys the teacher, Mrs. Riggs too. But wait, there is much more! When the semester comes close to an end, each student must write a story with absolutely no bounds! (That is, of course, no blood, gore, violence, going over the page limit, illegal activites, etc. etc.) Once the Creative Project is complete, you can choose to submit that to the class contest and see what kind of special reward you get. A party is involved too!
And It's not quite over yet. By the time the semester ends, you have a serious project that must be done. You must submit or participate in a serious contest. Such as sending a story to scholastic or participating in the poetry slam. And know this; earning money is a potential chance as well! And we are talking about a lot of money.
You don’t have to be Shakespeare to participate, you don’t even have to be a good writer! It's fun to do and try, so go ahead and give it a go next year!
Dances are one of the highlights for students at Springville Jr High. We have about 4-5 dances a year, and each one is extremely fun. Student council come up with crazy themes for each dance. This upcoming dance is the Fifties, we have also had a Christmas themed dance.
Zach Mitchell, an eighth grade student, says he loves the dances. It’s a good time to hang out with friends and socialize. He wishes they were longer and hopes that this dance will have good songs.
Next is Emelia Randolph, a ninth grade girl, says that dances are her favorite things at the jr. high. She said she would love to have a classy black and white themed dance. “Dances are a great time to party and have fun.”
Avery Nelson, an eighth grade girl, says that she loves to go to dances! They are a great time to socialize and fun with lots of people. She wishes they were longer, and that more slow dances were played.
Some people don’t have the popular opinion on dances. Austin Ewell and Laney Scott, ninth graders, said that they don’t really enjoy dances. They said that dances create lots of drama and are really awkward for both girls and boys. When good music is going, they can be tons of fun.
Andrew Haneberg, an eighth grade boy, states that dances are a lot of fun. The christmas dance was his favorite because it was so festive.
In closing, school dances are a lot of fun and provide a good fundraiser for the school.
While the reasons for student advisory classes may be to be a form of large Q/A on the school and students lives, many students think it may not be worthwhile. When asked, many students told us we should just replace advisory with another quest time.
Ethan Howard said, that he loved advisory, he felt another quest time would be more worthwhile. Many students agree that having another quest time would make more sense, as it gives you time to make up low grades.
An article titled “Why Your Students Need Free Time…” the unstated author said that giving children breaks at school serve as a ““brain break,” so kids are focused and ready to learn when they begin a lesson, while also teaching responsibility (not every minute of the child’s day is planned out for him/her). They also encourage development of social and communication skills, and breaks in school support students’ physical healthy and motor skill development.”
This is why we need another quest time in the week. It physically helps students, and these students felt advisory wasn't as helpful.
Springville Junior High’s very own Master Singers were picked to sing at an honor choir concert up in Salt Lake City at Abravanel Hall. There were twelve junior highs that sent in recordings, and they were one of the two junior highs that were chosen to sing. On January 28, 2017, the Master SIngers got on a bus and drove up to the capital of Utah to perform.
Abby Carlton, a second soprano in the choir, said “I was really excited. I thought it was a really cool opportunity and I didn’t think we we’re gonna get picked.” She claimed her favorite part of the whole experience was “being able to perform in such a cool place, the sound is so unique. We don’t usually get to sing in a place like that.” According to Abby, this is the best performance they’ve ever done. She says it was cool to compare the other choirs with her own.
Zach Jensen and Emma Rich, both master singer members, said that Abravanel Hall was a very cool place to sing. Emma RIch said that the other choirs were really good and had cool solos. Zach said “I think we did amazing.”
Kennedy Bird is a member of the master singers and the auditioned honor choir which also performed at the concert. She said “The audition was pretty chill, we sang the national anthem, and just went after school. It was really fast and easy.” There were a total three hundred and seventy five people on the whole honor choir. “We only had one rehearsal and then we had to learn all the songs on our own time.” They had a total of eight songs and performed the same night as the Master Singers along with Salem Junior High’s choir.
The concert was a great accomplishment for our school and we are all very proud that our very own choir was chosen to represent the state in this concert.
Ms. Shepherd was asked a few questions about herself, one of the questions was how long have you been a principal and she responded “ this is my second year as a principal.” Another asked question was why did you decide to be a principal, she said that she wanted to become a principal because she likes to work with students and teacher and this job gives her the perfect opportunity to work with them both. The last question she was asked was, do you want to continue to work at Springville Junior High School. She said that she did want to continue working at Springville Junior High School because it gives her a chance to interact with people more and she gets to talk to everyone.
A few students at SJHS were asked why they like Ms. Shepherd. The first person asked said they like her because she was the only nice principal. The second student asked was Hailey Gabbitas and she said that she like Ms. Shepherd because she’s nice and she always listens to what you have to say. The next person asked was Allison Stocking and she said that she tries to help you as much as she can and tries to solve problems with people. The last student that was asked was Dylan Miles, he said he liked her because she is always smiling and she’s also nice.
Ms. Shepherd, the dean of Springville Junior HIgh School, is nice, always smiling, and very helpful to all.
We are all so lucky to have her! Whoever needs help you can always count on Ms. Shepherd to be there.