SJHS Indian Club Heads to the State Capitol

Seka Groves SJHS Student Staff Writer


On Monday, February 6th, a group of students from SJHS that are involved in the Title VI program went to  the Utah State Capitol. Title VI is a group that helps Native American students in schools. The Nebo Title VI program has a 100% graduation rate. SJHS has many Native American students that meet every Friday for advisory.

The purpose of the field trip was to help these students learn more about how the government works. They listened to a report on intergenerational poverty, which affects many Native American families. After that they took a tour of the State Capital. They saw the rotunda, which has paintings of moments in Utah's history. They also saw the Governor's office, and wrote him a note asking him to hang the flags of the tribes of Utah outside the capitol. They then went and saw the House, Senate, and Utah Supreme Court.

The students said they learned more about the state's government. Onikah Locklear said that she learned who her senator is. When asked about their favorite part both Isaac Dial and Onikah said they like lunch the best. The Title VI group here at Springville Jr. high looks forward to more field trips in the future.



Band VS Orchestra

Jenny Wallentine SJHS Student Staff Writer


Since SJHS first started out there has always been an-unspoken rivalry between the two music classes at our school Band leaded by none other than Mr. Booth and a new teacher who has recently arrived at our school, Mr. Taylor, who replaced Dr. Tsugawa. So far the students are very proud of which musical group they are part of.  

Starting with the teacher, Alexi Love, who is in band and plays the clarinet, says “Mr Booth is amazing! Easily the best teacher!” Brevin Park from Band who also plays the clarinet says “Excellent class is like a whole fun activity, Mr Booth is awesome!” over all the class seems to like him. Now over to Mr Taylor, the orchestra teacher at SJHS. Scout Benson, in orchestra who plays the cello, says that he is sarcastic and likes to joke around. Penina Strong also in orchestra and plays the violin, says “I like Mr Taylor, I think he’s funny.” 

Now onto concerts, Janelle Mammen, she is an 8th grader, plays the violin in the orchestra, she says “We have 4-5 concerts and one of them we get to travel in, we get go to the UVU orchestra festival around April.” and in 9th grade the 3rd orchestra they get to do even more concerts and travel even more, than they get to do in 7th and 8th. Onto band, Jane Wilson, plays the percussion in the 8th grade band, said that they have 2 concerts this year but unfortunately they don't actually get to travel until they go into the 9th grade band. 

Lastly, the class itself, every single person seemed to be very passionate about either band or orchestra, but all for different reasons. Cam Monson also plays percussion in band says “ I really like it because you don’t have any assignments.” Andrew Haneberg, plays the violin in the 8th grade orchestra, said that he really likes it because Mr Taylor finds a way to make it fun. So on this last round and the tie breaker, makes it very hard because both musical groups are so talented and all sound amazing especially for all being so young. 



Mrs. Gleave

Morgan Roper, SJHS Student Staff Writer


Everybody knows Mrs. Gleave as a math teacher, who works at Springville Junior High School.  But nobody knows the Mrs. Gleave who learned how to build a house before she learned how to cook.

Even though Mrs. Gleave is now a math teacher now, doesn't mean she always wanted to be a teacher. Mrs. Gleaves childhood dream job was to be a pharmacist. Almost all the way through college she wanted to be a pharmacist, until she realized she had to take chemistry. Mrs. Gleave hated chemistry. So she rethought the job she was gonna do pretty much the rest of her live. And she remembered how horrible her math teachers were in junior high. “There has to be a better way” Mrs. Gleave said. So she did all the schooling and then stayed home for 15 years being a mother. And became a math teacher after those 15 years. 2017 is now her 11 year of teaching!

Mrs. Gleave was born October 30. She got a nickname “Boo” because she was born the day before Halloween. Her brother claimed she got the nickname from crying a lot as a baby. Mrs. Gleaves favorite food is all Chinese food. She has built, and still can, build a house!

Mrs. Jackson a math teacher at Springville Junior High School said,  Mrs. Jackson loves how her and Mrs. Gleave can laugh together in the hallways at all the stupid things kids do. Mrs. Jackson loves working with Mrs. Gleave, she doesn't know if she could survive without her, Mrs. Gleave is the moon to my stars, the apple to my worm, she is the music to my dance. I love you Mrs. Gleave.” Some students have said, “I love Mrs. Gleave, she pushes us to be successful in math. She really cares about us and if we pass her class.”




Chandler Kiser SJHS Student Staff Writer


At SJHS, sending Valegrams is a fun and popular thing to do. Many students send them to friends to show appreciation to each other. They cost $10 for a dozen carnations and or $1 for one carnation or you can purchase candy for $1 for a small bag of candy or $4 for 5 small bags of candy.

Victoria Hunt said, that she likes sending them because the fun and it's cool to see people's reactions. She also said that she is going to send them to close friends, and she said that she is going to send more than 5 carnations.

Kensey Simons said that she might send them and if she does then she will send them to close friends. She had previously sent them in elementary, she said it was really fun to see people's reactions.

Joseph Hammond said that he is not going to send them because they cost money.

Cam Monson said that he does not know who he is going to send them to and he previously sent them last year and in elementry.

Penina Strong said that she will send them to friends and family and she said that she will probably send a dozen to her friends.

Andrew Henneberg said the he won't be sending candy or carnations and if he does it will be to his friends.

At SJHS its seems that the popular thing to do is send them to friend and why students send them is to show appreciation to their friends and to see their friends reactions when they get them.



Benefits of Social Media

Rainy Hickman SJHS Student Staff Writer


Social media is big in one’s daily life. Even though you might argue, saying that social media is a bad thing, and nobody should you use it, there are a lot of benefits from it. Like information gain, self-esteem boosts, etc. There are some negative things about it. Cyber bullying, it consumes a lot of ones day, etc.

CNN states that one in five teens says social media makes them feel more confident. “Eileen Masio, a mom of two in New York, monitors her daughter Amelia’s Instagram 24/7. Yes, most of her posts are ‘selfies,’ but it’s the comments that make her think there is also a positive to this nonstop engagement.”

Social media also helps with information gain, whether it be with politics, science, breaking news, and even celebrities. If a big natural disaster were to happen, the fastest way to spread news about it, the word on it, is with social media. And the most popular way to hear about politics is through social media, mainly on Twitter.

Social media also helps you stay in touch with friends from long distances. It also helps with keeping a good relationship with your friends. And meeting new people online has been more current.

Even though people spend a lot of time on social media, there are a lot of benefits to it. So if you think that social media’s bad, maybe you should reconsider that.



Ms. Mower

Esmeralda Montoya SJHS Student Staff Writer


At SJHS there are some really good teachers but here you going to read about new math teacher named Ms.Mower. ”I want students to feel happy in my classroom,and I want them to learn math well” Ms.Mower said. She is a great teacher because she makes the day bright. She is really nice to all her students and she is good at her math “she’s good at teaching math” Nicole, a student in her class, said. She had a dream and she made it “I am definitely living my dream of being a math teacher” said Ms.Mower. She is really excited to be here and so many other people are excited that she is here. Mr. Rowely, the vice principal, said “I think she is awesome lucky to have her”. Ms.Shephard said that she is excited to have her.

So many people think she is nice and she is  “When I was in junior high I had a hard time, and I often felt lonely. I remember my teachers made a big difference in helping me have a good day-- I still remember how awesome they were! Since then, I've always wanted to be a teacher.” said Ms.Mower. She can help people learn math some may take more time to learn it and some may be fast in it.” I felt something really special when I came to SJHS. The teachers and the students seemed happy to be here. When I first visited the school a student gave me an oragami dragon! I knew I would feel welcome here and I knew this was a place I wanted to be.” said Ms.Mower thank that student for that that student made a change but not only did he/she but she did too.

“Really cares about her students”said Mr.Rowley “all kids will like her said Ms.Shephard. She cares a lot about her students so you should give her a chance if you don't just yet if you get to know her you would really like her she is a great a teacher. “I love it so far! My students are the BEST!” She is a great teacher go and meet her and learn more about her.



Sam Daybell’s Music

Jocelynn Garner SJHS Student Staff Writer


Sam Daybell, a ninth grader at Springville Jr. High makes music. He’s been making music since he was in seventh grade. For three years now he’s learned new things with how to make music. Sam makes electronic music. He uses his piano to make some of the sounds then he uses virtual instruments and his laptop to mix it into a song. He makes his music up in his attic. How mysterious and edgy is that? Making music is like a hobby to Sam. When he's bored it gives him something to do. Unfortunately no one listens to his music but possibly someday if he wants people will be able to hear his music worldwide. The most difficult part with making this music is that no one understands what it takes to create the music. “A lot I people think you just put loops together, it's not that simple; deeper than you think.” Sam said describing one of the difficulties in making music. “It can be hard to create all of the sounds, mix it and master it.” said Sam. Everything is so expensive. You have to save up for equipment. Although with creating music it has it's difficult times, it's “fun to see what you can make.” said Sam. “Once you listen to it on a CD it's like woah I made this.” Sam said remembering the proud feeling after making a song. He does play the piano but he feels more like a programmer more than a musician at times because it is a lot of technical use rather than instruments. His favorite three artists are Daft Punk, Skrillex and Getter. His favorite song is Digital Love by Daft Punk. Hopefully Sam will continue creating great music and you'll have the chance to listen to it. Goodluck Sam with your music!



For The Love of Cats

Article by Lizzie Kurban

There are many people here at SJHS who love their furry little feline friends. Fluffy, Hairless, chubby, scrawny, no matter their shape and size our cats are our loving little buddies,  here’s what the people of SJHS had to say about their cats. First we asked them how many cats they have. Mr Booth, the band teacher here at SJHS said that he has 2 cats. Rainy Hickman said that although she’s had many cats through her life she only has one little kitten right now.

We then asked them what the names of their cats are and how long they’ve had them. Mr Booth’s cats are named Socks and Sneakers and he said “ We’ve had Socks for over 10 years now and we found Sneakers as a stray a little over a year ago. He would just hang around our house so one day we let him in and he’s been ours ever since.” Rainy’s kitten is named Castiel and she’s had her for 3 months now, she got her when she was just a small baby kitten.

Then we asked how their cats got their names. Socks and Sneakers, cute names for a pair of cats right? According to Mr Booth, Socks had already been named Socks because of the sock-like markings on his paws. Sneakers got his name due to the fact the Socks was named Socks and his family thought it would be cute to name them a pair like that. Rainy’s little Castiel got her name because, “Castiel is the name of a character from the TV show Supernatural.” which is Rainy’s favorite show.

Finally we asked them what their favorite and least favorite parts of being a cat owner is. Mr. Booth said that he loves the fact that his cats are very smart and independent, that they kind of do their own thing but still like to come around and be apart of the family. When we asked what his least favorite thing about being a cat owner is he said “Nothing.” Rainy said that her favorite part about having Castiel is that she’s very cuddly and affectionate and her fur is Rainy’s favorite color of grey. According to Rainy, “My least favorite part of owning her is sometimes when I’m walking around she’ll attack my feet.”

So that’s what the people of SJHS had to say about owning cats. Do you like cats?

Behind the Curtain

Article by Scout Benson

Did you know behind any theatrical performance you've been to, there's a whole crew of people behind the curtains working to make the show the best it can be? They make the props, design costumes and make sure things run smoothly. The bottom line, the play wouldn't play out so well, and the musical wouldn't be as magical without the behind the scenes people, or as I’ll be referring to them throughout this article, Techies.

The class is technically called Theater Tech, (pun intended) and is completely in charge of props, costumes, sets, lights and sound. The teacher for the class is Ms. Addis. (Or Clement, depending on how long you have been at the Jr High) This is the first year that we have had Theater Tech and Mrs. Addis tells us why: “I have done Tech since I was in Jr High. In fact I was a master electrician at UVU and BYU. Tech is how I payed for college to become a drama teacher. I wanted others to have the same opportunity I had in Jr High.”

Izzie Bagley, an eighth grader at our school, says that her favorite part of Theater Tech is doing costumes and stage makeup. Her least favorite part is taking notes and her job is doing lights. For her Final Independent Project, or FIP, she is recreating a modern costume of Peggy Schuyler, from the musical Hamilton.

Jackson Rapier, an eighth grader, said that his favorite part was making props, his least favorite is taking notes. His job is making props, costumes and sets. For his FIP he is making a cardboard house.

Madison Parker, an eighth grader's favorite part is learning to do the tech, her least? You guessed it! Notes. Her job is doing lights and for her FIP she is making stuffed animal props.

Shayla Phan, an eighth grader, said that her favorite part was costume design and lights. Her least favorite is video making. For her FIP she is making some sets for future classes and plays. Her job is making sets.

Preston Roberts, an eighth grader, told that his favorite part was making props, his least favorite, notes. His job is lights and for his FIP, he is making a cardboard house.

Gavin Jones, an eighth grader, says that his favorite part is the experience you get. And his least favorite part is notes. His job is a costume designer, and for his FIP he is designing a costume.

So, next time you attend a performance, whether it be a play, or a musical, you should think about the people behind the scenes. Because without them, it would be a totally different show.


Article by Brenna Carlton

December 25th, Christmas, is one of the most liked holidays of the entire year. However, some people don’t like it. But why? Why do some people like it, and why do some not? In this article, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders give their opinions about Christmas and why they do or do not like it. Also, during this time of the year is when the student’s class schedules here at SJHS change. There is also an opinion on if they would like to keep their schedules the same or if they would like to switch them to the classes they have for the 3rd and 4th terms. Well, let’s get started!

First off is Coy Lister, a 7th grade boy who says that his favorite part about Christmas time is sleeping. He likes Christmas, and everyone knows that during Christmas time you usually get presents on Christmas morning. “I got a computer, a blanket, and a bunch of clothes,” he said. A tradition that he and his family do is getting pillows on Christmas Eve. His favorite Christmas movie is “Elf” and his favorite song is “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Sadie Holdaway is a 7th grade girl who really likes Christmas. She says that her favorite part about it is the presents. She says that she got clothes and other stuff from Pink, and a bunch of stuff from American Eagle along with Yeezy’s (shoes). “Every year, me and my family open pajamas on Christmas Eve,” she says. That’s a really common tradition, and a lot of people do it. Her favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story,” and her favorite song is “Jingle Bells.”

Next is Ammon Key, an 8th grade boy who said he likes Christmas as well. His favorite part about it is spending time with his family. He says that he got shoes, clothes, and a phone for presents. “Every year me and my family play volleyball together,” he says. That’s their tradition. His favorite Christmas movie is “Home Alone” and he doesn’t really have a favorite Christmas song.

Jayden Tate is an 8th grade girl, and she loves Christmas! “What I love the most, though, is spending time with my family,” she says. For presents, she got clothes, a tripod for her camera, and a trip to San Diego, California. Every year, she and her family go down to Blanding, Utah for Christmas. Her favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”, along with Sadie and her favorite Christmas song is “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber.

Next is Austin Ewell, a 9th grader. He loves Christmas, and his favorite part about Christmas is all of it. “For presents I got clothes, a gift card for clothes, and an iPhone 6,” he says. He gets pajamas on Christmas Eve as a tradition as well as Sadie. His favorite movie is “Christmas Vacation” and his favorite song is “Jingle Bells”.

Last, but certainly not least, is Grace Elison, another 9th grader. She loves Christmas! Everyone in this article seems to love Christmas, which is a good thing! But, sadly, there are some people out there who don’t like it very much. For Christmas she got clothes, movies, and a mini projector. She gets pajamas on Christmas Eve, too. Grace said, “I love all Christmas movies and Christmas songs.” Her favorite part about it is spending time with her family.

Merry Christmas, all!