Article: What’s with these new clubs?

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Article by: Makailee Turner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Clubs as we all know, maybe some of you don’t, is a time after school when you can do art, math, board games, etc… So why do we all of a sudden have it now instead of having it earlier in the year? Mrs. Merrell, who is in charge of the clubs and she’s one of the special education teachers, had this to say, “ The school had a grant for it so I had to do it. “ But why did they, the school, give us clubs? Mrs. Merrell explained, “ We wanted to give students something to do after school. It seems that Mrs. Merrell has explained why we have clubs now but what do the students think?

Isaac Sedgwick, a 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say what he thinks about his art club, “ My art club is pretty good. “ And Emme Trunnel, another 7th grader here at SJHS, had this to say about her chess club, “ My chess club is pretty fun. “ And last but not least let’s see what Samantha Kenworthy, yet again another 7th grader here at SJHS, had to say about her math club, “ Yes, I think it’s good. “ Another question we are faced with is has this helped these three students connect with other kids in their clubs? Isaac Sedgwick, again ,had this to say too, “ Yes, it has helped me meet other kids in my club(s). “ But I guess it had a different effect on Emme Trunnel here, this is what she said, “ No, not really. But it is still fun. “ On the other hand Samantha Kenworthy had a different answer, “ Ya, sometimes I get to meet and greet other kids who have the same interests I have. “ I guess the students aren’t too disappointed or too thrilled about these new clubs.

In conclusion it seems that we have all learned a bit more about what these clubs are about and how these clubs came to be.

Article: 7th graders now only have one period of english?!

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Article by Libby Hodson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

7th graders last year had 2 periods of english. One hour and thirty minutes of the same class. This year 7th graders only have one period of english forty five minutes, some 8th graders are pretty upset about this.

Here's what Halle Platt and 8th grader has to say about this change, “No I didn’t like it because I like to switch classes, and it was boring.” Did two periods of english make you smarter, are the seventh graders learning less? Halle doesn’t think that two periods of english necessarily made her smarter.  “Are you jealous of the 7th graders?” I asked Halle  “Yeah, it bugs me that they only have one period.”

Ashlee Eves an 8th grader, also agrees with Halle. She did not like having two periods of english. Especially on testing days. “When we had A and B days we would sometimes have our language arts teacher for three hours.” Ashlee told me. They put in science for the whole year now and Ashlee says even though she didn’t love english she would still rather have that then science all year. The seventh graders only have 45 minutes, are you jealous of that?  “No not really, I don't really care. It’s good for them that they only have one period.”

Maizie Thompson also an 8th grader says, “I hated it, it was way too long.” Maizie would not go back to having two periods of english. She’s a little jealous that the seventh graders only have one period of english. But wouldn’t you be?

Lastly here's what Ms. Edenfield, a seventh grade english teacher, had to say about having only one period of english now. How has the change effected the english teachers? Ms Edenfield says, “I have 80 more students now, more things to do, and less time to teach.” The english teachers teach the same lessons they taught last year. Last year they had and hour and a half to teach their lessons, this year they have 45 minutes.  Ms Edenfield doesn’t know which one she prefers. She says there are positive and negative things about both situations. She does miss having two periods to teach though. So it seems as though most of the 8th graders this year are not to happy about this change. The teachers on the other hand, I think they might miss it! Do you miss it?

Article: Get rid of your seventh grade fear

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Article by Leslie Ruiz - SJHS Student Staff Writer

For those of you that are in seventh grade it can be a little hard to deal with this new school year. It’s a new school, new people, new staff, and pretty much a new kind of lifestyle. A lot of you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed and scared, but you just remember one thing. We all went through seventh grade. Your teachers, your ‘cool’ older siblings, everyone went through the horror that is seventh grade.  

  Jr. high throws a lot of new things at you on the first day. You’ve got classes, lockers, teachers, classmates, and all this new  social stuff you’ve got to deal with since you count as a teen now. You want to live a little, too.  It’s not the easiest thing to deal with, but just remember Ellie Taylor’s wise words,” Don’t think it will be bad.” Your attitude can affect how you feel about your time in Jr. high, so try to keep a positive, open outlook on school.

A few ways you can get rid of stress from your classes are very simple. First and foremost, pay attention in your classes. There is a reason why your teacher is talking. Also do your assignments on time, try your best and please don’t cheat. Teachers would rather have you make mistakes and learn than giving you a good grade because you cheated. They can also tell if your cheating which will get you in even more trouble. SJHS has wonderful teachers that are willing to help you learn. Teachers respect you so you have to respect them too. Try to stay quiet during lessons and do your assignments when you are told. You’re teens now not little kids, it’s time to start acting like it.  

Lockers are also an issue for you guys. One day you were probably trying to open your locker to put your stuff in it and get out what you need for your next class. You were trying and trying, but it just didn’t wanna budge. You’re starting to freak out a little because you don’t want to be late. Plus your precious phone is in that locker! What if you could never get it out!? This situation won’t last forever. Give it another month tops of opening it and you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. Also don’t flip anyones locker, that’s just a jerk move right there.

Now onto your greatest trial of Jr. high, classmates and friends(DUN, DUN,DUN).You’ve got a lot of classmates this year. It would be a good idea to learn people’s names now that it wouldn’t be too awkward to ask. Half way through the year is not a good time, just trust me on this one. Try not to exclude people and if you’re paired with someone you don’t know still try to work with them. If they don’t do anything then it’s on their conscious not yours. You tried they didn’t, sounds like a good day.  Many of you are able to make friends quite easily, but for others it can feel like the Hunger Games(Please don’t treat school like the Hunger Games, a lot of us want to live).  Get out there and don’t be afraid to meet new people, but remember that you don’t need thousands of friends. If you have one friend that would help you with any problem then it’s enough. Quality is more important that quantity.

Finally, to finish off this article, a few words of encouragement from your upper classmates.   “There is nothing to be scared of,” Kelin Salmeron. “...Be yourself, don’t doubt your abilities,” Ellie Taylor. “Always try your best, never give up,” Dulce Tenorio. Remember to have fun this year seventh graders.

Article: Cross Country

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Article by Kekoa Akiona - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Are you board at home every day after school because your friends are doing things? Is there a school sport that you could play? A sport that is fun, you can make friends, and succeed in running. A sport that you can make friends in and hang out with for hours. A sport that will make you feel good in the long run. Your answer is cross country. At Sjhs we are doing Cross Country.

Cross country is a fun sport, that you can improve your running, stamina, and your athletic ability.  Cross country is all about getting in shape, hanging out with friends,making new friends, and having a fun time. Every Friday the cross country team has meets. The girls run first and then the boys run, there is only one race, and this is the half mile run.  On friday the 15th the Cross Country team had their first meet. The coaches this year, are Mr Hammon, the health teacher, and Mr. McKell, the geography/ world civilizations. Every Monday through Thursday  the Cross Country team practices. They practice from 3oclock  to 4oclock. They run a few miles every day.

Colton Balanga, an 8th grade boy, is on the cross country team. He really likes being on the team, and has been running on the cross country team for two years now. He likes running because it keeps him in shape and increases his stamina. He likes to play basketball to and cross country helps him to be able to run back and forth on the court. “I think cross country is beneficial because i’m able to keep my stamina high and I feel great after runs.” he said. He thinks that through cross country he won’t only get physically stronger, but mentally strong as well. Because when you are at the end of the race and your legs are tired you have to tell yourself that you can do this.

Through cross country you can make friends, increase your stamina, be mentally strong, and physically strong. Would you do cross country?

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.

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