Our New and Improved Drop-Off Lane

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:47

This year there’s a safer way to drop off your children at Springville Junior High! Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, and the School Community Council decided they needed a more organized, quicker, and safer way to drop off the students.

Here’s how it works: Parents pull into drop-off lane in front of the school, which is between the sidewalk and the yellow line, and students go right out onto the sidewalk. That way they’re not in danger of being hit by a car when their parents drop them off in the middle of the road.

Madison Zeman, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS Mural Brings School Spirit

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:46

Knights are asked to protect the weak, defenseless, and helpless. They are sworn to uphold the values of courage and honor.  As Springville Junior High Knights, these things are expected and wanted in students’ actions towards each other and themselves. As a representation of our school and its mascot, Mr. Mitch Cudney, art teacher at SJHS, and SJHS students reproduced the painting of a knight and a lady, entitled "God Speed," painted by Edmond Leighton. Mr. Cudney said, “I decided to paint a new mural because I wanted to paint something that was fun to look at and that showed school pride. I chose that specific painting because it represented both boys and girls at the school.”

Ali Earnshaw, SJHS Staff Writer

New School Year-New Student Council

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:44

This 2011-12 school year things are changing at Springville Junior High School. There are new banners in the hallways to show our school pride, Monday advisory period during Quest Time to improve student’s grades, early morning enrichment for tardies, the school mural, and more varied choices for classes like dance, math common core, pods, and sculpture. Another new change at SJHS is instead of being required to take service learning as an elective, the student council meets two times a week during Quest Time to think of ways to improve the school, and plan fun activities for students to participate in. 

Ali Earnshaw, SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Walker helps students prepare for this year’s musical, Oklahoma

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:41

Mrs. Walker, the choir teacher at SJHS, is now teaching a new Quest Time class: Musical Audition Prep.  In this class, she helps students prepare to audition for the 2012 school play, Oklahoma. Audition Prep takes place every Friday in the choir room and will go on every Friday until the musical auditions in January. 

Chase Kimball, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High School’s exciting day for seventh graders!

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:40

On Friday, August 19th, Springville Junior High School opened its doors to the new seventh graders to make them feel safe and comfortable.  Coming into a new school can be hard, and that is why Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, the principal of SJHS, came up with the brilliant idea of the seventh-grade day.  The purpose of the day was to make the seventh graders feel welcome at the junior high.  “Little things like finding your lockers, getting to the lunchroom, those are the things that cause kids stress,” Mr. Van Ausdal said.  He hoped the seventh-grade day would help with the stress.

Clarissa Scott, SJHS Staff Writer

Spotlight on Ms. Beddes

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:38

It’s a new school year, and Springville Junior High School has opened its doors to a few new teachers. One of those new teachers is Ms. Kiera Beddes.  She is teaching five periods of eighth-grade English and one period of seventh-grade Utah Studies. According to Ms. Beddes, she wanted to teach Utah Studies and English because she felt that English and History both help to tell the story better. Ms. Beddes said, “With History, it is the story of what happened, and what people believed, and felt. English is how you tell the story, the images that people used to tell of what happened by the words they left behind.”

Cassidy Bowers, SJHS Staff Writer

Spotlight on Mrs. Cole

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:36

Mrs. Lana Cole is a new teacher this year at Springville Junior High. She teaches Utah History and US History to the seventh and eighth graders in a portable classroom outside.

Mrs. Cole went to college at BYU. She decided she would start teaching because she thinks “people and history are so interesting.”  She has lots of fun teaching at Springville Junior High. “It’s a cozy town,” Mrs. Cole said.

Claire Davis, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS students come in first at state math competition

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 14:54

Twenty nine Springville Junior High students went to the state math competition, and the seventh and ninth graders came in first place. On Thursday, March 16th, the students went to Utah Valley University to take a 40 question test in two and a half hours. SJHS students went with Mr. Anderson, a math teacher here at SJHS. 

This test was to assess what the schools have taught, the students, and their math skills. “The test was cool and hard, but I took it more for fun,” said Brent Blackwell, an eighth grader here at SJHS. 

All of the schools in Utah went to this math competition. Many of them ranked pretty high. The seventh and ninth graders from SJHS were ranked in the 3A division. 

Kira Craig, Staff Writer

Awards Assembly on Tuesday

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 14:44

Awards, awards! On May 24, from first through third period, SJHS is holding an Awards Assembly in the auditorium to celebrate and acknowledge students' accomplishments from the past school year.
The students are expected to dress formally for the assembly. Most students do dress up, but it is not required. The reason for students having to dress up according to Mrs. Linton, counselor at SJHS, is out of respect for the accomplishments of the students. 

Numerous awards will be given out at the Awards Assembly.  Some example of awards being: academic, high achievement, departmental, best improvement, carrying a 4.0 all year, high honor roll, honor roll, and perfect attendance.

Joee Lowe, SJHS Staff Writer

Quest Time Wrap-Up

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 14:40

One of the many great successes of this school year is Quest Time!  Quest Time is going to be here next year because of how well it went this year.  Mrs. Johnson, vice principal, said, “ It was very effective.  The grades changed dramatically, the A’s and B’s went up, and the D’s and F’s went down.”  It helped kids try and get their grades up so they could party in enrichment.  It also helped the students be aware of their grades every single day except Wednesday.  

Kylee Jensen, SJHS Staff Writer