Educating for 41 years at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:50

This year at SJHS a teacher is spending her 41st year educating. This teacher is Mrs. Vonnie Burton. Mrs. Burton teaches English, which most enjoy because of her. Mrs. Burton has fun things planned for her students. “All sorts of ‘PUNishment’.” She joked.

Maddie Joyner, an eighth-grade student, said that Mrs. Burton always has jokes to tell. But it’s not just the students that have nice things to say. “My favorite thing is my students,” Mrs. Burton said. Mrs. Burton said that it is her calling to teach.

Maddie said that her class is “very easy and very fun.” Eighth-grade students are learning about Edger Allan Poe. They have been finding out about his life, and will be reading some of his work.

Brooke Seaton, SJHS Staff Writer

Studying a Literary Genius in English

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:49

Mrs. Vonnie Burton’s eighth and ninth grade English classes have been studying a literary genius: Edgar Allan Poe. According to Mrs. Burton, it was required for them to study a story by him. A story is chosen for each grade based on reading level. As part of their Elements of Suspense study, the eighth graders read “The Black Cat”, and the ninth graders read “The Cask Of Amantillado.”

Kenia Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Kelly Anderson: PE Teacher at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:47

At Springville Junior High there have been various physical education teachers throughout the years, and they have all come and gone. But Mrs. Kelly Anderson, the girls' PE teacher, has been teaching at Springville Junior High for over twenty years, and those twenty years have been very fun for her.

“I thought Springville would be a great community to teach in. I had done my student teaching at Springville Junior High School in 1981 with Mrs. Harding. She was the girls PE teacher back then,” Mrs. Anderson explained.  Teachers have to have a little bit of experience before they start teaching at a new school, that often helps them to have a more fluent and precise teaching style.

Jose Martinez, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Kindrick’s class: Helping the environment

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:46

This week in Mr. David Kindrick’s eighth-grade science class, everyone is looking a little bit greener. Mr. Kindrick is teaching his students about the environment and how important it is to us living on this earth. “We impact the environment,” said Mr. Kindrick, the eighth grade science teacher at Springville Junior High.

A part of this unit is for students to design and create their own logo. Students will then pick the best logo out of all Mr. Kindrick’s classes, and it will be printed on a T-shirt. “Students are very creative,” said Mr. Kindrick, “I expect quality work.” Students then have the option to purchase a T-shirt for three dollars.

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer

Mr., no, Dr. Tsugawa

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:39

Mr. Sam Tsugawa, orchestra teacher at SJHS, mysteriously disappeared one Friday in October leaving his students in confusion. “Where is he?” seemed to be the general talk around the orchestra room. The following school day, Mr. Tsugawa told of his journey to St. George. He told his classes that he had gone to a conference to discuss getting his doctorate degree.

Christopher Taylor, a cellist and student of Mr. Tsugawa’s, said “It’s really cool that he is getting his degree. I didn't think it was possible, but it may even help him become a better teacher than he already is.”

Jacob DeRosia, SJHS Staff Writer

Junior High Melodies Taken to Elementary Schools

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:36

When you walk by the SJHS Choir room during sixth to eighth period, you will hear melodies and harmonies. On December 11th, elementary school students will be able to hear these harmonies and melodies without leaving their schools. “All of the elementary schools in Springville will be visited (by the Master Singers and Knightingales),” said Mrs. Leslie Walker, the SJHS choir director. The Master Singers is the ninth grade audition choir; the Knightingales are a mixed chorus of eighth and ninth grade girls.

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

Giving Thanks on Thursday

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:36

The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 with the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans.  Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday of November, became a national holiday in the United States in 1941.  Today we celebrate this holiday to stop and give thanks for what we have.  November 25th through the 27th was a break from school for Nebo District students.  Students and teachers at SJHS have a lot to be thankful for.

Everyone has different traditions for what to do on Thanksgiving Day.  Some have an annual family football game, or watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Aubrey Wasden, a seventh grader, rides four wheelers at her family’s cabin.  Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grader, watches the Macy’s parade. 

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS students make the SHS girls basketball team

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:34

This year, three ninth-grade students at Springville Junior High made the Springville High School girl’s basketball team: Ashli Averett, Amberly Austin, and Hannah Packard.

“I think it is really cool and great experience to be on the high school basketball team,” said Ashli Averett, one of the freshmen that made it to the girls high school basketball team. Ashli said, “I watched my sister play for many years. She had a lot of fun, and learned a lot. I hope to get the same experience.” Ashli also said, “Basketball is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun. I love it.” Ashli’s siblings, dad, and cousins have played high school basketball, and she said they are the ones who help her and teach her new skills.

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer

Geometry Students Create Art Using Quadrilaterals

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:29

“What’s the point of learning math if we can’t apply it?” asked Mrs. Corrin Gleave, the geometry teacher at SJHS. Geometry students are learning to apply the math they have learned to various shapes, angles, and lines. One of these shapes is the quadrilateral, or four-sided shape. Students recently made special art projects using all seven of the special quadrilaterals which include the kite, trapezoid, isosceles trapezoid, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, and square.  Students can make anything from a rocket to a house, and many of them have enjoyed this activity very much.

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer

SJHS Choir Shows their Christmas Spirit at Concert

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 12:47

On Thursday December 2, 2009, the choir preformed their Christmas concert at Springville Junior High. This included the Apprentice Singers, Knightingales, and Master Singers. Some of the songs that the master singers sang were songs from all over the world. Both the Knightingales and Master Singers danced during some of their songs. 

Cami Sumsion, a Master Singer at Springville Junior High, said, “I chose to take choir and tryout for Master Singers because it was fun and challenging at the same time.” The choir students practiced singing their songs during class. “We practice our songs by singing them, and Mrs. Walker will stop and fix what needs to be fixed in that song,” said Braden DeFreese, another Master Singer.

Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer