“Students can make a difference in the world. Every year, thousands if not millions of American teenagers engage in meaningful service projects in their schools and communities. While there are many who might belittle the roles these students take, the evidence is clear - students today care enough to give of their time and their resources to improve the world around them. The proof is not difficult to find.” These students are part of the National Junior Honor Society.
The proof of caring students is evident at the Spanish Fork Jr. High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. This amazing group of students went without much notice or acclaim this year and it is time they received some recognition.
The Junior Honor Society planned a fun “Red-Ribbon” week in October with the help of Mr. Beardall who is the school’s health teacher. Next, the group organized the annual Christmas fund-raiser to help students in our school have a proper Christmas. Members were also asked to escort members of the military to the Veterans Day assembly, guide the visiting sixth-grade students on a tour around the school, and participate in several other duties of service. The society’s last service activity was to spend a cold-windy day cleaning up the campus after our long cold winter making it look clean for the coming spring. “It was so fun and it built friendships working hard all day together,” said Lauren Mockett, a second year member.
Camry Young, the secretary officer this year, said, “The most memorable part of NJHS is that you are surrounded by people with the same values as you. We all love to serve and be a positive influence on our community.” Macie Nielsen said “You might be a NJHS member if you are honest, happy, and willing to help.” All of these students will live exceptional lives as they continue on the path they have walked this year. Thank you all very much!
According to the official website for the National Honor Society, “The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of secondary schools.” If you care about your community, have a desire to serve, and want to make lasting connections with people who share similar values, you can be a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Just pick up an application and fill it out today.
As with most of our wonderful faculty, Kaye Brockbank is under-rated and under-appreciated although over-deserving and over-qualified to win the Crystal Apple Award.
Without a doubt, Kaye is one of the kindest, most selfless teachers and human beings. She consistently gives of herself—her time, resources, and talents—to build up those around her. She willingly helps out when others are in a pinch, even when she doesn't have to. Kaye is willing to go the extra mile for her students, her colleagues, and her family. All of her hard work and effort is appreciated.
Kaye is always ready to help regardless of what it is. She takes time out of her busy day no matter the situation. She is a first rate teacher. With all her “spare” time, Kaye constantly works to improve herself and those around her. Her knowledge and dedication are invaluable. She has served on several student and faculty committees, including those sometimes deemed less desirable by others. Her dedication to professional development is yet another example as to her devotion to becoming the best she can be. Her endless sense of sacrifice shines as an example to all. Even last night at the poetry slam, she took a turn holding the spotlight so others could shine.
We are privileged to have such a wonderful colleague and friend.
April 16 was the night for the Spanish Fork Jr. High poetry slam. 52 students were chosen by their English teachers to compete for a chance to go to the district competition. The students recited a wide variety of poems, ranging from originals that they had written themselves to popular ones authored by someone else.
The top ten students chosen by the judges to represent SFJHS at the district meet are:
Thanks to a very generous donation to the CTE department 100 of our CTE Intro students were able to tour Thanksgiving Point on April 15, 2013.
The students who went on the field trip participated in a walking tour of Thanksgiving Points farm country, the gardens area, retail shops, and the lobby of the dinosaur museum. The guide that Thanksgiving Point provided informed the students of the various careers involved with each area of the venue as well as educational requirements for each career.
The teachers and students who went on the field trip were educated as well as entertained.
Many pictures of this years play "A Connecticut Yankee" have been uploaded to the schools facebook page.
Mrs. Binks is a wonderful Physical Education Teacher. She understands the needs of her students and she structures her class to meet the varying degrees of ability and motivation to ensure that all students learn and participate. Mrs. Binks is kind to everyone and is always concerned for the social and emotional welfare of her students.
Mrs. Binks is truly a team player. She participates fully with her department in collaboration and enjoys both sharing her successes and learning from other’s work. Mrs. Binks has been a legend in our school for 29 years and is highly respected in our school and the community. We will miss DeeAnn as she is retiring at the end of this school year, but she will leave an unforgettable mark on our school for her contribution to the education of our students.
Congratulations to Mr. Jade Andersen, our teacher of the month. Mr. Andersen has been at Spanish Fork Junior for 5 years. He has attended UVSC, BYU and SUU. He enjoys sports, hunting and family activities. He has a very positive attitude and is willing to help in any way possible.
His favorite quote is, ‘If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over”.
His teaching philosophy is, “Anyone can learn and achieve great things”.
Mr. Andersen is an effective teacher in the classroom and strives to improve his skills. It has been nice to have him helping in our building as he works on his administrative license.
On Wednesday, February 20, the Honors Math classes at Spanish Fork Junior High attended the BYU Engineering and Technology Expo at BYU. Students were able to visit interactive booths where they learned what kinds of math, engineering and technology opportunities there are. They also toured three labs on campus: Racing Lab, Unmanned Airplane Lab, and the Water Flume Lab. Finally, students got to participate in Competitions like the Alka seltzer bottle rockets, the Egg Drop Competition, Windmill Construction, Gumdrop and Toothpick structures, the Marshmallow Challenge and running the Robot. After the Expo, students ate at the Cougareat and then came home.
Assembly Schedule Thursday, March 7th
1st Period 8:00-8:40
2nd Period 8:45-9:25
**No Pack Time**
3rd Period 9:30-10:10
4th period 10:15-10:55
1st Lunch 10:55-11:20
5th Period 11:25-12:05
5th period 11:00-11:40
2nd Lunch 11:40-12:05
6th period 12:10-2:00
7th Period 2:05-2:40
*Most teachers will view the assembly in their own classrooms through the internet on UEN, http://go.uen.org/95
See below for those teachers that will be in the Little Theater. One of the reasons for this is to reduce the number of connections to the streaming that we have. Please have the students in their seats by 12:55.
Little Theater: Nelson, Morgan, Binks, Harman, Wendell, Carron-Campbell, Simonson, Zacharias