School News

September Teacher Feature: Mrs. Nielsen

By Chase Noorda

This month the Lobo Howl decided to spotlight our advisor (slave driver) Mrs. Nielsen.  We tracked her down and made her suffer through an interview.  Here’s what we found out.

“I’m a California girl, born and raised in So Cal,” said Mrs. Nielsen. “I was very surprised when I heard the news that I was the teacher feature.” 

The Principal’s Principles

By Chase Noorda

Mr. Fleming has some advice for all of the students here at Spanish Fork Jr. High. He'd like to see us get involved in the school activities. He said, “Make it your own school.  Get involved.  Make new friends.  Be a good friend and support ‘Back the Pack’.”

He reminds us there are lots of new features at the school this year. They spend half a million dollars here on renovations for the school including new locker rooms, new carpet, lighting and walls. We also have seven new teachers joining our great staff at SFJH.

Seventh-Grade Orientation

By Tristan Anderson

When the summer came to a halt, school bounded in. For the seventh graders, it started a day earlier with 7th grade Orientation.  On Monday, August 20th, self-conscious seventh graders strode into school without intimidating eighth or ninth graders.

Mr. Fleming and Mr. Bake introduced the kids to seventh grade. They greeted the students with friendly smiles and explained what they’d need to know for a successful.  The students enjoyed meeting their new teachers and friendly peers.

September Teacher of the Month

The teacher of the month for Spanish Fork Junior High is Margie Dobson.   Ms. Dobson is our school hostess.  She loves to serve others and make them feel valued and appreciated.  She is generous with her time and energy.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys traveling.

Ms. Dobson has been in charge or helped with every major faculty party for years.  She loves to cook and decorate for special occasions.  She has an eye for making things look amazing.  She has donated many special prizes to our faculty.  We wouldn’t know how to have a party without her.

Beauty and Belief

Laura Carter

Students from Mr. Anson's Honors English and Mrs. Carter's world studies classes attended the Brigham Young University Museum of Art's Beauty and Belief of Islamic art, Thursday, September 13, 2012.  Students were led through the museum with the aid of a wonderful guide who taught them about the founding of Islam and their belief practices of the Five Pillars of Islam.  This background explained so much about the art on display that the students became expert at viewing the art through the mind-set of a Muslim.

Zoo Mania!

Friday, August 31 Zoo Mania came to spanish Fork Jr. High and presented an educational assembly to all of the 7th grade CTE intro classes. Karen Beverly is the owner, and main presenter for Zoo Mania. She does a fantastic job of educating our 7th grade students about the many different careers that may work with animals, as well as showing many different animals associated with the careers she described. Mrs.

Mr. Anson Recognized by the VFW

On June 9, 2012, Mr. Joseph Anson, English teacher at Spanish Fork Jr. High, was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for grades 6-8 in the state of Utah.  A luncheon and award ceremony convened in Salt Lake City where the state teacher awards were presented.  Teachers nominated for this award help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs and promote civic responsibility within their classrooms and their communities.  “It is a great privilege to be nominated for this award,” said Mr.


By: Kaitlyn Thacker

            Did you know that bullying can consist of more than just physical violence?  How often have you heard someone get called a name, or insult?  Did you ever consider it as a type of bullying?

            About 70% of all students are being, or have been, bullied in their lives, and roughly half of these cases have been verbal.

            Verbal bullying is hard to become aware of, since it can include gossiping, teasing or laughing, but it can be just as serious as physical bullying.

Miss Holley Recieves Prestigious Award

Spanish Fork Junior High School’s own Kris Holley received the UACTT (Utah Advisory council of Theatre Teachers) Master Teacher of the Year Award in July at the UACTT Conference held in Logan at Utah State University.  Teachers in the state voted to select Miss Holley for her work over the past 12 years in our school, community and her place on the board of directors of the Utah Theatre Association.

Miss Holley is loved and does an amazing job with her students and their productions and competitions.  All she needs is an auditorium to make her career perfect!