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Real World Problems, Real World Learning

Submitted by david.thacker on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 15:09
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by Rillene Nielsen and Eric Ferrin, pictures by Eric Ferrin
Real World Problems, Real World Learning

Students often complain, “I don’t see how I’ll ever need to know this.”  But in Mr. Ferrin’s math class, 9th grade Spanish Fork Junior High students use the mathematical concepts they are learning to solve real world problems.

Today students were learning about proportion and scale.  Using tape measures and working in groups, students measured the dimensions of the classroom, the tables and desks, and then drew a to-scale floor plan of Mr. Ferrin’s math lab.  Included in the plan was a legend that indicated the scale students used.

Playing Corn Hole Leads to Understanding Integers

Submitted by david.thacker on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 15:07
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by Rillene Nielsen & Eric Ferrin, Pictures by Eric Ferrin
Playing Corn Hole Leads to Understanding Integers

The question facing Erin Egbert, a7th grade math teacher at SFJH, was this: “How can I help my students understand integers—the set of whole numbers and their opposites?”  Positive and negative numbers an often confuse students, so Ms. Egbert needed to turn on the creativity to create the engagement needed for solid understanding.

What did she do?  She had her students play Corn Hole!  Also known as Tailgate and Doghouse, this uniquely American game I played by throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Points are scored in a variety of ways.

Lobo Update 9/2/15

Submitted by david.thacker on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 19:25
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Parents, Students and Friends –

 PTA Reflections Contest

All students are invited and encouraged to participate in this year’s Reflections contest. The theme is: Let Your Imagination Fly - Entries are due by October 2, 2015. Pick up an application in the front office or Miss Holley’s room. Contest categories include: Dance Choreography – Film Production – Literature – Music Composition – Photography – Visual Arts. Do something amazing this year; participate in Reflections!

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PTA Reflections Contest: Let Your Imagination Fly

Submitted by david.thacker on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:50
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by Rillene Ni

Celebrate the arts by participating in the annual PTA Reflections Contest.  Thousands of students from all over the country will reflect on the common theme, Let You Imagination Fly, and create original works in these exciting categories:

Dance Choreography – Choreograph a dance using ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz or tap. Film it for submission.

Film Production – Accepted forms include animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (power points are not allowed).

7th Graders Test Paper Airplanes

Submitted by david.thacker on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:24
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By Rillene Nielsen, pictures by Emily Goates
7th Graders Test Paper Airplanes

At Spanish Fork Junior High, every 7th grader will pass through Ms. Goates science class—EVERY sevie!  As a result, she knows how to get them engaged in learning through the scientific method.  You remember the scientific method, don’t you?  Think of interesting questions, formulate hypotheses, develop testable predictions, gather data to test predictions, develop general theories, make observations…and then the cycle begins again.

Pack Time Begins at SFJH

Submitted by david.thacker on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:22
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by Rillene R. E. Nielsen
Pack Time Begins at SFJH

Pack Time for the 2015 2016 school year began Thursday, August 27, 2015.  Pack Time fall between second and third period.  During this twenty-five minute chunk, students can get help from their teachers for concepts they are struggling with.  Mondays are set aside for social studies, Tuesdays, it’s language arts, Thursdays are math days, and Friday’s focus is science.

Zoo-Mania Comes to SFJH

Submitted by david.thacker on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:11
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by Rillene R. E. Nielsen
Zoo-Mania Comes to SFJH

Seventh-graders at Spanish Fork Junior High had a special treat today at an assembly during their College and Career Awareness classes today.  Zoo-Mania comes to schools to raise awareness of the career opportunities available for people who love animals.  Workers demonstrate the handling and care of specific animals. 

Thanks Zoo-Mania and All the CCA teachers for putting this assembly together.  It’s a hit every year!

 

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