HOPE Week February 8-12

Kirsten Hullinger


HOPE Squads are the eyes and ears of your school. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students–provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. HOPE4UTAH works with school advisors to train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as HOPE Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, HOPE Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life.

HOPE Squad members are NOT taught to act as counselors, but rather, are educated on how to recognize signs of suicide contemplation, and how to properly and respectfully report this to an adult.


Author Chris Crowe visits MJHS

Melissa Heaton

On February 8th, young adult literature author Chris Crowe came to speak with the 8th graders at Mapleton Junior High about his book Mississippi Trial, 1955. Dr. Crowe is also an English professor at Brigham Young University. He described his experience with writing his book, which is based around the story of 14 year old African American Emmett Till. Till was visiting his uncle in Mississippi during the summer and made the mistake of whistling at and flirting with a white woman at a general store. Till was unaware of the seriousness of racial segregation in the south at the time and paid for it with his life. This tragic story triggered the civil rights movement. The 8th grade class will now get to start reading Crowe’s novel,Mississippi Trial, 1955 to learn more about this historically significant event. 

Spirit of the Mustang - February 2016

Flora Chappell

It has been an opportunity for me to work with Eric since he first started teaching at Springville Middle School in 1995.  I remember when he and his wife had their first child, Taylor and then Brandon who are both on Mission’s now.  Then along came Mylie and Kade.  Eric loves his family and is so proud of each and every one of them. 


Eric started his career as a history teacher.  George, our principal would pat himself on the back and say, “Eric was a good hire, don’t you think so?”  And I would agree.  Eric was a teacher that always took care of his students.  He was committed to his students and would talk to them. Whether it was a talk about getting the work completed or to praise a student he always did his job. More than once I would pass his room and he would be talking quietly to one of his students.  His students were successful and loved history because of their dedicated teacher.  He was a teacher that made a difference in his student’s lives every day of his teaching career.


Eric became a counselor in 200.  He hit the road running and hasn’t stopped since.  Sometimes people will say, “What do counselors do ALL Day” or “I sure wish I had a job like yours where I could sit back and relax all day”.  Well I have news for you, Eric is busy from the time he gets to work until he goes home.  He takes care of all the 7th graders, he writes reports, and there are a lot of them.  He isn’t a time waster, in fact while I am thinking about how and when to do a report he has already completed it.  He wears me out so I don’t even try to keep up with him anymore. 


Eric has taken over all of the school testing.  Watching Eric, many of you think this is an easy job.  It isn’t easy, it only appears easy because Eric has worked out all of the bugs for you.  He is a hard worker and a doer.  He is a get the job done NOW then play later kind of guy.  He makes my job easier.


Many days Eric will come to work singing some random song.  Probably the last song he heard on the radio before he waked into school.  If we could get him on a program such as “name that tune” or “sing that song” he would win hands down.

He knows the lyrics and tunes to any song he has heard and it truly amazes me.


Eric was a great teacher and is a great counselor.  I have always told him that he makes my job easier.  He works out most of the problems with the 7th graders so when they get to the 8th grade it is smooth sailing.  He tells me all it takes is a magic wand and a little bit of pixie dust and the problem is solved. 


 The definition of an “un-sung hero” is:  1. Not honored.  2.  Not praised.  3. Not celebrated.  It is my duty today to change this because I do want to honor, praise and celebrate this great man.  He has literally saved my life many times and has always been there for me as well as all of you.  He is, as well as Dave and many others, respectfully called “My Boy.” 



Valentines Dance

Andrea Pond

Coming up Thursday, February 11 will be our annual Valentines Dance! The HOPE Squad is hosting the dance and we would like to encourange all students to attend. It will be a great night of fun and friends! 

Thursday, February 11th

6-8 pm

Casual dress

$3 with ID / $4 without ID (new students without ID $3)


Counselors Week

Andrea Pond

We have AWESOME counselors here at MJHS and this week especially we would like to recognize them for all that they do for our students.  Our counselors care so much about the students and want to help in any way they can!  Thank You to Mrs. Chappell, Mrs. Hullinger, Mr. Baum, Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Bird for all your hard work and support of our students at MJHS!

January Students of the Month

Andrea Pond

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the January 2016 Students of the Month. Each academic area selects one outstanding student per grade level to represent their department for student of the month. In order to be selected these students must show superior academic achievement along with exceptional citizenship. The MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for January are (listed by academic area):

CTE: Brayden DeMarco, Eli Shumway, Brennan Purcell

English: Nathan Galbraith, Ashlyn Hughes, Zach Foster

Fine Arts: Sarah Haderlie, Landon Cardon, Jarom Newell

Foreign Language: Adam Taylor, Jackson Adams, Dylan Mitchell

Health: James Hagen, Nathan Austin

Math: Wendy Griffin, Tenley Nutall, Koby Weber

PE: Rylee Clark, Colton Archibald, Cameron Peterson

Science: Maggie Ribble, Katie Rex, Saige Porray

Social Studies: Hayden Christensen, Emma Tischner, Dawson Ball

Junior High Youth Board Meets with School Board

Lana Hiskey

Junior High Youth Board meets with Nebo School District Board of Education

A highlight for the Nebo School Board of Education is to meet with students from each of the high schools and junior high schools on a quarterly basis. Each Youth Board representative is selected by his/her principal to be a spokesperson for their school.

The Nebo School Board took this opportunity to ask the Youth Board students questions concerning college and career readiness, technology and one-to-one devices, and readiness for mathematics.

An advantage of these group discussions for students is to learn from each other and implement successful ideas in their own schools. This sharing opportunity promotes friendships between the schools in our Nebo School District that is growing about 650 students yearly with over 32,000 students this year.

Front Row: Students in no particular order: Audrey Hergert & Logan Bennett, Payson Junior High; Bailey Savage & Evyn Staheli, Mt. Nebo Junior High; Hampton Bassett & Mikayla Morehouse, Diamond Fork Junior High; Ethan Gunn & Lyndsi Theurer, Spanish Fork Junior High; Moroni Wright & Kailtlyn Gee, Springville Junior High; Mason Pond & Riley Williams, Mapleton Junior High; Hyrum Devenport & Elizabeth Ashcraft, Salem Junior High

Back Row: Nebo School Board of Education: KL Tischner, Vice President Shannon Acor, Rick Ainge, Superintendent Rick Nielsen, President Kristen Betts, Christine Riley Dean Rowley, and Randy Boothe


MJHS Student Receives Award

Andrea Pond

Councilman Chris Sorensen awarded two very deserving students the Mayor’s Recognition Award in January’s City Council Meeting.  Recipient Jaden Christensen is in 9th grade at Mapleton Junior High. He is the son of Holly and Mike Christensen. MJHS Counselor and HOPE Squad advisor, Kirsten Hullinger, nominated Jaden. She explains, “Jaden is truly a caring thoughtful, friendly and kind young man. Jaden is very perceptive of others feelings and has alerted me several times about students that are in need of help. He always has a smile on his face and is quick to start up a conversation with anyone and everyone. He is genuinely interested in what the person has to say and is a wonderful listener.”  


The Mayor and City Council encourage you to look around and take notice of students who are reaching out to help others, striving to be there best and positively contributing to our community. Nominate a student at https://www.springville.org/mayor-recognition-award/ or call the Communities that Care Coordinator at 801-491-7823.


Spirit Week - January 25-29

Suzie Rowley

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK please show your school spirit and pride by supporting MJHS during Spirit Week! The student government will be randomly handing out treats during the week for those that show spirit. Let's have a fun week and show our amazing school spirit!



Tuesday - PAJAMA DAY

Wear your favorite (appropriate) pajama's

Wednesday - WILD LIFE

Wear Camo or Animal Prints


Flashback to the 80's or 90's


Bring out your inner JEDI - Anything STAR WARS!!