Student advocate survey


Please help us identify the adults you feel comfortable going to at MJHS. Take this brief survey in your English class. Thanks.

Spirit of the Mustang - January

Melissa Heaton

Brittany Lundell desires the best for her students. She is kind, understanding, and empathetic to students who need extra attention and support. She has innovative ideas and makes appropriate accommodations to help students succeed.  Brittany focuses on the individual student and helps each student feel valued.

Brittany is constantly learning and strives to improve her teaching practice through reflection and by implementing new ideas and strategies.

Brittany is a wonderful addition to the Mapleton Jr. High family, and she exemplifies the Spirit of the Mustang.


Springville High Girls Softball

Jill Thackeray

Springville High School Softball Open Gyms will begin Monday, January 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Meet downstairs at the cages. Anyone interested in trying out for this years team is invited to attend. Open gyms will be held Monday through Thursday, from 5:00-7:00 pm, during January and February. Girls should bring their own equipment.

Any questions contact Coach Thackeray.

Project Teddy Bear

Kirsten Hullinger

The Hope Squad with the generous of support and help of MJHS students collected nearly 800 teddy bears for the Teddy Bear Project 2014 Bank of American Fork in Spanish Fork. The bears will be given to the Family Support Treatment Center in Orem, the Family Support Center in Midvale and House of Hope in SLC and Provo.  

Primary Childrens Hospital Fundraiser

Reagan Sweat

Every year, Mapleton Junior High gets in the spirit of Christmas by having a school-wide fundraiser. And this time around, they decided to make the fundraiser extra-special by raising money to help kids their own age. Their fundraiser: Gift baskets for the patients at Primary Children's medical hospital.

"I liked being able to connect with the kids, and really know who they are" said student Solly Kimball. The Mapleton Junior High students had the opportunity to learn each patient’s favorite color, hobby, superhero, and other interests through posters plastered throughout the school, and a video in the commons area. Each day while walking from class to class, Mapleton Jr. High students would read the interests of each patient, getting to know them.

"It only takes a dollar per person to brighten a child's Christmas." said Bailey Morgan, a student who donated. She was right. The schools goal to earn was 2,400 dollars, just double the school’s student body count.

And once students knew who they were donating for, money started to trickle in...

A school wide donation ensued, and went on for two weeks.  Both teachers and Students donated. Classes competed against each other to raise enough money for parties, prizes, and the yearly Dare Assembly.  The Dare Assembly is an exciting event that the students are rewarded with if they make their money goal for the fundraiser. It’s filled with pie throwing, atrocious makeovers, waxing teacher’s legs, and the works.

Mrs. Rowley, a teacher and student government advisor was expressed love for these yearly fundraisers.  “It’s [the fundraiser] a great opportunity to get the students involved in something positive and worthwhile. They’re able to be part of the success.”

After a quick two weeks of donations and prize slips, the fundraiser came to a halt. A flood of donations came at the end. The students were desperate to reach their goal-and then some. They earned a total of 3,907 dollars, and one cent.  That’s $1,507.01 dollars over their initial goal. The Student Government at MJHS was in charge of the fundraising efforts, and they made sure to count every last penny donated.

With all the money that the students lovingly donated, The Student Government went out and bought the Christmas gift baskets full of toys for the 25 patients at Primary Children's. They made sure to put in toys that they knew each individual patient would like, and took their time making sure every basket was perfect. They even had enough money to buy extra gifts; wrapped presents not for their specific kids at Primary Children's, but for anyone else that is in the hospital during the holidays.

"I'm really proud of all the work we have done and all of the success that has happened with the Dare Assembly" Said Mrs. Rowley, the teacher in charge of the fundraiser event, ‘It is extremely rewarding to work with such a great group of kids."

And right she is. The students at Mapleton Junior high were overjoyed when they heard their grand total, glad that they could help their peers at Primary Children’s Hospital, have a better Christmas.


Mr. Wright receives Nebo Education Foundation Grant

Lana Hiskey

Maughn Wright – Mapleton Junior High
“I received a grant to purchase 40 Calculators to be used in my class room. This means I will be able provide each student with a calculator that they can use on the majority of their assignments and tests. In the past I have had students share calculators or allowed them to use their cell phone as a calculator. Sharing calculators and using cell phones for calculators had some drawbacks. I would often see students texting or playing games on their phone instead using it as a calculator. I'm way excited that I will now have enough calculators for each student and there will be no need for students to have their cell phones out during class! I am extremely grateful for grant from Nebo Foundation,” stated Maughn Wright, math teacher at Mapleton Junior High.

Orchestra Holiday Tour

Andrea Pond

The Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and 9th Grade Orchestra performed at Mapleton Elementary today and will perform at Hobble Creek, Sage Creek and Cherry Creek tomorrow.  All of the students have put in a lot of practice and preperation.  Music is a great way to celebrate the holiday season.  Thank you students!

Daily Herald Educator of the Week: Melissa Heaton

Jordan Carroll

Melissa Heaton teaches 8th grade English at Mapleton Jr. High and was selected as this week's Educator of the Week. An alumna of Brigham Young University, Heaton not only teaches at Mapleton Jr. High but also is involved in the Central Utah Writing Project and Utah Council of Teachers of English.

"I enjoy having my students share the books they are reading or what they are writing, and I like to share with them what I write and read," Heaton said. "Those are fun connections."

Having taught for 15 years, Heaton has had many opportunities to serve in the education community. She was a member of the school community council for two years and mentored new teachers and interns for many years, in addition to being a part of the school's leadership team.

This year Heaton is in charge of Mapleton Jr. High's accreditation -- a big responsibility.


Heaton was Reading Teacher of the Year in 2006, has served as Utah Council of Teachers of English Conference Chair for two years and Utah Council of Teachers of English Teacher of the Year Chairperson for one year. She has also presented at various Nebo, UCTE and CUWP conferences and workshops.

While working at Nebo School District's Outdoor Education Program at Shadow Mountain for five summers, students affectionately referred to Heaton as Snow White.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Heaton co-authored an article with Dr. Deborah Dean at BYU that they hope will soon be accepted and published in a scholarly journal.

Heaton is no stranger to junior high. She's taught grades six through nine on varied subjects from English and reading to typing and special education.

Prior to teaching at Mapleton Jr. High, she taught at Springville Middle School.

"I always brag about my students. They are such good kids, and they make me proud," she said. "It makes me so happy when former students come back to visit me. I enjoy hearing about their achievements and successes."

Daily Herald Community & Business Editor Jordan Carroll can be reached at or on Twitter @jordanec