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Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the November 2011 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. On Tuesday November 29th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for November are (listed by academic area):
ENGLISH: Chloe Cook, Brenden Stark, Alexa Ross
FINE ARTS: Samantha Hansen, Anne Wake, Christy Wilkinson
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Bridger Kuhni, Michael Huston, Connor Burns
HEALTH: Zachary Eatough, Brooklyn Johnson
LIFE SKILLS: Colton Nellesen, Roper Wilkinson, Philip Gunderson
MATH: Alison Nelson
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Samantha Slade, Caralyn Humphrey, Rachel Hamilton
SCHOOL SERVICE: Christopher Swensen, Josie Page
SCIENCE: Andrew Hanks, Riley Wilmot, Spencer Mitchell
SOCIAL STUDIES: Ireland Thomas, Taylee Weight, Ryan Milburn
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Mapleton Jr. High School is proud to announce the local PTA Reflections winners. These students have created and composed tremendously talented Reflections entries in various categories and won Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence here at MJHS. Students winning Awards of Excellence moved on and were judged at the council level. At the council Reflections level, two of our students performed so well that they have now moved on to the Region level! They are Benjamin Porter (Literature-Middle/Junior Level), and Sarina VanOrman (Literature - Senior Level).
There will be an awards party for the all winners and their families on December 8th at 7:00 pm at The District Office building in the board room. The address is 350 South Main Spanish Fork. Congratulations to all our Reflections participants and winners on an outstanding job.
Awards of Merit 7-8th Grade
Photography - Adelaide Simpson
Literature - Jessica Nugent
Visual Arts - Amanda Eggleston, Cathleen Keliiliki, Abigail Holman
Awards of Excellence 7-8th Grade
Photography - Heather Asay, Cathleen Keliiliki
Visual Arts - Mariah Madsen, Delaney Rose
Literature - Lynnae VanOrman, Benjamin Porter
3-D Art - Regan Anderson
Film Production - Adelaide Simpson
Music Composition - Jake Blonquist, Espen Broberg
Awards of Merit 9th Grade
Visual Arts - Rose Graham
Awards of Excellence 9th Grade
Literature - Sarina VanOrman
Visual Arts - Sarina VanOrman
Reflections Award Winners Pictured Above:
Back Row: Delaney Rose, Sarina VanOrman, Abigail Holman, Adelaide Simpson, Lynnae VanOrman, Regan Anderson, Jessica Nugent
Front Row: Bejamin Porter, Jake Blonquist, Cathleen Keliiliki, Amanda Eggleston, Heather Asay, Mariah Madsen (Rose Graham, Espen Broberg - Not pictured)
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Basketball, both boys and girls, is now underway here at Mapleton Jr. High School. We are excited to see this new season get underway and are very optimistic about the prospects of a great year. The boys opened at home on November 22, 2011 and dropped a very close game to Lakeridge Jr. High. There were some excellent individual performances, but in the end it was not enough and they lost a hard fought battle. The girls opened on the road at Lakeridge Jr. High in Orem. They were victorious in their opening game and showed great play and teamwork to get the job done. We congratulate both the boys and girls basketball team for the effort, dedication and sportsmanship they show while on the court. We know it will be a great year and look forward to many exciting games to come.
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Students, staff and the Mapleton community were pleased to hear that Dr. RaShel Anderson was appointed as principal of Mapleton Junior High by the Nebo School Board of Education. The appointment took place on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at the regularly scheduled school board meeting, but won’t take effect until January 3rd 2012.
Dr. Anderson received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University in 2009. She received her Master of Arts degree from University of Phoenix in Educational Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University. Dr. Anderson started teaching mathematics at Spanish Fork Junior for one year and then taught mathematics at Spanish Fork High for four years. Dr. Anderson then became a counselor for Brockbank, Barnett, and Park View Elementary schools as well as Springville High for five years. Dr. Anderson was also the principal of Spanish Oaks Elementary for eight years, and the assistant principal at Maple Mountain for the past three years.
Colleagues of Dr. Anderson said, “RaShel has a high degree of personal knowledge about the educational process and the needs of students. RaShel genuinely cares about the people she works with and works hard to create positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. RaShel is a wonderful people person who celebrates and supports others. RaShel does a great job interacting with people - whether it is colleagues, staff, parents, or students. She can effectively communicate and show a genuine interest in others' well-being. RaShel is positive and looks for ways to solve difficult issues.”
Dr. Anderson was honored as Instructional Leader of the Year in 2007 by the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals. In 1999, Springville’s PTA awarded her as the Counselor of the Year. Students at Spanish Fork High selected Dr. Anderson as Teacher of the Year in 1994.
One of RaShel’s favorite quotes is: “They don’t care what you know, until they know how much you care.” RaShel stated, “I believe this motto rings true in every aspect of education–working with students, teachers, staff, and parents. I am so grateful I have had the opportunity to pursue a career in education. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of an educational team that helps our students learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I am honored to be a part of Nebo School District who always puts students first.”
RaShel has coached softball and 4-H. She loves spending time with her family riding horses, motorcycles, and ATVs. She loves to boat, wake-board, run, snow ski, rodeo, and read. RaShel has six children.
We are so excited to welcome Dr. Rashel Anderson to our school and our community. We know that she will continue the positive culture that has been established here and be a great academic leader and student advocate.
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Many students of Mrs. Kehau Malzl a math teacher at Mapleton Jr. High School have been excited to hear how she is doing. The reason for their interest is that she recently had a baby. The new arrival, named -Noa Philipp Malzl, weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and stands 21 inches tall. (Well, he really doesn’t stand much, he mostly just cries). Noa was born on November 10, 2011 and mom said “We couldn't be happier.” Both Mother and baby are doing well and are home from the hospital.
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November 7th through November 18th the Service Learning class at Mapleton Junior High School put on a food drive to help the hungry. According to the USDA website, 14.5% of households in the United States were food insecure at one point through the year 2010. That is almost 2 people in every ten who went hungry at some point during the year. In order to fill this need, students were asked to bring food or hygiene donations to school. The food was collected by each first period class and the whole school participated in a friendly competition to see which of the three halls could collect the most food. Even though it was somewhat of a competition every one donated generously for the good of the community. All of the food that was collected went to the Provo Food Care Coalition. This organization is well known for helping individuals and families in need and helping in a positive way that encourages self-reliance. The goal was to get as much food and as many hygiene products as possible and although the final tally wasn’t known at the time this article was submitted, we were able to get a lot of donations this year. Way to go Mapleton Junior High school students and community!
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