The Mapleton Junior High School Symphonic Band has recently been selected to participate in the Utah Music Educators Association Junior High School State Concert Band Festival. Only 14 bands throughout the state of Utah were chosen to participate in this festival. The audition was recorded at the beginning of January and consisted of music that was played at the band’s December concert. The selection committee notified MJHS Band Director Ms. Emily Smith of their acceptance approximately two weeks after the recording was made. She in turn let the Symphonic Band members know what a great job they had done and the honor that had been extended them. Much of the credit for the selection can be attributed to the great leadership of Ms. Smith. The State Festival will be held on March 15, 2012, at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah’s campus. The Symphonic Band is made up of 8th and 9th grade students. Ms. Smith said “we are very excited for this opportunity” and thanked everyone at MJHS for their support of the band program and her students.
The Mapleton Jr. High School Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday January 25th. The Bee started with a total of 29 entrants and began to dwindle as students competed with each other by spelling a vast assortment of words. Due to the incredible spelling skills of the MJHS students the Bee lasted more rounds than ever before in MJHS history. MJHS can now proudly announce that our 3rd place winner and recipient of a $10 prize was Ashley Anderson (8th grade). Our 2nd place winner and recipient of a $15 prize was Shye Sorensen (7th grade). Finally, our 1st place, 2012 Spelling Bee winner and recipient of a $25 grand prize was Adam Davies (8th grade). Congratulations to all of our participants for one of the most intense Spelling Bees we have ever had. But most especially, congratulations to Adam, he will now go on to the Utah Valley Regional Bee that takes place on March 24th.
Ms. Thomson is the fabulous and talented choir teacher at Mapleton Jr. High School. She is an extraordinary, music-loving teacher that is currently teaching her first year at MJHS. She is in charge of all the choir classes and often helps out with the musical aspects of the school plays. She is currently in charge of the school musical revue, Love on Broadway, which will be performed this February. Ms. Thomson says that she loves teaching because of the energy in her students and just being able to teach what she loves. She enjoys sharing her passion for music with the students in her classes. When asked about her time at MJHS she said, “I love MJHS, the students are wonderful, the faculty is superb and the community is so supportive!” She got her bachelor’s degree at BYU and stated that she had amazing teachers and a great experience.
In her free time Ms. Thomson enjoys reading, travel and spending time with her family. Her ideal vacation place is Italy, which she has already been to three times. Her favorite food is lasagna, which also originated in Italy. Something that most people don’t know about her is that she ran track in Jr. High and she can speak some Italian. She has won many awards, both musical and academic. One such award was in elementary school when she won the Student of The Year Award for her good grades. Ms. Thomson grew up in Farmington, Utah, though she was born in Texas.
When asked to describe Ms. Thomson, MJHS student Aspen Wake said that “Ms. Thomson is a super-fun teacher with lots of spunk and a great personality.” Many other students agreed, using words like “awesome”, “super-sweet” and “really happy”. I think that all of us at MJHS agree, when I say that we are very fortunate to have a great teacher like Ms. Thomson teach at our school.
Tardy reduction became an emphasis this year at MJHS when administrators noticed a sharp increase in the number of tardies compared to previous years. On November 9th, 2011 a tardy reduction effort was started with a goal to reduce school wide tardies. Many students have stepped up to the challenge and this has helped to significantly lower tardies at MJHS. To reward these students for their awesome attendance they were invited to a doughnut party on Thursday January 19th. To qualify for the reward students could have no tardies in any of their classes from the time the emphasis began back in November. Happily 581 students qualified for this incentive and were able to spend approximately 20 minutes having a doughnut and visiting with friends. It is expected that the emphasis on tardy reduction will stay in place and similar rewards will continue to be offered each term to students that achieve zero tardies during the term. Way to be on time MJHS students!
Mr. Frankowski is one of our great science teachers here a Mapleton Jr. High School. He’s been teaching here at MJHS for four years, but has been teaching in Nebo School District for twenty two. Mr. Frankowski grew up all over the world because of his parent’s job in the Air Force. Some of the places he has lived include Montana, Las Vegas, and England. Mr. Frankowski went to college at SUU in Cedar City. You might remember him from a week spent over the summer at Shadow Mountain camp where he was a Director. He worked there with Mrs. Kimball, our former principle, and other staff members from MJHS. By working with Mrs. Kimball and the other MJHS staff members he found out about the job at MJHS. He interviewed and then found himself teaching science here. One reason he loves teaching science is because he gets to introduce students to new, interesting things and help them think in new ways. One of his favorite things to do in his spare time is to facet gems. He hopes to someday be able to teach this to his students. Something you probably don’t know about him is that he was adopted when he was 16 and his original last name was Johnson. He is known to some students as the rocket man because he likes rockets and teaching students about them. While talking with him, he shared with me this quote, “The secret of success is to make your vocation your vacation” (–Mark Twain). Mr. Frankowski also stated that he thinks that our generation, the students currently at MJHS, is the best generation and he has a lot of faith in us! We are so lucky to have him as a teacher at our school!
Mapleton Junior High School is glad to announce the opening of a new school addition called the 400 hall. This new wing was built due to the need for more classroom and gym space for the ever growing student body and for the MJHS wrestling program. Student and wrestler Tyson Orton says “I like the new gym it makes it a lot easier to make it to practice because we don’t have to travel so far to go to a wrestling gym.” The new area of the school will be officially open on Jan. 14, 2012. The 400 hall addition includes a number of new lockers, three new classrooms and a new auxiliary gym (shown above with Trevor Kinross and Jackson Jarvis). The purpose of the wing is not only to relieve pressure from the other over crowded halls but to open new classroom space for the best learning experience and environment for the students. Because at MJHS “Students are the Focus and Success is the goal”.
The MJHS freshman team, coached by Coach Zack Beddoes and Coach Dave Murphy, is composed of 14 boys for the 2011-2012 season: Abe Durrant, Brigham Brau, Chandler Cloward, Cole Casper, Elliot Call, Garret Clark, Jordan Jones, Jordan Williams, Kai Ruiz, Mark Sumsion, Mason Murphy, Matt Nemelka, Parker Johnston, and Thomas Slack. The team has the strong support of its managers: Dane Carlson, Andrew Sau, Chandler Mitton, Kal Ruiz, and TR Hulse. So far, MJHS has a 2-1 district record, their first win was against Diamond Fork at home on December 13th. Diamond Fork had been undefeated in preseason and regular season games before falling to the Mustangs. On December 15th, the Mustangs suffered a hard loss to Mount Nebo in Payson in a very close game. In their last game before the Winter break, MJHS faced their cross-town rivals on December 20th at SJHS and beat Springville Junior High for their second win of the season. Playing Springville was somewhat like the Civil War when brothers fought against brothers, as most of the boys at SJHS and MJHS have played basketball and football together for years on the same teams.
The Mustang’s next game is scheduled for January 6th at 3:30 pm at Spanish Fork Junior High School. The Lobos have a strong team this year and the Mustangs are preparing hard for the contest. The Mustangs have been practicing during the Winter break of which Coach Beddoes has commented, “I am very pleased with the team's offensive execution of these last two practices.” Come out and support the Mustangs this Friday in Spanish Fork!
Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the December 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 December 13th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for December are (listed by academic area):
ENGLISH: Kerina Gibb, Rachel Brown, Brittnee Jacobson
FINE ARTS: JoAnna Johnson, Ashley Downs, Peyton Gibson
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Dylan Robertson, Jotham Draper, Taylor Jordan
HEALTH: Mayci Bohl, Alissa Kiser
LIFE SKILLS: Andrew Warner, Dean Laehn, Isaiah Peterson
MATH: Nicole Beutler, Jessica Nugent, Ashton Nazzise
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Joshua Arbon, Jordan Davis, Brigham Kriser
SCHOOL SERVICE: Aspyn Moosman, Bailee Hickman
SCIENCE: Koleton Murray, Brynn Allred, Connor Crandall
SOCIAL STUDIES: Devin Talbot, Madeline Williamsen, Jacob Jones
Students and faculty at Mapleton Jr. High School recently attended a fun filled and somewhat zany assembly where their contributions to a good cause resulted in quite a spectacle. During December students raised money by donating cash or buying a wrist band at school. That money was then used to purchase Christmas toys for children in our community through the Sub for Santa program. This effort was done in conjunction with UCCU Credit Union and resulted in a generous donation from the students of MJHS. Previous to the assembly a variety of students and faculty had agreed to complete crazy dares if a certain amount of money was raised. Fortunately for those who watched and unfortunately for those who participated, the goal was reached and all the dares were performed during a school wide assembly. There was a wide variety of dares performed which included, oatmeal bobbing, eating of strange items, waxing of legs, several dancing contests, ice-cream & toppings dump, and many more. “It was a fun way to start the holiday break” said one teacher and another staff member commented “the kids loved that assembly”. The event was a huge success and many thanks go out to Mrs. Rowley and the student government students that organized it as well as all those that participated in it.
Each year students at MJHS participate in the annual Christmas Music Assembly. This year it was held on December 21st, the day before Christmas break. The MJHS Band, Orchestra and Choir all performed in a very successful concert. The student body participated as well by singing familiar holiday songs during the sing along portion of the assembly. Everyone who participated did an extraordinary job and the result was a beautiful performance that brought festive holiday spirit to Mapleton Jr. High School.