March 2012

MJHS Social Studies Vietnam War Presentation

Richard Dixon and his grandson Jake Dixon
Richard Dixon shares his Vietnam experiences with students
Richard Dixon shares his Vietnam experiences with students

Recently here at Mapleton Jr. High, our students had a fantastic opportunity to learn firsthand about the Vietnam War while in Mrs. Halcrow’s geography class.  It all started with Jake Dixon a student here at MJHS who is in Mrs. Halcrow’s class.  In class, Jake heard Mrs. Halcrow explaining some of the details of the Vietnam War and thought to himself: “I should have my grandpa come in and talk about his personal experiences from the war.” He arranged with Mrs. Halcrow to have this happen and on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Jake’s grandpa, Richard Dixon visited MJHS. 

Jake tells in his own words some of the details of his grandpa’s visit and how the experience was received by the students.

The room was packed from front to back with people squished together as my grandpa (Richard Dixon) told his story. My grandpa was about to go pro in baseball and was going to play for the Yankees or the Dodgers, but then he got called to go to the Vietnam War.  During the war he was the only one that survived from his platoon. He got shot many times and told a cool story about how he was the only one alive while he tried to shoot at the enemy. My grandpa is a real hero and was able to stay alive while fighting for this country. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service to our nation.  It was a really cool experience and lots of students told me how cool they thought it was!

What a great opportunity this was, to learn from a real person who experienced the war himself.  Our students will long remember the experiences shared by Richard Dixon, and the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Armed Forces in defending freedom during the Vietnam War.

MJHS Enjoys Reading the Hunger Games

Attributions: 
By: Molli McConnell - student writer
Hunger Games

Reading is encouraged and loved by students attending Mapleton Jr. High School.  Many of those students have been reading one series and one only, the Hunger Games series of course.  Students are reading it in anticipation of the Hunger Games movie, which is coming out on March 23, 2012.  Everyone that is reading the book has become a huge fan. The first book is called the Hunger Games, the second, Catching Fire, and the third book is How to Kill a Mocking Jay.  They are all good, but the first one is especially popular. The students at Mapleton Junior High School have really enjoyed reading the series this year and are interested to see how the movie will be.  MJHS student Jen Baker said, “The book will always be better than the movie because you picture the characters differently in your mind, plus they sometimes just “forget” to put things in the movie or even add things that aren’t in the book”.  But don’t worry, the Hunger Games movie is expected to be awesome. For now MJHS students will keep reading the book and looking forward to March 23.  After that, if the movie is good, hopefully they’ll make the second book into a movie also.  Keep on reading MJHS, because the Hunger Games excitement is really fun!

 

Springville High School Counselors visit MJHS

Attributions: 
By: Brigham Brau - MJHS student writer
Springville High Logo

Recently, the Springville High School (SHS) counselors visited MJHS to help the 9th graders who are going to SHS pick their sophomore schedules. The SHS counselors are Mike Johnson, NataLei Terry, and Kirsten Hullinger. The counselors are assigned to students according to the first letter of the student’s last name. Mr. Johnson works with students whose last names start with the letters A-F, Mrs. Terry, G-M and Mrs. Hullinger, N-Z. This system is helpful in organizing the students but if you go into the office and the counselor who is assigned to work with you isn’t available, you can ask one of the other counselors for help.  They are always ready and willing to visit with any student who needs their help.

While visiting MJHS the counseling team provided students with fill-in-the-blank forms that they could use to choose the classes they want to take as 10th graders. Each student was also given the SHS pamphlet, “Springville High School Registration Bulletin: Course Descriptions 2012-2013.” This pamphlet not only lists all of the courses offered at SHS, but it explains instructions for course selection, graduation requirements, honors graduation, early graduation, and a lot of other information. If you did not get a pamphlet, you can see all of the SHS course descriptions at http://shs.nebo.edu under “Students”.

Dane Carlson, who will be attending SHS, said, “The information session was great. I learned a lot.” Cordon Farris also thought the information was useful and said, “I’m very excited to go to SHS where there are so many awesome classes to choose from.”

MJHS Winter Recognition Assembly

Steve the “Stang” hangs out with cast members of “Love on Broadway”
Mr. Palfreyman gives awards to students that participated in the science fair
The cast of “Love on Broadway” perform during the assembly
8th and 9th grade Students view the assembly in the gym

Mapleton Jr. High School held its Winter Recognition Assembly on February 17th.  This assembly is meant to help recognize those students that have been involved with extracurricular activities during the winter months.  Many groups were recognized including the band, the choir, this year’s spelling bee winners, the boys and girls basketball teams, this year’s science fair winners, the wrestling team and others.  During the assembly the choir performed the musical number “Without Love” from Hairspray.  The assembly was sponsored and directed by MJHS student government and was a big success.  Congratulations to all those that were recognized, they exemplify “Mustang Pride” at its finest.

MJHS Teacher Highlight -Mrs. Adams

Attributions: 
By: Witney Ercanbrack MJHS student writer
English Teacher - Mrs. Alisha Adams

Mrs. Adams is the amazing ninth grade English and honors English teacher at Mapleton Jr. High school. She has worked at MJHS for four years. After being assigned as an intern, she was offered a job. She was raised in Provo and got her English degree at BYU. She said, “I love my work. It’s never boring because each time I teach, it’s never exactly the same.” She often helps in activities like the spelling bee and high honors projects and contributes a lot to the school. When asked about her time at MJHS, she said, “It’s filled with really good friends, stories, and students that I won’t ever forget no matter how hard I try.”

In her free time, she loves reading, listening to music, cooking, eating what she cooks, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Something she likes to do is try to guess what the next big thing is going to be, like what band is going to be popular, or what the next trend will be.  Most people don’t know that she speaks Portuguese, she’s very dexterous, she’s not as scary as she seems, and when she was in college, she flat lined and the doctors had to use the defibrillators on her.

Most students find her scary at first, but then later call her “Hilarious”, “Crazy”, “Hyper”, and “So much fun”. One student, Sydney Shafer said, “She actually keeps class interesting, and keeps all her students laughing.” Mrs. Adams is famous for her spontaneous facial expressions, and random hand motions. She always puts passion into her teaching.  She scares seventh graders, is a perfectionist, hilarious, and someone who can keep 9th grade boys in line. Everyone agrees Mrs. Adams isn’t just a teacher, she’s a friend. Mapleton Jr. High loves Mrs. Adams.

Mapleton Jr. High School February Students of the Month

February 2012 Students of the Month
February 2012 Students of the Month
February 2012 Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2012 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 February 28th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment.  

The students of the month for February are (listed by academic area):

CTE: Jaxon Hales, Claire Bastian, Anthony Mayoral

ENGLISH: Sydnee Alleman, Heather Asay, Tanner Heath

FINE ARTS: Sophie Hill, Porter Wake, Michelle Clyde, Angela Clyde

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Ashley Jensen, Christian Seiya Miyagi, Brandi Gessel          

HEALTH: Kaysha Kidd, Peyton Gibson, Kaylea MucCulloch

LIFE SKILLS: Stephanie Ulbricht, Erik Boyer, Zachary Furner

MATH: Makenna Garrett, Brianna Black, Mitchell Holmes

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Ethan Jones, Tucker Gessel, Tevin Nuttall

SCHOOL SERVICE: Jessica McClellan, Francesca Rotolo

SCIENCE: Caleb Terry, Benjamin "Beau" Brady, Hailey Seegmiller

SOCIAL STUDIES: Tessa Barrus, Bryce Nelson, Ian Taylor