February 2013

Track & Field

Come Join Mapleton Junior High School Track & Field!  There is an information meeting on Thursday, February 28th at 2:45pm in the Small Gym.  Practice begins on Tuesday, March 5th.  If you have any questions talk to Coach Burton or Coach Frame.   TRACK SCHEDULE

MJHS Symphonic Band selected for state band festival

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 they had been practicing through-out the year. 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 band students here at Mapleton Jr. are extremely dedicated to their craft spending hour practicing at home and school. The State Festival will be held in the spring, 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.

Ms. Heaton’s classes read over 50,000 pages during the month of January

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For the month of January Ms. Heaton’s classes had a reading contest to see who could read the most pages for the month. Most of the students did an outstanding job and many of the classes where very close. Reading is one of the most important skills that students need to be successful in the real world. With this contest Ms. Heaton is trying to instill a love of reading in all of her students, which hopefully will continue through-out their lives. The students in her classes combined to read over 50,000 pages for the month. The winners for each class received a 10 dollar Amazon gift card and the overall winner received a 20 dollar gift card. The winners were:

1st period Zac Thorn 1,324 pages

2nd period Nathaneil Eifert 1,448 pages

3rd period Samantha Hansen 1,380 pages

4th period Michelle Squire 5,296 pages

5th Period Emmie Franks 3,142 pages

6th period Joshua Gardner 7,138 pages

7th period Camilla Pendleton 6,692 pages

The overall winner was Tessa Barrus reading 10,279 pages

Great job to all the students that participated and keep on reading!

Changing the Rules

Matt Stone with his proposal for same grade lunch

In our 8th grade U.S. History classes, students have been learning about our nation’s Constitution. To teach students about the Constitution and the compromises that were made we have completed some unique hand on learning experiences. One of the highlights of this unit is an activity called “Changing the Rules”. In each class students work together in small cooperative learning groups to brainstorm ideas about school rules they would like to see changed. Students volunteer to work on a presentation about changing a school rule and ultimately present their ideas on behalf of the class to the administration of MJHS. A wide variety of ideas were presented, some of the most interesting dealt with backpacks, having school dances on Friday, and improving school lunch options. The administration listened to these presentations and told the students how they could pursue their ideas. This experience was very beneficial for all students and gives a great glimpse of how the democratic process works.

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January

January Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the January 2013 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- Amy Williamson, Aaron Andrew, Nicole Trapnel, Colby Gillies, Travis Farley

English- Alec Cahua, Marijia Farris

Fine Arts- Quinn Morrill, Savanah Wilson, Zoe Gould

Foreign Language- Mattison Wood, Devin Twede, Connor Lunt

Health- Delaney Rose, Rachel Brown, Magan Child

Life Skills- Daniel Whitney, Steph Ulbricht, Cole Neilsen

Math- Alanna Hess, Kristiona Banks, Brandon Simpson

PE- Tau Mulipola (Junior), Ryan Jenkins, Clayton Alvey

Science-Philip Richey, Allison Ells, Truman Miller

Social Studies- Cayla VanDerwalt, Weston Murdock, Cathleen Keliiiki

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January