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December 2013

Science Fair Winners

Submitted by on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 12:20
Nicole Hickman

**Top row, left to right: Phillip Richey, Trevor Jeppson, Samara Lessley, and Haley Green**

On December 11th, Mapleton Jr. High had their school science fair. We had many great projects this year. Thank you to all the participants. Below are the finalists that will represent our school at the district science fair in the spring.

First Place: Phillip Richey

Question: Does the temperature of a magnet affect the strength of the magnet? 

Second Place: Haley Green

               Question: Does water temperature affect the rate of photosynthesis in an aquatic plant?

Third Place: Trevor Jeppson

               Question: Can you use household materials to see radioactive decay?

Fourth Place: Samara Lessley

Question: Does double the thrust over time lift a rocket higher than double the thrust all at once?

Other qualifiers

Tanna Smallcomb

               Question: Can plants grow in other liquids than water?

Clay Wilson

               Question: Does caffeine cause cancer?

Kylie Beutler

Question: Does the color of a car combined with the temperature of the paint affect how fast a car will go?

Cambria Ball

               Question: What kind of cup can hold the most heat in for the longest amount of time?


Big Hearts at MJHS

Submitted by on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:24
Daily Herald

The following story appeared in the Daily Herald on 12/18/2013.  See more pics at:

Faculty members had leg hair waxed, pie thrown in their faces, performed raps and one precious beard was shaved off during an assembly held to reward students at Mapleton Junior High School for their fundraising efforts on Tuesday.

To support their fellow student Breann Hatfield, who is battling osteosarcoma, students sold bracelets imprinted with the words, "Kickin' Cancer's Butt -- Believe in Bre," written on them, raising more than $3,500. A generous outpouring of support for Hatfield who, still undergoing aggressive treatment, has yet to attend the ninth grade.

"It's amazing. You look at these kids, 12, 13 years old, taking the time to support someone else, it's truly amazing," said Hatfield's father, Van Hatfield, who attended the reward assembly in his daughter's place. For more information on Breann Hatfield visit


Fine Arts Christmas Delight

Submitted by on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 13:09

MJHS Choir, Band, and Orchestra celebrated the season with their annual Christmas concerts highlighting the outstanding talents found at Mapleton Junior High!   There is no better way to alleviate the stress of this busy time of year than with music.  We hope that you were able to attend and experience the joy and peace that was present.   

Spirit of the Mustang - December

Submitted by on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 13:45

Each month the faculty at Mapleton Junior High presents the Spirit of the Mustang award to a faculty member that embodies the school mission statement of "Students are the focus - Success is the goal".   These individuals go above and beyond.  

In December, the award was passed to Zack Beddoes, PE teacher at MJHS, with the following remarks:

I am excited to present this individual for the Spirit of the Mustang.   I have known this person for 7 years now, and have worked side by side with him at Mapleton Jr. High School for the entire duration.  From the beginning, he has consistently identified himself as a team player and supporter.  Because of his knowledge, continuous education and research, and support of our teams’ professional learning community, we have taken our instruction and program to a whole new level.  Examples of this are;

1.  Provides current data and studies to evaluate the direction physical education is moving.

2.  Given the leadership and follow through needed to initiate, carry out, and assess new ideas and opportunities for students to succeed at a high level.

3.  Shows support and excitement on good things every educator is doing to promote success.

4.  Provided access to other schools including Brigham Young University, to provide programs, funding, student teacher opportunities, and given Mapleton Jr. High the most extensive physical education program available in the area. 

He exemplifies incredible professionalism in everything he does.  His students respect and feel his sincerity in the classroom.  Parents admire the sense of equality felt in the classroom for each individual participating.  He has high expectations and goals set both for himself and his students.  They know he will demonstrate by example all that they are required to do.  To me, his greatest quality is his focus on being a team player.  No one ever feels unequal or unimportant in their suggestions, teaching methods, or ideas.  He always provides everyone around him with the sense of being important and better because of his influence. 

Without a doubt, he will be highly successful and influential in whatever program or institution he chooses to be part of in the near future.  It is my recommendation that Zack Beddoes be considered ready and capable in every way to represent our school this month with honor and integrity as the Spirit of the Mustang.

Brother in Battle,

Dave Jex



MJHS Book Fair

Submitted by on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 12:04

Mark your calendars!  The MJHS annual book fair is coming up December 2-6.  The book fair hours are as follows:Monday (12/2):         11:30 a.m. to  1:00 p.m. &  2:40 to 3:40 p.m.Tuesday (12/3):        11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.Wednesday (12/4):  11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. &  1:55 to 2:55 p.m.Thursday (12/5):      11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. &  2:40 to 7:30 p.m.Friday (12/6):            11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. &  2:40 to 3:40 p.m.English classes  will be given the opportunity to preview the book fair on December 2nd.   Students can fill out a wish list that will be included in their learning target folder.  Look for your teacher's wish list as well!Parents can also visit our online book fair from November 22 through December 6th.  All online purchases will be shipped to the school within 7-10 days of the close of the fair.  Check out the online fair  at: is a great opportunity to raise money for our school, while shopping for books your family members enjoy!

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