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January 2014

Grant Awarded to Michael Nalette, US History Teacher at MJHS

Submitted by on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:28

Michael Nalette, US History teacher at Mapleton Junior High received a grant from the Nebo Education Association to purchase three classroom sets of the young adult historical fiction novel by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier titled “My Brother Sam Is Dead”.  The novel realistically depicts what happened during the American Revolution with an in-depth look at the Revolutionary War and how this important event in our nation’s history allowed people to gain freedoms and start our country.  

In receiving the grant Mr. Nalette stated, “This grant means a great to deal to me as an educator and shows that the Nebo School District and Nebo Education Association is committed to the education of students.  I am very happy to have the ability to purchase three classroom sets of novels and to have the ability to teach students about a very important time in history in a new and different manner.  This grant will help me tremendously as I continue to develop new and interesting curriculum for the great students here at MJHS.  Thanks very much!”

The use of this novel will allow teachers and students to engage in learning that is aligned with the new State Core requirements for reading expository texts and writing in Social Studies. 


Ali MaCall Jenkins Wins 1st Place in 2014 Radon Competition

Submitted by on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 14:26
Lori Jacobson/Lori Jenkins

Ali MaCall Jenkins, a 7th grader at Mapleton Junior High, has been awarded 1st place honors in the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Radiation Control's 2014 National Radon Poster Contest.  Ali entitled her poster:  “Stop Radon Before it Stops You or Someone You Love!”   Ali’s inspiration undoubtedly came from her aunt who lived with her family and then passed away from cancer.  It bothered Ali to know that radon is the second leading cause of cancer so she shared her talents to bring awareness to people about the dangers of radon.  Families should have homes tested for radon because it’s a silent danger—it’s odorless, tasteless, you can’t see it or hear it, and it can be in your home and hurt those you love.

Judges narrowed nearly 700 entries down to 75.  Artwork was then displayed on the department’s website for public voting during October.   Ali’s poster will now be entered in the National Radon Poster Contest.  Ali received $300 in cash and a chance to visit with Governor Herbert.  Her success also results in MJHS receiving a check for $500.

To see Ali’s winning artwork and learn more about the dangers of radon poisoning, please visit the following links:

The MOST important part of this contest is to encourage parents of students to test their homes for radon.  Utah County Health Department sells low-cost test kits and they will teach you how to use them.   It's been found in 1 in 3 homes in Utah and is linked to lung cancer. For additional information about radon, call 801-851-7509. 


A 'PEAK' Award for One of our Own

Submitted by on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:12

Nebo School District PEAK Awards highlight employees who showcase "positive energy and kindness".  We are proud to announce that our counseling secretary, Mrs. Nora Bird, was recently honored with this award.   The following was submitted with her nomination:

“Nora Bird is the first person new students meet when they come to register. Not only is she outgoing and friendly, but she also helps the students and their parents feel comfortable when they walk in her office.This year there were a record number of new student move-in's. Mrs. Bird took the time to sit down with each student and their parents, provide them with all of the information they needed in a friendly, professional manner, and help them get ready for the new school year. This required more than just getting them a locker and register for the right classes.Additionally, Mrs. Bird helped prepare them emotionally as her outgoing personality got them excited for the new year.”

It is an award well-deserved.


MJHS Youth Representatives

Submitted by on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:58

We are happy to introduce Camberlyn Robison and Cameron Asay.  They will represent Mapleton Junior High with the Nebo Student Youth Council.  They will periodically meet with the District Board providing student input, opinions, and suggestions on various subjects of concern.  We are confident that these two great students will do an outstanding job in representing our school.

Spirit of the Mustang - January

Submitted by on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:21
Zack Beddoes

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 January, the award was passed to Justin Johnson, Science teacher at MJHS, with the following remarks:

I present the Spirit of the Mustang to Justin Johnson. While laboring through his first year teaching, Justin has juggled many other responsibilities. He has helped with the tennis and basketball teams and put countless hours into the development and guidance of our students. I have seen him the day after he stayed up all night working on a video or lesson plan (still smiling). I have seen him strive to make the Latinos in Action class a meaningful learning experience for his students. His style is a nice blend of academic work mixed with character ed. He seems to instinctively know when to joke around with his students and when to really challenge them. Justin is consistent and hardworking. He is incredibly gifted but noticeable humble. He quietly goes about serving those around him. When it is time to go home he lives an exemplary life as a husband and father to his beautiful little girls. Justin is genuine-what you see is what you get. I would like to recognize Justin Johnson’s hard work and dedication by selecting him to receive this month’s Spirit of the Mustang.  Sincerely,  Zack Beddoes


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