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March 2014

MMHS 2014/2015 Sophomore Elections

Submitted by on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:56

All 9th grade students at Mapleton Junior High are encouraged to vote for the MMHS Sophomore student government officers for the upcoming 2014/2015 school year.  The ballot can be accessed on-line and voting will begin Tuesday, 3/25/14 at 7 am and will conclude Friday, 3/28/14 at 11 am.

Below is listed the website for voting:

8th Grade Author Assembly

Submitted by on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:16
Melissa Heaton

Local author and BYU professor, Chris Crowe, came to visit the 8th graders who read Mississippi Trail, 1955 in their English classes. Chris shared the process he went through to write his novel, and gave students a sneak peak of his new book coming out in the fall--Death Coming Up the Hill--about the Vietnam War.

Stephanie Swensen - Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award

Submitted by on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:11

Our beloved Math teacher, Stephanie Swensen, is this year’s recipient of the Crystal Apple Award.  The Crystal Apple Award is given to teachers that show devotion to students and outstanding performance in the classroom and is awarded by nomination from the school faculty.  Stephanie has been a full time teacher at Mapleton Junior High since August, 2007 and currently serves as division chair for our Math department.  Ms. Anderson, principal at MJHS, states the following:  “Stephanie is an amazing math teacher. She creates a positive, warm classroom culture where students love to learn. Stephanie reaches out and connects with all of her students. I am impressed with her ability to motivate and build students.”  Her coworkers affirm that she cares about each and every student.  She is the teacher that never gives up on any student and rallies behind those most difficult students even when they don’t want her to.  She is an expert in her field and the students recognize it and trust her.

Stephanie has been married to Todd for 26 years and they have three great kids.  She has a BS degree from BYU and previously worked at Word Perfect. 

The staff of Mapleton Junior would like to extend their congratulations to Stephanie for an award well deserved!


Spirit of the Mustang - March

Submitted by on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:11
Bonny Groneman

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 March, the award was passed to Kim Gerke, Vice Principal at MJHS, with the following remarks:

I would like to honor Kim Gerke with the Spirit of the Mustang Award this month.  I have taught for 18 years in Nebo School District and have been lucky enough to have worked with Kim almost all of those years.  He was a counselor at Springville Junior High for many years.  I enjoyed working with him and remember him coming in to teach my CTE Intro class with the career development lessons.  He did a great job and the students enjoyed learning from him.  Kim also collaborated with the CTE department at SJHS.  He helped in many capacities at Springville Junior.  He helped students and teachers with personal issues, helped make the master schedule, and helped lead with accreditation and any other programs he was put in charge of.

He moved to Maple Mountain High School and helped there in the Counseling department before he came here to Mapleton Junior.  He has great insight knowing what the students need as they advance to high school.

I’m so happy that he is our Assistant Principal here.  He completes all of his assignments and makes changes as needed.  He devotes time to all of the students at Mapleton Junior.  He works with the high achieving students as well as the at risk students.  When meeting with them he uses his counseling skills and his love to encourage better choices and future success in their lives.  He listens to each of us as faculty members and supports us in all things.  Kim quietly goes about the everyday tasks and meets challenges in a positive way.

Not only does he serve us here, but he serves as a Branch President at the MTC in Provo where he devotes many hours each week.  I would be thrilled to know my son or daughter would be watched over and instructed by him.  He is a wonderful friend and creates unity here at our school.  Congratulations Kim!



Congratulations to the February Students of the Month

Submitted by on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:49

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2014 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 February are (listed by academic area):

CTE- Mark Payne, Ty Eriksson, Bret Meldrum

English-  Gehrig Limb, Emily Ells, Taylor Stone

Fine Arts- Kobe Dixon, Jesse Dean, Kodi Sexton

Foreign Language- Austin Livingston, Janna Miller, Jessie Abbott

Health- Bailey Hedger

Life Skills- Kelsi Guanuna, Taylee Smith

Math- Kendall Tormey, William Houtz, Vanessa Acosta

PE- Kayden Gordon, Tiffany Asay, Brett Bodily, Tanner Edmonds

Science- Miles Thomas, Kylie Beutler, Lindsey Hales

Social Studies- Daniel Lopez, Brooklyn Day, Katelyn Mitchell

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February!



Meeting Our Learning Targets at MJHS

Submitted by on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:56

We are currently in the midst of our Bullseye campaign at Mapleton Junior High School.  Teachers and Administrators alike may present tickets to students for accomplishing anything related to meeting their learning targets.  A drawing is held each Friday to award students candy bars, meal coupons, movie passes, etc.  Pictured are two of our winners, Haley Case and Nikolas Malzl.

Another fun way to motivate students!

Collage of Cultures/Utah Studies

Submitted by on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:18
Susie Rowley


The Utah Studies students have been busy learning all about the Native culture of Utah. They spent some time comparing the Native culture to their own culture. They were able to see similarities and differences. The students made their own Collage of Cultures and the following students did an outstanding job!  Pictured: Jodi Ashton, Summer Woodward, Daisy Diaz, Ana Taylor, Kayden GordonMonserrat Morales, Gemma Hansen, Rebecca Gee and Cedar Madsen   Great Job!


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