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May 2014

Another MJHS Star Athlete

Submitted by on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:44

Abbey Miner, 9th grade student at MJHS, recently competed in the Junior Olympic Gymnastics Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.  She took 2nd in the nation on vault and 5th on floor.  She is an amazing athlete with tremendous dedication.  You may be rubbing shoulders with a future Olympian!!  Abbey is the daughter of Gary and Sandi Miner of Mapleton.

Outstanding Season for MJHS Track Team

Submitted by on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 14:24

We are so proud of our boys and girls track teams at MJHS.  The district finals were held last Thursday and Friday and the following students placed in various events:

Jaycelyn Anderson, Linnea Brady, Amanda Brimhall, Lea Christensen, Julia Dean, Reilly Pledger-Fonohema, Randal Gleave, Patrick Hansen, Sean Holloway, Abby Holman, Abby LeBaron, Aubrey Mitton, Zac Mower, Tau Mulipola, Jr., Dawson Nackos, Annika Perry, Chase Prather, Courtney Robison, Linsey Robinson, Tennessee Schellenberg, Rakkel Speers, Simon Taylor, Katelyn Walker.

School Records were set in the Girls 4x400 by Jaycelyn Anderson, Lea Christensen, Linnea Brady, and Julia Dean; also in Boys shotput by Tau Mulipola, Jr.

The girls track team finished in first place as district champs, and the boys team took second place.  Fantastic showing by our fabulous students and coaches.  Congratulations!

Spirit of the Mustang - April

Submitted by on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:09
Maughn Wright

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 May, the award was passed to Stephanie Swensen, math teacher and department chair at MJHS, with the following remarks:

Stephanie is amazing in so many ways.  The first time I met Stephanie I was impressed by her optimism and “can do” mentality.  When others feel overwhelmed she reassures them that it’s not a problem and together we can do this.  She treats people like they are the most important person in the world to her.  I used to think I was one of Stephanie’s favorite people in the whole school because she always had time to talk to me and help me with whatever I needed.  However, I now know that she treats everyone that way.  I see other teachers in her room frequently talking with her about concerns or sharing successes. Stephanie is like the “Mom” of Mapleton Jr. High.  She seems to have all the answers to the hard questions and is there to cheer you on and reassure you when you feel discouraged.

The expressions she makes and the tone of voice she uses when she greets her students lets them know that she cares about them and expects them to put forth their best effort.  She works to know each student well enough to find out what makes them “tick” and uses that to help them be successful.

I took some math classes with Stephanie while working on my level 3 math endorsement.  From that experience I observed that she is an extremely good note taker and well organized.  She helped me get through several of those classes by explaining the concepts in a way I could understand it.  She does the same thing with the students she teaches.  She is an expert at identifying what a student does not understand and then re-teaching it in way that makes sense.

Stephanie is an amazing wonderful teacher.  I am so grateful for all that she has done to help me and for her incredible example that she is to her students and colleagues. 


World Class Athlete at MJHS

Submitted by on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:15

Hailey Cox, 8th grade student at Mapleton Junior High, has been wrestling competitively since she was in 3rd grade.  Not surprising for a girl raised by a wrestling coach father and who tumbled with brothers that wrestle competitively also.   Hailey focused her attention into “all girl” wrestling competitions, sending her to meets in Oklahoma and Reno, Nevada.    She was selected to participate in the Pan Am games which were recently held in Brazil.  She took first place in her weight and age group!  She then qualified for the World team which will compete in Slovakia, Russia in June of this year.  Hailey has some amazing accomplishments in her 14 short years of life, and will be sure to continue on this fantastic journey.  She is the daughter of Jodie and Billy Cox of Mapleton, UT.  


Congratulations to the April Students of the Month

Submitted by on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:54

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

CTE- Kelsey Corfield, Brian Workman, Kaden Nissen

English-  Isaiah Rutledge, Bailee Fedler

Fine Arts- Reagan Sweat, Kaden Call, Christal Cornell

Foreign Language- Elizabeth Rex, Chawntelle Correa, Linnea Brady

Health- Gunner Garrard, Caleb Colette

Life Skills- Nephi Rios, Tyeson Marsh, Jose Monge, Casey Christensen

Math- Elle Perry, Sera Sparks, Kylee Reynolds

PE- Riley Hilton, Kaitlyn Thompson, Kiana Malzl

Science- Jaimee Paletta, Bridger Pace, Garrison Brown

Social Studies- Ali Jenkins, Josh Ornelas

Study Skills-  Tommy Padilla



Diana Bonney - Golden Apple Award Winner

Submitted by on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:18

Diana Bonney, math teacher at Mapleton Junior High has received the Golden Apple Award for May 2014, sponsored by Christensen and Hymas Law Firm.

The “Golden Apple Award” is part of Christensen & Hymas’ School Supplies Gift Program that seeks to enrich Utah’s classrooms by lending a helping hand to exceptional teachers. Once a month, a teacher from the Utah, Salt Lake and Davis county public schools is selected through nominations to receive a $250 OfficeMax gift card to use on necessary classroom supplies.

Congratulations Diana!  We are enormously proud of you!


Spirit of the Mustang - April

Submitted by on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:47
Kim Gerke

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 April, the award was passed to Maughn Wright, math teacher at MJHS, with the following remarks:

Mr. Maughn Wright was selected as the faculty recipient of the Spirit of the Mustang for the month of April.  Mr. Gerke nominated Mr. Wright for his personal characteristics that exemplify the Mustang.   “His effective teaching style has weathered the storm of change from program to program and his resilience as a teacher continues from year to year and from student to student.  His students respect him and work hard in his classes.  He never seems to lose patience with their repeated questions or any of their behaviors.  He is steady and secure.”  Just like the mustang, Mr. Wright also has the stubborn individualism and intelligence necessary to contribute to the herd.  We are pleased to have him as the month of April’s recipient for the Spirit of the Mustang.


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