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December 2014

Project Teddy Bear

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:23
Kirsten Hullinger

The Hope Squad with the generous of support and help of MJHS students collected nearly 800 teddy bears for the Teddy Bear Project 2014 Bank of American Fork in Spanish Fork. The bears will be given to the Family Support Treatment Center in Orem, the Family Support Center in Midvale and House of Hope in SLC and Provo.  

Primary Childrens Hospital Fundraiser

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:19
Reagan Sweat

Every year, Mapleton Junior High gets in the spirit of Christmas by having a school-wide fundraiser. And this time around, they decided to make the fundraiser extra-special by raising money to help kids their own age. Their fundraiser: Gift baskets for the patients at Primary Children's medical hospital.

"I liked being able to connect with the kids, and really know who they are" said student Solly Kimball. The Mapleton Junior High students had the opportunity to learn each patient’s favorite color, hobby, superhero, and other interests through posters plastered throughout the school, and a video in the commons area. Each day while walking from class to class, Mapleton Jr. High students would read the interests of each patient, getting to know them.

"It only takes a dollar per person to brighten a child's Christmas." said Bailey Morgan, a student who donated. She was right. The schools goal to earn was 2,400 dollars, just double the school’s student body count.

And once students knew who they were donating for, money started to trickle in...

A school wide donation ensued, and went on for two weeks.  Both teachers and Students donated. Classes competed against each other to raise enough money for parties, prizes, and the yearly Dare Assembly.  The Dare Assembly is an exciting event that the students are rewarded with if they make their money goal for the fundraiser. It’s filled with pie throwing, atrocious makeovers, waxing teacher’s legs, and the works.

Mrs. Rowley, a teacher and student government advisor was expressed love for these yearly fundraisers.  “It’s [the fundraiser] a great opportunity to get the students involved in something positive and worthwhile. They’re able to be part of the success.”

After a quick two weeks of donations and prize slips, the fundraiser came to a halt. A flood of donations came at the end. The students were desperate to reach their goal-and then some. They earned a total of 3,907 dollars, and one cent.  That’s $1,507.01 dollars over their initial goal. The Student Government at MJHS was in charge of the fundraising efforts, and they made sure to count every last penny donated.

With all the money that the students lovingly donated, The Student Government went out and bought the Christmas gift baskets full of toys for the 25 patients at Primary Children's. They made sure to put in toys that they knew each individual patient would like, and took their time making sure every basket was perfect. They even had enough money to buy extra gifts; wrapped presents not for their specific kids at Primary Children's, but for anyone else that is in the hospital during the holidays.

"I'm really proud of all the work we have done and all of the success that has happened with the Dare Assembly" Said Mrs. Rowley, the teacher in charge of the fundraiser event, ‘It is extremely rewarding to work with such a great group of kids."

And right she is. The students at Mapleton Junior high were overjoyed when they heard their grand total, glad that they could help their peers at Primary Children’s Hospital, have a better Christmas.


Mr. Wright receives Nebo Education Foundation Grant

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:12
Lana Hiskey

Maughn Wright – Mapleton Junior High
“I received a grant to purchase 40 Calculators to be used in my class room. This means I will be able provide each student with a calculator that they can use on the majority of their assignments and tests. In the past I have had students share calculators or allowed them to use their cell phone as a calculator. Sharing calculators and using cell phones for calculators had some drawbacks. I would often see students texting or playing games on their phone instead using it as a calculator. I'm way excited that I will now have enough calculators for each student and there will be no need for students to have their cell phones out during class! I am extremely grateful for grant from Nebo Foundation,” stated Maughn Wright, math teacher at Mapleton Junior High.

Orchestra Holiday Tour

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:04
Andrea Pond

The Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and 9th Grade Orchestra performed at Mapleton Elementary today and will perform at Hobble Creek, Sage Creek and Cherry Creek tomorrow.  All of the students have put in a lot of practice and preperation.  Music is a great way to celebrate the holiday season.  Thank you students!

Daily Herald Educator of the Week: Melissa Heaton

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:53
Jordan Carroll

Melissa Heaton teaches 8th grade English at Mapleton Jr. High and was selected as this week's Educator of the Week. An alumna of Brigham Young University, Heaton not only teaches at Mapleton Jr. High but also is involved in the Central Utah Writing Project and Utah Council of Teachers of English.

"I enjoy having my students share the books they are reading or what they are writing, and I like to share with them what I write and read," Heaton said. "Those are fun connections."

Having taught for 15 years, Heaton has had many opportunities to serve in the education community. She was a member of the school community council for two years and mentored new teachers and interns for many years, in addition to being a part of the school's leadership team.

This year Heaton is in charge of Mapleton Jr. High's accreditation -- a big responsibility.


Heaton was Reading Teacher of the Year in 2006, has served as Utah Council of Teachers of English Conference Chair for two years and Utah Council of Teachers of English Teacher of the Year Chairperson for one year. She has also presented at various Nebo, UCTE and CUWP conferences and workshops.

While working at Nebo School District's Outdoor Education Program at Shadow Mountain for five summers, students affectionately referred to Heaton as Snow White.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Heaton co-authored an article with Dr. Deborah Dean at BYU that they hope will soon be accepted and published in a scholarly journal.

Heaton is no stranger to junior high. She's taught grades six through nine on varied subjects from English and reading to typing and special education.

Prior to teaching at Mapleton Jr. High, she taught at Springville Middle School.

"I always brag about my students. They are such good kids, and they make me proud," she said. "It makes me so happy when former students come back to visit me. I enjoy hearing about their achievements and successes."

Daily Herald Community & Business Editor Jordan Carroll can be reached at or on Twitter @jordanec


Make it With Wool at MJHS

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:02
Bonny Groneman

The State Make It With Wool contest was held at Mapleton Junior High on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Students selected patterns and wool earlier in the school year and then made beautiful wool outfits to wear.  They were judged on appearance, marketability, and sewing construction.We had 5 students participate from Mapleton Junior High that have been enrolled in the Clothing 1 class this fall.  Emily Ells, Kylee Schramm,Janna Miller, and Camille Wirthlin participated in the Junior Division for students who are 13-16 years of age.  Shanelle McClellan participated in the Made for Others category and made Mrs. Groneman a beautiful wool dress.Camille Wirthlin took 1st place honors and will be participating in the National contest in January.She also won a sewing machine and other prizes. The other students all received a beautiful piece of wool and some pins.It was a great evening to enjoy a nice fashion show and see their accomplishments.Congratulations!

Student of the Month - November

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:34
Andrea Pond

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


CTE – Ashlyn Hughes, Zachary Schmoekel, Katelyn Walker


English – Dillan Shepherd, Jessica Haynes


Fine Arts – Kayden Jenkins, Hope Castillo, Sera Sparks


Foreign Language – Abby Garrett, Brigham Dorrity, Bela Balser


Health – Brennan Purcell, Chandlier Campbell


Life Skills – Wyatt Marshall, Ann Hancock, Haley Case


Math – Lexy Warren, Megan Moore, Cole Patterson


PE – Elizabeth Wheeler, Leslie Griffin, Benson Shafer


Science – Miah Gourdin, Jordan Lundquist


Social Studies – Chloe Engler, Isabella Namanny, Elizabeth Tuckett


School Service – Reagan Sweat, Hailey Cox


Congratulations Science Fair Winners

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:25
Kim Gerke

Mapleton Junior High

2014 Science Fair Winners

1st Place:      Emme Smith

2nd Place:     Elle Perry

3rd Place:     Daniel Lopez

Honorable Mention:

Cody Bailey & Zach Schmoekel

Clayton Dean & Adam Brady

Meg Rockwood

Sarah Savage & Chloe Engler

Mark Payne

Devan Cody

Courtney Robinson & Kaitlyn Ward


MJHS Art 7

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:26
Alan Anderson

Students in Mr. Anderson's Art 7 classes worked really hard to form this amazing collage.  Each student painted 6 tiles imitating artist Chuck Close.  The result is amazing!  Way to go students!  Come take a look in the commons area.  


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