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September 2015

Students of the Month - September

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 09:11
Andrea Pond

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the September 2015 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 September are (listed by academic area):

CTE: Aislynn Barcelon, Leah Ribble

English:  Adrian Gamez

Fine Arts:  Addison Hansen, Sydney Haslem, Leslie Griffin

Foreign Language:  Betsy Huntington, Halli Johnson, Gigi Paduano

Health: Chelsie Hawkes

Life Skills: Brynn Henrie, Anna Anderson, Nick Lape

Math: Seth Krommenhoek, Zachary Wright

PE: Zachary Johnson, Porter Eason, Jayleen Vargas

Science: Emily Jolley, Elliot Layton, Aaron Mele

Social Studies: Kevin Kolomalu, Saige Snow, Elizabeth Rex

School Service: Harrison Nemelka, Solly Kimball


Teacher Spotlight

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 10:17
Tiffany Jones

Justin Johnson is one of our amazing Science teachers at MJHS. The students love his enthusiasm and love for science. He always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face! He is the girl’s tennis coach and learn so much from him. They really should, because he was the State Tennis Champion!! He graduated from Spanish Fork High School and went onto UVU. He loves fried shrimp, the colors red and green, and his favorite place to travel is Alaska. He is married and has 4 kids.

Thank you Mr. Johnson for being such an amazing teacher at MJHS!! 


"X" marks the SPOT Spotlight

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 10:31
Melissa Heaton

Ms. Heaton recognized Holly Tippetts in our Nebo News Newsletter.  

Holly Tippetts: Teacher, Mapleton Junior "She's cheerful, postitive, and hard working."  She's an advocate for students and teachers.  It's not unusual for Holly to break out in a rap to help students remember concepts or share a joke to improve the learning environment."

We have amazing teachers at MJHS!


Breaking New...Spirit Week at MJHS

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 09:23
Ryan J Call


Good morning, everyone! This is Anne Onymous and I'm here with your breaking news in Mapleton Junior High School.

On Monday, the students went on strike . . . against the opponents of School Spirit. Students wore colors, jerseys, and Mustang memorabilia. Witness Kim Kardashian says: "Is this thing on . . . ? How's my makeup?" She checks her makeup. "Sorry, anyways, yeah. All these kids were showing up to school wearing the colors of their school. It was kinda cool, I guess."

On Tuesday, kids were wearing their favorite sports teams. Witness Lebron James states: "Everyone wore their favorite teams. I didn't see much Miami Heat, which made me sad . . ."

On Wednesday, everyone wore their hair up or down or to the sides, and some people did other weird, yet cool things for their Wacky Wednesday. A witness seagull says: "SQUAAAA!"

And on Thursday, they wore sweaters. They looked like they had been knit by grandma. Now these kids have got guts. We have no witnesses, unfortunately.

And on the final day, the kids wore flannels for Flannel Friday. It was a colorful day of plaid, which was an amazing way to end the week.

I'm Anne Onymous, and I'm reporting for MJHS. Thank you, everyone!


High Honors Achievement Program

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 13:28
Lori Marett

High Honors Achievement Program


Meeting:  Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 2:45 PM in the library.


The High Honors program is an opportunity for 8th and 9th grade students to complete a project above and beyond the regular school curriculum.  This program gives students an avenue to pursue in greater depth a subject of their choice.  Students can choose to complete a thirty hour project in one of the following areas:  English, mathematics, music, science, social studies, Spanish, visual arts, and CTE (sewing, foods, business and technology).


For more information please attend the meeting announced above.  If you are unable to attend the meeting or have questions, please contact Mrs. Marett in the library, by phone 801-489-2892, or by email


Mrs. Low's 7th Grade English

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:41
Jessica Low

To better understand their class novel, Freak the Mighty, 7th graders had "Disabilities Day". Students experienced simulations for learning disabilities such as dyslexia and physical disabilities. While it is impossible to truly know what it is like to have a disability without actually having one, the activity helped the 7th graders relate to others and the novel. 
Here is what our Mustangs have to say: "I will have more sympathy for people with disabilities. I will try to help them as much as I can." Jane Sweat
"I will be more patient from now on." Talmage Stevenson
"A lot of people have disabilities and it's hard, so we shouldn't make fun of other people or pressure them because of their disability." Etlagi Atllfale
"I realized learning disabilities are tough because you have to take time that other people don't have to. It makes you feel bad when it seems like everyone else already knows how to do it." Ashley Flake
"I'll stop telling people to hurry and let them take their time." Luke Bell
"You should never treat someone with disabilities bad because they can't do something since it might be harder for them to do it." Carson Hamilton 
About 10% of students have some kind of a disability. Understanding that is helping these Mustangs appreciate everyone around them.

New Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Diehl

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:09
Andrea Pond

Mr. Diehl has been involved in music from a very young age.  One of the first music experiences he remembers is singing with his siblings in the Diehl family quartet.  He sang Soprano (he sang higher than his sister!).  This was the beginning of a long list of musical involvement. Mr. Diehl went on to sing in lots of choirs (both in middle and high school).  He also spent a lot of time practicing/studying piano, eventually becoming quite an accomplished pianist.   After high school, Mr. Diehl started his studies at Utah State University.  He became a member of the USU Chamber Singers, the top ensemble at the university.  During his time at the university, Mr. Diehl also sung in several USU opera theater productions, tutored music history students, was an assistant director with Cache Children's Choir, and worked as a contracted vocalist with Utah Festival Opera during their 2011 Season.  After graduating from Utah State University with his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Mr. Diehl taught at Aristotle Academy, a charter school located in American Fork.  His duties included directing all the middle school choirs as well asteaching general music to students in the elementary classes.  Following his time at Aristotle Academy, Mr. Diehl took a graduate assistantship with Utah State University, working as the director of the women's choir while completing his Master's Degree in Conducting. Having completed his masters, Mr. Diehl is pleased to now be back in the junior high scene, directing the wonderful choirs at MJHS!  

MJHS Holds a Ball

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:29
Alisha Adams


As part of reading Romeo & Juliet the students in Mrs.Adams's English class recreated an Elizabethan Masquerade Ball - complete with dancing, music, and best of all treats! Madison Hall of the BYU Music, Dance, Theatre program taught the students several dances including a vigorous galliard. Students enjoyed the opportunity to build some context and experience something new and different. ​


Spirit of the Mustang - September

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:29
Susie Rowley

I chose to give the Spirit of the Mustang to Linda Woodfield. Not only is she probably the sweetest person but she shows the spirit of the Mustang in all she does here at our school. Whether it being supportive of the students in their academics or volunteering to dance in front of everyone at the Welcome Back Assembly or completing a dare in our dare assembly, Linda is always there to lend a helping hand.

In her own foods class she has got to be the only teacher who will let junior high students use knives and not lose a finger! She is patient and kind with her words. She provides the hands on learning that we all wish we could incorporate more of in our classrooms. She allows her students to compete in Top chef competitions and recognizes them for the school. She brings the teachers the leftover food from her classes which is always appreciated.

She is also funny. I love her stories that she tells us. I especially love the ones that show the generational gap between the students and herself. If you haven’t heard some of them, you should ask her because they are hilarious. It is for these reasons and many more that Linda represents 100% Mustang!


Picture Retakes - September 25

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 07:47
Andrea Pond

School Picture Retakes will be Friday September 25

If you want retakes, bring your photos back to turn in that you had taken previously.  If you haven't had them taken already there are order forms available in the main office.  


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