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October 2015

Students of the Month - October

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:52
Andrea Pond

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

CTE: Ella Conners, Makoa Webb, Savannah Seeley

English: Peter Layton, Katelyn Daybell, Hope Taylor

Fine Arts: Madyson Fullmer, Ashley Crouch, Raelee Smuin

Foreign Language: Annelise Anderson, Isabella McCombs, Benson Grotegut

Health: Allie Ray, Daniel Alt

Life Skills: Taen Weber, Veronica Garridos, Tyler Carter

Math: Lily Ekker, Abigail Griffin

PE: Cassie Jessop, Abigail Cannon, Robbie Osborn

Science: Thai Schmoekel, Megan Newbold. Chloe Engler, Gideon Hale

Social Studies: Sawyer Schramm, Ella Parks, Kesley Owens

School Service: Rebecca Whyte, Dillan Jarvis, Mia Schriever



Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Nalette

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 12:20
Tiffany Jones

One of our awesome Social Studies teachers is Mike Nalette. His favorite food is Mexican, and he likes the color purple. He likes to golf, hunt, and fish. He is also our golf coach for MJHS. He is married and has 1 adorable daughter. He also has 2 dogs. An interesting thing about Mr. Nalette, is he used to be a fly fishing guide. His favorite place to travel is Seattle, Washington. We are so luck to have such a great teacher here at MJHS! He definitely has the Mustang spirit and shares it with all of us!

New Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Barney

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 12:15
Andrea Pond

Mrs. Barney graduated with a bachelor's degree in Math Education from Brigham Young University in December 2015. She worked as a substitute at Mt. Nebo Junior High for 3 months and then substituted all over Nebo District at the end of last year. She loves math and she tries her hardest to help her students love math too. 

Dance 2

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 08:29
Kourtney Shumway

This is the first year of Dance 2 at MjHS.  These girls have worked extremely hard and learning various styles of dance.  They choreographed and taught the 'Manly Mustangs' during Spirit Week.  (Teaching 30 boys to dance is a challenge!!

Dance 2 just finished learning their hip-hop dance and couldn't be happier!  They will have an opportunity to showcase their hard work later in the semester during a school performance."

Diet Coke and Mentos

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 07:56
Justin Johnson

The 8th graders participated in a Diet Coke and Mentos distance
challenge on Tuesday.  The students designed a delivery system to
release the Mentos into the Diet Coke and had a contest to see who
could get it to spray the furthest.  Thanks to all the students who
tried their best and had such a fun time.  The record of the day was
40 feet!  Good work 8th graders!

NetSmartz Assembly

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:33
Andrea Pond

Last Friday we had an assembly for the students put on by NetSmartz.  The assembly contained useful information regarding internet and cellphone safety.  NetSmartz is is an interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online. For more information visit their website at




Girls Varsity Tennis District Finals

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 11:55
Justin Johnson

The girls varsity tennis team played their region tournament on October 8th.  The girls played very well and were mentally strong the entire day playing 6 or 7 matches during the long and hot day.  

Alexi Corfield finished in 2nd place in the first singles division.  Annabeth Templeman finished 2nd in the second single division.  Samantha Smith and Haley Marshall finished 3rd in the first doubles division.  Savannah Cochran and McKenzie Jensen finished in 1st place in the second doubles division.  Annalyse Jameson and Eliza Ouzonian finished in 1st place in the third doubles division.  After all of the matches were played and the final points were added up, Mapleton Junior High came away victorious to take the region championship! 
Congratulations to all the girls and how well they played!


Teacher Spotlight

Submitted by andrea.pond on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:24
Tiffany Jones

One of our fabulous math teachers is Stephanie Swensen. She does everything possible to help students succeed! She loves all food, and loves to cook! She also loves to sew, hanging out with her family and sarcasm! She is married and has 3 great kids. They have a cute fluffy dog! She loves to travel to national and state parks in Utah. She also loved going to Europe.

We are so happy that Mrs. Swensen is here at MJHS sharing her talents and love of teaching!

October 2015 PEAK Award

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:29
Martin Powell

Marianne Stevens, Technician, Mapleton Junior

“Mrs. Stevens assists students in CTE during FLEX time for the last couple of years. She is has been assigned for one period once a week in a CTE class to support the curriculum and facility needs of the teacher and students. Her desire to be constantly engaged in service is so exceptional. Immediately upon her arrival, Mrs. Stevens is engaged in the needs of students and the teacher. She is resourceful in finding solutions to the processes of the facility and classroom. ‘What can I do next?’ is an important sentence in her vocabulary. She brings a wonderful aura of ‘can do’ to the classroom. Mrs. Stevens is a work model for students and teachers to follow. She is ‘A Keeper’.”

Spirit of the Mustang - October

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:31
Linda Woodfield

Kevin Diehl is a new member of the faculty, yet he has won the hearts and voices of the choir students at Mapleton Jr. High.  I overheard some of his students talking in the Foods Lab about what a great teacher he is, and what a great sense of humor he has.

To help to get to know him better, here is some information about Kevin.

Kevin grew up in Brigham City, and did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Utah State University.   He taught choir and general music for a year at Aristotle Academy in American Fork.  He also directed and co-directed the USU Chorale and Women’s Choir while doing his graduate work.  Musically, he plays the piano, organ and tin whistle.  He sings tenor.

Kevin has been married to his wife, Megan, for six years, and has two darling daughters—Ellie, age 3 and Ivy, age 1.  Kevin enjoys watching movies, talk radio, and hanging out with his family.  One unique thing about him is that he is a true Aggie through and through, and unlike most of his friends, accomplished this task with the same girl he ended up marrying.



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