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February 2016

Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Malzl

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:12
Andrea Pond

Mrs. Malzl is from Hawaii, and has lived in Austria and speaks German. Her favorite color is burgundy, and her favorite food is local Hawaiian (of course).  She loves to travel to Hawaii and Austria and hopes to be teaching math in Hawaii within the next 5 years....maybe?!

We love Mrs. Malzl, and hope she stays around here for more than 5 years! She is a great teacher who loves the students, and they love her!


February Students of the Month

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 08:46
Andrea Pond

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2016 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: Ali Nackos, Joel Christensen, Kylie Nuttall

English: Randy Ottosen, Malorie Gonzales, Collin Niemela

Fine Arts: Olivia Smith, Jacob Clawson, Parker Gasser

Health: Matt Warren, Aspen Jones

Math: Adalynn Keisel, Lexie Owens, Ashley Rookstool

Science: Alexis Call, Gabi Smith

Social Studies: Keelie Cheff, Grace Poulsen, Hailey Myers

School Service: Ailsa Faust, Andrea Acosta, Gabriela Del Rosario

Art Salon Contest Winners

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 10:14
Andrea Pond

Congratulations to the winners of the Art Salon Contest.  The winners are listed below in no particular order.  We would like to thank all the students that entered their art this year.  We have so many talented students at MJHS!  The art will be displayed for viewing until Friday February 26th, if you have time stop by to take a look at the amazing art work.  


Lauren Whiting, Jeremy Shoell, Ashlee Bingham, Emma Shuman, Emme Smith, Shelby Hellstrom, Kilee Prows, Elle Perry, Kylie Swenson, Kylie Swenson, Zack Bolton, EJ Rich, Ali Jenkins, Chelby Carter, Brennan Purcell, Brody Esquivel, Anthony Bardsley, Shayna Diede, Ellie Savage, Damaria Martinez, Chloe Hendry, Mark Payne, Matt Warren, Andrew Florence, Michael Hammer


*not pictured - Lauren Whiting, Nelly Torres

High School Drivers Ed

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:37
Andrea Pond


Springville & Maple Mountian High School Driver Ed. Dept. is currently taking sign ups for March Drivers Ed. class.   Students must be 15 years of age and have a current learners permit.  Sign up at the schools finance office.


HOPE Week February 8-12

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:52
Kirsten Hullinger


HOPE Squads are the eyes and ears of your school. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students–provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. HOPE4UTAH works with school advisors to train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as HOPE Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, HOPE Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life.

HOPE Squad members are NOT taught to act as counselors, but rather, are educated on how to recognize signs of suicide contemplation, and how to properly and respectfully report this to an adult.


Author Chris Crowe visits MJHS

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 08:38
Melissa Heaton

On February 8th, young adult literature author Chris Crowe came to speak with the 8th graders at Mapleton Junior High about his book Mississippi Trial, 1955. Dr. Crowe is also an English professor at Brigham Young University. He described his experience with writing his book, which is based around the story of 14 year old African American Emmett Till. Till was visiting his uncle in Mississippi during the summer and made the mistake of whistling at and flirting with a white woman at a general store. Till was unaware of the seriousness of racial segregation in the south at the time and paid for it with his life. This tragic story triggered the civil rights movement. The 8th grade class will now get to start reading Crowe’s novel,Mississippi Trial, 1955 to learn more about this historically significant event. 

Spirit of the Mustang - February 2016

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:32
Flora Chappell

It has been an opportunity for me to work with Eric since he first started teaching at Springville Middle School in 1995.  I remember when he and his wife had their first child, Taylor and then Brandon who are both on Mission’s now.  Then along came Mylie and Kade.  Eric loves his family and is so proud of each and every one of them. 


Eric started his career as a history teacher.  George, our principal would pat himself on the back and say, “Eric was a good hire, don’t you think so?”  And I would agree.  Eric was a teacher that always took care of his students.  He was committed to his students and would talk to them. Whether it was a talk about getting the work completed or to praise a student he always did his job. More than once I would pass his room and he would be talking quietly to one of his students.  His students were successful and loved history because of their dedicated teacher.  He was a teacher that made a difference in his student’s lives every day of his teaching career.


Eric became a counselor in 200.  He hit the road running and hasn’t stopped since.  Sometimes people will say, “What do counselors do ALL Day” or “I sure wish I had a job like yours where I could sit back and relax all day”.  Well I have news for you, Eric is busy from the time he gets to work until he goes home.  He takes care of all the 7th graders, he writes reports, and there are a lot of them.  He isn’t a time waster, in fact while I am thinking about how and when to do a report he has already completed it.  He wears me out so I don’t even try to keep up with him anymore. 


Eric has taken over all of the school testing.  Watching Eric, many of you think this is an easy job.  It isn’t easy, it only appears easy because Eric has worked out all of the bugs for you.  He is a hard worker and a doer.  He is a get the job done NOW then play later kind of guy.  He makes my job easier.


Many days Eric will come to work singing some random song.  Probably the last song he heard on the radio before he waked into school.  If we could get him on a program such as “name that tune” or “sing that song” he would win hands down.

He knows the lyrics and tunes to any song he has heard and it truly amazes me.


Eric was a great teacher and is a great counselor.  I have always told him that he makes my job easier.  He works out most of the problems with the 7th graders so when they get to the 8th grade it is smooth sailing.  He tells me all it takes is a magic wand and a little bit of pixie dust and the problem is solved. 


 The definition of an “un-sung hero” is:  1. Not honored.  2.  Not praised.  3. Not celebrated.  It is my duty today to change this because I do want to honor, praise and celebrate this great man.  He has literally saved my life many times and has always been there for me as well as all of you.  He is, as well as Dave and many others, respectfully called “My Boy.” 




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