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March 2016

Spirit of the Mustang - March 2016

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:42
Maughan Wright

The teacher I am nominating for the Spirit of the Mustang is dedicated and talented in many diverse ways.  Of course this could be said of every teacher in this room today. A few of the particular talents possessed by this teacher include origami, photography, drawing, original super hero costumes, and the patience of Job. This teacher is a fan of Star Wars, Calvin & Hobbes, Lord of the Rings, and helping students be successful. 

This teacher could serve as the Secretary of Treasury seeing how he has designed several unique and fascinating forms of currency used as a reward in his classes.  Of course I am referring to Alan Anderson.

Alan is a true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. He has many talents and areas of knowledge. He has worked as a heavy equipment operator, framer, and knows how to do finish work, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, install sprinkling systems, duct work and pretty much every skill needed to finish a home. He has also served as a scout master for several years so you know he has the ability to keep a cool head under pressure and adapt to the most unpredictable circumstances.


One of the things I appreciate most about Alan is his desire to help any student or faculty member and the patience he has in working with them. He personally helped me with a Geometry class I took a few years ago. He has always been willing to give me lesson plans, assignments, assessments or projects that he has created.


A favorite memory of mine is of Alan dressing up on “Super Hero Day” with a vest full of pockets filled with different flavors of gum. He would wait for students to ask him who he was, then he would ask the students if they needed saving. When they responded “yes” he would give them a stick of gum. How fitting that Mr. Anderson’s super hero waits for students to ask a question, has a ready answer for them and rewards them with a refreshing stick of gum of their choice.

Alan strives to help his students achieve success. He designs his lessons in a way that helps students learn and retain concepts that will be of most worth to them. He lives inspired, he inspires others, and he is “The Spirit of the Mustang”!


Students of the Month - March 2016

Submitted by andrea.pond on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:59
Andrea Pond

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

CTE: Shelby Abbott, Raymond Case, Hailey Hassler

English: Abraham Engler, Ellizabeth Wheeler

Fine Arts: Jacob Nelson, Kayla Squire, Abby LeBaron

Foreign Language: Kennedy Fordham, Shadrach Christensen, Julianna Brady

Health: Tanner Gappmeyer

Like Skills: Austin Caudel, Megan Moore, Jason Vargas

Math: Kaitlin Elmont, Alyssa Bennett

Science: Chelby Carter, Zach Bolton, Asher Hunt

Social Studies: Jakob Mohler, Jocelyn Quiroz, Nik Malzl

STEM Scholarship for Women

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:15
Kirsten Hullinger

Please be aware of this scholarship opportunity for girls ages 13 and older.Toptal STEM scholarships for Women will award 12 scholarships to aspiring female computer scientists, developers and software engineers. Every winner will receive $5,000 and a year of weekly one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal senior developer. 

For more information and to apply, click here. or visit

The deadline to apply is the 15th of each month. The final deadline is October 14, 2016.


Maple Mountain Drill Team Tryouts

Submitted by andrea.pond on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:55
Andrea Pond

Drill Team Tryouts begin on Monday, March 28 at 6 a.m. in the MMHS Main Gym.  Girls interested in trying out should have received a packet at the information meeting held on March 14.  Extra packets are available at the MMHS main office.  The packet contains important information regarding what needs to be completed before the tryouts. Contact Coach Molly Brenchley if you have questions or need further information about drill team tryouts.

Happy Pi Day

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 08:37
Cassidy Peterson

How much do you know about one of the most use irrational numbers. The ratio between circumference and diameter can be useful, and its results can be very tasty. Happy Pi Day!

Peak Award Recipient Flora Chappell

Submitted by andrea.pond on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 08:30
Lana Hiskey

Nebo School District wants to showcase our Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education. The award is administered by the Communications and Community Relations Department.

“Flora is everything we should be--positive, kind, thoughtful, hard working, professional, and focused on helping others succeed. One story is when a student was struggling, and she took time to get to know this girl and discovered that she loved to read. Flora bought the girl her favorite book. When presented with the gift, the girl got teary eyed and said that it was one of the nicest things anyone has done for her. Flora has granola bars for any student who needs breakfast. Students come in regularly. Flora makes new or struggling teachers feel safe and loved. She is a beacon of selfless love.”

“Flora has the talent for finding the good in people--especially when they cannot find it in themselves. Many struggling students have flourished because of her thoughtful concern and counsel. Flora is one of MJHS's angels-- an angel of service, kindness, friendship, compassion, gratitude, support, and happiness. It is a rare gift to work with an angel like Flora Chappell.”



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