November 2017

Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Mailani Ovard

Attributions: 
Becky Clement

Spirit of the Mustang

You all exude the Spirit of the Mustang on a daily basis. I’m constantly impressed and awed by the dedication and determination of Mapleton Jr. High Teachers and staff. Moreover, you are all so delightful to work with, and I’m truly privileged to work here.

The person I’ve selected this month is passionate and invested in student learning. This teacher pays close attention to student needs and facilitates communication between parents, teachers, administration, and students to create positive experiences for young people who are often experiencing an even more thrilling Jr. High rollercoaster ride than most.

Mailani is a master at dealing with the mountains of paperwork that Special Educators face, and does so with grace and humor. However, even more important than her Ninja paperwork skills, Mailani is dedicated to the population of students we work with every day. From sitting with reluctant students one on one to washing and mending student clothes when the situation call for it, Mailani is invested in the success and happiness of students who may not see their own potential. She always sees the big picture and is bothered about what might happen later on in life when she can’t watch out for these amazing students.  She constantly teaches students the value of kindness, respect, hard work and resiliency and is a great role model for our incredible students.

Additionally, Mailani has been one of my great teachers in life. Her determination to show up and give her best effort on tough days is inspiring to me as is her passion for student success. When she needs to take a day off, she is always aware of the load others are taking on to support the absence, but never hesitates to take other’s classes, check in with our substitutes, and watch over students. Working on the SpEd team with Mailani Ovard  is a great honor. Thanks Mailani for  demonstrating Mustang Spirit  every day.

Mustang Message 11/13/17

Attributions: 
Nate Whitney

Parents, Students and Friends -

National Education Support Professionals Day

Wednesday, November 15th is ESP day, and with that we want to let all our custodial staff, school secretaries, classroom technicians, school lunch workers, bus drivers and school nurse know how much we appreciate and value what they do for our school. Business runs so smoothly because of all of your work and efforts. Thanks again classified staff! It is when all of us work together, students, parents, faculty and staff that we may truly live up to our school motto: Students are the focus, success is the goal!

Mapleton Youth City Council

Youth 9th - 11th grade may apply to be on the Mapleton City Youth Council.  Youth will help with several different activities held by the city such as Bowls for Humanity - Utah County Food Bank, week long Kids Day Camp for children in Mapleton City, 24th of July parade and Ball Drop, Moonlight Half-Marathon and many other events.  You can pick up an application in the front office or download one from the Mapleton City website.  

Upcoming Events at MJHS:

  • Nov. 14 - Band Evening Event -BYU Marching Band Concert 5:00 p.m.

  • Nov. 15 - Wrestling @ Springville 3:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

We encourage parents and students to LIKE us and FOLLOW us on our MJHS Facebook and Twitter. Remember - To see the complete calendar and other important announcements visit the official MJHS webpage at: http://mjhs.nebo.edu/

Little Mermaid Auditions!

Attributions: 
Kelly Cook

The Little Mermaid Jr. will be performed at Mapleton Junior High on the evenings of March 1, 2, 3, and 5th. Rehearsals will be held after school from 2:50-4pm in December, with longer rehearsals in January and February. Cast members must be able to perform in all performances.

Audition Information:

Auditions will be held after school on Tuesday, November 28th and during FLEX time and after school on Wednesday, November 29th in Room 304. Those who want to audition MUST sign up for an audition time outside of Room 302 and completely fill out an audition form. Please bring your audition form to your audition and arrive at least 15 minutes early in case we are running ahead of schedule. For your audition:

  1. Completely fill out the audition form and bring it with you.

  2. Prepare 16 measures (about 30-45 seconds) of a song from a Broadway musical. The song should be memorized. You can bring your own accompaniment (recorded accompaniment, a karaoke track, or someone to play the piano), or you may sing without any accompaniment.

  3. Prepare one of the monologues from the audition sheet. It should be memorized and you should stay in character.

Callbacks:

Callbacks will be posted outside of Room 302 on Thursday, November 30th. If your name is on this list, you will need to come to callback auditions on Friday, December 1st from 3-5pm. If your name is not on the Callback list, do not worry! These are mainly people who we need to see again before we make any decisions about casting.

The final cast list will be posted outside of Room 302 on Monday, December 4th. All cast members will need to come to the first cast meeting on Wednesday, December 6th from 3-4pm.

2017 Veterans Day Assembly

Attributions: 

“They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.”
-President Barack Obama 2009

We thank and honor our veterans today and always. Here are some moments from our Veterans Day assembly today. Thank you everyone who made this assembly happen. It was a truly memorable experience for everyone who attended and participated.

Jason Cragun and Crew Give MJHS New Tree Rings

Attributions: 
Nate Whitney, Jason Cragun

Jason Cragun and Scout Troop 1461 finished their project last Tuesday. They had a great turnout and had about 60 current, former, and future Mustangs show up to help out, as well as some parents. They put in about 6 cubic yards of mulch and removed about 10 cubic yards of sod and dirt from around the trees. They put weed fabric and mulch around 29 trees and the MJHS welcome sign. The estimated total hours of labor involved are close to 150. 

Thank you for all of the hard work that went into giving our school a real face lift. It looks amazing!

(included in the pictures are a before and after shot)