Last night, eleven students from Mapleton Junior competed in the Nebo District Poetry Slam. This is the first time that Mapleton Junior has participated. The students who competed were Heather Ells, Willow Schouten, Kaitlyn Cragun, Jasmin Young, Adam Taylor, Ammon Brown, Lila Blaser, Anna Ballard, Chelby Carter, Tate Hickman, and Samuel Smith. Samuel Smith received an honorable mention for his performance of Neil Gaiman's "Crazy Hair," Heather Ells received fourth place for her poem "Life Through Lenses," and Adam Taylor received second place for his poem "Hiraeth." Great work Mustangs!
When you think about teachers that greatly contribute to the family atmosphere of Mapleton Junior High,
Leslie Lines is one of the first teachers that comes to your mind. Leslie is always willing to go the extra
mile for her school. She teaches huge classes of energetic kids, coaches multiple sports, and volunteers
as much as possible for extra responsibilities. Leslie does all of this with a smile on her face. Not only
does she do a fantastic job at the school, she is a loving and responsible mother. I admire the amount of
time and attention that she gives her son Aiden and how good she is with him. Leslie is very fun as well.
She is very good at entertaining and teaching at the same time. She is a great example of a Mustang!
On April 30, 2018 Mapleton Jr. High School and Diamond Fork Jr. High School met in the library at Diamond Fork Jr. High for a district Battle of the Books for Jr. High. We had a lot of fun. The team "ShardBearers" from Mapleton Jr. High School won. After winning the MJHS Battle of the Book competition, the Shard Bearers (left to right are Joslynn Wheeler, Kyler Korth, Casey Harris, Ben Johnson, and Olivia Memmott). MJHS had 63 students on 13 teams compete in their Battle of the Books competition. The first and second place teams competed against two teams from Diamond Fork for the district championship. The list for next year's Battle of the Books is available in the library.
We did it! Mapleton Jr. High has received U.S. EPA's Energy Star certification, signifying superior energy performance.
What is ENERGY STAR?
- For more than 20 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program has identified the most energy-efficient products, buildings, plants, and new homes – all based on the latest government-backed standards.
- The program was created in 1992 to help businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change. Today, every ENERGY STAR label is verified by a rigorous third-party certification process.
What does ENERGY STAR certification signify?
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance and many other metrics, including occupancy, hours of operation, and more.
- ENERGY STAR is the only environmental program in the United States that certifies energy efficiency based on actual, verified energy performance and objective measures of performance, providing a guarantee of savings.
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use an average 35 percent less energy, cause an average 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers, and they also meet strict requirements regarding occupant comfort.
- ENERGY STAR is recognized by more than 85 percent of the American public and tied with the Good Housekeeping® seal as the most influential consumer emblem in the nation.
How prominent is the ENERGY STAR?
- Since the first building earned the ENERGY STAR in 1999, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across America have earned ENERGY STAR certification.
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are located in all 50 states and come in all shapes and sizes, from the Empire State Building to small, locally owned businesses.
- Currently, there are more than 20 types of commercial and industrial facilities that can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, supermarkets, retail stores, hospitals, medical office buildings, and more.
As I thought about whom to give this to, all the faces and names of everyone who have influenced me in some way obviously came to mind. I could give this to anyone of you honestly. But the name that just kept coming back time and time again was Justin’s, because he has done so much for me over the last 3 years.
Justin is the type of person who will drop everything they’re doing to help you out. 100% selfless. I remember as a first year teacher, he would check in on me all the time to see how I was doing. I don’t remember what we even talked about, but I do remember every time he left, I felt like I was a freaking awesome teacher, because he always made me feel that way, and still does whenever he checks in on me.
I remember my first time going to grade-level collaboration. I was looking over the printout of students who were struggling, listening to teachers voice their concerns over discipline issues they were having, how to get so-and-so engaged more, how to get so-and-so to come to class, or stop being so belligerent. As I listened to the names being brought up, and as I looked over this list, I realized that I didn’t have a single student on this list. What I also noticed was that Justin had every single one of them. I realized then that the subjects Justin and I taught, thanks in part to certain stigmas attached to them, attracted very different types of students. The only discipline issues I have are students wanting to talk too much. Other than that, 99.9% of my students want to get good grades and want to work hard. Justin, deals with a whole slew of issues that I don’t, and yet, he makes it work, without complaint, without pessimism. He is so dedicated to his students, wanting to challenge them, help them take accountability and responsibility for their success. He does such a good job with these students, that they come back and visit him all the time. The students that seemed to hate everything about school and teachers, coming back to visit Johnson, because he was able to connect with them, and helped them feel something while here at school.
Justin, your dedication to your craft and to the students you teach is exemplary. You’re the man and I appreciate you brother.
Mapleton Junior High is celebrating National Poetry Month with our first ever school Poetry Slam on April 18th at 3:00pm.
Winners of the school slam will compete in the District Poetry Slam and get an opportunity to see famous spoken word poet Sarah Kay during school on April 24th.
To sign up or get more information, go to your English teacher’s classroom or the drama room.
-Poem must be at least 12 lines long
-No longer than 3 minutes
-Memorized poems have the best chance at going to District.
Parents, Students and Friends -
Apply Today to Serve on Springville Youth Court
Springville Youth Court serves as an opportunity for youth to make positive changes in their lives through the restorative justice process - In order to accomplish this goal Youth Court needs youth volunteers to serve as mentors, clerks, bailiffs and judges. The applications for serving on next year’s court are now open through April 30th to Springville and Mapleton students from 14-18 years old. The application process is all online. A variety of students with varying interests are needed to serve. The city has posted a FB video explaining Youth Court at the link below.
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Thanks PTO for a Fantastic Teacher Appreciation Week
We want to tell our amazing Parent/Teacher Organization thank you so much for helping all our faculty and staff feel like superstars during teacher appreciation week. Your efforts were very appreciated - Thanks PTO
Sign up for Code to Success Summer Camp
Learn to code in 9 weeks! June 11th - August 9th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Mondays through Thursdays. This amazing camp is a fantastic opportunity toward high school credits, post-secondary education pathways and scholarships. It is available for 9th-12th grade students . There will be an informational student and parent meeting on April 12th at the Advanced Learning Center in Salem at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact ALC at 801-489-2833
The purpose of our school-wide PBIS program, also called Mustang Time, is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. As part of “Mustang Time” programming and activities, the entire school learns and practices different social skills throughout the year. Students are rewarded for showing proper use of this skill by receiving Together We Can praise notes. The lesson today was about choosing to be a hero. A hero does not have to possess supernatural powers or great hair and flawless complexion, although those help sell movie tickets... Rather, a hero is any common person placed in uncommonly difficult circumstances who displays uncommonly noble character. We discussed choices, character and being our best self. Please take a moment and ask your student what they learned today about being a hero and what they can do to be their best self.
Maple Mountain High Dance Company
Come be a part of the tradition of excellence in dance at MMHS. Clinics - Monday and Tuesday April 16th and 17th from 3-5 pm. Auditions Wednesday, April 18th from 3-6 in the dance room. Applications online at mmhsdance.weebly.com.
Upcoming Events at MJHS:
April 11 - Music at the Mountain @ MMHS 7:00 p.m.
April 12 - Boys Intramural Tennis @ SHHS 3:30 p.m.
April 13 - Track Mapleton Jr. vs Mt. Nebo @ MMHS 2:00 p.m.
April 16-20 SPIRIT WEEK
April 17 - Band Snow College Festival - All Day
April 17 - Boys Tennis Mapleton Jr. vs SJHS @ SHS 3:30 p.m.
April 18 - MJHS Poetry Slam 3:00 p.m.
April 19 - Great Utah Shakeout 10:19 a.m.
April 19 - Boys Tennis - Intramural Tourny @ MJHS
April 20 - MJHS Track @ MMHS 2:00 p.m.
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/