On March 17, 2017 several MJHS students competed in the State Math Contest. We would like to recognize MJHS’s top performers in each grade. 7th grade Isaac Woolford, 8th grade McKenzie Hoffman, and 9th grade Trevor Larsen. All students that participated did a fantastic job in representing MJHS.
Congratulations to DeAnne Helquist who was nominated by our staff as Teacher of the Year! “Deanne is fantastic! She is known throughout the state as one of the best orchestra teachers. She taught orchestra for over 41 years and positively influenced thousands of students. Deanne creates something magical in her classroom. Students are happily engaged in learning, playing, and harmonizing beautiful music in orchestra. She provides clear expectations, excellent pacing, positive reminders, cueing, proximity, and tasking. Deanne’s love for teaching and music brings learning alive for her students.”
Several MJHS students had their science fair projects qualify to advance to the Central Utah Science and Technology Fair at BYU the week before Spring Break. Of those students, Olivia Smith and Alexi Corfield's team project placed 2nd overall in the Chemistry division at CUSEF! Congratulations to these ladies!
Students of the Month for March 2017! Good work Mustangs!
Math: Conner Seamons, Jacksen Stika
Fine Arts: Brynlee Stepp, Simon Cannon, Logan Hatch
English: Reagan Aanerud
CTE: Benjamin Liljenquist, Collin Jensen
Social Studies: Tanner Jacobson, Makenna Dockter
Science: Kaiden Tanner, Ellie Trunbow, Olivia Smith
Health: Shelby Abbott
Brad Henry, an Oklahoma governor, said, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” This describes JT Collett. With his quiet, calm demeanor he inspires, encourages and enables students to succeed in his classes. Students know he cares about them because when they talk to him he gives them his undivided attention. He really listens. He is always willing to help others, often dropping what he is working on. He helps students ignite their imaginations as he teaches them to problem solve.
This does not mean that students have free reign to do whatever they would like in the shop. His shop is organized and safety is a priority. Because JT has established procedures for safety and equipment use, his students feel safe and confident when they are in the shop. JT is willing to work with “difficult” students often seeking out the advice and experience of other colleagues to insure that he can help these students succeed. In JT’s teaching I see a philosophy similar to that expressed by Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” JT helps find the individual genius in each of his students.
Everyone he works with says that he is always happy and positive. “JT has been a wonderful addition to our CTE team. He is a great problem solver and is always willing to help other faculty members with different things that they need,” said Bryan Gillies. Bonny Groneman mentioned that even with the new CTE curriculum he has kept his positive attitude. Ranelle Harris admires the way he’s always willing to help and accommodate others’ needs with the skills he’s developed -- from building things to carrying in groceries.” I have found these statements to be true. When I asked him to cut shower board into round whiteboards for the library tables, He was more than willing, even though cutting in a circle is not as easy as squares. He also worked with a student to make a library post for the library
Not only does JT help students and teachers with school related stuff, he is a great help at problem solving in other areas too. Evidently he can fill in as an orthodontist. When Suzie’s son Isaac had a malfunction with a wire in his braces, JT came to the rescue. After sterilizing his wire cutters, he quickly snipped off the offending wire. His uncle, John Allen, also relies on JT. He said something to the effect that he has JT’s number on speed dial because he so good at fixing things. He’s a genius with small engines.
I feel that JT exemplifies the Spirit of the Mustang because he is humble and kind and in the words of Ranelle Harris he “helps make others’ lives better.”
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school age girls who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Girls are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. Izzy Hixson was chosen to received an Honorable Mention award and was recognized at an awards ceremony on March 25th.
Many of you know that I shared a classroom with Lori Marett for six years before she became the library media specialist at our school. Before that, I worked with her at Springville Middle School when she started substitute teaching. I first knew Lori as a neighbor and a friend when I moved to Mapleton. Over the course of sixteen years, I have had the opportunity to see Lori in a variety of roles and learn from her example as an educator and a person.
I am most impressed by Lori’s compassion and kindness. She is always looking for an opportunity to help students and colleagues. Many times I watched her developing individual lessons to help each of her ESL students. I remember at a faculty lunch, she went home and prepared some food for a colleague who had a sore mouth from a recent surgery and couldn’t eat what was available. She worked around my schedule for years when I was juggling babysitters and preschool for my own children. Each year she has a handful of students she is concerned about and keeps tabs on.
Lori is professional, organized and prepared. She says what she thinks. People respect her opinion because they know that she carefully considers what is best for students before acting. She has a strong work ethic and as an English teacher she frequently did the assignments with her students. In her new role as library media specialist, she isn’t afraid to try something new if she thinks that it will benefit students. She has created a space where students gather to read, study, imagine, build, interact and share.
Lori exemplifies the “Spirit of the Mustang”. She is a true leader. She is independent in her thinking, but concerned about the welfare of all who come in contact with her. She believes in building an environment where students can be successful. In addition to her professional life, I know that much of her personal life is spent helping others. In English we teach our students about juxtaposition. Lori herself is a study in contrast. She is studious, yet decisive; kind, yet firm; tiny, yet powerful; as a speaker, as a writer, and as a doer.