Tardy reduction became an emphasis this year at MJHS when administrators noticed a sharp increase in the number of tardies compared to previous years. On November 9th, 2011 a tardy reduction effort was started with a goal to reduce school wide tardies. Many students have stepped up to the challenge and this has helped to significantly lower tardies at MJHS. To reward these students for their awesome attendance they were invited to a doughnut party on Thursday January 19th. To qualify for the reward students could have no tardies in any of their classes from the time the emphasis began back in November. Happily 581 students qualified for this incentive and were able to spend approximately 20 minutes having a doughnut and visiting with friends. It is expected that the emphasis on tardy reduction will stay in place and similar rewards will continue to be offered each term to students that achieve zero tardies during the term. Way to be on time MJHS students!
Mr. Frankowski is one of our great science teachers here a Mapleton Jr. High School. He’s been teaching here at MJHS for four years, but has been teaching in Nebo School District for twenty two. Mr. Frankowski grew up all over the world because of his parent’s job in the Air Force. Some of the places he has lived include Montana, Las Vegas, and England. Mr. Frankowski went to college at SUU in Cedar City. You might remember him from a week spent over the summer at Shadow Mountain camp where he was a Director. He worked there with Mrs. Kimball, our former principle, and other staff members from MJHS. By working with Mrs. Kimball and the other MJHS staff members he found out about the job at MJHS. He interviewed and then found himself teaching science here. One reason he loves teaching science is because he gets to introduce students to new, interesting things and help them think in new ways. One of his favorite things to do in his spare time is to facet gems. He hopes to someday be able to teach this to his students. Something you probably don’t know about him is that he was adopted when he was 16 and his original last name was Johnson. He is known to some students as the rocket man because he likes rockets and teaching students about them. While talking with him, he shared with me this quote, “The secret of success is to make your vocation your vacation” (–Mark Twain). Mr. Frankowski also stated that he thinks that our generation, the students currently at MJHS, is the best generation and he has a lot of faith in us! We are so lucky to have him as a teacher at our school!
Mapleton Junior High School is glad to announce the opening of a new school addition called the 400 hall. This new wing was built due to the need for more classroom and gym space for the ever growing student body and for the MJHS wrestling program. Student and wrestler Tyson Orton says “I like the new gym it makes it a lot easier to make it to practice because we don’t have to travel so far to go to a wrestling gym.” The new area of the school will be officially open on Jan. 14, 2012. The 400 hall addition includes a number of new lockers, three new classrooms and a new auxiliary gym (shown above with Trevor Kinross and Jackson Jarvis). The purpose of the wing is not only to relieve pressure from the other over crowded halls but to open new classroom space for the best learning experience and environment for the students. Because at MJHS “Students are the Focus and Success is the goal”.
The MJHS freshman team, coached by Coach Zack Beddoes and Coach Dave Murphy, is composed of 14 boys for the 2011-2012 season: Abe Durrant, Brigham Brau, Chandler Cloward, Cole Casper, Elliot Call, Garret Clark, Jordan Jones, Jordan Williams, Kai Ruiz, Mark Sumsion, Mason Murphy, Matt Nemelka, Parker Johnston, and Thomas Slack. The team has the strong support of its managers: Dane Carlson, Andrew Sau, Chandler Mitton, Kal Ruiz, and TR Hulse. So far, MJHS has a 2-1 district record, their first win was against Diamond Fork at home on December 13th. Diamond Fork had been undefeated in preseason and regular season games before falling to the Mustangs. On December 15th, the Mustangs suffered a hard loss to Mount Nebo in Payson in a very close game. In their last game before the Winter break, MJHS faced their cross-town rivals on December 20th at SJHS and beat Springville Junior High for their second win of the season. Playing Springville was somewhat like the Civil War when brothers fought against brothers, as most of the boys at SJHS and MJHS have played basketball and football together for years on the same teams.
The Mustang’s next game is scheduled for January 6th at 3:30 pm at Spanish Fork Junior High School. The Lobos have a strong team this year and the Mustangs are preparing hard for the contest. The Mustangs have been practicing during the Winter break of which Coach Beddoes has commented, “I am very pleased with the team's offensive execution of these last two practices.” Come out and support the Mustangs this Friday in Spanish Fork!
Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the December 2011 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. On Tuesday December 13th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for December are (listed by academic area):
ENGLISH: Kerina Gibb, Rachel Brown, Brittnee Jacobson
FINE ARTS: JoAnna Johnson, Ashley Downs, Peyton Gibson
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Dylan Robertson, Jotham Draper, Taylor Jordan
HEALTH: Mayci Bohl, Alissa Kiser
LIFE SKILLS: Andrew Warner, Dean Laehn, Isaiah Peterson
MATH: Nicole Beutler, Jessica Nugent, Ashton Nazzise
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Joshua Arbon, Jordan Davis, Brigham Kriser
SCHOOL SERVICE: Aspyn Moosman, Bailee Hickman
SCIENCE: Koleton Murray, Brynn Allred, Connor Crandall
SOCIAL STUDIES: Devin Talbot, Madeline Williamsen, Jacob Jones
Students and faculty at Mapleton Jr. High School recently attended a fun filled and somewhat zany assembly where their contributions to a good cause resulted in quite a spectacle. During December students raised money by donating cash or buying a wrist band at school. That money was then used to purchase Christmas toys for children in our community through the Sub for Santa program. This effort was done in conjunction with UCCU Credit Union and resulted in a generous donation from the students of MJHS. Previous to the assembly a variety of students and faculty had agreed to complete crazy dares if a certain amount of money was raised. Fortunately for those who watched and unfortunately for those who participated, the goal was reached and all the dares were performed during a school wide assembly. There was a wide variety of dares performed which included, oatmeal bobbing, eating of strange items, waxing of legs, several dancing contests, ice-cream & toppings dump, and many more. “It was a fun way to start the holiday break” said one teacher and another staff member commented “the kids loved that assembly”. The event was a huge success and many thanks go out to Mrs. Rowley and the student government students that organized it as well as all those that participated in it.
Each year students at MJHS participate in the annual Christmas Music Assembly. This year it was held on December 21st, the day before Christmas break. The MJHS Band, Orchestra and Choir all performed in a very successful concert. The student body participated as well by singing familiar holiday songs during the sing along portion of the assembly. Everyone who participated did an extraordinary job and the result was a beautiful performance that brought festive holiday spirit to Mapleton Jr. High School.
Twas the week before Christmas Break, and all through the school, everyone was thinking, “some time off would be cool!” It was that time of year again at Mapleton Junior High when everyone was looking forward to the Christmas Break. With Christmas right around the corner, the students began dreaming of that wonderful time off with no homework and extra sleep. After all, there would be presents to open, movies to watch (Elf in particular), and Michael Buble’s enchanting Christmas CD to listen to. Christmas was only a week away, and it seemed that students and teachers alike were catching the holiday jitters.
When asked what her favorite part about Christmas was, ninth grader Addie Harmon replied, “I love the good feeling you get when giving. There is just a happy atmosphere this time of year.”
Harmon wasn’t the only one ready for the holidays. Witney Ercanbrack said her favorite parts of the Christmas season are the trees and people’s joyful facial expressions. Extra sleep and food were Chris Swensen’s events to look forward to. All three students agreed that the break from school was a definite plus.
Teachers are looking forward to the holiday as well. “I like to watch my kids be excited as they open presents,” said Mrs. Rowley, a U.S. History teacher and Student Government advisor.
Whether they love the trees, lights, music, or decorations, MJHS Mustangs are ready for Christmas. They hope everyone will be able to have a wonderful holiday season.
Mapleton Junior High Choirs Performed at Maple Mountain High School Wednesday the 7th of December, Previous to this we took the liberty to interview Ms. Thomson the choir teacher at MJHS. In the interview we asked how the choirs have been preparing for their upcoming concert. She said that during her daily rehearsals (class time) they have been focusing on Coral Habits, Memorization and Expression. She also believes that in order to have a good performance, everyone in the choir must feel a connection to the song they are singing. We also interviewed Summer Herlevi and Lexi Robinson. We first asked them how they felt about their upcoming Christmas concert. Summer responded, “I’m really excited, I know we’ll do well. It's like our choir motto 'Music can change the world because it can change people (Bono ~ U2). "We can express our talents and help people find the underlying meaning of the song”, Lexi added. Before we left, Ms. Thomson told us “one of my aims in doing well-known and well-loved Christmas Songs, is to hopefully help the audience, and the choirs to see the songs in a new light or discover something new about the song. I love having my choirs connect with their songs.” The next day the performance was so well attended that many had to stand during the performance due to lack of seating. All the choirs (Seventh Grade Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Bella Voce and Concert Choir) did a great job. Some of the highlights were, Bella Voce singing "In the Mood for Christmas", Concert Choir singing “The First Noel” and “Carol of the Bells” with past members of MJHS Concert Choir, and the closing piece of “Silent Night” sung by all the choirs with the MJHS Orchestra in accompaniment. It was a very powerful performance. With responses from the following anonymous audience members: "Great, I've always enjoyed this concert it's my third time attending", "When Bella Voce Sang In the Mood I got in the mood for more amazing music", "Very impressive how many people came to support junior high students, but then these aren't very ordinary students!". All in all this was another amazing performance for MJHS choir to add to their trophy case.
Last Wednesday, December 7th, MJHS boys’ basketball team played Orem Jr. High School in an exciting and challenging game. Mapleton Jr. High’s coach Zac Beddoes chose a great starting line-up. The MJHS starting line-up was Jordan Jones, Parker Johnson, Abe Durrant, Mark Sumsion, and Brigham Brau. Everyone was excited to see if we could beat Orem Jr. High, one of the best teams we’ll play this year. At the end of the first period the score was Mapleton five Orem thirteen. At half time the score was Mapleton eleven and Orem twenty-seven. During the third period Parker grabbed a rebound and got smacked in the face and his nose was bleeding. Everyone watching was worried and hoped for the best. Finally Parker was able to get up and return to the bench and was even able to play later in the game. At the end of the third period the score was Mapleton twenty-two and Orem thirty-six. The Mapleton players played as hard as they could and when the final buzzer went off the final score was Mapleton Jr. High thirty -two and Orem forty - four. Even though they didn’t win they put up a good fight and the whole team really worked together quite well. So if you hear about a MJHS basketball game you should go. It is tons of fun for everyone!