Last Thursday, Mapleton Jr. High hosted yet another very successful sports day for all special needs children from the junior high schools in Nebo School District. Under the direction of Coach Linda Lewis and Special Education teacher Jo Edan Parker, the event provided a day of sports and fair activities for nearly 300 students. Nearly 100 special needs children were escorted through 14 events by peer tutors from each of the junior high schools. Mapleton Jr. provided extra peer tutors and students from their service learning and student government classes to score, time, and run each of the booths. The events included high jump, 100 meter race, archery, softball throw, a fish pond, face and nail painting, bean bag toss games, throwing games, golf and croquet putt, and bowling. After participating in each of the events various students were awarded medals for their accomplishments. Each participant went home a winner as they all received prizes, a t-shirt and a dog tag necklace. On each necklace were the words, “We believe in the power of the dream.” Each T-shirt read, “The power of the dream.” These quotes symbolize Nebo’s superintendent Rick Nielsen’s theme presented to all teachers at the beginning of this year to “live the dream.” This entire event is indeed a dream come true for the two teachers, Lewis and Parker, who organized it five years ago. Miss Parker has such a love for her special needs children and wanted them to be involved and included, not shunned, from the rest of the student body. Coach Lewis, PE teacher and intramural director for MJHS had the means to help make that happen. What started out to be an intramural activity with just students from MJHS, the Special Education Sports Fair Extravaganza has developed into one of the most anticipated events of the school year. At the end of the day Lewis and Parker concluded with a message to all the peer tutors at MJHS. “Thank you to all you wonderful students who served as peer tutors and made my children smile,” said Parker. Completely unaware of a participant’s father standing in the foreground, weeping, Lewis concluded with telling her peer tutors how they…” were the ones who would benefit most from this day, for this day’s experience would remain with them for a lifetime. “ Lewis and Parker want to thank all those involved in this special day and for making yet another dream possible.
At Mapleton Junior High School service learning is very important. As you may have read before MJHS hosts a Service Learning class in order to provide additional opportunities for our students to serve the community. The MJHS Service Learning class has recently participated in two awesome activities and is preparing for a third.
In remembrance of the tenth year anniversary of 9/11, our Service Learning class prepared a poster honoring all those people who did a good deed in remembrance of that tragic day. We especially wanted to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice - giving their life to save others. Service Learning also invited everyone in the school to do a good deed over that weekend and to write about their service on slips of paper that we then posted all over our library windows. We wanted all to be able to read about the service given by our students. We were happy to see that a total of 781 people accepted our invitation to give service. We also asked members of the community to display flags on their lawn in remembrance of 9/11.
MJHS hosted a Nebo School District Special Education Sports Fair, an event that MJHS has been hosting for four years now. All six Junior High Schools in the Nebo School District participated. Activities included archery, face painting, ball toss, golf putting, and a dance followed by lunch. In some activities, participants won medals which were handed out at an awards ceremony. The student Government and Service Learning classes helped the event by making posters and running many of the different activities. Additionally our students were able to interact with the participants and build bridges of understanding.
The Service Learning class is also preparing for Red Ribbon Week, a time when students learn the importance of being drug fee. Service Learning is working very hard to make it a great week. We are planning activities for each day and also putting together fun prizes for people to win in a drawing. Our Red Ribbon week will be held October 10-14, 2011.
Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the September 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 September 27th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for September are (listed by academic area):
CTE: Kortney Evans, Yunting Li, Josie Dewsnup
ENGLISH: Selendra Lewis, Alexis Condie, Brigham Kriser
FINE ARTS: Jacob Rogers, Elisabeth Eastmond, Olivia Cronquist
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Brendan Bagley, Jordan Erickson, Alexander McNeil
HEALTH: Micah Hilton, Alexis Robinson
LIFE SKILLS: Steven Hurst, Emmalynn Earl, Joy Jackson
MATH: Kayla Mousser, Braydon Price, Tyler Oakey
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Brinley Nelson, Hunter Brooke, Brit Suckow
SCHOOL SERVICE: Jake Dixon, Alexandra Holmes
SCIENCE: Hannah Nilsson, Rebecca Nissen, Camden Johnson
SOCIAL STUDIES: Joshua Arbon, Megan Child, Megan Lazenby
It was Spirit Week this week at Mapleton Junior High. Spirit Week is one of the very best traditions we have at MJHS. Everyday has a different theme. Monday was Spirit Day. Spirit day allowed the students to show their school spirit. They did this by wearing our school’s colors and showing their Mustang pride. Tuesday was Tie Day. On tie day students were able to wear their favorite tie. There were crazy ties, funny ties, and elegant ties. Wednesday was Wacky Hair Day. Students came with the wackiest hair they could think of. Walking down the halls at MJHS, you could see crazy wigs, hair that looked like a unicorn, curlers, and more! Haley Andrew made a bird cage for her hair- complete with chirping bird! Thursday was Nerd Day, one of the best days. It was a great sight to see. There were many suspenders, mismatched clothes, glasses with tape, and smeared make-up. On Friday, we wrapped up Spirit Week with Pajama Day. It was a day not only for the students, but for the teachers as well. Friday allowed the students and teachers to wear their pajamas to school. It had the most participation by far! Faculty and students love to come to school in comfort. Spirit Week at MJHS has shown our city and parents that MJHS is full of devoted students. Our students make our school awesome and we are proud to be MUSTANGS!
Mapleton Junior High School has had a busy week. While it was a short week due to the Labor Day holiday it wasn’t short on events.
The MJHS Cross Country team had their first meet of the year at Spanish Fork Junior High on Thursday September 10th. It was a district wide meet with some tough competition. Megan Robinson (8th grade) took 2nd place overall in the District. Overall the team showed some promise and we anticipate great accomplishments from them this year.
Archery season is in full swing and we’ve got enough talent to give Robin Hood a run for his money. The girls and boys PE students have been working on learning archery and have been competing within their classes. The winner of each class period then competes against the other class period champions during a lunch time intramurals competition. Madysen Glazier (8th grade) won the girls intramural short distance archery championship that took place on Wednesday September 7th. She even received an intramurals tee-shirt to celebrate her win.
Saturday September 10th MJHS hosted the Mother/Daughter Archery Tournament in both long and short distances. Students could bring a friend who was 18 years of age or older to compete with.
There are also quite a few MJHS intramural events to look forward to for the rest of the month. Tuesday September 13th is the girl’s PE long distance intramurals archery tournament during lunch. The whole school archery tournament will be held Thursday September 15th after school. This is an opportunity for any student or faculty members to come and compete in long and short distance archery, whether they have PE this term or not. Tuesday September 20th will be the boys PE short distance archery tournament with the long distance tournament taking place on Wednesday the 21st. Archery is an activity that many of the MJHS students enjoy learning and competing in.
Students started a brand new school year at Mapleton Jr. High! Every year we have a new overall theme and this year’s theme is: Live It Up!
The student government introduced the new theme for the year at the welcome back assembly. There were a lot of different activities during the assembly to get the students involved and "Live It Up". Two of those activities were, an interactive get to know your teachers game that involved audience participation and a dance performed by the student government. On the following Thursday evening the Student Government also sponsored a very successful dance at the school, continuing the theme of "Live It Up".
MJHS students will be doing a lot more to promote this year’s theme. We will be living it up through sub-themes that will be rolled out during the year. The first of these is - UNITY. We will also be living it up by focusing on service to others. In order to accomplish this we will be planning and implementing several service projects throughout the year. With all these activities and more the MJHS Student Government is confident that this year will be the best year MJHS has ever seen. So remember Mustangs, "Live It Up!"
Mapleton Junior High School’s Service Learning class started five years ago and has already changed the lives of many--both the students and the members of the community that they have served. Mrs. Robyn Card, the teacher of this class, provides the opportunity for kids to learn the benefits and value of service. This class is truly out to make a difference in society and the lives of others – especially those who take the class.
Each year the Service Learning class does around fifteen large projects including food drives, campus clean up, helping meals on wheels, making blankets for local police to carry in their cars, sending handmade children’s books to Uganda, recycling, sponsoring Mapleton Jr. High dances, helping the Mapleton City Library with books, a Christmas project and much more.
“Lend a Hand” is the theme for this year and that’s exactly how we intend on spending our semester. Service Learning is a chance to learn to become a leader, a hard worker, and the joy of giving back to our community. The class also reads the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey.
Some of the requirements for the class include completing twenty hours on a personal service project called “The Power of One.” This assignment allows each person to plan, carryout and reflect on what one person can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Each student also takes pictures and individually tells the class about their project and explains how it has affected them and the lives of others. No one leaves Service Learning without a bigger smile and an even bigger heart. It is a fun class that can really make a difference in your life.
On Thursday August 25th a generous donation was presented to the Nebo Foundation on behalf of Ms. Jo Edan Parker at Mapleton Jr. High School by Keith Nellesen. The substantial $1000.00 donation was a gift from the Nellesen Family Foundation and was presented to help offset costs in the Self Contained Special Education Behavior classroom at Mapleton Junior. The money will specifically help fund the cooking program and other basic needs such as classroom furniture, fieldtrips and additional positive reinforcers. There are currently 9 students in the class that will directly benefit from this donation.
Ms. Parker stated that she was happy to receive the donation, because she had previously shouldered personally the costs of the cooking program at MJHS. With the added funds she will be able to maintain this important program at a satisfactory level.
Mapleton Jr. High Announces School Community Council Elections
Mapleton Jr. High School will be
holding School Community Council elections for the 2011-2012 School year on
September 20th through September 22nd. Parents or Guardians of students attending MJHS
are eligible to be elected. If you are
interested in becoming a candidate for an open seat on the council, pick up
information about the election in the front office of the school or speak with
Mr. Nate Whitney at 489-2898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday September 16th 2011.
For more information about School Community Council and its role within
MJHS visit http://www.schoollandtrust.org