School News

Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Justin Johnson

Attributions: 
Saia Naulu

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.

 

First Annual School Poetry Slam

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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.

 Requirements:

-Poem must be at least 12 lines long

-No longer than 3 minutes

-Memorized poems have the best chance at going to District.

Categories:

-Recitation

-Original

 

Mustang Message 4/9/18

Attributions: 
Nate Whitney

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.

Video Link - https://www.facebook.com/SpringvilleCity/videos/vb.171775496186141/1886341728062834/?type=2&theater

For more information and the application link -

https://www.springville.org/youthcourt

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

Mustang Time

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/

Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Saia Naulu

Attributions: 
Jacob Thomas

This month's recipient of the Spirit of the Mustang award I see working everyday on his craft.  He has influence beyond the classroom and court. He connects with students on multiple levels and willingly helps those of us who struggle with these same students.  He is engaging in his lessons, and interacts in positive ways with students, parents and colleagues. He is an artist as well as an athlete. I often hear students talk about him and his class as being their hardest and best/favorite class, which is a tribute to his high expectation level and teaching level.  He has become a good friend and I love teaching next to him—except on dissection days—He is Mr. Naulu

State Math Competition

Attributions: 
Cassidy Peterson

Our Mathletes united in Price Utah to take on the State Math Contest. They all made it through the 2.5 hour and 40 question test.

8th Grade US History Mock Trial

Attributions: 
Suzie Rowley

What will the verdict be? Will Andrew Mason be found guilty or innocent of assaulting a police officer? The 8th grade US History students are in the midst of their own mock trial and are doing AWESOME! From lawyers, judges, witnesses, jury members, courtroom artists, reporters and bailiffs, all students are taking part in making this years' mock trial one to remember. Thanks for all your hard work!

February Students of the Month 2018

Attributions: 
Andrea Pond

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2018 Students of the Month. In order to be selected these students must show superior academic achievement along with exceptional citizenship. The MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for February are:  Hannah Bard, Michelle Barragan, Jocelyn Brown, Peter Daines, Jeremy Driscoll, Makenna Dockter, Cameron Gibson, Avery Frischknecht, Natalie Hales, Olivia Hansen, Sage Harness, Steven Harrop, Matthew Kearl. Brenna Keeler, Kyler Korth, Mary Ribble, Mith Patel, Ocean Tolliver, Ady Stokes

Spirit of the Mustang Recipient - Jacob Thomas

Attributions: 
David Jex

Teachers have such a huge impact on young minds.  With that kind of responsibility, this becomes more than a job.  It’s an adventure and the direct impact on students is very real.  In all my years of teaching, I have been lucky enough to have incredible examples, compadres, and wonderful friends because of my profession.  There are a handful of us left who were at the middle school where I felt support and love despite the pressure of being a first year teacher, and want to recognize one of them today.  Supportive, honest, dedicated, understanding, and an incredible listener.  This recipient of Spirit of the Mustang is one who does more than his job.  Always concerned about others, including me as a new teacher, and now today as being a little more seasoned.  He is truly a Nebo Hero. But more than anything else, he is my friend.  Senor Thomas will always be the man!

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