Basketball, both boys and girls, is now underway here at Mapleton Jr. High School. We are excited to see this new season get underway and are very optimistic about the prospects of a great year. The boys opened at home on November 22, 2011 and dropped a very close game to Lakeridge Jr. High. There were some excellent individual performances, but in the end it was not enough and they lost a hard fought battle. The girls opened on the road at Lakeridge Jr. High in Orem. They were victorious in their opening game and showed great play and teamwork to get the job done. We congratulate both the boys and girls basketball team for the effort, dedication and sportsmanship they show while on the court. We know it will be a great year and look forward to many exciting games to come.
Students, staff and the Mapleton community were pleased to hear that Dr. RaShel Anderson was appointed as principal of Mapleton Junior High by the Nebo School Board of Education. The appointment took place on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at the regularly scheduled school board meeting, but won’t take effect until January 3rd 2012.
Dr. Anderson received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University in 2009. She received her Master of Arts degree from University of Phoenix in Educational Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University. Dr. Anderson started teaching mathematics at Spanish Fork Junior for one year and then taught mathematics at Spanish Fork High for four years. Dr. Anderson then became a counselor for Brockbank, Barnett, and Park View Elementary schools as well as Springville High for five years. Dr. Anderson was also the principal of Spanish Oaks Elementary for eight years, and the assistant principal at Maple Mountain for the past three years.
Colleagues of Dr. Anderson said, “RaShel has a high degree of personal knowledge about the educational process and the needs of students. RaShel genuinely cares about the people she works with and works hard to create positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. RaShel is a wonderful people person who celebrates and supports others. RaShel does a great job interacting with people - whether it is colleagues, staff, parents, or students. She can effectively communicate and show a genuine interest in others' well-being. RaShel is positive and looks for ways to solve difficult issues.”
Dr. Anderson was honored as Instructional Leader of the Year in 2007 by the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals. In 1999, Springville’s PTA awarded her as the Counselor of the Year. Students at Spanish Fork High selected Dr. Anderson as Teacher of the Year in 1994.
One of RaShel’s favorite quotes is: “They don’t care what you know, until they know how much you care.” RaShel stated, “I believe this motto rings true in every aspect of education–working with students, teachers, staff, and parents. I am so grateful I have had the opportunity to pursue a career in education. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of an educational team that helps our students learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I am honored to be a part of Nebo School District who always puts students first.”
RaShel has coached softball and 4-H. She loves spending time with her family riding horses, motorcycles, and ATVs. She loves to boat, wake-board, run, snow ski, rodeo, and read. RaShel has six children.
We are so excited to welcome Dr. Rashel Anderson to our school and our community. We know that she will continue the positive culture that has been established here and be a great academic leader and student advocate.
Many students of Mrs. Kehau Malzl a math teacher at Mapleton Jr. High School have been excited to hear how she is doing. The reason for their interest is that she recently had a baby. The new arrival, named -Noa Philipp Malzl, weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and stands 21 inches tall. (Well, he really doesn’t stand much, he mostly just cries). Noa was born on November 10, 2011 and mom said “We couldn't be happier.” Both Mother and baby are doing well and are home from the hospital.
November 7th through November 18th the Service Learning class at Mapleton Junior High School put on a food drive to help the hungry. According to the USDA website, 14.5% of households in the United States were food insecure at one point through the year 2010. That is almost 2 people in every ten who went hungry at some point during the year. In order to fill this need, students were asked to bring food or hygiene donations to school. The food was collected by each first period class and the whole school participated in a friendly competition to see which of the three halls could collect the most food. Even though it was somewhat of a competition every one donated generously for the good of the community. All of the food that was collected went to the Provo Food Care Coalition. This organization is well known for helping individuals and families in need and helping in a positive way that encourages self-reliance. The goal was to get as much food and as many hygiene products as possible and although the final tally wasn’t known at the time this article was submitted, we were able to get a lot of donations this year. Way to go Mapleton Junior High school students and community!
Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the October 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 October 25th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for October are (listed by academic area):
CTE: Kaitlin Suckow, Brady Sills, Jake Sundet
ENGLISH: Jessica Limb, Tyson Orton, Sabrina Warren
FINE ARTS: Ambrian Nielson, Joseph Gibb, McKenna Holmes
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Allyson Vaught, Mark Sumsion
HEALTH: Jennie Clement, Tyson Rogers
LIFE SKILLS: Lewis Hickman, Sarah Radford, Katelynn Peterson
MATH: Lindey Sanders, Emily Case, Brigham Brau
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Haydon Cooper, Tait Eriksson, Stephen Dangerfield
SCHOOL SERVICE: Joel Rodriguez, Sunni Holmberg
SCIENCE: Colby Gillies, Joy Petrucka
SOCIAL STUDIES: Skyler Heaton, Brandon Squire, Brooklyn Jenkins
Students at Mapleton Junior High School learned how to be drug free last week with Red Ribbon week. The service learning class helped by making posters and hanging them up around the school. The posters encouraged us not to do drugs and showed the consequences of taking them. During lunch time students took pledges to be drug free. These pledges were posted in a large display on the wall near the front office. The student body participated in the weeks activities by dressing up in fun crazy outfits. On Tuesday was sock out drugs day, where kids could wear their crazy socks. Wednesday, they had the opportunity to wear their favorite sports jerseys with stay in the game don’t do drugs day. Be a smarty don’t do drugs was Thursday, and finally Friday was wear red day. “Hocus pocus drugs aren’t our focus,” is Bailee Hickman’s favorite saying for being drug free. Let’s hope we can all be drug free. Thanks to everyone who could help make Red Ribbon week possible.
It has been a low-key week here at Mapleton Junior High, however we have had some sports events and daily activities that are worth mentioning.
Our Golf team played last week and we did great, we won. Dane Carlson is on the team and he said his favorite thing about golf is, “Getting to go out and play by ourselves and with a bunch of friends.” A ninth grader at our school, Kai Ruiz who plays on the Maple Mountain golf team, and might be considered one of the better players on the team took 3rd place among all the boys who played. He is a great representative of MJHS and this is a great accomplishment for Maple Mountain High School and for Kai.
Also our Cross Country team has had a great year so far. Their practices are hard but fun. Elise Goodrich said her favorite thing about Cross Country is, “Being and working as a team and meeting new people.” They have had some great meets this year but due to bad weather the meet on Oct. 6, 2011, was canceled. Keep it up Golf team and Cross Country, keep up the Mustang Spirit!
A fun event that took place at MJHS on Saturday October 8th, 2011 was the Daddy Daughter Piggy Skin Playoffs. At 10 am, girls and their fathers played a few friendly games of flag football. It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls at MJHS and their dads to spend some time together. The tournament ended at about noon and several families came to cheer on their players.
Also, with the weather changing, keep the snow on the ground and have fun, but remember NO SNOWBALLS
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