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MJHS students attend the annual DARE assembly

MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly
MJHS DARE Assembly

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. 

Annual MJHS Christmas Music Concert

Christmas Music Assembly
Christmas Music Assembly
Christmas Music Assembly
Christmas Music Assembly
Christmas Music Assembly

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.

Why Mustangs Love Christmas

By Jennifer Baker, MJHS student writer
left to right: MJHS Students Marinn Graves and Alexis Robinson

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.

MJHS Christmas Choir Concert

By Joseph Whiting - MJHS student writer
Christmas Concert Chior Photo

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.

It’s just a game… but it’s fun

By Molli McConnell, MJHS student writer
Number 5 is Elliott Call , Number 22 is Brigham Brau , across from Brigham is Jordan Williams Number 33, and across from Elliott Call is Chandler Cloward Number11
Coach Zac Beddos coaches from the sidelines

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!

The Drama Experience at MJHS

By Rhees Nielson - MJHS student writer
Ms. Linda Lewis in the Drama Room

Here at MJHS we have many great classes one of them is the Drama class of Ms. Linda Lewis. Some people say that drama means expressing your feelings in a fun way; others say it’s just entertainment. Students here at MJHS say that when they come into Ms. Lewis’ room they feel happy and energetic because they are in such a great class.

In Drama there are different things you can learn about depending what grade you are in. 7th graders learn about different speeches and the beginning of Drama as an art, 8th graders learn more advanced Drama techniques, and lastly 9th graders get to do and learn the more complicated parts of Drama.

A couple of words that Ms. Lewis has used to describe her classes are “vibrant, interesting, unique, and loveable”. She loves coming to work every day, she’s a fantastic bowler, supreme director, and has a love for all her students. Students say that Ms. Lewis is “the coolest”, “excellent”, and “she has changed my life for the better”.

As the director for MJHS Drama, Ms. Lewis has done many plays including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and many others of Shakespeare’s plays.  This spring the students of Mapleton Jr. High will be doing Tom Sawyer the musical under her direction once again.

Through her years here at MJHS Ms. Lewis has grown to love the school, being a teacher, and her students. We all hope that she will stay for many years so that she can leave an impact in even more student’s hearts.

Mapleton Jr. High School November Students of the Month

November 2011 - Students of the Month
November 2011 - Students of the Month - Pizza Party
November 2011 - Students of the Month - Pizza Party
November 2011 - Students of the Month - Pizza Party

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the November 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 November 29th the MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment.   The students of the month for November are (listed by academic area):

ENGLISH: Chloe Cook, Brenden Stark, Alexa Ross

FINE ARTS: Samantha Hansen, Anne Wake, Christy Wilkinson

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Bridger Kuhni, Michael Huston, Connor Burns

HEALTH: Zachary Eatough, Brooklyn Johnson

LIFE SKILLS: Colton Nellesen, Roper Wilkinson, Philip Gunderson

MATH: Alison Nelson

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Samantha Slade, Caralyn Humphrey, Rachel Hamilton

SCHOOL SERVICE: Christopher Swensen, Josie Page

SCIENCE: Andrew Hanks, Riley Wilmot, Spencer Mitchell

SOCIAL STUDIES: Ireland Thomas, Taylee Weight, Ryan Milburn

Reflections Winners for Mapleton Jr High

2011 Reflections contest winners

Mapleton Jr. High School is proud to announce the local PTA Reflections winners.  These students have created and composed tremendously talented Reflections entries in various categories and won Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence here at MJHS.  Students winning Awards of Excellence moved on and were judged at the council level.  At the council Reflections level, two of our students performed so well that they have now moved on to the Region level!  They are Benjamin Porter (Literature-Middle/Junior Level), and Sarina VanOrman (Literature - Senior Level). 

There will be an awards party for the all winners and their families on December 8th at 7:00 pm at The District Office building in the board room. The address is 350 South Main Spanish Fork.  Congratulations to all our Reflections participants and winners on an outstanding job.  

Awards of Merit 7-8th Grade

Photography - Adelaide Simpson

Literature - Jessica Nugent

Visual Arts - Amanda Eggleston, Cathleen Keliiliki, Abigail Holman


Awards of Excellence 7-8th Grade

Photography - Heather Asay, Cathleen Keliiliki

Visual Arts - Mariah Madsen, Delaney Rose

Literature - Lynnae VanOrman, Benjamin Porter

3-D Art - Regan Anderson

Film Production - Adelaide Simpson

Music Composition - Jake Blonquist, Espen Broberg


Awards of Merit 9th Grade

Visual Arts - Rose Graham


Awards of Excellence 9th Grade

Literature - Sarina VanOrman

Visual Arts - Sarina VanOrman

Reflections Award Winners Pictured Above:

Back Row: Delaney Rose, Sarina VanOrman, Abigail Holman, Adelaide Simpson, Lynnae VanOrman, Regan Anderson, Jessica Nugent

Front Row: Bejamin Porter, Jake Blonquist, Cathleen Keliiliki, Amanda Eggleston, Heather Asay, Mariah Madsen (Rose Graham, Espen Broberg - Not pictured)

Boys and Girls Basketball Opens at MJHS

Mapleton Jr. High Fans
Mapleton Jr. High Fans
Boys Basketball

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.

Dr. RaShel Anderson Appointed as MJHS Principal

Principal RaShel Anderson

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.