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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.   

Mrs. Kehau Malzl's New Arrival

Noa Philipp Malzl

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. 

Mapleton Jr. High Food Drive

Connor Crandall, Jackson Calder, Joey Rodriguez, Cameron Killian

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!

October Students of the Month

Photo by Mrs. Fuller
October 2011 - Students of the Month

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

Red Ribbon week at MJHS

By Renee Swapp and Makenna Swapp

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.

A Relaxing Week at Mapleton Junior

By: Sabrina Warren and Madelyn Brunt
Jake Sommer
Kal Ruiz
Mark Mortensen
Tait Erikkson
Zack Roylance

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

Mapleton Jr. High Hosts Its 5th Annual Special Education Sports Fair

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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.