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!
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 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
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)
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.