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MJHS students of the month for March

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:59
March Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the March 2013 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. The MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for March are (listed by academic area):

CTE- Ty Eriksson, Katelyn Mitchell, Riley Wilmont, Jarod Rodriguez

English- Nathanial Rollons, Megan McConnell

Fine Arts- Emma Lutz, Abigail Crandall Alayn Ellis, Madisen Ontiveros

Foreign Language- Aubrey Mitton, Davis Pratt, Tait Eriksson

Health- Kayla Calhoun, Makai Black

Life Skills-

Math- Brandon Douglass, Rachel Miner, Bruce Campbell

PE- Rebecca Peden, Kevin Gonzalez, Meagan Morrill

Science- Madison Child, Ethan Call, Seth Sandoval

Social Studies- Taitum Johnson, Olivia Wasden, Benjamin Porter

School Service- Brinley Nelson

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for March

Trevor Jeppson Wins Grand Champion Prize at Central Utah Science and Engineering fair

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 08:25
trevor Jeppson

On Thursday March 21 Trevor Jeppson attended the Central Utah Science and Engineering fair held at Brigham Young University for students of all ages. Trevor won the 7th and 8th grade division qualifying him for one of the grand prizes which is a trip to the National fair held in Washington DC. In Trevor’s division there were 11 competitors and for the grand prize there were around 200 students. Trevor’s project was a shake light test, in the test Trevor measured the amount of light given off and the voltage used by the light. In order for Trevor to be chosen for the national fair he must submit several essays to the national board and be picked from a pool of students from around the country. We are so proud of Trevor and wish him well in the next round of the competition.

Mapleton Jr 7th Grade Students Launch Paper Balloons

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:21
Spencer Heaps
Prepare to launch
Floating in the wind
Great Job

MAPLETON -- Brian Frankowski's seventh-grade enriched science class at Mapleton Junior High took flight Tuesday morning without their feet leaving the ground. The class used a propane burner to fill tissue-paper hot air balloons they have been building for weeks and let them loose in the sky above the school and surrounding homes.

"We've learned about density and how convection currents form, and we're taking advantage of density differences between the hot air and the cold air," Frankowski said.

The hot air in the balloons sent them rocketing skyward in the cold morning air but a stiff wind sent them flying far from the school, leading students on a wild chase to recover their creations. The balloons ranged from small, round, traditional balloon shapes to large abstract creations, including a flying fish and a horse's head.

"We wanted to do something special," said Trevor Jeppson who, with partner Blake DeMartini, designed the fish-shaped balloon. "We had to design our own gore, which is the template for the balloon, and then we had to glue it all together. I even had to climb inside the fish and do some gluing inside it."

One large balloon even carried a small video camera that recorded its flight. Once back in the classroom, the class watched the film. The video showed the ground quickly falling away from the balloon, trees and fields drifting by, even the sounds of a dog barking and a rooster crowing, before it crashed in somebody's yard.

For Frankowski, the project was as much to teach about density and the dynamics of balloons as it was to get the students excited in a way that explaining how a balloon works could not.

"You know, a lot of kids are bored about science," he said. "It shouldn't be boring. That's the one subject they should be excited about."

Story was in the Daily Herald

Written by Spencer Heaps

MJHS February Students of the Month

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:19
February Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2013 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. 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 (listed by academic area):

CTE- Solomon Quackenbush-Jeffrey, Jacob Richins, Zachary Hales

English- Joshua Eaton, Emelia Call, Braydon Bird

Fine Arts-

Foreign Language- Kallin Harrison, Cameron Asay, Kadyn Best

Health- Lindey Sanders, Caden Brown

Life Skills- Jose Monge, Noah Elderedge, Marilyn Ibarra

Math- Hallister Wilson, Adriana Villalobos, Gage Ercanbrack

PE- SundeeAnn Belknap, Mason Sumsion, Megan Gutke

Science-Haley Green, Joshua Gardner, Abigail Taylor

Social Studies- Sophie McCausland, Dawson Nackos, Kyiarain Hernandez

School Service- Abby Jackman, Kyle Wilson

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February

Mapleton Junior Girls Basketball finish on a Good Note

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:41
Benjy Frame
Girls Basketball Team


Mapleton Girls Basketball team had a year to remember. It was one of ups and downs with the year ending on a high note with a win over Mountain ridge in overtime. Ellie Ashman made a shot with no time left on the clock to send the game into overtime where the mustangs took over and sealed the victory. The season had its share of injuries from a sprained wrist as well as a concussion from winter tubing accidents. They also dealt with the flu that hampered some practices and games. The Girls showed a lot of character and continued to battle through the season. They gave the district champions (Salem Hills) their only two losses of the season and made great improvements throughout the season. A big thanks goes out to the Administration, teacher, and parents for their support and letting us coach a great group of girls.

Girl's Basketball Team

Ashley Anderson

Ellie Ashman

Lisa Calhoun

Makenna George

Maizi Gunther

Emma Harlan

Caroline Hickey

Kaycie Jensen

Megan Morrill

Rian Prows

Jessica Walker

Emma Wirthlin


Isabel Knutzen

Madisen Ontiveros

Nicole Sutherland

Track & Field

Submitted by kristen.clayton on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:12

Come Join Mapleton Junior High School Track & Field!  There is an information meeting on Thursday, February 28th at 2:45pm in the Small Gym.  Practice begins on Tuesday, March 5th.  If you have any questions talk to Coach Burton or Coach Frame.   TRACK SCHEDULE

MJHS Symphonic Band selected for state band festival

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 08:31

The Mapleton Junior High School Symphonic Band has recently been selected to participate in the Utah Music Educators Association Junior High School State Concert Band Festival. Only 14 bands throughout the state of Utah were chosen to participate in this festival. The audition was recorded at the beginning of January and consisted of music that they had been practicing through-out the year. The selection committee notified MJHS Band Director Ms. Emily Smith of their acceptance approximately two weeks after the recording was made. She in turn let the Symphonic Band members know what a great job they had done and the honor that had been extended them. Much of the credit for the selection can be attributed to the great leadership of Ms. Smith. The band students here at Mapleton Jr. are extremely dedicated to their craft spending hour practicing at home and school. The State Festival will be held in the spring, at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah’s campus. The Symphonic Band is made up of 8th and 9th grade students. Ms. Smith said “we are very excited for this opportunity” and thanked everyone at MJHS for their support of the band program and her students.

Ms. Heaton’s classes read over 50,000 pages during the month of January

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:50
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For the month of January Ms. Heaton’s classes had a reading contest to see who could read the most pages for the month. Most of the students did an outstanding job and many of the classes where very close. Reading is one of the most important skills that students need to be successful in the real world. With this contest Ms. Heaton is trying to instill a love of reading in all of her students, which hopefully will continue through-out their lives. The students in her classes combined to read over 50,000 pages for the month. The winners for each class received a 10 dollar Amazon gift card and the overall winner received a 20 dollar gift card. The winners were:

1st period Zac Thorn 1,324 pages

2nd period Nathaneil Eifert 1,448 pages

3rd period Samantha Hansen 1,380 pages

4th period Michelle Squire 5,296 pages

5th Period Emmie Franks 3,142 pages

6th period Joshua Gardner 7,138 pages

7th period Camilla Pendleton 6,692 pages

The overall winner was Tessa Barrus reading 10,279 pages

Great job to all the students that participated and keep on reading!

Changing the Rules

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:30
Matt Stone with his proposal for same grade lunch

In our 8th grade U.S. History classes, students have been learning about our nation’s Constitution. To teach students about the Constitution and the compromises that were made we have completed some unique hand on learning experiences. One of the highlights of this unit is an activity called “Changing the Rules”. In each class students work together in small cooperative learning groups to brainstorm ideas about school rules they would like to see changed. Students volunteer to work on a presentation about changing a school rule and ultimately present their ideas on behalf of the class to the administration of MJHS. A wide variety of ideas were presented, some of the most interesting dealt with backpacks, having school dances on Friday, and improving school lunch options. The administration listened to these presentations and told the students how they could pursue their ideas. This experience was very beneficial for all students and gives a great glimpse of how the democratic process works.


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