Utah Food Bank - summer meal program in Utah County will be offering lunches this summer. All youth up to age 18 may receive a free healthy lunch. The program begins June 11th and will continue through August 17th, Monday through Friday, 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunches will be served at the Springville Splash Pad, 50 South Main Street. No registration is required. For more information contact Kerri Duncan at 801-887-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 23rd is Lagoon day - Buses will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive at school by 7:40 a.m. in order to load the buses. Because we have to pay the bus company for your student’s seat whether they go or not, refunds will not be available to those that miss the bus. In order to accurately account for each student, they will need to ride the same bus up and back. On the bus ride up students will be informed that buses will leave Lagoon promptly at 3:30 p.m. We estimate that we will be home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Some parents have asked about picking up their own student at a prearranged time. If you are planning on picking your student up at Lagoon rather than having them ride the bus home please provide a parent/guardian note, signed and dated, giving permission to your student to be released. Students must give this note to the teacher as they board the bus here at MJHS so that we are aware of the situation. Because of student safety concerns, only students that provide a written note will be permitted to be released and not ride the bus home. School will be held during normal hours for those students who choose not to go to Lagoon or are not eligible to attend.
This year’s Crystal Apple Award recipient is Lori Marett. Lori is a dedicated educator who cares deeply about student success. For many years she worked as an English teacher, ESL instructor and built the High Honors Program. More recently, she has transformed the library into a high-interest, student-centered environment where all feel welcome. Lori spends countless hours helping students and teachers, planning programs to encourage reading, such as Battle of the Books and March Madness. In addition, she researches the best books for the library. It’s not unusual to see Lori talking with students about their favorite books. She encourages students to write what books they want to read on her book recommendations list because she values their opinions. The library is the heart of the school, and Lori is a vital part of our school’s success.
Not only is Lori a phenomenal librarian, she is also a valued member of the faculty and a dear friend. Congratulations Lori!
Last night, eleven students from Mapleton Junior competed in the Nebo District Poetry Slam. This is the first time that Mapleton Junior has participated. The students who competed were Heather Ells, Willow Schouten, Kaitlyn Cragun, Jasmin Young, Adam Taylor, Ammon Brown, Lila Blaser, Anna Ballard, Chelby Carter, Tate Hickman, and Samuel Smith. Samuel Smith received an honorable mention for his performance of Neil Gaiman's "Crazy Hair," Heather Ells received fourth place for her poem "Life Through Lenses," and Adam Taylor received second place for his poem "Hiraeth." Great work Mustangs!
When you think about teachers that greatly contribute to the family atmosphere of Mapleton Junior High,
Leslie Lines is one of the first teachers that comes to your mind. Leslie is always willing to go the extra
mile for her school. She teaches huge classes of energetic kids, coaches multiple sports, and volunteers
as much as possible for extra responsibilities. Leslie does all of this with a smile on her face. Not only
does she do a fantastic job at the school, she is a loving and responsible mother. I admire the amount of
time and attention that she gives her son Aiden and how good she is with him. Leslie is very fun as well.
She is very good at entertaining and teaching at the same time. She is a great example of a Mustang!
On April 30, 2018 Mapleton Jr. High School and Diamond Fork Jr. High School met in the library at Diamond Fork Jr. High for a district Battle of the Books for Jr. High. We had a lot of fun. The team "ShardBearers" from Mapleton Jr. High School won. After winning the MJHS Battle of the Book competition, the Shard Bearers (left to right are Joslynn Wheeler, Kyler Korth, Casey Harris, Ben Johnson, and Olivia Memmott). MJHS had 63 students on 13 teams compete in their Battle of the Books competition. The first and second place teams competed against two teams from Diamond Fork for the district championship. The list for next year's Battle of the Books is available in the library.
We did it! Mapleton Jr. High has received U.S. EPA's Energy Star certification, signifying superior energy performance.
What is ENERGY STAR?
- For more than 20 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program has identified the most energy-efficient products, buildings, plants, and new homes – all based on the latest government-backed standards.
- The program was created in 1992 to help businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change. Today, every ENERGY STAR label is verified by a rigorous third-party certification process.
What does ENERGY STAR certification signify?
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance and many other metrics, including occupancy, hours of operation, and more.
- ENERGY STAR is the only environmental program in the United States that certifies energy efficiency based on actual, verified energy performance and objective measures of performance, providing a guarantee of savings.
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use an average 35 percent less energy, cause an average 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers, and they also meet strict requirements regarding occupant comfort.
- ENERGY STAR is recognized by more than 85 percent of the American public and tied with the Good Housekeeping® seal as the most influential consumer emblem in the nation.
How prominent is the ENERGY STAR?
- Since the first building earned the ENERGY STAR in 1999, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across America have earned ENERGY STAR certification.
- ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are located in all 50 states and come in all shapes and sizes, from the Empire State Building to small, locally owned businesses.
- Currently, there are more than 20 types of commercial and industrial facilities that can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, supermarkets, retail stores, hospitals, medical office buildings, and more.
As I thought about whom to give this to, all the faces and names of everyone who have influenced me in some way obviously came to mind. I could give this to anyone of you honestly. But the name that just kept coming back time and time again was Justin’s, because he has done so much for me over the last 3 years.
Justin is the type of person who will drop everything they’re doing to help you out. 100% selfless. I remember as a first year teacher, he would check in on me all the time to see how I was doing. I don’t remember what we even talked about, but I do remember every time he left, I felt like I was a freaking awesome teacher, because he always made me feel that way, and still does whenever he checks in on me.
I remember my first time going to grade-level collaboration. I was looking over the printout of students who were struggling, listening to teachers voice their concerns over discipline issues they were having, how to get so-and-so engaged more, how to get so-and-so to come to class, or stop being so belligerent. As I listened to the names being brought up, and as I looked over this list, I realized that I didn’t have a single student on this list. What I also noticed was that Justin had every single one of them. I realized then that the subjects Justin and I taught, thanks in part to certain stigmas attached to them, attracted very different types of students. The only discipline issues I have are students wanting to talk too much. Other than that, 99.9% of my students want to get good grades and want to work hard. Justin, deals with a whole slew of issues that I don’t, and yet, he makes it work, without complaint, without pessimism. He is so dedicated to his students, wanting to challenge them, help them take accountability and responsibility for their success. He does such a good job with these students, that they come back and visit him all the time. The students that seemed to hate everything about school and teachers, coming back to visit Johnson, because he was able to connect with them, and helped them feel something while here at school.
Justin, your dedication to your craft and to the students you teach is exemplary. You’re the man and I appreciate you brother.