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Spirit of the Mustang - October 2016

Attributions: 
Melissa Heaton

The Spirit of the Mustang award for the month of October is Mailani Ovard.

 

Mailani has exemplified our school’s motto this year of making a Mustang Difference by being a champion for students, being kind, and going the extra mile.

 

Mailani is dedicated to her students, and she empowers her students to succeed. She started the school year off giving her students a pep talk expressing her confidence in them and letting them know that they matter. Everyone matters to Mailani.

 

Mailani is kind. I often hear her asking students and faculty how they are doing. This isn’t just a phrase to Mailani; she really wants to know how people are doing, and if she can help you, she will. I appreciate her compassionate nature.

 

Mailani has gone the extra mile the past two months. She sorted all of the emails,  letters,  and notes that people sent for Alisha Adam’s memory book. And, she has been such a support by helping where she sees a need.

 

Congratulations, Mailani! You represent the Spirit of the Mustang.

 

 

David Jex Honored at BYU Football Game

Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

David Jex, Mapleton Junior, was honored at the BYU vs Toledo football game on Friday, September 30. David Jex teaches health, physical education, and weight training. He is the athletic director at Mapleton Junior and the on-site supervisor and Shadow Mountain. David spent countless hours this summer at Shadow Mountain making camp a positive experience for all 712 Nebo students who attended.

David Jex stated, "I was honored to represent so many amazing people and a district that I love so much! I have such a tender place in my heart for the people I work with and the special students I have the honor to instruct." 

Congratulations David Jex!

 

HOPE Squad Retreat

Attributions: 
Kirstin Hullinger

On Monday the members of the 2016-17 HOPE Squad went to Shadow Mountain for their annual retreat. The students were introduced to the HOPE Squad advisers and the goals and objectives for the year were laid out. Throughout the year the students on HOPE Squad will be trained in QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. Students will be trained in recognizing warning signs in their peers, persuading them to get help and referring them to an appropriate resource in order to get help. The intent of HOPE Squad is to offer hope through positive action at MJHS. 

 

This years members from left to right are: Abigail Rowe, Emily Westercamp, Jaxon Keller, Dillan Christensen, Kobe Carter, Carlos Rodriguez, Collin Jensen, Harrison Nemelka, Spencer Crockett, McK enna Poulson, Abbie Gomez, Samantha Roundy, Sidney Liggett, Miriam Wasden, Hilaree Davis, Tava Hickman, Kyla Balser, Sydney Mitchell, Ellie Wheeler, Dale Walker, Emma Swenson. Not pictured: Roman Christensen, Gracie Miller, Abigail Jackson

 

HOPE Advisers from left to right, Kirsten Hullinger, Dave Murphy, Eric Baum, Cami Burton, JoAnna Jenkins, and Dave Jex

 

PTO Raffle Tickets Winners

Attributions: 
Andrea Pond

Last week during parent teacher conferences the PTO held a raffle for BYU Football tickets. Ellie Savage and Jacob Memmott each won 2 tickets to the BYU vs Fresno game this Friday.  Thank you to our PTO for holding a a fun givaway! 

Spirit of the Mustang Award - September 2016

Attributions: 
Bonny Groneman

The person I have picked to represent The Spirit of the Mustang for the month of September is Melissa Heaton.  Our theme for this year is –Making a Mustang Difference. I believe Melissa makes a “Mustang” difference as a teacher, a mentor, a leader, and a friend.

 

Melissa is a master teacher who exemplifies so many wonderful qualities!  She is organized and prepared each day, is an expert with classroom management, knowledgeable, and loves what she teaches.  I love walking into her classroom where there is warmth, love, and a challenge. She loves her students and helps them reach their goals.

 

She has been a mentor for Mapleton Junior High where she has assisted many English interns  (and other teachers ) in developing skills to become teachers.

As a mentor she touched many lives.  Melissa communicates effectively and has a unique way of helping new teachers see in themselves the changes needed to improve and become great teachers.

 

She is a leader in the English department at our school, as well as serving on many committees in connection with BYU and other literacy groups.  Melissa not only attends many conferences to gain knowledge but has been the presenter to large groups too.  Shadow Mountain is a great example where she served as a counselor.  The young kids loved her and she was a wonderful asset for others involved.

 

Melissa makes a “Mustang” difference by being a great friend.  She is always there to talk to and collaborate with and definitely have fun with!  Lunch just isn’t the same without Melissa there.  As we have faced a difficult beginning to our school year—with the passing of our dear friend and teacher Alisha Adams –it was Melissa that lead the way in helping Alisha’s Mom and also helping us as a faculty feel closure and unity.

 

Congratulations Melissa!  You represent the true Spirit of a Mustang.

 

Welcome Back Assembly

Attributions: 
Andrea Pond

Today the student government introduced our theme for the 2016-2017 "Make a Mustang Difference" with an amazing welcome back assembly.  The student government has worked all summer on this assembly which included games for the students and teachers and a dance.  Thanks to all the student and teacher volunteers for participating, it was a fun way to start off the school year!   

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