October 2016

Spotlight on Snell, Special Ed Teacher

by Spencer Houck and Josh Ornelas, SHS News Writers

Mr. Justin Snell is an eight year teaching veteran, who previously taught five years at Springville High, one year at Timpview High, and his next year will be at Summit Center.  Snell enjoys teaching special education, specifically behavioral guidance. He loves watching his students grow in positive ways. Snell’s hopes for teaching this year are to have fewer students in his class; and, subsequently, in need of behavioral instruction.

Snell also coaches varsity boys basketball for our Springville Red Devils.  He’s is extremely excited for the upcoming season because this year’s team is “Balanced with experienced players,” said Coach Snell.

Snell is married to one, Kristen Bailey, volleyball coach at Timpview High.  Recently he and his wife had their first baby. They love animals and have three great danes. 

New Social Studies teacher and assistant football coach

by Jordyn Gillespie and Kelton Hartvigsen, SHS News Writers

Mr. Jake Jacobus not only teaches Government, US Studies, and P.E., but he also coaches for our undefeated football team this year.  This is Jacobus’ first year teaching.  He’s originally from Bakersfield, California, but moved to Utah with his wife Natalie to attend Brigham Young University and teach.

“Having students tell me they are grateful to have me at Springville,” said Jacobus when asked what his most rewarding teaching experience has been.

Jacobus enjoys hockey, football, and golf. He currently plays hockey on the Provo Recreational League; his team is the Detroit Red Wings.  Jacobus is also a big fan of BYU and Michigan sports, as you can tell by his large Michigan flag hanging in his classroom.

A love for golfing may have started with his unusual job of cleaning golf carts for a golf club.

Thank you for teaching here at SHS Mr. Jacobus.

An amazing, talented new addition to SHS

by Alex Farrell & Jordyn Gillespie, SHS News Writers

Our new German teacher, Mr. Branden Russell, is a very interesting and great guy. Russell has a love for languages and is excited to watch students learn a new one right in front of him.  This is Russell’s first year teaching and he’s extremely willing to help students learn and improve their German language skills.

His most rewarding teaching experience is getting to know new faces and students and creating bonds with them throughout the year.

His personal hobbies are surprising to most students and teachers—Russell skateboards!   Amazing, right?  A teacher who skates, plays video games, and is into fitness.

“Weirdest job I ever had was working food inventory for The Boy Scouts of America,” Russell said.   Many students think Russell is one of the “coolest teachers here” and many students would enjoy taking German if they had the chance.

He is married to his wife Merina and has two children.

Events for the Week of October 17, 2016

Monday, Oct 17:
Red Ribbon Week: LOL (Laugh Out Loud) to drugs! Wear funny socks to school
College Tour Day (seniors; 8am to )

Tuesday, Oct 18:
Red Ribbon Week: TBT (Throw Back Tuesday) Free-throw shooting contest in gym at lunch with prizes
FFA National Convention—Indianapolis, IN
Marching Band @ Rocky Mountain Invitational
(3:30pm) Volleyball vs Salem Hills
(3:30pm) Sophomore Football @ Fremont

Wednesday, Oct 19:
Red Ribbon Week: YOLO -- Be Drug Free! Come to the courtyard at lunch to "Chalk the Block" and express your pledge to be drug free. Don't let drugs get in your way to live your life!
FFA National Convention—Indianapolis, IN
State Cross Country @ Sugarhouse Park

Thursday, Oct 20:
Fall Break
FFA National Convention—Indianapolis, IN

Friday, Oct 21:
Fall Break
FFA National Convention—Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, Oct 22:
FFA National Convention—Indianapolis, IN

For more information, please visit the School Calendar


Red Devils win Region 8 Championship Title

photos by Mark Spencer

Springville and Salem Hills were both tied for the football Region 8 Title headed into the last game of the season on Thursday, October 13.  The outcome of the showdown would determine the Region 8 Champion.

Payton Kelepolo rushed for four touchdowns while Jantsen Thorpe rushed for one touchdown and caught another one to help Springville take the big victory and the region championship over Salem Hills, 49-14.  Ty Eriksson and Brennen Rymer each had one TD to add to the win.  Game played at Salem Hills High. 

Springville will play at home in the first round of 4A state football playoffs on Saturday, October 29.

Girls Soccer finish an amazing season

photos by Josh Ornelas, SHS News Photographer

Springville’s Lady Red Devil varsity soccer team finished this week with the Region 8 Championship Title and an amazing season record, 10-3-1.

On Tuesday, October 11, Springville faced off at home against Skyridge in the first round of 4A state play. 

Our Lady Red Devils fought hard with both teams scoreless at halftime.  In the second half, Skyridge scored 2 goals to Springville’s 1, knocking out the Lady Red Devils from advancing in the state playoffs.

Lady Red Devil Varsity Soccer, Region 8 Champions

photo by Josh Ornelas, SHS News Photographer

With a 2-1 win against Salem Hills on Thursday, October 6, and a final season record of 10-3-1, Springville's Varsity Lady Red Devil soccer takes the Region 8 Championship Title.

Welcome to SHS Kaitlyn Frandsen

by Miranda Bray and Jordan Goff, SHS News Writers

Springville High welcomes Kaitlyn Frandsen as a first year Special Education teacher.  She teaches all subjects working with the special education students. She loves her job because of the relationships she develops with the students.

Frandsen said, “I love seeing the progress the students make, even if it’s small.  It’s a really fun job.”

Frandsen is from Texas and plays volleyball and swims. Outside of school she enjoys eating tacos and love Sodalicious.  She also loves double-dutch and collects puzzles. Frandsen enjoys teaching being a Red Devil and hopes to eventually coach a sport.