December 2016

BLT and Hope Squad Sponsor Santa Letter Writing Service Project

Attributions: 
photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
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After school on Wednesday, December 14, many students participated in writing hundreds and hundreds of letters to local elementary children responding to their letters to Santa.  "Student Elves" wrote and decorated letters that will be packaged and delivered to their elementary classroom. 

BLT (Business Leaders of Tomorrow) and Hope Squad sponsored the service project, but many students from various SHS clubs participated including Student Council, FFA, NHS, etc.    Some students participated who were not part of a club, but who just wanted to perform service.

Ceramics students working creatively

Attributions: 
photos by Alex Farrell & Tyler Carter, SHS News Photographer
Kylee Schram
Jacob Stringham

Kylee Schram (picture 1) and Jacob Stringham (picture 2) throwing pottery on the wheel.  Ceramics students working creatively in Ms. Heidi Israelsen's class.

Photography students create digital TinType

Attributions: 
photos by Alex Farrell & Tyler Carter, SHS News Photographer
Tess Fisher and Megan Nusink in photo class

Tess Fisher and Megan Nusink create a digital TinType using Adobe Photoshop in Ms. Hansen's photography class.

Events for the Week of December 12, 2016

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Monday, Dec 12:
FFA Sub for Santa
Quiz Bowl Week
(7pm) Oakridge Play

Tuesday, Dec 13:
FFA Sub for Santa
Quiz Bowl Week
(3:30pm) Boys’ Basketball vs Kearns
(3:30pm) Girls’ Basketball vs Roy
(7pm) Orchestra Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec 14:
FFA Sub for Santa
Quiz Bowl Week
Wrestling @ Uintah

Thursday, Dec 15:
FFA Sub for Santa
Quiz Bowl Week
(7pm) Band Concert
(7pm) Girls’ Basketball vs Lone Peak-Endowment Game

Friday, Dec 16:
Quiz Bowl Week—Quiz Bowl Final
Swimming @ Judge Memorial, Fairmont Aquatic Center
Wrestling @ Viewmont Invite
Quiz Bowl Assembly & Extended Lunch Bell Schedule
(3:30pm) Boys’ Basketball @ PG
(3:30pm) Girls’ Basketball @ Murray

Saturday, Dec 17:
Swimming @ Judge Memorial, Fairmont Aquatic Center
Wrestling @ Viewmont Invite
(8am) Breakfast with Santa
(8pm) Christmas Dance

For more information, please visit the School Calendar

Red Devils host swim meet

Attributions: 
photos by Jordyn Gillespie, SHS News Photographers

On Thursday, December 8, Springville High hosted a swim meet consisting of the following teams:  Springville, Maple Mountain, Timpview, and Provo.

SHS Seniors go “in the trenches” to learn

Attributions: 
by Selendra Lewis, Embedded Journalist and Senior Student

When you hear “trench warfare” you might think of shells exploding overhead, wet and muddy trenches, and cold meager rations. Several weeks ago, the SHS Library was turned into a simulation of trench warfare so seniors in Mrs. Lisa Simmons’ and Ms. Jill Thackeray’s classes could experience what it was like to be a soldier in the the trenches of WWI.

To begin the activity, students were marched into the library by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Angeli and Private Dunkley before filling out facsimiles of WWI Draft Registration forms. Taken outside to the courtyard where they had to demonstrate their physical fitness, they were then outfitted and issued strapped pie-plate tin covers (representing WWI helmets), their weapons of choice (a sharpened pencil “mightier than a sword” and army post-its), and a pair of authentic stamped dog tags on a chain bearing their names and inscription: Seared in Memory, 1916 Verdun and the Somme, and simulated WWII era C-rations.

Students in the trenches (turned over tables) had the opportunity to sample the cold C-rations that included food items like Chiclets, chocolate, beans, and biscuits, read authentic letters soldiers had written home to their families, and participate in a brief “Over the Top, Boys!” attack during the Battle of the Somme between the British/French and German trenches. Or SHS seniors engaged in throwing rounds of wadded newspaper and attempts to charge across the barbed wire and corpse-ridden no-man’s-land, having heard from Staff Sgt. Angeli and SHS Librarian, General Rabner, what it was like to be in mortal combat. Those who were “hit” were either taken to the “Dead Zone” or to one of the two British or German field hospitals. A sobering event occurred throughout the day when a bell would toll unexpectedly (a reference to Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls) and CSM Simmons would draw out several students’ registration cards. These soldiers were pronounced dead, casualties of war, and escorted to the “Dead Zone” (ala Our Town stylized cemetery).

General Rabner also gave a moving instructional multimedia presentation on WWI comprised of photos from her own travels to historic battlefield sites and camps, a Centennial Commemoration of the battles of Verdun and the Somme, and a poignant rendition of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. Throughout this experiential learning event, students discovered more about the harsh conditions and realities of life in the battlefield and the nature of war.

One of the most memorable parts of the activity was the opportunity students had to listen to a panel of veterans (i.e., F. Keith Davis, Reed Clements, Fred Hurst, Stan Jorgensen, Richard Howell, Bowden Angeli). A WWII veteran who served in the European theater, landed on the beaches of Normandy, fought his way across Europe to Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, and then liberated a Nazi concentration camp, Mr. Davis’ message was echoed by each of the veterans and reinforced a theme of the entire event: Never forget the sacrifices that our veterans have made to keep us free.

Events for the Week of December 5, 2016

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Monday, Dec 5:
FFA Sub for Santa

Tuesday, Dec 6:
FFA Sub for Santa
(3:30pm) Girls’ Basketball @ American Fork
(7:30pm) Choir @ Temple Square

Wednesday, Dec 7:
FFA Sub for Santa
(6pm) Football Banquet

Thursday, Dec 8:
FFA Sub for Santa
Boys’ Basketball @ Tax USA Shootout, Orem
Girls’ Basketball @ Bishop Gorman Tournament
(3:30pm) Swimming @ home
(5pm) Wrestling vs Salem Hills
(6pm) FFA Animal Lab Meeting

Friday, Dec 9:
FFA Sub for Santa
FFA Utah Leadership Conference
Boys’ Basketball @ Tax USA Shootout, Orem
Girls’ Basketball @ Bishop Gorman Tournament
Wrestling Winter Classic, Juab High
FFA Utah Leadership Conference

Saturday, Dec 10:
FFA Sub for Santa
FFA Utah Leadership Conference
Boys’ Basketball @ Tax USA Shootout, Orem
Girls’ Basketball @ Bishop Gorman Tournament
Wrestling Winter Classic, Juab High
FFA Utah Leadership Conference
(10:30am-2pm) Drill Competition, Wasatch High

For more information, please visit the School Calendar

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