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How to Support Your Student with Math at Home

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 20:42
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Mt. Nebo, as well as other schools in Nebo School District, are using Comprehensive Math Instruction (CMI) to teach our students mathematics and because of this, we wanted to give you some information on the program as well as some helpful tips from our teachers.

Mrs. Konda Luckau provided the following links and resources for parents from her favorite advocate for this topic, Jo Boaler:

  • Advice for parents, from Professor Jo Boaler

https://www.youcubed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Parent-Night-Handout-vF-1-2.pdf

  • Consejos para padres, de la profesora Jo Boaler

https://www.youcubed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Parent-Night-Handout-SpvF-2.pdf

Mrs. Amber Capell provided the following information about CMI:

  1. CMI looks different, but it is still the same math. 
  2. CMI encourages students to connect to math and explain the "why" and "how" in their strategies. Students may have different strategies than the rote ones older generations were taught because they are understanding the math instead of just doing the steps. 
  3. CMI produces critical thinkers who are prepared to contribute, discuss, and lead. It requires thought, group work, and presenting ideas in groups and in front of the class. These thinking and leading skills are transferable to any career path. 

Tips: 

1. Let your child struggle and talk things through when the math is different or difficult.

2. Ask questions like "what do you think would happen next?" "why did you choose this strategy?" and "can you see this any other way?" when they get stuck on math homework. 

3. Encourage thinking and explaining skills at home. Let them see you solve complex problems and how you solve them.

 Other resources recommended by our teachers:

  • How students should be taught mathematics: 

https://www.youcubed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/How-Students-Should-be-Taught-Mathematics.pdf

  • Parent's guide - 6 ways to support your child's mathematical development - links in Spanish and English:

https://www.youcubed.org/resources/6-ways-support-childs-mathematical-development/

 

Autumn Huntington receives February's Mayor Youth Recognition Award!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Fri, 02/28/2020 - 10:52
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Autumn Huntington was February's recipient of the Mayor Youth Recognition Award from Payson's City Council!
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"Autumn Huntington is a kind, hard-working student. She always participates in class and has great insights into whatever we are doing. Always willing to help, she is kind to her classmates and teachers." ~ Madison Stewart
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"Autumn is a quiet but very kind girl. She is also very generous. She enjoys talking to people about what she's reading (she's an avid reader) and also lets them borrow her books. She's one of those people who, the more you get to know them, the more you like them." ~Rebecca Reber
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"Autumn's attitude is contagious! Her positive attitude brings out the best in others. She is a great example to have in the classroom!" ~Marco Ledesma
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Great job, Autumn! #mnjhs #neboschooldistrict #utahpublicschools #mtnebojr #pantherpride #pantherroar

BYU's Discover STEM Event Pre-Registration Deadline is Friday, Feb. 28th

Submitted by khristen.massic on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:53
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BYU's Discover STEM Event for 6th-8th grade students on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Discover STEM Event at BYU is a free and excellent opportunity for students to see real-world applications of mathematics, statistics, science, engineering, computers, technology, and other STEM fields. Students will learn and have a lot of fun as they experience the interactive and interesting activities provided by members of various STEM-related clubs at BYU!

The event will be at the Garden Court in the Wilkinson Student Center on Saturday, March 28th from 9am-Noon. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, February 28th! Each student who pre-registers will get a free Discover STEM t-shirt. Click here to check out our video, pre-register students, or to see some activity descriptions from last year. Pre-registration will be limited to the first 500 students. Walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a t-shirt. Extra t-shirts are usually distributed near the end of the event to walk-ins.

The Discover STEM Event is an open-house style event so students do not need to be there at 9 or stay until noon, however, the more time available to students the more activities (50+) they can enjoy.

A youtube video and a flyer are attached!

https://youtu.be/Cqh7fnALNT8

Mt. Nebo Celebrates College & Career Week! February 24-28

Submitted by khristen.massic on Sun, 02/23/2020 - 19:39

This week Mt. Nebo will be celebrating College & Career Week with theme days, lunchtime activities, and more! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily announcements and information from our counselors! See the attached flyer for more information.

 

Mt. Nebo Presents at School Board Meeting

Submitted by khristen.massic on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:56
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Last week, we had the wonderful opportunity of presenting all the wonderful things happening at Mt. Nebo Junior High to our Nebo Board of Education.

"Principal Ryan McGuire thanks the Nebo Board of Education for the opportunity to present and showcase some amazing things happening at the Mt. Nebo Junior. He introduced the School Community Council Vice Chair, Kelsey Gardner, as well as the choir instructor, Russ Sumens.

"Kelsey Gardner said, “It has been amazing to see some of the behind the scenes work that goes on to make our school a better place. Thank you to the Nebo School Board for the remodel funding that was provided to Mt. Nebo Junior this year. It has been great to see the school looking refreshed and new.”

A few of the projects that have been completed, or are in the works, including:
•    Created a new parent drop off area--it saved parents lots of time and made it safer for students by fixing the congestion;
•    Removed carpet from the walls and added new paint;
•    Fixed and painted doors;
•    Added new LED lights;
•    Upgraded library; and
•    Added new lunchroom tables."

Check out the full article on the Nebo Website for more information!

Nebo School District's Battle of the Books!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:52

We had two wonderful teams represent us last week at the Nebo School District Battle of the Books, which was held on Wednesday, February 12th, at Payson Jr. High.

What is America's Battle of the Books? Their website states, "America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. Students read books and come together, usually in groups, to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions."

The list that was used this year featured 20 different titles! In addition, Emma Asay, Esther Corno, Sahaja Rutledge, and Alexa Shutt each read all 20 books!

Interested in participating next year? Booklists become available at the end of April or the beginning of May. The library will have all books available for checkout and Sora and Overdrive will have books available to check out digitally in the "Special Collections" area. As the list becomes available, we will post more information.

This event was featured on the Nebo School District Website as a "Where Are We Wednesday?" feature. See the post here.

Guest Speaker Visits Science Classes During Sound Wave Unit

Submitted by khristen.massic on Fri, 02/14/2020 - 09:31
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Photos and Video by Jenny Carter

sound en∙gi∙neer (noun): a technician dealing with acoustics for broadcast or musical performance

Ms. Carter’s classes were able to hear from Jeff Carter, BYU sound engineer, as they were learning about sound waves! In the video clip, Jeff Carter was showing some samples from a recent project with Alex Boye and the BYU Men’s Chorus. More information on the project: https://cfac.byu.edu/guest-artists/100000-views-in-less-than-a-week-byu-mens-chorus-and-alex-boye-find-a-perfect-fit-with-baba-yetu/

We are so privileged that we have the resources and the teachers, like Ms. Carter, who are willing to invite such amazing guest speakers to show a real-life application of concepts that are currently being learned.

Mr. Rhet Rowley Receives PEAK Award!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:54
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“Mr. Rowley goes above and beyond to make each student and teacher at Mt. Nebo feel welcome and appreciated. He holds open the front door each morning and greets each person that walks through with a smile and a hearty ‘good morning.’ I have also seen Mr. Rowley take extra time and effort to apologize to students if he feels he has been in the wrong. Students are often surprised to be treated this way, and his actions definitely helped the students feel more valued and recognized.”
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Last night Mr. Rowley received a PEAK Award at the Nebo School Board Meeting! We are so excited to have him at Mt. Nebo!
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Mr. Rowley was nominated by Mrs. Capell. #nebohero #mnjhspanthers #mtnebojhs #NeboSchoolDistrict

For more information on this month's PEAK Award winners, visit the Nebo School District website.

Students Visit UVU Campus

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 08:46
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Did you know that visiting a college campus while in junior high or high school can help increase aspirations and knowledge to attend higher-education? "Even one day visits have the power to inspire both students and parents and inform them of the
possibilities."
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.Our awesome counselors have arranged for visits to multiple colleges and post-secondary possibilities for our students. Last week, some of our students were able to visit the Utah Valley University campus and get a taste of what it would be like to attend the university. Next week, 9th-grade students will be able to take a tour of MTECH. See the counseling office for more information.
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. https://oregongearup.org/ #mnjhs #neboschooldistrict #utahpublicschools #mtnebojr #pantherpride #pantherroar #124ormore #collegecampusvisits #utahfutures

New Additions to Our Faculty for Mt. Nebo Middle Announced!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 11:53

We are SO EXCITED to announce our awesome additions to our middle school faculty! Give a shout-out in a comment below to any of your former teachers who will be joining us at Mt. Nebo next year!

  • Beth Allred (currently at Parkview)
  • Austin Cope (currently at Barnett)
  • Mariel Dean (currently at Spring Lake)
  • Zach Evans (currently at Canyon)
  • Gregory Hunt (currently at Goshen)
  • Zach Nowell (currently at Wilson)
  • Sandy Olson (currently at Orchard Hills)
  • Denise Ray (currently at Spring Lake)
  • Gwen Spencer (currently at Barnett)
  • Rachelle Tolman (currently at Taylor)

#mnjhs #neboschooldistrict #utahpublicschools #mtnebojr #pantherpride #pantherroar #mnms #mtnebomiddle

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