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Welcome New Teachers

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 21:00

We have several new faces in the building this year, and now that they are all settled in, we asked them to share a little about themselves:

Ms. Westenskow- English Teacher: I teach 7th and 8th grade English. I moved around a lot growing up and have lived in Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Guatemala, and Utah, but spent more time in Utah than anywhere else and graduated from Riverton High School, so I feel like Riverton is home. I am loving MNJHS so far! I have been so impressed with the administration and the faculty, and the students have been respectful and wonderful to work with. I'm excited for this school year! 

Mrs. Hanks- Special Education/English Teacher: I have been involved with education either as a teacher or as a school board member for 22 years. I have a BS degree from BYU in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master of Education degree from the University of Utah in Special Education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, camping, and reading. This is my second year teaching at a junior high. I was glad I was able to come to MNJHS. The staff has been great and the students are amazing. 

Mrs. Wright- Math Teacher: I grew up on an apple orchard in rural Washington State. I attended BYU to receive my teaching degree. I am married and have 4 children, 3 daughters and a son. I have lived in Utah for 12 years. I have loved getting to know the wonderful students here at MNJHS.

Mr. Ford- History Teacher: More info coming soon!

Mrs. Miller- CTE Teacher: I grew up in Mapleton, Utah and live there still. I married my old boyfriend and we have two children. I enjoy reading, gardening, cycling, sewing, cooking, hunting, fishing and killing flies. 

Mr. Vincent- Art Teacher: I grew up in Parowan, Utah. My two lifelong passions have been art and music, which also became my Major and Minor at Southern Utah University. I have worked as a graphic designer, a fine art bronze foundry worker, a mural painter, a freelance artist, and now for the last few years as an art teacher. I love teaching.... especially the relationships with students, and seeing them learn and grow in their artistic abilities. Apart from school, I enjoy singing as part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and playing the piano. I have a cat, 8 chickens, a garden, as well as a wife and 3 children. 

Mrs. Nelson- School Psychologist: I work at both MNJHS and Orchard Hills Elementary. I received my Masters in Psychology from Utah State University and am currently working on my Education Specialist degree. I was recently married over the summer, love golf, and have an adorable puppy named Dash. My favorite part about MNJHS so far is the amazing Special Education staff, the Diet Coke runs with the counselors, and the support I have received from the administrators. I hope to be able to get to know all of the faculty better this year. Stop by my office anytime to sit in the hammock chairs, get help with students, and/or just say hi! GO PANTHERS!!

Mr. Nelson- Counseling Intern: I am from Orem, Utah. I have my Bachelor's degree in Business Management and I'm finishing my Master's degree in School Counseling. I love working with children and I believe that they can all achieve great things if they have somebody in their corner. I am very happy to be at MNJHS and appreciate the way that the staff has been patient with me and accepted me into the team. 

Mr. Turnbow- Animal and Ag Science Teacher: More info coming soon!

Panther Praise Winners Sept. 1st to 5th

Submitted by kaye.isakson on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:32
Kaye Isakson

Congratulations to the following students for being names Panther Praise Winners:

7th Grade: Danika Long--Mrs. Huff, Sarah Rogers--Mrs. Bennett, Addylynn DeGraw--Mrs. Reber

8th Grade:  Brent Laker--Mrs. Reber, McKenzie Tucker--Mrs. Bennett, NiKaedynn Finau--Mrs. Reber

9th Grade:  Abbi Coles--Mrs. Olsen, Cheyene Anderson--Mrs. Cox, Samantha Samuels--Mrs. Wilson

Panther Praise Winners Aug. 25-29th

Submitted by kaye.isakson on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:26
Kaye Isakson

Panther Praise Winners for the week of Aug. 25th to 29th are:

Back Row: Corbin Vincent (9th)--Ms. N. Brady, Mason Lindstrom (9th)--Mrs. Huff, Bridger Fowden (9th)--Mrs. Capell, Kayden Walters (8th)--Mrs. Capell, Ethan Risenmay (7th)--Mrs. Bennett,  Manuel Rodriguez (7th)--Mrs. Larsen, Front Row: Candace Holdaway (7th)--Mrs. Reber, Darby Miller (8th)--Mrs. Huff, (Absent Dallin Southwick--Mrs. Reber)


Ways to Make Homework Less Stressful

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:21

Students often have a hard time managing homework, especially new 7th graders adjusting to having many teachers. Here are a few simple tips to make the most out of homework each night and keep the stress level in check:

1. Establish a Time: Parents can pick a consistent work time. Kids thrive on routine, and if they know what time they have to do homework, they're able to prepare themselves mentally. 2. Get Organized:  Be sure the work area is clear of distractions. Make everything your kids need to complete their homework readily accessible. You don't want to spend 10 valuable homework minutes searching for paper or pencils. 3. Eliminate Distractions: During homework, there should be no TV, texting or other electronic devices. Electronics interrupt and stretch out the homework process. Kids benefit form learning when it's time to work and when it's time to play. 4. Build in Breaks: After a long day of school, children can become stressed by the homework looming over them. Learning specialists recommend five to ten minute "power breaks". Use a kitchen timer to keep track of time. 5. Be Available: Homework helps your child work independently, so don't hover, interrupt or offer too much input. Encourage, praise and support, but do not complete any work, no matter how tempting it may be! There is important growth associated with the process of understanding, attempting, asking questions and completing the work. 6. Use the Student Planner: All students received a planner on their first day of school. Please help your child utilize theirs. All assignments should be written in the planner each day. Review the planner with our child and help them break down big assignments, and plan ahead based on due dates. If your student is having a hard time understanding their work, contact the teacher and see if your student can get help before or after school. We also have Power Hour available after school every day except for Wednesday. Students can come and get their homework done, with a teacher available to help answer questions. 


Shakespeare Academy

Submitted by kaye.isakson on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:49
Rock White

For two days, a couple of weeks before school begins, over one hundred students from all of the junior high's in Nebo School district gather together for the Nebo Shakespeare Academy.  The two day summer event features Shakespearean expert guest speakers; movement, voice and text classes; ice breaker games; open question and answer time on the Shakespearean Festival Acting Competition; Collaboration and district team spirit motivation lectures; food and FUN!  This year's Academy was held at Mapelton Jr. High School with guest speakers Jan Shelton Hunsaker and Andy Hunsaker.  Jan and Andy were both educated and trained at SUU and the Shakespeare Festival.  They've built huge Theatre programs and taken many 1st place awards at the Shakespeare Acting Competition at Lehi High School; Tuachan School for the Performing Arts; Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and are now both teaching in Nebo School District at Spanish Fork High School.  They had the students spell bound with their optimism and top ten acting Shakespeare tips.  Students enjoyed the classes taught on the first day, and then got to work bits of their competition pieces on the second day.  They learned the value of good collaboration and healthy competition.  They all have a district Shakespeare shirt, so when we go to the awards ceremony at the end of competition, we will all be together as one team!  We have a follow-up mock Shakespeare competition the Wednesday before we leave for Cedar City and compete where students perform all of their pieces for guest judges.  The judges use the same adjudication form they use during the Shakespeare Competition and students receive feedback to fine tune their work, and also to get the overwhelming fear that accompanies competition, out of the way, so they go down confident and prepared to do their best.  They learn so much by supporting and observing each other as well as others they'll observe during that weekend.  We have the most supportive school board and administration's across the district, who support our desires to give our students this amazing experience.  Nebo School District Junior High School Theatre teachers and Shakespeare coaches are:  Kara Poulsen (Diamond Fork), Kristina Holley (Spanish Fork), Rock Hatch White (Mt. Nebo), Nichole Clement (Mapelton and Springville), David Antablian (Payson), DeAnna Ashworth (Salem), and Catherine Lyon (Salem).

7th Grade Day- Monday, August 18th

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:29

We look forward to seeing our 7th grade students on Monday, August 18th from 7:55 to 11:20 AM.  Students will have a tour of the school, attend an informational assembly and have lunch in the cafeteria. See the schedule below:

7:55 to 9:00 Welcome and Assembly

9:05 to 9:15 1st Period

9:20 to 9:30 2nd- Advisory Period

9:35 to 9:45 3rd Period

9:50 to 10:00 4th Period

10:05 to 10:15 5th Period

10:20 to 10:30 6th Period

10:35 to 10:45 7th Period

10:50 to 11:00 8th Period

11:00 to 11:20 Lunch

Welcome Back!

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:58

School starts on Tuesday, August 19th and we are excited to have all of our students back at Mt. Nebo! Here are a few upcoming dates to be aware of:

August 5th- Registration from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Please bring the fee sheet that was mailed home with your students registration information. If your student is an incoming 7th grader you will need to bring in records with proof of the Tdap immunization. Nurses will be available at our school from 10 to 2 if you would like to take care of it at registration. 

August 18th- 7th Grade Day from 7:55 AM to 11:20 AM. This is an optional day for 7th grade students to come to school before all the older kids get here! They will have a tour of the school, attend an informational assembly and have lunch in the cafeteria. 

August 19th- First Day of School

August 22nd- Picture Day



Parent Link: The school sends information to parents through the district site called Parent Link. Go to and under the heading "Parents" click on the tab "Parent Link" for instructions. This gives the school the ability to text, call, and email information. 

Grades: We encourage parents to check their students grades on a regular basis. This can be done by going to and under the heading "Parents" click on the tab "SIS Grades/Attendance". Through this site you have the opportunity to check grades, contact teachers and update your contact information. 

Please contact the school if you have any questions or if you have not received your registration information in the mail. 

Faculty vs. Student Basketball game

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 08:15

Our annual Faculty vs. Students basketball game was held on Thursday, May 29th. We had several faculty members participate and they competed against the  winners of the student intramural teams. Although there was a big height difference, the students played a great game!!  The teachers pulled out a win in the last few minutes, the final score was 73-69. Thanks to all those who participated and gave us a great game to watch! 

Awards Assembly

Submitted by melissa.nielson on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:58
4.0 for 7th, 8th and 9th grade
9th Grade 4.0 All Year
8th Grade 4.0 All Year
7th Grade 4.0 All Year

The MNJHS Awards Assembly was held today. We had individual assemblies for each grade and students were recognized for: 4.0 all year, Honor Roll all year, Perfect Attendance, Latino's in Action volunteer hours, Terrific Kids, Band and Orchestra MVP's and Excellence in Art. 

Six of our 9th grade students were also recognized for having a 4.0 for the entire time they have been in Junior High! These students are: Devin Broadhead, McKay Asay, Sidney Burrell, Jessica Edmondson, Ashlyn Ewell and Alyssa Sutton. 

Good job students! 




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