Last summer Juab Senior Sam Guillory played catcher for the SFHS Lady Dons softball team. A few days before school started Sam was in an automobile accident which has left her paralyzed from the waist down and also left her with limited use of her arms.
Junior Kelsey Christensen who pitches for the Dons was impressed with Sam's ability as well as her confidence both on and off the field. "She was just a person who knew who she was." said Christensen.
Senior Mariah Peterson who plays 1st base remembers Sam for her great attitude. "She just fit right in from the beginning and was always so friendly. She is a member of our team."
The Lady Dons have been selling old fashioned suckers at every home game to raise some much needed funds for Sam's medical bills.
Following the last home and region game for the Lady Dons on May 3rd they were able to present Sam with a check for $1,000.00. The team also made a quilt for her with all their signatures and #'s.
SFHS Principal Dave McKee is very proud of his softball girls, " We just do things different here, and this is what we're about, looking out for others and doing positive things."
Way to go Lady Dons!!!
Chamber Singers Earn Superior Ratings at State!
HOPE FOR HOLLAND 5K
Holland Young is a 3 year old little girl who is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments to treat an aggressive brain tumor. SFHS and Latinos in Action have organized this 5k in her honor to help her off-set the costs of this financially straining treatment. To read articles on Holland's full story visit:
To watch the SFHS Latinos in Action Slideshow of Holland's journey, visit:
Saturday, April 13th 8am at Spanish Fork High SchoolOnline Registration $15; Day-Of Registration $20
Starting gun will be fired at 8am.
Pre-registration for this event (guaranteeing a race shirt in your size) is now closed. Registration, however, will remain open until April 13th. Register today to participate in the run and join us for music, food, and fun with a special appearance by Cosmo the Cougar as you cross the finish line!!
If you do not wish to run but would like to make a donation directly to the family, you may do so at:
http:// hopeforholland413.blogspot.com or by contacting Race Coordinator, Nancy Miramontes at (801) 798-4060 or via email email@example.com. Thank you!!
The Utah Association of Secondary School Principals presented its Principal of the Year award to Dave McKee, Principal of Spanish Fork High School.
Principal McKee knows how to "Let it Shine". Mr. McKee started his educational career teaching Japanese, sports medicine, health, physical education, and driver education at Payson High School. He also coached football, golf, track, and basketball. Mr. McKee has served in administration at Spanish Fork High since 2003. He earned his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University and his Administrative Endorsement from Southern Utah University.
Secondary Director, John DeGraffenried said, “I have worked with Dave for many years and have always been impressed with his extensive knowledge of education and clear focus on student learning. He is a great teacher, an outstanding coach, and a dedicated principal. Dave knows each student, attends their activities and encourages them to do their best. He is innovative and has the capacity to connect with individual students, parents, and teachers in a productive ways.”
Principal McKee has developed a highly successful attendance policy which has changed the culture of the school. The school vision statement is: Here, We Learn for Life. He said, “This is not what we say we are; it is who we are, that drives us to improve and continue to improve.” He recognizes the value of professional learning communities which serves as a vehicle of collaboration with an emphasis on intervention and student success. Principal McKee has worked hard to promote technology so that the school has over 400 combinations of laptops, net books, and iPads for student use.
Some of the state’s criteria required to be selected for Principal of the Year include:
✧ Providing direction and focus by involving teachers, staff, parents and the community in achieving the goals of the school.
✧ Model continuous professional growth and assists others to focus on student learning.
✧ Establishes and maintains a positive school climate and utilizes effective problem-solving techniques.
✧ Acknowledges achievement or accomplishments of students, teachers, and school community.
✧ Communicates effectively and models values, beliefs, and attitudes that inspire others to higher levels of performance.
“Mr. McKee is a compassionate, dedicated principal who creates a welcoming learning environment for all students, supports teachers as they advance in practice and professionalism, and makes Spanish Fork High School a place of learning and growth,” replied Deon Youd, an English teacher at Spanish Fork High.
“Mr. McKee is deserving of Principal of the Year,” said Kippy Bishop, Spanish Fork High secretary. “He is a collaborative leader who involves teachers, staff members, parents, students, and the community in achieving school goals. One of his greatest traits is his ability to initiate change. He has created a learning culture that has been embraced by all stakeholders. Because of his Instructional leadership abilities, he has shaped SFHS into a great school that is focused on student achievement.”
Assistant Principal, Steve Dudley, said, “During the past few years Mr. McKee has seen Spanish Fork High School go from 1850 students down to 850 students. During this time it became necessary to move half of the faculty and staff to other schools. This was one of the most painful things that Dave had to do as a principal. It was like losing part of his family. Through all of these changes, Dave has maintained an excellent staff, a loving and caring school environment, and a school culture that promotes learning.”
Some of Mr. McKee’s past honors include Neumont University Excellence in Technology Education Award 2008 and Utah Foreign Language Teacher of the Year 1992-93. He has served as Payson High’s Foreign Language department chair and athletic director. He played football for BYU from 1976-78 and again in 1981.
Dave is married to Jodi; they have two children and reside in Elk Ridge.
The winner of this week’s "Where are we Wednesday?" challenge is Heidi Preece, a special education teacher at Spanish Fork High. Congratulations!
If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? Um, no, probably not. But if your friends were distracted as they were driving you, say with texting or flipping through their music play list, would you sit back and let them do it? Would you do it too in your own car? This ongoing cycle of distracted teenage drivers is leading to 11 teen deaths per day. That doesn't even account for the thousands more who are seriously injured; often permanently.
The problem is most teenagers feel like they are the exception; that they know what they're doing because they've done it before and its no big deal. The social influences on driving inspire showing off your driving skills by flying at extreme speeds, and blasting the most head bashing songs through your sick sub-woofer speakers. Would all that be worth it if actual head bashing came as a result? As much as we think we are, TEENAGERS ARE NOT INVINCIBLE. Its not the common thought when you get into your car that those who sit on your seats, are trusting you with their lives. Your life is not something to toss around and gamble with. Ask anyone who has been the cause of an accident because they were distracted if what they were doing 2 seconds before collision was worth the effects afterward. An accident takes one second to occur and a lifetime to recover from.
So what if you are that passenger and your friend who's driving is being reckless? Just imagine what you would be thinking if you got in an accident and you had done nothing to help your friend focus. Especially if one of your friends died in that accident, would you blame yourself? None of that even needs to happen. Think of how many accidents could have been prevented if passengers only took the courage to tell the driver to stay focused and let them take care of the music and mobile communications.
Be responsible. Step up and be safe. Risky and dangerous are not for thrills and excitement. That's what amusement parks are for. Driving is not meant to give the allusion of a roller coaster. There is no track and all the power functions are manual, not automatic. If you were to seriously injure or even kill someone because of one song, or one text, or one distraction, would you be able to justify it and be okay with changing so many lives forever? That somebody is somebody else's someone. To everything there is a season and a time. Don't mix driving time with texting time. Join teens all across America by going to www.KeeptheDrive.com and finding out how they are doing their part to keep our roads safe. Instead of being told to drive safe, you be the one to tell! Together we CAN make a difference in lowering the accident death rate. Lets protect our fellow friends out there who all have places to go, things to do, stuff to see; you know, live.
Paige Stodtmeister recently won the Nordstrom Leadership and Service Award, which is a $10,000 scholarship to a university of her choice.
This prestigious national scholarship is awarded to outstanding students based on GPA, community service, and proven leadership.
The scholarship review committee noted that they were especially impressed with the number of friends Paige had made within the disabled community at Spanish Fork High School, where she started clubs for the group and organized activities for each of them individually.
“I couldn’t believe they had chosen me out of so many qualifying students, but I felt extremely excited, because education is so important to me, and I knew this would provide me with the options and opportunities I need to fulfill my plans and dreams,” Paige said, shortly after receiving the award.
Paige received the award in front of the student body at Spanish Fork High School via the morning announcements on screen. Anita Crandall, one of the scholarship directors, travelled from California to the high school to make the presentation in person.
“When I was called out of class and marched down to the broadcasting booth, I was a little confused,” Paige said, but her fears were soon allayed as Crandall presented her the award, and the small audience in the booth began to clap and cheer.
“I felt gratitude for my mom, my teachers, and the Nordstrom committee that helped me put this all together,” she said.
Only 80 Nordstrom Scholarships are given out nation-wide each year, based on regional competitions.
Paige is considering attending either Southern Virginia University, Brigham Young University, or University of Utah, where she will pursue medical studies to become a nurse practitioner.
A student at SFHS has recently been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough). The student is being kept at home, on antibiotics and will not return to school until cleared by a doctor.
Please read the attached letter from the Utah County Health Department. The letter will give you more information about Pertussis signs and symptoms and how to protect your child.
Many of you may know our favorite foreign exchange student Tuan Nguyen. His most quoted phrase since he has been here is “What are you guys doing now?” He is very curious to all of our doings as he observes us and sometimes shakes his head at our American stupidity. He was a key part of our cross-country team this year, aiding us with a greater understanding of other countries, customs, and cultures. He is straight from Hanoi, Vietnam. He loves it here in the United States, even when he thinks that the things we do are a bit strange to him. He is also very patient in class when he is almost at the teacher's level in intelligence. If you want to learn more about Tuan, check out his Facebook and twitter page.
On Tuesday, November 6, our high school swim team had their first competitive meet of the season. They traveled to Ogden to go against North Summit and Ogden High School, who hosted the three-way meet.
Our swimmers came out on top, with the boys taking first overall and the girls taking second. The boys made an exceptionally strong showing in the relays, winning the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.
Just a few of our star swimmers who helped bring a win home include Chet Oxborrow, Tanner Henderson, Landon Graff, Colton Christensen, McCall Magleby, and Tasheena Dowley.
Landon Graff had this to say, “I was impressed with how well we did as a team in general; for many of us it was the first time swimming in a meet.”
Fans, coaches and athletes were all pleased with the outcome.
Melissa Hartley is in her 10th year as the SFHS varsity swim coach.
The PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore their artistic
talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition. Local winners
in each category go on to compete at the district, region, and state
levels. This year's theme is “The Magic of a Moment...” and includes the
categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition,
Literature, Visual Arts, Theatre Production, 3D art, and Photography.
Entry forms and category rules are available at the front office and
entries are due next Friday, November 2, at the front office by 3:00 p.m.
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