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January 2017

Online Coding Courses Grades 6-12

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:32

Coding courses prepare students for AP or Concurrent Enrollment Computer Science courses and provides a pathway to internships and great careers. Students ages 12–18 learn how to build web pages and write software. Students START at level 1 – JavaScript Game Design and increase in knowledge and experience with each course. Students learn at their own pace and have the option for one-on-one help. 

*Students 9th grade and above can advance by testing out of classes* 




FFA Competitions and Winners

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:21
Kaylee Liddiard

Spanish Fork FFA competed at Area 5 Contests January 30. These contests are the qualifiers for some of the State competitions and students competed against eight other schools. 

Katelyn Beckstead and Ellie Ash of SFJHS competed in the creed contest. This contest has students memorize a five paragraph creed and recite it to the judges. They also answer questions on their thoughts and feelings of the creed. Katelyn and Ellie both did a great job representing our chapter. Chase Holt competed in the Prepared Public Speaking event and was third place. He wrote a speech on Genetically Modified Organisms and presented it to the judges. He answered questions that the judges had. Chase represented our chapter well and helped to inform people about a hot topic in agriculture right now. Five students were competed in and were the winners in their proficiency areas. The proficiency award recognizes students for their achievements with projects their Supervised Agricultural Experiences or projects done outside of class time. 

  • Jake Jones - Wildlife Management: Jake traps nuisance animals to help better the environment or keep other animals safe. He sells the pelts at the local fur auction as part of his business J and J Trapping. He also raises ring-neck pheasants and sells or releases them. 
  • Kacie Jones - Vegetable Production: Kacie has a large garden at her home where she has been able to gather over 750 pounds of produce. This produce is used at home or given to family and friends. Kacie has also become the Farmer's Market Manager for the school garden.
  • Lindsey Olsen - Sheep Production: Lindsey raises and exhibits lambs each year at five different shows across Utah. In addition she has her own small flock of thirteen ewes that she breeds for show lambs. 
  • Tell Orton - Agricultural Services: Tell owns his own business of Circle T Skullworks. He uses dermestid beetles to clean skulls. He then whitens them. This is done for taxidermy purposes. 
  • Brooke Voorhees - Food Science: Brooke works at Circle V Meat and is in charge of reading cooler temperatures. She tracks and ensures that the meat storage areas are safe. 

In addition Tell Orton will be representing our area as a Star State in Agribusiness Finalist. Congratulations to all those who participated and good luck to those moving on to the state competition. 


Cheer Competition

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:03
Kjirsten Collins

The cheerleaders competed at the USA open competition last Saturday, after redoing their routine due to an injury the day before. They performed a perfect routine with zero deductions and placed first in their division.  They also won the title of grand champions, meaning they scored the highest overall points in all the divisions of the competition. This was their last local competition, and they're excited to compete at the national level in California in March. Congrats Cheerleaders! You rock!!

Chess Tournament

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:49

Chess Tournament for Elementary, Jr. High, and High School

Saturday February 25, 2017    8:30 am - 2:00 pm approximately 

 Cherry Creek Elementary 484 S. 200 E. Springville, 84663

Please enter through east doors.

  • Arrive at 8:30 am, instructions at 8:45 am.
  • 6 rounds—all students get to play all rounds.
  • Elementary students K-6 will be grouped by grade.

Jr. High students will be grouped together into one section. High School students will be grouped together into one section. 9th grade will join either Jr. High or High School based on numbers.

  • Rounds are up to 50 minutes each (i.e. approximately 25 minutes per player).  High School will play 5-6 rounds up to 60 minutes each.
  • Plan on students finishing last round between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm. 
  • Trophies will be awarded for 1st -7th place per section, and for top 3 elementary schools and top 2 secondary schools.  All other players will receive a medal.
  • Tie breaks will be decided by the computer.
  • Information available for those interested in starting a chess club.

Lunch will be available for purchase: pizza, snacks, etc.

Chess sets and such available for purchase. Cash or check.

How to register:

Register and pay online starting in February—go to and click on “Nebo District Programs.”

Cost is $8.00 if you register and pay by Feb 11, or $15 thereafter. 

Registrations accepted only through Thursday, Feb 23—no registration or payment accepted at the door.

Student must be in Nebo School District boundaries, whether attending public, charter, or home school.

Supervision of children is the responsibility of the parents. Parents and other spectators may not interact with players while they are competing.


Shmoop ACT Prep

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:00

Hello Parents and Students,
Shmoop is an online service that helps our students with ACT preparation. Our state has purchased the rights to use the resource. Students, please take advantage of this as you prepare to take the ACT. Directions for accessing this resource are found below.  

For Students:
1. Visit
2. Select our school from the alphabetized school picker
3. Click Create new student account and follow prompted steps
4. Enter the Magic Word: ARCHES

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