January 2016

What's The Deal With Poetry?

Attributions: 
Essay by Kylie Bascom

Mrs. Bragg's English class engaged in a competition recently to write an amazing argumentative essay. While there were many good entries, one stood out. Student Kylie Bascom argued why poetry is worth reading and here is what she said:

“So much depends/ upon/ a red wheel/barrow/ glazed with rain/ water/ beside the white/ chickens” (Williams). This is one of my favorite poems simply because it says so much in just a short time and it makes you close read and take a deeper look at the poem to understand it. Is poetry worth reading? People seem to be debating this issue because we have different perspectives. Most teenagers for example do not necessarily like poetry. They are not very engaged and intrigued by poetry. On the other hand, most adults seem to enjoy poetry more than teenagers. They seem to be fascinated with every word. So how do we determine if poetry is worth reading or not? Poetry is worth reading because it can be so powerful, it can help communicate experiences, and it can help you get through hard times.

First, poetry is worth reading because it can be so powerful. In the article ‘83 percent of poetry is not worth reading’ Billy Collins said, ““The other 17 percent of poetry isn’t just worth reading. I couldn’t live without it, he said.”””(Reardon). This shows just how powerful poetry is. He is saying that he can’t live without it. Poetry has a big impact on some. The article by Reardon says, “Poetry, Collins said, “gives him a kind of pleasure that is unavailable anywhere in the world. That pleasure is a mix of feeling, thought and language. A poem is a conscious effort to create that mix, to use language almost to fuse thought and feeling together. The perfect blend is the pleasure for me the marriage of thought and feeling.””(Reardon).  Collins gets a pleasure from poetry. Not very many people get a pleasure this powerful.

Second, poetry is worth reading because it can help communicate experiences. In the article by Newsela it says, “Now Kassir travels the world drawing attention to Syria through

rallies and slam poetry performances.”(Newsela). Kassir was involved in the war now she tells other people about her experiences through poems. In the Newsela article it also says, ““Poetry is a witness,” said Mohja Kahf, an Arab American poet and professor. She praised the work of Syrian poet Khawla Dunia, an activist.”(Newsela).  Just like what Kahf said Poetry is a witness for many things. It can help communicate experiences through others writing their experiences down therefore making poetry a witness.

As a final point, poetry is worth reading because it can help you get through hard times. In the Newsela article it says, “It is the verse of the forgotten who struggle to survive among violent madmen and ruined cities, as they become refugees without homes.”(Newsela). People who have gone through horrible times also wrote poetry to get through it. Another piece of evidence by the Newsela article says, “The poems flow in slipstreams of syllables, beats and rhythms. Poems are composed by writers, doctors, mothers, activists and Syrians who live abroad who are all compelled to write about the suffering in their ancestral land.”(Newsela). Many people who have gone through the harshness of war wrote poetry to get through that rough time.

Some people think that we shouldn’t read poetry because it is hard to understand. This is not true because this means you are not trying to understand it. If you look closely, and read slowly you will find something very interesting. Poetry is worth reading because it can be powerful. Poetry is worth reading because it can help communicate experiences, and it can help you get through hard times.

 A special thanks to Mrs. Bragg and Kylie for sharing.

 

January 19, 2016 Newsletter

Attributions: 
Blake Mortensen
TEDx Is Coming SOON!

PJHS Parents,

It is amazing to think that half of the school year is over! As we begin a new semester it is a great time to reflect back and remember what habits have been working for your student and what can be improved upon. Parents, please talk with your students about recommitting themselves for the remainder of the year. If they have different teachers than last term it would be good to review the disclosure statements and all the new information. If you have any questions, please email the teacher or call and the teacher can clarify it before we get too far into the 3rd term.

GRIZZLY GROWLS - Term 3

Perfect Attendance Winners

We had no winners in this weeks Perfect Attendance drawing. That means next week it is worth $10 for each class.

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Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Star Wars/ Pinterest

  Tuesday- Harry Potter/Rube Goldberg

Thursday- Science Fair/ Sewing club

Friday- Rube Goldberg/HOBY

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- Our wrestlers did well last week as they ended up having 9 wrestlers receive medals.

Dylan Wilson- 2nd place

Cole Jensen- 3rd place

Joseph Brandley- 3rd place

Trey Hiatt- 1st place

Wyatt Hone- 1st place

Weston Thomas- 2nd place

Tucker Naccarato- 1st place

Karsen Broadhead- 4th place

Bryton Webber- 2nd place

Louis Williams- 3rd place

Tucker Naccarato pinned every person that he wrestled at the tournament. Cole Jensen lost a very close match in the semi finals but came back for a strong third place finish. Bryton Webber did amazing to take second since this was his first year wrestling at the Junior High. Wyatt Hone and Trey Hiatt were solid as usual. I was proud of all of our wrestles for the work that they put in this year and the guts they showed in the tournament, they represented our school well.

Thanks, Coach Ward

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball-

Jan. 19th @ home against  Uintah at 3:30.

Jan. 21st @ Springville at 3:30.

Jan. 28th 3:30 vs. Diamond Fork

Jan. 25th 3:30 vs. Spanish Fork

Calendar

Jan. 19      First Day of Third Term

Jan. 22-23     8 am State Jr. High Honor Choir

Jan. 26     3:00 Band-Solo/Ensemble Festival

Jan. 28     8 am Captain's Academy

                7:30 Honors Orchestra Concert

             

 

Nine Medals Awarded to PJHS Wrestlers

Attributions: 
Photos: Coach Lyle Ward
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Yesterday, the PJHS wrestling team competed in the Nebo District Wrestling Tournament at Mapleton Jr. High School. These young men gave it their all and nine wrestlers earned medals in their respective weight categories.Dylan Wilson- 2nd placeCole Jensen- 3rd placeJoseph Brandley- 3rd placeTrey Hiatt- 1st placeWyatt Hone- 1st placeWeston Thomas- 2nd placeTucker Naccarato- 1st placeKarsen Broadhead- 4th placeBryton Webber- 2nd placeLouis Williams- 3rd placeTucker Naccarato pinned EVERY COMPETITOR that he wrestled at the tournament! Cole Jensen lost a very close match in the semi finals but came back for a strong third place finish. Bryton Webber did amazing to take second since this was his first year wrestling at the PJHS. Wyatt Hone and Trey Hiatt were solid as usual.When asked how he felt about the , Coach Ward exclaimed, "I was proud of all of our wrestlers for the work that they put in this year and the guts they showed in the tournament, they represented our school well."

 

JANUARY 5, 2016 NEWSLETTER

Attributions: 
B. MORTENSEN
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY

PJHS Parents,

Another year gone! Hopefully, you have had a chance to reflect for yourself and with your student about some of the great things that have happened in this past year! And had a chance to set some new goals for this coming year! At PJHS, we hope this year will be our best yet!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Term 2

It is quickly approaching the end of term 2! More than likely most teachers will have deadlines for missing work this Friday or early next week. Please encourage your students to get with their teachers and get their grades finalized.

Drama Class Plays

On Wednesday 1/6/16 Mr. Aintablian’s drama classes will be presenting their class plays! Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy them. They will start at 6:00.

Computer Coding Classes

Interested in online computer coding?  Nebo District is offering after-school classes for students in grades 4-9 in various locations throughout the district.  Please click on the link for further information or to register for coding camps.

http://pub.lucidpress.com/nebocodingcamp/

Reminder:

Please remind your students that throwing snowballs is against the school rules! We have had reports from drivers that snowballs are being thrown at cars, please remind your students that they will be responsible for any damages caused if they do this.

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Star Wars/ Pinterest

  Tuesday- Harry Potter/Christmas craft/Rube Goldberg

Thursday- Science Fair/ Sewing club

Friday- Rube Goldberg/HOBY

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- Travels to Spanish Fork Junior high on Wednesday. We look forward to some great matches! Good Luck wrestlers!

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball- Both teams play this Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s game is at Diamond Fork Junior High @ 3:30. Thursday’s game is here against Mount Nebo! We encourage student to come cheer their teams on!

Calendar

Jan. 6 SCC

Wrestling @ Spanish Fork Junior High @ 3:30

Boys and Girls Basketball @ Diamond Fork Junior High @ 3:30pm

Mr. Aintablin’s class plays @ 6:00pm

Jan. 7 Boys and Girls Basketball here against Mount Nebo @ 3:30pm

Jan. 14    Last day of term 2