This is Mr. David Valeti’s first year teaching at Springville High. He was assigned to SHS last year as a student-teacher. He teaches inclusion English, inclusion Biology and also Study Skills.
“My vision is to help students realize their true potential and assist them in identifying what their likes and skills are and how they can apply that to a job or their education,” said Valeti.
One of his best experiences was when a student really engaged in a term project, and Valeti watched the student really learn from the experience. The student did their best and received a high score on the term project.
Valeti is Springville High’s varsity football team defensive coordinator. We know that part of our Red Devil’s amazing season was due to Valeti’s efforts in working with these dedicated players.
Valeti is married to Alison and they have four children, three boys and one girl. His children’s names are Kasanova, who is 9 years old, Shari Siviana who is 7 years old, Tuiono who is 8 years old, and Mataiasi who is 1. The Valetis love camp, fish, and have extended family over for barbeques.
Welcome to SHS Mr. Valeti! We hope you enjoy teaching all of our students here.
This week we received the opportunity to interview and get to know our new U.S. Studies/Government teacher Mrs. Kara Hernandez. She is very happy to be here at Springville High. She attended Brigham Young University before she came to teach at SHS. She wants to help create a positive and fun learning environment for each of her students. Hernandez hopes that students will leave her classroom with a clear understanding of why History/Government is important and also learn values of how to be successful outside school.
She has been happily married for one year now to her husband Dave. Some of her interests are music and physical exercise. One of her past unusual jobs was teaching flute lessons when she was in high school. Let’s all give Mrs. Hernandez a warm welcome and a great year at SHS.
Springville’s undefeated Red Devils made their goal—to play at Rice Eccles stadium supported by bus loads of SHS students, faculty, staff, and fans. In an exciting race to the 4A state football championship, Springville knew getting past East wouldn’t be easy.
The Red Devils played with high-risk and high-intensity. In the first half, Springville opted to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal twice in the red zone and came away with zero points both times, which resulted in a halftime score of 14-0, in favor of East.
In the second half of the game, East scored 28 points. East had about a dozen big plays--four of which ended in touchdowns.
Springville was led by Devyn Tate, who rushed the ball nine times for 89 yards and Payton Kelepolo, who rushed for both of the Red Devils' touchdowns. Kelepolo, the junior running back, scored the Red Devils’ only other touchdown with 59 seconds left in the game--a 3-yard run.
East’s quarterback Jonnie Lang, danced around and through Springville's defense to rack up 280 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 rushes. He was also 3 of 5 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown.
photos by Mark Spencer
All week, Springville High students, faculty, and staff are celebrating and recognizing our Veterans. FFA club and Student Government have organized activities for the week starting with a poem contest won by Sarah Emmett. Tuesday morning the FFA club and student government hosted a Veteran’s breakfast and assembly “Honoring All Who Served.” SHS Marching Band performed at the assembly, including a moment of silence with a “Taps” solo. Aspen Lamber, Bailey Bird, and Elise Willmore wrote and performed an original Veterans Day song.
All week students can write thank you notes to Veterans which will be part of a “Flag of Remembrance.” On Friday students will have the opportunity to assemble care packages for soldiers.
On Friday, October 6, Springville High’s varsity football team took on Murray High in the state 4A quarterfinals. The game ended in defeat for Murray when they weren’t able to score a single point, ending in Springville shutting out Murray, 35-0. Springville advances to the semifinals. Springville kept their unchanged record and are still undefeated.
After a slow start, the Red Devils exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a commanding lead, and didn't look back en route to the victory over Murray. Devyn Tate ran for a 70-yard TD, and Brennen Rymer contributed a pick 6 in the win.
Next week Springville will travel to Rice Eccles stadium to play East High’s football team in the state semifinal matchup. Springville (11-0) is paired with East (9-2), in the class 4A semifinals this Thursday, November 12. The question on everyone’s mind is will they come out on top.