ACT Practice Test: The Practice ACT for sophomores is next Monday, September 18th. Only sophomores will come to school that day; juniors and seniors have a day off! Room assignments will be posted around the school on Friday, and the test will commence promptly at 7:55AM, so don’t be late! School will end at 11:15am.
College Campus Tours: It’s time again for our yearly senior campus tours! Each year, coinciding with the day the sophomores take the ACT exam, SHS gives seniors the opportunity to tour one of 10 different colleges/universities in Utah (there are a couple trips that actually include two colleges).
What: College Campus Tours!
When: Monday, September 18th
Where: Depending on the tour you are taking, buses will be leaving from the ALC Salem campus between 7:00AM and 9:00AM
Cost: $5 payable to the finance office How: Starting today, get blue registration form from either the counseling center or Ms. Tuttle (I-215), choose which tour you'd like to take, fill out the form, pay $5 to finance office, and take the completed registration form and the $5 receipt to Ms. Tuttle. This is on a first come first serve basis so register quickly! No registration forms will be accepted after the 15th.
Valerie Bodily is our new 10th grade math teacher at Springville High. For the past five years she taught at Springville Junior High.
“I want to help students learn and be prepared to be successful in the future,” said Bodily.
She is also our new Red Devil Assistant Coach for Cross Country; previously she was track coach at Springville Junior.
“The team is doing great! We have a very exciting season ahead of us,” said Bodily.
Bodily is married to Robert Bodily and they have two children named Annie (2) and Bennett (3 months).
Bodily loves being outside including walking, running, swimming, playing with her children. In addition, she also enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. She also plays the trumpet and loves to sing.
Her most unusual job was when she was earning money for college she worked each summer at a baseball stadium. Her job was to supervise concession stands and take inventory.
Springville High School is overjoyed to welcome our newest Biology teacher Mrs. Lori Caras. Although Biology is not the only class Caras has taken on at SHS, she also teaches AP Biology, Medical Anatomy & Physiology, and Biotechnology.
Caras has taught for the past 22 years at a large variety of schools teaching many different subjects. She taught Anatomy and Mammalogy labs at BYU for three years prior. She also taught at Springville Junior High, Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Woodville High School in the Seattle area, and was a graduate teaching assistant in Zoology at Brigham Young University.
“I want kids to leave my class with a renewed sense of curiosity, to be inspired to want to learn more and have the tools necessary to evaluate the world and their place in it,” said Caras.
Caras has expressed that she feels rewarded to have everyday interactions with students and to inspire them. She likes hearing about past students of hers that have sought careers in science since taking her class. She enjoys teaching and sincerely cares about her students.
She is happily married to her husband Tony. She has children and grandchildren that she loves spending time with. She enjoys watching sports, especially the Giants and 49ers. She likes reading and watching movies. She is passionate about riding motorcycles, despite the fact that she sold her own Harley.
She previously taught English in Taiwan despite the fact that she didn’t speak Chinese and the students didn’t speak English. Even with that issue in the way, they managed to get along and have a great experience.
Shanna Daniels one of our new English teachers here at Springville High School. Daniels has 16 years of teaching experience. Previously she taught at Spanish Fork Middle, Payson Middle, and Mt. Nebo Jr. High.
Daniels vision for teaching is for there to be plenty of laughter and class discussions. Daniels wants students to be able to find something to smile about during class.
Daniels most rewarding experiences are ones when past students are seen around town and they are productive, happy adults.
“When you teach junior high students, that's always in question, because they are generally not fit to be out in public,” said Daniels in jest.
Daniels loves cats. Daniels has three cats named Bruce, Jorge, and Marvin. Daniels would love for anyone who wants to see pictures of her cats to come stop by her room.
“Some people call me the crazy cat lady like it's a bad thing. Only it turns out that those people are WRONG!” said Daniels.
Ms. Emily Adams is a new Math teacher here at Springville High School. This is her first year teaching. Her classes include Math 2, Math Lab, and College Prep Math. Previously, she student taught at Salem Hills High School. Before that, she attended Brigham Young University.
Adams believes, “That anyone can be good at math.”
Adams recounts her most rewarding experience, “I once had a student tell me that when I teach, it was the first time that they understood math, and they realized that they could be good at it,” said Adams.
Her hobbies include crochet, painting, running, reading, and watching T.V.
Adams said, “Last year I was able to feed a Giraffe, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Darwin Deming, is our new multi-science teacher who loves his family. He wants to not only teach, but to also help students gain lifelong skills in science.
Deming teaches Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Science, and Physics with Technology. Deming has 11 years of teaching experience. Previously Deming taught at Union Middle School in Sandy, and at Mount Nebo Jr. High in Payson.
Deming’s teaching vision is, “It is my hope to help students gain the lifelong skills that are taught in a science class, such as critical thinking, problem solving, etc. Additionally, I want to provide extracurricular opportunities for students that they otherwise wouldn't get in a typical classroom routine,” said Deming.
Deming reflected on student success, “To see students understand concepts that are difficult for them to comprehend is by far the most rewarding aspect of teaching. The moment a student says, "Oh, I get it!" is a major victory,” said Deming.
Deming also loves to talk about his family, “I am married to Kiara, an outstanding woman who is a wonderful wife and mother.” They have three children Aurora (6), Savannah (4), and Talmage (1).
“We enjoy watching movies together as a family, having picnics, and playing on the playground. I also enjoy beekeeping, and the worst sting I've had has been on my eyelid,” said Deming.
Deming’s most unusual job didn’t last long. “I took a job for a guy that wanted to design online courses for high school students to get credits for a GED. He wanted me to work in his basement on his computers. Awkwardly, his family would also be downstairs in their pajamas and occasionally left dirty dishes around the computer I was assigned to work at. Needless to say, that job didn't last long,” said Deming.
Mrs. Chelsi Nielsen is our new business teacher here at Springville High. Nielsen has seven years of teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of subjects including Marketing, Economics, Exploring Computer Science, Digital Marketing, Leadership, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.
Nielsen’s vision for teaching is, “To make a difference in the lives of students and help them develop an interest in the world of business and marketing,” said Nielsen.
She is also the new Co-Adviser for the Business Leaders of Tomorrow (BLT) Club.
Nielsen has two children Dima and Katya, and is married to her husband James. Her hobbies include knitting, reading, hiking, camping, running, biking, and swimming. Nielsen’s most unusual job was running pool tournaments.