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Teachers of Rockwell: Jacob Hampton

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

Jacob Hampton is a new teacher at Rockwell this year. He teaches English 11 and Intro to Film. Students have gotten to know and love the way he contributes to our school.

“I love when my students and I can joke together,” Hampton said. “Telling people what to do all day is taxing, so it’s nice when we can all forget about that dynamic for a minute and just laugh together.”

Hampton attended UVU, got a black belt in karate when he was 12, and secretly wishes he had mind reading powers. He has a passion for film and has written for UVU’s newspaper, worked as a film critic for a website called Rogue Auteurs, and even had his own band in high school called Juice Box. They won Orem High School’s Battle of the Bands in 2011 and continued to advance to the state level of competition. Music and movies have always been a big part of Hampton’s life.

Becoming a teacher is something in which Hampton finds great fulfillment.

“I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to share things I’m passionate about with others in ways that help them learn,” Hampton said.

Hampton works hard in what he does and always has the students’ interests in mind. Helping students is what he loves to do.

To those wanting to become a teacher, Hampton says to have a thick skin.

“Don’t worry,” Hampton said. “Not all the kids who act like they hate you actually do.”

Rockwell is glad to have Hampton as a member of the team.

Change Wars: Donate to a local family in need

Student government hosted an assembly Thursday afternoon encouraging students, teachers, and faculty, to participate in this year’s Change Wars event.

“This is the kickoff for a fun service challenge for the whole school including us as faculty and staff members,” said principal Darren Beck. “Over the 9 years we have done this, we have provided meaningful holiday cheer to about 2 dozen families.”

Change Wars is a competition taking place from now through December. Jars

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representing each grade can be found in the front office. Students may place pennies in their own grade’s jar to earn points, or they can choose to “bomb” other grades with dollar bills, deducting points from the “bombed” grade’s score.

At the conclusion of the bombing period, all money will be counted and points will be calculated based on how many pennies and how many other coins/dollar bills are in the jars. The winning grade will receive a pizza party during Mentoring.

 

“Hopefully we will get people motivated so we can do some good this year,” said Beck.

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Holiday Night Live performs skit at Change Wars Assembly.

The assembly featured the high school orchestra as they performed the Star Spangled Banner. The high school girls and boys basketball teams, the junior high girls and boys basketball teams, the indoor soccer team, and the cast and crew of Holiday Night Live were also featured.
Ultimately, the assembly was filled with energy. Marshals felt the excitement of the coming basketball season, which starts December 1 with the Homecoming game, followed by the Homecoming dance the next day. Tickets are $15 per single ticket or $25 per couple.

Volleyball starts strong against Waterford

Rockwell’s volleyball team played a tough match against Waterford at home Thursday. Despite their strong start to each match, both the JV and Varsity Lady Marshals went home without a win.

“There is definitely lots of improvement,” said varsity coach Jason. “Things have definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the season.”

Both JV and Varsity girls worked together throughout the games.

“I love the excitement and bonding we have as a team,” said freshman Sophie Jaimes. “I think it helps us work together.”

The Lady Marshals are excited to play this season and are looking forward to the joys that come with playing the game.

“I love the thrill of the game and the feeling of hitting the ball,” said sophomore Cassandra Nelson. “It’s rewarding every time.”

Coach Jason is a new coach this year and is excited to coach because of his passion for the game.

“I started playing 20 years ago as outside hitter,” Jason said. “I love volleyball and can’t wait to see what we can do here at Rockwell.”

Teachers of Rockwell: Stephanie Christensen

Rockwell Charter High School’s very own special education teacher, Stephanie Christensen, has made a huge impact on the special needs program.

She works very hard in what she does to accommodate all of her students and their individual needs.

“Challenges do arise, just as they would with regular education students,” Christensen said.

Special Education teaching is something she has always been interested in.

“My brother is special needs, and because of that I knew that I wanted to become a teacher,” Christensen said. “Special needs children and adults are often misunderstood.”

Christensen says that since becoming a teacher, she has learned a lot.

“I have lots of compassion for people who struggle and the desire to help them.”

Rockwell is lucky to have a teacher like Christensen.

High school assembly kicks off fall sports season

Marshals gathered together to kick off the fall sports season at a back to school, fall sports assembly Thursday.
DSCN0097The assembly began with the introduction of student government, followed by the introduction of sports teams: baseball, volleyball, drill, and cross country, and finished with the introduction of this year’s Shakespeare team.

“We are an award-winning drama team,” said Shakespeare advisor Amy Holt at today’s assembly, “and that’s thanks to this talented group of kids.”DSCN0285

As the fall sports season kicks off, Marshals are excited to compete with the rest of Utah’s 2A region.

“I know I can always rely on my team to back me up,” said volleyball player, Divinia Smith. “We all love playing together as a team.”

Here’s to a great season for all Rockwell sports!

STEM bus visits Rockwell

The STEM bus made its first high school stop at Rockwell Charter High School September 5.

Endeavor (previously Tesoro) approached the STEM Action Center last year to create a bus to reach all communities. It is the STEM Action Center’s mission to reach rural areas and prepare them for a STEM-competitive workforce.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Program coordinator, Abby Dowd, was first introduced to STEM in college where it became her passion, and she wanted to share it.

Graphic designers, programmers, play testers, animators, and game designers all play a major part in the STEM program.

Other program coordinator says his favorite part about his job is being able to learn along with the students.

“STEM is the future,” said Dowd.

Each STEM bus visit begins with a lecture from the program coordinators, then students are able to put their listening skills to work and use their imagination. These activities range from designing video games to building robots.

“I have always

liked the second part of the lecture when it just ‘clicked’ for the students,” said Dowd.

Brad Hunsaker, program coordinator, said STEM is important because that is where all the jobs are going.

“STEM is the future and we need to prepare students for that,” Hunsaker said.

The program will continue to grow, and jobs are constantly available in this area.

“As technology changes, so does STEM,” said Dowd. “We hope to prepare students for the competitive STEM workforce that lies ahead.”

You paint your own road

by Keegan Beck

There is a large handful of metaphors used when it comes to graduation, but I want to paint you a picture of one seldom overused.

Picture this: you are sitting in a car, you look in front of you, and you see an open road. Now, picture again, a road that is filled with cars, stopping, going, and stopping again. This is a situation many of us face every day, and that is a metaphor for our every day lives.

With graduation just hours away, the graduating class of 2017 has a lot to think about and a lot to enjoy. This day has been waiting for these seniors. But these seniors have not stopped plugging along to reach their final destination in this chapter of their lives – high school graduation. They will anxiously walk across the stage and receive that diploma. But that is not the end. It is just the beginning. What road will these graduates take?


“Your future is really up to you. You paint your own road.”


Be sure to join the Rockwell class of 2017 graduates at the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point on May 25, 2017. The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm.

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