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Athletics, Clubs & Activities

Student Government

Student government is a junior high group consisting of three representatives from each grade, nine members in total. Members are elected each spring from their student body to run dances, student events, and pep assemblies with an ear open for student ideas and input. They are a highly independent and self-motivated group who enjoy giving back to their school community.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

The National Junior Honor Society promotes recognition for middle level students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Through NJHS chapter service activities, members maintain and extend the qualities that won them selection by a Faculty Council.

What is the National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

Eligible students can be identified at the beginning of second trimester in eighth or ninth grade and be a student at NDPA for a minimum of one trimester. They must meet standards in the above mentioned areas.

Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning:

  • to create enthusiasm for scholarship,
  • to stimulate a desire to render service,
  • to promote leadership, and
  • to develop character in the students of secondary schools

All chapters are required to conduct at least one chapter service project each year and to promote individual service projects for all members. The organizational, leadership, and service learning skills developed through these activities build stronger students.

Athletics

As a part of the Utah Charter & Small School Athletic League (UCSSAL), we participate in a variety of athletics for Grades 6th-9th with other schools in the region. Scheduling information for each sport can be found at www.ucssal.org.

FALL (August—October)

Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country(Varsity only): Head Coach Aimee Bichler
1 League Invitational + 5 regular-season meets + 1 regional meet + 1 state meet
Tryouts—NONE. All participants are welcome. Practice starts Monday, August 19th at
3:30 in front of the JH, and will be held after school daily.

Boys’ Fútbol(Varsity only): Head Coach Mateo; Asst. Coach Alvaro
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—August 14th & 15th 1:30-3:30 on the JH Field
All home games will be played on Ellison Park Field #6

Girls’ Volleyball (Varsity & JV): Head Coach Cary Moss; Asst. Coach Jerrel Colvin
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—August 14th & 15th 1:30-3:30 in the JH Gym

WINTER Pt. 1 (October--December)

Boys’ Basketball (Varsity & JV): Head Coach Noal Loertcher; Asst. Coach Eric Bartelson;
Asst. Coach Dawn Fambro
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—TBD. Usually end of September/beginning of October.

WINTER Pt. 2 (January-March)

Girls’ Basketball (Varsity & JV): Head Coach Noal Loertcher; Asst. Coach Spring Bryant
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—TBD. Usually end of November/beginning of December.

SPRING (March-May)

Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee: Coach Ammon Campbell
2 tournaments
Tryouts—TBD. Sometime in March

Girls’ Fútbol(Varsity only): Head Coach Mateo; Asst. Coach Alvaro
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—TBD. Sometime in Feb.

Boys’ Volleyball (Varsity & JV): Head Coach Jerrel Colvin
10 regular season games + post season regional/state tournament
Tryouts—TBD. Sometime in Feb.

Co-Ed Spirit Squad (Cheer & Dance): Head Coach Ashlee Astle; Asst. Coach Hollie Draney
Cheer @ all home volleyball & basketball games & XC meets + assemblies + state
tournaments for all sports + cheer competitions + cheer clinic & halftime show
Dance @ 2 basketball halftime games + assemblies + dance competitions
Tryouts for next year’s squad—TBD. Sometime in March/April

PAPERWORK

PHYSICALS
All athletes MUST have a doctor’s signed physical before they will be eligible to participate in any
competition. Physicals are valid for one year from the date on the form and therefore must be renewed
yearly for continued participation from one year to the next. Physicals may cover multiple sports as long
as the activity is within one year of the date on the physical.

ATHLETE AGREEMENTS

1) NDPA Agreement
As a member of one of NDPA’s athletic teams, it is expected that an athlete’s behavior and
attitude will reflect the high standards that we hold here at NDPA. We require all athletes to
agree to represent NDPA well.

2) Coach’s Agreement
Each coach has expectations for their specific teams, and athletes will be required to understand
and agree to the coach’s requirements for participation.

3) PARENT/GUARDIAN AGREEMENTS
As a condition of participation on any athletics team, all families of athletes will be required to donate
volunteer hours to their athlete’s team. Volunteer opportunities will be outlined by individual coaches,
according to the team’s need. he Athletics Form is required each school year. Parents and student athletes should read and understand prior to participating in NDPA Athletics:

Athletic Participation Forms (pdf)
2019-2020 Athletics (pdf)

Utah Charter and Small School Athletic League: http://www.ucssal.org

Clubs

Science Olympiad – Meets Saturdays, competitions usually on Saturdays.

Doodle Club – Seasonal art club, meets Thursdays after school.

Wild About Reading Club – NDPA’s Junior High book club, meets the third Thursday of the month in the library from 3:10-4:00 to discuss the month’s selected book.