SaJHS students celebrate Thanksgiving

Sophie Callister
Picture Cred: Google Images

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated all throughout the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving started in modern day Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1623 when the Native Americans helped out the English for their celebration. It soon turned into a big feast between the two groups, which was soon to be called Thanksgiving. We now celebrate this holiday to give thanks for “general blessings”. This year, Thanksgiving is on November 26th, and people all across Salem will be celebrating it.

I have interviewed one student from 8th grade to see how she celebrates Thanksgiving and what traditions they have. Hailee Oldroyd said she has Thanksgiving dinner with her whole family, including aunts & uncles, cousins, and grandparents. After dinner all the cousins go outside to play football. Everyone else just visits for the rest of the day.

I also interviewed 2 other students to see what they are grateful for. Ryan Stevens from 7th grade said he is grateful for sports, family, pe class, and the whip dance. Jonah Larsen from 8th grade said he is grateful for basketball, family, his house, food, and water.

Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and think about what you are grateful for! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!


Art students hard at work designing sets

Lisa Magnusson

The Set Design Club has been hard at work painting the sets for the school musical,Alice in Wonderland.  The musical will be performed February 3-6, 2016.  You won't want to miss it!

4H Ceramics club

Lisa Magnusson


The after-school 4H ceramics club just finished a successful 8-week session!  We were able to go on a field trip to the high school to tour their ceramics room.  Students saw the kiln where clay projects are fired and got to practice throwing clay on their pottery wheels. Thanks to Ms. Allred and her ceramics students for helping us!  

SaJHS offers a full schedule of 4H clubs.  Students can participate in jewelry making, rock polishing and pendant making, underwater robotics, show choir, wood turning, and making holiday gifts and crafts from around the world--just to name a few!  We also offer homework help everyday before school and a math lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Contact Mrs. Manookin to find out how to become involved in 4H!


Vote for Teacher of the Month

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Parents and students!
Is there a teacher at SaJHS that you would like to nominate for the PTA Teacher of the Month Award?
Vote for Spartan Teacher of the Month here in this 2 question survey asking who you would like to see honored and why.


October Students of the Month

Amy Huhtala

From left to right: Eliza Adams, Tyler Reynaud, Samantha Kirkwood, Sophie Callister, Brandon Mayo, Durango Campbell. 

Star Wars- The Phantom Menace Movie Review

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It’s only 6 and a half weeks until Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens comes out and it’s time to start the weekly Star Wars movie marathons. People will disagree on which order to watch them, but my family is starting with Episode 1 and ending with Episode 6. The prequels are hard to get through, but you got to watch them.

The Phantom Menace is based when Anakin Skywalker is 9 years old and meets two Jedi  who are dealing with some hyperdrive troubles following their issues with the Trade Federation. The Jedi go to Anakin’s slave master, Watto, to get parts for their ship. Watto is greedy and will only accept the Jedi’s ship in a gamble on a podrace that Anakin will take part in. Qui-Gon Jinn, the master jedi, feels something is different about Anakin. He tests him for midichlorians and finds out he has a high count. There is a big fight in the end with gungans and battle droids. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Anakin saves the day.

It is a good movie, but if I had to rate it 1 to 6 it would be a 5. It just had these moments where the plot was boring. For example, the pod race got old after 5 min. Another thing that doesn’t work is the dialogue. Everyone knows Anakin turns into Darth Vader, the baddest bad guy ever. He wouldn’t say, “Yippeeee!” like little “Annie” said. In all the movie is good and I encourage everyone to see it before Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens comes out on Dec. 18.



Mets could have Taken World Series- Editorial

Zach Hunter

The World Series was amazing this year. I am kind of feeling down this morning, because my Mets lost Sunday night, but congrats to the Kansas City Royals for being the 2015 World Series Champs.

Last night, the Royals were up 3 games to 1. The Mets had been ahead by 2 runs the majority of the game, but the Royals pulled ahead near the end. There was an amazing base run from third to home by Eric Hosmer of the Royals. The ball was hit toward third baseman David Wright, who did a double take to Hosmer then threw to 1st and got the out. While Hosmer ran in, the first baseman made a hurried throw to home which was to far left for the catcher to nab. If that throw had been good, the Mets could have had a double play.

Matt Harvey and Terry Collins are really the ones to blame for the Mets losing. Harvey had pitched a lot that game, but like all pitchers, Harvey needed to switch out. He didn’t want to go. Who would want to stop pitching in the World Series? The viewer could clearly see Harvey yelling at Terry Collins,(the Met’s head manager). Collins caved which was a disaster for the team. Then the whole incident with Hosmer happened. It was devastating. The final score was Kansas City Royals 7, New York Mets 2. The last time the Royals won a World Series it was in 1985.


Halloween Candy Mystery

Kristen Williams

Students were able to look at the jar and guess how much candy they thought was in there.
Winner: Calvin Marks
He guessed the exact amount in the jar. 390.
We'll be doing contests like this randomly throughout the year.

The Martian Movie Review

Zach Hunter
Pic Cred: Google Images

The Martian was an excellent movie with suspense and epic dramatic effects. I loved it and it brought an awesome feeling into the theater. The story was well brought across and had lots of action. It was one of the best movies of the summer.

It is a good movie, but it might not be for everyone. It’s rated PG-13 and uses some intense language. Other than that, the movie is pretty clean. It came out Oct. 2 and according to Wikipedia, it has grossed $384.7 million worldwide.

The Martian is about an astronaut who was on Mars and he got stranded after an accident. He is alone on the planet and needs to survive. It starts off right on Mars and flip-flops to earth and back to mars constantly. The point of view from NASA is really cool. They’re the brains of what’s happening to Mark, (the astronaut). It was actually based on a book by Andy Weir. It only came out in 2011 and it’s already a movie. Ridley Scott is the director and he did a really good job. It was an awesome movie with a really interesting plot and I recommend that you all see it. It is still in theaters, but not for long, so see it while you can.