Earlier this month Salem Junior High Held the "Soup"er bowl food drive in honor of the real Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3. Similar to the real Super Bowl, we had a little delay. On the first day we only had 6 cans total! Luckily we bounced up quickly. To help collect more cans Mr. Nielsen and Mrs. Halcrow had a competition against their classes. Overall the whole student body brought over our goal of cans, and the winning grade was ninth grade. They won a donut party. Good job Salem Jr. High!
On Friday February 22, 2013 some of our amazing seventh grade writers were awarded for their writing skills. In the Dragon Comet Short Story Contest, Brandon Gull won 2nd place for his story, "Center of the Moon." Sienna Pfaff placed 3rd for her story, "The Coo-Coo Birds Hour," and Sariah Ford earned honorable mention for her story,"Unexpected." Hallie Reynolds won 1st place in the Odyssey Poetry Contest for her poem, "In my Dream." Miss Jenna Eatough from Life Universe and Everything came to award these students with their certificates. She told the students “…the written word is the promise of the future.” We would like to recognize our talented seventh graders and encourage them to keep writing!
Teachers and staff showed their school spirit and support for the Track and Field Team last Friday by sporting track uniforms all day. Students and staff are feeling the excitement because the season is almost here. Students should attend an informational meeting this Friday (March 1) during Olympic Time to sign up and get all the necessary paperwork. We have a great opportunity to start a tradition of excellence at Salem Jr. High School. 9th Graders will play an important leadership role on our team. We expect them to help us form an inclusive team culture that is fun and competitive. There are so many different events in Track and Field we know there will be something you like! See you Friday!
SaJHS sent nearly 30 students to the intramural weightlifting competition at Diamond Fork Jr. High on Feb 19. Students attempted to lift a set weight as many times as they could, achieve the best time, or jump the highest. Events included bench press, military press, leg press, pull ups, vertical jump, and shuttle run. What was most impressive was that even though our students were competing against students from other schools they were still cheering them on to do better. It was a really great atmosphere. We are also proud of our student athletes who placed in their respective weight classes. Conner Campbell got 3rd in 100 and below, Jaxon Vantassel got 3rd in 110-130, and Brandon Griffeths got 2nd after multiple tie breakers in 170 and above.
On Friday, January 25th, 2013, it was opposite day here at Salem Junior High. Teachers were able to wear jeans and dress up like the students. The students got to wear skirts and ties to dress up as the teachers. It was fun to see how many people participated and had fun changing their style for a day. Although clothing wasn’t the only thing that was changed, the lunches were switched also. People with first lunch went to second lunch. People with second lunch went to first lunch. It was interesting to go to lunch at different times. It was a fun day, and I am glad our school got to have this activity. Opposite Day was a success!
On February 1, 2013 the 1st annual “Soup”er Bowl took place at Salem Jr. High School. Ten teams of students got together in the foods room to have a “soup” cook off.The judges were the thirty lucky people that came and tried the fantastic soup. Using their spoons, they voted for the most delicious soup. We had many different people come. We had custodians, students, and even the Principal. We had a blast! The room was decked out in Raven and 49ers decorations. We had all types of soup; chili, broccoli, cream, potato, and many more. The soups were flabbergastingly good. We had many great sponsors. The grand prize for the 1st place team was to have their soup made and sold at Big Don’s Pizza in Salem along with a popcorn bowl with candy bouquet, 2 large pizzas at Big Don's, movie tickets to Spanish 8. The winning team was team #1: Elijah Button, Jacob Hunderson, Tyler Veach, and Kyle Merrill - Congrats! We look forward to many more “Soup”er Bowls in the future of Salem Jr. High School.
The sponsors also offered prizes for other teams:
2nd Movie pass and popcorn to Mega Cinema for each
Hanley Seat, Kristen Woodard, Loni Hawkins, Acaacia Averett
Both our Girls' and Boys' Basketball teams won their district championship on Thursday, Feb 7. Great job to both of our teams and their coaches!
Today is Job Shadow for Salem Junior High. Students code-named "Captain America" & "Hawkeye" did their Job Shadow visiting the SIS specialist Kim Hudson ("Oh Great Kim!") at the District Office. As part of this experience they got to visit all the different departments throughout the district.
At first they went down to the IMC where they saw all of the printers and teacher resources. They even got their own coloring pages that they shrink-wrapped. They visited the rest of the departments and got their own official name tags. After all that they went to the Warehouse and found where all school lunches come from. They went into the -10 degree freezer and got cookies! They met most of the staff and found out where everything in our school comes from. But the best part was meeting the district web-master who showed them how to write this article.
On January 25th and 26th, seven students from Salem Junior High School participated in State Honor Choir. The students were: Hannah Armstrong, Stephanie Davis, Reagan Fausett, Zoe Kennedy, Nathan Millington, Jackson Badger, and Joel Mason. This choir was made up of seven or eight auditioned students from each Junior High throughout Utah. The event took place at Cottonwood High School in Murray. Each person in the choir was given five pieces of music which they had to learn on their own before the concert. Their teachers also held a few practices to ensure that everyone knew their part, and on the 25th, the students and their teachers were bused up to Murray for their first practice with the entire 384 choir members. The rehearsal lasted from 9:00 a.m, to 5:00 p.m (about eight hours). The next day, (January 26th), the concert for this choir was held at 3:00 p.m and ending around 4:30. This was a life changing experience; being able to be surrounded by people who live for and love music was amazing! I hope that this program will continue and touch many more lives to come.