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December 2013

School dances are fun and entertaining

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:45
Eli Pemberton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Guest DJ Darren from Artopia Sound rocks some tunes at the last SaJHS dance.

Personally, I think that having dances at Salem Jr. is a good idea. It allows students to come  hang out, listen to music, and have a good time. When students step into the school, they are now in a safe, monitored environment.

So many people complain that when they go to the dances, people ask them to dance and they don't want to get asked to dance. Well, simple solution. If you don’t want to get asked to dance, don't go to the dances.

The whole point of going to a dance, is to dance. If you're scared to dance with someone, face your fears. Dancing with someone is not as scary as it may seem. It's only awkward if you make it awkward.

The school has dances so that students can interact at school, without needing to learn. You can go to a dance even if you don't know how to dance. Most people go and just go crazy and have fun with it.

It’s not like a high school dance where everything is so serious. It’s meant to be fun. So if you're afraid or just nervous, don't be, just go and don’t worry about what others will think.

Salem Jr. is a great school and we have awesome school dances! 

The next school dance is a tri-school dance with Mt. Nebo and Spanish Fork Junior Highs. SaJHS will host the dance on January 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. The dance costs $3. Students must bring a student ID card and not have any tardies.




Knowing how to prepare helps 9th grade students' future

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:41
Hannah Lee, Chronicle Editor-in-Chief
College board display in SaJHS counseling center

Students who have hopes of attending college in the future need to know all that it takes to achieve that goal. In order to be accepted into college, students have to do a lot of preparation and meet many requirements.

9th grade student Megan Treanor states, “You have to work hard, and you have to get good grades.” Working hard for good grades is immensely important but is only a small portion of what students must accomplish. 8th grade counselor and history teacher Mrs. Halcrow comments that for students to go to college, they need to get good grades, start saving money, be involved in extracurricular activities, and prepare for the ACT.

In eighth grade, every  student, with their parent, meets with their counselor in a College and Career Readiness meeting. In this meeting, the student’s counselor will inform them about scholarship requirements and help them create a path through high school.

 Student athletes have to put in an extreme amount of work if participating in a sport in college is something they wish to be a part of. There is a requirement for grades they must keep or else they are not permitted to engage in their activity. For example, if a student is a Division I athlete, they cannot acquire a GPA below 2.3 or else they cannot even compete their first year of college.

In high school, athletes have to maintain a certain academic standard as well. They must maintain a minimum requirement of a 2.0 GPA. If they fail to meet these standards then their right to participate in a sport will be revoked.

Ninth grade softball and basketball player Aubree Barney, who hopes to play in Division I sports someday, claims, “Yes, it’s hard to keep good grades because there is almost no time for homework, and you have to stay up late.” However, she admits it’s worth it to take time out of the day to keep her good grades.

While college provides students with an education, it also provides them with a brighter future. Halcrow admits that not all people need to go to college, but everyone should have a plan to be prepared financially.  9th grader Shina Parrish claims, “I think it will just make your future better. You’ll be better financially, and you’ll have less stress.”



Salem students fight district hat policy

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:38
Whitney Wilde, Chronicle Staff Writer
Mrs. Ward's 3rd period student model various types of hats.

There has been a petition going around SaJHS involving hats. This petition started at Salem Hills High School (SHHS) by a senior named Justus Thomas. Justus started this petition and got it approved by the principal of SHHS, Bart Peery. The petition reached this school because of Justus’ sister, Adri Thomas, eighth grader. The petition has reached about 500-600 signatures by mostly students. The Thomas’ hope to reach enough signatures to be able to persuade the district to change the hat rule. Austyn Thomas, eighth grader and supporter of the petition, says that most of the students don’t think hats cause distraction. Austyn tried to start a “hat revolution” on December 12. She advertised it on the school’s Facebook page, but the day was unsuccessful. The question now is, will Justus serve justice? Adri would like all the support they can get. Students know that when having a bad hair day, or just a lazy day, that hats would be very convenient to wear. Adri would like to share this message, “The rule has been going on forever and we need a change. We just need to remember to take them off during the pledge and national anthem.” She believes that respect is the only reason why we can’t wear hats.

According to Reed Park, legal counsel for the district, the hat policy exists for 4 main reasons.  One, hats can be a distraction in the classroom; two, hats can be used to hide contraband; three, hats can be gang-related; and four, hats could keep teachers and administrators from meeting the health, safety, and welfare concerns of all students. Park states “ I guess overall, because there are some potential problems with having hats in school, the question is what are the positive reasons for allowing hats and do those reasons outweigh the potential negative consequences?  That ultimately is the discretion and decision of the Board of Education.



November Students of the Month

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 15:19

Congratulations to the November Students of the Month. Students of the month are nominated by teachers. The students of the month for the previous month are recognized at the beginning of each month. Students receive a certificate, a treat, a letter home including positive comments from the student's teachers, and a letter from the mayor of Salem. 
From left to right:
MacKenzie Henderson
Collin Sorensen
Brook Vaitohi
MacKenzie McGrath
Hailey Cuff
Xion Davis
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