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October 2015

Halloween Candy Mystery

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 14:50
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

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:12
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.



SaJHS librarians are the best

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:06
Laura Johnson
Mrs. Hales
Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Hales is currently one of the librarians at Salem Junior High. The main reason she chose this job is because she loves reading and working with the students that come to the library.  Before working as a librarian Mrs. Hales was a teacher at Springville Junior High.  In her spare time she likes to read, write, barrell race, and spend time with her twins Hank and Harper.   Her dream vacation would be in Hawaii and her favorite color is purple.

Mrs. Williams is another one of our librarians at Salem Junior High.  She was born in Payson and worked at Rocky Mountain ATV before coming to work as a librarian.  She likes working as a librarian because she gets to visit and help the students that come into the library.  Mrs. Williams likes to spend her free time outside doing activities like hiking, biking, etc.  Her favorite book is the “Giver” and her favorite animal is a horse.

Salem Junior High’s librarians are awesome!


Top 5 Halloween Movies

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 09:59
Skylee Morris


1. Although the title of this movie may be a little misleading, this Tim Burton film is definitely a must watch during the fall season. The main character Jack Skellington finds himself in Christmas town,but is originally from halloween town. He misunderstands the meaning for Christmas and causes some majordamage. He goes on to take on the roll of Santa Clause as well as the pumpkin king. As he proceedson his journey he meets Sally and she falls in love with him,but she questions his morals. This movie has just the right amount of spooky and the whole family will be sure to enjoy. Making this my #1 movie to watch for Halloween.

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2.“I put a spell on you and now you’re mine.“ When three witches get resurrected it’s up to Mary and a cat to get rid of them completely . It’s full of songs, humor, and dash of spook. A perfect mixture for humans and witches. You must watch this movie for halloween or you’ll be next on the list.

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3.This Paramount film may not look that scary, but it’s actually a animated horror film. It starts out with a boy by the name DJ, who always seems to be stalking his elderly neighbor. When his parents go out of town for a while and the old man dies suddenly from a heart attack, things get a little creepy. If you haven’t noticed from the title this movie the house doesn’t have the best interest for DJ and his friends. This movie movie isn’t the scariest ever, but if you're anything like me you’ll be okay with that.

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4. I absolutely love this movie and I would have put it higher he list, but i wanted some variety. Surprise, Surprise,Tim Burton was the creator of this movie as well as the night before christmas. It begins with Victor preparing for his arranged marriage to Victoria Everglot, utb the wedding rehearsal does not go as well as planned. Due Due to Victor’s shyness he doesn’t remember his vows and  runs runs to forest to practice them. He should have been more thoughtful about where he places his wedding ring and it probably wasn't the best idea to put it on a murdered woman in an bridal gowns finger. Then Emily is convinced they are married. You’ll have to watch to find out what happens next.

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5.This is a sequel to halloween town. It has the same plot,  but but different actors. When Marine and Dylan try to live the normal college life it doesn't go well . Maybe going to a school full off magic wasn’t the best idea. Will marine give into the evil? All of these disney movies in the sequel are great for halloween.


Spanish Class- Editorial

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 09:48
Jacob Shallenberger


I will be writing my article about the Spanish class here at Salem Junior High. The spanish teacher is Senor Brandon. I feel half of the reason so many people sign up for his classes is because he makes it so fun. Besides his love of Mtn. Dew he also has a love for teaching and Spanish. I have learned a lot so far in his class. He is a great teacher and in the class you learn a lot. You get to watch great videos like Billy La Bufanda.

He also instructs great methods to learn Spanish such as a matching game app called Quizlet  or if you don’t have a device you can play on one of his laptops. Anyway, the game is where you match pictures to the Spanish translation of them. He is a great teacher and he makes learning Spanish fun. He has been teaching spanish for 2 years. He served an LDS mission in the Texas Spanish speaking mission. I decided to ask two students that take his class to see what the average feedback was. First I asked Andrew Palomar and he said, “Spanish class is really fun, I like to learn the language of Spanish. Senor Brandon is one of the best teachers at the school. He is really cool and funny and he has swag” . Then I asked Tyler Goold and he said “We do a lot in Spanish. Senor is a great teacher, and he loves me and cares for me.”

Spanish is a really fun class and many students who take spanish enjoy it a lot.  



Boys & Girls- Be in the Know

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:25
Peyton Bowden

There is a lot of dislikes and likes about girls and boys. I’ve went around and asked students about what they like and dislike about their opposite gender. Here is what we got.

 DISLIKES about Boys

  • When they wear basketball shorts

  • Clueless

  • When they make fun of you

  • Axe spray smells weird

  • They are very weird

  • Really, really annoying

  • When guys throw footballs in the hall

  • Not very trustworthy

  • Unresponsible

  • Super immature

LIKES about Boys

  • Do not get involved in drama

  • No grudges

  • Some of them are cute

  • Funny

  • Nice

  • When they are frustrated

  • Take pictures a with you

  • Cute with little kids

  • Very straight out

  • Smart

DISLIKES about Girls

  • Drama

  • Expect to much of boys

  • Too much makeup

  • Do not listen

  • Do not eat with you

  • They want you to like them but when you like them they don’t like you

  • Weird color of hair

  • Act different around you

  • Do not listen

  • Travel in groups

  • Wacky

LIKES about Girls

  • Cute

  • Smell good

  • Not involved in drama

  • Funny

  • Not shy

  • Always have gum

  • Nice looking

  • Kiss good

  • When they play soccer

  • Know a lot of people

Those are the things that people think of our opposite genders in Salem Junior High. Now you know!


Reading Tips- Editorial

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:22
Anika Auman

What kind of books do you like? Sci-fi, Adventure, Mystery, Non-fiction, or Fiction. Whatever books you like is great! Why? Because that means your reading, and reading is very important to school and learning. I think school is based off of being able to read. Without understanding to read words you could not be able to understand some words as easily as you would if you can read. Reading helps you have better arguments and says. Reading is an important essential to life, but sometimes reading is just fun so here is some ways to find a book that fits you and where you can get books.

1. Ask someone to recommend a good book. You can ask your sibling, your mom, your dad, your best friend, or even your English teacher. Friends or family with whom you have things in common can often make excellent book recommendations.

2. Skim through the shelves in the section you're interested in. If you see anything that looks appealing, pick it up and read the back of the book. Skim over the back of the book or the inside flap, wherever the summary is. If that holds your attention, read the first page or so. If it still holds your attention, then it's probably a good book for you. The subject might be interesting to you, but the writing style can be key to enjoying it. If it looks interesting, put it in your pile. Keep doing this until you have a few books.

And last but not least;

3. Does it catch your interest?  Read the first 4-5 pages if it interest you and if it’s what you like that book is probably the best book for you. If you’re not sure skip to a random part of the book but only read a page! If it still doesn’t interest you it’s not a book for you, but if it now does interest you try reading it.

If you don’t have a book from home just go to the school library it’s open in the morning, lunch and olympic time. All you have to do is grab a book to read and check it out with the librarians, it’s super easy just tell them your student ID and makes sure you bring it back in two weeks. If two weeks isn’t enough you can go in and check it out again.


9th grade history students hunt for information

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 08:52
Mrs. Van De Graaf

Mrs. Van De Graaff's ninth honors classes completed a pilgrimage of their own in their quest to learn the 5 Pillars of Islam. Just as the fifth pillar of Islam asks Muslims to pilgrimage to Mecca, students journeyed through school grounds learning the 5 pillars of Islam at five different locations. They competed in groups to see who could complete the hunt for cultural knowledge first!

Jazz Band

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:23
Bridger Hall & Brandon May

Jazz Band is an extracurricular activity. It is on Monday Wednesday and Fridays.

It starts at 7 a.m. Before school and ends before school starts.

Any one in in concert or symphonic band can join. Come and have fun with people and play your favorite people. It’s super fun play your favorite songs. Talk to Mr. Stolworthy to see if you can join. The band needs more trumpets.

“Jazz band is awesome,” says Spencer Fleming. Spencer Fleming is a Barry saxophone player. He comes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

They need more trumpets so come and join. Come and  Have fun playing in jazz band!


Choir Concert

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:20
Bridger Hall & Brandon May


“Choir is a Blast!”says Seth Miller. It is a great way to spend your time. The concerts are about every term. We just had the choir concert on Tuesday, October 20th. It went great, and all the choirs did a great job. We had a full house!

If you haven’t been in choir, go talk to Mrs. Brooksby for auditions. If you don’t make any advanced choir, that's okay. You will be put in chorus 1. There are 4 choices of choirs. Chamber choir, Women's chorus, Concert choir, and Chorus 1.




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