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October 2015

Halloween Dance!

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:16
Peyton Bowden
Picture Cred- Google Images

This week at Salem Junior High is the school dance. We call it the Halloween dance. People come to dance, have fun, and hang out  with new people. Many people I know will go to dance with girls or boys. They love to dress up in funny costumes and break some moves down on the dance floor.

I have interviewed students and this is what they said. From Mrs. Marchand's class Josh Mckee said “I don’t like dancing .” Also, Jordan Ware quoted “ Heck ya, because the girls are hot!!” Lastly, is Lincoln Van Tassell. He replied, “I would if there was pizza, ice cream, and girls.” These things are really important. People love to dance when there are other things there to keep their attention.

Lastly, we all want to know where it is. Mrs. Mendenhall told us that it is on Thursday from 7 to 9 o’clock. It is at the junior high in Salem, Utah. You need to follow the school dress code. That means appropriate clothes, no mask, gore, or any other bad things. They still want you to dress up in costume. You are eligible to go if you have 2 tardies or less. The dance costs $3. 


Office Secretaries

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:11
Jocelyn Johnson & Gabe Button

Mrs. Cook is 5’2”. She loves snow skiing at Sundance. She lives in Spanish Fork and is married to Jeff.she has 5 kids -3 boys and 2 girls.Her  favorite  color is pink. She was the Springville Red Devil mascot from 1969-71, And she has a baby hand shake!

Mrs. Beardall is 5”7”. Her favorite tv show is The Goldbergs. She has 3 kids- two boys and one girl. Her two favorite movies are, You’ve Got Mail and, Pride and Prejudice. Her favorite food is Mexican food. Her favorite smell is pumpkin spice and fall. She is not a big fan of animals either. Her birthday is March 14 on pie day. Her favorite pie is banana creme pie. Her favorite drink is diet pepsi with lots of pebble ice and a lime. Mrs. Beardall is very OCD and likes to clean. Mr. Mecham plays pranks on Mrs. Beardall he will turn her papers and when he leaves she will fix it. She likes to read and quilt. When she was younger she did a lot of pranks they called themselves the Call Masters. Here favorite song is Landslide by Stevie Nicks.

Mrs. Lundell is 5”9” she has 4 boys and one Granddaughter. Her favorite movie is Greece. She loves cheesecake. Her favorite animal is whales. She likes the smell pumpkin spice. She likes to watch her  boys play baseball and read. A funny story about her is that she fell on her face at sports authority at Christmas in front of everyone. Her favorite cereal is Special K vanilla almond flavor.Her favorite thing about her job is helping kids.


Spartan Strong Shoutout

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:03
Brooke Vance
Pic Cred: Google images

If you haven’t heard, we are doing a new thing for the news show every week called SSS - Spartan Strong Shout-out. You can send a 10 or less second clip about how someone has been spartan strong in body, heart, or mind. Send it to to get your video in the News Show! If you want yours in the Wednesday show, it must be sent before Monday.


Wood Turning is a fun 4H Class

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:00
Brooke Vance

Wood Turning is a 4-H class. It is taught by Mr. Roberts who is a really friendly and nice guy. In this class you learn how to make simple, fun things. This semester they are making key chains and pens. For the key chains they shape and put the designs in that they want. For the pens they do the same and then attach the other parts of the pen to the wood that they modeled. It’s a really awesome class and you make super fun stuff.


Student Spotlight- Sydney Ward

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:09
Laura Johnson

Salem Junior High has amazing students who have achieved many great accomplishments.  One of these students is Sydney Ward.  Sydney Ward is an eighth grade student who has published her own book that you can now buy online.  It is called “The Gummy Bear Chronicles”.  She say she wrote the book just for fun and because she loves to write.  She started writing her book in third grade and finally published it in Fifth grade.  When asked if she had published any other books she answered “No…...Not yet.”  She also loves to read and is currently reading the book “Saint Anything” by Sarah Dessen.  Outside of school, Sydney likes to read, draw, help other people, and create stuff.  She is currently a Board Member at the Salem Public Library and likes to plan fun activities.  Her favorite color is Green and she loves Panda’s, she says they’re like her “spirit animal”.  She likes all of the classes she is currently taking but her two main favorites are Spanish and Creative Writing. Salem Junior High is full of talented students.

Choir: A Great Class

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:05
Andrew Oblad
Pic Cred: Google images

Mrs. Brooksby’s choir class is a fun way to practice singing and performing onstage.
Auditions are with Mrs Brooksby if you are interested in joining.

Wesley Baker, a choir student, said that he really enjoys choir because he likes to sing. He says, “Mrs. Brooksby is one of the best teachers, and we get to sing really cool songs.” He has been in choir for 2 years now, and he is highly likely to recommend choir to another student interested in joining.

Booker Ward, another choir student, said that he likes choir because they have a day they can eat food in class.. He has been in choir for 2 years, and he is highly likely to recommend choir to a student interested in joining.

Riley Spangler, also in choir, said that choir is one of the easier classes, but it is also one of the funnest. He has been in choir for 6 years, and would recommend it to everyone.

In conclusion, I think that choir is a fun way to practice singing and performing onstage. Many students enjoy choir and are likely to recommend another student who might want to join.

District Drama Department Halloween Party

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 09:59
Anika Auman
Picture Cred Google Images

BOO! Halloween is coming and so is the Halloween party! This party is not our school dance but it is for our students. The Drama teachers in our district got together to create a Halloween Party on October 28th. As an entry fee please bring a treat that can share up to 10 to 20 people. Here is some treat ideas you could bring; Two or one bags of chips, a big bag of Tootsie Rolls, or Suckers.

You are going to need to provide your own ride to and from the party. This party will be at the Diamond Fork Jr High from 2:30 to 5 pm. Before you go please remember to sign up with Mrs. Ashworth in the Drama room 302. Just so they can have of count of how many students will be attending. We really encourage you to go and bring a friend too. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity, you don’t want to miss out!


Elective Courses

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 09:50
Sophie Callister

School electives are classes that students can choose on their own to help them figure out what they want to do with their future. There are many different electives for each grade that students at Salem Jr. High can choose from. These electives will be the classes you get to choose for the rest of Jr.High.

In seventh grade, you can choose between many electives under the categories of fine arts and career technology education. The fine arts electives are Band 1-Woodwind, Band 1- Brass, Percussion Band, Chorus 1, Orchestra 1, Guitar 1, Advanced Guitar, Art Foundations, 3-D Art, and Drama 1. Career technology only has 2 electives under it. These are Exploring Tech and Introduction to Digital Design. You can only take foods in 8th and 9th grade.

Eighth grade has a couple more choices than seventh grade under fine arts and career technology education. They also have foreign language, language arts, physical education, and other courses. Fine arts has 24 different options to choose from and career technology education has 7 options. For foreign language you can take German 1 and Spanish 1. You can take Yearbook, Creative Writing, and Journalism for the language arts category. For physical education you can do body conditioning and for other courses you can take peer tutor.

Ninth grade has the most electives out of them all, but only by 2 electives. They have 20 electives under fine arts and 10 under career technology education. They also have 3 foreign language classes which are German 1, Spanish 1, and Spanish 2. Language arts also have three which are Yearbook, Journalism, and Creative writing. Physical education has two which are boys and girls Body Conditioning and Health 2, and other courses are Peer Tutor and Seminary.

I hope this help all you students figure out ahead of time what electives there are to choose from next year!

Journalism keeps SaJHS students informed

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:08
Grace Stokes


Many parents and students may wonder “What is the purpose of Journalism?”. There are many different reasons why Journalism is important. Journalism helps to keep Salem Junior High School students up to date with the important events at our school from their peers. The Journalism crew at SAJHS hosts a news show, at least four website articles, and also have three different social media accounts to keep their peers updated through their phones also. Caimbree Gordon is a seventh grader here at our school I asked her a few questions about the meaning of Journalism her response, “I think the purpose of Journalism is to get the students involved with the school. I think Journalism helps parents and students by keeping them informed.” Journalism gives the students in this class a chance to break out of their comfort zone and try things they may never thought they would do, such as writing a published article or being outgoing and participating in the news show. This is an amazing class for any student who enjoys writing and entertaining others.

Our SAJHS Journalism students are constantly working and having fun at the same time. The students are separated into three news show, website, and social media. Students rotate in these groups every two weeks and switch with other students to be able to work with everyone. This class helps students discover their independence and learn to work with others. Each student has an assignment which they needs to be completed by the end of each week. If it is not turned in on time it will affect their grade. However, the students aren’t only graded on assignments, the students are also graded on their professionalism in the class. If students are on task and are working on what they should be, they will receive a four in professionalism. If the students are off task and being disruptive they will receive a one or a two in professionalism. Journalism is an amazing chance for the students to learn independence and responsibility.


PE is a great class- Editorial

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:03
Paige Headman

P.E is a great class. It is amazing for kids all around the world. Mixing in exercise and games. Some people might not have taken it yet so I’m here to tell you all about it. There are so many games and sports you get to play. Some of my personal favorites are: Soccer, volleyball, two base kick ball, and so many more. Every week or so you change to a different sport or game so it doesn't get boring. But sadly there isn’t only fun and games. There is test that tests your fitness. There is the mile run, the pacer, push-up, pull-up, sit-n-reach, arm-reach. But don’t worry these activities really aren’t that difficult. Just remember to always do your best and never give up.

When you are in P.E you should try and remember it’s just for fun and it’s not all a  competition. Another thing you should remember is that you should always be involved. Not only does this affect your grade in P.E, but it can be very frustrating for fellow teammates. You don’t need to be the rude person who yells at everyone but be happy and enjoy the games you get to play. I hope this helps for your upcoming class, remember always do your best!

One thing that worries a lot of people is injurys. Maybe you twisted your ankle at home. Then simply get your parent/guardian’s or doctor’s signature. Show this to your P.E teacher and you can sit out for as long as you need. But what if it happens while you're in P.E? Your teacher won’t do anything that could put you in harm. They will let you sit out if they figure the injury is bad enough. Just have fun and be careful and P.E will be a blast!



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