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December 2015

Band Concert

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:04
Zach Hunter

On Monday the 7th, the SaJhs Bands performed for their winter concert. They’d been practicing for months and put on a great show, but there was some hassle earlier that day. The percussion class met with the Concert Band for the first time during Olympic time that day. They only got through one song in that period, so they decided on an practice at 4:00 that day. They practiced some more and were ready.

The bands put on a great show and I asked some band members about it. Triston plays guitar in the Jazz Band. He thought the concert was fun especially the songs. He liked to play in Tenor Madness their concluding song. He was confident and nervous before the concert, but did a great job.

Amelia is in the Beginning Band Woodwind class. She liked watching the other bands perform. Her favorite song to play was Lyric Prelude. She was nervous about her clarinet squeaking while she played, but everything turned out good.

The last person I interviewed was a tuba player named Finlay. He is in the Jazz Band too, and plays the trumpet as well. His favorite Jazz Band song was Tenor Madness, because he thought it was a great. His favorite Concert Band song was Black Forest Overture. He did an awesome job.

In all, the Winter Band concert was awesome with great music from great musicians. If you ever have time, come to their concerts and support the band.


Choir Concert Tomorrow

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:19
Laura Johnson
Picture Cred: Laura Johnson


The Salem Junior High Christmas Choir Concert will be on Tuesday December 15 (tomorrow).  All choir students will report to the Salem Hills High School at 5:30pm for a dress rehearsal.  It will last from 5:30 to 6:30pm.  At 6:30 the doors will open allowing the public to start filling the seats.  The actual concert will start at 7:00 pm and will go until about 8:00.  Chorus One, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus-all choirs at the school- will be each performing three songs directed by our awesome choir director Mrs. Brooksby and student teacher Mrs. Yhates.  Good Luck SaJHS Choirs and Merry Christmas!



Christmas Break

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:17
Grace Stokes

Christmas break is just around the corner and all students are anxious for the two week break over the exciting December holiday. However for every good, unfortunately, there has to be a bad. Along with the upcoming break there is also end of term which means students will be busy completing and turning in late and/or missing assignments along with getting their low grades up. With the end of term heading our way it would be a smart idea to take advantage of our Olympic time in the afternoons. There are many many options to make up your classes such as study halls for all classes, morning enrichment, math help after school, etc. I recommend that you take advantage of these offers so you can enjoy a stress free Christmas break.

Speaking of Christmas break I interviewed a few students to see if they had any upcoming plans for Christmas break. Caimbree Gordon, a seventh grader at SAJHS said this Christmas break she is going to “Temple square and to hang out with her dance friends”. Kye Headman, also a seventh grader at SAJHS, said for spring break he is going to “Hang with friends and sleep”. Many other students at our school have many exciting plans for the two week break and will return with many fascinating stories to tell. Enjoy the holidays and be safe, Merry Christmas!


Netsmartz Assembly

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:07
Bridger Hall
Photo Cred: Netsmartz


On Friday December 11th we had an awesome internet safety assembly brought to you by NetSmartz. It was to educate kids on how to be safe on the internet. What types of information is ok to post on social media and how to tell if someone is taking advantage of you on the internet or social media sites. Read the terms of service on apps, Some apps are allowed to send text messages without you knowing or post on instagram whenever they want with your account. The internet is a scary place if you are safe on it. Thank you! NetSmartz.



Star Wars: Suspense is Building

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:02
Zach Hunter
Picture Cred: Star Wars Wiki

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just 3 days away and everyone is getting excited. You could argue that the biggest movie of the year was Avengers: Age of Ultron, but some disagree. quoted a Citi prediction that said Star Wars will make $1.75 billion worldwide throughout its time in the theater.

Harrison Ford, (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will return in this 7th movie. Fans of the older movies and the newer ones will join to see this huge story. Fans love the old characters, and new fans are already loving the characters they’ve only seen in teasers! Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) Daisy Ridley (Rey), and John Boyega (Finn) are the new recruits to this franchise. Their characters look great, but who knows.
Plots are being thrown around by anyone who has even heard the words “Star Wars.” Some people are saying Luke Skywalker has turned into the evil Kylo Ren, which would bring a huge twist to the hearts of fans, but would be an awesome story. The trouble with that is, Lucasfilm would have to bring Mark Hamill to be in this second trilogy. Some fans are also saying that Han Solo could die. Harrison Ford probably doesn’t want to make any more Star Wars movies.

Everyone’s excited for this awesome event that is only 3 days from now. Christmas is coming, but Star Wars is sooner. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on Dec. 18.

Favorite Part of Christmas

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:59
Jocelyn Johnson
Picture: Jocelyn Johnson

I went around our school today and interviewed a few of our fellow Spartans. I asked them what their favorite part about Christmas is. Avery Parrish said, That her favorite thing was candy canes. She really likes candy canes. Brandi Mcghie said, That she loves hot chocolate and that’s her favorite part of Christmas. Shelby Patten Said,  that her favorite part is when it snows. She loves how pretty it looks. Next I asked Zackery Prior what he likes he said, My favorite part of Christmas is sitting around the Christmas tree and listening to my Grandparents tell stories. Next I asked Hunter Ekins he said santa claus, presents, and the tree. I asked Sheridan Vest what her favorite part was and she said being with her family. Next I asked Alexa Nielson she said her family Christmas parties. I asked Blake Collins and he said snow. And lastly I asked Michaela Christensen she said her favorite part is celebrating Christ’s birthday and doing the nativity. That is a taste of some of their favorite parts of Christmas.


Hot Chocolate

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:56
Addison Hodgson

Do you like hot chocolate? Do you like being creative? Then you should definitely read this article. Hot chocolate is a good warm drink to make every day feel like a holiday. It warms you up on a cold winter night, and wakes you up in the morning to start off a merry day! Hot chocolate goes great with any peppermint treat. Sometimes going with a classic hot chocolate is great, but it is fun to change things up and try new ways to make Hot Chocolate. Here are 6 different ways to have your hot chocolate:  

1 Mexican Hot Chocolate

DIY Peppermint Mocha

Malted Cocoa Mix from Alton Brown

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Crockpot Coconut S'mores Hot Chocolate

Snuggle In: 10 Hot Chocolate Recipes

If you would like to try these new ways to make hot chocolate, then you can see how to make them by clicking on the link below. Hope that you like these great Hot cocoa ideas, and have a chance to try them. Hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!




SaJHS student says Tumbling Team is needed

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:44
Sophie Callister
Photo Cred: Pinterest

Our school has many sports for students to choose from. They have tennis, golf, basketball, football, wrestling, drill, cheer, and more. One sport that our school doesn’t have is tumbling. Tumbling is a part of gymnastics that you do on the floor. You learn different skills like back handsprings, back tucks, layouts, whips, and other tricks. I personally think that our school should have a tumbling team because it’s a good way to get your exercise and you can have fun while doing it.

Tumbling includes a rod floor, a tumble track, trampoline, and sometimes a double mini. These are all different parts in tumbling. On the rod floor you work on running tumbling and standing. On the tumble track you also work on running so it helps you when you go onto the rod floor. The trampoline and double mini are both used to work on big flips. This shows that tumbling has a variety of skills to choose which to me, makes it more fun and enjoyable. Therefore this is why I think that our school should have a tumbling team along with all the other sports our school has provided.

The Olympics come to SaJHS

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:04
Kristen Van De Graaf

Mrs. Van De Graaff's ninth graders have been studying Ancient Greek and Roman history for the past month. As part of their study on Greece's Olympic Games students participated in their own events including foot races, discus, shot put, strength tests and many more.

Attack of the Clones Movie Review

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 10:13
Zach Hunter
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It is 1 week and 5 days till Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this week we’re talking Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. This is the 5th movie made in the saga in the world’s timeline, but it is the 2nd in the Star Wars timeline. Since this is an opinion article, I going to totally slam this movie, so stop reading now if you love it.

This movie came out on May 16, 2002, which is 13 years ago. It cast Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker and Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala. In this movie, Anakin is trying to get Padme to like him, even though she kinda gives the impression that she hates him. The story Anakin gives is lame. He should’ve been this kind guy whose *SPOILER ALERT, BUT SERIOUSLY IT’S BEEN OUT FOR 13 YEARS* mother dies and that what causes him to be a jerk to everyone. It wasn’t good that he just out of nowhere turned bad.

The clones are awesome in this movie. George Lucas really did a good job of showing how the clones were made. He also did a good job of leaving the mystery of who ordered them and why it was so secretive. They really bring an awesome feeling of war in one of those last shots where their masses are getting on to warships.

Overall, every Star Wars movie is great, but this ranks last on my list. It had weird emotional scenes with Anakin and Padme and it didn’t bring the romance that was needed. The action was awesome and I recommend everyone see it.



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