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February 2016

New teachers join SaJHS faculty

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:05
Lily Christensen
Mr. Guthrie
Ms. Rigby


We love all of our teachers at Salem Jr. High. We have had the pleasure of Ms. Rigby and Mr. Guthrie to come and teach classes. Mr. Guthrie is now teaching choir after Mrs. Brooksby, the past choir teacher sadly left our school at the end of the first semester. Ms. Rigby is filling in for Mrs. Hales, an 8th and 9th grade math teacher as she is away for a few months during pregnancy. The students of theirs have loved having them teach their classes.

Mr. Guthrie is the only choir teacher at our school, he teaches all of the different choir classes, Chorus 1, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and the Chamber singers. He has wanted to be a choir teacher since he was a Sophomore. Mr. Guthrie started teaching at our school around a month ago after he went to college at BYU. A few things about him is he loves about every single video game, and has traveled to China, Portugal, Brazil and all around the US. If you see Mr. Guthrie around, welcome him!

Ms. Rigby is the young math teacher that is filling in for Mrs. Hales while she is away. She is currently teaching Math 9, Math 9 Honors, and also Math 8 Honors. She has wanted to start a career in teaching since her Senior year of high school. She also went to college at BYU like Mr. Guthrie. A little bit about Ms. Rigby is that she loves to play games, She has traveled practically all around the world, but her favorite place is Disney World.

Our school would like to spotlight these teachers and give them a warm welcome. It is a pleasure having them teach at our school!



Drill Team is challenging, but fun

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:00
Ashlyn Hill


Salem Hills High school’s drill region competition was Thursday January 28, 2016. It was held at Salem Hills, with a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Thanks to all those who came out and supported them. The drill team placed high enough to qualify to compete in the state competition which was in February.

“I like drill because it helps me work better with people and it’s fun,” said Madelyne Otte, a 9th grader at SaJHS. Shelby Hill, also a 9th grader, said,“Drill is fun and I have a lot of friends and enjoy their company.” With all the fun, comes a lot of work. The drill team works with a fitness coach who helps them do conditioning. Otte said, “He kicks our butts!” Hill said that learning all of the dances was challenging. “Sometimes you have to learn to change formations at the last minute in case someone is gone,” Hill said.

This year, the Salem Hills High drill team allowed eighth graders to try out and compete with the team. SaJHS has a few girls on the team who go to practices at the high school.



"Who's Been Caught Reading?"

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:36
Sydney Ward

Books, books, and more books. Could there be anything more delightful? Many teachers have jumped on the reading bandwagon, and are now advertising the books they are reading in the school library. Students can go there to find book recommendations from their favorite teachers and check them out in the library. “It’s a way to start conversations with students and teachers,” Ms. Williams, a school librarian says.

Teachers seem to be enjoying it too. In the beginning, only a handful of teachers signed up to feature their current reading books on the board, but now almost all of them are participating. The trend for this type of advertising started with celebrity posters depicting famous people reading, and has now spread to schools and other large establishments. It’s become a largely popular phenomenon.

These programs started when research started becoming available on reading for pleasure and performance in the classroom. In order to preserve the intellectualism of the population, programs like these were put into place. Schools around the country have done this, some with funny taglines like, “read me maybe”, or “let your love of reading grow”. They seem to be helping too, 65% of fourth graders can now read at grade level in the US.

So stop by the library and crack open a book recommended by your favorite teacher, you might just find one you like.


Stop Bullying- Editorial

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:33
Summer Wilde

Bullying affects everyone.  Those who bully, those who are bullied, and the bystanders.  Some people are bullying without acknowledging it.  Many people tease thinking it’s a joke, but others take it more seriously than you meant it.  Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about--be kind.

Being bullied can change your life.  Substance abuse is likely to increase when being bullied.  Those who are physically or mentally abused are likely to commit suicide.  Depression is another common effect.  Most kids who are mentally abused struggle in academic achievement as well since they are constantly worrying about their reputation.  

In most occasions kids bully to boost their confidence and to make themselves feel better.  In what world does pulling others down bring you up?!  Often times, those who bully increase use of alcohol and drugs.  In more serious cases, bullies fight, vandalize, drop out of school, and are abusive.  

The bystander is affected just as much as the culprit and the victim.  Bystanders can make a difference.  If you see bullying stand up!  You can help others and yourself from being consumed by effects of bullying.  Most bystanders avoid going to school because of their surroundings.  They are also likely to develop depression and anxiety.  We can make our school better united by stopping intimidation and abuse.  Share your smile and be a friend.


Water line breaks causing flooding- school remains open

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:55
Amy Huhtala

SaJHS had a water line break at the school this morning. The water flooded the 400 Hall and the three classrooms in that hall (Ms. James, Mr. Brooks, and the PE Classroom). The water also got down into the Multi-purpose room and that entire hall. The Salem Fire Department, Nebo District Maintenance, and SaJHs custodians and administration worked all morning to clear the water and dry the carpets. School will be held as normal on Monday.


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