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April 2016

Spiderman never gets his due

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:44
Tyler Caldwell

Spider-Man is ranked as one of the greatest superheroes of all time, but I still feel like he is underrated. He should be ranked as the greatest superhero by far. Spider-Man is the most exciting super hero to watch in action because he’s cool under pressure, has amazing powers, and never gives up. Tons of teenagers can relate to him because he lives a fairly normal teenage life as Peter Parker.

Bitten by a genetically modified radioactive super-spider, Peter Parker gained incredible abilities. He was suddenly able to scale walls and stick himself to things just like a spider. He was able to punch through a solid concrete wall with his spider-strength. He gained spectacular agility and a sixth sense that warns him of oncoming danger (which he refers to as his “spider-sense”). Using his superior intellect he developed a web-shooter. This mechanism ejects an advanced adhesive, releasing web-fluid in a variety of configurations, including a single rope-like strand to swing from, a net to bind enemies, and a simple glob to foul machinery or blind an opponent. He can also weave his webs into helpful objects such as a shield or a parachute.

The story of Spider-Man is set in New York, a real-life place unlike Superman’s Metropolis or Batman’s Gotham city, which makes the story more real. Peter Parker is the school's biggest nerd at Midtown High, especially when it comes to science. Even if he isn’t an average person, he has the same struggles as most teenagers. He stresses about school, friends, and home life, while also having the burden of being Spider-Man. He is constantly torn from his regular life into exciting adventures. Although he always saves the day, the New York press makes people think he’s a menace and a threat, so the people of New York never appreciate what he does for them. This has caused him to temporarily retire on one or two occasions, but his want to do right always brings him back. Spider-Man is very cool under pressure. He always has something clever or sarcastic to say, which really annoys his enemies, and makes it more enjoyable to watch him in action.

Some people might think that Spider-Man is a boring character because he’s just a nerdy teenager who got lucky. Maybe he is a nerd who has normal life struggles, doesn’t look like the “hero type”, and isn’t ever appreciated by the people he serves. But in my opinion, that makes him even better. He is so easy to relate to for many teenagers, and his story becomes almost believable the deeper you get into it. He definitely has some awesome powers and a pretty cool looking suit. He is definitely a superhero that people can look up to for his bravery, endurance, and desire to do good. Spider-Man is the best superhero ever.

Students try to reach goals with Sage Test

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:25
Lily Christensen and Sydney Ward

It’s that time of year again, the dreaded Sage tests. Teachers are stressed and students are bored. Last year our students performed well very well. We managed to score above the state average. But in comparison to Nebo District schools, Salem Jr. High scored only a fraction above Payson Jr., Mt. Nebo, and Diamond Fork, and below Spanish Fork, Springville, and way behind Mapleton. We know the students at Salem Junior High are very intelligent and determined, so this news on how far behind our school is to the rest of the district is shocking. We will have to be extremely focused this year to higher our ranks and better our school in comparison to the district.

As a school we have made goals to be shooting for this upcoming sage test. In 2014 our seventh graders scored a 42% in Language Arts, 48% in Mathematics and 40% in Science. The 8th graders scored a 36% in Language Arts, 32% in Mathematics and a 41%  in Science. Finally our 2014 9th graders scored a 45% in Language Arts, 37% in Mathematics and in Science a 56%. In 2015 the students are going to try their best, realize the Sage is important and attempt to raise all percents 5% higher.

Students around the school have voiced their opinions on the tests, “I don’t like it,” Addi Martinson and Gideon Anderson agree. “It’s long and boring,” Hyrum Gunderson says. It is true that the test is lengthy but as Mrs. Huhtala, a 7th and 8th grade english teacher said, those tests help us to see quantitative data about how well students learn. While not everyone may like the tests, we should do our best to score well, because it’s an important part of deciding the material for next year.

This year, if we score at least 5% better on our Sage tests, the school is offering us a barbeque-field day as a reward. So try your best!

Busy Work is Pointless

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:15
Leah Adams


What is the purpose of teachers giving extra work they won't even check? It adds to kids stress of getting work done. It is however good for the kids who have the time for the extra practice or need it. But, when the kid is staying up late to finish and goes to school sleep deprived and finds out that the teacher won't worry about going over it. When this happens, it causes them not to do very well in their other classes because they are tired, and for basically no reason.

If teachers are going to hand out busy work, then they should at least tell the students in advance that it is for extra help or practice. If the students don't know, they could miss out on something for, lose sleep, or not get something from another class done, just because they took the time to do the assignment. Even if it does give them extra help, it serves no purpose when it comes to the main things that do matter and give credit. Maybe the student will have time and work hard, but having their work not checked could affect how they do on the test. They maybe didn’t  do too well but how are they supposed to know that? They think they did well when they didn’t, and that could ruin their grade when they take the test.

Even if the student is doing well, knows the answers, and has the time, they could still be frustrated. Knowing that they worked on something they already knew when they could have been doing something else, maybe working on something from another class. The extra study is good for kids who need it and have the time because it could help them become better. I’, not saying handing out busy work is bad to do, I’m saying that the students need to be told that it is practice.  I appreciate busy work, but not when I stay up late working on it only to find i didn't have to do it.



Gossiping must stop

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:13
Leah Adams & Ashlyn Hills

By Leah Adams

Nobody likes when someone is talking about them behind their back, but they most likely have done it to someone else. Gossiping is all around us, everyone has done it whether they’d like to admit it or not. In the moment it may be exciting or funny, but if you think about how you could be hurting someone, it won't be anymore. It isn’t the right thing to hurt someone or their reputation like that, no matter who it is or what the have done, they don’t deserve it. Bringing pain to someone shouldn’t make you laugh, it should make you regret being a part of the gossip. If you take pleasure in gossiping and talking behind people's backs, just thing of how you would feel if someone did it to you. You may say you wouldn’t mind, but it affects everyone when something rude has been said about them. When you gossip, it is an actual human person you are talking about, just like yourself. Maybe you aren’t saying something too rude, maybe you are, no matter what someone could still be hurt and become sad about it. You don’t know what someone could be going through and saying rude things about them won't help.Their mental health will be decrease and it could bring them to suicidal thoughts. Surely nobody could enjoy bringing an end to someone's life like that, or even just ruin their life. Being gossiped about could make someone very depressed and ruin their mental health and who they are. Of course, gossiping will never come to an end, but we should always do our best not to. Decreasing the gossiping and unkind words is as best that can be done and it can make a huge difference. Gossiping is not good, and everyone would be much happier if nothing rude was being said. Everyone should try to do their best to stop it, a difference can be made.

By Ashlyn Hill

For years now you have heard, known, grown up knowing the word, bully. And when you hear the word; instantly, it brings a negative atmosphere to the area. Bullying, cyberbullying, and hurt feelings can lead to unwanted actions. School, homes, local places, etc. all take place of this. Side effects can be the consequence of this series of events. Personally, bullying, is a cruel, and unusual way of vengeance to show a person’s point in justifying they have overcome you in a negative way. It hurts, and breaks down people, mentally, physically, and socially. That is a huge problem. I too, have felt this way. At some point it can effect and tear someone down so much it can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. Saige Stewart, an eighth grader here, at Salem Jr. High School, shared her opinion on bullying, she stated, “I feel like everyone should be nice to everyone and bullies should be way  more considerate of other people’s feelings.” I asked her how reaching out and helping someone help consider their feelings? “It makes them feel loved and special and helps them be happier and blocks out the bullies or whatever else they are struggling with” What is a way people can help stop bullying and helping those around us? “People can stop bullying by asking himself why they are really bullying that person and is it is really worth taking away the person's self confidence and we can help those around us by not being shy and not a bystander and just go help that person because it only take like 10 seconds of courage, then it’s over.”  Bullying has started us in the face and made up feel unwanted, self doubtful, not good enough. A tip I would like to share with adults is that, they wonder why kids don’t feel comfortable coming to them to get the help, and support that they desire so much. I see it all the time in the halls. And what most people are used to seeing is teasing, joking, kidding around. Everyone, and I mean everyone has limits. People can only take so much. So that’s where an end needs to begin. I am no expert on this. But I know when there is a problem, it need to be stopped, before something goes out of hand, or out of contro. Together, we can end bullying and I know for a living fact, it isn’t good for you, me, at school, a family, a friendship, a community, and yet, even further a world. We are all worth and so much better than that. And I know we can end it. Just remember, respect other people’s feelings. Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you. It could mean everything to them.



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