Ms James's class had EMT's visit her class today. The students learned about choking and basic first aid. This is the beginning of a CPR certification course that Ms. James will be doing with her students. Ms. James always has great opportunities for her students to learn fun and interesting lessons that are very relevant to students' lives.
Every year the faculty at Salem Junior High votes on who should be teacher of the year. This is an award that teachers give to one of their colleagues who represents everything that makes a teacher great. This year, Kristen Van De Graaff was chosen because she lives and breathes everything that makes a good teacher.
Mrs. Van De Graaff does a lot for this school and our students. She is involved in several important leadership roles at this school and always looks ahead with the goal of making a better learning environment for our students. She is a teacher who has a lot of passion for her content and her students. One thing that we admire about Mrs. Van De Graaff is that she always asks the hard questions and doesn't settle for easy answers. She pushes herself and others, and she does so with an infectous laugh and positive disposition.
This is why we are happy to have Mrs. Van De Graaff at our school and chose her to be teacher of the year.
Mrs. Huhtala recieved the honor last week of being spotlighted on the KSL "Teacher Feature." This segment that is posted on the KSL website and announced over the radio each week. Mrs. Huhtala was nominated and chosen because of the love and attention that she gives to each of her students. Follow the link and read about Mrs. Huhtala on KSL's "Teacher Feature"
This week on A Teacher’s Purpose I interviewed Ms.James and Mrs. Beardall I interviewed them on their unique perspectives on teaching and how they got into their jobs.
Mrs. Beardall said she that a long time ago her husband lost his job and she started looking for a job, and she started looking for a job as a secretary and the school was just being built. She said her favorite thing about the kids is interacting with them and helping them “I like to see everybody succeed and to help them on that path. A teacher’s purpose is “To be a positive influence, To educate them, To motivate them, and to inspire.”
Ms.James was going to be a nurse but she couldn’t pass her class in collage so she was asked to be a tutor and realized she was really good at teaching and it was something she really enjoyed. Her favorite part about teaching is getting to know the students and watching them get interested in the material. A teachers purpose is ” to help students realize that not all adults are out to get them, and to help them realize that they may not like school but it’s something that needs to happen.”
This has been A teachers purpose, thank you for joining me this week and I will see you next week, and that is a Teacher’s Purpose.
Spartans! You’ve probably heard from friends or seen the posters in the halls, Advanced Choir Auditions are here! The auditions will run from April 24th to the 27th. Mr. Guthrie is excited to hear all your voices! If you’re interested in auditioning please go to the choir hall and grab an audition packet on the bulletin board. If and when you’ve decided to audition you can sign your name on the lists in the choir room hall. The packet contains lots of information about how advanced choirs run.
For auditions you are required to sing The Star Spangled Banner in your harmony part, all women sing the alto part, tenor sing tenor part, and bass sing bass. You also need to sing the melody to Homeward Bound. All the music is in the audition packet. If you want more details here’s a link to the choir website:
If you are nervous about auditions don’t be! Even if you think you might audition please do! There are so many amazing voices hidden in our school please come! It’s a good experience and choir is so much fun. (you get to miss school sometimes)! GO SPARTANS!!
The concert band and advanced percussion traveled to Snow College today to perform for 2 judges and receive a clinic from Dr. Vance Larsen. Students were also able to watch a moving performance by the Snow College Wind Symphony as they were conducted by the guest clinicians, Wayne Erickson, Dr. Gary Gilroy, and Dr. Vance Larsen. The Snow College director of bands, Dr. David Fullmer, gave us his applause and praised our progress from our district performance to this festival performance. We look forward to more Snow College visits in future years.
Here we present you with the Students of the Month for the month of April. We are proud of these students, and they have shown us all year long that they are hard workers and kids who come to school with a great attitude every day. Congratulations to these students for being chosen this month.
7th: Kareena Christensen, Maddux Howard
Today we kicked off our second annual SAGE celebration at SaJHS. Last year, the faculty decided we wanted to do something to celebrate students and their academic acheivement during the SAGE test in order to create a more positive atmosphere during the SAGE testing period. Today students were greeted by a red carpet to walk down while teachers cheered them on and gave them high fives. Some students were shy about getting all of that attention, but most seemed to enjoy it.
During this celebration we will be teaching students important strategies for taking tests that will help them in college and even their professional lives beyond school. Today they were taught the importance of a good breakfast before taking important tests. It's hard to concentrate if you haven't eaten a good meal, so we offered a free breakfast for all students coming into school today.
This is just the first of several things that we will be doing to help our students approach their end of year testing with a postive, can do attitude. We want our students to see the test not as a punishment or a trial to be endured, rather a chance to show what they have learned this year and a chance to compete against themselves as they strive to do better than they did the year before.
Good luck students!