November 2017

Soda Pop Tab Drive

Attributions: 
Isaac Webster

Here at Salem Jr High School, the Honors Society is sponsoring a pop tab drive. The pop tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay if they have a family member in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House recycles the pop tabs to pay overhead costs of running the house. Start collecting pop tabs (found on soda cans, soup cans, fruit cans, etc.) Students turn them into your advisory teacher. There will be a gallon jug in your advisory classroom. The first class to fill the jug to the top will be the winner and get a reward. The reward is to be decided by the Honors Society and will be revealed later.

November Students of the Month

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November's Students of the Month pose with Mrs. KJ, Mr. Mecham, and Mr. Knudsen

November's Students of the Month have been chosen and have received their awards, but they haven't yet received their recognition. We want to congratulate all of them and let everyone know how great they are. These kids are impressing their teachers with hard work and great attitudes. Congratulate them if you see them.

7th: Peyton Kilpatrick and Matthew Horton

8th: Millie Knowlton and Carlos Minjares

9th: Brandi Moss and Dillan Fullmer

8th grade students make their own ice- cream

Students rolling their ice cream around to make sure it all freezes nicely.

Today in 8th-grade science, students are learning about physical states of matter and how things change from solids to liquids and then to gases. What better way to learn about this than to make ice cream? Students are separated into partners and given a plastic ball which they fill with salty ice water. There is a metal tube in the middle of each ball where the ice cream is actually made. They add the ingredients for their ice cream and roll it back and forth to mix it up and make sure that all of the ice cream is getting cold and not just freezing to the sides. They are just making plain vanilla, but it's a great lab that has all kids engaged. 

Not only are kids learning about states of matter, they are also learning through this lab how salt lowers the freezing point, allowing the ice water to get even colder and they learn how some materials transfer heat better than others, and that is why the cylinder in the middle is made out of metal instead of plastic or some other material. 

Letters of thanks and appreciation for Veteran's Day

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Last week, in honor of Veteran's Day, many students in our school wrote letters to some of our active service men and women in the military to thank them for their service and show appreciation for what they do for our country. Students had a great experience with this activity. They wrote letters and created cards that were sent off to Mrs. Betteridge's son and his squadron in the Middle East. Mrs. Betteridge was excited and thankful to the students for the letters that they wrote.

Hope week a success

Attributions: 
Madeline Fifita and Ashley Nelson
Teachers and students love to dress up during Hope Week.

Last week at SAJHS was hope week. On Monday, it was dress up like a tourist, on Tuesday was sports day, Wednesday was hat day, Thursday was a whiteout, and Friday was pajama day! We had hope week so we could get off our phones. The theme of hope week was unplug and reconnect. A lot of the world today is experienced through our phones. We should start to unplug from our phones and connect with real people more often.

 

The time came around for hope week! Hope Week is a week where we get to have fun dressing up and doing different things. On Monday, we got to dress up as a tourist and we got a paper with different continents on it and we filled in the answers of questions around the school. On Tuesday, we got to dress up in a sports uniform and we will be having a free throw contest. On Wednesday, we got to wear hats to school. On Thursday, we were wearing white to school and passing out nice notes. Lastly, on Friday, we got to wear pajamas to school, and in your English class, you got to have a read-a-thon where you just read the whole class period and have an assembly. It was a fun week and I hope that the students and staff enjoyed participating.

Choir Updates

Attributions: 
Ashley Nelson

Hi guys! This past term, our choir did a great job and the time has come for our new songs. We will be having a couple different performances. On November 17th, the Chamber Singers will be attending the ACDA UT performance at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall in SLC.  They will leave right before school ends.

I know that some of these may be a little far in advance, but it is important information. On the 8th of December, we are having a performance for the advanced choir(Concert Choir, Bella Voce, and Chamber Singers) at the mall. It’s an all day thing and we are going to be getting back around 4:45. And finally, on the 14th of December, we are having our winter concert.  Do not miss it!

Hope Week November 6-10: Unplug and Reconnect

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Next week our school's counselors and the Hope Squad are sponsoring Hope Week with the theme Unplug and Reconnect. The theme is focused on the concern that too much time spent on electronics and especially social media can be detrimental to student's physical and mental health. This whole week our counselors will be reminding students to put down their phones and reconnect with their friends and their surroundings on a personal level. Above is the schedule of planned activities for the week.