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April 2018

Annual Poetry Slam was a Success

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:29

Last Friday, our students came together to participate in our annual school-wide poetry slam. Students started by writing and performing their own poems in class. Some students then were invited to participate in the school slam. This year was the first year that we required all students in the school slam to perform their own poetry. Teachers agreed that overall the quality of the poems used was great and the performances were much better than years past. 

Students who performed in the school slam received a T-shirt and some prizes, and the top 3 students received awards.

Our judges picked their favorites who will now advance to the district poetry slam. Here are those students:

Marcus AhKuoi
Aiden Bowden
Gabe Shallenberger 
Cassidy Haight
Adyson Heap
Spencer Fillmore
Jared Kearns
Camden Mead
3rd place: Mitchell Kimber
2nd place: Olivia Christensen
1st place: Katie Cook 

History and English combine to discuss global issues

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:08

Some might assume that with SAGE testing happening at school, students have already slipped into summer mode. That is definitely not the case here at Salem Junior High. Our 9th-grade history and English classes are working on a cross-curricular project that has them working hard and learning a lot.

Our students have been working on a research project that requires them to learn about a global issue of their choice and come up with a solution to fix the problem or at least mitigate the negative effects it is having on the part of the world that they have chosen to focus on. The final product will be a written speech that they will then deliver. This project has combined research practices used in English and history as well as writing, critical thinking, and creativity. It has been a complex project and the teachers are proud what their students are producing.

It has been a long project, but students are beginning to see the end. In the picture they are sharing the first draft of their speech, looking for peer feedback on ways to make their speech clear and compelling.

Students of the Month for April

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:41
Students receive their certificates from Mr. Knudsen and Mrs. KJ

The following students were chosen for April's Student of the Month. They have been coming to class with great attitudes and have been working hard. Their teachers have been really impressed with them and we want to recognize them for their hard work. Make sure to congratulate them when you see them.

9th - Jasper Butler and Madison Pitts
8th - Isaac Webster and Ellie Wride
7th - Cole Andersen and Hailey Adamson

Lagoon Day

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:35
Whitney Simmons

Lagoon day is on 5-17-18

Cost is $50

You can pay on 4-25-18

Students who want to sit with their friends must pay at the same time

In order to be eligible to go to Lagoon, students must meet the following requirements:


  • No more than 2 tardies
  • No sluffs
  • No fines or fees
  • No behavior issues or citizenship U’s




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