February 2019

Kindergarten registration will be in the summer

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For those of you who may have kids entering kindergarten in the district next year:

Kindergarten Registration is Moving to Summer

Kindergarten registration, traditionally held in March, will be moved to the summer and combined with grades 1st -12th. More detailed information regarding summer registration for K-6th will be sent out to you before the end of the school year.

Parents can prepare now for registering their kindergarten children by making sure they have a birth certificate and that their child is current on the following immunizations: DTap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Varicella and MMR by the end of July.  

We appreciate your help getting the word out. Please contact your school office if you have any questions. Thank you.

Director of Bands at BYU Visits Salem Jr. High Concert Band

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Daniel Stolworthy

On Monday, February 25th, members of the concert band got an incredible treat having Dr. Don L. Peterson, Director of Bands at BYU, come work with them as they prepare for district festival next week. Mr. Stolworthy was very pleased with the better sounds they were able to produce and the progress they made with his help. Dr. Peterson praised the high attention to instruction and great focus of the students. 

Freshman Day at SHHS

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The freshman here at SaJHS have been invited to the high school on March 4th to learn about classes and clubs that they can join next year as sophomores. The high school always puts on a fun assembly with prizes and booths for all of the clubs and extracurricular activities. The plan is to take all of the 9th-grade students and walk to the high school, but they will need a signed permission slip to go. The permission slips have been sent out in an email, but students can pick up a new copy in the counseling office if they need to. All permission slips need to be turned in to the counseling office by Wednesday, February 27.

Girls Nebo Jr. High Golf Team

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Any girls who are interested in playing for the Nebo Jr. High Girls Golf team will need to attend a meeting tomorrow, February 26, right after school in the Salem Junior High library. The team will be made up of girls from Salem Jr, Mt. Nebo, and Payson Jr. High.

In order to play on the team, girls need to attend the meeting or talk to Mr. Roberts or Mr. Boyer.

Salem Junior Band Concert

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Cecily Yeager

Thanks to Mr. Stolworthy who conducted our fabulous concert band and advanced percussion in their performance at SHHS this week. They performed a few numbers on their own, as well a piece with the high school band. We have very talented musicians at Salem Jr.!

9th-grade English students reading Animal Farm

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If you have a 9th-grade student at Salem Junior, chances are that they are reading Animal Farm in their English class. Mr. Haight, Mrs. Hansen, and Mr. McGrath are all teaching the book right now. After attending a professional development conference that talked about the role in education of teaching about and preserving democracy, the three English teachers decided to teach Animal Farm which talks about the dangers and potential corruption created by a communist government. More importantly, perhaps, it is a book against totalitarianism and meant to teach people to be vigilant against the use of manipulation to gain power over others.

Students have had a great time learning about the Bolshevik Revolution and the problems that arose in the Soviet Union when Stalin took control. This has gone along with the reading of the novel to help students better understand the journey of the animals who make up the characters in the book.

In the pictures, you can see students participating in an activity meant to teach about corruption in a communist state and how people in power took advantage of others to enrich themselves while everyone else was forced into poverty and economic ruin. 

This has been a great unit both for teachers and students. If you have a 9th-grade student in any of these English classes, ask them what they have learned.

Congratulations to our 9th-grade high school wrestlers

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Our school wants to recognize and congratulate Dawson Wood, Luke Degraffenreid, Kanyon Rasmussen, and Monson Morley who wrestle at the High School and have qualified to wrestle at the state tournament as freshmen, which is no small feat. If you see them make sure to congratulate them for their achievement and wish them luck!

Good luck at State, guys.

UCHD & E-Cigs

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The Utah County Health Department will have representatives at our Spartan Target Conferences on Thursday, February 7. They will have an information table from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to give parents helpful information about e-cigarettes.

There will also be a presentation in the library at 3:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

Please plan to attend and get the important information to help our/your students.

Shout out to Chamber Choir

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Sharon Keliiliki

Hey All! This is just a HUGE shout out to our Salem Junior High Chamber Singers and to their awesome Director Mr. Guthrie!

Not sure if many of you know that our Chamber Singers were selected to perform for the Utah Music Educators Association Conference's evening concert held this past weekend in St. George. This was the only school group and they performed alongside the acclaimed UVU Chamber Choir.
 
And...they were AMAZING! I couldn't help but be boastful letting everyone around me know that they were MY students! My daughter, a Music Educator, along with many others in attendance, were SHOCKED that the beautiful voices that came from our students were that of a Junior High Choir!
 
Thank you choir and Mr. Guthrie...your music made a lot of people very happy on Friday night! 
 
From my "Heartland",
Mrs. Keliiliki

Student of the month for February

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Congratulations to our February SaJHS "Students of the Month." They were recognized at a breakfast with their parents and teachers. We are proud of these students for being "Spartan Strong" in Body, Heart, and Mind!

Hanna Hathaway 8th, Nate Jordan 9th, Cooper Nelson 7th, Cole Hartline 8th, Eloise Brown 8th, Makenzi Matheson 9th, Sydnee Nicholls 7th, Avarie Dain 7th

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