October 2019

Eyes Up, Do the Work - Anti-bullying assembly


Students had the opportunity to sit in on a great assembly today. The message was presented by an organization called Especially for Athletes. The focus of the Especially for Athletes program is to encourage athletes to build good relationships and treat all fellow students with respect, standing up against bullying and being a friend for anyone who needs one.

This is a great message that everybody, however, not just athletes. So, the administration invited them to come to our school to deliver the message to everybody. The take-away message for students is "Eyes up; Do the work" The idea that students should look around at people and make eye contact when they talk to each other instead of always looking down at their phones. And "Do the work" means that when kids see someone who is being bullied or just in need of a friend, they should do the work and help that person out.

It was a great assembly with a great message. If you'd like to know more about this program, check out their website in the link above.

Congratulations to Scott Shaffer for winning the Crystal Apple Award


Every year, the teachers at Salem Junior who are a part of the Nebo Educators Association (NEA) choose a teacher to recognize for their overall excellence and to recognize them with an award called the Crystal Apple Award. This year Scott Shaffer, one of the art teachers here at SaJHS received that honor.

Any number of factors can be a reason for nominating a teacher. For Mr. Shaffer, his peers chose to recognize him for his incredible ability to connect with his students and his fantastic skills both in his content and as a teacher. Here are what some of the teachers here at Salem Junior said about Mr. Shaffer:

"[Mr. Shaffer] looks for the positive, is willing to help, and constantly brainstorms new solutions. When he sees a kid struggling, he is eager to look for ways to help that student be successful. Every type of student thrives in his classroom!" 

"[Mr. Shaffer] is great-- he is friendly, encouraging, personable, smart, and passionate. He makes sure that everyone feels welcome-- subs, interns, regular teachers, and all. He loves his students and loves his job. It's apparent by his attitude and his dialogue."

"[Mr. Shaffer] is a great teacher. The kids all love him. He has a way of connecting with them. He had some students last year and he doesn’t have them this year, but he still keeps track of them and is very aware of their needs. He has a way of helping students learn to enjoy art even if they aren’t great artists."

Congratulations Mr. Shaffer!


Love and Logic Course

What is Parenting with Love and Logic?

Most parents want their kids to be well prepared for life, and they know this means kids will make mistakes and must be held accountable for those mistakes. Love and Logic teaches parents how to hold their kids accountable in a loving way, which causes the child to see their parent as the "good guy" and the child's poor decision as the "bad guy."

When done on a regular basis, kids develop an internal voice that says, "I wonder how my next decision will affect me?" Kids who develop this internal voice become more capable of standing up to peer pressure and are better prepared for the real world, with its many choices and consequences.

See the attached flyer for dates and more information.

High school marching band has their first competition

Daniel Stolworthy

The marching band attended their first competition of the season on Saturday at Payson High School and placed 4th overall among 11 bands in their division as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the categories of percussion, overall visual effect, and color guard. On a 100 point scale, Salem was only .2 and .6 points behind 2nd and 3rd place. The band will be competing again this coming Saturday at Utah State University at 11:30 am. We're excited for a great start to the season. 

There are seven 9th-grade students who are in the high school marching band:

  • Heather Gunnerson
  • Camary Lofthouse
  • Sienna Harvey
  • Jocelyn Bright
  • Matthew Horton
  • Titus Johnson
  • Bridger Saunders