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January 2020

Salem Junior Has Talent

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 13:47
Thank you Kallie Christensen for the graphic

Our annual talent show is coming up in early March and the student council is ready to start seeing auditions. If your student has a talent that you think that they would like to perform in front of the school, please encourage them to try out. Every year we see kids with wonderful talents on our stage and the student body loves to cheer them on. Of course, musical talents are a big hit, but we like to see a variety of talent. We've had pogo-sticking, yo-yoing, magic shows, and many other talents.

Auditions will be February 5th, 6th, and 7th. Anyone who wants to audition can sign up in the front office.

January Students of the Month

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:16
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We are happy to announce our January Students of the Month! These students were nominated by faculty and staff for being a Spartan in Body, Heart, and Mind and were honored at a breakfast with their parents on January 15th. Congratulations!

Back Row (left to right): Avery Allred (9th), Callie Geertsen (9th), Matthew Cox (8th), Zane Bergstrom (8th), Nate Thorne (7th)
Front Row (left to right): Ethan Muller (9th), Asher Valgardson (8th), Paisley Nelson(8th), Kate Richards (8th)
Not pictured: Sophie Flint (7th)

Battle of the Books school champions will move on to a district competition

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:37
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The Fluffy Bunny Book Burners
The Librarians

Some of you might be aware that this year our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Tomadakis, hosted our first ever Battle of the Books here at Salem Junior High. The competition is a knowledge bowl style competition with questions focused around 20 books from a reading list given to the students a few months prior to the competition. Each member or the four or five person teams was responsible for reading and knowing the books assigned to them. Then, during the competition, they were asked questions about the books and they had to come together as a team to answer those questions. 

Competition was fierce and the majority of the teams knew their books really well. Each team faced every other team and the winner was determined by a total of points gained from each round. This was just the first round. The top two teams will be going with Mrs. Tomadakis to the district book battle Februrary 3rd at Payson Jr. 

At the end of the day the two teams that will move on to districts were the Fluffy Bunny Book Burners and in a close second, The Librarians. Congratulations to both of these teams and thank you to everyone who participated. Good luck in the district finals.

Here is the book list they read if you are interested in reading any of these titles:

  • Firegirl - Tony Abbott
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko
  • Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos
  • Nory Ryan's Song - Patricia R. Giff
  • Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Breaking Through - Francisco Jimenez
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler
  • Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson
  • Call of the Wild - Jack London
  • Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
  • Black Star, Bright Dawn - Scott O'Dell
  • Project Mulberry - Linda Sue Park
  • The Teacher's Funeral  - Richard Peck
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Missing May - Cynthia Rylant
  • Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar
  • Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt
  • Bomb - Steve Sheikin
  • Uglies - Scott Westerfield
  • Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen

Roller Coaster Lab in Science Class

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:56
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Walk into Mrs. Roberts's class any given day and you will find her students engaged in a variety of ways of learning. This Monday, kids were learning about potential energy vs kinetic energy. They did this in a lab where they designed their own rollercoaster tracks to run marbles down. They had to set their tubes just right to allow for enough potential energy for the marble to successfully complete its course. Students then analyzed potential and kinetic energy at several points throughout the course of the track.

This was a great lab that had students engaged in creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Students had a lot of fun. 

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