Our 2018 boys tennis season ended today with a big bang. Late this afternoon our #2 singles player, Eric Cheney, played the final match of the district tournament against his counterpart from Mapleton. The winner of the match would end up as the #3 player in that position, and the loser would drop to the #4 spot. More importantly, the winner of that match would determine which team would end the season as the district's tennis champion, an honor which typically goes to Mapleton.
Today, we recognized the students of the month for May. These students have been working hard and focusing on their classes without getting too distracted by the prospect of summer vacation, so their teachers wanted to recognize them and show their appreciation. Here are the May students of the month:
9th Grade - Ashton Shepherd and Stormie Hanson
8th Grade - Kalex Braithwaite and Ashley Nelson
7th Grade - Maxx Montague and Kaycee Bott
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:
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.
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.