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John Humphries Donates Instruments to Salem Junior for Eagle Project

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 11/22/2019 - 15:18

Mr. Knudsen, Mr. Stolworthy, and everyone else here at Salem Junior High would like to thank John Humphries for his Eagle project as a Boy Scout. John held an instrument drive and was able to donate instruments to our school to be loaned to students who want to learn to play an instrument, but perhaps cannot afford to buy their own. The work was successful and greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Here are the results of that instrument drive reported by Teona Humphries: 

"John held a musical instrument drive for Salem Jr. High. These instruments will be for kids who want to play but can't afford an instrument. John collected instruments and money donations for over a month. We are excited to report Tuesday he donated 19 instruments (7 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 2 trombones, 2 trumpets, 3 clarinets, 2 flutes, and 1 guitar) and $110 to the Salem Jr High School Music program. 
We attached a few photos. The trumpet pictured below was a special donation worth noting. This is Quinton Muir's trumpet. He loved this trumpet and his family felt like he would want another who loved playing to have it. The other trumpet donated was from one of your own, Melissa Page. We are so grateful for everyone's generous donations and support."
Congratulations John on a successful project, and thank you.
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Dinner Theater

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:38
Cecily Yeager

The Drama IV class was joined by Mrs. Keliikiki’s Foods Class students
in pulling off another great Drama Dinner Theater! While the Drama IV
class presented "The Snow White Variety Snow," the Foods students
prepped food and served the audience. Thanks to all of the students
and teachers involved for putting on a fantastic event!

November Students of the Month

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:45

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month! These students were nominated by faculty and staff for being a Spartan in Body, Heart, and Mind. Great job! Back Row (left to right): Grant Barney (9th), David Daley (8th), Brianna Poulsen (9th), Aisya Preece (9th), Myla Millet (9th), Alexa Vazquez (8th); Front row (left to right): Shantelle Ashton (8th), Kendrick Elliott (7th), Elizabeth Allen (8th), Mason Young (9th)


Salem Junior Shakespeare Team

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:52

Some of you may not be aware of this, but our school has an excellent Shakespeare performing team. Every year, students on the team learn about at least one of Shakespeare's famous plays. They study it and learn the meaning of the lines and then rehearse monologues and scenes from the play.

This requires dedication as these students need to come into school even a little during the summer in order to have their performances ready in time for the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City in October. Once school starts, they stay after school and rehearse as well. All in preparation for the competitions they will be involved in down in Cedar City.

Not every student does the same thing on the team. Some students perform monologues and some are in ensembles and several do both. Not all students are actors either and some kids go down to compete as technical crew, competing in challenges of setting up stages and doing all of the behind the scenes work that is so necessary for plays to be successful.

This year, students studied and performed scenes from The Life and Death of Richard the III they also had the opportunity to watch a production of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

Shakespeare club is always on the lookout for new members, so if you have a student who will be in 8t or 9th grade next year, have them talk to the club's advisor Mrs. Ashworth to learn how they can be a part of the fun next year.


Eyes Up, Do the Work - Anti-bullying assembly

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:00

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

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:18

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!


High school marching band has their first competition

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 10/01/2019 - 10:18
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


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