Our 9th graders were invited to Salem Hills for Freshman Day on March 4th. They started with an assembly where they met the administration and some lucky recipients even got the coveted SHHS socks! From there they ventured to the gym to explore clubs and activities they can join next year. The day ended with donuts and school tours. While Salem Jr. will be sad to see them go, these freshmen are looking forward to becoming Skyhawks! High school registration information will be coming home soon!
The National Junior Honors Society is sponsoring a Pop Tab drive at our school. This is a fundraising drive we have done for several years. The goal is to get as many of the little tabs on the tops of soda cans so we can send them to the Ronald McDonald House foundation. They recycle the pop tabs as use the money they receive to help fund their charity.
For those who don't know, the Ronald McDonald House is a charity that houses parents who have children in the hospital. This allows parents to stay close to their kids without needing to worry about the expense of staying in a hotel.
This year, the Pop Tab Drive has been set up as a competition between grades. As of right now, the 7th-grade class is winning, but all have donated.
If you'd like to send you pop tabs to the school, we will be collecting them until the 15th of March and then we will send them off to the Ronald McDonald House.
Salem Junior High drama will be performing Willy Wonka here on March 6, 7, 9, and 11. The play begins each day at 7:00 p.m. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and students with their ID's.
The kids involved in the play have been working hard getting this play ready and they are excited to show what they've accomplished. Come support the students. The plays are great every year and this one will be just as wonderful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.!
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.
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.