Christmas break starts tomorrow, Dec. 21 which is a half day, so don't forget to pick your kids up at 11:15. It will go through the 1st of January. We hope you all have a great break and try not to break anything. We all hope that you have an amazing Christmas. We all hope you get tons of gifts or give tons of gifts. If you are going out of town have a safe trip and if not, then still be safe
In PE This year we have done a lot of fun and challenging things. Yet we have had so much fun. In the beginning of PE, we did land paddling it was so fun. Land paddling is where you have a paddle board then you have a paddle that looks like a real paddle but had a rubber end to it that helped you stop. It was ultimately fun.
After we did volleyball. The hard part in volleyball was that a lot of us couldn’t get it above the net, but it was still very fun to play.
After volleyball we did basketball. Basketball was very fun and challenging at the same time. We had a very hard time trying to make it into the hoop. Lucky we all pretty much figured it out.
Now we are working on dance. We just did a dance where we had to choreograph our own dance in a group. Then we got to perform it in front of the whole PE class. Girls PE is very fun and we love being there.
Another term has rolled around since our last concert, which means we have another concert coming soon (December 14th, at 7:00 P.M. to be specific). The Christmas concerts are always very exciting, and our choirs have been working very hard to make sure we have a memorable time for both the students and the audience. Along with the concert, last Friday the advanced choirs (Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Bella Voce) performed at both the Provo and Orem malls. This is always one of the choir highlights of the year and always stirs up excitement.
Good luck at the concert!
In 8th grade FACS, we made bags and they have turned out amazing. Making that bags was so fun and pretty easy. Now we are working on making pj pants or shorts. FACS class has helped me learn how to be a better sewer. After the pj’s we are going to be making dirty clothes bags. They hold your clothes so that you don’t have to. All of us get along so well which makes facts ever more fun. In the past, we made finger pin cushions and for Halloween, we made pumpkin pincushions. One thing I like about FACS is that we are never not working on something. Thanks, Mrs. Larsen!
If you want a yearbook, you have to get one by the end of December. There might be some extra but for a guaranteed one you have to order by December. They are 30 dollars!
Adelaide Zeeman who is on the yearbook committee said, “Everyone’s pictures will be in the yearbook. There’s a bunch of pages on sports. There will be a page on people’s favorite candy bars. There will be a page for most school clubs. And it’s gonna super epic! Upload any pictures of you and your friends to hjeshare.com to be featured in the yearbook!”
Here at Salem Jr High School, the Honors Society is sponsoring a pop tab drive. The pop tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay if they have a family member in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House recycles the pop tabs to pay overhead costs of running the house. Start collecting pop tabs (found on soda cans, soup cans, fruit cans, etc.) Students turn them into your advisory teacher. There will be a gallon jug in your advisory classroom. The first class to fill the jug to the top will be the winner and get a reward. The reward is to be decided by the Honors Society and will be revealed later.
November's Students of the Month have been chosen and have received their awards, but they haven't yet received their recognition. We want to congratulate all of them and let everyone know how great they are. These kids are impressing their teachers with hard work and great attitudes. Congratulate them if you see them.
7th: Peyton Kilpatrick and Matthew Horton
8th: Millie Knowlton and Carlos Minjares
9th: Brandi Moss and Dillan Fullmer
Today in 8th-grade science, students are learning about physical states of matter and how things change from solids to liquids and then to gases. What better way to learn about this than to make ice cream? Students are separated into partners and given a plastic ball which they fill with salty ice water. There is a metal tube in the middle of each ball where the ice cream is actually made. They add the ingredients for their ice cream and roll it back and forth to mix it up and make sure that all of the ice cream is getting cold and not just freezing to the sides. They are just making plain vanilla, but it's a great lab that has all kids engaged.
Not only are kids learning about states of matter, they are also learning through this lab how salt lowers the freezing point, allowing the ice water to get even colder and they learn how some materials transfer heat better than others, and that is why the cylinder in the middle is made out of metal instead of plastic or some other material.
Last week, in honor of Veteran's Day, many students in our school wrote letters to some of our active service men and women in the military to thank them for their service and show appreciation for what they do for our country. Students had a great experience with this activity. They wrote letters and created cards that were sent off to Mrs. Betteridge's son and his squadron in the Middle East. Mrs. Betteridge was excited and thankful to the students for the letters that they wrote.
Last week at SAJHS was hope week. On Monday, it was dress up like a tourist, on Tuesday was sports day, Wednesday was hat day, Thursday was a whiteout, and Friday was pajama day! We had hope week so we could get off our phones. The theme of hope week was unplug and reconnect. A lot of the world today is experienced through our phones. We should start to unplug from our phones and connect with real people more often.
The time came around for hope week! Hope Week is a week where we get to have fun dressing up and doing different things. On Monday, we got to dress up as a tourist and we got a paper with different continents on it and we filled in the answers of questions around the school. On Tuesday, we got to dress up in a sports uniform and we will be having a free throw contest. On Wednesday, we got to wear hats to school. On Thursday, we were wearing white to school and passing out nice notes. Lastly, on Friday, we got to wear pajamas to school, and in your English class, you got to have a read-a-thon where you just read the whole class period and have an assembly. It was a fun week and I hope that the students and staff enjoyed participating.