UCHD & E-Cigs


The Utah County Health Department will have representatives at our Spartan Target Conferences on Thursday, February 7. They will have an information table from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to give parents helpful information about e-cigarettes.

There will also be a presentation in the library at 3:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

Please plan to attend and get the important information to help our/your students.

Shout out to Chamber Choir

Sharon Keliiliki

Hey All! This is just a HUGE shout out to our Salem Junior High Chamber Singers and to their awesome Director Mr. Guthrie!

Not sure if many of you know that our Chamber Singers were selected to perform for the Utah Music Educators Association Conference's evening concert held this past weekend in St. George. This was the only school group and they performed alongside the acclaimed UVU Chamber Choir.
And...they were AMAZING! I couldn't help but be boastful letting everyone around me know that they were MY students! My daughter, a Music Educator, along with many others in attendance, were SHOCKED that the beautiful voices that came from our students were that of a Junior High Choir!
Thank you choir and Mr. Guthrie...your music made a lot of people very happy on Friday night! 
From my "Heartland",
Mrs. Keliiliki

Student of the month for February


Congratulations to our February SaJHS "Students of the Month." They were recognized at a breakfast with their parents and teachers. We are proud of these students for being "Spartan Strong" in Body, Heart, and Mind!

Hanna Hathaway 8th, Nate Jordan 9th, Cooper Nelson 7th, Cole Hartline 8th, Eloise Brown 8th, Makenzi Matheson 9th, Sydnee Nicholls 7th, Avarie Dain 7th

7th Grade Job Shadow Day

Have you ever wondered what job shadowing is or wished you could job shadow someone? We are excited that our 7th graders have this opportunity on Friday, February 8.

Each 7th grader should have received the paperwork in their College and Career Awareness class. This needs to be returned to your teacher. If you need a paper please see your College and Career Awareness teacher.  Job Shadow is a great way to get a career experience!

Spring Sports Information Meeting

Are you a Salem Jr High School student? Are you interested in Spring sports, which include Boys Tennis, Girls Golf, and Track? If so, you are just in time. You are invited to attend an informational meeting next week on February 7th at 4:00 p.m.  This is the same day as Spartan Target Comferences so come to the meeting and then take your parent(s) to your advisory class for your conference.


Stem Club: Breaking the Code


Stem Club is starting today after school and will focus on Code Breaking and will run every Wednesday at 3:00. Each different session will have a different focus on activities that use STEM related skills and concepts. Some potential classes that might be taught are 3D printing, Drones, Scratch and so on. 

Mrs. Palestino will be teaching the course in her classroom in room 111. The fee for the club is only $10 which you or your student can pay at the financial office. This will be a great club that will develop skills that are highly sought after in STEM related fields.

Contact Mrs. Palestino or show up today at 3:00 for more information. 

Cave Art with Mr. Shaffer


Students in Drawing 1 today had a hands-on lesson about the history of drawing and the purpose it has always served people. The goal of the lesson is to demonstrate the important role that art and drawing have played in human history. This is a foundational lesson that Mr. Shaffer uses to set the tone and expectation for his new classes this semester. Kids get to have fun and learn something new while exercising their creativity.

Mr. Shaffer's approach to teaching students goes beyond lecture. He takes his students through virtual tours of caves with some of the most iconic drawings known and discusses their importance. Next, every student gets a piece of charcoal that they can use to create their own "cave drawings" around the room on brown paper. Kids laugh and share ideas as they tell stories or communicate what they love with their drawings. 

S.E.L.F.I.E. Week at SaJHS


Last Thursday, students here at SaJHS had a special speaker come to our school to talk to them about mental health and the importance of stepping away from their phones and making real connections with people. He encouraged them to talk to people and interact with their peers more often. In support of that, our counseling office organized a campaign for this week called Take a SELFIE. 

The Take a SELFIE campaign encouraged kids to step away from their technology for a week and work on themselves and their interpersonal relationships. They have been engaged in activities this week in groups or playing interactive or collaborative games to encourage them to enjoy each other's company.

Students also have the opportunity to memorize positive, uplifting quotes to enter a drawing to win a prize. 

January Students of the Month

Cecily Yeager

Congratulations to our January SaJHS "Students of the Month." They are Gabriel McDaniel (8th), Ruthie Devenport (8th), Summer Ovard (9th), Mia Kindrick (8th), Zoey Spencer (8th), Stephen Strong (9th), and Gavin Johnson (7th)

They will be recognized at a breakfast with their parents and teachers. We are proud of these students for being "Spartan Strong" in Body, Heart, and Mind!