Students in biology class have been learning about genetics and DNA recently. In order to help her students understand the concepts like the double helix structure and base pairing, Mrs. Roberts has them building model DNA. They can choose the sequence, but the model is structured so that the chemicals can only be paired correctly. This is a great hands-on learning activity and just one example of the awesome things being done at our school on a regular basis.
For a the past few months here at SaJHS our stage has been a busy scene as students rehersed their roles in the classic Guys and Dolls. Saturday, however, brought an end to afterschool rehersals as the cast of Guys and Dolls gave their last performance to a nearly packed auditorium. Here is what Mrs. Ashworth had to say about her experience:
"I've loved every play & cast that we have performed, here at Salem jr High, ever since my reign began. But this year's play is probably my fave. The cast and crew are like one big family! They take care of each other. Guys and Dolls had a fun story, memorable songs, and 4 amazing performances. But what really is going to stick with the creators of this performance was the friendship and experience that the students and directors gained from working on this show. My students have heard me say this but its still true, I can't do any of this alone; I need my backstage crew making sure that props and set pieces are where they should be when the curtains open; I need my tech booth on top of cues so that the audience can see and hear; and I need my fabulous actors lines or no lines to help tell this story. When you think about it I really don't do that much, It's all of the students working together with just a little bit of guidance from me. Thank you Cast, Crew, & Parents!"
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9:oo Monday morning several buses rolled past my windows and unloaded next year's 7th grade class. They came out laughing and joking, looking around wide-eyed and pointing around as they took in their new school for the next several years. Obviously were excited to come the the junior high to check out the school and learn about classes and activities that they will get to try next year when they become junior high students.
Every year students come from our feeder elementary schools Barnett (some of them), Foothills, Mt. Loafer, and Salem, to learn about what SaJHS has to offer them and to get them ready to sign up for classes. We put on a good show for them. The performing arts classes put on a show for them and they heard from some of the teachers about the elective classes that will be available. We also give them advice for next year from the mouths of actual 7th grade students who have now mastered junior high. Lastly, they are taken on a tour of the school led by our student council and Hope Squad who show them all of the must-know places in the building and give them the rundown on various teachers.
It is a great time and they kids really enjoy themselves. They got back on the bus at around 11:00 hopefully a little more excited and a little less nervous about going to a new school and dealing with the challenges of Junior High.
If you’ve ever heard of Mr. Winget, then you know he is one of the greatest teachers here at Salem Jr High. Mr. Winget brings fun, easy, and safe activities to his classroom in order to make learning a little easier and fun. On the other hand while Mr. Winget may be fun, he also doesn’t tolerate bad behavior, so it’s up to the students to have fun in his class as well.
Currently the student in Mr. Wingets’ class are learning about The Walker War, and The Blackhawk war. Like I said before, Mr. Winget says “It’s always fun, but it is never about me, just the students. I hope these kids make a difference in our world today.” So if you have a sixth grader coming here next year, you’ll know what kind of teacher they have if they get Mr. Winget.
The concert band students had an amazing opportunity this morning to have Dr. Kirt Saville from BYU work with them. Students were able to learn more about the proper style to play a march and how to bring more emotion to their music as a group. The band had Dr. Saville visit in preparation for their upcoming concerts and festivals in March. They will be performing at Salem Hills High on Wednesday March 8th at 6:00pm.
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Every month, our math teachers challenge students at our school by posting three questions that students can answer to get tickets to enter a drawing at the end of the month. One student from each grade is chosen to win a prize. Each question gets progressively harder and is worth more tickets. Question 1 is worth one ticket, Question 2 is worth two tickets, and Question 3 is, of course, worth 3 tickets. This is Question 2 for the month of February. Can you answer it? Share with your friends to see if they can as well.