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Salem Hills HS Boys Soccer

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Attention:  All boys soccer players, grades 9-12.

Are you planning on trying out for the SHHS Skyhawks soccer team this year?  If so, you are invited to attend pre-tryout trainings in January and February.

Pre-tryout training information can be found on the free app Telegram.  Sign up for Telegram on your device or a computer following the instructions here:

https://telegram.org/

(Note that when you set up your Telegram account, you will need to go to settings and create a username.).

Once you have a Telegram username, text it to Coach Johnson at 801-310-4957 and he will add you to the Telegram group called SHHS Soccer Open.  This group will have details about when and where we are meeting to train.  Locations and times will vary from day to day; we will mostly be at the Advanced Learning Center fields and at the Salem Hills HS weight room. 

These training will begin January 3rd and will continue up until tryouts.  Tryouts will be on Monday, February 26th.   If you have questions, contact Coach Johnson by text (see above) or by email at olomina@gmail.com.

Holly Hickman wins school art contest

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Congratulations to Holly Hickman who won first place in a school art contest run by Mr. Shaffer and the art department. The theme for the contest was Spartan Strong. Cooper Christiansen took third place and Paris Johnson placed second. Holly's piece along with her statement wowed the judges.

Here is Holly's statement:

The title of my artwork is "Victorious." It's a semi-realistic drawing done in pen ink using the inking techniques. The main subject of this drawing is the boy holding a hawk and a Spartan flag. My drawing expresses a personal victory, as the boy is standing over his "demons." Salem itself inspired me in this drawing, that is why I included Mt. Nebo in the background, the hawk to represent the Salem Hills SkyHawks, and the flag with the Salem Junior High logo on it. My goal for this artwork is to represent Salem, but also to challenge myself as an artist. This drawing was definitely a challenge, and it really showed me what I can do, and where I am as far as my skill level.  

Holly won an Amazon gift card and will have her work on display at the district office.

Percussion class received a special visitor

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Daniel Stolworthy

On Wednesday, December 19th, the percussion classes were visited by recent University of Utah graduate, Cris Stiles. Students were able to see Cris perform solos on the timpani, marimba, and snare drum from his recent senior recital. Cris also taught the students about 4 mallet technique and timpani technique. 

Winter Band Concert

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The Salem Jr. High Band held their annual Winter concert on Monday December 10th at Salem Jr. High. All band classes were involved in the performance which included the beginning brass, beginning woodwind, beginning percussion, advanced percussion, concert band, and jazz band.

The concert included several traditional Christmas carols performed by the beginning bands, a neat rendition of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the advanced percussion ensemble, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" performed by the jazz band, and short tour through music of the Nutcracker ballet performed by the concert band in a quick changing piece titled "The 3-Minute Nutcracker."

Students were excited to share their talents with family and friends and many expressed how much they enjoyed the concert.

Thank you to all who attended and for supporting the band. 

Drama 1 Performance

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Last week, the drama 1 performed plays in front of an audience of friends and family. They worked hard on these performances and did a great job. Our drama department always does a great job.

The pictures above are from the B2 evening performance of The Polka-dot Thief.

Look forward to a play coming in the spring. They will be performing Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

 

December Students of the Month

Congratulations to our December 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!

Sterling Shoemaker 9th,  Lexie Christiansen 8th, Kyler Baum 9th, Maloree Davis 9th, Gabriel Lee 7th, Tayson Olson 9th, Addy Hansen 8th, Trista Ream 8th

Quarters for Kids

Salem Jr High Faculty and Students are Collecting Quarters 4 Kids now through December 14th. The money raised will help local families that are in need for Christmas. Students will turn in their change to their math teacher. The money will be collected and counted daily until December 14th.

The classes with the most money (must be at least $50.00 to count) will earn a prize.  The first place class will earn a donut and pizza party.  The second and third place classes will earn donuts for each of their classes.

Heart of a Spartan

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Although Thanksgiving is over, we are still encouraging students here at the junior high to focus on the positive. Every Monday morning we set apart time for what we call Heart of a Spartan. This is an exercise that asks students to focus more on positive aspects in their lives and less on the negative. We are hoping to train their brains to be more optimistic and more grateful.

Many will recognize this as a similar program to the one they do at the high school. Our hope is to help students feel happier and more satisfied with their lives. The image above shows what we ask students to contemplate each week.

Honoring Veterans

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In honor of Veteran's Day last week, our school sponsored a fundraiser for Utah's Honor Flight. The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $1000 in order to fund a trip for a veteran to go to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials that have been erected in their honor. This is one small thing that we felt we could do to honor the service that veterans have done for our country.

We told students that even if everyone donated just one dollar we would be able to send a veteran to Washington D.C. Students and their families really felt the spirit of this fundraiser and we ended on Friday with over $2000 raised which means that we will be able to sponsor two veterans and send them with Utah Honor Flight. It was so great to see students coming in to donate their money for such a great cause.

Also, we gave students the opportunity to write small notes to veterans to thank them for their service and sacrifice for our country. We had a discussion with our students about what notes of thanks and recognition can mean for someone who served in our military.

We received many notes from students which will be taken to a veteran's care facility in Payson and handed out there.

October Students of the Month

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Congratulations to our Salem Jr High Students of the Month for October:

Ashyln Auman 9th
Kirrah Elmer 8th
Emily Balls 7th
Kyrie Kirkwood 8th
Eliza Linford 8th
Luke Hanks 8th
Luis Gonzalez 9th

These students and their parents will be invited to a breakfast get-together. We are so proud of these students for showing what a Spartan is through BODY, HEART, and MIND.

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