SaJHS creative writing students visited Salem Elementary today to read their own published children's books to first and second graders. The books were illustrated by some of Ms. Magnusson's art students. The elementary students were excited to have SaJHS students visit and loved the books!
Anyone visiting the school on Tuesday of last week would have surprised to see the teacher's behavior. In a school-wide assesmbly, teachers were acting crazy as they made good on their promises to SaJHS students. The promises were made in order to compete with SHHS to see who could earn the most money for Quinton Muir, an eighth grader at SaJHS battling cancer. It was decided that the winner would get a school-wide BBQ for lunch. SaJHS students rallied around one of their own and collected over $5500 beating Salem Hills High School.
SaJHS, in order to motivate their students to donate, asked teachers to pledge to do something crazy in front of the student body. Jordan Blanchard, PE teacher, volunteered to get his legs waxed. Vice principal Kevin Mecham, ninth grade counselor Mike Adams, English teacher Ryan Williams, and CTE teacher Casey Boyer told the students they would get their hair shaved into a lizard mohawk. English teacher Amy Huhtala offered to die her hair blue and green, which are SaJHS colors, and leave her hair that color through the end of the school year. Other crazy things include swallowing a live gold fish, shaving hair, kissing a snake, and many others. Each teacher named a minimum amount that they had to receive for Quinton. The top three teachers were asked to follow through with their pledge at the end of the week. JanaLee Stubbs, drama teacher and adviser in charge of the event, told the students that if they donated more than $3000, ALL of the teachers would have to do the crazy thing they volunteered to do.
If you are interested in purchasing one of our student's animals, please contact Cash Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are taking nominations now for three openings for parents on the School Community Council. This council meets once per month and helps to make decisions for the School Improvement Plan and determine the best uses of the Utah State Trustlands funds. You may nominate yourself or anyone else who has a student who will be going to Salem Junior High for the 2014-15 school year. It is a two year term, if elected. Nominations will be open through May 2; the elections will be held May 4-8 in the front office from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm each of those days. We will announce the new council members on May 9.
Salem Junior High will publish its first ever Creative Journal planned and organized by Mrs. Huhtala's Creative Writing Class. We are looking for artistic entries from students. Entries may include written and artistic works such as short stories, poems, 6 word memoirs, essays, and illustrations. Short story submissions must be 3 pages or less and artwork submissions must be less than an 8.5 x 11 with at least a one inch margin. Submissions are due to Mrs. Huhtala (Room 117) by May 2nd. Anonymous works and multiple entries per person are allowed. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Huhtala.
Mrs. Kellie Roberts was awarded the Crystal Apple Award during Monday's faculty meeting. Horace Mann representatives partner with local school administrators each year to sponsor the Crystal Apple Award program for recognizing teaching excellence.
Mrs. Miya recognized Roberts as being a dedicated, caring teacher who works tirelessly to meet the needs of her students. Miya also recognized Roberts for being a leader in her field of study. Miya said that when she first met her, Roberts was like a sponge working hard to learn everything she could to be a better teacher.
Congratulations Mrs. Roberts! Thanks for everything you do for our faculty, our students, and for our community.