Two 7th graders receive Great Kids Award

Amy Huhtala

Tate Palmer and Oakley Palfreyman were awarded the Utah County Great Kids Award from the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce on April 30th. Oakley and Tate were given a cash award of $100.00. Congratulations Tate and Oakley!

SaJHS Students participate in Livestock Show at Spanish Fork Fairgrounds

Cash Williams & Amy Huhtala

Did you know many students from Salem Hills High School and Salem Junior High raise and exhibit animals at Junior Livestock Shows around the state every year? We have students showing steers, lambs and hogs locally this week.  
The local auction is on May 3 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.  Now is a great time to fill your freezer and support the youth of our community.  The cost is listed below. The following is a list of students who are competing at the Junior Livestock Show this week:  
Swasey Bliss, McKay Simmons
Sakia Brost, Savanna Martinson, Tiffany Anderson, Jessica Cory, Jocelyn Bell, Kalee Reid 
Rylee Beckstead, Melody Hatcher, Megan Hickman, Trevan Conrad, Alley Meredith, Wyatt Swinford, Brett Aitken, ShaNae Jolley, Keelan Stewart, Kenna Heath, Isabell Brockbank, Brynn Dudek, Ainsley Stoneman
How much will an animal cost?
1/2 Hog $200.00       Whole Hog $400.00
1/2 Lamb $175.00     Whole Lamb $350.00
1/2 Beef $1100          Whole Beef $2200
Animals can be sent to processing at: Circle V, Springville, Dixons, or Gary's Meats.  
There are many other students not listed that attend our schools and could use the support.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for supporting our agriculture students in the Salem community.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our student's animals, please contact Cash Williams at

Summer Art Studio Offered by Nebo District

Lisa Magnusson

Interested in improving your drawing skills over the summer?  Nebo School District is offering a 2-week drawing class in June.  There is a $25 material fee.  Registration begins May 12th.  See the flier or contact Ms. Magnusson for more details.

School Community Council Elections

SCC Elections May 4-8

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.  

Please call the school with your nominations at 801-423-6550 or email Jo Lynn Ford at


Salem Junior to Publish Creative Journal

Amy Huhtala

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. Roberts wins Crystal Apple Award

Amy 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. 

Hope Squad helps provide safe haven for SaJHS students

Mike Adams

Yesterday, the Hope Squad kicked off their duties with an annual retreat. 

The Hope Squad is a group of students that provide support, encouragement, referral and resources to students who may be struggling. It requires attendance to a monthly meeting and initial training for those students involved. Students in the hope squad have been nominated by their peers as someone they would turn to in a difficult situation.

Members of the Hope Sqaud will be trained in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to refer the student for help. The students are not“counselors” or “suicide intervention experts” but rather, they are supportive helpers trained in how to help students get help.

Hope Squad Members:

9th grade

Abigail Hawkins, Brandon Griffiths, Jackson Badger, Emma Fleming, Conner Campbell, Aidan Dayton, Matea Bowles, Jackson VanTassel, Cameron Bradshaw, Shaylie Porter. Ashley Taylor

8th grade

Whitney Wilde, Colter Smith, Evan Jack, Delaney Christensen, Cecily Yates, Spencer Van Ausdal, Natalie Halcrow.

7th grade

Ty Callister, Brynn Eyre, Jennah Lee, Carson Peterson, Shawn Thorne, Chyler Zeeman, Saige Glazier, Jace Hancock, Cecily Scott, Cara Walker, Rachel Weber.


PTA fundraiser winners announced

Amy Huhtala

For the PTA March Madness Fundraiser, the PTA offered an ice cream party to any class that could get 100% of students in the class to return the March Madness Form. Mrs. Huhtalas Class is the only class that earned the ice cream prize!

One of Mr. Dayton's classes won the pizza party grand prize by collecting $108. 

All of the money raised will stay with our school's PTA to use for the benefit of Salem Junior High.