The Band Classes (with help from Mr. Stolworthy) put on a great final concert for this year. Every class played at some point, including beginning, concert, and jazz band with special songs by the percussion ensemble and the guitar class. The songs were very student involved, including familiar themes such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, and eventually ending with all the band classes playing Mission Impossible together. It was a very fun concert to end a great year at Salem Jr. High. Don’t worry if you missed it though. The Fine Arts Assembly is May 22, the last Wednesday of the school year (Hooray!), and the percussion will be playing one of their songs called Tailspin and the concert band will be playing the John Williams Medley, the two most enjoyable songs that were played at the End of Year Band Concert. Band has been so much fun this year for those in and associated with it. If you are thinking of taking band next year, do it! Mr. Stolworthy is waiting for you and would be happy to have you come play some more awesome songs for next year. Band rules!
On Monday, April 29th, Salem Jr. High’s advanced and beginning orchestras had the opportunity to go and play at an orchestra festival at UVU. They performed in front of judges who evaluated them on how well they played. They were also judged on their professionalism, musical balance, tune, and more. When the orchestra finished their songs, the judges went on stage and either helped them on parts that needed improvement, or praised them for a job well done. I asked Mr. Wells, our orchestra teacher, what he thought of the festival. He said, “I thought it was much more educational than years past at this festival. One of the judges helped us tremendously. He seemed to work very well with junior high students. ”I asked an orchestra student, Darby, what she thought of the festival. She said, “I liked the festival. It’s fun to go every year and it gives the orchestra more experience with performing and getting feedback. I like hearing the differences between other schools.” All in all, I think that this was a great experience for Salem Jr. High’s orchestras. I hope that we have this same opportunity next year as well!
Please pay all fines to the Finance Office by May 17.
The SaJHS Girls track took 1st place in the district!!!!
The Boys Track tool 3rd! Congratulations to both teams!!!
On Friday, May 3rd, Salem had a great pre-district meet against Springville and Mapleton. Many people both had personal records and team/district records. Everyone worked so hard to beat their best times and measurements to qualify for the district track meet being held on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. Congratulations to Paige Simmons by winning the 100m, 200m, 400m, and high jump. Adrene Harding did an amazing job running distance for Salem in the 800m and 1600m. She was able to run the 800m in only 2:24.20 and the mile in just 5:45. Sierra Draper did a wonderful job in the throwing events, both shotput and discus. Sierra was able to beat her personal best in shotput throwing 33 feet and also doing well in discus throwing 64 feet. Sophie Hartline did wonderful jumping 16'3 in the long jump. Salem's girls relay teams also did a wonderful job. The girls at Salem Jr. High did a wonderful job taking 2nd all around. Salem's boys also did an amazing job at this meet. AJ Larson was able to run the 100m in just 11 seconds. Wow is he fast! Clayton Vanfleet did a great job in both the 200 and 400 meter races. Tanner Bills did a wonderful job in high jump jumping 5 feet 7 inches. Sam Weeks also did an amazing job jumping 17 feet in long jump. Brandon Griffiths did an outstanding job in the discus throwing 119 feet. Great job to all Salem Jr. High Track athletes. Everyone did a wonderful job during this meet. We have had such a fun and amazing season. Good luck at districts we know you will do a wonderful job representing our school!
The first ever Nebo Poetry Slam was held May 7th at Salem Hills High school. 45 students from Salem, Payson and Spanish Fork participated. Noah Larsen took 2nd overall winning a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble and two movie tickets, Brendon McConnell and Aidan Dayton received honorable mention prizes. All of our Salem poets were amazing. Look for their performances on the school Youtube Channel, and read more about it at the Daily Herald.