Salem students fight district hat policy

Whitney Wilde, Chronicle Staff Writer
Mrs. Ward's 3rd period student model various types of hats.

There has been a petition going around SaJHS involving hats. This petition started at Salem Hills High School (SHHS) by a senior named Justus Thomas. Justus started this petition and got it approved by the principal of SHHS, Bart Peery. The petition reached this school because of Justus’ sister, Adri Thomas, eighth grader. The petition has reached about 500-600 signatures by mostly students. The Thomas’ hope to reach enough signatures to be able to persuade the district to change the hat rule. Austyn Thomas, eighth grader and supporter of the petition, says that most of the students don’t think hats cause distraction. Austyn tried to start a “hat revolution” on December 12. She advertised it on the school’s Facebook page, but the day was unsuccessful. The question now is, will Justus serve justice? Adri would like all the support they can get. Students know that when having a bad hair day, or just a lazy day, that hats would be very convenient to wear. Adri would like to share this message, “The rule has been going on forever and we need a change. We just need to remember to take them off during the pledge and national anthem.” She believes that respect is the only reason why we can’t wear hats.

According to Reed Park, legal counsel for the district, the hat policy exists for 4 main reasons.  One, hats can be a distraction in the classroom; two, hats can be used to hide contraband; three, hats can be gang-related; and four, hats could keep teachers and administrators from meeting the health, safety, and welfare concerns of all students. Park states “ I guess overall, because there are some potential problems with having hats in school, the question is what are the positive reasons for allowing hats and do those reasons outweigh the potential negative consequences?  That ultimately is the discretion and decision of the Board of Education.



November Students of the Month


Congratulations to the November Students of the Month. Students of the month are nominated by teachers. The students of the month for the previous month are recognized at the beginning of each month. Students receive a certificate, a treat, a letter home including positive comments from the student's teachers, and a letter from the mayor of Salem. 
From left to right:
MacKenzie Henderson
Collin Sorensen
Brook Vaitohi
MacKenzie McGrath
Hailey Cuff
Xion Davis

8th graders take ACT Explore test

Spencer Van Ausdal, Chronicle Staff Writer


On November 7, 2013 eighth graders had the opportunity to take an ACT practice test. The purpose of this test was to prepare students for the ACT test during their junior year in high school. This test consisted of the four main subjects of school. English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Many students did not complete all of the sections, and if they did they guessed on many of the questions. 8th grader, Lauren Lish stated, “ I finished all the sections, but I had to guess on many of the questions.” Lauren wasn’t the only one who didn’t finish all the sections. 8th grader Ashlynn Horrocks said, “ I finished all the sections but  math. I had seven questions left on math.”

This test was a great way for students to see what the real ACT test will look like in the future. Lauren said, “ It was very beneficial because it shows us what we will be doing in high school.” Ashlynn said, “ It was a good time to spend time. It prepares us for the real test!”


Students will receive scores on each of these sections in a few short weeks.

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Students excited for Thanksgiving Break

Quade Bunker and Jordan Jimenez, Chronicle Staff Writers


Gobble Gobble!

 Thanksgiving is a holiday where families get together, have fun, and eat tons of food. The traditional food eaten on Thanksgiving is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and many other types of food. Many people have Thanksgiving traditions, like what they eat, where they go, and what their favorite dessert is. Most families have thanksgiving traditions. we asked four students in 7th and 8th grade on what traditions they have, where they eat, and what their favorite dessert is.

7th grader David Jones said “Every other year we go to my grandparents house, and the other year my cousins come to my house.”

7th grader Sandy Wilky said “My family always goes on a vacation usually to Disney Land.”

8th grader Brook Vaitohi said “Thanksgiving is two days after my birthday, so we usually celebrate both.

8th grader Derian Poulson said “We just eat a lot of food.”

Along with traditions, where we eat is as important as the holiday itself.

David Jones said “We eat at my grandmas house every other year. And at my house the other year, along with my cousins.”

Sandy Wilky said “She just eats with her family, then rides horses.”

Brook Vaitohi said “We eat in Tonga.”

Derian Poulson said “We go to my grandmas house because she makes tons of food.”

There are so many different varieties of desserts. We asked these students what their favorites are.

David Jones said “I like every dessert.”

Sandy Wilky said “Yams are my favorite.”

Brook Vaitohi said “Topie is his favorite dessert.”(Topie is a Tongan dessert)

Derian Poulson said “My favorite dessert is every kind of pie.”



October Students of the Month


Two students from each grade are recognized each month for being outstanding students. Students of the month are nominated by teachers during the last week of every month. Students are recognized with a certificate, a letter sent home with quotes about the student's exceptional behavior and academic progress, a small treat, and a vinyl sticker. Congratulations October Students of the Month! From left to right: Sheridan Vest, 7th grade; David Jones, 7th grade; Kate Rees, 8th grade; Josh Cowden, 8th grade; Mara Turner, 9th grade; Ben Preece, 9th grade.

Volleyball intramural tournament held at SaJHS

Amy Huhtala

SaJHS held a district volleyball tournament on Friday, November 1. Teams came from Springville, Payson, and Mapleton Junior High. There were seven teams in all that competed in a round robin tournament. Congratulations to the winners: First place was the Salem Killers led by Micah Button; Second place went to the Payson Lions; and Third place was the Salem Spartans captained by Nate Blue. 

Junior varsity wins first place; varsity takes second in district tennis finals

Whitney Wilde

The Salem Junior High School (SaJHS) Spartans girls tennis team has had lots of success in their 2013 season. Their district tournament took place on October 15 and 16. Junior varsity won first place on Monday. Liza Adams, Berlyn Briggs, Windsor Moore, and Mackenzie Shepherd were undefeated, earning them the first place slot. Mackenzie Shepherd. Macady Baxter and Aspen Ruiz took second place, and  Aubree McCarthy and Kaitlin Hallows took third place. The varsity girls won second place overall on Tuesday, however doubles partners Whitney Wilde, Katie Stutz, Mallorie Kimber, and Elise Riley won first place. Natalia Oveson took second place and Taylor Tolbert and Abby Hullinger took fourth place.  


SaJHS student places first at district cross country finals

Spencer VanAusdal

Brodey Hasty, 8th grade, took first in the district cross country meet at the beginning of October. The boys cross country team took second overall. Summer Johnson, 9th grade, placed seventh individually as the girls team placed second overall. 

Our Choir ROCKS!

Rachel Brooksby and Brad Dayton

Our school choirs performed at the "Fall Pops Concert" on Monday, October 21st. The choirs performed many songs, including Bohemian Rhapsody and Radioactive.  Visit to view their final number.  All 238 students (all 4 choirs combined) were on stage. 


Lisa Magnusson

VOTE online at
Salem Junior High has 27 art students participating in a poster contest advertising the dangers of radon, a radioactive gas that can be found in homes.  (If you want to vote for one of our students, they are entries: 102, 170, 191, 192, 195, 201, 227, 264, 266, 277, 278, 279, 280, 301, 302, 315, 316, 317, 319, 388, 389, 390, 419, 439, 440, 450, 451.) 

Please VOTE online at for your favorite design.  Winners get cash prizes ($100-$300) and the winning school gets $500!  The voting window closes THIS FRIDAY.