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SaJHS students contribute to Skyhawk Marching Band success

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:15
Daniel Stolworthy

On Tuesday October 21st, the Salem Hills High School Skyhawk Marching Band swept their competition at Davis High School. Several Salem Jr. High 9th graders contributed to the best performance the Skyhawk Marching Band has ever had at the Davis Cup Invitational. The band not only won first place in their division, but also took home first place awards for outstanding music performance, outstanding visual performance, and outstanding color guard performance. Keep cheering on your 9th grade marching band members as they continue their quest to another state championship! 

SaJHS students participate in award-winning Skyhawk marching band

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:11
Daniel Stolworthy

On Saturday October 11th, members of the marching band participated in the Rocky Mountain Marching Band Invitational held at BYU's LaVell  Edwards Stadium. This year, there were a record thirteen 9th grade students in the Skyhawk Marching Band. The students had their best performance of the season and placed third in their division. A select few 7th and 8th grade students were also able to join on the fun trip to BYU and even help carry equipment to the field for performance.

Tanner Murray, Jesse Christensen, Jill Ashcraft, and Finlay Lofthouse are pictured enjoying the experience.

With only 3 more competitions left in the season, the marching band hopes to continue to raise their performance level and continue to place, hopefully winning at the state championship held on Halloween in St. George.

Spartan Chronicle broadcasts news show

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:08
Amy Huhtala

The Spartan Chronicle News Show debuted today during sixth period as teachers and students watch episode one of the weekly show in place of daily announcements. The show was co-founded by Delaney Christensen and Whitney Wilde, ninth graders and Co Editors-in-Chief of the Spartan Chronicle. The news show is scheduled to be produced and broadcasted weekly. 

Teachers and students had favorable things to say about the news show. Anne Cook, finance secretary, said, "That was so much fun. They (students) did a fantastic job." Jordan Blanchard, PE teacher, said, "This is so good!" 

To view episode one of the weekly news show, visit the Spartan Chronicle web page at Click on news and scroll down to "videos, or just click here

Spartan Chronicle publishes first paper of school year

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:12
Amy Huhtala

The journalism class at SaJHS distributed the September issue of the Spartan Chronicle to all students Thursday during 8th period. This is the second year that SaJHS has publised a student newspaper. Last year, students enjoyed 3 issues of the Spartan Chronicle. The 2014-15 staff has plans to publish at least 4 print-versions of the Spartan Chronicle and has added a video news show that will have a weekly episode.

September's issue of The Chronicle includes an in-depth look at the issues with the Common Core, fall school and community sports, student and teacher spotlights, and many more articles. New to this year's publication is a feature titled, "The Heart of a Spartan" in which Freshman Eli Wilcox highlights students who face tough challenges everyday. Returning columns such as "Amanda-Know-it-All" and "The World According to Spencer" are also included in the September issue. 

Every student will receive their own free copy of the Spartan Chronicle each month. If parents or other community members wish to subscribe to The Spartan Chronicle, please e-mail and we will send you a copy of the September issue as well as add you to our mailing list for subsequent publications. 

Spartan Chronicle releases news show

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:52
Amy Huhtala

The Spartan Chronicle, which is in its second year of publication, has added a new way for students and parents to get information about what's going on at Salem Junior High. Student Editors-in-Chief, Delaney Christensen and Whitney Wilde, have started a news show. View the trailer for thier upcoming episodes here.

One of the challenges with a monthly newspaper publication is the journalism staff can't cover events as they happen or before they happen. The news show, published once a week, will make information more available to students and parents. 

Check back on the website for a link to the first news episode next week. Delaney and Whitney have some great things in store for you! 

SaJHS hosts Special Education Extravaganza

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:32
Amy Huhtala

For the second year in a row, SaJHS hosted a special education extravaganza last Thursday, September 18th. Special education students from various junior highs in the district came to enjoy booths, food, treats, and a dance. 


Junior High Band students join SHHS Marching Band

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:22
Daniel Stolworth

On Friday Sept. 12th, both Salem Jr. High and Mt. Nebo Jr. High Bands joined the Salem Hills Skyhawk Marching Band for the football game against Timpview High School. Students came together for good food, fun music, and an exciting football game (for the first half at least). Here's some pictures of the fun.

Administration takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:57
Amy Huhtala

The administration bravely endured the ALS ice bucket challenge today during a scheduled fire drill in front the entire student body. Students were clamoring to get a view of Mr. Fleming, Mr. Mecham, and Mrs. Haider get doused by ice water that poured out of a tractor bucket while Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Cook were drenched by their co-workers. Each participant listed who they were challenging shortly before the student body began a 10-second count down. 

According to, the ALS Association in the US has reportedly received $41.8 million in donations between July 29 and August 21, 2014. This is a big jump compared to just $2.1 million received during the same time period last year.The ALS Therapy Development Institute, also in the US, has reported a big jump in the amount of donations it has received after the viral video challenge. The ice bucket challenge reportedly began in a video posted on July 15, 2014 by golfer Chris Kennedy. He tagged and challenged his cousin in New York, whose husband has had ALS for 11 years.

Two Days of Educated Entertainment

Submitted by maria.ruiz on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:26
Lana Hiskey
District Shakespeare Academy, August 2014

Over one-hundred students from all of Nebo School District’s junior high schools participate in the two-day Nebo Shakespeare Academy. This fun-filled summer event features ice-breaker games, theatre motion, voice technique, acting competitions, food, and FUN! 

Mapleton Junior High School was full of excitement and energy as students learned the value of good collaboration and healthy competition. 

Guest speakers, Jan Shelton Hunsaker and Andy Hunsaker, not only entertained but taught award-winning theatre characteristics. Their Top Ten Tips of Shakespeare Acting enchanted the junior high actors. Both guests were educated and trained at SUU’s Shakespeare Festival. The Hunsaker’s enormous theatre programs have taken many first place awards at competitions such as the Shakespeare Acting Competition, the Tuachan School for the Performing Arts, and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. The Hunsakers are both teaching in Nebo School District at Spanish Fork High School.  

This Nebo School District Shakespeare Academy is in its fourth year, and the Nebo District junior high teachers stated, “We have the most supportive school board and administrators across the state, whom support our desires to give our students this amazing experience.”

Nebo School District junior high school theatre teachers and Shakespeare coaches include:  Kara Poulsen, Diamond Fork; Kristina Holley, Spanish Fork; Rock Hatch White, Mt. Nebo; Nichole Clement, Mapleton and Springville; David Antablian, Payson; DeAnna Ashworth and Catherine Lyon, Salem.



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