On Thursday, March 29 a crowd of choir students excitedly traveled over to the Salem High school for a high level singing competition. This year the Chamber Singers Festival would be judged by Mr. Bills; the SHHS choir director. Originally only the Chamber singers themselves were supposed to go, but because Women's Chorus was so advanced they came as well. Once we arrived we sat in the high school auditorium to watch other choirs preform. Jr. High's from all over the district came to show off their best choirs. The Salem Jr. Women's Chorus was third to perform. They sang The Voice, Dirai-ton, and Kaki Lambe. Their performance was amazing. Salem Jr. Chamber Singers were the last to perform. We sang O Sifuni Mungu, Earth Song, and Let Everything that Hath Breath. The audience gave us a standing ovation! Both Women's Chorus and Chamber Singers received a Superior rating and great comments from the judge. They thoroughly enjoyed this event and look forward to it next year!
This year Salem Junior High's Musical production was Annie Jr. Annie is about an orphan who gets adopted by a billionaire, Mr. Warbucks played by Ben Ewell. Annie was played by Aspen Ruiz, who stunned the audience with her performance. Some of the musical performances included Maybe, I Think I’m Gonna like It Here, NYC, and Tomorrow. This play was magnificent, and you could tell the students in this production worked really hard to make this play fantastic. Ms. Stubbs the drama teacher was the director, while Mrs. Brooksby was the musical advisor/ co-director, and Mrs. Hopes the Choreographer. They did a great job on this play the great production it was. The shows running dates were March 20 thru the 23. We thank you all who came and saw this amazing performance. The students in the play really appreciated it, and encourage you to audition for next year’s musical.
On Monday March 18, 2013 the classes watched a motivational movie by a man name Nick Vujicic. He has no arms or legs, just a little foot with two toes on his left side. He talked about not giving up in life. And how we all need to keep moving forward. He told us how he got though is trials and hardships in his life. He said that his religion was a big part in his success in life. He taught us that no matter what there is hope in the world.
He also talked about bullying, and suicide prevention. He gave some startling statistics about bullying. He said that over 60% of teenagers at school have been bullied. That statistic shows that everyone needs to work harder at not bullying. He talked about how teasing is the same as bullying to a victim. He also talked about suicide prevention. He took a survey about suicides, and it told that most suicides were a result of bullying. In the auditorium he was at he made the students close their eyes, and raise their hand if the question applied to them. He said that one in four students have had suicidal thoughts. These numbers are shocking, and we think we should stop bullying all together.
To start off the new term we have a new schedule. Instead of the usual 25 minute olympic time during 7th period Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, we now have 43 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The teachers felt the need for a change because there just wasn’t enough time in the single period to re teach lessons to those who needed them. Instead of having all the free time we now have an academic based advisory period. This way there is more intervention for those that are struggling with their grades. Using the mini report cards the teachers can use (I’s) to flag a student so that they can acquire the help that they need. We asked a few students about what they thought of it, and most of them were negative. One said, “It isn’t fair to those who have good grades.” Although it is more academic based, there will still be fun enrichment activities for those who have no I’s. On Tuesday and Thursday the other class periods are shortened by 2 minutes to make up for the extra time. On Monday and Friday the class periods are longer, at 50 minutes long. On Wednesday, the schedule stays the same.
We are implementing new procedures for Olympic Time. View this Olympic Time Video for more information.
Olympic Time will be held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and will be academic activities. Students will be able to get help from teachers, enjoy silent reading time or silent study time.
On Tuesday, March 12 we had sixth graders come to tour the school. They seemed excited as I saw them exit the buses. They had a tour of the school and the orientation in the auditorium. Theyalso got to see some performances from the choir, band, and others. They even got to practice opening lockers. One sixth grader said, “I’m really excited for Jr. High. It seems so cool. I’m so nervous and excited at the same time. I can’t wait.” I had a question and answer session with a future sixth grader. He wanted to know more about classes, schedules, teachers and more. He also thought it would be cool to get a locker and have periods with different teachers. It seems that we have some students excited for this wonderful school. Let us welcome these new students from Foothills, Salem Elementary, and Mt. Loafer and Barnett and help them with their new experience at Salem Jr. High.
Excitement is spreading as the day of our school’s musical performance draws near. Annie has captured the attention of every student of Salem Junior High and anticipation is rippling as more information comes. The cast and directors are amazing, and they are trying very hard to make this performance enjoyable, but I believe that many of us often overlook those who are helping in the shadows and performing their parts on the sides and in the back. Tina Knutson, Ryker Scott, Mitchell Hunter are the members of our tech team, who keep everything running. Without them the play would lose some of its charm and beauty. Although they are not in the spotlight, and they do not have any speaking parts, I would like to commend them for the work they do without want of special recognition or reward.
Not only does our tech team bring about marvelous work to perfect our school play, “Annie”, they also demonstrate a valuable lesson. Their example is one of service and sportsmanship. They serve silently and without expecting praise. There are others as well in our school that do the same kind of confidential and faithful work. There are those who everyone turns to for support because they will always sacrifice time to listen. Others go out of their way to make the excluded feel welcome. Some give this service by simply following the teacher’s instructions to clean the floor or to stop talking. Let's take time to appreciate all the talents and abilities that every Spartan has!!
This year at Salem Junior High we have started track and field. Track and field just started on March 11, 2013. Track and field consists of seven different activities: Shot put, discuss, sprints, hurdles, distance running, high and long jumps. The first day track was a good turnout; we probably had 50 people there and it was a blast. On the first day we went around to different stations to see what they all were. The stations where short and brief, it was just to get a feel for it. The coaches are Coach Blanchard, Mrs. Brooksby, Mrs. Bray, Coach Reece, Coach Sidney, and Coach Edmonson. You can still sign up in the front office. This year will be tough, but if we work hard, we’ll earn a great first year title for our school. We encourage everyone to come to our meets to support us and our school!Good luck out there!
Three of our finest athletes represented Salem Junior High at the Nebo School District Captain's Academy in January. Jackie Yates (Girls Basketball), Justin Christensen (Boys Basketball), Sean Knudeson (Wrestling) attended the academy which included speeches about hard work, academics and good sportsmanship. Jackie, Justin and Sean were able to meet athletes from the other schools in the district. They had a great time and represented us all well!
On Thursday February 28, 2013 the Salem Jr. High Womens Chorus went to BYU for a singing competition. It was a fun and wonderful opportunity. They were one of the few juniorh highs to compete, the rest were from high schools from around Utah. They sang The Voice, a song from Ireland, Dirait-On, a French piece, and Kaki Lambe, an African tribal dance song. They had an amazing performance; the audience loved it. The completion judges loved it and said they did a fabulous job. Although they did not win first place, they did great!