Salem Junior High School's first year has been a great year! Thank you to all our students, parents, faculty, and staff! To commemmorate our first year, a time capsule was filled and buried, to be opened in 25 years. Visit http://youtu.be/-YKhYCsyWSg for video and pictures.
On the last day of school, May 24, we placed a time capsule in the front of the school. The Student Council did a fantastic job organizing this activity. They placed various items in the time capsule including a yearbook that many students signed, the ribbon from the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, and other items from our first year. The time capsule will be opened in 25 years!! Hopefully, many of the students will be able to return to see the opening!
For more than one year the teachers of the band/orchestra, choir and drama departments of Salem Jr High School and Mount Nebo Jr HIgh School have been working on preparing for this night. They have worked so hard to be ready for these two nights. With Rachel Brooksby, Jana Lee Stubbs, Laura Turner, Rock White, and Kaitlin Brady putting the whole thing together. There were over 500 students participating each performance night. Also there were a total of 25 songs that most of the students had to memorize. Monday May 20, 2013 was Mt. Nebo’s actors to take center stage. Then on Tuesday May 21, 2013 the Salem Jr. High schools actors to be in the spotlight. The performance was spectacular and entertaining, and ended wonderfully. Everyone in the audience loved the performance by the students. The actors were amazing, and so were the background choir, orchestra, and band participants. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.
May 17th our school had the opportunity to go to Lagoon. Our school had to take eleven charter buses just so we could get there. We loaded the buses around eight and got to Lagoon around ten. Everyone unloaded the buses and ran for the park entrance, eager to ride all of the rides. We all got through the gates and ran to try to be the first ones in line. While there, Wicked was the most popular. Everybody ran to that ride first since the line seemed to be the longest. After everybody enjoyed the rides we all sat down to grab a bite to eat. After we all stuffed ourselves, we decided to go on some more rides before we had to leave. Everyone started to head back to the buses when the trip had come to an end. We once again loaded the buses and started to head home. All of the students began to doze off on the way back to the school. We finally arrived back at the school and everybody’s parents were there to pick them up. It was a great day!
On May twenty-first, the tennis teams went to the High School’s tennis courts for a delicious barbeque and tennis games! There was a good turnout, lots of varsity and junior varsity players were there, with a good amount of intramural players. First, Coach Kellis welcomed everyone then dismissed everyone to go get their choice of steak, chips, and yummy dessert. After everyone got settled, Coach Kellis gave out awards to player who really shined this year. Then the boys went out onto the courts to play “Beat the Coach” where they played the coaches in singles, or go head on head with a partner on coaches Kellis and McCarthy. The boys had a really great year, being second in district!
On Monday, May, 20th three of Mrs. Miya’s eighth grade classes had the opportunity to go to Thanksgiving Point’s “Museum of Ancient Life.” The opportunity was made available thanks to funding from The Target Corporation which provides grants for out of the classroom learning. Mrs. Miya applied for the grant in the Fall, and recently was awarded the grant. The original plan was to go to The Kennecott Copper Mine, but after the massive landslide there, Mrs. Miya had to come up with someplace different. After looking at multiple choices for alternative choices, she decided the museum would suit her classes best. We arrived at the museum with an abundance of activities to do, and never ending fun. The learning was incredible and lots of fun. We stayed at the museum for an hour and a half. Then headed to the Provo Towne Center for lunch. At the end of the day we learned a lot, and had a great time doing it! Thanks Mrs. Miya and The Target Corporation for the great field trip!
Congratulations to our Spring sports Captain's Academy attendees, Gammon Ashton, Kaylie Adams and Caleb Mulder. In addition to being great athletes, these students are excel in academics and are fantastic representatives of our school! Thanks to Gammon, Kaylie and Caleb for being great examples of good sportsmanship and dedication to their sport and academics!
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!