The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has awarded two Salem Junior High students to be a member of their Great Kids Award program: Harley Dixon and Josh Cowden. Harley and Josh were given the award at a ceremony at the Scera Theater in Orem on April 30. They truly are great kids and we are very proud of them!!
Last week, Salem Junior High School had its very first Gender Wars! Every day at lunch the Student Council would choose boys and girls to compete against each other. They would have to complete various tasks such as rolling toilet paper out with their nose, or even seeing who could pull all of the tissues out of a tissue box first. There were always two teams consisting of girls and boys. Whoever finished their task first was the winner! The best part? At the end of the week the gender with the most wins of all the competitions would get a dollar off to go to the dance. I think this was a very fun way to get kids involved in their schools and let them know what was going on. They could meet new people by participating in the games. In one of the games, where you had to drink the water out of a bottle the fastest, kids from our school would cheer them on and help them feel good about themselves. Many activities helped to build team spirit within our school. It joined people together to just have fun at lunch. It mixed things up and let kids have a good laugh. You now may be wondering who won? Well, the boys did! Even though they won, everyone who participated and watched still had a great time, and we can’t wait until the next Gender Wars rolls around!
Salem Junior High is looking for interested parents who want to make a difference in our school by serving on the School Community Council. Those who serve on the council will have input into the school improvement plan, the use of School Land Trust money, school building needs, and school level policies directly affecting students. The council will meet once each month. The members will serve a two year seat. Voting will be held May 14 - 17, 2013 in the main office. Please nominate up to three (3) parent/guardians for the School Community Council. Voting will take place May 14-17 in the Main Office.
On April 8, Salem Jr. High Concert Band had the opportunity to enjoy a band festival at Snow College in Ephraim. Several famous directors and composers such as Jack Stamp and David Blackington presided at this festival. After driving down by bus, they got to watch different high school bands perform, and later performing themselves. To improve on their skills, they participated in a personal clinic with Jack Stamp, famous band director and composer at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, who helped us become better musicians. After eating and chilling at Walmart for an hour, the students actually got a free ticket to a band concert performed by the Snow College students, with some of their songs directed and composed by Jack Stamp himself. This was an amazing, inspiring, and educating experience for our students. We hope we can continue this tradition every year for the sake of experience and inspiration.
On April 9th, the Salem Hills High School JV team had a heated soccer game against Orem High School. They were tied during halftime at 0-0, and both teams were not going to let each other score. Our SkyHawks were fighting hard, when Orem slipped in a goal at the end of second half. Salem kept pushing hard and giving their all until the end of the game. The final score was 0-1. The JV soccer team members from our school are Zac Baker, Clayton Van Fleet, Isaac Lee, Ethan Simmons, Caleb Sly, and Trevyn Zobell.
Many great students worked extremely hard to be on 2013-2014 Salem Junior High's student council. All of them wrote an essay and got a recommendation from a teacher of their choice, had an interview, and last they created two fun posters to hang up. Congrats to all who worked and got their name on the ballot. The school then voted on their choice of representatives. Monday, April 8th, the results were in.
9th grade representatives:
8th grade representatives:
Great job to all of you! We are looking forward to see what you do next year!
Congratulations to our March Students of the Month:
7th: Tory Summers and Brandon Gull
8th: Christina Horton and Drew Meservy
9th: Alexi Olson and K.C. Johnson
The third term Spartan Target reflection has finished. For most classes there was a good turn out. There was great attendance and performance among the students and their parents. Most students came prepared to present their folders skillfully and professionally. In the case that you were not able to present your packet to a parent, you will need to either complete it during or after school. When you go to make it up you will need to go and get the folder from your sixth period teacher, and then you can choose to do it before school or after. If it is after school, you will make it up with your teacher. If you need to do it during school, you will have to do it in the counseling offices. If you were one of the students that could not make it the day of, we hope that you and your parents will be able to make it up quickly.
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!