On Friday, May 3rd, Salem had a great pre-district meet against Springville and Mapleton. Many people both had personal records and team/district records. Everyone worked so hard to beat their best times and measurements to qualify for the district track meet being held on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. Congratulations to Paige Simmons by winning the 100m, 200m, 400m, and high jump. Adrene Harding did an amazing job running distance for Salem in the 800m and 1600m. She was able to run the 800m in only 2:24.20 and the mile in just 5:45. Sierra Draper did a wonderful job in the throwing events, both shotput and discus. Sierra was able to beat her personal best in shotput throwing 33 feet and also doing well in discus throwing 64 feet. Sophie Hartline did wonderful jumping 16'3 in the long jump. Salem's girls relay teams also did a wonderful job. The girls at Salem Jr. High did a wonderful job taking 2nd all around. Salem's boys also did an amazing job at this meet. AJ Larson was able to run the 100m in just 11 seconds. Wow is he fast! Clayton Vanfleet did a great job in both the 200 and 400 meter races. Tanner Bills did a wonderful job in high jump jumping 5 feet 7 inches. Sam Weeks also did an amazing job jumping 17 feet in long jump. Brandon Griffiths did an outstanding job in the discus throwing 119 feet. Great job to all Salem Jr. High Track athletes. Everyone did a wonderful job during this meet. We have had such a fun and amazing season. Good luck at districts we know you will do a wonderful job representing our school!
The first ever Nebo Poetry Slam was held May 7th at Salem Hills High school. 45 students from Salem, Payson and Spanish Fork participated. Noah Larsen took 2nd overall winning a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble and two movie tickets, Brendon McConnell and Aidan Dayton received honorable mention prizes. All of our Salem poets were amazing. Look for their performances on the school Youtube Channel, and read more about it at the Daily Herald.
We are happy to thank South Valley Gym for their generous donation to our Track & Field program. They donated matching shorts, polos, athletic pants and jackets for six coaches. All were embroidered with our Salem S and Track & Field. We are thankful for their dedication to our community and the programs of Salem Jr. High School. Their donations promoted unity among our coaching staff and the track and field team. As we travel to represent our school and community we look great and are very distinctive.
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.