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April Students of the Month

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 07:46
Amy Huhtala

Congratulations to the April Students of the Month. Pictured Left to Right:  Ethan Mayfield, Kylie Nelson, Eboni Scott, Quinton Muir, Evey Oler. Not pictured: Bradley Barben.

Creative Writing Students go back to Elementary School

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:34
Amy Huhtala

SaJHS creative writing students visited Salem Elementary today to read their own published children's books to first and second graders. The books were illustrated by some of Ms. Magnusson's art students. The elementary students were excited to have SaJHS students visit and loved the books!

SaJHS beats SHS in fundraiser for Muir Family

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:30
Amy Huhtala

Anyone visiting the school on Tuesday of last week would have surprised to see the teacher's behavior. In a school-wide assesmbly, teachers were acting crazy as they made good on their promises to SaJHS students. The promises were made in order to compete with SHHS to see who could earn the most money for Quinton Muir, an eighth grader at SaJHS battling cancer. It was decided that the winner would get a school-wide BBQ for lunch. SaJHS students rallied around one of their own and collected over $5500 beating Salem Hills High School.

SaJHS, in order to motivate their students to donate, asked teachers to pledge to do something crazy in front of the student body. Jordan Blanchard, PE teacher, volunteered to get his legs waxed. Vice principal Kevin Mecham, ninth grade counselor Mike Adams, English teacher Ryan Williams, and CTE teacher Casey Boyer told the students they would get their hair shaved into a lizard mohawk. English teacher Amy Huhtala offered to die her hair blue and green, which are SaJHS colors, and leave her hair that color through the end of the school year. Other crazy things include swallowing a live gold fish, shaving hair, kissing a snake, and many others. Each teacher named a minimum amount that they had to receive for Quinton. The top three teachers were asked to follow through with their pledge at the end of the week. JanaLee Stubbs, drama teacher and adviser in charge of the event, told the students that if they donated more than $3000, ALL of the teachers would have to do the crazy thing they volunteered to do. 

Two 7th graders receive Great Kids Award

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:10
Amy Huhtala

Tate Palmer and Oakley Palfreyman were awarded the Utah County Great Kids Award from the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce on April 30th. Oakley and Tate were given a cash award of $100.00. Congratulations Tate and Oakley!

SaJHS Students participate in Livestock Show at Spanish Fork Fairgrounds

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 07:37
Cash Williams & Amy Huhtala

Did you know many students from Salem Hills High School and Salem Junior High raise and exhibit animals at Junior Livestock Shows around the state every year? We have students showing steers, lambs and hogs locally this week.  
The local auction is on May 3 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.  Now is a great time to fill your freezer and support the youth of our community.  The cost is listed below. The following is a list of students who are competing at the Junior Livestock Show this week:  
Swasey Bliss, McKay Simmons
Sakia Brost, Savanna Martinson, Tiffany Anderson, Jessica Cory, Jocelyn Bell, Kalee Reid 
Rylee Beckstead, Melody Hatcher, Megan Hickman, Trevan Conrad, Alley Meredith, Wyatt Swinford, Brett Aitken, ShaNae Jolley, Keelan Stewart, Kenna Heath, Isabell Brockbank, Brynn Dudek, Ainsley Stoneman
How much will an animal cost?
1/2 Hog $200.00       Whole Hog $400.00
1/2 Lamb $175.00     Whole Lamb $350.00
1/2 Beef $1100          Whole Beef $2200
Animals can be sent to processing at: Circle V, Springville, Dixons, or Gary's Meats.  
There are many other students not listed that attend our schools and could use the support.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for supporting our agriculture students in the Salem community.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our student's animals, please contact Cash Williams at

Summer Art Studio Offered by Nebo District

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:53
Lisa Magnusson

Interested in improving your drawing skills over the summer?  Nebo School District is offering a 2-week drawing class in June.  There is a $25 material fee.  Registration begins May 12th.  See the flier or contact Ms. Magnusson for more details.

School Community Council Elections

Submitted by on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:12
SCC Elections May 4-8

We are taking nominations now for three openings for parents on the School Community Council. This council meets once per month and helps to make decisions for the School Improvement Plan and determine the best uses of the Utah State Trustlands funds. You may nominate yourself or anyone else who has a student who will be going to Salem Junior High for the 2014-15 school year. It is a two year term, if elected. Nominations will be open through May 2; the elections will be held May 4-8 in the front office from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm each of those days. We will announce the new council members on May 9.  

Please call the school with your nominations at 801-423-6550 or email Jo Lynn Ford at


Salem Junior to Publish Creative Journal

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:39
Amy Huhtala

Salem Junior High will publish its first ever Creative Journal planned and organized by Mrs. Huhtala's Creative Writing Class. We are looking for artistic entries from students. Entries may include written and artistic works such as short stories, poems, 6 word memoirs, essays, and illustrations. Short story submissions must be 3 pages or less and artwork submissions must be less than an 8.5 x 11 with at least a one inch margin. Submissions are due to Mrs. Huhtala (Room 117) by May 2nd. Anonymous works and multiple entries per person are allowed. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Huhtala.


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