On January 25th and 26th, seven students from Salem Junior High School participated in State Honor Choir. The students were: Hannah Armstrong, Stephanie Davis, Reagan Fausett, Zoe Kennedy, Nathan Millington, Jackson Badger, and Joel Mason. This choir was made up of seven or eight auditioned students from each Junior High throughout Utah. The event took place at Cottonwood High School in Murray. Each person in the choir was given five pieces of music which they had to learn on their own before the concert. Their teachers also held a few practices to ensure that everyone knew their part, and on the 25th, the students and their teachers were bused up to Murray for their first practice with the entire 384 choir members. The rehearsal lasted from 9:00 a.m, to 5:00 p.m (about eight hours). The next day, (January 26th), the concert for this choir was held at 3:00 p.m and ending around 4:30. This was a life changing experience; being able to be surrounded by people who live for and love music was amazing! I hope that this program will continue and touch many more lives to come.
Two SaJHS students were selected to represent our school on the Nebo Youth School Board. The students are Trevyn Zobell and Hannah Hughes. They were invited to meet with the Nebo School Board and let them know about all of the great things happening at our school. Hannah and Trevyn reported that they enjoyed meeting students from the other junior highs in the district and learning about their schools also. We are proud of how Hannah and Trevyn represented our school!
Parent Teacher Conference is on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. You will be meeting with your teachers to discuss your grades, attendance, and behavior in class. In the case of having bad grades, you will discuss with your teacher and/or parent how you can fix your grades. If you have an unexcused absence or tardy, you can make it up before school in Ms. Ward’s room every week Monday thru Friday. Also, if you have had bad behavior in a class, you can go over how you will resolve your problems in that class. You can choose to talk to every teacher or only talk to one of your teachers, the choice is yours to decide. All of your teachers will either be in their rooms, in the lunchroom, or in the gym, so they should be easy to find. If you have had satisfactory grades, okay behavior, and perfect attendance, Parent Teacher Conference will be a fairly simple event.
Our students and parents have enjoyed our 4-H Afterschool Clubs and our Club Leaders have done a fabulous job. Enjoy these pictures of the Parent Showcase in December and our 1st semester clubs!
Thursday, December 20, was Salem Jr. High's first orchestra concert. It was a spectacular show with amazing music. The 7th, 8th, and 9th grade orchestras all performed, and they were also joined by the Salem Hills High orchestras. The 7th grade opened up the show with three amazing songs. The first song they played was "Up On a Housetop" followed by "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5", and they concluded their performance with the "Can Can." The next group to play was the 8th grade orchestra. They had an amazing performance playing two great Christmas songs, "Fum, Fum, Fum," and "Canon." Next up were the 9th graders. They played the songs "Pat-a-Pan", and the "Themes From the Nutcracker." They had an amazing performance. After the 9th graders finished, the high schoolers got up and played their songs. They played "Greensleeves", "Sleigh Ride", and "A Mad Russians Christmas", and did a spectacular job. To conclude the concert, all of the orchestras got back on stage and played two final numbers. They first played Carol of the Bells combined, then ended the concert with Silent Night. It was an amazing concert that left you wanting to hear more. Each of the orchestras did a great job, and can't wait until their next concert.
Our school’s wrestling team has done extremely well, especially considering that it’s only our first year. Every day after school our team has practice from right after school till five o’clock. The practices start with warm ups and agilities for about ten minutes, then we drill for another ten. Once all of that is over with, the coaches teach us our moves for the day. This will typically take up the remainder of the practice. The final ten to fifteen minutes are filled with constant conditioning.
We have wrestled Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Mt. Nebo, and Payson. They have all been really close matches up until we had forfeits. The main reason is that we don’t have enough wrestlers. So now, all of you ninth graders, big guys, and little guys get to practice. We really need these weights or we’ll have to continue to forfeit. We really encourage you to join the team. It may be tough, but it’s worth it!
This year for the school musical the directors, Mrs. Brooksby and Mrs. Stubbs, have decided to put on the production of “Annie.” Students were trying to keep their grades up all December so they would have a better shot at getting a part in the musical. Auditioners were practicing for days to get the song they chose to preform just right for the judges and directors. As a whole, I think all the students would agree that they were all really nervous, but had lots of fun.
The first audition on Monday was for both singing and dancing. To start off the directors divided everyone into groups. One group would stay behind and sing, the rest went on to the stage to learn a quick dance number to preform for the judges. To audition, students were asked to sing a short section of a Broadway song. Mrs. Brooksby played the piano herself, while Mrs. Stubbs sat in the back and judged the singing. After everyone was done, the directors sent the singers out to learn the dance, and then they ushered the next group in. This first audition happened on both Monday and Tuesday, so everyone in the school got a chance to try out. On Wednesday the “call back list” was posted. This informed the students who was going to being considered for leads. If you were on the list, you were
required to go to the final audition on Thursday. At the call back auditions, the directors passed out sheet music from the actual musical for participants to sing. Everyone sat together while people who were auditioning for certain parts sang the piece individually. After the singing, the directors had a huddle and chose a small group to stay behind while everyone else went home. Auditioners who stayed were given scripts and were able to act out the play. Several different scenes were role played, and parts were switched and mixed up. The final cast list was posted on Friday and students were able to breath a sigh of relief.
An auditioner, Helen Adams, said, “ I thought that auditioning was really fun. Everyone felt a little...well...really nervous, but we were all laughing. I liked how they let us choose are own music, and sing songs we know.” Lots of people felt the same way about the auditions, and are glad they tried.
The musical premiers March 26, so come and enjoy what students are already working so hard on.
On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, Mr. Stolworthy put together an arrangement of band groups together for a big performance. The beginning band started it off with five great pieces, featuring the brass, wind, and percussion instruments.
The percussionists blew in with relaxing “Seaside Stroll” and performed a spectacular rendition of “Carol of The Bells”. Not to be out done, the jazz band played “All of Me” and other wonderful and exciting songs.
Finally, the concert band wrapped it up with a few bold pieces and familiar tunes. All in all, it was a great performance by everyone involved.
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Salem Jr. High School choir department put on an amazing performance. They had worked for two months on preparing their songs for this performance. Each choir group put on three songs, with two combined advanced group songs, and one combined with everyone. The Chorus 1 group did the songs "Winter Wonderland", "Pat-a-Pan", and an "African Angel Carol." Concert Choir put on the songs "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "It's beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," and "Believe" from The Polar Express. Women's Chorus did the songs "Sleigh Ride," "Mary Did You Know?" and "All I Want for Christmas is You." The last single group to preform was Chamber Singers singing "I Saw Three Ships," "Carol of Joy," and "It's Christmas!" The Advanced Choir songs were "Carol of the Bells" and "Grandmas Killer Fruitcake." (No offense to grandmas who make fruitcake.) The song that all the choirs sang was "The First Noel." It was beautiful; everyone loved it. It was an amazing performance with a spectacular ending.