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.
On Tuesday, December 18, 2012 during school we had a great assembly. The choir from SalemHills High School arrived and sang for us. Our own choir sang as well, and they both did a greatjob. They sang many Christmas songs that helped the school get ready for Christmas.
“I didn’t hear any mistakes.” said one of the students.
“I only wish it was longer.” said another.
Overall, most of the student body enjoyed the performance, and we all hope to make it a newtradition to have the choirs sing to us during the Christmas season. Altogether, both the choirsput on an awesome show, and represented our school very well. We hope to have them at ourschool again soon and are excited for the next performance. It sounded like it took a lot ofpractice and hard work. Just like our wonderful school!
Boys Basketball: SaJHS vs DFJHS
On December 13th, our Salem Spartans played a basketball game against the Diamond Fork Diamondbacks. At the start of the game, we had scored five points before the other team scored. After the first quarter, our score had risen to twenty, while the Diamondbacks score had risen to 10. It was an intense second quarter, and there were many fouls made on both teams. When the second quarter was over, we had scored thirty points while the Diamondbacks score had risen to fifteen points. During halftime, a dance competition was held. The winner turned out to be Kenyan Merrill when he got the most applause from the crowd. During the third quarter, the fouls only increased, but the points had also risen, we were now at thirty-five with Diamond Fork at 18 points. The last quarter was upon us, and we had the game in our hands. The Diamondbacks score was rising, but so was ours. The ending score was forty-five to twenty-three.
Earlier this year, our principal, Mrs. Kimball won a state award. She was nominated by the administrators for the title of Middle-Level Principal of the Year! (“Middle-Level” meaning the Jr. High level.) She was rewarded with a Snoopy trophy and a trip to Washington D.C. with her husband. All of the award winning principals from every state were there, too.While she was in D.C., she and her husband met with Utah’s senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee to discuss education in Utah.
We asked her how she felt when she won. She said, “I was surprised and humbled. There are a lot of great principals in the state. Winning this says a lot about the people I work with. You can’t do it yourself; the kids help make the school great!” Mrs. Kimball has done a wonderful job getting our new school up and running. We, as students, feel that Mrs. Kimball definitely qualifies for Principal of the Year because she genuinely cares about her students and works hard for us so we can get a better education. We are lucky to have her as our principal. We are proud of you, Mrs. Kimball!
Through a tremendous amount of effort and determination, the Spartan ninth grade girls’ basketball team, won an amazing game! Full of tension and contained excitement, the game was one worthy of an encore. At every toss of the ball you could feel your hopes fly with it, and your heart beat excitedly. You could feel your teeth clench with worry and disappointment at the increase of points on the Guest’s board. A legitimate feeling of joy ran through your mind at every good play, and it was easy to join in the cheering and applause.
Our triumphant players also painted a beautiful example of sportsmanship throughout their important game. Many of them were pushed down and fouled, which could have caused them to become resentful and bitter towards their opposing players. Instead, these girls simply bounced back into the game, with the same amount of dedication and desire to enjoy playing the game as before. Skylar, number twenty-two, was especially valiant during the duration of this game. She was injured when one of the opposing team members, shoved her down. Regrettably, she was out for the rest of the game, but she didn’t waste any time mourning with self pity. Her cheers were the most audible and encouraging, and I am sure the team’s spirit boosted at the sound of her voice.
Our Spartan pride has been magnificently upheld and even increased through this win, and I have no doubt that it will extend through the entire basketball season.
The Salem Junior High students of the month for November are:
Miranda Tarter, Brigham Hughes, Alyssa Jorgenson, Alex Baker, Karlee Bowles, Meagan Shelley, Abby Brown, Serenity Depalma, Sophia Jones, Sam Weeks, Morgan Draper, McKinley Roundy, Ben Fisher, Madeline Stocks, Parker Harrison.
Congratulations to these outstanding students!
We had a very successful Quarters for Christmas. Students and staff donated over $2,000 for families for Christmas. Stokes will participate with a discount on gift cards. (Thank you, Stokes!!) We should be able to help 10 families in our area.
As an incentive, the classes competed for the chance to throw a pie in the face of the winning teacher. This event took place at lunch on Dec 19 and was great lunchtime entertainment!
Thursday, November 1st, Salem Junior High Spartans showcased many of their talented choir, band, and orchestra students during our Spartan Target Reflection Night. These students worked very hard and long so their performance would be enjoyable. It was a success, and everyone loved it! There were two choirs that performed; first the Chamber Singers (the most advanced choir class), and Women's Chorus (the second most advanced class). Both the Jazz Band, and the 9th grade orchestra performed as well. This concert was not only for entertainment, but also to show the expected improvement these students will make between this reflection night, and the next, which is soon to come. There are many opportunities for Salem Spartans to share their talents not only in Fine Arts, but also in Core classes like science, math, and English. For example, there is a science fair coming up soon in which anyone can participate in to show their strengths. We enjoy having our fellow students share their talents with us!