6th Grade Registration Day

Madeleine Walters
Welcome to Junior High!

On Tuesday, March 12 we had sixth graders come to tour the school. They seemed excited as I saw them exit the buses. They had a tour of the school and the orientation in the auditorium. Theyalso got to see some performances from the choir, band, and others. They even got to practice opening lockers. One sixth grader said, “I’m really excited for Jr. High. It seems so cool. I’m so nervous and excited at the same time. I can’t wait.” I had a question and answer session with a future sixth grader. He wanted to know more about classes, schedules, teachers and more. He also thought it would be cool to get a locker and have periods with different teachers. It seems that we have some students excited for this wonderful school. Let us welcome these new students from Foothills, Salem Elementary, and Mt. Loafer and Barnett and help them with their new experience at Salem Jr. High.

Noticing the Shadows: Our Wonderful Tech Crew!

Yvette Lazarte
Tech Crew: Tina Knutson, Ryker Scott, Mitchell Hunter

Excitement is spreading as the day of our school’s musical performance draws near. Annie has captured the attention of every student of Salem Junior High and anticipation is rippling as more information comes. The cast and directors are amazing, and they are trying very hard to make this performance enjoyable, but I believe that many of us often overlook those who are helping in the shadows and performing their parts on the sides and in the back. Tina Knutson, Ryker Scott, Mitchell Hunter are the members of our tech team, who keep everything running. Without them the play would lose some of its charm and beauty. Although they are not in the spotlight, and they do not have any speaking parts, I would like to commend them for the work they do without want of special recognition or reward.

Not only does our tech team bring about marvelous work to perfect our school play, “Annie”, they also demonstrate a valuable lesson. Their example is one of service and sportsmanship. They serve silently and without expecting praise. There are others as well in our school that do the same kind of confidential and faithful work. There are those who everyone turns to for support because they will always sacrifice time to listen. Others go out of their way to make the excluded feel welcome.  Some give this service by simply following the teacher’s instructions to clean the floor or to stop talking. Let's take time to appreciate all the talents and abilities that every Spartan has!!

SaJHS Track

Tyson Parsons
Sign up for SaJHS Track - go to the front office for packet

This year at Salem Junior High we have started track and field. Track and field just started on March 11, 2013. Track and field consists of seven different activities: Shot put, discuss, sprints, hurdles, distance running, high and long jumps. The first day track was a good turnout; we probably had 50 people there and it was a blast. On the first day we went around to different stations to see what they all were. The stations where short and brief, it was just to get a feel for it.  The coaches are Coach Blanchard, Mrs. Brooksby, Mrs. Bray, Coach Reece, Coach Sidney, and Coach Edmonson. You can still sign up in the front office. This year will be tough, but if we work hard, we’ll earn a great first year title for our school. We encourage everyone to come to our meets to support us and our school!Good luck out there!

Winter Sports Captain's Academy

Justin Christensen, Sean Knudeson and Jackie Yates

Three of our finest athletes represented Salem Junior High at the Nebo School District Captain's Academy in January. Jackie Yates (Girls Basketball), Justin Christensen (Boys Basketball), Sean Knudeson (Wrestling) attended the academy which included speeches about hard work, academics and good sportsmanship. Jackie, Justin and Sean were able to meet athletes from the other schools in the district. They had a great time and represented us all well!

SaJHS Women's Chorus Competition

Abby Workman & Bailey Holdaway
SaJHS Women's Choir performs at BYU

On Thursday February 28, 2013 the Salem Jr. High Womens Chorus went to BYU for a singing competition. It was a fun and wonderful opportunity. They were one of the few juniorh highs to compete, the rest were from high schools from around Utah. They sang The Voice, a song from Ireland, Dirait-On, a French piece, and Kaki Lambe, an African tribal dance song. They had an amazing performance; the audience loved it. The completion judges loved it and said they did a fabulous job. Although they did not win first place, they did great!

SaJSH and Mt. Nebo Mini Band Camp

Audrey Miller
SaJHS and Mt. Nebo Mini Band Camp

On February 28, the concert band of Salem Junior High had the opportunity to join with Mt. Nebo Junior High and Salem High School in a mini camp/ concert for band students. The students got together at the Salem High school to rehearse and to converse with other band students. They got to rehearse with other people who played their same instrument before they later played together. The students had the opportunity to be conducted by Mrs. Brady from Mt. Nebo and Mr. Larsen from Salem High for a couple of their songs. Eventually the students had the opportunity to play with everyone when playing Dynamite by Taio Cruz. This was a fun and important experience for the bad students because they learned how to play while being conducted by other leaders and what it is like to play in a large group. We hope that we can recreate this event next year.


SaJHS Feb Students of the Month

SaJHS Feb Students of Month

The following are our February Students of the month...

7th grade:
Dallas Gilbert
Whitney Graham
8th grade:
Cameron Bradshaw
Hannah Lee
9th grade:
Emily Adams
Justin Christensen
Congratulations and great job to all of our students of the month!!

Soup-er Bowl Food Drive

Mikela Marvin
Soup-er Bowl Food Drive

Earlier this month Salem Junior High Held the "Soup"er bowl food drive in honor of the real Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3. Similar to the real Super Bowl, we had a little delay. On the first day we only had 6 cans total! Luckily we bounced up quickly. To help collect more cans Mr. Nielsen and Mrs. Halcrow had a competition against their classes. Overall the whole student body brought over our goal of cans, and the winning grade was ninth grade. They won a donut party. Good job Salem Jr. High!

Writing Contest Winners

Katherine Weber and Breanne Iverson
Winners: Brandon Gull, Sariah Ford, Sienna Pfaff, Hallie Reynolds, Miss Jenna Eatough

On Friday February 22, 2013 some of our amazing seventh grade writers were awarded for their writing skills. In the Dragon Comet Short Story Contest, Brandon Gull won 2nd place for his story, "Center of the Moon." Sienna Pfaff placed 3rd for her story, "The Coo-Coo Birds Hour," and Sariah Ford earned honorable mention for her story,"Unexpected." Hallie Reynolds won 1st place in the Odyssey Poetry Contest for her poem, "In my Dream." Miss Jenna Eatough from Life Universe and Everything came to award these students with their certificates. She told the students “…the written word is the promise of the future.” We would like to recognize our talented seventh graders and encourage them to keep writing!

Teachers Supporting Track at SaJHS

Coach Blanchard
SaJHS teachers support track

Teachers and staff showed their school spirit and support for the Track and Field Team last Friday by sporting track uniforms all day. Students and staff are feeling the excitement because the season is almost here. Students should attend an informational meeting this Friday (March 1) during Olympic Time to sign up and get all the necessary paperwork. We have a great opportunity to start a tradition of excellence at Salem Jr. High School. 9th Graders will play an important leadership role on our team. We expect them to help us form an inclusive team culture that is fun and competitive. There are so many different events in Track and Field we know there will be something you like! See you Friday!