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!
We have truly outstanding students at Salem Junior High School. The October Students of the Month as chosen by faculty are:
Our SaJHS Girls Tennis had a great first season! The results were truly outstanding:
1st Singles: Maddie Wanner 2nd place
2nd Singles: Aubree Beckstrands 3rd place
1st Doubles: Amanda Ith and Morgan Briggs 5th place
2nd Doubles: Abby Hullinger and Sabrina Woolstenhulme 7th place
3rd Doubles: Berlyn Briggs and Sydnie Crawford 2nd place
1st Singles: Isabel Brockbank 1st place
2nd Singles: Natalia Oveson 3rd place
1st Doubles: Mallorie Kimber and Elise Riley 3rd place
2nd Doubles: Hannah Wallentine and Alexi Olsen 3rd place
3rd Doubles: Mekenzie Shepherd and Maddie Stiles 4th place
Great job girls - we are already looking forward to next year!
The Salem Junior High Golf team had a fantastic first season taking 2nd place at the State Championship!! The following athletes all did a wonderful job in representing our school with great sportsmanship and athletic skills!
Steve Barton - won 1st Place and a Gold Medal
Brooke Terry won Best Score of the year with a 41
Thanks to our great athletes and to Coach Haskell for an outstanding first season!
On November 7th, the students of Salem Jr. High School had the opportunity to watch the students of Salem High School perform the musical “Guys and Dolls”. This play/musical was based on a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, which was based off of two short stories by Damon Runyon, with the music and lyrics written by Frank Loesser. It was written in the 1950’s and is about gamblers in New York finding love.
The students of Salem Hills High did a wonderful job a recreating this musical and bringing it to life. Many of the students enjoyed the play greatly.
I would like to recognize the efforts of the high school students and the Salem Hills High staff for working so hard to bring this musical to the stage. Their efforts were well worth it in the end, creating a musical well worth seeing. We also would like to thank them for allowing Salem Junior High to come and watch them rehearse for the final performance. It was a great honor to come and see them perform. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and hope that this could become a tradition so that our school would be able to come again next year.
The SaJHS History department organized an amazing Veteran's Day observance on Novemeber 12. This included our own student band members playing Taps and Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Then the teachers discussed the importance of our Veterans and showed videos explaining their sacrifices. It was a touching and impressive activity.
Intramural sports is a good way for a student to have fun, and play anoncompetitive sport. The sports are available for all students who go to Salem Hills Jr High School. The sports are all paid for by the district, so they are all free. Plus you can attend whenever, wether it be one day or more. There are no teams so you can't be cut from it. You can come to the sports either in the morning between 7-7:45 before school, or after school. The sports will be held in the gym by Mr.Blanchard. Another upside to the intramural sports is that if you're in P.E., you can use them to get P.E.credit if you missed a day of class or have a deficient grade. The current sport being played is badminton every school morning. All in all, intramural sports are fun and helpful at the same time.
On October 26, 2012, Salem Jr. High hosted their first ever Halloween Dance. Many kids came to enjoy lively music, cheap drinks, and more! Asking teens that went to the dance, I got great answers on what they liked.
"The Halloween Dance was awesome," one kid said. "I loved the DJ and the spooky decorations. I really look forward to the next dance!"
"The dance was super fun," another person exclaimed. "I think the posters on the entrance doors were awesome! I also thing the photo booth was cool!"
At the dance, the guests were allowed to wear their costumes, as long as it was school appropriate and there were no masks. There was even a costume contest! The winners were Haden Loveridge, who dressed up as Super Woman, and the two peacock girls!
Sierra Draper and Sidney Button, the dance specialists on student council, were in charge of planning for the dance. They are the reason it was amazing!
The Halloween Dance was a complete success. The people who came had a lot of fun!