Students of the Month for January


The Students of the Month have been chosen for January. Make sure to congratulate them if you see them. They were nominated by their teachers because of their positive attitudes and work ethic that they have shown in class. 


7th Grade:
  • Alydia Haskell 
  • Jake Clarke

8th Grade:

  • Sydney Wulfenstein
  • Luis Sion 
9th Grade:
  • Ellie Howard 
  • Matthew Warren 


Max Staheli wins the school-wide geography bee

Jaden Jolley, Max Staheli, and Zac Anson

Congratulations to Max Staheli who won the school-wide geography bee today. Every year, students in the 8th grade have an opportunity to participate in a geography bee, and the winners go on to compete on the school level. Max Staheli won the bee with a question about Nepal and snow leopards. Second place went to Jaden Jolley and Zac Anson finished third.

All students did a great job, and it was fun seeing parents and family there to support them. Way to be Spartan Strong guys.

SaJHS Track and Field begins March 7th

Tiffany Rowley

Salem Jr High Track and Field begins Tues. March 7th! All paperwork must be completed before athletes may attend practice. Forms are online at (The physical form needs to be printed out, filled out by a physician, then returned to Suzette Hartivgsen. There are printed physical forms in the office if you prefer a pre-printed form).

Fees can be paid in the finance office. 


Come dressed and ready to practice on March 7th!


Thanksgiving Point STEM program visits SaJHS

Kellie Roberts

On the 17th and 18th of January, Thanksgiving Point Educators came to our 8th grade science classes and did STEM enrichment on construction of buildings that can withstand different types of earthquake waves.  Students constructed earthquake-proof buildings and then  the Thanksgiving Point Educators ran the students' designs through the rigors of an earthquake simulator. Students had a great time and learned more about how STEM is used in the real world.

Spartans had a good showing at district championships

Suzette Hartvigsen
Photo credit: Coleman Snyder

Our wrestling team when to the district championship last week. All of our wrestlers put in a lot of hard work this season, and as a team, they got some pretty good results. Here are the students who placed in the championship:

4th Place: Hollister Hogle, Matt Casperson, Julian Gomez and Kenton Parkin

3rd Place: Tage Thomas, Dawson Wood, Luke Degraffenried and Peyton Bowden 

2nd Place: Brayden Thurgood 

1st Place: Clay Lyman 

The team placed 3rd overall in the district. Go Spartans!


School Dance January 12

Ashlyn Westwood

School dances are a fun way to get together as students of Salem Jr. High and have a great time. Our next school dance will be January 12, 2017 and will go from 7-9. Remember that you must bring your student ID and also $3. If you have any tardies or sluffs then be sure to make those up or you will not be able to attend. You must be picked up at approximately 9:00 pm and there will be no activity of any sort at the school after the dance.

Make sure to tell your friends to come with you to the dance and have a great time! It will be fun. Don’t forget the things that you need to get into the dance or you will not be able to attend. Also make up all tardies or sluffs before hand. Thanks for all the support and fun we have here at Salem. Go Spartans!!!

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Legacy Wall at Salem Jr High

Our new Legacy Wall, which highlights "Liberty's Story," was installed over the Christmas Break in the 300 Hall by the Cafeteria. It looks awesome! Thanks to all those who contributed money to bring it to our school. We raised nearly $4000 through community donations. Come by the school some time and see it. You can also learn more by using the interactive features online by scanning the QR code located on the first plaque of the wall. Thank you so much for your support of Salem Junior High School.

New Years!!!

Tyler Nelson

Written by Tyler Nelson on the SaJHS news blog. You can read more by Tyler and other students by following the link.

3-2-1 Happy New Year!

With 2016 coming to a close and 2017 just beginning it’s a fresh start for all of us.  Many significant things have happened in 2016 which you could argue that they were either good or bad.

Since this year was an election year, most of the year the news was focused on the election race between Trump and Clinton.  If you didn’t already know, Trump won!  There  were many protests against Trump becoming the elected president, which pretty much divided the country into two.

For sports, it has been a fantastic year.  From 3-1 leads blown to a baseball team overcoming a 108 year curse.

The Golden State Warriors set an NBA record with a 73-9 record, the most wins in a regular season.  They came back from a strong Thunder 3-1 lead in the NBA semi-finals.  Then had a 3-1 lead against Lebron and the Cavaliers, but lost!

In the world series this year, the teams with the longest championship droughts were playing for the title.   The Cleveland Indians, and the Chicago Cubs.  Both teams had amazing regular seasons and stunned  a lot of people.  The Indians took a strong 3-1 lead in the series of 7 against the cubs, but they couldn’t hold on for the win.

Peyton Manning went out on a strong note, with his second championship, and his first the the Denver Broncos, who played amazing defense the entire season.

Kevin Durrant left his strong Oklahoma Thunder team to play with the Golden State Warriors, who are a super team with Durrant on their team.

With many great things happening this year, go out and make it your year. Stick to your resolutions and good things will happen.

Welcome 2017!


Peteetneet Field Trip -- See What Your Student Thought!


Bringing the Best out of History

Why should I learn about history? December 21st the English and History classes went to the Peteetneet museum to learn about the local area. From the Train room to the Western Room to lunch time entertainment, who knew junior high students had so much interest in the past?

“it was pretty sweet, it was really fun to go & see the place where my mom went to high school for 2 years.  plus,  I’m pretty sure I saw an original uncle Sam "I want you poster" which was really cool.” Garrett Anderson

The train room was a big favorite:

“my favorite part of the field trip was the trains probably because it was not a new toy and they were old and small and it looked like a real village” Taggert Argyle “they set up a little scavenger hunt.  I just thought it was so cool” Breanna Johnson “There were some little trains the size of my fingernail going around and around. It was so cute!” Dorothy Thomas “It was really cool because of all the small details that it had.” James Levie “It was really cool and the models were super small and looked hard to set up.” Parker Roden “The reason he (one old guy) did it was to teach kids and parents how the towns around Peteetneet work and to show the Orem train track station.” Dawson Wood “it looked like the guy that built it took a lot of time on it and it looked so cool with the little trains going around the track.” Jarrett Parkinson “The reason why I liked the train room is because there was so much detail” Xander Brown “it was a little city with a little train and little people, it was amazing” Madeline Lawrence “The trains were so cool because they could haul a lot of load.” Mason Melander “My favorite of the Train show was that all the trains were hand made.” Crew Elton “There were tons of intricate designs on the tiny buildings.  If you looked hard enough that might have even said what company they were such as Texaco.” Nathan Strassburg “there was a little city and on one side of the city there was a train that ran through it.” Nick Shumway “It (train room) had small cars and little people so it made it look like a real city.” Daniel Lamb

“The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the tour. The school had many uses so it had a lot of history to learn about. I had a fun time and would go there again anytime someone asked.That has been the best school day so far that I've had.” William Hansbrow

“I thought that was pretty fun because we were just walking around learning about all of the old school supplies, clothing, and household items.” Sophie McCann

The Western Room lassoed many people’s attention:

“The best part of my field trip was going down stairs and looking around the basement at all the western stuff. I liked learning about all the legendary cowboys and learning that we have 3 world champs here in Payson.” Ashley Cahoon “The best was the western room. Because it was super cool with all of the saddle, there was a white saddle.There was a super cool life sized fake horse. It also had a place where people in the olden days made horse shoes.” Maleah Teloroli “There were lots of pictures and horse sculptures. It was dedicated to a trick roper, he would go around the world and be in rodeos. I thought that it was super cool.” Olivia Andrus “There was a lot of cool information about the wild wilderness and horses and rodeo champions. Someday I want to be in a rodeo championship. Also I love learning more about horses and rodeo champions.” Conrad Andersen “The Best part about our field trip was the lesson we learned when we went into the building. It was kind of fun to learn about Lee Staheli and his trick and stuff that he did on his horse and with his lasso.“ Kameryn Hayes “the cowboy room or the freedom room where there was guns and swords and battle clothing and also the bullets and the old war planes that crashed.” Jack Guest“​The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the cowboy room. My grandpa was a big cowboy” Jocelyn Elder

There was Fun, Entertainment and Food as the students gathered together.

“The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was when we went into the auditorium. Mr. Winget gave us so much pizza and donuts. It was nice cause we got to sit down and watch someone perform on stage” Brett Bailey “The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the pizza, and  I also liked all the performances during lunch.” Alexis Degelbeck“The end of of the field trip when  there were performances by two people. One of them was a ninth grader from our school that played the guitar and sang at the same time!” Justin Cook “The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the entertainment at the end with songs and musical pieces because it was super fun” Trevan Freeman “One of the best parts of my field trip to Peteetneet was when we all got together in the cafeteria and sang and eat and had lots of fun together.  I really liked this part because it seemed like we were all a family/community having fun and celebrating Christmas together.” Nicole Burk “My favorite part about peteetneet is going with my friends and learning more about the history of the museum that I didn't know about.” Jentrie O’Bannon

The Freedom Room Helped the students remember how this land became the “Land of the Free.”

“I liked when my leader was a retired veteran and we went to the "war room" and he told us about what everything meant, and he told stories about them.” Halle Hopkins “All of Peteetneet was really cool, but the Freedom Room was by far the coolest.” Stephen Strong “My favorite part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the freedom room. I really loved how they make a whole room to respect veterans and people that made a difference for our country.” Brianne Ericksen “it was pretty cool and we went upstairs with all the military stuff” Zayne Thronton “The best part of the field trip was the freedom room with all the cool guns and the metals.” Conner Nixon“The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was Seeing all the old artifacts and all the old cool things they used.” Wyatt Hickman

There were so many memories that the local history will be a part of our students.

“The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was the blacksmith shop room because you could see what kind of tools the blacksmiths got to use when they were making the other weapons and tools that people needed.” Sam Moulton “the old cameras because it makes me feel like technology has come a long way” Kyler Baum “getting to see all of the cool artifacts there. they were really old and ancient, and I thought that was cool.” Shaylee Black “the best part of the field trip was walking into the war room and finding my great grandpa Taylor's name on an old newspaper that was framed on the wall.” Gracie Bunker “The best part of the field trip was almost the whole trip. In the basement there was a lot of rooms there was one room that had Indian photos” Kaily Gull “The best part of the field trip to Peteetneet was probably the feel of the school. When I first walked in the school, I was amazed” Nicole Stone “My favorite part about peteetneet is going with my friends and learning more about the history of the museum that I didn't know about.” Jentrie O’Bannon “The best part about the field trip was when we learned about when Peteetneet was a elementary school, and about the teacher that had worked there. The teacher that worked there moved to London with her husband, and three sons. Soon later she got tickets to go on a luxurious ride on the amazing boat we all know as, "The Titanic."” Camille Hullinger “The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was all the history we learned about in each rooms. Like old phones that they used back then” Conner Guest “It was interesting to hear all of the amazing stories about the old objects and how the people that worked there got them.” Camryn Mehl“I really liked to see all of the pioneers and immigrants that came to Utah and I really like the people who directed the groups.” Jonah Forsey “The best part of my field trip to Peteetneet was being with my friends, and getting to see all of the things that people used in the 18 to 1900's” Haevyn Davis “looking at the artwork in the Indian artifacts room was awesome.” Afton Hadfield “The best part of my field trip to the Peteetneet was seeing all of the stuff in the teachers room. I thought that it was really cool that that teacher taught so long ago and it was really cool seeing how the kids back then learned differently than us.” Brendyn Shepherd “ It was nice to see what people used back in that time. I liked to see the difference of their life back then compared to mine.” Carmen Harden “ I liked the room where it had a house like feel. It had rooms that showed the kitchen and a bedroom and i thought it was fascinating when the lady told us that the mattress was just a rope.” Sage Parrish “I really liked the victorian room. It showcased how the people in the victorian era lived. I really liked how they took the time to put it all up.” Austene Van Valkenburgh “It was very fun there at peteetneet, its really cool to learn about Payson and history.” Joseph Benard

“My favorite part was practically all of it.” Jonathon Fernelius