Christmas Sweater and Hat Day

Jerika Adams, Erica Maestas, Mysterious Tree-dwelling Student (Marley Wassom), Marissa Browning, and Chloe Sokol

In celebration of the Christmas season, students were invited to come to school wearing their favorite Christmas sweaters and hats. Some of the students are wearing traditional sweaters and Santa hats while others have taken it as a personal challenge to wear some amazingly ugly and extravagent sweaters. Here at SaJHS we hope that everyone enjoys their Christmas break and we look forward to seeing the students again after the New Year.

F.A.C.S. Exploration with Mrs. Larson!

Ashlyn Westwood
Christmas Towels

Mrs. Larson’s 8th grade F.A.C.S. class made these beautiful, wonderful, Christmas towels! We traced the design that we wanted and got the material they thought was cute to us. We cut the traced design and stuck it to the material. Then, we ironed it so that the design was stuck to the fabric, then we cut it out. We pulled off the sticky part and stuck the fabric to our towels. Next, we sewed around the design to make it stay on the towel. It also made it look super cute. Some students put colored glue stuff on it to add more effect to the design. Some kids also put "Merry Christmas" on theirs.

The towels were just one of the many fun projects that us students have done this semester. We have made pillow cases, pajama pants, and are now making smittens (sweater mittens). This class is only one semester long so sign up if you want to do fun projects with Mrs. Larson for next semester.

Read this story and more on the school's news blog


Scavenger Hunt

Students looking for clues

Mrs. Van De Graaff's 8th grade history classes went on a scavenger hunt today. "Kids have a lot of energy during the holiday season, so I decided to put that to use by having them run around the school finding lost stories of the Revolution. I decided to do something fun for them as a little Christmas gift so they wouldn't get bored sitting in the classroom all day. They tend to remember experiences that are unusual and it gets them excited about coming to history." 

What are the lost stories of the Revolution? The lost stories of the American Revolution come from people who were involved in such an important part of our history, but who are typically not portrayed as key players in history books:


  • Agrippa Hull- African American soldier
  • Salem Poor- Afrian American soldier
  • James Potter Collins- Child/teenager spy
  • Deborah Sampson- Woman who disguised herself as a man
  • James Armistead- Double Agent, pretended to be a British slave to infiltrate the British command and pass information to the colonists.

Students I talked to were enjoying the experience and said that the clues were great.

Mrs. Van De Graaff is a great teacher who we are happy to have here at Salem Jr. High. She is always looking for great ways to keep her students engaged.


Pop Tab Contest


National Junior Honors Society is collecting tabs from soda cans for the Ronald McDonald House and they need your help.

Every time you drink a soda, keep the tab and send it with your students to their math teacher. All math classes will be having a contest to see who can collect the most soda can tabs. The class with the most will win a prize.

The tabs are recycled by the Ronald McDonald House and they use the money earned to help fund the services they offer sick children and their families. So please remember to pop those tabs and send them to school with your kids to help out in a good cause. 



Choir's Getting Ready for Mall Tour

Erica Maestas

Every year the choirs go to the mall and sing their best holiday songs! But only the advanced choirs can go, Woman Chorus, Concert choir, and Chamber singers. It is a fun experience and fun to hang with friends, get a treat, and sing your heart out! Mall tour is going to be on Dec 12 . And second terms choir concert is on Dec. 15 at Salem hills high school . Everyone should go because there will be amazing songs and Christmas concerts are always the funnest!

I asked Marissa Browning about her experience at the last choir concert, "It was really good, everyone did a really good job on it. Everyone sounded awesome. I will come to the next one!"Choir is a super good program and everyone should join! No matter what your skill level, everyone can do it!

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November Students of the Month

Congratulations to our November students of the month!

These students exemplify being SPARTAN STRONG in Body, Heart, and Mind. Thanks for being a Salem Jr High Spartan: Everett Linn, Alexis Call, Evelyn Holdaway, Maggie Thomas, Jeffery Yates, Caden Higginson


Results of the Student Mock-election at SaJHS

Sydney Ward

A sea of “I Voted” stickers and talk of politics engulfed students on Monday. Salem Jr. High’s first-ever mock election was open to all students to cast their ballots in favor of a new US President and Utah Governor. Teachers were asked to sit this one out, though protests were raised, and students voiced their opinions about politics in their very own way.

The ballot boxes were stuffed to the tops by the end of the day, and in total about 75% of students participated in the election. The results were…

For President:

Donald Trump: 60% (467 votes)

Evan McMullin: 10% (80 votes)

Hillary Clinton: 5% (38 votes)

Jill Stein: 3% (22 votes)

Gary Johnson: 2% (21 votes)


For Utah Governor:

Gary Herbert: 62% (482 votes)

Mike Weinholtz: 7% (54 votes)

Brian Kamerath: 6% (47 votes)

Superdell Schanze: 6% (45 votes)

Compared to the actual election (at least with the electoral college) these results were actually pretty accurate; Donald Trump is the new president-elect and Gary Herbert won re-election. Thanks to everyone who voted!


Bronson Kaufusi Visits Salem Jr. High

Marissa Browning
Bronson Kafusi with Mr. Taylor's class

On Thursday October 13th Mr. Taylor’s 9th graders had career day. They had a lot of cool visitors one of them was Bronson Kaufusi. I interviewed Mr. Taylor bout it and here is what he said.

Who is Bronson Kaufusi?

He is an american football defensive end. He played college football at
BYU. he’s currently playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Why did Bronson Kaufusi come to the school?

“Because my daughter is here”

What did you guys do?

“It was career day so he came and talked about his career”

How was career day?

“It was awesome! We had the FBI, police dog trainer, etc. there was lots of variety!”

What is all the talk about him being your man crush?

“I’m a big BYU fan and he was quite the specimen he is the “ideal” man”

Was it the best career day visit?

“Yes best one yet! It had Bronson Kafusi of course it was the best one ever!

Obviously it was a very successful  career day and they all had a lot of fun. Hopefully we have many more great career days ahead of us!


Art Class and 3D Tape Sculptures


I love walking past the art classrooms at our school. They always have great projects posted in the hall and everyone can see what they have been learning to do. During the day, art students are always engaged in their learning and having a great time as Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Hallam teach them ways to express their creativity. The other day I walked past Ms. Hallam's class, and her students were having a great time building 3D Tape Sculptures. What a great idea for an art project. I didn't take very many art classes, but let me tell you, I would have taken more if we would have done fun projects like this. Our students are lucky to have two great art teachers at this school.