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Term 1 reading scores

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Mon, 09/23/2019 - 13:59
Breakdown of student reading scores by grade level

Earlier this month, all the students here at SaJHS took a reading test in their English class. The reading test, called the HMH Reading Inventory, is an adaptive test that determines students' reading level and assigns a Lexile score. Each grade has a Lexile goal where they should be at the end of the year to be considered on grade level. As you can see with the attached image, the kids at our school scored really well on this test with the majority of students in each grade at or above grade-level benchmarks. The light green shows the percentage of students who are proficient, or on grade level. The dark green shows the percentage of students who are advanced, or above grade level. 

Needless to say, we are very happy to see these numbers and will continue to work with students throughout the year to help them grow as readers.

Parents can help their students improve their reading skills by helping students find high-interest things to read. This can be with books, magazines, or any type of reading. The key is that students are more likely to read if the content matches their personal passions and interests.

Picture Retakes September 25

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Mon, 09/23/2019 - 13:31
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Wednesday, September 25 will be for picture retakes. Any student who needs retakes done should bring the original pictures with them and be ready to look their best. Also, students who weren't at school for pictures need to have a picture taken, even if they aren't planning on purchasing the pictures. These pictures are used in our grading system as well as the yearbook at the end of the year. 

Battle of the Books applications due tomorrow, September 20

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:04

Salem Junior High will be competing this year in the Battle of the Books. Basically, students will form teams and read books from a pre-selected list and then compete by answering questions about the different books. Teammates will depend on each other as they will all be reading different books from the list. It is a fun, friendly competition and a great challenge for students who love reading. 

Many students have already picked up applications to join a team that need to be signed by parents and turned in by tomorrow if they want to compete in the Battle of the Books.

The winning team will compete against a teacher team and then move on to compete against other Junior Highs in our district.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:03

It's hard to believe we are almost to the middle of term 1! With mid-term comes our Parent Teacher Conferences, which will be held on Thursday, September 26, 3:00-6:30 p.m. (please note the change in time from previous years). This is a great time for parents, students, and teachers to meet together and discuss the student's progress in school and/or challenges in school so that the "team" for your student is all on the same page.

SaJHS students come together to give a gift to their favorite teacher

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:53

A group of students surprised their P.E. teacher Mr. Moldenhauer, known affectionately as Moldy around the school, with a gift to show their appreciation for all that they have learned from him. Moldy is a huge Michael Jordan fan and his students know that. So, they found out that his favorite Air Jordan shoe is the Air Jordan 14 and pooled their money together to buy him a pair of his own.

Moldy loves the students he works with and makes sure to let them know that. This was a way that they found to show what he means to them. 

Needless to say, Moldy was overwhelmed by the act of kindness from these boys and came to school the next day decked out in his Jordan gear. 

Check out the rest of the story at KSL

Behavior, Self Esteem, Mental Health, Learning. & Relationships: How do they all fit together?

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 08:17

Salem Hills High will be hosting Joe Hendershott for a parent education night on September 16 at 7:00 p.m.  He will be talking about the effects that trauma has on learning and behavior and how to reach and help kids who are struggling. See the attached flyer for more information.

Get the Scoop on CTE

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:09

MTECH is sponsoring a "Career Taste Test Night" on Monday, September 23, 5-8 p.m. at Provo High School (1199 Lakeshore Dr, Provo, UT 84601. Familes are invited to come learn aboutCTE pathways and future career opportunities. FREE ICE CREAM!

For Nebo Parents--Uplift Parenting Conference

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:37

The Uplift Parenting Conference is the initiative of First Lady of Utah Jeanette Herbert. Five presenters will be giving Tips Talks. Presenters include: David Osmond, Brad Barton, Jessie Funk, Collin Kartchner, and Clay Olsen. Topics range from resiliency, addiction recovery, social media, and anxiety. Please see attached document for details.

Salem Junior High Teacher Honored by Utah State Board of Education

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:22

The Utah State Board of Education has selected our very own Nikki Mendenhall as one of only five 2019 Utah finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science (including computer science) education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Congratulations Miss Mendenhall! You are an integral part of Salem Jr High and we are so proud of you!


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