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.

October Students of the Month


Congratulations to our October students of the month!

These students exemplify being SPARTAN STRONG in Body, Heart, and Mind. Thanks for being a Salem Jr High Spartan: Gabe Goheen, Sami Pfaff, Jase Hendrickson, Malorie Bigler, Camie Thurgood, Isaac Barnum


September Students of the Month


Congratulations to our September students of the month!

These students exemplify being SPARTAN STRONG in Body, Heart, and Mind. Thanks for being a Salem Jr High Spartan: Bethany Fifita, Jack Guest, Halle Lyman, Nicolas De Santiago, Sydney Ward, and Garrett Cheney

Governor Herbert's Invitation to "Do the Write Thing"


Governor Herbert launches Do the Write Thing Challenge

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 23, 2016) – The Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice invite seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the seventeenth annual Do the Write Thing Challenge aimed at combating youth violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods.

The challenge offers students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence in their lives and submit an essay on their thoughts to resolve issues related to youth and cultural violence. The campaign emphasizes personal responsibility by encouraging students to make a commitment to do something about the problem.

Last year’s challenge involved more than 2,500 students, with more than 1,000 submitting essays from thirteen school districts and twenty-one schools.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 9, 2016. One boy and one girl will be selected, along with their teacher and parent, to represent Utah at the National Recognition Week in Washington, D.C. in July 2017. Top essays will be published and placed in the Library of Congress. All contest finalists, honorable mentions, their teachers and parents will be invited to attend a recognition luncheon where the top two authors will be announced next April.

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the Do the Write Thing Challenge in their classroom curriculum. Lesson plans may be found on the Board of Juvenile Justice’s website,

For more information including rules and entry forms, visit

View the letter from Gov. Herbert to educators here.