Ms. James's Dance Fitness Class Featured in Newspaper

The article can be found on the website

The Daily Herald published an article today featuring PE and Health teacher Ms. James's Dance and Fitness class. Ms. James is a favorite among students at our school and her new class has been really popular with students. The article quotes Ms. James saying that she wanted to provide a fun alternative to regular PE classes, something that will get students excited about being fit and staying active. It goes on to say that about 110 students will benefit from Dance and Fitness this year. 

Follow the link to to read more about Ms. James and her exciting new class.

SaJHS News Blog is Live


Our journalism students here at SaJHS are proud to announce that their news blog is going live today. Students will be posting regularly about school, their community, and their interests. The blog is hosted by and for the time being isn't searchable on Google, but you can use and share this link if you would like to read about the great things that our students are doing.

80s Day at SaJHS

Jace Hancock, Cameron Taylor, Peyton Bowden, Makayla Morris, and Jacob Ith rocking the 80s look

This week is Spirit Week here at SaJHS and the students are showing up in their best outfits. Today was 80s day, and our students gave the teachers a run for their money with their 80s looks. They've owned 80s day. We love when students show their school spirit by participating in all of the fun events that we have throughout the year.

Students of the Month for September

students of the month - September

Congratulations to the year's first Students of the Month. They are already impressing teachers with their hard work and great attitudes. Way to go guys.

From left to right: Bethany Fifita 8th, Jack Guest 7th, Halley Lyman 7th, Nicolas De Santiage 8th, Sydney Ward 9th, and Garrett Cheney 9th


Bus Drivers Needed

Lana Hiskey

Nebo bus drivers and attendants wanted. The district provides needed training. Daily routes are open for the beginning of school. Starting pay for drivers is $15.23 and attendants $11.32. Please apply online at

Summer Meals

Summer Meals for 2016
Summer Meals for 2016

Summer Meals from the Utah Food Bank available for youth to 18 years of age. This is a great program to help our youth to have a nutritious lunch if it is not available at home. There is a Payson and a Spanish Fork site for our Salem youth. Please read the attached flyer for more information.

Oxford Comma is a Waste?

Lily Christensen
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For the people who have never heard of an Oxford Comma, it is a comma that is used immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and or) in a series. It is also known as a serial comma. For example: In Jeff’s backpack, he carries a book, a pen, and an eraser. The Oxford comma is the comma right after “a pen”. This comma is not required, technically it is optional, all up to you, and whatever you prefer. But I am here to tell you, this comma is futile, pointless, and should never be used unless under special circumstances that require that a comma is in place.

The Oxford comma has no right to be in writing. The majority of the time, it is an unnecessary mark, a literal waste of ink. Even though it is optional, why keep it when everyone can discard it? When it is somewhat helpful in specific circumstances, you could just add it in. Most often the case is that there is no need for it to be attached. Sydney Ward, an eighth grader attending Salem Junior High School states her opinion, “The Oxford comma helps distinguish lists and makes a piece of writing look more polished, professional, and complete. It also properly distinguishes between compound and singular terms.” It may distinguish between singular and compound in some cases, but it can be useless altogether as long as you use a little rephrasing. It also doesn’t make a writing look “complete”, it makes a writing look as if it is carrying an unwanted and unwelcome mark. Not only that, if this comma is used constantly it can force hesitancy or confusion in the reader’s head, and slow down the pace of reading. All because of an expendable mark.

Some might argue that the Oxford comma is necessary to keep sentences orderly and intelligible. For example: I love my friends,  Adam Sandler and Olaf. Some might say that without the Oxford Comma this could be interpreted as you love your friends, who are Adam Sandler and Olaf. Although this is a good argument, if you rephrase this poor sentence it would be just as effective as using an Oxford comma.  Amy Huhtala, and English teacher at Salem Junior High, explains how in some cases the Oxford comma should be used to separate ideas, but when Huhtala was growing up, like many others, they were not taught to use it in school. Recently however, many teachers and students do prefer it, and in some cases they count it as incorrect if you don’t add it in. They should not use it because the coordinating conjunction is there for a reason, to take the place of the comma so there is no use for it. That is all.




Lagoon- More than just a field trip

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Annually, our school has the privilege of spending a day at Lagoon. Lagoon is an amusement park, and the trip takes place Wednesday, May 18th. There is many eligibility requirements, fees and other information that you will be able to find in the SaJHS Newsletter in April.

Lagoon has very deep history, that not many people know. For instance, it opened over a hundred years ago (1886). There was many features to the park; roller skating, water sports, a bowling alley, a merry-go-round and many more. In 1899 it moved to the location that is is standing today, in Farmington Utah. With this addition more features were added for thrill-seekers.

In 1906, a ride was added to the collection. This was a Victorian-era Carousel, the crazy thing is that this carousel is still in operation today with 45 handcarved characters. Lagoon also hosts one of the oldest operating wooden roller coasters in the world, it was built in 1921. This coaster speeds up to 45 mph, with 60 foot tall tracks. In 1927 there was a million-gallon, filtered swimming pool installation. Much later in 1989, Lagoon-A-Beach water park replaced the original pool.

A fire hit Lagoon in 1953, burning down much of the park. Half of the Roller Coaster was burnt. Scorch marks on the carousel are still visible today. In 1954 Lagoon was rebuilt with new attractions coming up everywhere.  A well known civil rights advocate, Robert E. Freed, stood up against town ordinances from banning African-Americans from the park. This allowed Lagoon to be entered by any race.

People Magazine has recognized the park, when the mentioned Colossus the Fire Dragon when they named the top 10 roller coasters in the country. There has also been many celebrities that have performed at the park, for example The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

Lagoon is a great way to have fun. Summer Wilde, and eighth grader that loves the experience to Lagoon reports her opinion on the park. She states,”I enjoy the variation of rides that they have and the many different sections for rides (Kiddieland, Pioneer Village, etc.)”. Many of the students enjoy Lagoon and we are all stoked to make the trip this year.