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Utah Shakespeare Festival Touring Company Free Performance

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:00
Lana Hiskey

The Utah Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will be performing Romeo and Juliet Monday evening, March 16, 2020, 7 p.m. at Springville High School. This performance is free to the public. All ninth-graders are studying Romeo and Juliet in their English classes this year.

First performed over 400 years ago, Romeo and Juliet  is undoubtedly one of William Shakespeare’s most recognized and beloved plays. Dealing with themes of familial conflict, friendship, and (of course) love, Romeo and Juliet also explores themes of hate, revenge, and death/violence. The latter themes are undeniable, permanent, and real in all of humankind and have been repeated throughout history. Shakespeare places these themes front and center in Romeo and Juliet—and so do we in our production.

The touring director, Jason Spelbring, said, “I have always struggled to find where I fit in this play. Plays, by design, are written to allow us (the audience) in, to challenge us and invite us to explore other worlds. What would happen if we created a world where our audience members see themselves? Their type, their flaws, and their strengths. By setting our production in a classroom in 2020, we are forced to witness the effects of violent passion that Shakespeare intended to explore. Our company invites you to see the many sides of yourself in Romeo and Juliet, and I challenge you to hear this play for the first time through a modern-day lens.”

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February Students of the Month

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Tue, 02/04/2020 - 12:01

We are happy to announce our February Students of the Month! These students were nominated by faculty and staff for being a Spartan in Body, Heart, and Mind and were honored at a breakfast with their parents on Feb. 3rd. Congratulations!

Back Row (left to right): Holly Anderson (9th), Mary-Gail Kemp (7th), Kimberly Rivera-Rawlinson (9th), Olivia Johnson (9th), Brynlie Nelson (8th), Alena Butler (9th)
Front Row (left to right): Andrew Ewell (9th), Mason Gosney (7th), Kojo Bird (8th), Kambrie Wilkinson (8th)

Decision for snow day will be announced at 6:30 A.M. the same day

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 21:40
Dear Nebo Parents/Guardians & Employees:

If the storm proves to be as strong as predicted, Nebo School District schools will be closed all day tomorrow, Monday, February 3, 2020. However, a final decision regarding the closure of schools will NOT be made until 6:30 AM tomorrow morning.

Nebo will NOT be considering a two-hour delayed start tomorrow due to our Monday early out schedule.

Communications will be sent to parents and employees through email, text, and phone IF school is going to be canceled. Otherwise, school will be held according to our normal schedule. Announcements will also be placed on the Inclement Weather section of our web page (, and social media. 

Thank you for your support of Nebo schools and students. 
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Salem Junior Has Talent

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 13:47
Thank you Kallie Christensen for the graphic

Our annual talent show is coming up in early March and the student council is ready to start seeing auditions. If your student has a talent that you think that they would like to perform in front of the school, please encourage them to try out. Every year we see kids with wonderful talents on our stage and the student body loves to cheer them on. Of course, musical talents are a big hit, but we like to see a variety of talent. We've had pogo-sticking, yo-yoing, magic shows, and many other talents.

Auditions will be February 5th, 6th, and 7th. Anyone who wants to audition can sign up in the front office.

January Students of the Month

Submitted by neely.mcewan on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:16

We are happy to announce our January Students of the Month! These students were nominated by faculty and staff for being a Spartan in Body, Heart, and Mind and were honored at a breakfast with their parents on January 15th. Congratulations!

Back Row (left to right): Avery Allred (9th), Callie Geertsen (9th), Matthew Cox (8th), Zane Bergstrom (8th), Nate Thorne (7th)
Front Row (left to right): Ethan Muller (9th), Asher Valgardson (8th), Paisley Nelson(8th), Kate Richards (8th)
Not pictured: Sophie Flint (7th)

Battle of the Books school champions will move on to a district competition

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:37
The Fluffy Bunny Book Burners
The Librarians

Some of you might be aware that this year our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Tomadakis, hosted our first ever Battle of the Books here at Salem Junior High. The competition is a knowledge bowl style competition with questions focused around 20 books from a reading list given to the students a few months prior to the competition. Each member or the four or five person teams was responsible for reading and knowing the books assigned to them. Then, during the competition, they were asked questions about the books and they had to come together as a team to answer those questions. 

Competition was fierce and the majority of the teams knew their books really well. Each team faced every other team and the winner was determined by a total of points gained from each round. This was just the first round. The top two teams will be going with Mrs. Tomadakis to the district book battle Februrary 3rd at Payson Jr. 

At the end of the day the two teams that will move on to districts were the Fluffy Bunny Book Burners and in a close second, The Librarians. Congratulations to both of these teams and thank you to everyone who participated. Good luck in the district finals.

Here is the book list they read if you are interested in reading any of these titles:

  • Firegirl - Tony Abbott
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko
  • Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos
  • Nory Ryan's Song - Patricia R. Giff
  • Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Breaking Through - Francisco Jimenez
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler
  • Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson
  • Call of the Wild - Jack London
  • Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
  • Black Star, Bright Dawn - Scott O'Dell
  • Project Mulberry - Linda Sue Park
  • The Teacher's Funeral  - Richard Peck
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Missing May - Cynthia Rylant
  • Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar
  • Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt
  • Bomb - Steve Sheikin
  • Uglies - Scott Westerfield
  • Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen

Roller Coaster Lab in Science Class

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:56

Walk into Mrs. Roberts's class any given day and you will find her students engaged in a variety of ways of learning. This Monday, kids were learning about potential energy vs kinetic energy. They did this in a lab where they designed their own rollercoaster tracks to run marbles down. They had to set their tubes just right to allow for enough potential energy for the marble to successfully complete its course. Students then analyzed potential and kinetic energy at several points throughout the course of the track.

This was a great lab that had students engaged in creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Students had a lot of fun. 

Mrs. Roberts Recognized by the District for a PEAK Award

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:59

Congratulations to our wonderful science teacher, Kellie Roberts for receiving the PEAK award from the district this month. She was nominated by fellow teacher Alex Robinson. Mrs. Roberts is an excellent teacher and we feel lucky to have her here at our school. Below is an excerpt from the webpage explaining what the PEAK award is and what Mr. Robinson said about Mrs. Roberts:

The PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness) Award is presented monthly to someone in the Nebo School District who "really gets it" when it comes to providing exceptional customer service, which in turn results in positive impacts on everyone including students, parents, co-workers and members of the community.

Kellie Roberts, Teacher, Salem Junior
Nominated by: Alex Robinson

“Kellie always brightens my day when I see her. I know she does the same for her students. She is an excellent teacher with wonderful content. Students truly appreciate her teaching and message. She is one of those teachers that students will never forget.” 

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Choir Concert

Submitted by sam.mcgrath on Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:46
Cecily Yeager

Each of our talented choirs performed several numbers at their concert Monday evening. A highlight was the SaJHS alumni joining in for “Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake"! The concert closed with all choirs taking the stage to sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” We are grateful to Mr. Guthrie and his talented choirs for providing a  beautiful, holiday-spirited performance!


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