Our 2018 boys tennis season ended today with a big bang. Late this afternoon our #2 singles player, Eric Cheney, played the final match of the district tournament against his counterpart from Mapleton. The winner of the match would end up as the #3 player in that position, and the loser would drop to the #4 spot. More importantly, the winner of that match would determine which team would end the season as the district's tennis champion, an honor which typically goes to Mapleton.The Mapleton player quickly took a 2-0 game lead in a match which required four games to win. However, Eric gathered himself and stormed back to win the next four games to win the match and give his Spartans teammates the 2018 title. The final team score was Salem with 29 points and Mapleton with 28. On Monday our JV team played well and tied Mapleton for second place in the district. Spanish Fork took the JV title. Included is a photo of our varsity team celebrating it's victory- missing from the photo are Zac Anson and Garrison Durrant, our #3 doubles team. Have a great spring season, Spartans! coach Fillerup
Today, we recognized the students of the month for May. These students have been working hard and focusing on their classes without getting too distracted by the prospect of summer vacation, so their teachers wanted to recognize them and show their appreciation. Here are the May students of the month:
9th Grade - Ashton Shepherd and Stormie Hanson
8th Grade - Kalex Braithwaite and Ashley Nelson
7th Grade - Maxx Montague and Kaycee Bott
Only two weeks left in the school year. Make sure to get all of your fines, fees, and lunch balances paid off. Students need to have all accounts up to date in order to be eligible to go to Lagoon and to get their yearbook early.
Spend two weeks this summer learning to cook, the science involved, and best of all . . . EATING YOUR CLASSWORK! This AWESOME hands-on class is for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Click here for more information and instructions about how to register.
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Last Friday, our students came together to participate in our annual school-wide poetry slam. Students started by writing and performing their own poems in class. Some students then were invited to participate in the school slam. This year was the first year that we required all students in the school slam to perform their own poetry. Teachers agreed that overall the quality of the poems used was great and the performances were much better than years past.
Students who performed in the school slam received a T-shirt and some prizes, and the top 3 students received awards.
Our judges picked their favorites who will now advance to the district poetry slam. Here are those students:Marcus AhKuoi Aiden Bowden Gabe Shallenberger Cassidy Haight Adyson Heap Spencer Fillmore Jared Kearns Camden Mead 3rd place: Mitchell Kimber 2nd place: Olivia Christensen 1st place: Katie Cook
Some might assume that with SAGE testing happening at school, students have already slipped into summer mode. That is definitely not the case here at Salem Junior High. Our 9th-grade history and English classes are working on a cross-curricular project that has them working hard and learning a lot.
Our students have been working on a research project that requires them to learn about a global issue of their choice and come up with a solution to fix the problem or at least mitigate the negative effects it is having on the part of the world that they have chosen to focus on. The final product will be a written speech that they will then deliver. This project has combined research practices used in English and history as well as writing, critical thinking, and creativity. It has been a complex project and the teachers are proud what their students are producing.
It has been a long project, but students are beginning to see the end. In the picture they are sharing the first draft of their speech, looking for peer feedback on ways to make their speech clear and compelling.
The following students were chosen for April's Student of the Month. They have been coming to class with great attitudes and have been working hard. Their teachers have been really impressed with them and we want to recognize them for their hard work. Make sure to congratulate them when you see them.9th - Jasper Butler and Madison Pitts 8th - Isaac Webster and Ellie Wride 7th - Cole Andersen and Hailey Adamson
Lagoon day is on 5-17-18
Cost is $50
You can pay on 4-25-18
Students who want to sit with their friends must pay at the same time
In order to be eligible to go to Lagoon, students must meet the following requirements:
- No more than 2 tardies
- No sluffs
- No fines or fees
- No behavior issues or citizenship U’s
For the 2018 season, Lagoon is introducing the "Summer Fever Fundraiser." Students and families are able to get a jump on Summer Fun at Lagoon. The Summer Fever Fundraiser is an exclusive discount to our Nebo families. Lagoon will rebate a portion of each ticket sale back to our Nebo District Foundation, which helps fund grants for schools and teachers to better serve our students.
Click here for the promo code and further information. The promo code will allow individuals to purchase a Lagoon Single Day Passport at a discounted rate. All sales at the discounted price must be done online. Visit www.lagoonpark.com and enter the promo code to purchase your passes.
The Summer Fever Fundraiser day passes will be valid on the weekends from March 31-April 29, as well as on Sundays in May -- May 6, May 13, May 20, and through Memorial Day Weekend -- May 26, May 27, and May 28.
Salem Jr High was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is an amazing feat because in order to qualify, a building must score in the top 75 percentile compared against other schools in the nation. Our district average score was 99.
The certification process for Energy Star is not an easy one. Air quality, lighting quality, and the overall Energy Use Index readings and calculations are taken into account. This data, along with many other data points, are used to compare our facility to other facilities throughout the country.
This is a great win for Salem Jr High and Nebo School District. Our district has the most certified facilities out of any organization in the state of Utah, at 44. This makes us an Energy Star leader in the state!
Lexy Webster took 3rd place in the state spelling bee championship on Saturday, March 10. She said it was a great experience and she had a lot of fun. She received a brand new laptop and bragging rights for doing so well (although Lexy definitely isn't the type to brag about herself). Lexy has been taking part in spelling bees since 4th grade and has always done really well. This is the last year that Lexy is eligible to participate in the bee, so it was an excellent way to finish her run.
This is not a small feat. The state-wide spelling bee is very competitive and has students from schools all over Utah. Before the traditional rounds of elimination that most of us have seen in movies, students take a written test. This is where most students are eliminated. Even making it past that point is great. The fact that she took 3rd out of all those kids is pretty awesome. Make sure to congratulate Lexy if you see her.
Track and Field season is about to start. To join, you just need to get a form from the office, sign up on registermyathlete.com, get a doctor's physical, and pay a $45 fee to the finance office.
There is going to be a Pre-Season meeting with the coaches during advisory on the 27th of February. This year looks like it's going to be a fun year.
The school PTO has put together a school movie night for everyone to come to.
Monday, February 26 at 6:00
Details: The movie night is free. They will have a dinner meal with Jimmy John Sandwiches, Chips, and candy for sale. Just for six dollars all together!
Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents, and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools. A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at www.nebo.edu beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences. (Parents and employees will be emailed a link to help them gain access, while students will be shown the link in their computer labs.)
The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.
Thank you for your helpful feedback.
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for February. These students have been working hard and their teachers have noticed them:
Yesterday, Mr. Mecham and Mrs. Van De Graaff sat on a panel for a Q and A with 9th-grade students seeking to understand how Olympic Time runs at our school. If this seems a bit unusual, you are right. It doesn't happen very often that students are able to sit down with Admin and teacher leaders and ask them about school programs. The students had this opportunity to help them with a project that they are doing for English.
In order to teach students to work in teams and solve problems, the 9th-grade English teachers have challenged students to develop proposals for how they would change Olympic Time here at Salem Jr. in order to make it more effective. We are excited to hear what they come up with. They have learned about the purpose that Olympic Time serves and are now preparing to develop proposals which they will present in front of their teachers and peers. Who knows, maybe one of their ideas will be put into practice next year.