Another term has rolled around since our last concert, which means we have another concert coming soon (December 14th, at 7:00 P.M. to be specific). The Christmas concerts are always very exciting, and our choirs have been working very hard to make sure we have a memorable time for both the students and the audience. Along with the concert, last Friday the advanced choirs (Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Bella Voce) performed at both the Provo and Orem malls. This is always one of the choir highlights of the year and always stirs up excitement.
Good luck at the concert!
In 8th grade FACS, we made bags and they have turned out amazing. Making that bags was so fun and pretty easy. Now we are working on making pj pants or shorts. FACS class has helped me learn how to be a better sewer. After the pj’s we are going to be making dirty clothes bags. They hold your clothes so that you don’t have to. All of us get along so well which makes facts ever more fun. In the past, we made finger pin cushions and for Halloween, we made pumpkin pincushions. One thing I like about FACS is that we are never not working on something. Thanks, Mrs. Larsen!
If you want a yearbook, you have to get one by the end of December. There might be some extra but for a guaranteed one you have to order by December. They are 30 dollars!
Adelaide Zeeman who is on the yearbook committee said, “Everyone’s pictures will be in the yearbook. There’s a bunch of pages on sports. There will be a page on people’s favorite candy bars. There will be a page for most school clubs. And it’s gonna super epic! Upload any pictures of you and your friends to hjeshare.com to be featured in the yearbook!”
Here at Salem Jr High School, the Honors Society is sponsoring a pop tab drive. The pop tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay if they have a family member in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House recycles the pop tabs to pay overhead costs of running the house. Start collecting pop tabs (found on soda cans, soup cans, fruit cans, etc.) Students turn them into your advisory teacher. There will be a gallon jug in your advisory classroom. The first class to fill the jug to the top will be the winner and get a reward. The reward is to be decided by the Honors Society and will be revealed later.
November's Students of the Month have been chosen and have received their awards, but they haven't yet received their recognition. We want to congratulate all of them and let everyone know how great they are. These kids are impressing their teachers with hard work and great attitudes. Congratulate them if you see them.
7th: Peyton Kilpatrick and Matthew Horton
8th: Millie Knowlton and Carlos Minjares
9th: Brandi Moss and Dillan Fullmer
Today in 8th-grade science, students are learning about physical states of matter and how things change from solids to liquids and then to gases. What better way to learn about this than to make ice cream? Students are separated into partners and given a plastic ball which they fill with salty ice water. There is a metal tube in the middle of each ball where the ice cream is actually made. They add the ingredients for their ice cream and roll it back and forth to mix it up and make sure that all of the ice cream is getting cold and not just freezing to the sides. They are just making plain vanilla, but it's a great lab that has all kids engaged.
Not only are kids learning about states of matter, they are also learning through this lab how salt lowers the freezing point, allowing the ice water to get even colder and they learn how some materials transfer heat better than others, and that is why the cylinder in the middle is made out of metal instead of plastic or some other material.
Last week, in honor of Veteran's Day, many students in our school wrote letters to some of our active service men and women in the military to thank them for their service and show appreciation for what they do for our country. Students had a great experience with this activity. They wrote letters and created cards that were sent off to Mrs. Betteridge's son and his squadron in the Middle East. Mrs. Betteridge was excited and thankful to the students for the letters that they wrote.
Last week at SAJHS was hope week. On Monday, it was dress up like a tourist, on Tuesday was sports day, Wednesday was hat day, Thursday was a whiteout, and Friday was pajama day! We had hope week so we could get off our phones. The theme of hope week was unplug and reconnect. A lot of the world today is experienced through our phones. We should start to unplug from our phones and connect with real people more often.
The time came around for hope week! Hope Week is a week where we get to have fun dressing up and doing different things. On Monday, we got to dress up as a tourist and we got a paper with different continents on it and we filled in the answers of questions around the school. On Tuesday, we got to dress up in a sports uniform and we will be having a free throw contest. On Wednesday, we got to wear hats to school. On Thursday, we were wearing white to school and passing out nice notes. Lastly, on Friday, we got to wear pajamas to school, and in your English class, you got to have a read-a-thon where you just read the whole class period and have an assembly. It was a fun week and I hope that the students and staff enjoyed participating.
Hi guys! This past term, our choir did a great job and the time has come for our new songs. We will be having a couple different performances. On November 17th, the Chamber Singers will be attending the ACDA UT performance at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall in SLC. They will leave right before school ends.
I know that some of these may be a little far in advance, but it is important information. On the 8th of December, we are having a performance for the advanced choir(Concert Choir, Bella Voce, and Chamber Singers) at the mall. It’s an all day thing and we are going to be getting back around 4:45. And finally, on the 14th of December, we are having our winter concert. Do not miss it!
Next week our school's counselors and the Hope Squad are sponsoring Hope Week with the theme Unplug and Reconnect. The theme is focused on the concern that too much time spent on electronics and especially social media can be detrimental to student's physical and mental health. This whole week our counselors will be reminding students to put down their phones and reconnect with their friends and their surroundings on a personal level. Above is the schedule of planned activities for the week.
Congratulations to the 7th grade football team for winning the super bowl! The 7th graders are the only grade in the school that won their super bowl. They played a tough game against Springville, a team that they had lost against earlier in the season. Everybody came together as a team and several students made some great plays that helped our team take the victory. That is incredible. We are so proud of the 7th graders!
We are sad to see the season come to an end but it sure has been great. Especially for the 7th graders, they are probably so happy. If you see them anywhere just congratulate them!
Hey guys! The Halloween dance is going to be this Friday, Oct 27th in the gym. Come dance & enjoy with some of your friends it's going to be a thriller! The dance will be from 6-8pm. Also, for you to participate you can only have 2 tardies & good citizenship for you to come inside. You can wear your Halloween costume but NO MASKS nor lots of face makeup. The cost will be $4.00 with your school ID. Hope you guys enjoy!
After a two year absence, we have decided to bring back our school newspaper The Spartan Chronicle. After Mrs. Ashworth used old Chronicles in her production of Guys and Dolls last year, students began asking why we didn't have a paper anymore, so we have brought it back.
Our journalism students are proud of their articles and excited to see their names and their writing in the newspaper. Having a large audience like this can be great motivation to get kids writing more.
Here is a digital copy of the newspaper. If you see an article from someone you know, make sure to tell the writers that you read their work.
The golf team this year in districts did good and the golf team coach, Mr. Roberts said that he liked the season and that the golfers did well this year.
Mr. Roberts and the golf team this year the kids were happy how it ended up they all did really good and they wish they were still playing and now they don’t get checked out and they don’t get to do golf.
The tennis team had a good year they finished their season on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with varsity district. They tied for third with Springville Jr High. The team captain Emily Van Ausdal took second in second singles and Salem's first singles player Emily Nicholls took third place. Mapleton Jr did good and took first place good job Mapleton.
The JV team had district on Monday the 9th they placed third but our third doubles placed first great job guys. Here's a quote from the coach Steve Fillerup: “Coach Bell and I are grateful for all the support we received- not only from the players who worked so hard but from parents who took care of tough tasks behind the scenes like providing transportation and emotional support for the team.”
We have a choir concert coming up and it’s going to be great! It will be tomorrow the 17th of October, at SHHS, in the auditorium. Choir students are required to come at 5:15 so we can start practicing at 5:30, and the concert starts at 7:00 PM.
Choir groups, when you get there, already be in your choir uniform and ready to sing as we will get right on practicing.
For everyone else, come support the choire as the choir students have worked really hard for this.
This year the school will be putting on Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella play. The initial auditions are november 28th and 29th, Dance auditions are December 1st, and call backs are December 5th and 6th. You can go pick up a yellow packet from Mrs. Ashworth's room.
We need a lot of guys and girls so we can do a ballroom scene. There’s a 15 dollar fee, and no experience required.
Female characters: Cinderella, Godmother, Stepmother, Portia and Joy (stepsisters), The Queen.
Male characters: The Prince, The King. Characters that can be male or female: The Herald, The Chef, The Steward, Four White Horses, The Coachman, and the Footman.
Please only audition if you truly want to be in the show and are willing to fully commit! Mrs. Ashworth would love to see you at auditions.
On Oct. 5th, three of our secretaries (Mrs. Lundell, Mrs. Beardall, & Mrs. Cook) enjoyed a day away from the office to attend the annual UASSP Secretaries Conference at Thanksgiving Point. They enjoyed delicious food as well as listening to the inspirational Lance Allred, the first deaf NBA player, Debbie Dujanovic, an Investigative Reporter for KSL, and the band Joshua Creek.