September 2014

Weekly Parent Newsletter 5

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Salem Hills High School's Cross Country Invitational featured 37 high schools from all over the state.

Skyhawk Parents,

Edith Wharton, the author of numerous classic tales, profoundly stated, "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." We all admire people who shine brightly and influence us with their brilliant character; conversely, we occasionally encounter those whose light is rather dim or, even worse, those who would stifle the brilliance of others out of jealousy or spite. As educators at Salem Hills High School we are striving to encourage our students to shine brightly and to also look for opportunities to help reflect the brilliance they, and we,  see in one another. Let's take the opportunity as an educational community to help our students spread their light in all that they do!

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Boys' Golf: The boys' golf team completed their best season to date, improving by 222 strokes from where they finished last year. They had multiple players shoot in the 70s at tournaments this year. Though they finished just a few strokes out of state competition at Wasatch State Park (the Lake Course) last week, they had a great season, and with four sophomores contributing significantly to the team this year, the future looks bright for the boys' golf team.

SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls lost to MMHS on Tuesday afternoon, 4-0, but bounced back nicely against SFHS on Thursday winning 5-1. They are in the heat of the playoff hunt and could finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the region, depending on their finish. Thursday night will be Senior Night in which the team will honor their seniors: Paige Robbins, Lexi Van Tassel, and Bethany Wride.

SHHS Girl's Tennis: This week the ladies will participate in their region tournament which will be on October 2 and 3 at Springville High School.  

SHHS Cross Country: Salem Hills High School and Coach Bart Thompson hosted one of the biggest, if not the biggest,  meets in the state last Friday night. 37 teams from around the state participated in the event. The boys' team finished in 12th place and the girls' finished in 13th place which they were pleased with considering the caliber of competition they faced.  

SHHS Volleyball: The girls' volleyball team is currently in second place in region and has a match against Timpview HS on Tuesday (9/30) night this week for the region's top spot. The game will be a blue-out game for the supporting crowd, so don your blue apparel and come support the team Tuesday night.

SHHS Boys' Football:  The football team had another strong performance last week against Provo HS. They won their game by a score of 42-7. They look to keep their two-game winning streak alive against Orem HS on Thursday night; the game will be played at Orem HS.    

SHHS Band: Our band participated in the Nebo Tournament of Bands in Payson on Saturday. Though they didn't win the accolades they were hoping for, their performance was great and they represented the school well, even though they had to play through a lot of rain and  even a lightning delay.

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • There will be a meeting on September 30 at 2:30 in the library for all students who are interested in applying to be a Sterling Scholar. Applications will be available at the meeting and thereafter in the library from Mrs. Rawle. The deadline to apply is October 15.
  • There will be a wrestling meeting with Mr. Brindley on September 30 at 6:30 PM in the SHHS cafeteria for all boys interested in wrestling this year.
  • There will be a swim team parent meeting on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM in the library computer lab.
  • The 2014 PTA Reflections contest being held this year at SHHS will be rewarded with cash awards for winners! The PTA would like to welcome all who would like to join. Participants are to choose project(s) based on this year's theme, "The world would be a better place if...." Projects are to be turned into the office by October 22. Winners will be announced at a luncheon the first part of November.

Reflection Categories: 3D art; Dance Choreography; Literature; Visual Arts. Film Production; Photography; Music composition (You may enter as many categories as you would like but only one entry per category).  

Reflections Website: www.shhsptsa.com.  Please go here to print off all forms and find rules and instructions. 

  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Ms. Houghton; ALL detentions must be made up to participate in extra curricular activities.
  • Our administrative team will be offering detention after school for students interested in biking, running, and doing cross fit. We are calling the program Double Time, and students can earn double the detention time for participating. This pilot program is based on psychologist  John Ratey's theory that exercise sparks cognitive function and improves academic performance and behavior. 
  • Homecoming week will begin on October 6 and run through October 10. Events include a movie night on Tuesday at 7:00 PM, the Skyhawk Rally on Wednesday at 7:00 PM, the Powder Puff game will be on Thursday at 4:00 PM, the homecoming game will be on Friday evening against Springville HS at 7:00 PM, and the Homecoming dance will be on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The Theme of the dance is Hero; admission is $20 a couple.  Pictures will be $15 per couple and $20 per group for those interested.
  • Fall Break will be October 16-19.
  • The end of first term is Thursday, October 23.

This Week at a Glance: (9/29/14 - 10/3/14)

Monday: Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday: Girls' Soccer @ Springville High School (4:00 PM)

                   Volleyball versus Timpview High School (6:30 PM)

                 Wrestling Meeting in the Cafeteria (6:30 PM)

Wednesday: JV/Sophomore Football versus Orem High School (3:30 PM)

                        Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Thursday: Region Tennis Tournament Springville HS

                   Girls' Volleyball versus Spanish Fork HS (6:30 PM)

                   Girls' Soccer versus Wasatch HS (7:00 PM)

                   Football @ Orem High School (7:00 PM)

                   Swim Team Parent Meeting (7:00 PM)

Friday:  Region Tennis Tournament @ Springville HS

              Cross Country at Park City

Saturday: Girl's Basketball Open Gym @ 8:00 AM

                   Marching Band at USU

 

Yours in service, the service of our students, and our community,

 

Curtis Burton

SHHS Dean of Students

 

Congratulations Boys Golf

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We would like to congratulate the boys golf team on an excellent season. After 8 tournaments, they came up only 9 strokes short of qualifying for state.  For the season, they improved 222 strokes from last year--that's an average of 28 strokes per tournament.    With 10 players coming back, they are expecting even better results next year.  We would like to give a shout out to yesterday's top performers at Wasatch:  Jayden Parkinson, Brock Nielson and Ty Bennett all led the team with scores in the 70's.

ACT Prep Class Offered

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Salem Hills is offering an ACT prep class to help any students preparing for the  October 25th or Dec. 13th ACT test.  The class will be held from 8-12 in the morning on two Saturdays:  September 27th(Math/Science) & October 11th (English/Reading).  The cost is only $50 for all eight hours of instruction and students will have access to an ACT book as they prepare for the test.  Class is first come, first serve. If any of you are interested, you can sign up at the financial office.  Another class will be offered in February to prepare for the March 3rd test.

Weekly Parent Newsletter 4

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Members of the SHHS Band practicing for their next performance.

Ernest Hemingway, the great American author, said, "As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary." At Salem Hills High School this year we have been challenged by our principal, Mr. Peery,  to be heroes to those around us. He's challenged us to be heroes to our students, classmates, colleagues, friends, and neighbors and be a source of strength and support in their lives. We are extending the challenge to you, our entire school community, to, as Mr. Peery would say, "be a hero to those who need it most!" After all, to quote the author, "it is sort of necessary."

Skyhawk Highlights:

 SHHS Boys' Golf: The Boys' Golf team had a great tournament on their home course, the Gladstan Golf Course, last week. They moved to within five strokes of state tournament play. They play at Wasatch State Park, the Lake Course, today (9/23), and Coach Fillmore encouraged all of us to send the team our "good vibes" so that they can hit it straight, make up those strokes, and get into the state tournament. Good luck guys!

SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls played great against Provo last Tuesday  night; They defeated the Bulldogs  4-0 in a hard-fought win. They played Timpview tough on Thursday night, but fell to the Thunderbirds 3-1. Right now they are battling for state playoff positioning, and each game is important for their region standing. It will be exciting to watch this team come down the home stretch. They next play  MMHS here today (9/23) at 4:00 PM. 

SHHS Girl's Tennis: The ladies had a hard fought match with the Timpview Thunderbirds on Thursday, and though the matches didn't go as well as the ladies hoped, they competed hard and made a good showing. Their next match is today against Spanish Fork High School, and their region tournament will be on October 2 and 3.  

Captain's Academy: A number of our students who represent their fall sports as captains attended the district's Captain's Academy on Thursday of last week where they participated in developing and strengthening sportsmanship in our district. Our student leaders represented our school very well as they shared their ideas about leadership and conduct as it relates to competition.

SHHS Cross Country: The cross country team will next run in a meet that is hosted here at SHHS, the Nebo Invitational, on Friday, September 26 at 3:30. Coach Thompson said the meet will feature 30 teams from all over the state and over 1500 runners. It should be a great event to come and watch.  

SHHS Volleyball: The ladies had another good week on the court. They defeated Maple Mountain High School 3 matches to 0 last Thursday night. They next face Wasatch High School today (9/23) at 7:00 PM.

SHHS Boys' Football:  The football team bounced back well with a dominant performance on the road against Wasatch High School. Many of the underclassmen got significant playing time in the 48-14 victory for the Skyhawks. Next up for the football team is the Provo Bulldogs at Provo High School on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 PM.   

SHHS Sadie Hawkins: The Sadie Hawkins dance was held last Saturday night, and the turnout was awesome. Greese was the theme of the night, and students came decked out in vintage 1950's style attire and enthusiastically danced into the night. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Boothe for her efforts in making the dance a success!  

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • There will be a meeting on September  30th at 2:30 in the library for all students who are interested in applying to be a Sterling Scholar. Applications will be available at the meeting and thereafter in the library from Mrs. Rawle. The deadline to apply is October 15.
  • The 2014 PTA Reflections contest being held this year at SHHS will be rewarded with cash awards for winners! The PTA would like to welcome all who would like to join. Participants are to choose project(s) based on this year's theme, "The world would be a better place if...." Projects are to be turned into the office by October 22. Winners will be announced at a luncheon the first part of November.

Reflection Categories: 3D art; Dance Choreography; Literature; Visual Arts. Film Production; Photography; Music composition (You may enter as many categories as you would like but only one entry per category).  

Reflections Website: www.shhsptsa.com.  Please go here to print off all forms and find rules and instructions.  

  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Mr. Schwenke and Ms. Houghton
  • Starting this week, our administrative team will be offering detention after school for students interested in biking, running, and doing cross fit. As an administrative team, we are calling the program "Double Time", and students can earn double the detention time for participating. This pilot program is based on Psychologist  John Ratey's theory that exercise sparks cognitive function and improves academic performance and behavior. 
  • Homecoming week will begin on October 6 and run through October 10.
  • Fall Break will be October 16-19.
  • The end of first term is Thursday, October 23.

This Week at a Glance: (9/22/14 - 9/26/14)

Monday: Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday: Girls' Soccer versus Maple Mountain High School (4:00 PM)

                   Volleyball versus Wasatch High School (7:00 PM)

Wednesday: Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Thursday: JV/Sophomore Football versus Provo High School (3:30 PM)

                   Girls' Soccer @ Spanish Fork High School (4:00 PM)

                   Girls' Volleyball @ Provo High School (7:00 PM)

Friday:  Football @ Provo High School (7:00 PM)

Saturday: Girl's Basketball Open Gym @ 8:00 AM

                   Marching Band at Payson

                    

 

 

 

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 3

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Pictured: SHHS students do the Lebron James chalk throw before the Salem versus Timpview game Friday night.

Vince Lombardi, the great hall-of-fame football coach of the Greenbay Packers, once said, "There is only one way to succeed at anything and that is to give it everything!" We are committed to making our school the best it can be, and, like Vince Lombardi admonished, we are going to put everything we've got into ensuring that happens. We expect our students to give their studies and activities here at SHHS everything they've got. And we know that our students' parents are giving everything they can to help our students be successful.    

Skyhawk Highlights:

 SHHS FFA: Sakia Brost placed first at the state fair for showmanship of her lamb. Way to go Sakia! 

SHHS Band: Both the pregame and  halftime performances at the football game were excellent.   The band performed numbers from Sherlock which were arranged by Mike Larsen and Karl Hartman. The band's precision performance of "Dark Times", "Deception", "Deduction", and "Elementary"  was excellent. Great job band!

SHHS Cross Country: The cross country team had a wet one on Tuesday night, running through monsoon conditions, but still finished first (boys and girls) in a meet with Spanish Fork and Payson. On Friday night they placed second (boys and girls) at the Payson Invitational which they ran under the lights at the Payson baseball complex. Coach Thompson said the team continues to improve each meet.

SHHS Volleyball: The ladies played really well last week. They defeated Spanish Fork 3-0 on Tuesday night and followed that dominate performance up with a victory over Springville 3 games to 1. They next face Mapleton HS on Thursday, September 18 at 4:00 PM.

SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls had a rough one against Wasatch on Tuesday  night losing 3-0, but bounced back nicely and defeated Payson 7-0 on Thursday night. Next up for the girls is a match with Provo here Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM.  

SHHS Boys' Football:  The football game was electric last week. Many stated that they couldn't recall a better crowd. Coach Higginson's staff focused on honoring the veterans in the area with dinner and acknowledgement of their service. KSL was here as well to focus on the game as one of the Games of the Week. The team played well and gave the Thunderbirds all they could handle before eventually succumbing 42-21. They next face Wasatch on the road.   

SHHS Student Council: Our student council did a great job hyping the student body up for the KSL Game of the Week. They provided face painting before the game for the student body in support of the students' decision to create a "blue-out" for the game. They cooperated with the cheerleaders in creating the electric atmosphere for the game; week in and week out, the student council does a great job representing our students in all that they do.

SHHS Cheer: The cheer team did a fabulous job at the games this week keeping the crowd active and involved in our games, particularly at the football game. Their enthusiasm is contagious and really creates a strong spirit of support for our school and its teams! It was good to see them stay positive when they experienced technical difficulties with their music at halftime as well.  

SHHS Girls' Tennis: The ladies had a very productive trip to St. George this last week. They finished 3rd out of 13 teams at the St. George Duel in the Desert Tournament. Coach Tolbert also wanted to recognize the strong performance from the JV doubles teams and singles performances.  

SHHS Boys' Golf: The Boys' Golf team gave a few strokes back this week at their tournament at Hobble Creek Golf Course, but look to bounce back this week with a strong performance on their home course, Gladstan Golf Course.  State is still within reach, and the boys are giving it everything they can to try to make it happen.

SHHS Lashays: The Lashays'  performance at halftime of the football game was awesome! It was particularly impressive that they were able to keep their time and finish their routine as well as they did after their music unexpectedly stopped on them.   

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The PLAN Test for sophomores will be on Wednesday, September 17th (This is a test that helps students improve testing skills and prepare for taking the ACT as juniors). Only Sophomores need to come this day; school will be excused at 11:15 AM.  
  • Our first Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:30 to 7:30 in the auxiliary gym.
  • Our school has an excellent book fair planned for the week of 9/15 through  9/19; information regarding the book fair's details can be found at the following website: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=salemhillssrhighschool1
  • The Sadie Hawkins dance is this Saturday evening (9/20) from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • There will be a meeting on September  30th at 2:30 in the library for all students who are interested in applying to be a Sterling Scholar. Applications will be available at the meeting and thereafter in the library from Mrs. Rawle. The deadline to apply is October 15th.
  • The 2014 PTA Reflections contest being held this year at SHHS will be rewarded with cash awards for winners! The PTA would like to welcome all who would like to join. Participants are to choose project(s) based on this year's theme, "The world would be a better place if...." Projects are to be turned into the office by October 22nd. Winners will be announced at a luncheon the first part of November.Reflection Categories: 3D art; Dance Choreography; Literature; Visual Arts. Film Production; Photography; Music composition (You may enter as many categories as you would like but only one entry per category).  Reflections Website: www.shhsptsa.com.  Please go here to print off all forms and find rules and instructions. 
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Mr. Schwenke and Mrs. Houghton
  • Starting next week, The administrative team will be offering detention after school for students interested in biking, running, and doing cross fit. As an administrative team, we are calling the program "Double Time", and students can earn double the detention time for participating. This pilot program is based on Psychologist  John Ratey's theory that exercise sparks cognitive function and improves academic performance and behavior.  

This Week at a Glance: (9/15/14 - 9/19/14)

Monday: Golf @ Gladstan

               Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday: Girls' Soccer versus Provo (4:00 PM)

Wednesday: PLAN Test (Sophomores Only)

                        Parent Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30 PM)

                        Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

                        Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Thursday: Girls' Tennis @ Timpview

                   JV/Sophomore Football versus Wasatch (3:30 PM)

                   Girls' Soccer @ Timpview

                   Girls' Volleyball @ MMHS (4:00 PM)

Friday:  Football @ Wasatch (7:00 PM)

Saturday: Cross Country at Soldier Hollow

                   Sadie Hawkins Dance (7:00-10:00 PM)

 

 

 

 

Double Time

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Come join Mr. White, Mr. Burton, Mr. Peery or Mr. Tischner for the greatest detention experience you may ever have.  If you would like to roll back the number of detention hours from last year, come and talk to one of the Administration Team about Double Time.

Double Time is a unique opportunity for those who have excessive of detention from last year to "work it off" through exercise.  As the name implies we will credit you double the hours for your hard work and dedication to cleaning up your attendance record.  Regular exercise is also credited for helping students do better in school, making them feel more happy and improving all around health.

Each afternoon you will have the opportunity to "Work Off" hours through Cross Fit, Running, Cycling & Weightlifting by attending Double Time with one of the Administrators.  This opportunity will only be available through the Administration for now.  We are excited to add this new intervention for students of Salem Hills High School.

 

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 2

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton

While walking through the halls of our school and supervising our various activities this last week and interacting with our students,  teachers, staff,  and coaches and watching them perform academically, musically, and athletically, I had a bit of an epiphany: our school is really AWESOME! I witnessed how tremendously talented and motivated to succeed our students are, and I witnessed how committed and devoted our teachers, coaches, and staff are to helping our students tap into and discover their potential. It is so cool to see it happening and to be a part of it every day. Are we perfect? No, but we are striving to be "Positive in the Present", and awesome things are happening as a result.  

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Cheer: Our state championship cheer team is doing a tremendous job setting the tone for Spirit, Heart, Honor, and Success at our school's athletic events and activities. They also did a great job representing our school in the Onion Days Parade on Monday in Payson. Coach Simmons, Coach Best, and the team's capatins have worked incredibly hard to have their team performing at the highest level. Thanks and great job cheer!

 

SHHS Volleyball: The volleyball team has high expectations this year. They defeated North Sanpete HS on Tuesday, and lost a heartbreaker in the 5th game against Timpview HS on Thursday.  After learning some lessons about themselves at a invitational tournament at Lonepeak HS over the weekend, the team is committed to moving forward and starting region play successfully!

 

SHHS Cross Country: The cross country team is really off to a great start. They are running well and improving each meet. This past week they competed in the Bear Canyon invitational in Juab, and both the boys and the girls team finished 2nd place overall. On Friday both the boys' and girls' teams also finished in the top 10 at the USU Aggie invitational, a meet that featured 30 of the top teams from Utah and Idaho. "Long may you run!"

 

SHHS Club Rush: On Friday of last week students had an opportunity to learn about and sign up to be a part of the various clubs offered at the school; SHHS students certainly seemed excited about participating and being involved in the various clubs offered here. We look forward to a fun and productive year of club participation and service.

 

SHHS Band: Our state championship band also looked and performed awesome in the Onion Days Parade. Their precision and sound was excellent. Their parade performance made us proud to be Skyhawks!

 

SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls' soccer team had a another great week by defeating the Dons 8-0 and Springville 2-1. Excellent defensive plays and a seldom seen header goal were a couple of highlights of this last week for the team. They are an energetic fun team to watch!  

 

SHHS Fall Musical: The cast for the fall musical has been picked and rehearsals started last week on the 2nd. We are all looking forward to our students' performance of Footloose. The  performance will debut in November .   

 

SHHS Boys' Football:  The boys football team had another solid performance against Juab on Friday night winning 42-14. The game was close midway through the third quarter, but excellent plays offensively, defensively, and on special teams broke the game open for the Skyhawks. Next up for the team is the Timpview Thunderbirds on Friday night here at SHHS. 

 

SHHS Girls' Tennis: The tennis team continues their good play. They took 2nd in a tri-team tournament at Mt. Pleasant, and they also took second in a 10-team Spanish Fork tournament. The team is 4-2 with wins over Mtn. View, Juan Diego, Payson, and Provo. Their two losses are to Maple Mountain and Wasatch. Our JV team is undefeated! Great job ladies!

 

SHHS Boys' Golf: After a strong performance at Hobblecreek last week, the team finished the tournament third in region competition and moved to within eight strokes of state tournament eligibility. The team continues to play historically well!

 

SHHS Lashays: Like cheer and band, the Lashays represented our school very well in the Onion Days Parade last Monday. Their vivacious performance  allowed parade goers  to see how talented and spirited a performing group they are!  

 

Skyhawk Happenings:   

  • Students will be receiving mini-report cards on Friday of each week, so check with your student each week to see how they are doing with their grades.
  • The Plan Test for sophomores will be on Wednesday, September 17th (This is a test that helps students improve testing skills and prepare for taking the ACT as juniors; juniors and seniors do not attend this day).
  • Our first Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:30 to 7:30 in the auxiliary gym.
  • The counselors will be presenting NCAA (sports) eligibility requirements on September 17th at 5:00 and 7:00 PM during Parent Teacher Conference in the Spirit Room A107.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Mr. Schwenke and Mrs. Houghton.

 

This Week at a Glance: (9/8/14 - 9/12/14)

Monday: 6:00 PM Boys Basketball Open Gym

Tuesday: Cross Country here @ SHHS

                  Soccer @ Wasatch (4:00 PM)

                   Golf @ Nephi

                   Tennis @ Spanish Fork

                   Volleyball @ Spanish Fork

Wednesday: Boys' and Girls' Basketball Open Gym (6:00 PM)

Thursday: Tennis @ St. George

                    JV/Sophomore Football @ Timpview (3:30 PM)

                   Girls' Soccer versus Payson (4:00 PM)

                   Volleyball  versus Springville

                   Choir Comfort Zone #1 Due

Friday: Cross Country @ Payson

              Football versus Timpview (7:00 PM)

 

 

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