December 2014

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 15

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
SHHS students perform at the annual Wintertide concert.
SHHS students received their "Pursuing Victory with Honor" trophies at an assembly last week.

 “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

 -- Plato

 I love the festive music that envelops us this time of year. It seems like wherever  I go or whatever I do, the songs of the season permeate the air.  So, I was particularly excited about our students' performances in last week's Wintertide concert. They did a tremendous job giving "life" to the numbers they performed;  they certainly performed their music with an authenticity and sincerity that was captivating. The decor, the lights, and the musical performances all combined to create an awesome show. I'm grateful that we have such dedicated faculty and staff here at our school that help our students realize and share their talents with the rest of us, and I was grateful that I could be enveloped in their music.

 I hope your holiday season is full of cheer and music that brings "life to everything."          

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Pursuing Victory with Honor: On Friday morning of last week, students who participated in each of our fall sports were honored for their example of "Pursuing Victory with Honor" as members of their respective teams at our fall "Pursuing Victory with Honor" Assembly. Those who were honored for their impeccable example of conduct were paid tribute to by their coaches and given a "Pursuing Victory with Honor" Trophy. Winners for each of the fall sports were Quinton MacCabe (band), Hayden Albrecht (football), Alexis Van Tassel (soccer), Celine Christensen (volleyball), Amber Edmondson (girls cross country), Mitchell Stone (boys cross country), Hayden Hullinger (tennis), and Nathan Oliver (golf).  We are proud of these students for representing our school so well.

SHHS All-State and Academic All-State: Congratulations to Porter Gustin  who was awarded the 4A MVP and first team all-state in football this year. Jordan Taylor, also a senior, made second team all-state in football as well. Congratulations also to Andrea Hale who was selected first team all-state in volleyball. We also had a number of students make their respective academic all-state teams: Chad Peterson (football), Hayden Hullinger and Emily Paulson (tennis), Bethany Wride (soccer), and Celine Christensen (volleyball). Paige Robins was named to the all-valley soccer team as well. We are proud of these students for doing so well on and off their fields and courts of competition.

SHHS Artists: Elizabeth Mitchell, a senior here at SHHS, won the district Christmas card cover art competition. Her painting be featured on the district's annual Christmas card. Haley Johnston, a junior who is also a student at our school, placed second in the contest, and her artwork will be featured on the Nebo Education Foundation Christmas card.    

SHHS Wintertide Concert: As mentioned previously, members of our choirs, orchestra, and band treated their audience to a spectacular holiday performance on Wednesday evening (12/10) of last week. All of the numbers performed were very well done, and "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah performed by members from the choir, orchestra, and band was particularly good. We have some tremendously gifted musicians at our school, and Mr. Bills, Mr. Wells, and Mr. Larsen do a fabulous job cultivating their talents.

SHHS Wrestling: The wrestling team  had dominant wins over Springville HS and Timpview HS last week. The team also participated in the Juab Winter Classic Tournament over the weekend and placed fifth out of 24 teams.  The team next takes the mat against Payson HS on Wednesday evening, December 17 at Payson HS.

SHHS Girls' Basketball: The girls' basketball team had three solid wins last week. On Wednesday (12/10) they defeated Lehi HS, in Lehi, by a score of 72-42. They next played Juab HS at home Friday night (12/12), getting a 74-41 win.  And their basketball week came to a conclusion on Saturday (12/13) with another dominant win against Hillcrest HS, 70-31. The ladies next play on Tuesday evening (12/16) at Morgan HS.   

SHHS Boys' Basketball: The boys basketball team added two more victories to their season record last week. The boys defeated Tooele HS on Wednesday (12/10), 60-40. They next faced Payson HS on Friday night (12/12) in a hard-fought, classic barn burner that saw our team pull out a win in the waning minutes by a score of 55-50. The team next travels to Florida this week to play in a holiday invitational tournament. 

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • We will be having a Hope Squad Anti-bullying Assembly on December 16 during school; we will be following our assembly schedule.
  • As a school community, we would like to continue to help Mr. Layne Moody collect new stuffed animals to donate to the IHC hospital in Provo, the  hospital that provided his daughter care before her passing last year. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can deliver a new stuffed animal to Mr. Layne Moody's room (D206) or the school's front office by December 19; the stuffed animals will be delivered to the hospital on December 22.
  • Again this year we are encouraging our sophomore students (only sophomores are eligible) to apply for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference. To apply, students must submit a 400-500 word response to the following questions: What defines a great leader? How are you a great leader? What leadership roles have you fulfilled and are presently fulfilling? Responses are due to Mr. Gillie in room D200 by January 15, 2015. Two winners from the school, preferably a boy and a girl, will participate in the conference held at Aspen Grove up Provo Canyon from May 7 to May 9; all expenses will be covered. The conference will focus on developing leadership skills and instruction on how students can make a positive difference. If you have questions regarding this conference opportunity, talk to Coach Gillie.
  • Indoor track practice has begun and will be held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. If you have questions about being involved with indoor track, talk to Coach Thompson.
  • As a note of reminder, cell phone use is allowed in class only under the direction and supervision of classroom teachers. Therefore, if a teacher does not allow cell phone use in his/her class, phones must be put away and remain put away for the duration of school/instruction time. Please help us maintain this use agreement.  
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C207 with Ms. Houghton and before school with Mr. Schwenke (room D104).
  • Ammon Clark continues to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs from soda cans. We can help Ammon in his collection efforts by bringing our pop tabs to the school and turning them into the front office, the counseling office, and (or) Mrs. Wilder's room.

Next Week at a Glance(After the Break): (1/05/15 - 1/09/15)

 Monday: Open

Tuesday: SHHS Boys Basketball versus Spanish Fork HS (7:00 PM)

Wednesday: SHHS Dance Company Winter Concert here at 6:00 PM (auditorium)

                        SHHS Boys Basketball versus Bingham HS (7:00 PM)

Thursday: SHHS Dance Company Winter Concert here at 6:00 PM (auditorium)

                   SHHS Wrestling with Wasatch HS (7:00 PM)

Friday: SHHS Boys Basketball versus Maple Mountain HS (7:00 PM)

              SHHS Wrestling @ Iron Town Duals (Cedar City)

Saturday: SHHS Wrestling @ Iron Town Duals (Cedar City)

                  SHHS Drill Competition at Corner Canyon HS

 

Have a fabulous holiday break, and go Skyhawks!

 

 

 

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 14

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
The SHHS wrestling team celebrate their 1st place finish in the Skyhawk Showdown.

Skyhawk Parents, Students, and Community,

“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn't find the time to do it.”  -- Todd Stocker

We certainly are in the busy season here at SHHS with our bands, choirs, clubs, orchestras, and teams practicing, performing, and playing every night it seems. So, though I know we're all incredibly busy this time of year, take the time to come and enjoy the many talents that our students have worked so hard to share. I know our students appreciate your support, and it is a real pleasure to watch them perform and compete.

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Drill Team: The drill team had a very successful beginning to their competition season this last Saturday at UVU.  The team's hard work and preparation was made evident by the quality of their performances, with each of the team's dances placing in the top five. The ladies next competition will be at Copperhills HS on Dec 20. Great job ladies! 

 SHHS Debate: Our debate team competed  in two debate tournaments last weekend. In the Tournament of Champions, our students competed valiantly facing  the best debaters from over 15 states ranging from coast to coast.  Though the team didn't compete as well as they would have liked, it was a good experience for them to match their skills against the best in the country. In the Carbon Combat Tournament,  Jenessa Pratt took 1st place in Oratory and Storytelling; Mike Sanders took 3rd Place in Lincoln-Douglas; Hayden Albrecht took 4th in Oratory; and Chad Peterson took 2nd in Extemporary. Well done debate team!

SHHS Cross Country: Our school had 48 athletes compete in the Footlocker Western Regional at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California over the weekend.  Our runners competed against several thousand athletes from all over the western United States.  The students ran very well, and, as Coach Bart Thompson pointed out, represented Salem Hills HS very well, not just in the race, but throughout the entire trip.  

SHHS Wrestling: The wrestling team  took 1st place and claimed the hardware at their annual Skyhawk Showdown Tournament this last Friday and Saturday here at SHHS. Of the 16 teams that participated, our Skyhawks proved to be the best with Jaxon Van Tassell, Brennen Gerratt, Jacob Armstrong, and Jaxon Bowden each taking first in their weight classes;  Kyle Larsen took 2nd in his weight class; Dallin Goold and Conner Sorensen took 3rd in their weight classes; Isaac Parrish and Quinn Morley took 4th in theirs, and Bryton Shepherd took 5th in his; Collin Sorensen took 1st place in the J.V. tournament. Great job wrestlers!

 

SHHS FBLA Competition: Four students from our school participated in the FBLA Central Region Competition last Thursday at UVU, and all four of our students placed in at least one event. Lauren Bennett placed 2nd in Database Design & Application and 2nd in Word Processing; Sierra Draper took 2nd in the Future Business Leader category as well as 4th in Public Speaking 2; Hannah Wheelwright placed 3rd in Impromptu and 4th in Word Processing; Mary Menlove and Sierra Draper placed 5th in Sports & Entertainment Management. We'd like to congratulate these students on their excellent performance. 

SHHS Girls' Basketball: The girls' basketball teams played very well in the Desert Hills Invitational on Friday (12/5) and Saturday (12/6). The sophomore team went 3-0, the JV team was 3-0, and our varsity team went 2-1.  So far on the year, the entire program is 13-1. The team next plays Lehi HS in Lehi on December 12 at 6:00 PM and Hillcrest HS here on Saturday afternoon at 3:30.

 SHHS Boys' Basketball: The boys basketball team is 3 and 1 on the season with victories last week over Uintah HS (68-53) and Mountain View HS (82-55). They next face Tooele HS this Wednesday (12/10) in Tooele at 7:00 PM and local rival Payson HS here on Friday night (12/12) before traveling to Florida next week to play in a holiday invitational. 

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The Salem Hills High School Fine Arts Department proudly presents "Wintertide: A Holiday Musical Celebration" featuring the combined Salem Hills choirs, orchestras, and bands on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for students, children, senior citizens, and military; and $30 for a Family Pass.  There will also be a reception following the concert with light refreshments.  Come support the over 400 students involved with this incredible production. Tickets are available for purchase at the Salem Hills Finance Office or at the door.
  • As a school community, we would like to help Mr. Layne Moody collect new stuffed animals to donate to the IHC hospital in Provo, the  hospital that provided his daughter care before her passing last year. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can deliver a new stuffed animal to Mr. Layne Moody's room (D206) or the school's front office by December 19; the stuffed animals will be delivered to the hospital on December 22.
  • On December 12 there will be a Pursuing Victory with Honor Assembly here at the school during the school day, the assembly will follow our assembly schedule.
  • The ACT will be given on December 13 here at the school for those who have pre-registered for this date.
  • December 15 will be a Monday Make-up Day. The make-up time will run from 1:55-4:00 PM, and students can receive double detention time for participating.
  • We will be having an Anti-bullying Assembly on December 16 during school; we will be following our assembly schedule.
  • As a note of reminder, ALL attendance detentions must be made up to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities and sports. Parents may excuse absences dating back a week, but unexcused absences that date back further than a week must be served as detention.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C207 with Ms. Houghton and before school with Mr. Schwenke (room D104).
  • Ammon Clark continues to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs from soda cans. We can help Ammon in his collection efforts by bringing our pop tabs to the school and turning them into the front office, the counseling office, and (or) Mrs. Wilder's room.

Next Week at a Glance: (12/15/14 - 12/19/14)

Monday: Monday Make-up Day

Tuesday: SHHS Girls' Basketball @ Morgan HS (6:00 PM)

                  SHHS Orchestra Christmas Concert here at 7:30 PM (auditorium)

Wednesday: SHHS Wrestling @ Payson HS (7:00 PM)

                        SHHS Band Christmas Concert here at 7:00 PM (auditorium)

Thursday: SHHS Wrestling with Provo HS (7:00 PM)

Friday:  SHHS Girls' Basketball with Carbon HS (7:00 PM)

               SHHS Boys' Basketball in Florida

               SHHS Wrestling @ Viewmont Invitational

Saturday: SHHS Wrestling @ Viewmont Invitational

                  SHHS Drill Competition at Copperhills HS

                  SHHS Boys' Basketball in Florida

 

Have a fabulous week, and go Skyhawks!

 

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

 

Curtis Burton

SHHS Dean of Students

 

SHHS Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Members of the SHHS girls' basketball team preparing for their tournament in St. George.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”              --  J.R.R. Tolkien

Maybe it's because I'm particularly excited about the third Hobbit movie coming out soon, but when I came across this Tolkien quote, it really resonated with me. I think it resonated with me because it seems to capture the essence of what we're striving for this year with our "Positive in the Present" focus here at SHHS. Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage and advocate of living positive in the present, says that if we keep looking to the horizon for happiness, we may never get there. Therefore, he advocates that we find happiness where we are, and like Tolkien might say, not worry about "hoarded gold" or the accumulation thereof.  Tolkien claims we can find merriment (happiness) in valuing our food, cheer, and song, and  I would add that happiness really comes from the sincerity with which we value our food, cheer, and songs and, most importantly, those with whom we share them.   So let's enjoy some good food, some good times, and some good tunes with the people we enjoy most; the world will be a better place for it.

Skyhawk Highlights:

2014-2015 SHHS Sterling Scholars: We would like to recognize and congratulate this year's Sterling Scholars: Art – Kenny Van Ausdal; Math – Joe Cromar; Social Science – Juliana Millet; English – Bethany Wride; Vocal Performance – Nicole Flinders; Instrumental Performance – Kaytlin Davis; Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics – Sariah Lee; Skilled and Technical Sciences – Rylee Beckstead; Family and Consumer Sciences – Hayden Hullinger; Computer Technology – Katelyn Gallacher; Business and Marketing – Lauren Bennett; World Languages – Mitchell Stone; Dance – Kenadee Limb; and Science – Devri Adams. We are proud to have these students represent our school.

 

SHHS Girls' Basketball: The ladies continued their winning ways by defeating Orem HS last night by a score of 68 to 47. The team will next compete in a tournament this weekend at Desert Hills HS in St. George. We'd like to wish the ladies luck!

 SHHS Boys' Basketball: The boys basketball team got a win to tipoff their season last Tuesday night (11/26). They defeated Cedar HS for their first win of the year, 77-56. Last night they battled a good Pleasant Grove High team, eventually succumbing to the Vikings 81-63. They get right back at it, though, traveling to Vernal to play Uintah HS tonight.

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The Salem Hills High School Fine Arts Department proudly presents "Wintertide: A Holiday Musical Celebration" featuring the combined Salem Hills choirs, orchestras, and bands on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for students, children, senior citizens, and military; and $30 for a Family Pass.  There will also be a reception following the concert with light refreshments.  Come support the over 400 students involved with this incredible production. Tickets are available for purchase at the Salem Hills Finance Office or at the door.
  • As a school community, we would like to help Mr. Layne Moody collect new stuffed animals to donate to the hospital that provided his daughter care before her passing last year. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can deliver a new stuffed animal to Mr. Layne Moody's room (D206) or the school's front office by December 19; the stuffed animals will be delivered to the hospital on December 22.
  • On December 12 there will be a Pursuing Victory with Honor Assembly here at the school during the school day, following our assembly schedule.
  • The ACT will be given on December 13 here at the school for those who have pre-registered for this date.
  • December 15 will be a Monday Make-up Day. The make-up time will run from 1:55-4:00 PM, and students can receive double detention time for participating.
  • We will be having an Anti-bullying Assembly on December 16 during school; we will be following our assembly schedule.
  • As a note of reminder, ALL attendance detentions must be made up to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities and sports. Parents may excuse absences dating back a week, but unexcused absences that date back further than a week must be served as detention.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C207 with Ms. Houghton and before school with Mr. Schwenke (room D104).
  • Ammon Clark continues to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs from soda cans. We can help Ammon in his collection efforts by bringing our pop tabs to the school and turning them into the front office, the counseling office, and (or) Mrs. Wilder's room.

Next Week at a Glance: (12/08/14 - 12/13/14)

Monday: Open

Tuesday: Wintertide Orchestra Rehearsal @ 3:00 PM

                 SHHS Wrestling @ Springville HS (7:00 PM)

Wednesday: SHHS Boys' Basketball @ Tooele HS (7:00 PM)

                         SHHS Girls' Basketball @ Lehi HS (6:00 PM)

                        SHHS "Wintertide: A Holiday Musical Celebration" @ 7:00 PM

Thursday: SHHS Wrestling with Timpview HS (7:00 PM)

Friday:  SHHS Girls' Basketball with Juab HS (5:15 PM)

               SHHS Boys' Basketball with Payson HS (7:00 PM)

               Winter Stomp (following the game)     

               SHHS Wrestling @ Juab Classic

Saturday: ACT (for students who have pre-registered) 8:00 AM - 12:00

                  SHHS Wrestling @ Juab Classic

                  SHHS Girls' Basketball with Hillcrest HS (3:30 PM)