February 2015

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 20

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
The SHHS Cheer Team at the UCA West Coast Championships on February 14, 2015.

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves--to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today, to do our work with more force than ever before." 

 -- Stewart B. Johnson

 Too often it seems that we get caught up in the competition in and of life. The competitive nature of life, certainly, is all around us. We see it in sports, employment, and academics, just to name a few of life’s endeavors. Though we can’t control what others do, we can control those things over which we have control: attitude, approach, work ethic, and motivation. By competing with ourselves and facing our daily challenges with, “…more force than ever before,” we will be prepared for life’s competitions; it’s my great pleasure to be a part of a school that helps our students work through and prepare for such competitions!     

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Poetry Out Loud: Bethany Davis was the winner of our school's Poetry Out Loud competition, and she went on to place 2nd for all of Utah County. We are proud of her and the way she represented our school so well. Congratulations Bethany!

SHHS Wrestling: Our wrestling team had another great year! They finished in 5th place at the state wrestling tournament which was held on February 11 and 12 at the UCCU Center on the Campus of UVU.  Jacob Armstrong took 1st in state in his weight division for the third time and was named the 4A Outstanding Wrestler of the Year; he also won the super state tournament three times which has never been accomplished before. Jaxon Van Tassell placed 2nd in his weight division for the second time in as many years, Jaxon Bowden placed 5th in his division, and Brennan Gerratt placed 6th in his. Congratulations to Coach Brindley, his staff, and all of our outstanding wrestlers.       

SHHS Cheer: Our cheer team traveled to Anaheim, California where they participated in the UCA West Coast Championship. The team was awesome placing 4th in the super varsity category which featured teams from all over the western United States. The team conducted themselves with class and sportsmanship throughout their time in California and were awesome ambassadors for our community and SHHS. Congratulations to Coach Simmons, Coach Best, and all the girls who competed! 

SHHS Girls' Basketball: The girls' season came to a close last Thursday (2/19) against Mountain View HS in the second round of the state tournament at Salt Lake Community College, and though the season ended sooner than the team would have liked, it was a pleasure to watch them compete this year and win the Region 8 title! Congratulations to Coach Francom, his staff, and the team on a great season!   

SHHS Sterling Scholar Finalists: Three students at our school are finalists for the state Sterling Scholar Award. Our school's finalists are Kenny Van Ausdal  - Art, Bethany Wride - English, and Nicole Flinders - Vocal Performance. Congratulations to these exceptionally gifted students. They competed Tuesday night at Corner Canyon HS and are currently awaiting the results of the state competition.     

SHHS Production of Standing Still Standing: Our SHHS drama department did a fabulous job with their production and performance of Melissa Leilani Larson's play, Standing Still Standing. The contemporary comedy which gives commentary on issues relating to our modern world, such as the use of social media, was brought to life by an enthusiastic SHHS cast (Joey Shearer, Isabel  Traux, Madeline Stocks, Jenna Rhodes, Tyler Cooper, Joshua Kitchen, KC Johnson, Adrienne Cox, Brooke Terry, Ethan Mayfield, Chance Palfreyman, Ammon Flint, Parker Brook, Lauren Bennett, Jershon Nielsen, Brayden Kane, Beth Mitchell, and Amber Southwick). They did an awesome job; their performances were energetic and exciting. Congratulations to Ms. Stubbs and the cast and crew on a great show!  

SHHS Boys' Basketball: The boys' basketball season came to an end last Friday night. Our boys battled the Bulldogs down to the wire but lost on a made three point shot by Provo as time expired. The team battled hard all year and played the region competition tremendously close throughout the year, losing some heartbreakers. We'd like to thank Coach DeGraffenreid, our team, and our seniors for working so hard and giving the season their best.   

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The final rounds of the Knowledge Bowl will be this morning (2/27) and be broadcast live at   http://thecube.com/event/knowledge-bowl-2015-467563 beginning at 9:55 AM.
  • This Saturday (2/28/15) our debate team will compete here at SHHS for the region debate championship starting at 6:00 AM.
  • Also on Saturday, the annual Mr. Skyhawk Pageant will conclude after a week of events here at SHHS. The actual pageant on Saturday will begin at 7:00 PM in the auditorium here at SHHS.
  • On March 3, juniors will take the ACT here at SHHS at no cost; they will register for the test in their U.S. History classes. We would like to encourage all juniors to take special care to be on time that day so they do not miss the opportunity to take the test; students who are late will not be able to take the test.  
  • Our district's Advanced Learning Center (ALC) is having an open house on March 2 from 4:00-7:00 PM and March 3 from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Come and learn about the class options and student opportunities available at the ALC.   
  • The State FCCLA Competition will be held in Layton, Utah on March 10 and 11. 
  • Cheer team tryouts will begin on March 10 at 3:00 PM in the main gym and run through the 13.
  • Drill team tryouts will begin on March 17 at 6:00 PM in the main gym and run through March 19.
  • Student council elections will run from March 23 to April 3. There will be a mandatory meeting at lunch on March 16 in room E100 for all students interested in running for student council.
  • 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 (weight room). It will also be held after school with the administration in the weight room from 2:45 PM – to 3:45 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Next Week at a Glance: (3/2/15 - 3/6/15)

Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: ACT Test (Juniors Only)

                  Hypno Hick Performance @ 5:30 PM in the auditorium

                  Jr. Lashays Clinic @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday: Region Vocal/Piano Competition @ SHHS (3:00 PM)

                        SHHS Baseball @ Stansbury HS (3:30 PM)

Thursday: Debate National Qualifiers @ SHHS (3:00-10:00 PM)

                   SHHS Lashay Showcase @ 4:00 PM

                   SHHS Band/Junior High Concert @ 6:00 PM

Friday: SHHS Baseball @ Desert Hills Tournament in St. George, Utah

             PAL's Ball

Saturday: SHHS Baseball @ Desert Hills Tournament in St. George, Utah

                   Top Schools Study Group (9:00 AM)

 

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 19

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Coach Francom joins his team in cutting down the net in celebration of the team securing at least a share of the region title.

Howard Cosell, the great sports broadcaster, once said, "The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give." When I read this quote this week, it reminded me of our students here at SHHS. We have so many students who embody the essence of this quote; from members of our drill team to our wrestlers, our artists, scholars, and basketball players all seem to strive to give their best. It has been quite gratifying to witness our students, to borrow from the ideas of Cosell's quote, getting the most out of what they have to give whether it be on the dance floor or the wrestling mat, the hard court or the canvas. Because watching our students give their studies, projects, competitions, and performances their all, is an inspiring and awesome thing to behold.    

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Drill: We are very proud of our drill team. They won the 4A Sportsmanship of the Year Award at the state competition last Friday at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University; Coach Emilee Stokes commented that their performances were the best they've been all season long. Their performances of their military, dance, and kick routines were awesome! We're proud of our drill team and the classy way they represent SHHS! 

SHHS Wrestling: Our wrestling team had a great showing at the divisional tournament that was held at Roy HS last week. We had 12 wrestlers  qualify for the state tournament which will be this Wednesday and Thursday at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University. State qualifiers from the divisional tournament include Jacob Armstrong and Connor Sorenson who both finished 1st; Jaxon Bowden, Brennen  Gerratt, and  Jaxon Van Tassell who each finished 2nd; Dallin Goold (4th); Austin Davis and Isaac Parish (5th); Justin Martin, Caleb Macdonald, and Brigham Hughes (7th); and Mason Chandler (8th). Congratulations to these wrestlers, and good luck at state!    

SHHS Artists: Five of our talented artists here at SHHS qualified for the State Art Show: Rylee Thurgood, Katelyn Gallacher, Megan Miller, Kenny Van Ausdal, and Bria Stewart. In addition to qualifying for state, Kenny Van Ausdal and Bria Stewart both won Juror Awards which is quite an honor considering only six Juror Awards are given in the entire state! Congratulations and best of luck in the State Art Show! 

SHHS Girls' Basketball: The girls clinched at least a share of the region title by winning their senior game last Friday night against Wasatch HS, and the seniors, Ashlyn Bradley, Hailee Hodgson, Dacia Johnson, Daleen Lundquist, Tiffany Madsen,  and Abbie Tuttle, celebrated the feat, with their teammates and coaches, by cutting down the nets. They next face Springville HS in their last regular season game this Tuesday at Springville HS at 5:15 PM, and they will be competing in the state tournament next week at Salt Lake Community College.

SHHS Sterling Scholar Semi-Finalists: A number of students at our school are semi-finalists for the regional Sterling Scholar Award. Our school's semi-finalists are Kenny Van Ausdal  - Art, Julianna Millett - Social Science, Bethany Wride - English, Nicole Flinders - Vocal Performance, Sariah Lee - Speech/Theater/Forensics, Rylee Beckstead - Skilled and Technical Sciences, Hayden Hullinger - Family and Consumer Sciences, Katelyn Gallacher - Computer Technology, Lauren Bennett - Business and Marketing, Mitchell Stone - World Languages, Kenadee Limb - Dance, and Devri Adams - Science. Congratulations, and good luck in the next round of selections!    

SHHS Football Signee: On Tuesday, February 3, our own Porter Gustin committed to play football at the University of Southern California. Porter's signing with USC contributed to the university having the distinction of being the highest rated football recruiting class in the nation. Congratulations Porter!

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • Parent -Teacher Conferences will be on February 11 from 3:30-7:30 PM. Teachers will be in their rooms and parents and students will conference with the teachers in their rooms.
  • There will be a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion open house in the library on February 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. At the open house, students will learn about grants, work-study jobs, students loans, and scholarships. Attendees could have a chance to win a $500 or $1,000 scholarship.
  • Standing Still Standing, our school's theater production, runs from February 19-23. The show begins at 7:00 PM and will be $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and (or) $25 for a family pass. We encourage you to come and enjoy the show and support our talented students.
  • February 25 will be a Freshmen Day at our school. The sophomores-to-be will be coming to our school to learn about the classes, clubs, and teams available to them next year.
  • February 25 will also be a minimal day for staff development; students will be excused early that day.
  • On March 3, juniors will take the ACT here at SHHS at no cost; they will register for the test in their U.S. History classes. We would like to encourage all juniors to take special care to be on time that day so they do not miss the opportunity to take the test; students who are late will not be able to take the test.   
  • The State FCCLA Competition will be held in Layton, Utah on March 10 and 11. 
  • The SHHS TV Broadcasting class has been working hard to create content for their daily show Skyhawks News Network (SNN).  You can watch previous shows by going to thecube.com and searching for Salem Hills High School.  You can also watch many of the stand-alone videos by visiting the SNN YouTube page at youtube.com/skyhawksnewsnet.
  • 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 (weight room).

This Week at a Glance: (2/9/15 - 2/13/15)

Monday: Choir Portraits

                  Parent Seminar on Youth Protection at Payson HS (6:30-8:00 PM)

Tuesday: SHHS Girls Basketball at Springville HS (5:15 PM) 

                  SHHS Boys Basketball  at Springville HS (7:00 PM)

                  Boys Volleyball (6:00 PM)

                  Soccer Open Gym (3:00 PM)

Wednesday: SHHS State Wrestling Tournament at UVU

                        Softball Workouts (3:00 PM)

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

                        FAFSA Completion Open House (6:00-8:00 PM)

Thursday: SHHS State Wrestling Tournament at UVU

                   Boys Volleyball (6:00 PM)

                   Soccer Open Gym (7:00 PM)

Friday: State Swim at BYU

              Sweethearts Dance (7:00 PM)

Saturday: State Swim at BYU

                   Top Schools Study Group (9:00 AM)