May 2015

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 28

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
SHHS Baseball Seniors

As the thunderclouds rolled in yesterday at graduation, we all watched anxiously wondering what calamity the storm would bring with it. We probably all went through a number of worst-case scenarios in our minds; however, after about ten minutes we were relieved to see the sun fighting its way through the gloom to make for a glorious ceremony. And as I stood there, a little wet, and congratulated our seniors on their accomplishments, I couldn't help feeling just how fitting the scene was.

Like the sun fighting through the gloom of the storm, our seniors have battled through their share of gloom to get to that glorious finale of graduation. Whether it's been academic, social, or personal gloom, they've endured the storm and have shone through brilliantly! And isn't this so true to life. Clouds will come, we're going to get rained on a little bit (or a lot); however, the sun will come, and to quote the great George Harrison, "It's alright" and will be alright going forward; we just have to do our best to find our sun!      

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Success: According to U.S. News and World Report, SHHS ranks 9th in the state of Utah for academic success (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/utah/districts/nebo-di...). Congratulations to our awesome teachers and phenomenal staff!

SHHS Scholarships: This year our students earned a total of $4,251,714.00 in scholarships which is up from last year's total of $2,367,928.00 for a difference of $1,883, 786.00. Way to go SHHS seniors and students!

SHHS Orchestra Students: Mat and Mauri Stokes, two of our seniors here at SHHS, were selected by the Utah Symphony to perform with their music mentors in an all-star performance of high school musicians at Abravanel Hall on May 19. Students who performed represented the best of Utah's youth orchestras. Congratulations to Mat and Mauri! They represented our school very well.

SHHS Musical Theater: Jessica Morgan, a junior here at SHHS, competed in Chicago last weekend in the National Musical Theater Competition. She placed 3rd in the competition. Congratulations to this talented student!    

SHHS Track and Field: The Salem Hills HS Track teams wrapped up a wonderfully successful season last week at the state championships at BYU.  The boys and girls competed fiercely through the rain, hail, wind and cold and represented our school with Spirit, Heart, Honor and Success.  Both teams capped their seasons by finishing 3rd place overall.  Coach Thompson and his coaching staff would like to let everyone know how proud they are of each and every member of the team.  They fought and clawed for every inch, every second, and every point; he would like to let his athletes know how amazing they were to coach.

 SHHS Baseball: The boys' baseball team came up just short of the state title by losing a closely contested game to region rival Spanish Fork HS by a score of 7-6 in the semi-final game of the winners' bracket of the 4A baseball state championship (Spanish Fork HS went on to win the championship). The team had a great season and competed with class and dignity throughout the entire season; with many players coming back next year, the future is extremely bright for the program. Congratulations to Coach Haney and this year's team!  

SHHS Fairchild Challenge Team: The SHHS Fairchild Challenge team took 1st place in the 2015 Thanksgiving Point Fairchild Challenge event. As winners of the event our students earned $1000 dollars that will go towards supporting environmental programs and initiatives at our school. The following students were members of the team: Kyla Anderson, Audrey Barney, Nick Brain, Monika Cloward, Jason Cox, Sarah Deeb, Cheyanne Deeben, Taylor Gasser, Nathan Moser, Vethera Nixon, Josh Peck, Elizabeth Rash, Jesse Rowley, Sydney Shuler, Olivia Trent, and Lucas Walker. 

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • DVDs of this year's SHHS graduation ceremonies can be purchased at the finance office for $5.
  • The Salem Hills Cross Country Team is beginning their summer conditioning in preparation for their Fall Season.  If any students would like to join this fun, hard-working team, contact Coach Thompson at bart.thompson@nebo.edu or visit our team website at www.salemhillscrosscountry.blogspot.com.  The will running throughout the summer as well as holding frequent fun team-building activities!  Come join the Cross Country Team!
  • Our awesome PTSA would like to invite all parents and guardians to join our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/salemhillsptsa/ to stay up to date on PTSA events and activities.
  • UVU is offering (for free) an online, self-paced math refresher course this summer. The intended audience is for juniors and seniors who are looking to improve their math ACT scores or math Accuplacer scores for better math class options; the course is specifically designed with ACT and Accuplacer in mind. It has yielded high results from students who have completed the course before. The course is offered through Canvas and instructor support from UVU is available throughout the course. The following link provides information about the course:  http://www.uvu.edu/uc/students/mooc.html and the dates of the course are June 8-July 27.
  • Tabatha's Way is a local charitable organization that will be placing a clothing collection bin in our parking lot. According to statistics provided by Tabitha's Way, every 600 lbs. of clothing they collect can be used to generate the resources necessary to feeds a needful family of four for a week. So look for the Tabatha's Way clothing bin if you wish to donate; for more information you can go to their website at  www.tabithasway.org
  • Detention will be held next week (6/1-6/5) for students who need to work them off for next year from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon).  
  • Looking a couple months down the road, Coach Tolbert will begin girls' tennis tryouts on August 3 at 7:00 AM.
  • Have a great summer!

 

Girls Tennis Tryouts

Tryouts for the Lady Skyhawk tennis team will be held August 3rd, 7:00am at the tennis courts.

SHHS Weekly Newsletter 27

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
SHHS Track Region VIII Champions
The SHHS Baseball Seniors Celebrate Region VIII Championship
SHHS Soccer Team's Seniors

Grete Weitz, the first woman to run a marathon in under two and a half hours, said,  "For every finish-line tape a runner breaks, complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras, there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about." With our track teams' winning boys' and girls' region titles last week, this quote seemed apropos. Our SHHS track teams' two titles certainly represent hours and hours of dedication and hard work.

Like our tack teams' members, so many of our students have committed themselves to achieving their very best in what they do, whether it be academics, art, music, building trades, or sport, and they've done it without the cheers and fanfare of crossing a finish line. As our seniors prepare to cross that finish line of graduation, we commend them for the, "hours of hard and lonely work" that they've put into getting to this point. We look forward to witnessing and cheering their finish!

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS FCCLA Recognition: Congratulations to our own Mrs. Laurie Hansen who was selected as an Adviser Mentor of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for her accomplishments as a leader and mentor in her field. Mrs. Hansen will be recognized at the 2015 National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 9, and is one of 110 recipients who will be honored nationally. Congratulations Mrs. Hansen on this well-deserved honor!

SHHS Tennis: Last week our JV boys played really well in a tournament at Wasatch HS. Kyle Aldridge, Jayden Parkinson, Jacob Anderson, and Justin Christensen all took second in their singles divisions. Cooper Page and Caleb Mulder placed 2nd in 1st Doubles; Spencer Giles and Dalton Compton placed 3rd in 2nd Doubles; Riley Lewis and Drew Meservy placed 1st in 3rd Doubles; and Isaac Johnson and Wade Meservy placed 1st in 4th Doubles. Congratulations tennis team!     

SHHS Track and Field: Congratulations to our men's and women's track and field teams on winning both Region VIII Championship titles this past week!  Both teams had dominating performances!  Several team members contributed critical performances that secured the win.  Our teams also had several more school records go down over the two-day meet, bringing the total to 19 new school records out of 32 events this season!!  Way to go Skyhawks!!

 The team will next compete at the state championships at BYU this Friday and Saturday.  We wish our men's and women's  track teams good luck!

SHHS Baseball: The boys' baseball team defeated Provo HS twice last week to secure the Region VIII championship. Last Tuesday, after the game, the seniors on the team were recognized for their hard work and contributions to the team and school. The team begins post-season playoffs against Olympus HS on Today (5/12) at 3:30 PM. Congratulations boys on winning the region title, and good luck at state!

SHHS Boys' Soccer: The boys soccer season came to an end last Tuesday night as they lost a close match to Wasatch HS. They played a great season and competed really well in every match they played. Congratulations to Coach Gillie and his team on their competitive season! 

SHHS Softball:  The girls' softball team begins state tournament play today (5/12) against Murray HS in Murray. Congratulations on making it to state, and good luck!

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The testing window is open for the SAGE Test; our sophomores and juniors are currently taking the SAGE test in their science, English, and math classes. Encourage them to do their best!   
  • The SHHS MORP Dance is on May 16 at 8:00 PM. The dance will be held on the school's driving range. The dance is a girls' choice dance, and the cost is $15.
  • Our fine arts department proudly presents In Remembrance: A Spring Choral Concert on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM in the Salem Hills High School auditorium. Admission is free.
  • Registration is open for SHHS classes for next year. Sophomores and Juniors can continue to register until Friday, May 15.
  • Graduation is on May 28 at 10:00 AM here at SHHS. The ceremony will be conducted on the SHHS Football Field.
  • The final day of the 2014-2015 school year is May 29. It is an early out day with an A/B schedule.
  • Our awesome PTSA would like our school community to know about the following information:

We have a few positions on the PTSA Board still available!  This is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the teachers, staff, and administration at Salem Hills High School as well as provide a needed service for the school.  This isn't just for mothers!  We encourage fathers or any other guardians to get involved as well!  Please contact Angela Rogers at rogerskk@yahoo.com if you would like to serve on next year's board.  Also, our yearly fundraiser - March Madness - did not receive the response we had hoped for.  Many parents I talked with said they didn't know about it or didn't receive the envelopes from their student.  However, you can still donate any amount you wish to by going to our website at http://shhsptsa.com/donate.aspx.  100% of the funds we receive (minus PayPal fees) are put back into the school -- teacher appreciation, parent conferences teacher dinners, Halloween dance, spirit activities, Reflections awards, Senior scholarships and more!  Also, in order to help with funding programs for next year, we are now taking orders for graduation leis athttp://shhsptsa.com/graduationleis.aspx.  These will be available for pickup the morning of graduation, May 28th.  We are also selling "Have a Sweet Summer" candy grams during lunch the next two weeks.  Thank you for your generosity and support for Salem Hills High School!  One more note -- we would like to invite all parents and guardians to join our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/salemhillsptsa/ to stay up to date on PTSA events and activities.

  • Accuplacer Testing at Salem Hills High School will take place during lunch and right after school every day through the end of the school year. All other times must be scheduled in advance.  Please pay the finance office prior to testing and bring your receipt when you check in ($5 per test).   Many students taking Concurrent Enrollment courses next year need to have a qualifying ACT or Accuplacer score.  All incoming Sophomores taking Concurrent Enrollment through the Sophomore Exception application need an Accuplacer score.  To find out what UVU requires, to check deadlines or print paperwork, please visit their websitehttp://www.uvu.edu/concurrent/; prerequisite information can be found at http://www.uvu.edu/concurrent/registration.html. Contact Jenett Houghton at jenett.houghton@nebo.edu for questions and scheduling.  
  • The National Honor Society is doing a collection for the Nebo Pantry.  The Nebo Pantry is a great resource for students in our district to get resources for life, and it is housed behind Landmark School in Spanish Fork and benefits all students in Nebo.  NHS students have developed a bracket system to pit the B4 class periods against each other to see who can collect the most.  The winning teachers from each stage of the bracket may or may not be asked to do humiliating and (or) embarrassing things for winning which students will be allowed to witness; ergo, students should have plenty of incentive to participate.
  • UVU is offering (for free) an online, self-paced math refresher course this summer. The intended audience is for juniors and seniors who are looking to improve their math ACT scores or math Accuplacer scores for better math class options; the course is specifically designed with ACT and Accuplacer in mind. It has yielded high results from students who have completed the course before. The course is offered through Canvas and instructor support from UVU is available throughout the course. The following link provides information about the course:  http://www.uvu.edu/uc/students/mooc.html and the dates of the course are June 8-July 27.
  • Football spring workouts will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings starting at 5:30 PM in the SHHS weight room. 
  • The counseling department would like to know about scholarships awarded to any SHHS student, even if the scholarship is not accepted. We would like to recognize all those who have been offered scholarships at our awards assembly at the end of the year.
  • Tabatha's Way is a local charitable organization that will be placing a clothing collection bin in our parking lot. According to statistics provided by Tabitha's Way, every 600 lbs. of clothing they collect can be used to generate the resources necessary to feeds a needful family of four for a week. So look for the Tabatha's Way clothing bin if you wish to donate; for more information you can go to their website at  www.tabithasway.org
  • 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: (5/11/15 - 5/16/15)

Monday: Girls State Golf @ Brigham City 

                  SHHS Football Spring Workouts @ 5:30 PM (Weight Room)

Tuesday: SHHS Baseball Inter-Region Playoffs

                  Girls State Golf @ Brigham City

                  SHHS Softball Playoffs (Home Sites)

Wednesday: SHHS Baseball Inter-Region Playoffs

                        SHHS Football Spring Workouts @ 5:30 PM (Weight Room)

                        SHHS Softball Team Dinner @ 5:30 PM

                        SHHS Jazz Band Concert @ 7:00 PM

Thursday: SHHS Softball Playoffs (Home Sites)

                   SHHS Football Spring Workouts @ 5:30 PM (Weight Room)

                   SHHS Summer Orchestra Concert @ 7:30 PM

Friday: UHSAA State Track Competition @ BYU

              State Choir Festival @ the University of Utah

              SHHS Football Spring Workouts @ 5:30 PM (Weight Room)

Saturday: UHSAA State Track Competition @ BYU

                  State Choir Festival @ the University of Utah

                  Miss Salem (9:00 AM)

                  Top Schools Study Group (9:00 AM)

                  MORP Dance at 8:00 PM (Driving Range) 

 

Art City Ball

Attributions: 

The Springville Museum of Art, Art Ball fundraising event (“A White Glove Affair”).  This fundraiser helps to provide free programs throughout the year for the community at the Art Museum. (This is a formal event, so students can wear their prom dresses again).

Iconic Educators Retiring

Attributions: 
Curtis BurtonBoth
Mr. Jim Griffin and Mr. Lane Moody will retire at the end of this school year.
Mrs. Beth Blakely will retire at the end of this school year.

Two of our iconic educators are calling it a career at the end of this year: Jim Griffin and Lane Moody. Come and celebrate their careers with them at a retirement reception in the library here at SHHS on Monday, May 18, from 3:00 to 5:30 PM.

Refreshments will be served.Also retiring this year is Beth Blakely; a retirement reception will be held for her at Spanish Oaks Elementary on May 21 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM.