"Learning is not a spectator sport." --D. Blocher
It's true that we can learn many things from the observations we make in life; however, it's the experiences that we have that truly shape us as individuals. C.S. Lewis, the famous author, talked about how experience can be a "brutal teacher" at times but how we authentically learn from our life's experiences. Our hope at Salem Hills High School is that our students are experiencing their learning; we hope that they are individually engaged in their various classroom experiences because, to reiterate the previous quote, "Learning is not a spectator sport." Let's be as involved as we can in this great SHHS learning experience!
SHHS Debate Team: Congratulations to our 2016 SHHS Debate team! They won the region competition which was held here at SHHS on February 27, and they won the title going away, defeating the next closest team by 94 points! Members of this year's region-winning team, their events, and their placing are as follows: Bethany Davis -Congress- 1st; Josh Kitchen-Congress-2nd; Maleah Cook and Amy Robinson -Public Forum-1st; Hannah Wallentine and Alea Simmons-Public Forum-2nd; Mike Abbott and Brennan Cook-Public Forum-3rd; Meagan Welton and Elise Bauer-Public Forum-4th; Sarah Tipton-Foreign Extemporary-1st; Josh Bauer- Foreign Extemporary-2nd; Helen Adams-Impromptu-2nd; Cameron Bradshaw-Impromptu-4th; Josh Roberts-Impromptu-5th; Caleb Sly-Lincoln Douglas-1st; Brayden Cook- Lincoln Douglas-2nd; Mason Lindstrom-Lincoln Douglas-3rd; Austyn Thomas-Lincoln Douglas-5th; Adam Johnson-National Extemporary-1st; Seth Christensen-National Extemporary-2nd; Sierra Draper-Oratory-4th; Mike Winder-Oratory-5th; Frank Phillipsen and Zack Robison-Policy-1st; Parker Sonntag and Zane Jolly-Policy-2nd; Richard Wagner and Grant Gunderson- Policy-3rd; Josue Zavala and Justin Roylance-Policy-4th.
SHHS Girls Basketball: Our SHHS Lady Skyhawks had a phenomenal basketball season this year. They played deep into the state tournament losing in the semi-final round in a very closely contested game to the eventual champions: Bountiful HS. Congratulations to Coach Kyle Francom, his staff, and our ladies for their great year! Members of this year’s team include Alaina Christensen, Erin Parker, Vanessa Sabel, Micah Button, Hailey Johnson, Sadie Lundquist, Lauren Gustin, Sadie Hodgson, Kaylee Brimhall, Olivia Sampson, Jessica Edmondson, Karly Neves, Terissa Hamilton, Brooke Lytle, Jane Nelson, Windsor Moore, Sydney Sorensen, Tess Willardson, Anna Walker, and Victoria O’Hara.
SHHS Winter Guard: Congratulations to our SHHS Winter Guard team. They have had 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes at their recent competitions!
SHHS Broadcasting Awards: We had a number of students finish as finalists, which means they were in the top five in the state, at this year's Utah High School Broadcasting Awards which were held on February 25 at BYU. Tanner Argyle, Ashley Spencer, Thomas Holmgren, and Connor Christensen were finalists for Kiddie Skyhawks in the Entertainment Segment Category. Kyla Rogers was a finalist for Annie Get Your Gun in the Commercial Category. Mitchell Waite, Jayson Bingham, Nate Johnson, and Jed Hazel were finalists for Action News Introduction in the News Cast Introduction Category. Mitchell Waite and Jed Hazel were finalists for SAGE Testing, and Kyla Rogers and Drew Condie were finalists for Wintertide in the News Package Category. Great job guys demonstrating your skills as broadcasters!
SHHS Science Fair Winners: Kinzie Bigelow placed 1st and James Ebert placed 2nd at the Nebo School District Secondary Science Fair held on February 24 at Landmark HS. James also won the Environmental Grand Prize ($40 cash prize) at the fair. These two students will next compete in the Central Utah STEM Fair at BYU on March 30 and 31. Congratulations Kinzie and James, and good luck at the next level of competition!
SHHS Students of the Month: Our February Students of the Month, as selected by our fine arts teachers, were honored on March 3 at our monthly Skyhawk of the Month Breakfast and were selected for their excellence in academics, leadership, and talent. This month's Students of the Month with their nominating teachers are as follows: Nicholas Allred nominated by Ms. Holli Allred, Stacy Nelson nominated by Mike Larsen, Jackson Damewood nominated by Mr. Paul Wells, Brooke Terry nominated by Ms. JanaLee Stubbs, Dallin Goodsell nominated by Mr. Justin Bills, and Tori Cochrane nominated by Ms. Sarah Shuler. Thank you to these students for representing our school so well!
SHHS Boys Basketball: This year's SHHS Basketball Team finished their season strong winning 3 of their last 4 regular season games and making an appearance in the state tournament. The team played Timpview HS very tough in the first round and took a solid step forward as a program. This year's varsity team included Braxton Bambrough, Tanner Bills, Kameron Morris, Bean DeGraffenreid, Kaleb DeGraffenreid, Brancen Webster, Eli Beuttenmuller, Steve Barton, Coleman Jacklin, James Nelson, Charlie Wiltshire, Tyson Bishop, David Jones, Kevin Humpherys, Carson Peterson, Jace Dyches, and Cole Griffin. Congratulations to Coach DeGraffenreid and this year's team!
SHHS Art Teacher of the Year: Our own Ms. Sarah Shuler was awarded the Art Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Utah. Congratulations on winning this award, and a heart-felt thanks to Ms. Shuler for helping our students learn about and appreciate their artistic abilities!
SHHS FBLA Chapter: Congratulations to our FBLA students who competed so well at the state competition at the Davis Conference center in Layton on March 7, 8, and 9. SHHS FBLA members, their event, and the place they took are as follows: Spencer Crow-Computer Applications-6th; Spencer Crow-Database Design-6th; Sierra Draper- Database Design-5th; Timothy Lambert, James Ebert, and Travis Deaton-Digital Video Design-6th; Sierra Draper-Electronic Career Portfolio-8th; Sarah Rawle-FBLA Principles and Procedures-2nd; Spencer Crow-Intro. to Financial Math-6th; James Ebert and Timothy Lambert-Public Service Announcement-5th; Hannah Wheelwright-Sales Presentation-9th; Timothy Lambert-Website Design-10th; Sierra Draper- Future Business Leader-7th. Well done and way to represent our school!
Skyhawk Happenings and Information:
- Registration for AP tests ends Friday, March 11. To register click on the link under the student tab on the SHHS webpage or go to https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/450399 . Each exam costs $96.00. There will be a late fee of $10 after March 4.
- On March 16 there will be a Dance Company Showcase featuring the dance companies of our district's high schools. The showcase will be held in the Spanish Fork High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. The cost is $5 dollars for students, $6 for adults, and(or) $20 per family. Come and enjoy the awesome dance talent on display!
- There will be a parent meeting for all students interested in trying out for the SHHS Lashays in the SHHS Spirit Room on March 16 at 7:00 PM.
- Jostens will be here at SHHS on March 17 to deliver graduation announcements to seniors.
- March 17 is the last day of term 3.
- March 18 there is no school.
- Come and enjoy Visual Verse: A Poetry Inspired Art Show featuring the poetry and art of SHHS students. The exhibit is hosted by the Salem City Library and will run until March 17.
- The Preference Dance will be on March 19; it is a girls choice dance and will begin at 7:00 PM in the auxiliary gym here at SHHS.
- There will be a mandatory parent meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the SHHS Cheer Team on March 22 at 7:00 PM in the school library. SHHS Cheer clinics will be March 29 and 30 from 3:00-6:00 PM. Tryouts will be on March 31 starting at 3:30 PM in the main gym. SHHS Cheer packets are available now in the front office.
- Seniors who are interested in applying for an Academic Letter in Fine Arts, Business, Social Studies, Math, English, Science or a Foreign Language need to go to the counseling office and pick up the Academic Letter information. Each letter has different requirements for applicants to complete. Seniors may apply for as many letters as they would like as long as they meet the requirements. All applicant information must be turned into SHHS Department Chairs by April 14.
- The SHHS PTSA will be hosting a Spring Book Fair which will run from April 25-29 in the commons area next to the auditorium. There will be a buy-one-get-one free deal running with this fair!
- Salem Hills High School and Nebo School District now have OverDrive! OverDrive is an online collection of eBooks and audiobooks that are available to students 24/7. OverDrive can be used online through the link nebo.lib.overdrive.com or through the free app on your tablet or smart phone. Your user name and password is the same as your Nebo School District computer login. For more information, please see Mrs. Rawle in the Library.
- Student Spirit Shirts are available in the bookstore. They come in Navy, White, and Columbia. They can be purchased individually for $8 dollars or as a pack of three for $20. Support our school, its teams, programs, clubs, and organizations by wearing your Skyhawk pride with one of these awesome shirts!
- SHHS attendance policy states that for students to be eligible to participate in a sport, musical performing group, or other extracurricular activity all attendance detentions from the previous term need to be served. For those who need to serve detention time, detention will be held before school in room C 209 with Mrs. Edmondson, and during lunch, and after school in room C 207 with Mrs. Hernandez. The cost is $1 before and after school; lunchtime detention has no charge.
- Remember to share all the awesome , inspiring, and heroic things that are going on at SHHS with #shhshero.
- Be sure to like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/salemhills.skyhawks?fref=ts
Next Week at a Glance: (3/14/16 - 3/19/16)
Monday: Offseason Football Workouts in the Weight Room @ 7:00 PM
Tuesday: SHHS Home Track Meet
SHHS JV Baseball Home versus Lehi HS (3:00 PM); SHHS Soph. versus Lehi HS (5:00 PM)
SHHS Soccer at Jordan HS (3:30 PM)
Wednesday: SHHS Softball at Mt. View HS (3:30 PM)
SHHS Region Chamber Choir at Payson HS (3:00 PM)
SHHS Baseball Home versus Stansbury HS (3:30 PM)
SHHS Orchestra Preview in the auditorium (7:00 PM)
Offseason Football Workouts in the Weight Room @ 7:00 PM
Thursday: Last Day of Term 3
SHHS Softball at Westlake HS (3:30 PM)
SHHS Swimming Banquet in the Cafeteria (
Offseason Football Workouts in the Weight Room @ 7:00 PM
Friday: No School
SHHS Baseball Home versus Davis HS (3:30 PM)
SHHS Soccer Home versus Corner Canyon HS (3:30 PM)
SHHS Softball Home versus Lehi HS (3:30 PM)
Saturday: SHHS Preference Dance in the auxiliary gym (7:00 PM)
Our Awesome PTSA would also like you to be aware of upcoming events they have planned and of which they would like you to be aware. Below is a copy of their most recent newsletter:
SHHS PTSA News
Thank you to all those who helped with our donation drive. We raised over $1000 that will go towards Respect Week, Teacher Appreciation, Reflections, Scholarships, helping the school purchase needed items and more. Mrs. Larsen’s B5 class returned all of their envelopes and were given a donut party.
We would like to thank Nikki Johnson, Holly Thurgood, Jamie Johnson, Lucia Newman and Julie Christensen who helped supply the teacher’s SEP dinners last month.
The Munchie Monday table has been looking so delicious this year with tasty treats like chips and salsa, brownies, cookies and fruit pizza just to name a few treats the teachers have been given as one of our ways to show the faculty at Salem Hills how much we appreciate what they do daily in their classrooms. We'd like to thank Necia Albrecht, Heather Hansbrow, Linda Jones, Laurine Jack, Angela Rogers, Ronda Slater and Jileen Meservy who have helped with treats this quarter. We still have 2 slots open to help with if you'd like to be part of this simple way of saying thanks before this school year ends. Just go to signupgenius.com and look for SHHS Munchie Mondays. :)
The PTSA Battle of the Bands competition will be held at Maple Mountain High School on March 17th. Entry packets are in the front office and they are due on March 11th. Get your band together now!
Our Respect Week coming up March 21st - 25th. Monday the 21st is our "Respect For Family" ice cream social night at 5:30. Parents, teachers, and families are invited. On Tuesday the 22nd Respect Week positive messages will be posted all over the school and bracelets will be handed out in exchange for a high five, hand shake or smile to remind kids to respect themselves. Police, Fire Fighters and local government officials will be at our school handing out popcorn for “respect your community” day Wednesday. On Thursday there will be lip sync battles going on to remind us to respect others. A special emcee has been requested. Finally, Friday we will be making a school-wide lip dub that all the students will participate in to promote respect for school. See last year's Lip Dub at shhsptsa.com. Information regarding the Lip Dub:
It's time to get ready for our 2016 SHHS Lip Dub!! We are going to be filming it the morning of Thursday, March 24th as part of our PTSA Respect Week. I have posted the route map, route by list of groups, song compilation and lyrics at http://shhsptsa.com/lip-dub.aspx for you to download. We have compiled the school songs for the previous 2 years and this year's song, so all of the seniors should know the lyrics and dances which should be a lot of fun. In fact, when choosing 2 or 3 lip dub leaders from each group, you may want to choose seniors, and encourage them to lip-sync along as it looks better. Our route is similar to last year, except we will be starting at the doors by the wrestling room and when we go outside the front of the school we will keep going past the main entrance to the south entrance doors (by the cafeteria) and then come back down the main hallway and then into the back entrance of the gym down the A hall. Jed Hazel will be filming again and will be moving backwards so that the students will walk towards him. Have your students head to the main gym (though the north entrance) after they are out of the view of the camera.
If you are a teacher who is over a club, sport, fine arts group, or other organization, please look at the map and let your students know where to go. The quicker we can get everyone in place the better. We will just do a one-time filming (instead of doing a practice run like we did last time). Tell students, if they don't know where to go, just find some empty space in the main hall and fill it. We would like everyone to wear their uniforms or club shirts or SHHS school colors that day to represent your group. Also, your group can make signs, use props, or whatever to represent your group. Our last lip dub has been viewed over 5,000 times! Let's make this one a special memory our students, teachers, and community can watch over and over. Also, we want TEACHERS to be in the video too! Please join the students in showing your school spirit! This is to be a unifying activity and we want all involved.
If you have any questions, or if you see a group I might have missed, please let me know. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you all for your participation.
We are also have Teacher Appreciation Week March 28th-April 1st, another Zupas night April 12th and our BOGO Book Fair April 25th-29th.
If you would like to help with any of these activities please contact our PTSA President, Angela Rogers at email@example.com.
Angela is also looking for help on next year's PTSA Board. Why join PTSA or become a member of the Board??? It benefits your child to see you at the school participating in activities, there is no better way to stay connected to school happenings, it allows you to speak up about things that are important to you and your child, you will tap into a network of parents and educators that are willing to help you, and finally, you will watch yourself grow as you gain valuable experiences and share your skills and hobbies for a good cause.
We invite anyone interested to join us at our next Board meeting that will be pushed back to April 14th because of Spring Break.