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SHHS Weekly Newsletter 6

Submitted by curtis.burton on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 11:29
Curtis Burton
Maddi Wanner, Isabel Brockbank, and Amanda Ith competed at state tennis held at Liberty Park.

Having attended both the state golf tournament this week and state tennis matches, I was impressed with the dignity with which our students and coaches competed. In sports where it's easy to "lose your cool" and visibly show one's frustration, our Skyhawks did a great job pursuing victory with honor.  As the great Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius stated long ago, "There is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life." For these students, this week, it was their performance on the course and courts where their dignity was on display, and it shone through brilliantly. It was a great reminder to me of how we should strive to perform with dignity.   

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Boys Golf: Our boys golf team played great at state which was held at the Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway. They just missed the final day cut but competed well in the team competition with Brock Nielsen shooting even par and Steven Barton scoring just one stroke over par. In the individual competition, both Brock and Steven shot low scores the final day with Brock scoring a 75 and Steven a 77; both narrowly missed making the all-state team. Congratulations to the SHHS golf team and Coach Fillmore for their first appearance as a team at state in 4A: Carson Hill, Mason Bigler, Kaleb DeGraffenreid, Jayden Parkinson, Steven Barton, and Brock Nielsen. 

SHHS Girls Tennis: The team had a good showing at the region tournament last week in Spanish Fork and the state tournament yesterday. Amanda Ith took 2nd in region.  Maddi Wanner and Isabel Brockbank placed 4th, and Alexi Olson, Amanda Wilcox, Aubree Beckstrand, and Hannah Jeffrey placed 5th. Amanda Ith, Maddi Wanner, and Isabel Brockbank qualified to go to state at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, and at the state tournament they competed well. Of the three, Amanda Ith advanced to the 2nd round (an accomplishment that only about seven other girls form SHHS have achieved) after winning a 3 hour and 30 minute match. Congratulations to these state qualifiers, and congratulations to Alexi Olson for being selected as an Academic All-state in tennis, a tremendous honor!

SHHS Girls Soccer: Tuesday night (10/6) our girls capped off a great season with a win against Wasatch HS that solidified the region championship for the team. The girls won by a score of 3-0 playing great offensively and defensively throughout the night under the lights of the football field to secure the win. Being as it was the last home game of the regular season, it was senior night as well, and I'm sure it will be a night that our seniors and the rest the team and our school will remember for a long time! Great job and congratulations to Coach Gillie, his staff, and the girls soccer team!

SHHS Debate: Congratulations to Mr. Doug Welton and his debate program. Our debate program is ranked in the top 7.5% of schools nationwide, and because of their earning of more than 200 degrees last year has achieved membership in the prestigious 200 Club of the National Speech and Debate Assiciation, a remarkable accomplishment!

SHHS Skyhawk(s) of the Month:  Our English department recently honored students that they identified as our outstanding students of the month for character, integrity, and academic accomplishment. Our students of the month for this month are Michelle Beal (nominated by Mrs. Muir), Parker Brook (nominated by Mr. Fillmore), Tayler Sparrow (nominated by Mrs. Smithey), Ryker Drake (nominated by Mr. Moody), Seydy Varela (nominated by Mrs. Gibb), and Nathan Lemon (nominated by Mrs. Larsen). On a related note, Mrs. Larsen was honored as the teacher of the month by the student council for her outstanding teaching.

SHHS DECA and FBLA: Our DECA and FBLA students did a tremendous job competing at the Herriman Invitational this week. We had several students place very high in their selected categories. Dylan Baxter placed 3rd in accounting; Wyatt Biesenbach and Hannah Wheelwright placed 1st in Buying and Merchandising; Wyatt Biesenbach placed 3rd in Apparel and Accessories; Spencer Crow placed 2nd in MOS Excel, 1st in MOS PowerPoint, and 1st in MOS Word; Sierra Draper placed 2nd in Job Interview. Way to go DECA and FBLA! 

SHHS Captains attend Captain's Academy: Several SHHS students participated in the Nebo School District Captain's Academy where they learned about principles of good leadership and the importance of being a good captain. Our captain's were Brigham Hughes (representing football), Nathan Chestnut (representing boys cross country), Haley Johnston (representing girls cross country), Paige Simmons (representing girls soccer), Amanda Ith and Amanda Wilcox (representing girls tennis), Nate Millington (representing student council), Maddie Meuter (representing cheer), Jason Cheney (representing boys golf), and Callie Peterson (representing volleyball. We are proud of the way our captains represent our school so well. 


Skyhawk Happenings and Information:

  • Our SHHS PTSA does a great job supporting our students, faculty, and staff; we appreciate all they do for our school. Again this year they are sponsoring our school's Reflection Contest; below is information regarding the reflections contest and other important PTSA information:

Our Reflections Arts contest theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly" and entries are due in the office on October 13th.  Students may submit one entry per category.  Categories are: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Art (including 3D art).  Entry firms, rules and guidelines are at 

Thank you to all who helped with and supported our fundraiser at Culver's in Spanish Fork! Our               next school night fundraiser will be on December 1st at Zupas, so mark your calendar!  Also, a big thank you to our volunteers who have helped with munchie mondays, the teacher dinner,   book fair, the pancake breakfast, school stomp ticket taking, and more. A great school requires support from great parents. To sign up to volunteer and/or pay for your PTSA membership, go   to (NOTE: We are not allowed to receive funds through the school, so if you do not want to pay online, please contact Angela Rogers at or any of the other board members you may know.)

*To view this month's PTSA newsletter, visit our website at 

  • Monday, October 12 will be a Monday Make-up Day from 2:00-4:00 PM. Students should use this time to meet with their teachers to demonstrate their completion of learning objectives.
  • Auditions for Annie Get Your Gun will be on Monday, October 12 in the drama room from 4:00-7:00 PM; sign up outside the drama room for audition times. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing 16 measures of a musical theater-style piece and come with sheet music for Mr. Bills to accompany you. Music should be performed from memory and professional dress is encouraged. There will be a dance call for all auditioning on Tuesday, October 13 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the auditorium; sign up for audition times outside the drama room. Callbacks will be Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00-9:00 PM by invitation only.
  • College visits to SLCC/LDSBC will be on Tuesday, October 13; Snow College on October 29; and University of Utah and Westminster  on November 2.  To be eligible, detentions need to be cleared and the cost is $10 at the finance office. If you have question, contact Mrs. Call in the counseling office. 
  • Fall Break will be October 15 and 16 (No school).
  • Sterling Scholar applications will be due to Mrs. Rawle in the library by October 20. Sterling Scholar winners will be announced on November 20.
  • On October 21 the SHHS Choirs will be presenting "Echo: A Fall Choir Showcase" in the auditorium; admission is free. All five SHHS Choirs will be featured as well as the Salem Junior High Chamber singers. Over 300 performers will participate in this production!  
  • Thursday, October 22 is the last day of term 1.
  • There will be no school on Friday, October 23 due to the P/C Comp. day.  
  • There will be a PTSA Halloween dance on October 31 from 7:00-10:00 PM here at SHHS.
  • Mrs. Rawle would like our school community to be familiar with the following information:

Overdrive now available for SHHS students!!!

Salem Hills High School in conjunction with Nebo School District is committed to bringing unique                learning opportunities to our students and we are pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through OverDrive . The OverDrive collection is an extension of our physical library, only it’s online with 24/7 access to eBooks and   audiobooks.

How does it work? 

For computers and ereaders just go to and sign in using your student computer login information. Browse books and Borrow to checkout.

To use on tablets, smartphones, and Chromebooks install the free OverDrive app, sign in or sign              up for a free account. Using the Add a Library feature add NeboSchool District Digital Library. Log in using your school computer login and password. Browse books then Borrow to checkout.

Whether a student’s interest lies in study guides, classics for required reading, or the latest popular juvenile or young adult fiction, they can find it all in the digital collection through OverDrive at

For more information? Contact 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!
  • 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 Mr. Shumway. 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

Next  Week at a Glance: (10/12/14 - 10/14/14) (No School Thursday and Friday)

Monday:  Annie Get Your Gun Auditions (4:00-7:00 PM) 

                  Basketball Open Gym (5:00-8:00 PM)

Tuesday: Annie Get Your Gun Dance Call (3:00-5:00 PM)

                  Marching Band @ BYU (3:00 PM)

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

                  State Soccer versus State Opponent  

                  Annie Get Your Gun Callbacks (5:00 PM)

                   Volleyball @ Maple Mountain HS (6:15 PM)

Wednesday: Football @ Springville HS (7:00 PM) 

                        Basketball Open Gym (5:00-8:00 PM)

Thursday:  No School (Fall Break)

Friday: No School (Fall Break)

Saturday:  Fall Break