SHHS Weekly Newsletter 2

Curtis Burton

While walking through the halls of our school and supervising our various activities this last week and interacting with our students,  teachers, staff,  and coaches and watching them perform academically, musically, and athletically, I had a bit of an epiphany: our school is really AWESOME! I witnessed how tremendously talented and motivated to succeed our students are, and I witnessed how committed and devoted our teachers, coaches, and staff are to helping our students tap into and discover their potential. It is so cool to see it happening and to be a part of it every day. Are we perfect? No, but we are striving to be "Positive in the Present", and awesome things are happening as a result.  

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Cheer: Our state championship cheer team is doing a tremendous job setting the tone for Spirit, Heart, Honor, and Success at our school's athletic events and activities. They also did a great job representing our school in the Onion Days Parade on Monday in Payson. Coach Simmons, Coach Best, and the team's capatins have worked incredibly hard to have their team performing at the highest level. Thanks and great job cheer!


SHHS Volleyball: The volleyball team has high expectations this year. They defeated North Sanpete HS on Tuesday, and lost a heartbreaker in the 5th game against Timpview HS on Thursday.  After learning some lessons about themselves at a invitational tournament at Lonepeak HS over the weekend, the team is committed to moving forward and starting region play successfully!


SHHS Cross Country: The cross country team is really off to a great start. They are running well and improving each meet. This past week they competed in the Bear Canyon invitational in Juab, and both the boys and the girls team finished 2nd place overall. On Friday both the boys' and girls' teams also finished in the top 10 at the USU Aggie invitational, a meet that featured 30 of the top teams from Utah and Idaho. "Long may you run!"


SHHS Club Rush: On Friday of last week students had an opportunity to learn about and sign up to be a part of the various clubs offered at the school; SHHS students certainly seemed excited about participating and being involved in the various clubs offered here. We look forward to a fun and productive year of club participation and service.


SHHS Band: Our state championship band also looked and performed awesome in the Onion Days Parade. Their precision and sound was excellent. Their parade performance made us proud to be Skyhawks!


SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls' soccer team had a another great week by defeating the Dons 8-0 and Springville 2-1. Excellent defensive plays and a seldom seen header goal were a couple of highlights of this last week for the team. They are an energetic fun team to watch!  


SHHS Fall Musical: The cast for the fall musical has been picked and rehearsals started last week on the 2nd. We are all looking forward to our students' performance of Footloose. The  performance will debut in November .   


SHHS Boys' Football:  The boys football team had another solid performance against Juab on Friday night winning 42-14. The game was close midway through the third quarter, but excellent plays offensively, defensively, and on special teams broke the game open for the Skyhawks. Next up for the team is the Timpview Thunderbirds on Friday night here at SHHS. 


SHHS Girls' Tennis: The tennis team continues their good play. They took 2nd in a tri-team tournament at Mt. Pleasant, and they also took second in a 10-team Spanish Fork tournament. The team is 4-2 with wins over Mtn. View, Juan Diego, Payson, and Provo. Their two losses are to Maple Mountain and Wasatch. Our JV team is undefeated! Great job ladies!


SHHS Boys' Golf: After a strong performance at Hobblecreek last week, the team finished the tournament third in region competition and moved to within eight strokes of state tournament eligibility. The team continues to play historically well!


SHHS Lashays: Like cheer and band, the Lashays represented our school very well in the Onion Days Parade last Monday. Their vivacious performance  allowed parade goers  to see how talented and spirited a performing group they are!  


Skyhawk Happenings:   

  • Students will be receiving mini-report cards on Friday of each week, so check with your student each week to see how they are doing with their grades.
  • The Plan Test for sophomores will be on Wednesday, September 17th (This is a test that helps students improve testing skills and prepare for taking the ACT as juniors; juniors and seniors do not attend this day).
  • Our first Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:30 to 7:30 in the auxiliary gym.
  • The counselors will be presenting NCAA (sports) eligibility requirements on September 17th at 5:00 and 7:00 PM during Parent Teacher Conference in the Spirit Room A107.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Mr. Schwenke and Mrs. Houghton.


This Week at a Glance: (9/8/14 - 9/12/14)

Monday: 6:00 PM Boys Basketball Open Gym

Tuesday: Cross Country here @ SHHS

                  Soccer @ Wasatch (4:00 PM)

                   Golf @ Nephi

                   Tennis @ Spanish Fork

                   Volleyball @ Spanish Fork

Wednesday: Boys' and Girls' Basketball Open Gym (6:00 PM)

Thursday: Tennis @ St. George

                    JV/Sophomore Football @ Timpview (3:30 PM)

                   Girls' Soccer versus Payson (4:00 PM)

                   Volleyball  versus Springville

                   Choir Comfort Zone #1 Due

Friday: Cross Country @ Payson

              Football versus Timpview (7:00 PM)



SHHS Newsletter 1

Curtis Burton

We are certainly off to a great start to the 2014-2015 school year here at Salem Hills High School. Students, faculty, staff, and administration alike are excited to be back to the endeavors of learning, and pursuing victory, in all that we do as Skyhawks, with honor. As an administrative team, we desire to keep you, our community's parents, informed about the awesome things that are going on at our school as well as keep you informed about upcoming events. We plan to send out a weekly email by way of Parentlink regarding the highlights and happenings at our school.

Again this year we are going to strive to follow the admonition of celebrated psychologist and author Shawn Achor and strive to be "Positive in the Present". To be "Positive in the Present" as a school, we are going to identify, daily, three things for which we are grateful; we are also going to write about something positive that we've been involved with each day; additionally, we are going to commit to daily exercise and meditate; and we are going to look for opportunities to provide/perform random acts of kindness for those who we come in contact with. By doing these things, we believe we can improve our outlook on learning and social interaction for ourselves, our peers, our school, and our school community. We'd love to have you join us in being "Positive in the Present" this year.  

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS "Hello" Week: Last week each class participated in our annual "Hello" Week. On Tuesday the sophomore class enjoyed a "dirty" game of mud volleyball at the Salem Fair Grounds. Wednesday night was lit up by hundreds of juniors wearing their glow in the dark bracelets and trying to capture their opposing team's flag, as multiple rounds of Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag were played both inside and outside of the school building. Pancakes and bacon were on the menu for the Senior Sunrise Breakfast, and, as usual the sun was the highlight of the morning. On Thursday night all the classes came together for a pool party at the Spanish Fork Community Pool. All the activities were planned and organized by the SHHS student body officers who did a great job with the week's activities and have helped us get off to a great start this year.


SHHS Band: Our school band is the embodiment of enthusiasm and spirit. They helped kick off the year with an awesome performance of the school song at our first assembly, and they certainly set the tone for spirit and support at our home football game.


SHHS Girls' Soccer: The girls' soccer team had a good week by nearly beating Timpview on Tuesday evening, falling just short as time expired 3-2, but they  bounced back nicely on Thursday night to defeat defending region champs Maple Mountain High School 2-1.   


SHHS Girls' Tennis: Members of the tennis team are hitting it true and in the right spot. With great performances from individuals and the team against Mountain View, Mt. Pleasant, Wasatch, Juan Diego, Payson, and Maple Mountain High Schools.


SHHS Cheer: Like the band, the cheer team has done a tremendous job setting the tone for enthusiasm and spirit at SHHS. Their hard work and commitment to their performances have set the tone for spirit, heart, honor,  and success this year.


SHHS Lashays: When it comes to hard work, the drill team certainly puts in their time. Their hard work and commitment to precision has been displayed through their performances at the school's opening assembly and the football game; we look forward to seeing more.


SHHS Boys' Football: The football team is off to a great start to the year with two victories. Their first victory came against Hillcrest High School as the team persevered and prevailed through extremely wet conditions to win 22-16. They next defeated Payson High School 42-7 with the team performing well on offence, defense, and special teams. The team next faces Juab at Juab High School on Friday. September 5th.  


SHHS Boys' Golf: The Boys' Golf team is off to its best start in school history. They are currently 19 strokes out of state competition but feel confident they will make those strokes up in the coming weeks.


SHHS Fall Musical: Tryouts for the fall musical, Footloose, were held last week, and Ms. Stubbs and Mr. Bills are excited about the talent which was on display and will be featured in the upcoming November production. Ms. Stubbs said, "It must be something in the water here because the talent at this high school is awesome!"


We look forward to reporting on all the students, classes, organizations, and clubs who represent our school so well throughout the year.


Skyhawk Happenings:

  • Club Rush Day will be on Friday, September 5th.
  • The Plan Test for sophomores will be on Wednesday, September 17th. (This is a test that helps students improve testing skills and prepare for taking the ACT as juniors.)
  • Our first Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:30 to 7:30 in the auxiliary gym.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room 209 with Mr. Schwenke and Mrs. Houghton


This Week at a Glance: (9/1/14 - 9/5/14)

Monday: Labor Day (No School)

Tuesday: Cross Country @ Bear Canyon

                  Boys' Golf @ Hobble Creek

                 Girls' Tennis versus Provo (3:30 PM)

                 Girls' Soccer versus Spanish Fork (7:00 PM)

                 Volleyball versus North Sanpete (7:00 PM)

Wednesday: Girls' Basketball Open Gym (6:00 PM)

Thursday: Girls' Tennis @ Springville

                    Volleyball @ Timpview

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

                   Girls' Soccer versus Springville

Friday: Cross Country @ USU Invitational

              Volleyball Varsity Tournament @ Lone Peak High School

              Club Rush (11:25 AM)

              Choir Tour Parents' Meeting (5:30 PM)

              Football @ Juab (7:00 PM)




Locker Assignments

All students now have assigned lockers!  Wahoo.

You can pick up a printed schedule tonight at Sophomore Orientation or before school in the morning, this will have your locker and combination on it.

Tomorrow you will be able to see it in Aspire.

Let the classes begin.

Girls Tennis Tryouts


August 4th - August 7th.

7:00am - 10:00am each day

Here at the Salem Hills Tennis Courts

What About Class Schedules for Next Year?


For the 2014-2015 school year Salem Hills is using a new class scheduling program called Class Choice.  This program was open to our incoming and returning students before they left for Summer Break to allow them the opportunity to schedule their classes, teachers and times.  For now this system is closed.  There will be one other window of time in which Class Choice will be open to schedule classes, this will be from July 30th until Aug. 11th.

If a student has not yet scheduled their classes they will be assigned classes using an automatically generated schedule based on their requests.  During the time form July 30th until Aug. 11th all students will have the ability to go in to Class Choice again and make any changes they need.

Our goal with using Class Choice is to reduce the amount time students are out of class making class changes at the beginning of each semester, we have lost valuable class time.  After that window of time the only way to make changes to a class schedule will be in a meeting with the student, their parent and a councilor.  There will be no mass arena class change assembly this next year.

Mr. Gillie selected as High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year!


Lee Gillie, Salem Hills High School chemistry teacher, has been selected as 'High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year' by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society.  This award is given to recognize the dedication and hard work that Mr. Gillie has done over many years in teaching chemistry.  Be sure to congratulate him on a job well done!