SHHS Weekly Newsletter 16

Submitted by curtis.burton on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:10

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday. ” 

 -- Jason Mraz

It's been a few weeks since I sent out our last newsletter, and since that time, a lot of things have happened with and for our students. It's been a pleasure to watch them participate in their education and extracurricular activities the way they do. Though they don't win or have supreme success each time they participate in their activities, they compete, work, and try to be their best. It's a pleasure to watch them give their best, and I look forward to watching them compete throughout the rest of the school year.

Skyhawk Highlights:

U.S. Army All-American Bowl: On January 3, Porter Gustin, a senior here at Salem Hills High School, participated in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and he represented our school and community very well. He was named the defensive MVP as the West defeated the East 39-36 in an exciting game; Porter earned the game's defensive MVP honor for intercepting a pass and running it in for a touchdown, getting a key sack in the 4th quarter, and securing an onsides kick. Congratulations Porter!

SHHS Drill Team: The drill team participated in a competition at Corner Canyon HS on Saturday (1/10). The ladies performed very well. They finished the competition placing 2nd in kick routine, 4th in hip hop, 4th in military, and 5th in dance. They will next compete in the region drill competition at Maple Mountain HS on January 29; their state competition will be on February 6 at UVU. Come and support our awesome drill team!  They've put a lot of time and practice into the precision of their routines, and their performances are great!

SHHS All-State Selections: The Salt Lake Tribune recently honored a number of Salem Hills High School students as all-state football players. Senior Tyler Christensen was selected as a first team all-state offensive lineman, Senior Porter Gustin was also named to the all-state first team as a linebacker. Senior Jordan Taylor was named second team all-state as a defensive back, and sophomore Vili Wolfgramm was given honorable mention for his play as a linebacker. Congratulations guys!    

*Academic All-State winners were mentioned in a previous newsletter, and McKenzi Hancock was not mentioned at that time; however, we would certainly like to recognize and congratulate her for receiving that honor in girls tennis. Congratulations McKenzi!

SHHS Wrestling: Our wrestling team had a hard-fought match with Wasatch last Thursday night (1/8), and they came up a bit short on points needed to win the match. The team, however, wrestled well and each individual really competed hard. At the Iron Town Duals in Cedar City over the weekend (1/9-1/10) the wrestling team took 1st place and had six 1st place undefeated wrestlers: Austin Davis, Kyle Larsen, Jaxon Van Tassell, Brennen Gerratt, Jacob Armstrong, and Jaxon Bowden.  Great job wrestlers!

SHHS Cheer: This Saturday, January 17, our school will be hosting the Southern Regional Cheer Competition at 10:00 AM. Come and support our awesome cheer team as they compete to advance to the state competition on January 31. They perform with a lot of energy and excitement and are really fun to watch. They've worked hard on their routines, and their performances show it.   

SHHS Girls Basketball: The lady Skyhawks pushed their record to 12-2 over the break and last week starting with a loss to Timpview HS (54-41) but wins over Provo HS (67-22), Spanish Fork HS (63-46), and Maple Mountain HS (58-35). They played Wasatch HS Tuesday night (1/14) in a thrilling overtime game, getting the win by a score of 66-62. Next up for the girls will be the Springvile Red Devils on Friday evening. 

SHHS Boys Basketball: The boys competed in the KSA Orlando Tournament just before the break and won two of three games, their loss coming in the championship of their pool. Over the break and last week, they had losses to Bingham HS (67-48) and Spanish Fork HS (61-52) before bouncing back with a good win against Maple Mountain HS (53-43) on Friday night (1/9). The boys  played at Wasatch HS on Tuesday night as well. They competed well, but fell to the Wasps by a score of 60-52. They next play Springville HS here on Friday night.

SHHS Dance Company: Last week the SHHS Dance Company performed their Emotions show on Wednesday and Thursday night. The show's performers and its choreography captured and interpreted the emotions we all experience very well. Our students' expression through dance and their talent to dance was awesome; the time and effort they spent practicing and preparing for the show were certainly evident.       

Nebo School District's Captain's Academy: On Thursday, January 8, students from SHHS participated in the winter sports Captain's Academy held at the Nebo School District's boardroom. Participants were selected by their coaches and advisors to represent their respective teams and groups. At the academy, SHHS students interacted with other captains from around the district's schools and were treated to the key note address from Coach Roger Reid. Abbie Tuttle (girls basketball), Megan Rittmanic (swim), Connor Peterson (swim), Nick Trotter (band), Maddie Jones (drill), Isaac Parrish (wrestling), Jeff DeGraffenried (boys basketball), and Hayden Albrecht (student council) did a great job representing our school.

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • It's time to enroll in spring concurrent enrollment courses through UVU for those that need to. Dates to remember: January 21 is the last day to complete UVU admission; the last day to submit prerequisite test scores to the CE office; the last day to submit "Sophomore by Exception Application" to the CE office. January 23 is the last day to complete course signup; is the day tuition is due ($5/credit). February 13 is the last day to drop concurrent enrollment classes without a 'W'.
  • Again this year we are encouraging our sophomore students (only sophomores are eligible) to apply for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference. To apply, students must submit a 400-500 word response to the following questions: What defines a great leader? How are you a great leader? What leadership roles have you fulfilled and are presently fulfilling? Responses are due to Mr. Gillie in room D200 by January 15, 2015. Two winners from the school, preferably a boy and a girl, will participate in the conference held at Aspen Grove up Provo Canyon from May 7 to May 9; all expenses will be covered. The conference will focus on developing leadership skills and instruction on how students can make a positive difference. If you have questions regarding this conference opportunity, talk to Coach Gillie.
  • The Senior Dinner Dance will held on Saturday, January 24, beginning with dinner at 6:00 PM. The dinner/dance is not a date dinner/dance.  It will be a true masquerade; however, students are not required to dress in masquerade attire. The cost is $20, which should be paid to the finance office by January 21; Tucanos will be catering the dinner.  This masquerade should be a night of merry memory making for our seniors and future graduates.
  • The SHHS Choirs will have professional portraits taken on Friday, February 6 for Men's Camerata, Singers, and Women's Chorale; and Monday, February 9 for Serendipity and Concert Choir. Students need to make sure they bring their choir uniform with them to school on the day of their picture. Megan Heaps, the photographer, will be available for group ($15) and individual ($30) portraits; order forms are available in the choir room.
  • 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 and searching for Salem Hills High School.  You can also watch many of the standalone videos by visiting the SNN YouTube page at
  • Indoor track practice has begun and will be held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. If you have questions about being involved with indoor track, talk to Coach Thompson.
  • 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 (room D104).
  • Ammon Clark continues to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs from soda cans. We can help Ammon in his collection efforts by bringing our pop tabs to the school and turning them into the front office, the counseling office, and (or) Mrs. Wilder's room.

Next Week at a Glance(After the Break): (1/20/15 - 1/23/15)

Monday: No School

Tuesday: SHHS Third Term Begins

                 Soccer Open Gym (7:00 PM)

Wednesday: Softball Workouts (3:00 PM)

                        SHHS Jazz Band Concert (7:00 PM)

Thursday: SHHS Orchestra Concert (3:00 PM)

                    SHHS Wrestling @ Spanish Fork HS (7:00 PM)

Friday: SHHS Wrestling @ Pineview Invitational

              SHHS Boys Basketball @ Timpview HS (7:00 PM)

              SHHS Girls Basketball @ Timpview HS (5:15 PM)

Saturday: SHHS Wrestling @ Pineview Invitational

                  SHHS Swim @ Uintah

                  SHHS Senior Dinner Dance (Dinner at 6:00 & Dance at 7:00 PM)


Curtis Burton