SHHS Weekly Newsletter 7

Submitted by curtis.burton on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:39

Last week our students participated in the Macy's Lip Dub challenge that was organized by our PTA (a big thank you goes to Angela Rogers and Therese Lauritzen for organizing it so well). The lip dub was performed to the Beach Boys' classic hit "Be True To Your School"; as we wrapped up homecoming week with the lip dub and other activities, I couldn't help but think that the song choice was very apropos. Our students are "true" to this school in so many different ways. We see it in their commitment to their studies; we see it in their efforts on the fields and courts of competition; and we see it in their interaction with their peers. They care about our school community and are proud to show their pride. A source indicated to me that Coach Todd Graham, Arizona State's head football coach who was here Friday night to watch the game, commented on the enthusiasm of our students and patrons. He indicated that he's been all over the country but has rarely seen the kind of enthusiasm displayed by our students and  community. It's cool to hear that people outside our community can see that we are true to our school's values of spirit, heart, honor, and success; it makes me, and should make each one of us, proud to be a Skyhawk! 

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Cheer: A huge shout out needs to go to our cheer team for all they did during homecoming week to rally support for all our team sports and activities! In addition to their awesome performances at the games, assemblies, and in the Lip Dub, their homecoming decorating of the commons, football field, and players lockers was creative and really added to the spirit of the week.

SHHS Girl's Tennis: Four girls represented our school at the state tournament held at Liberty Park. Maddi Wanner and Kenzi Hancock represented the school in the singles division, and Amanda Ith and Isabel Brockbank represented the school in the doubles division. Though they didn't make it as far as they would have liked, they competed well. 

SHHS Cross Country: Region competition was on Saturday at Timpview HS, and both the boys and girls ran well. The boys took 3rd and the girls finished in 4th.  Both teams qualified for state competition on Oct 22 at Sugarhouse Park.  RJ Lundberg ran great taking 2nd overall for boys, and Hailey Johnston also ran great finishing 4th overall for girls.

SHHS Volleyball: The girls' volleyball team played a great match against Springville HS on Tuesday night. The match went to a game five, and the fifth game was neck and neck all the way down to the end where our Lady Skyhawks were edged out by a final score of 15-13. They next play Maple Mountain HS here on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 PM.

SHHS Boys' Football: The team played Springville High in a battle for second place in region Friday night and played spectacularly in front of a boisterous and enthusiastic crowd and visiting ASU coach, Todd Graham, who was here on a recruiting trip. After allowing a touchdown to Springville on their first possession, the Skyhawks held the Red Devils scoreless while scoring 34 points of their own. The team is having their best season in school history, currently holding a record of 7-1. They next play Maple Mountain HS on Wednesday night (10/15) due to the shortened week for fall break.

SHHS Band: Our SHHS Band performed really well and finished 3rd at their competition at BYU on Saturday.  They were pleased with their finish in the 3A division which is a division up from where they have competed previously. The band will next be competing at Davis HS on October 21.

SHHS Student Council: The student council did a tremendous job making homecoming week a huge success. They worked tirelessly throughout the weeks leading up to homecoming week and during homecoming week to plan and carryout activities that involved all students here at SHHS. Our student council does a great job representing our school and their peers.

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • Fall Break  is this week, October 16-19.
  • The end of first term is next Thursday, October 23.
  • Ammon Clark, one of our students here at SHHS,  is raising 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.
  • For all Athletes needing updated physicals for winter/spring sports, we will be having physicals in the gym at 3:00 PM on October 21. Students must pay $20 to the finance office before getting their physicals done (we can't accept insurance).  If you haven't heard, there are new rules starting this year that require all student athletes to get a new/updated physical prior to tryouts every year. For example, if your athlete received a physical last year for basketball, they will have to get a new one done this year, but if they had one done for a fall sport this year, they are covered until next year.
  • The 6th annual Salem Witches 5K Run and Children's Mile hosted by Coach Thompson's cross country and track teams will be on Saturday, October 25. Registration for the event is online at
  • The presidents of DECA and FBLA would like our community to be aware of the following information:

There is an opportunity for your student to get a head start on earning THE BIG SWEET DOLLARS! The Salem Hills High School Chapters of DECA (an association of marketing students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)have entered into a merger from which your child may benefit.We sponsor business field trips and attend competitions and conferences that will mold them into a lean, mean FREE MARKET machine. It also looks great on college applications!We meet on the first and third Tuesday’s of the month during lunch, and our trips and events are FAWT (Fun, Awesome, and Worth the Time).Take advantage of this great membership deal!Pay $20 to join one club or BECOME A MEMBER OF BOTH for ONLY $30. This is a better investment than any on Wall Street.Contact our Members for more information:

 Rylan Christensen- DECA President                         rylan [dot] c062 [at] stu [dot] nebo [dot] edu

Lauren Bennet- FBLA President                                lauren.b985rylan [dot] c062 [at] stu [dot] nebo [dot] edu (

  • The 2014 PTA Reflections contest being held this year at SHHS will be rewarded with cash awards for winners! The PTA would like to welcome all who would like to join. Participants are to choose project(s) based on this year's theme, "The world would be a better place if...." Projects are to be turned into the office by October 22. Winners will be announced at a luncheon the first part of November.

Reflection Categories: 3D art; Dance Choreography; Literature; Visual Arts. Film Production; Photography; Music composition (You may enter as many categories as you would like but only one entry per category).  

Reflections Website:  Please go here to print off all forms and find rules and instructions.

  • There will be a Career Day here at the school on November 25. Students will have the opportunity to hear from career professionals in their 2nd and 3rd period classes on that date.
  • For all parents, and especially those of sophomores, ALL detentions must be made up prior to a new term beginning to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities and sports.
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C209 with Ms. Houghton.
  • Our administrative team continues to offer detention time after school for students interested in biking, running, lifting weights and doing cross fit. The program is called Double Time, and students can earn double the detention time for participating. This pilot program is based on psychologist  John Ratey's theory that exercise sparks cognitive function and improves academic performance and behavior. 
  • This year for as part of our Veteran's Day Assembly (Nov 11) we want to do a slideshow of our Salem Hills Veterans. We'd like to honor the family members of our students who are veterans of foreign conflicts.  Students or their family members can email photos of their veterans to salemhillsveterans [at] gmail [dot] com ().  With emailed photos, please include the submitting student's name, the veteran's name, the relationship to the student, and which conflict(s) he/she is a veteran of.  Please submit the photos by November 1 at the latest.

 This Week at a Glance: (10/13/14 - 10/15/14)

Monday: Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday: Volleyball home versus Maple Mountain HS (6:30 PM)

                   JV/Sophomore Football @ Maple Mountain HS (3:30 PM)

Wednesday: Volleyball Team Dinner (3:00 PM)

                        Boys' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

                        Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

                        Boys' Football home versus Maple Mountain HS (7:00 PM)

Thursday: Fall Break

Friday:  Fall Break

Saturday: Girls' Basketball Open Gym (8:00 AM)


Curtis Burton