SHHS Weekly Newsletter 8

Submitted by curtis.burton on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:31

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  -- Edward Everett Hale

As first term comes to an end, it's a great time to reflect on all that has transpired over the course of the past few months here at SHHS. We've seen our fall teams and performing groups have tremendous and  historically successful seasons; we've seen students striving to be "positive in the present" and enrich the lives of others by performing random acts of kindness for one another each day; and we've seen our students growing into individuals that are anchored in integrity, empowered to succeed, and focused on the future. These first few months have not been without a few bumps along the way, but the positive learning experiences that occur here far outweigh the bumps. It is my pleasure to work with our students, you, and this community; working with you and our students inspires our faculty and staff, "to do the something that [we] can do."      

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Family and Consumer Science Department: The Family and Consumer Science Department at Salem Hills High recently sponsored a five day Fashion Career Related Tour in New York City.  11 students along with Mrs. Laurie Hansen visited the 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building, New Amsterdam Theatre Backstage, Staten Island Ferry (to view the Statue of Liberty), and Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Central Park.  They also received instruction at Essence Magazine, Olah Inc. of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Designer Kenneth King.  Students were entertained with a Broadway Show of their choice which included some attending Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin.  Of course the trip included many subway rides, late-night cheesecake parties, lots of shopping at Canal Street and Times Square and miles upon miles of walking!  The New York City excursion is an experience for students to learn firsthand about our global economy, diverse cultures in the United States, social skills, personal independence, problem solving, following directions,  and the importance of their current education. 

SHHS Cross Country: The teams competed on Wednesday (10/22) afternoon in the state competition at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. The teams both ran well and represented our school proudly.  On the boys side, RJ Lundberg was 1st Team All-State and took 7th overall!  For the girls, Haley Johnston was the school's top finisher at 13th place.  She also broke SHHS's Cross Country school record.  Congratulations to all our runners on a great season!

 SHHS Volleyball: The ladies were dominant against MMHS on Tuesday of last week. They swept the Lady Golden Eagles in three straight games to win the match. They next play Wasatch  HS on Thursday of this week as they continue to make preparations for state competition.

 SHHS Boys' Football: The football team won a hard-fought battle with MMHS on Wednesday night of last week; it was a great win for the seniors to get on Senior Night. Their final region game will be this week against rival Spanish Fork HS; the Skyhawks will be looking for their first win against  the Dons in football. Another highlight this week was that our football standout Porter Gustin was honored as an Army All American, a prestigious award that is given to only 90 high school football players in the country each year. Congratulations Porter!

 SHHS Band: The band took first this week at the Davis Cup competition at Davis HS. They also took first in visual performance, musical performance, and auxiliary performance. The band will next be performing in Pleasant Grove on Saturday. Congratulations band and good luck Saturday!

 Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The end of first term is this Thursday, October 23. Look for report cards to be delivered next Friday (10/31).
  • The 6th annual Salem Witches 5K Run and Children's Mile hosted by Coach Thompson's cross country and track teams will be this Saturday, October 25. Registration for the event is online at
  • This year 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.
  • We will be participating in Utah College Application Week (UCAP) here at Salem Hills High School this year. There will be a week's worth of activities running from November 10 through 14; the following Monday (11/17) we will be assisting all of our seniors with university, college, and professional schools and program applications.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Next Week at a Glance: (10/27/14 - 10/31/14)

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

Tuesday: Volleyball here versus Provo HS @ 6:30 PM

                  Tennis Awards Night @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday: Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 6:00 PM

Thursday: Senior Class Picture @ 8:45 AM

                   Orchestra Halloween Concert @ 7:00 PM

Friday:  State Football Game: SHHS versus Highland/Bountiful @ TBA

               Halloween Dance @ 7:00

Saturday: Girls' Basketball Open Gym @ 8:00 AM


Curtis Burton