August 27, 2014 -- Change is sometimes a frightening word to both children and adults. The changes that we look forward to can even carry with them anxiety and worry. Small things, like rules and procedures, lunch order, how to check out a book at the library and a new playground seem small to adults, but are actually huge to a young child. As we begin this school year, every building in our school district is experiencing change. This year instead of greeting incoming third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders, we are greeting second graders and wishing our sixth graders and their teachers the best of luck in their new endeavors at Salem Middle School. I have to say that the second graders look very small in our big building, but they are adjusting just fine. Through this transition process, I have encouraged our new teachers to ask questions. The transitions with the students have been easier because of the dedication of the new group of teachers. We have eased into the process of our building procedures with the new students. It has been made easier with the fact that William Lynch Elementary and our building share the same PBS traits.
I encourage parents to talk to their children. Their educational culture has been changed and depending on their age and personality type, this transition could be smooth or a little rough. The teachers, the staff and the office are here to answer any questions you might have for us. Children appreciate predictability and certainty. Routines are being established with them, and this transition to a new building and new staff will become comfortable to them. We encourage our parents to ask questions, keep in contact with the child’s teacher, and talk to their children about their fears, celebrations, grades, and feelings that they are experiencing at school. We are looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!
Project K.I.D.S Open House by Steve Carvajal
Steve Carvajal, Superintendent
August 25, 2014 -- What a great night! Open house was a huge success and I think it is obvious that not only was everyone very impressed they even had a good time. The school buildings looked fantastic. Hot dogs were provided by Ozark Progressive Bank and U.S. Foods and soda pop was provided by Coca Cola out of Rolla. There were easily over 2000 people in attendance. I would like to personally thank all those that assisted in some way with this project and event. From the people that helped move classrooms, helped clean the buildings, helped with open house, worked on the project itself, custodians and maintenance workers, teachers, staff, and administrators, thank you!
There are too many people to try and name and I would not want to leave any one out. This has been an incredibly long and stressful and sometimes even painful journey but the end result is truly satisfaction.
I had hoped but never really thought it could ever turn out as well as it did. It was such a massive project I just don't think any of us really grasped how arduous this project would be. What was accomplished this summer break was mentally and physically overwhelming and exhausting for many involved and to realize that it has been actually completed brings a smile to my face and to many others in our community. We have a facility that we can be extremely proud of and one that our students will be excited to attend. Groundbreaking and first construction started over 15 months ago! Just some of the things done from start to finish: demolition of the old canopies, libraries, and offices, asbestos removal, the hs cafeteria renovation, roof repairs, electrical and plumbing improvements, HVAC additions, new windows, new doors and new door frames, new tile, carpet, remodeled classrooms, new classrooms, new restrooms, renovated restrooms, new computer labs, renovated libraries, new administrative offices, new coaches offices, every hallway and nearly every classroom in both buildings painted,new hs library expansion, new and secures entrances, security cameras, new middle school cafeteria, new lockers, fire alarms, pull stations, fire doors, and more! Thank you again to all that supported and helped on this massive endeavor. Congratulations and thank you! We are all looking forward to a great year and the future of Salem R-80.
Building Project - The End is in Sight! by Steve Carvajal
The excitement is building, as is the stress, as we near the completion of the building project. What has been done is and will be simply amazing. There has been so much work that it is hard to imagine. Between moving grades from the lower to the upper, the upper to the middle school, the middle school to the high school, and from in the high school to the new classrooms, and all the construction, it is mind boggling.
The new construction is nearly 95% complete with just a few things left to finish. Sidewalks, trim, flooring, touch up painting, and some minor construction. It should be completely finished by August 1st.
The remodeling is in full swing and the goal is also the 1st of August. When students come back they will see that every square foot of the middle school to be, has been painted, a remodeled library, new tile, new lockers, new restrooms, a new cafeteria, new doors and frames, and more. The high school has had nearly all the classrooms painted as well, the halls painted, new tile, new doors, new classrooms, new restrooms, a new library addition, and more. The last things to be completed will be the connectors to each building and the high school library addition. Also being completed are the security cameras, security doors, fire alarms and pull stations, along with the new entries into each building.
There is still work to be done and we are planning a big cleanup day for anyone that is willing to help for a few hours on August 2nd. There is so much dust throughout the libraries and some of the classrooms from all the demo and drywall work. We are still trying to get floors done and let the dozens of workers still working throughout the buildings get their work done before we start letting people in every day. We are planning an open house for August 12th from 5:30pm until 8:00pm. We will be serving hot dogs and coke to the visitors. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you at open house!
Middle School Floors
12th Tiger Parade Rescheduled
The 12th Tiger Parade has been rescheduled for Friday, September 5th
"The Road to Carnegie" Performance and 5k Run/Walk Fundraisers
The National Award winning Salem Chamber Singers invite you to their live performance, "The Road to Carnegie" next Thursday July 24th at the First Baptist Church in Salem. A complimentary Dessert Bar will be available from 6:00pm-7:00pm followed by the live performance. This will be the final performance of last years award winning choir, as nine members graduated in May. This event also kicks off the Chamber Singers fundraising efforts to raise money for their trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City. The invitation to Carnegie Hall was extended after the Singers won the Top Choir Award at the Worldstrides Heritage National Musical Festival in Nashville, TN. Admission is free and a donation will be taken. Thank you for supporting the Salem Chamber Singers on the Road to Carnegie!!!
The Salem Chamber Singers are also sponsoring a 5K Family Run/Walk Event next Saturday July 26th at 9:00am starting in the Salem Fire Department parking lot. Registration will begin at 8:00am and Run/Walk will begin at 9:00am. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary. Adults are $25, children 5-12 are $15 and children under 5 are free. Free water bottle with each registration. Event will happen rain or shine. All proceeds will help the Salem R80 Chamber Singers pay for their trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City. Thank you for supporting the Salem Chamber Singers on the Road to Carnegie!!!
Middle School (Junior High) Renovations!
Because of Winn Dixie
June 10, 2014 -- Salem Upper Elementary 3rd grade summer school students in Mrs. McNamee’s class put on a play based on the book, Because of Winn Dixie, for parents, grandparents, and fellow students. The students have practiced hard for the first two weeks of summer school and did a fantastic job of creating their costumes and acting in front of such a large group. A special thanks to Mrs. McNamee for giving them this wonderful experience.
Middle School / Junior High Construction!
Salem Upper Elementary Art Show
May 29, 2014 -- The Salem Upper Elementary held its annual Art Show on the evening of May 15th. With almost 200 people in attendance, the evening was filled with fun. Activities such as a photo booth, face painting and creating goonie bird hats were available and the students had a great time with all. Student art work was judged earlier in the week by local artist Gary Nash. This was an evening to see the creativity of our students and they shined through with talent.