Sullivan Marching Festival
September 26, 2016 -- On Saturday, September 24th the Salem Marching Blue participated in the 29th Annual Sullivan Marching Festival. The 49 member band performed their 2016 competition show “eMOTIONS.” The performance was well received and the band placed third in their class, missing a spot in the finals round by less than 3 points. Salem High School senior Maddie VanDien won the drum major caption for her outstanding performance. Maddie comments, “Even though we didn't make finals, it was still a great performance. I am so incredibly proud and thankful for the band that I have. I couldn't have won the drum major caption without them.“ The Marching Blue take the field next at Parkview High School on Saturday October 1st at 10:45 a.m. The band is directed by David Schatz, and assisted by Lori Beasley. Kelsey Schatz is the Color Guard director.
Salem Upper Elementary Read-Out
September 23, 2016 -- Salem Upper Elementary students earned a Read-Out last week for their positive school behavior. Students earned Tiger Tickets by being safe, respectful and responsible. As a result of earning enough tickets, they were rewarded with a Read Out celebration. Teachers took their students outside to areas around the school grounds and students read their books and enjoyed the sunshine.
Salem Upper Elementary
Ad design winners for The Salem News
Teacher Spotlight by John McColloch
September 23, 2016 -- This month’s spotlight focuses on Krystal Sims. Ms. Sims is a special education teacher at the Upper Elementary and has worked for the district since 2009. Salem Upper Elementary Principal Melanie Wisdom describes Ms. Sims as a teacher that goes above and beyond to be her students’ best support in her classroom and in their educational journey. Ms. Sims remains patient and calm and smiles at the end of the day no matter what she has faced. She works very closely with the 3rd grade team to meet all the requirements needed to ensure the success of her students every day. Ms. Sims is very active with Special Olympics and even jumps into a frozen lake in the winter during the Polar Plunge to raise money for our special athletes. Ms. Sims is a dedicated and talented teacher and the Salem R-80 School District is fortunate to have her on our team.
Salem High School Jacket Order Day!
September 30th Friday
$75.00 Deposit required
Price sheets in the Principals Office
Buoyancy, Density, and Matter
September 21, 2016 -- The past week during RTI, Mrs. Blankenship and several fourth graders participated in a STEM challenge. The students were challenged to build a flotation device from given materials. The device had to keep an action figure afloat for one minute. It was a great time of learning about buoyancy, density, matter, and what floats!
2016 ACT Award Winners
2016-17 Marching Blue
September 8, 2016 -- The Salem High School Band is off to a great start for the 2016-2017 marching season. The Marching Blue consists of 49 members, 22 of those taking the field for the first time. Even with it being a young band, the band looks to have another successful year. Senior drum major Maddie Van Dien says “We get better and better each day because of the dedication from all of our members, especially the underclassmen. This year is going to be great for the band and everyone that supports us.” The music for this season’s field show competition was commissioned and composed exclusively for the Salem Marching Blue by Randall D. Standridge. The piece is entitled “Emotions” and includes four parts. Each part represents one of four emotions; joy, sadness, fear or anger. Within the original work are familiar melodies including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” theme songs from “Inside Out” and “The Walking Dead” and Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
The Salem Marching Blue performs many times throughout the year including 4 competitive marching festivals. The band is under the direction of David Schatz with help from Assistant Director Lori Beasley, and Color Guard Director Kelsey Schatz.
Another Year Off to a Great Start
August 26, 2016 -- With a week and a half of school under our belt, the Salem R-80 School District is off to a great start. Early enrollment is up with 1437 students currently enrolled in preschool through 12th grade. The district enrollment at this time last year was at 1354 students. The biggest increases in enrollment over last year have occurred at the Upper Elementary with an increase of 44 students and at Salem High School with an increase of 40 students. We currently have 266 students at William Lynch Elementary, 349 students at the Upper Elementary, 226 students at the middle school, and 596 students at the high school. The preschool program for our young tigers at William Lynch Elementary continues to expand and currently serves 65 students ages 3 and 4. The Dent County Developmental Preschool also continues to grow while serving students from the entire county. Fall activities are in full swing. Football, softball, volleyball, cross country, cheerleading, middle school girls’ basketball, band, and choir are busy practicing and participating in competitions and events. The teams and the co-curricular activities have experienced early success and we look forward to an entertaining and competitive fall season. As we dive deeper into the school year, I would like to ask that you stay in contact with your child’s teachers. Communication between school and home is an extremely important aspect of a child’s education. Education is a team effort between school staff and parents. I know our students are going to accomplish many great things this school year and I am looking forward to a very productive 2016-1017. Please feel free to contact me at the district office at 729-6642 with any questions, comments, or concerns.
August 19, 2016 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will host a series of regional meetings in September and October. The department has selected Salem as a regional meeting site. The meeting is scheduled for September 19 at 6:00 pm at the Salem Upper Elementary Cafeteria. Salem Upper Elementary is located at 1601 Doss Road. The regional meetings are an opportunity for the department of education to receive feedback from stakeholders on what Missourians think matters most in public education. Missouri Commissioner Margie Vandeven, as well as other officials from the department, will be in attendance. Administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MORegionalMeetings. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can be followed on Twitter (@MOEducation), on Facebook, or more information can be found at www.dese.mo.gov.
1st Day 2016 Middle School
Salem Upper Elementary Spring Musical
May 17, 2016 -- On Thursday, May 5th the Tiger Choir from Salem Upper Elementary School presented a Spring Show. The event was held at the Salem High School Gymnasium and featured 115 students in grades 3-5. The show began with the 4th/5th grade choir members performing their festival songs, “Catch a Falling Star” and “The Rhythm of Life.” The remainder of the show consisted of a mini-musical entitled “Makin’ the Band” featuring popular songs from the 60’s through 90’s. Students sang, performed choreography, narration and delighted all those in attendance. The choir is directed by Lori Beasley and accompanied by Christy Leathers.
Safe, respectful learner contest winners from William Lynch Elementary music department. Mrs. Steelman's class!
Upper Elementary Collaborative Art
April 12, 2016 -- The Salem Upper Elementary students that went to the Art room for RTi time created a collaborative art piece. We watched videos about Post-It note art and decided to create our own piece. Each student, grades 2-5, as well as SUE staff were asked to draw something random on one Post-it note and write a sentence about how they show respect on another one. A student favorite was the sunflowers drawn by Mrs. Evans and cartoons drawn by Isaiah Connell. Students offered many tips on showing respect including walking in the hallway and not tipping back in your chair. Mrs. McColloch and Mrs. Rensch hung the notes together to spell the word RESPECT in the hallway.
Upper Elementary Tiger Choir