Batman Visits 2nd Grade
October 24, 2016 -- Batman came to visit Mrs. Schafer’s 2nd grade class last week. He talked to the students about character education and being safe, respectful and responsible learners. Together their class is a team and they have to take care of each other, just like teammates on a sports team and he and Robin would do. We appreciate his visit and thank him for taking time out of his busy day to visit with us
District Honor Band
October 17, 2016 -- On Tuesday, October 11th several members of the Salem High School Marching Blue traveled to Camdenton High School to audition for a spot in the 2016 Central District Honor Band. Seven SHS students were selected to participate. The bands are comprised of outstanding students from nearly 20 Missouri schools. Representing Salem in the Concert Band are Emma Schott, 2nd Chair Flute; Faith Roberts, 21st Chair Clarinet; Kira Lacy, 6th Chair Trombone, and Maddie Van Dien, 1st Chair Tuba. Salem students selected for the Honors Band were Jacob Stacy, 4th Chair Alto Saxophone; Laura Benowitz, 19th Chair Clarinet, and Abby Payne, 1st Chair Piccolo. Both bands will perform at 5:00 p.m. on November 5th at Camdenton High School. Not pictured Maddie Van Dien
Band Takes Class 2 1st Place in Branson!
October 10, 2016 -- On Saturday, October 8th the Salem Marching Blue participated in the US Bands Southwest Regional Marching Festival at Branson High School in Branson, Missouri. The band did a fantastic job placing First in Class II and winning caption awards for Best General Effect, Best Visual, and Best Music. Their success in the preliminary round of competition earned them a spot in the finals round where they performed a second time against bands from Class I through Class VI schools. The Salem Marching Blue finished with a ranking of 10th place out of the 22 participating schools. David Schatz, who is currently in his third year as band director at Salem High School, comments “I knew going into this year this group of students had a lot of potential. This weekend our band showed some pretty big schools that some great musicianship is being cultivated in our small town of Salem.” The band will finish its 2016 field competition season on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. when they perform at the Reeds Springs Marching Festival.
Valhalla Marching Band Festival
October 3, 2016 -- On Saturday, October 1st the Salem Marching Blue performed at the Valhalla Marching Band Festival at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri. The band performed well and placed second out of eight bands in Class B, missing finals by less than one half of a point. In addition to the band’s award, Salem High School senior Maddie VanDien was awarded the trophy for “Outstanding Drum Major.” This is the second competition in a row that Maddie has earned this recognition.
The Salem Marching Blue Color Guard also received the award for Most Outstanding Auxiliary. The color guard consists of Rachel Counts, Kristen Pike, and Alyssa Mayes (pictured from left to right.) Color Guard director Kelsey Schatz comments, “The three girls we have this year work very well together. It's so easy coaching them because they fix things so quickly and they want to be good."The color guard has branched beyond their normal routines and incorporated new contemporary and hip-hop styles of dancing into the show. "Using these advanced dance styles has really helped us set ourselves apart from other groups in our area." The Salem Marching Blue will perform at the Branson Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 8th at 10:15 a.m.
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
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