October 23, 2014 -- What does it stand for? Response to Intervention What does it mean? It is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Salem R-80 has been using the RTI approach with our students at the Lower and Upper Elementary schools. This year the Middle School and High School are using this approach also. Tiger Time is utilized Tuesday-Thursday for 26 minutes each day. Friday provides a time of Advisory for teachers to get to know their students.
RTI (Response to Intervention) allows students of all learning abilities to be academically successful. At SMS, teachers meet every four weeks and discuss the following: What subject(s) is the student struggling in and why and which teacher would the student benefit most, academically, from this cycle? Students are then divided up into three tiers. Primarily Tier 1 is made up of students with A/B grades. Tier 2 is made up of students with C grades. Tier 3 is made up of students with D/F grades who need the extra encouragement and instruction to complete the assignments.
All students are given the opportunity to complete work from the core class they are currently assigned to. Students are also given missing/incomplete assignments from other classes to work on as well. Tier 1 students who might “forget” an assignment are also able to get a Tiger Time Pass. This pass allows a specific teacher to request the student come to their room to complete an assignment. The progress students make at each stage of intervention is closely monitored. During each four week cycle, teachers re-access each student’s progress and placement. Teachers have been given the discretion of points earned for work completed during Tiger Time.
The simple thought for RTI is it is in-school tutoring. Tutoring is offered throughout SMS, both before and after school. RTI is an added chance to reach out to those students who are struggling.
Teachers are encouraged to examine their teaching practices and to differentiate instruction to enhance student learning.
RTI allows every student to succeed. Some students feel that once they are behind academically there is no way to recover. RTI allows students that opportunity. Remember, by becoming academically successful, our students are also becoming productive and successful members of society!
Character, Competence and Commitment-Part 1 by Richard Parks
Richard Parks,HS Supervisor
October 15, 2014 -- Character, competence and commitment are three words that describe graduates of Salem High School. During my 14 years of being an educator at the high school I have seen students grow and mature. One of the many trademarks of the SHS students is their character. When students first come to high school they are a little intimidated. But, during high school they find out who they are. The students start to realize that their actions have reactions. They start to make plans for their future and develop critical thinking skills that will guide them thru life.
Salem Upper Elementary PBS Celebration by Melanie Wisdom
Melanie Wisdom,UE Principal
October 9, 2014 -- Salem Upper Elementary students have, once again, shown their safe, respectful and responsible behavior in earning another PBS celebration. This celebration was tied into the Tiger Trail here on campus. Students and their teachers were provided with a scavenger hunt full of nature items to find along the 1.5 mile walking trail. Students not only found the items on the scavenger hunt list, but also saw deer, frogs, and other wildlife along the way. What a great way to spend the afternoon by being outside and incorporating some science at the same time!
Salem Upper Elementary Read "Out" by Melanie Wisdom
Melanie Wisdom,UE Principal
October 2, 2014 --Salem Upper Elementary students and teachers recently enjoyed a read “out” on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Students received this fun celebration due to their safe, respectful and responsible behavior and earning Tiger tickets for PBS. Students and teachers took blankets and towels out under the shade trees and read their favorite books. It was a fun sight to see students reading to each other, teachers reading and relaxing with their own books, and everyone enjoying the weather and learning at the same time.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SALEM MIDDLE SCHOOL by Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts,MS Principal
September 19, 2014 -- NBC News Anchor, Tom Brokaw, once stated, “Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.” This quote, I think, best exemplifies what is going on in the new and updated SALEM MIDDLE SCHOOL! We have made some significant changes to our building through the recently completed K.I.D.S. project. Again, I want to thank the patrons of the Salem R-80 District for believing in us and what we are doing and giving us the green light to drastically update our facilities. I encourage you to come up and check us out, if you haven’t seen the new and improved Salem Middle School.
Our format has changed as well, from a 7-9 grade building to a true middle school -- 6-8 grade building. In essence, we have two new grades in the building this year as the current 6th and 7th grade classes both attended the Upper Elementary last year. Our 6th grade teachers are “new” to the building as well, coming over from the Upper Elementary. We welcomed three new staff members to our family this year: Mrs. Jennifer Headrick—6th grade Math, Mrs. Kristi Steelman—7th Grade Math, and Mr. Andy Flett—6-8th grade Resource Room. Our new staff have adapted well to middle school life.
A significant change to our program has been the adoption and implementation of RTI—Response To Intervention. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, our students are assigned to a specific classroom/teacher for a twenty-six minute class period. This assignment will last for four weeks, and then new assignments are made. There are three levels of placement for students called tiers--Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. Grade level teachers meet and place students in the respective tiers based on assessment scores, current grades, behavior, work ethic and teacher recommendation. Tier 3 classes are the smallest and are for those students who are behind or struggling with academics and can get “extra” intensive help from a teacher. Our goal in this program is to provide more support and help to students with academic issues to help them to become successful lifelong learners. In an ideal world, 100% of our students would be assigned to a Tier 1 class.
Another change has been the addition of an advisory class for students. Students attend this class during the twenty-six minute period on Fridays. Students assigned to this class are with that assigned teacher throughout their middle school career. This intimate relationship with one staff member helps build self-esteem and gives each student one staff member that can become a mentor to them. Activities in this class range from character education, study and test taking skills, and self-esteem lessons, to name a few. Research has proven that an essential element to student success is the building of relationships. We believe that building this positive relationship with students can start in an advisory period.
My goal as principal of Salem Middle School is to change the educational climate. New and updated facilities have been a great start to this change process. But let’s not stop there. Let’s change the way we think. Let’s change the way we view our profession. Let’s change the lives of our students! My goal as an educator and a goal that I hope to instill in my staff is that I want to significantly and positively impact the lives of each and every student who comes through these hallowed halls. I have the greatest job in the world!! I am privileged to work with the leaders of tomorrow. What impact today do I have that will change the path of the future??? If we as educators start impacting positively the lives of our students DAILY, they will learn, they will grow, and they will become the future leaders that we need them to be.
So YES, we are changing at Salem Middle School. We are changing the way we do things, the way we think, and we are making progress to ensure that our students find success in academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and in life. Won’t you join us on this journey?
Special Olympics South Central Bowling Tournament
October 28, 2014 -- On Oct 27th, Salem R-80 Special Olympics attending the South Central Bowling Tournament held at Daugherty Lanes, Fort Leonard Wood. The Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School together had 20 athletes. Upper Elementary: Chase Magyar-Gold , Valerie Major-Bronze, Beth Hayes-Silver, Zach Meyer-Bronze. Middle School: Cade Sullins-Gold, Trenton Struckle-Gold, Christian Ruiz-Gold, Savannah Skaggs-Silver, Rebecca Large-Gold, Sarah Volner-Silver, Jacob Warner-4th place. High School: Stacy Plank-Bronze, Devin Sheetz-Silver, Natasha Boyer-4th place, Rachel Smith-Gold, Jamie Cook-Silver, Joseph Kissie-Bronze, Noah O’Neal-Silver, Shelby Michno-Silver, Roy Mitchell-Gold.To cheer on our athletes we also had 13 parents and 2 Pathways Counselors in attendance. It was a great time by all! Salem R-80 athletes will also be attending another bowling tournament in Waynesville on Nov, 19th. Special Olympics is made possible by the Dent County Disability Board
New Teacher - Familiar Face by Andy Flett
Andy Flett,MS Teacher
October 23, 2014 -- My name is Andrew Flett, and I am a Salem graduate from the class of 2009. While I was in high school, my biggest athletic achievement was being a 2-time all-state offensive lineman. But off the field, I excelled in a leadership role by becoming my senior class president, as well as being in many other school and community events. By doing these things, I realized that I had a knack for teaching and relating with people, so when I chose to attend Lindenwood university, there was no doubt that the field of Education is where I wanted to be.
With that being said, I am very excited to be back in my hometown to teach middle school special education. Having an opportunity to work around kids with special needs is a passion I discovered while earning my degree at Lindenwood University. While I was anxious about stepping into a middle school class with an age group of kids that I did not have much experience with, I am very fortunate and blessed to have the great group of kids in my class this year. I am also pleased that my teaching strategy of “bringing the coach to the classroom” has worked. Many of the kids in my classroom do not get the opportunity to set foot on a football field so I tried to bring the same intensity and excitement that very few students have the opportunity to see. The students strive to do their best and are very excited when they reach a goal or finish a big assignment. The reason they feel this way is because I treat every big accomplishment as if it were a touchdown on the field. Students love positive feedback and will strive to receive it as much as possible.
I am very glad that I was given the opportunity to come back to my community and give back to the people that gave so much to me. I cannot think of a better place to come back to and share the knowledge and passion that I received at Lindenwood University. It is my hope to continue being a positive role model for these students so they too can achieve something that they thought was unattainable.
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
October 21, 2014 -- A draft of the proposed Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) was recently completed and is now available for review and comment. The CSIP maps out improvement goals for the district over the next five years. The draft proposes the district focus improvement goals in three areas.
Goal 1 – Student Achievement
Goal 2 – Highly Qualified Staff
Goal 3 – Community and Parent Involvement
Please take some time to look at the three goals and the measurable objectives associated with each goal. Feel free to email or call John McColloch with any comments or thoughts before the draft CSIP is brought before the Salem R-80 School Board on November 21st.
Canine Luke Visits Salem Upper Elementary by Melanie Wisdom
Melanie Wisdom,UE Principal
October 14, 2014 -- Salem Upper Elementary 3rd grade students were fortunate to have a visit from Deputy Jeremy Steelman, Dent County Sherriff’s Office and canine Luke on Thursday, October 9th. The students had been reading a book about the responsibilities of an officer and canine officer and Deputy Steelman was kind enough to bring Luke for a question, answer and demonstration session. The students were excited, but not near as excited as Luke was to show off his talents to them.
Missouri School Improvement Program "MSIP" by John McColloch
John McColloch,Asst. Superintendent
October 2, 2014 -- The fifth version of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5), the state’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts, outlines the expectations for student achievement with the ultimate goal of each student graduating ready for success in college and careers. MSIP 5 Resource and Process Standards are designed to promote continuous improvement within each district. The MSIP 5 Performance Standards are designed to recognize the achievement and continuous growth of all students as they prepare for a global economy. MSIP 5 is also used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence. Annual Performance Reports (APRs) are based on the performance standards and are reviewed for accreditation purposes at the district level.
The Salem R-80 School District recently received its Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The APR measures the district with five standards. Those standards are academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation rate. The total point possible on an APR is 140 points. The Salem R-80 School District earned 130 for a total percent of 92.9%. The full APR and supporting data can be found here: DESE MISP
Feel free to contact Assistant Superintendent John McColloch at the Salem R-80 Administrative Offices if you have any questions regarding the district’s Annual Performance Report or the district’s performance on state assessments.