Superintendent's Update District Annual Performance Report Released
November 18, 2016 -- The results of the Annual Performance Report (APR) were recently released from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary education for school districts all across the state. The Salem R-80 School District received 136 points out of 140 possible points for a 97.1%. In order to be fully accredited, districts need to score above a 70%. Scoring above 90% would make the district eligible for the Distinction in Performance Award, once the department of education identifies the other criteria for that distinction. Scoring on the APR is broken into five categories. These include academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance rate and graduation rate. Academic achievement is how all students combined in grades 3 through 12 scored on state tests in the areas of mathematics, English Language Arts, science, and social studies. Salem received 55 points out of 56 possible points in the area of academic achievement for a 98.2%. The district received special recognition for students scoring above the 90th percentile compared across the state in the area of social studies. Subgroup achievement is how students in the free and reduced lunch, special education, ethnic minority, and English language learner subgroups in grades 3 through 12 scored on state tests in the areas of mathematics, English Language Arts, science, and social studies. Salem R-80 received 13 points out of 14 possible points in area of subgroup achievement for a 92.9%. The district also received special recognition for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch prices scoring above the 90th percentile compared across the state in social studies. College and career readiness is how high school students perform in areas that prepare them for college or careers. Examples include how graduating seniors score on exams such as the ACT, SAT, ASVAB, WorkKeys, and Compass. Other examples include the number of seniors enrolled in dual credit courses or who earn qualifying scores on advanced placement exams or Technical Skills Attainment assessments. The percent of graduates that attend post-secondary training, or are in the military, or who are placed directly in an occupation related to their training are also figured in the calculation for college and career readiness. The district received 28 points out of 30 possible points for a 93.3%. The district again received special recognition for the district students who qualify for free or reduced lunch prices scoring above the 90th percentile compared across the state on college and career readiness assessments. The attendance rate is calculated by determining the number of students enrolled in the district that attended school 90% or more of the possible hours in a school year. To get full points in this category, 90% of the students must attend 90% of the time. The district’s final calculation for this measurement method was 91.8% (the actual attendance rate for the district was 95.41%). The district received 10 points out of a possible 10 for a 100%. The graduation rate is calculated by the number of students who meet their required credits and graduate. The district’s graduation rate was 97.8%. The district received 30 points out of a possible 30 for a 100%. The full Annual Performance Report for Salem R-80, or any other district in the state, can be found on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at www.dese.mo.us. Please feel free to contact me at my office at 729-6642 for more information or if you have any questions.
Kindergarten Votes - Duck Wins!
November 17, 2016 -- The kindergarten classes at William Lynch Elementary completed a unit on voting this week. The book Duck for President by Doreen Cronin was used to introduce candidates (characters from the book) to be voted on, to aide us in comparing both candidates to make an informed vote, and to help start a conversation about what a president does. Each class had discussions about the candidates (Duck and Farmer Brown), highlighting their similarities and differences. Then, each student cast their vote for the one he/she believed would be the best president, based on the information we had gathered. They were given a ballot on which to mark their choice and entered a “voting booth” to give them privacy to cast their vote. The ballots were placed in red and blue boxes and were tallied by teachers. Each student received an “I voted” sticker, courtesy of the Dent County Clerk’s office. After much anticipation, the winner was announced. Duck won!
Kindergarten 3D Shape Museum
November 11, 2016 -- Kindergarten students recently finished up a unit on 3D shapes by creating a 3D shape museum. Students had the opportunity to look in their home environment and bring in 3D shapes to share with their friends. They were able to make the connection between sphere and ball or cylinder and soup can.
Varsity and JV Quiz Bowl Team
November 7, 2016 -- Saturday the Salem Quiz Bowl Team hosted the annual Salem Invitational home tournament. The Salem JV team came away with a Fourth Place trophy. Three players won individual medals: Richard Parks took the Third Place Varsity medal, Arley Gale won a Fourth Place Varsity medal, and Katrina Parks took the First Place Junior Varsity medal. Varsity did not finish in the top four and only had three players on the team due to other student activities pulling players away. Junior Varsity was also short, but did have four players to man the buzzers. Final results are: Rolla High School took First Place Varsity, Helias Catholic’s two varsity teams took Second and Third Place Varsity, and Richland High School took Fourth Place Varsity. Helias took First Place and Third Place in the Junior Varsity bracket. St. Francis Borgia took Second Place Junior Varsity and Salem took Fourth Place Junior Varsity. Salem Quiz Bowl’s first tournament was at Rolla High School on October 29. This tournament only had a Varsity bracket. Salem finished with a Third Place trophy. Two Salem players took individual medals: Jacob Stacy took Third Place Overall and Richard Parks took Seventh Place Overall. Salem will travel to Houston on November 12 to play in the Houston Fall Invitational. Susan Sheeley and Will Hubbs coach the teams.
Addie Konkel Finalist Artist of the Week
November 3, 2016 -- Freshman Addie Konkel was recently selected as a finalist for Artist of the Week on Artsonia.com. Addie is currently taking Art 1 with Mrs. Amber Pryor, and is pictured here with her ribbon drawing completed in colored pencil, which reflects her love of softball. Two of her other art projects from this year are pictured in the background - a shape study completed in chalk pastels, and a perspective drawing completed in colored pencil. Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world where every child can have an online art gallery and keep their masterpieces in a digital portfolio. Artsonia is used K-12 by the Salem R-80 art department. Each week, Artsonia selects twelve random art submissions in each of four different age groups (grades PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) from artwork submitted the previous week. Voting is open to the general public every Wednesday-Saturday, with the winners from each age group being awarded on Sunday.
High School's Art Club - Art Night
November 1, 2016 -- The Salem High School Art Club hosted its annual Art Nite on Oct 28, 2016. This year's theme was Art Makes an Impression, focusing on artists and the Impressionistic style. Thirty-one students, grades 2-5, attended. It was a fun night of art, including projects such as Monet waterlily cookie decorating, VanGogh sunflower bottle painting, Seurat pointillism sandpaper printmaking, face painting, artist scavenger hunt, and sponge t-shirt painting. Art Club raises funds throughout the year to help fund an annual art scholarship awarded to a graduating senior pursuing an art degree, as well as educational field trips, workshops and other art opportunities for our students. This year we chose to donate a portion of the proceeds to support the Strebe family.
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 Remembering 9/11
September 20, 2016 -- Mrs. Letchworth’s 5th graders brainstormed the word “PATRIOT” and wrote adjectives that would describe it. They finished up the lesson with a Web Quest called “September 11, 2001”. Our students don’t have any memories of that day other than those created in classrooms and what they see on television, so this lesson was very important to understanding what our country went through and how we have persevered.
William Lynch Staff Hero of the Month
September 9, 2016 -- Mary Beth Knueven is the William Lynch Elementary Staff Hero of the Month. Mrs. Crocker, William Lynch Elementary Principal, described Mrs. Knueven as a dedicated teacher that helps fulfill the mission of William Lynch Elementary. She helps ensure that all students become safe, respectful learners by serving on the Positive Behavior Support Team. She has served as a mentor to countless teachers, both formally and informally. Mrs. Knueven has raised her own children and created a loving home for many foster children over her years. Her bright smile and sunny outlook brighten everyone’s day around her. Mrs. Knueven will put aside her own to-do list to listen to other people’s issues and help them with their problems. According to first grade teacher Amy Major, “Mary Beth jumped right in to give us the information we needed to get our students the proper interventions. It helped our year and their year start out so much more smoothly.” Mrs. Knueven is always willing to do whatever it takes to make William Lynch Elementary a great place for kids to learn and students to work. Mrs. Knueven is a great example of the talented and dedicated staff at the Salem R-80 School District. We are fortunate to have her on our team.
It’s a Grand Event!
August 31, 2016 -- William Lynch Elementary will be celebrating Grandparents’ Day by inviting our students’ grandparents or other special adult to join us for refreshments and an open house on Friday, September 9 from 4:30-5:30. Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Our students will be leading their special adult on a scavenger hunt around the building, and they are sure to find some fun surprises along the way!
Salem Middle School and High School Pictures will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Picture packet information will be sent home with students on Monday, August 22, 2016.
Upper Elementary and William Lynch Elementary pictures will be Tuesday August 23, 2016
Salem R-80 School District Tax Rate Hearing Notice
A hearing will be held at 5:50 p.m., August 18, 2016 at the Salem R-80 Administrative Office, 1409 West Rolla Road, at which time citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the Salem R-80 School District, a political subdivision.
The tax rates are set to produce the revenues from the property tax required by the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. Each tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue needed by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100 so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 valuation. Click Here for Details
Upper Elementary Students and Staff Members of the Month
Back row: Tammy Sellers, Brayden McColloch, Carilee Ball
Front: MaKiyah Mullins, Gavyn Green and Jadyn Barnes
Principal’s/Counselor’s Choice: 2nd grade-Titan Shepherd and Brooklyn Houston 3rd grade-Blake Edwards and Caleb Ayers 4th grade-Trethan Richter and Aurora Melton 5th grade-Hunter Teague and Landon Lawson
SALEM R-80 SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND REFUNDING WITH A NET SAVINGS OF $511,592 (Superintendent Pleased with Strong Support of Local Banks and Timely Services from L.J. Hart & Company)
April 26, 2016 -- At a regular meeting of the Salem R-80 School District Board of Education on April 14, 2016, a refunding bond resolution was approved that established a final terms committee for the purpose of setting the final interest rates on the refunding bonds. That committee was comprised of Dr. Bernie Sirois, President of the Board of Education, John McColloch, Superintendent of Schools and Larry J. Hart, President and CEO of L.J. Hart & Company. On April 25, 2016 the final terms committee agreed to lock in the interest rates for the $3,900,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds at an average interest rate of 2.13%, compared to the Series 2013 Bonds which carry an average interest rate of about 4.07%. The final rates are less than the previously projected level of 2.35% and resulted in another $102,815 of interest savings. The District reduces the future interest expense by $511,592 over the remaining seventeen years of the bonds. This $511,592 is to occur each year as the Refunding Bond principal payments are nearly identical to those of the Series 2013 Bonds according to the municipal bond underwriter, L.J. Hart & Company. Mr. McColloch, expressed enthusiasm and support for the refunding option selected by the Board of Education. “This plan takes advantage of the extremely low interest rates in the market by reducing our future interest expense, while still preserving considerable flexibility for the District in the future for a no tax levy increase general obligation bond issue if that becomes a priority,” Mr. McColloch remarked. The Series 2016 Refunding Bonds were offered to local investors as part of the L.J. Hart & Company marketing process with great success as the Town and Country Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank and the Bank of Salem each respectively purchased amounts of $725,000, $690,000 and $470,000 for a total of $1,885,000. Mr. McColloch also expressed gratitude to L.J. Hart & Company for its excellent service in monitoring the municipal bond market and bringing the refinancing opportunity to the District’s attention with researched data and prompt professional responsiveness to the District’s questions. “It is easy to understand why the firm has developed an excellent reputation within the Missouri public education community.” Mr. McColloch stated. The Board President, Dr. Bernie Sirois, pointed out that the $511,592 of interest savings for the Series 2016 refunding is not all the District may realize due to the Series 2016 Refunding Bonds having a call feature in 2021 at no penalty. “If interest rates are lower in 2021 or later, we can take advantage of that. Meanwhile we are locking in these levels that are much lower than they were with the Series 2013 Bonds,” stated Dr. Sirois. Brad M. Wegman, Assistant Vice President with the L.J. Hart & Company prepared the refunding proposal and explained how it can fit into the long range plans of the District and mentioned three significant factors making the Series 2016 refunding possible were the lower interest rates than in 2013, the fact that the Series 2013 Bonds are subject to prepayment on March 1, 2018 at no penalty, and the District’s ability to participate in the State of Missouri’s Direct Deposit Program. This program makes it possible for the District to receive a “AA+” rating from Standard & Poor’s Corporation on the refunding bonds. Mr. Wegman complimented Mr. McColloch for his prompt and thorough preparations to supply the data necessary for the rating application and official statement, as well as the Board of Education for their foresight in making the Series 2013 Bonds callable in five years. The refunding bond proceeds are deposited into an escrow account which consists of U.S. Treasury Securities and pay the interest on the refunding bonds through March 1, 2018. The closing for the Series 2016 Refunding Bond issue is to occur on May 31, 2016 with the prepayment of the Series 2013 Bonds taking place on March 1, 2018. Several board members commended Mr. McColloch and L.J. Hart & Company for developing the attractive refunding plan. “It is wonderful to be able to save $511,592 of our taxpayers’ money with the refunding and receive such a terrific level of support from the Town and Country Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank and the Bank of Salem” stated Dr. Sirois. The legal documents to complete the issuance of the bonds were prepared by John W. Brickler, Esq. of Spencer Fane LLP in its role as bond counsel for the District.
Band Announcements and News
April 14, 2016 -- Congratulations to the Salem Band for receiving all Exemplary 1 Ratings at their MSHSAA State Festival on Friday April 1, 2016. The band performed a prepared concert for a panel of 3 judges which all gave them the top rating they could receive. They also received a top for their sight reading performance on a piece they have never played before.
From Left to Right: Abby Payne, Joseph Schott, Kristen Pike, Brandon Pike, Laura Benowitz, Hayden Gotchal, Jessica Medley and Jacob Stacy.
Students also participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival over the weekend and 8 students will move on to compete at the State Music Festival on April 29, 2016.
The band's next performance will be their Spring Concert on May 6 at 7:00pm in the High School Gymnasium.
Upper Elementary Family Reading Night
April 12, 2016 -- On Thursday, April 7th, Salem Upper Elementary hosted Family Reading Night with a delectable theme; a book tasting! Teachers decorated tables based on specific authors, series, themes, or genres. Students and family members viewed and sampled the variety of tasting selections. With the help of family, students filled out menus describing their favorite servings of books! We had over seventy-five students and their families in attendance.
The picture attached is 4th grader Rory Dahms and his father viewing a table to decide on their tasting.
April 8, 2016 -- The Salem R-80 School District will once again be holding summer school. Summer school this year will start on May 31st and end on June 17th. Summer school is open to all students in Dent County, regardless of where they attend during the regular school year. Transportation, however, will only be available to students that reside in the R-80 district. Enrichment summer school is available for students who will be entering kindergarten through 6th grade next year. The staff is currently busy planning a number of activities that are both fun and educational. Core subjects are taught with games and other exciting activities. Students will also participate in non-core enrichment activities that build skills. Older students have the opportunity to participate in some civic projects for the community. Lunch is served and free to all students in grades kindergarten through 6th. Drawings will be held to give away prizes for students who attend summer school. Enrollment forms for elementary summer school are available at the offices at William Lynch Elementary and Salem Upper Elementary. At the high school level, the district will offer Credit Recovery and Driver’s Education. Credit Recovery is available for students who have fallen behind on their credits. This is an opportunity for students to complete a class online to recover some credit toward graduation. The district will also offer Driver’s Education for students that are nearing the age of 16 and preparing to become licensed drivers. The first week of Driver’s Education will be classroom activities at the high school. The next three weeks will be spent driving so students can reach the required number of hours behind the wheel. The Credit Recovery and Driver’s Education classes have limited spots and interested students need to sign up with the high school counselor as soon as possible. More information regarding summer school can be found by calling the school at 729-6642.
Summer School Dates
STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Large Vocal Ensembles: Concert Choir
April 7, 2016 -- The Salem High School Concert Choir received Outstanding (2) rankings at State Music Festival in Union, Mo., on March 31, 2016. The choir was judged on sight singing and numerous music techniques, including intonation, tone quality, diction, rhythm, note accuracy, phrasing, and stage presence. The choir is directed by Elaine Russell.
Superintendent Update Staff Spotlight by John McColloch
March 21, 2016 -- The Salem R-80 School District is full of extremely talented, caring, and dedicated staff members. From teachers to custodians to bus drivers to cooks, this district is very fortunate to have the people in place that it does. Once a month I am going to spotlight a different staff member from the Salem R-80 School District. These people go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis for our kids and deserve recognition. This month I would like to recognize Lanie Schafer. Mrs. Schafer is a 2nd grade teacher at Salem Upper Elementary. She has been teaching for 12 years. Prior to teaching in Salem, she was a 1st grade teacher in Rolla. Our community was fortunate to have her return “home” to Salem and continue her teaching career. Laine Schafer makes learning fun. She engages her 2nd grade students in lessons that they will remember and gain information from on a daily basis. Her bubbly personality shows through in her students, as they always have smiles on their faces. Her students are always moving and going. Mrs. Schafer is a prime example of the dedicated staff found at Salem R-80. As I pass through the hallways of the Upper Elementary, I see firsthand the compassion she has for her students. I know our children are in good hands when they enter Mrs. Schafer’s classroom. A special thanks to Mrs. Schafer and all the dedicated staff at Salem R-80.
Upper Elementary February Teacher and Students of the Month
Back row: Mrs. Laine Schafer (teacher of the month) and Olivia Wisdom (5th grade student of the month)
Front row: Kendra Morrison (3rd grade student of the month), Alylah Robertson (2nd grade student of the month), and Rory Dahms (4th grade student of the month)
Salem Chamber Singers SCA Champs 2016-17!
Shepherd's Nook Donation
November 18, 2016 -- The Salem Upper Elementary donated $808.63 to the Shepherd’s Nook today. We raised money with our “Funds for the Freezer” campaign that ran since the first of November. Classes that collected over $100 won a pizza party. Our pizza parties were sponsored by Randall Vaughan of Farmers Insurance. We had three classes that met that goal. They are Mrs. Evans 4th graders, Mrs. Blankenship’s 4th graders, and Ms. Bermudez’s 4th graders.
Middle School Teacher of the Month
November 11, 2016 -- The Salem Middle School Teacher of the Month is Janet Kratz. Mrs. Kratz teaches special education at Salem Middle School. Mrs. Kratz has been teaching special education in the Salem R-80 School District since 2006. Prior to coming to Salem, Mrs. Kratz taught special education and kindergarten at the Oak Hill R-1 School District. Mrs. Kratz received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Drury University in 2001 and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2006. According to Salem Middle School Principal Scott Roberts, Mrs. Kratz was selected based on her taking the lead in helping the Salem R-80 Special Education Department get ready for their on-site review in January 2017. Mrs. Kratz has developed a tracking tool to assist teachers with special education students and their minutes served. Mr. Roberts describes Mrs. Kratz as a pleasant and positive teacher who works well with her students. Congratulations to Mrs. Kratz and a huge thanks to all of our teachers for their dedicated service to the students of the Salem R-80 School District.
Middle School 2016 Mock Elections
Pictured are some students who voted in the mock election:
L to R: 8th Grade—Ashton Hafner and Kaitlyn Radord; 7th Grade—John Scott and Makayla Malone; 6th Grade—Miles Skaggs and Kaitlyn Brooks
November 8, 2016 -- Salem Middle School held our mock election on November 7,8, 2016. 45% of our SMS students participated by casting their ballot in the national, state, and local election. We have insightful students!! They predicted the winner in every contested race at all levels. Here are some “highlights” of the SMS Mock Student Election: PRESIDENT Donald Trump—82% of the student votes Hillary Clinton—1% of the student votes
MISSOURI GOVERNOR Eric Greitens—49% of the student votes Chris Koster—30% of the student votes
U.S. SENATOR Roy Blunt---50% of the student votes Jason Kander—26% of the student votes
ATTORNEY GENERAL Josh Hawley---46% of the student votes Teresa Hensley—30% of the student votes
DENT COUNTY SHERIFF Bob Wells—50% of the student votes Rick Stallings—42% of the student votes.
Salem R-80 Recognized for Closing the Achievement Gap by John McColloch
November 4, 2016 -- The Salem R-80 School District was recently recognized by the Missouri Association of Rural Education for its outstanding performance in closing the achievement gap between students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunches and students who did not qualify. The Missouri Association of Rural Education partnered with the Rural Education Research Alliance to analyze achievement gap trends in Missouri rural school districts. Salem R-80 was one of only seven districts in the state of Missouri to be recognized for this achievement. Missouri Assessment Program data obtained from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the 2009-2015 school years was used in the study. The Non-FRL and FRL trends in the table below indicate the average change in the district percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced each year. A positive number for Non-FRL and FRL trends indicates that achievement is increasing over time, on average; a negative number indicates that achievement is decreasing over time, on average. The Gap Trend is the difference between trends in Non-FRL and FRL achievement. A negative number for the gap trend indicates that the achievement gap is narrowing over time, on average; a positive number indicates that the achievement gap is widening over time, on average. The data for Salem R-80 are as follows:
Content Area Math Com Arts
Non-FRL .63 .50
FRL 2.41 3.12
Gap -1.78 -2.62
The Salem R-80 District was recognized for this achievement during a banquet at the Missouri Association of Rural Education Conference on October 22 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Congratulations to the teachers, staff, and students for their hard work in closing the achievement gap and for this much deserved recognition.
Upper Elementary Fall Music Show
November 1, 2016 -- On Tuesday, October 25th Salem Upper Elementary School students performed their Fall Show “A Symphony of Silly” at the Salem High School Gymnasium. Approximately 220 students performed including the 2nd and 3rd grade classes and members of the percussion ensemble Mallet Madness. Songs included Disney favorites “Hakuna Matata,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as well as original silly pieces “LOL” and “Pizza Love.” The Winter Show is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th and will feature the 4th & 5th grade classes. Lori Beasley is the director.
Governor Certifies Dent Co. ACT Work Ready
On 10/17/16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Salem High School in order to recognize Dent County’s work with the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative. R-80 School District, County and City Officials were recognized for meeting the requirements to become an ACT Certified Work Ready County. Web Site info @ http://workreadycommunities.org/MO/065
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night at Upper Elementary
October 12, 2016 -- The Salem Upper Elementary School held its first Family STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Night on October 10th. With almost 200 students and parents in attendance, we spent the evening engaging in hands-on science and math fun for everyone. Students and parents designed and built a boat out of aluminum foil that had to hold candy corns and stay afloat in water. They used toothpicks and pumpkin gummies to build a tower that would stand on its own. The last activity for the evening was to build an acorn chute with at least one turn that would roll five acorns from point A to point B. Tables of parents and students worked in teams to solve the three tasks.
Student Art on Display
October 3, 2016 -- The Salem High School art teachers, Mrs. Kettner and Mrs. Pryor, have partnered with the Salem Public Library to display student artwork on a rotating basis throughout the school year. Stop by the library at 403 N. Jackson during normal business hours to see our talented students' art on display
Ad design winners for The Salem News
Pictured back row left to right are: Sally McColloch (art teacher), Neely Leathers (5th grade), Dillon Odom(2nd grade). Pictured front row left to right are: Alex Roberts (3rd grade), Olivia Hensley (4th grade).
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 11.00am-12.30 Gymnasium Lobby $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 at Tri-M Choral Festival
April 12, 2016 -- On Friday, April 8th the Tiger Choir from Salem Upper Elementary School performed at the Tri-M Choral Festival in Strafford, Missouri. The two day festival drew elementary, middle school and high school choirs from all over the state. The Tiger Choir consisted of 53 students in grades 4 and 5. They sang two pieces, “Catch a Falling Star” arranged by Greg Gilpin and “The Rhythm of Life” arranged by Roger Emerson. The choir was evaluated on nine areas of vocal performance and received a 1 (Superior) rating and trophy. The choir is directed by Lori Beasley and accompanied by Christy Leathers.
Middle School Book Fair!
Come visit the Middle School Scholastic Book Fair! April 12th-15th Before school until 8:00am After school until 3:30pm Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00pm You can also order online: Click Here
STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Large Vocal Ensembles: Chamber Singers
April 7, 2016 -- The Salem High School Chamber Singers received an Exemplary (1) ranking with a standing ovation at State Music Festival in Union, Mo. on March 31, 2016. The choir was judged on numerous music techniques, including intonation, tone quality, diction, rhythm, note accuracy, phrasing, and stage presence. The Chamber Singers are next heading to a National Music competition in Chicago, April 20-24. The choir is directed by Elaine Russell.
Johnson finishes 2nd in State Advances to Nationals
March 29, 2016 -- Irvin Johnson, Salem R80 Middle School 6th grader shooting at the state MONasp Archery Tournament held at Lake Ozark on March 18, 19, 2016. Irvin finished 2nd in the state after a “shoot-off” with another student. Irvin qualified to shoot at the National meet in April in Louisville, KY as an individual. He and the Salem Middle School team qualified as a team and will be competing in Lousiville to hopefully return to the World Competition scheduled for June in Myrtle Beach, SC. This would make the third consecutive year of qualifying for World if the team is successful in Louisville.
New Immunization Clarification
March 23, 2016 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have clarified the immunization requirement for students entering 12th grade. Age 16 is the key factor here. If your child has had a meningitis immunization since they have turned 16 years of age, then they are up-to-date with this new immunization requirement. If your child has NOT had a meningitis immunization since turning 16 then the requirement is: they must have one before school starts in Aug. 2016, if they are going into 12th grade. This immunization may not be “in progress” to enroll in the 2016-17 school year. The state of Missouri immunization requirements beginning 2016-17 school year now states students entering 8th grade must have 1 meningitis immunization and then, after turning 16 years of age, they must have another one. This will give them a total of two meningitis (MCV 4) immunizations when they graduate from high school. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Sherri Reichard, LPN @ 573-729-6641 or Salem R-80 nursing supervisor, Lynda Cheatham, RN @ 573-729-6611.
Special Olympic Basketball
March 11, 2016 -- On March 9th, the Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School Special Olympics attended the area Basketball Conference at Laquey, MO. All athletes placed Gold or Silver.
4th/5th Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament
Team A (1st place):
Back: Nat Melton, Ben Snider, Brayden McColloch, Levi Stoner, Brianna Mischke, Miles Skaggs
Front: Matt Pratt, Neely Leathers, Wyatt McCall, Giddeon Shelby, Marvin Aspinwall, Wyatt Patrick
Team B (2nd place):
Back: Olivia Wisdom, Eli Brakensiek, Christopher Harris, Lawson Petty, Bryce Stewart, Will Gearhart
Front: Haiden Sanders, Marshall Gollaher, Paige Brandt-Sells, Caroline Pryor, Abby McBride
March 11, 2016 -- The Salem Upper Elementary hosted the Dent County 4th/5th Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, March 8th. Teams from Oak Hill R-1, Green Forest R-2, Northwood R-4, and Salem Upper Elementary represented their schools with sportsmanship and knowledge. After a long night of competition and through a double elimination round, the two teams from Salem Upper Elementary took 1st and 2nd place. The entire group of 4th/5th grade students from these schools should be proud of themselves and we thank their coaches for dedicating so much time to preparing them.
*As always, thank you for showing the great things our kids are doing in the newspaper and on the Salem R-80 website.
Upper Elementary Ecosystem Research
March 7, 2016 -- The Salem Upper Elementary 4th grade students recently researched specific ecosystems of their choice. With the research, students discovered specific animals, plants, landforms, and interesting facts. After students found all the needed information, they put their knowledge and creativity to use in creating ecosystem dioramas. The students worked extremely hard and deserve all the praise for their work!
Poetry and Pastries with Parents
March 4, 2016 -- William Lynch Elementary will host Poetry and Pastries with Parents on Tuesday, March 8th from 7-8 am. Parents can come and enjoy breakfast and poetry with their children before school. Parents can contact the office at 729-6611 with any questions.