Just a quick reminder to our Salem Middle School Family...mid-quarter for 2nd quarter will be Friday, November 11, 2016. Mid-quarter grades will be sent home on Wednesday, November 16th.
There are numerous items of clothing in the Salem Middle School Lost and Found. Parents, if you are missing items of clothing for your child, I encourage you to stop by the SMS Cafeteria and claim your clothing items. Any clothes left at Christmas break will be cleaned and donated to a local charity.
Recent research published at http://edweek.org/ew/articles2016/10/05/shorter-school-grade-,...
seems to indicate that schools with a shorter grade span, i.e 6-8 vs. 6-12, are more likely to experience a greater number of bullying issues than schools with a larger grade span. Researchers at the University of Syracuse and universities in New York looked at 500 schools in New York and determined from bullying reports, student surveys and interviews that students in a 6-8 grade configuration had more incidents of bullying, lower math and reading achievement levels and a higher absenteeism rate. They attributed some of the issues to the closeness of age of the students, as well as, the changing hormones.
The research indicated that students in K-8 or 6-12 grade levels reported less bullying issues and a better feeling of safety while at school. David L. Hough, education professor at Missouri State University says, "When you have a lot of kids at close to the same age together, it's not as healthy environment (as a broader range)."
The article also indicated that grade configurations alone do not necessarily mean you will have less bullying issues and easier transitions between grade levels. School climate, culture,and community values will also play a huge roll in bullying related issues.
An interesting read, yet somewhat misleading in my opinion. While we do have some minor issues with bullying, most of what occurs at Salem Middle School does not meet the definition of bullying. Conflict management would be a more accurate description of issues that occur at Salem Middle School.
On September 19th at 6:00pm at the Salem Upper Elementary Cafeteria The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from you! We are asking for parent and student feedback about what really matters in Missouri education. At the upcoming Missouri Regional Meeting on Education, small groups will discuss the important role of teachers and ensuring that our students entering kindergarten today are ready for the world they enter in 2029. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas for your child’s education. The Commissioner of Education for DESE, as well as, members of the State Board of Education will be in attendance. We hope to see your there!
KUDOS to SMS 5th hour PE Class for their UNSELFISH ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP. While playing flag football in PE class today, on a third and goal play, the team of students on offense ran a play that involved a special needs student carrying the football and SCORING a touchdown!! Students by nature are mostly competitive and in today's society this selfless act of kindness and friendship is hard to come by...I am so proud to be the principal of this OUTSTANDING group of young people who understand it's not always about winning and losing, but more importantly, it's about sportsmanship and building positive relationships. I am so blessed!!! TIGER PRIDE is alive and well at Salem Middle School.
The Salem Middle School family understands and appreciates the sacrifices our military families make in order to provide the freedoms we so richly enjoy. We would like to honor those active duty military personnel with ties to Salem Middle School. We ask that any current student or staff member of Salem Middle School with a family member on active duty provide a military picture of their loved one to be hung on the Wall of Honor. The Wall of Honor is located in the main lobby of Salem Middle School. Blessings to all of our active duty military personnel serving both here and abroad.
As I sit in my office during 7th hour of the first day of school of this new year, I reflect upon a plethora of things...I vaguely remember my first day of sixth grade at Sikeston Middle School in 1970 something...two story, old brick building with steps galore...I don't think I had a class on the same floor for two consecutive hours. There were no cell phones, but we did take typing class on an electric typewriter. I also remember being required to shower after PE class!! I'm sure I was nervous back then, just as many sixth graders were today coming to Salem Middle School for the first time. But by the second week of school, I had settled into a routine and I know the students at Salem Middle will do the same.
Some might call those the "good ole' days" and in some ways they were. Learning and teaching was much different back in the day. We didn't have intervention programs for struggling students, teachers did not collaborate and share to improve teaching. The teacher taught the lesson and if the student learned it great, if not, sorry....we're moving on. Parents seemed more involved in their child's education back in the day too as PTA's were a big part of a parent's life...
I am glad though I work in public education in today's generation!! The philosophy of ALL Staff at Salem Middle School is that ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN! As a staff, we will do whatever it takes to ensure this philosophy becomes standard practice. Students, parents, and staff play a vital role in making this philosophy become reality. So jump on board, strap in and get ready for an exhilarating thrill ride of excitement called MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE!
The new school year begins on August 17, 2016!! 1st hour begins at 8:09am with breakfast beginning at 7:40am. Will you be ready? I remember as a student in Sikeston, MO the anticipation of starting a new school year. Sleep, the night before the first day, was often hard to come by. As I reflect back upon those experiences, I realize the reason I was "sleep deprived" those first few days was due to my change in routine. During the summer months, it was stay up late, sleep in and then play outside all afternoon/evening! Those were great times...but, the sudden change of having to get up at 6:45am was a "shock to my system".
Parents~~to help best prepare your child for the new school, re-establish their "routine" now. Studies show that to be functioning at top level, students in middle school need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night. Begin now the habit of sleeping for 8 hours and getting up at the time the child will need to be up for school. By establishing this pattern of behavior now, it will make the transition of going to school that much easier.
Breakfast is the "fuel" to jump start the brain for optimal learning. Students are encouraged to eat breakfast daily. Remember, at Salem Middle School ALL STUDENTS EAT FOR FREE--both breakfast and lunch.
Preparation is the key to success...begin now by getting back to the routine of going to school. We'll see you on August 17th!
Salem Middle School Football Camp will be July 11-15, 2016 9:00--11:00am. Cost is $30 which includes a t-shirt. Players should arrive early on the first day to register.
Registration for Salem Middle School will be the week of August 8--12, 2016. Registration will be held in the middle school cafeteria. Here is the schedule: 9:00am---3:00pm daily
August 8th--New students to Salem R-80 Schools
August 9th--8th Grade Students
August 10th--7th Grade Students
August 11th--6th Grade Students
August 12th--Any student who missed their assigned day.
If you have any questions, the middle school office will re-open on August 3, 2016, 8:00am--4:00pm. Please call 729-4261