The High School Track meet at St. James scheduled for today has been cancelled.
Middle School 3rd Qtr A and B Honor Roll
HS Quiz Bowl News
March 9, 2018 -- Salem High School hosted the SCA Tournament Thursday evening March 8. Salem took Second Place in both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. SCA schools playing in the tournament were: Ava, Houston, Mountain Grove, Salem, Mountain Grove, and Thayer. Thayer proved the team to beat. In pool play Thayer was undefeated. Salem lost the first game to Thayer and then came back to beat Ava 520 to 30. Salem then beat Willow Springs in the third game 390 to 290. Going into Semi-finals Thayer was seeded first, Salem second, Willow Springs third, and Mountain Grove fourth. Salem defeated Willow Springs in Semi-finals, which then set things up for Salem and Thayer to face off in Finals. Play was very close with both teams getting almost every question, but in the end Thayer took first place with 390 to Salem’s 360, a matter of three questions. Meanwhile, Salem JV took on Thayer JV in JV Finals. Play was very fierce, but in the Salem took Second Place. Thayer won First Place by only 20 points.
Several Salem players earned Individual Medals. In the Varsity Division, Richard Parks took the Third Place medal, Jacob Stacy took the Fourth Place medal, and Olivia Erway took the Sixth Place medal. In the Junior Varsity Division, Katrina Parks took the First Place Individual medal, Emma Schott took the Third Place medal, and Martin Jones took home the Sixth Place medal. Playing for the Varsity Team were: Jacob Stacy, Richard Parks, Olivia Erway, Sam Swindell, Jordan Fulton, and Quin Blankenship. Playing for the Junior Varsity team were: Katrina Parks, Emma Schott, Martin Jones, and Kaylee Avery.
Salem will next travel to Houston in April for the District Tournament. A win there will send Salem on to the Sectionals Tournament . A win at Sectionals leads to the State Tournament held on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia in May.
Dent County Quiz Tournament
February 21, 2018 -- Salem Middle School recently hosted the annual Dent County Quiz Tournament. Three of the five districts in Salem were present as well as a middle school team from St. James.
They were was represented by Denise Stoner, Nate Darby, Collin Heavin, Kayla Howard, Wyatt Patrick, Marvin Aspinwall, Tommy McDonald, and Marshall Gollaher.
5 teams competed in the Salem Middle School Quiz Bowl and Salem A-Team took 1st place and North Wood R-IV took 2nd!
Representing the A team was Denise Stoner, Nate Darby, Marvin Aspinwall, and Wyatt Patrick.
2018 SCA All-Conference Band
Row 1: Grace Kunkel, Marina Mitani, Jacob Stacy, Martin Jones, Faith Jasper, Shawnna Conner, Laura Benowitz, Emma Schott, Desirae Scott, & Jainey Pettus. Row 2: Hayden Gotchal, Austin Merritt, Johnathan Stark, Christopher McSwain, Chrissie Warner, Collin Hinderliter, Jonithan Gallagher, Gillian Johnson, & Kira Lacy (Not Pictured: Chuck Van Dien & Emily Cunningham)
February 1, 2018 -- Congratulations to the 30 students who made the 2018 SCA All-Conference Bands this year. Auditions were held on January 30th and they performed a concert at the Ava Performing Arts Center on Saturday February 2 and 5:00pm.
Brock Thompson Senate Show Winner
January 29, 2018 -- Congratulations to Brock Thompson for being named the 2018 Senate Show Exhibition winner by Senator Dan Brown, for his pencil drawing of the Dent County Courthouse! The Senate Exhibit showcases fine art programs in the 34 senate districts. Brock’s artwork will be on display for one year in the Senate hallway, which connects the senate parking lot to the Capitol ground floor entrance.
UE Arrow Slingers Medal at R3 Tournament
January 26, 2018 -- Salem Upper Elementary had eight Arrow Slingers participate in the Dent Phelps R-3 tournament on Thursday, January 25th. Three of our Arrow Slingers won medals. Bryar Bobbitt-1st place boys' division Ayla Wood-2nd place girls' division Izzy Crannell-3rd place girls' division
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2018-19 Chromebook RFP
March 7, 2018 -- The Salem R-80 School District is accepting bids for 470 - ASUS C202SA-YS02 Chromebooks (Gray) and 470 Chrome Device licenses. Bids must be submitted to the Administration Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 19, 2018. All Bids should be marked “sealed bid”. The board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids should be mailed to Salem R-80 School District, 1409 West Rolla Road, Salem, MO 65560. For more information, including exact specifications, email email@example.com or call 573-729-5080.
March 3, 2018 -- Neil Degrasse Tyson said, “Science is not a subject you take in school. It’s life. We are wrapped by it, in it, and with it.” This idea that science shouldn’t just be about lecturing and note taking seems to have been a driving force for our new Missouri Science Standards.
Our standards changed drastically over this last year, and while the content is the same the process for teaching it is different. As a nation the sciences are moving towards more inquiry based learning. The standard lecture/notes model has been pushed aside for a learning model with allows students to inquire about given standards, come up with their own ideas, and test them. It has been a busy year in the Salem science department implementing new standards and discovering the power of student inquiry into science.
In Biology we have been working towards learning how the body functions at a cellular level. We began the year at an atomic level. Learning how our atoms interact with each other to produce our cells and cells produce organs. Our students have built cell models, discovered how proteins are made, and learned how the human body can heal itself through cellular reproduction. We are currently discussing the human genome and talking about how our genes work together to make each of us unique. The Juniors in this class have been preparing all year to take the end of term exams for biology. This is a required exam for all Missouri Biology students.
In Anatomy & Physiology we have taken what was learned in biology on the microscopic level and applied it to the larger macro scale of the human body. Students are discovering that human anatomy is an amazing culmination of systems and various cell types all working together to build our bodies. Seniors have investigated body systems through various methods, from researching different diseases of the human body, to dissections of fetal pigs. All this was done so students could see firsthand the organs and body systems and how they work together. Many of the Anatomy & Physiology students are seeking a career in the medical field of some kind. Acquiring a solid foundation of basic knowledge in the field of Anatomy will hopefully serve them as they venture out into various medical fields.
In Ecology we have been looking at the waste that is generated on Planet Earth. We have been looking into ways to make the world more sustainable for the 7 billion people that live here. We are getting ready to start working on entries for Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art Contest. The theme this year is “Be a Hero: Your Planet Needs You.” We have had several winners in the past. We are looking forward to making solar ovens in the spring. We will research different solar oven designs and use them to do some cooking.
In Earth Science we finished up our periodic table unit by making a small version of the Periodic Table. We are beginning our Weathering and Erosion unit and will then move on to the Weather and Atmosphere. This is one of the student’s favorites because they get to do a weather forecast.
First semester for both the freshman Physics and Physical Science Classes was devoted to the study of Forces and Motion. This time of year is when all the exciting labs take place where we build machines and get to try them out. Just before Christmas we built Rube Goldberg Machines in Physical Science and had a Marshmallow Chunking competition close to Halloween in Physics. In Physical Science we have now moved into the study of Energy. We still do some lab stuff but it is not nearly as exciting or active. We just completed a unit on electricity and are currently moving into Magnetism. In Physics we are beginning to study the Periodic Table and preparing for Chemistry as Sophomores. In one class the students have “adopted” an element and have begun to do research projects based on their element. They are currently writing a superhero story based on their element. Towards the end of the year we hope to be balancing equations and get into some more exciting labs.
In Chemistry 1 we have been learning about the periodic table and the different models of the atom. The last few months we have been reviewing everything we have learned as we prepare to go into stoichiometry which will be utilizing everything we have learned up to this point. It has been a fun class as we try to mix in a lab every couple of weeks which students really enjoy.
In Chemistry II we have been building on what they learned in Chemistry 1 by going over the gas laws and different states of matter. Lately we have been learning about equilibrium and acid/base chemistry. It has been fun to do more advanced labs since these students have a more solid understanding of chemistry and we hope to prepare them further as many of them plan to major in college in science related fields (i.e. Pharmacy and Aerodynamics).
In the Advanced Physics class we have been learning about forces, momentum, and properties of waves. Many of these students will go on to become engineers so we have been putting a lot of focus on different engineering applications. Last semester we spent a month building model bridges that could hold up to 50 lbs! The students had their bridges taken to a MoDOT sponsored competition that tested different bridges from many schools in the area. It was really fun to see them demonstrate their own unique creativity in their designs as every bridge was one of a kind. This semester we are researching another big project related to electronics. Over all, it has been a really good semester for all of our chemistry and physics classes and we are looking forward to the next few months as many of the students prepare to move towards college and the next chapter of their lives.
The science department at Salem R-80 High School is a very diverse unit of core classes that not only help our students gain a better understanding of our universe and the world around them; but also allow them to question the hows and whys of life. Salem students are able to wonder at the microscopic world of biology and chemistry, question laws of physics, explore the natural world, and prepare for their post-secondary careers all within the safety of the science classroom. This year has been an adventure and we are looking forward to more amazing adventures in the future.
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