Salem Upper Elementary Christmas Program
December 4, 2019 -- The Salem Upper Elementary Christmas Program was held on December 3rd. Our 4th and 5th graders showed off their singing and dancing talents under the direction of Mrs. Shannon Phelps. We are looking forward to scheduling a spring program for our 2nd and 3rd grades. As soon as dates are set, we will send information out.
High School Quiz Bowl
November 11, 2019 -- Salem Quiz Bowl teams took First Place in both Varsity and JV divisions at their home tournament, Saturday, November 16. Four students earned individual medals. Martin Jones, Varsity Captain, took Third Place Individual. Katrina Parks took Fifth Place Varsity. Heather Maneely, JV Captain, took Fourth Place. Cole tied for Fourth Place.
Round One, Varsity went against St. Clair winning easily 270 to 100. Meantime Salem JV defeated Rolla JV 100 to 80. Round Two, Varsity played St. Clair’s second varsity team winning against them 470 to 160. JV played against Crocker but was defeated 250 to 130. Going into the Third Round Rolla, Licking, and Salem were all undefeated. Third Round, Rolla beat St. Clair 270 to 60 making Rolla undefeated with three wins. Salem and Licking played head-to-head with Licking winning over Salem 280 to 250 leaving Licking also undefeated with three wins. JV had a bye for Round Three.
Semi-Finals teams were reseeded first by win lose and then by total scores with Rolla seeded first, Licking second, Salem third, and Crocker forth. Rolla beat Crocker and Salem came back to defeat Licking in a close match 240 to 220.
Finals, Salem won over undefeated Rolla 260 to 240 to take First Place. Licking took Third over Crocker. JV defeated Crocker JV to take First in the JV Division. Rolla JV took Third.
The teams are coached by Susan Sheeley and Will Hubbs. The coaches are especially pleased with the wins since this is a re-building year. Only three Varsity members are returning players, with only one, Katrina Parks, a returning senior. The remainder of the Varsity team and all of the JV team are new players.
HS PE Department
November 12, 2019 --The PE department is currently playing soccer and long base. During the month of October the PE departments and Weight Training classes were finishing up state testing. In weight training class the students have been doing upper body and lower body cycles twice a week as well as doing a CrossFit workout on Wednesdays. The weight training classes have been implementing a lot of foot coordination and foot speed activities in class. Various jump rope routines have been implemented to focus on foot speed, as well as plyometric exercises utilizing plyometric boxes to focus on dynamic explosion. The month of December key points of emphasis in weight training will again be speed, agility, as well as testing of each student on strength gains in each of the three power lifts. Each student had a goal and percent increase to attain by the next testing cycle.
SHS Art Calendars
December 2, 2019 -- For the past seventeen years, SHS art students have shared the beauty of our local landmarks and life in the Ozarks through selected drawings in our annual art calendar. Calendars are completed and can be purchased from one of these individuals, or at the Salem News or Public Library, for $10 each. Proceeds will be used to help purchase technology for the art room to allow students to do more digital artwork, preparing them for artistic and creative opportunities in college and in the future workforce.
2019 District Band
November 4, 2019 -- Congratulations to the students who represented the Salem High School Band in the 2019 District Bands on Saturday November 2.
Martin Jones - 1st Chair Contra Clarinet
Christopher McSwain - 9th Chair Trumpet
Johnathan Stark - 10th Chair Trumpet
Toby Hutto - 7th Chair Clarinet
Christopher Harris - 2nd Chair Baritone
Art Club Paint Party with Seniors
October 21, 2019 -- Art club sponsored our first paint party with the residents at Salem Residential Care Center on Thursday, Oct 17. Isabella Knaack prepared the examples and lead the party with some great help from Amy Chen, Hayden Crow, Regina Lofland, Donavan Raulston, Emma Lewis and William Shaffer. Such a beautiful experience for all!
MS Fall Book Fair
October 8, 2019 -- The Salem Middle School English department will hold a Fall Book Fair Tuesday, October 15, 2018-Thursday, October 17, 2018. The book fair will be in the SMS library and will be open from 5-7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday and after school on Wednesday until 4 PM. Can’t come to the book fair? Check out our online fair at (Click Here). Online orders may be placed from October 9-22, 2018. We hope to see many of you there
Art club involved with the community in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
College Application Week
September 30, 2019 -- This year, College Application Week is October 7 - October 11. Ms. Womack is hosting College Application Labs in the library to give seniors time to fill out college applications and have support from the College Adviser. There will be a raffle at the end of College Application Week where 3 winners will be drawn at the beginning of the Homecoming Assembly. Tickets can be earned in 2 ways: answering Ms. Womack's daily college trivia questions (1 ticket per correct answer, 2 tickets max per day) or by playing Ms. Womack's College BINGO game where students will get signatures from teachers based on their college experiences (3 tickets for a full board or 1 ticket for a BINGO). Ms. Womack can be reached at email@example.com with any questions.
September 26, 2019 -- The students in Construction 1 and 2 have been busy this year.
The Construction 2 students have been working on a 20' deep x 185' long 16' tall building for Roberts/Judson Lumber Yard. They meet me at the job at 7:45 a.m. every morning to start the day. They come to school at the end of third hour. So far they have framed most of the walls and set the steel beams and posts on the front of the building. They are finishing the walls and are working on the rafters for the roof at this time. They will lay the metal on the roof and hang the metal on the outside of the walls. They will also pour an 8' x 185' concrete pad in front of the building.
The Construction 1 students have been working on the Flemming building on 4th street. They have had to tear the exterior back wall out in the basement. Once that was done they had to set forms and pour an 8' x 10' concrete pad. They have built a new wall on the concrete and framed a new opening for the door coming into the basement. Upstairs there they have been doing a lot of demolition. Once demo is complete they will build new bathrooms, stairs, sidewalls, redoing the ceilings, and all new electric and plumbing throughout the building.
High School Science
September 20, 2019 -- This is going to be an exciting year for science students at Salem R-80 High School. This is the first year of our new class structure and we are so excited to give our students the ability to carry knowledge and information from one year to the next. We hope to give students the ability to build on their knowledge from previous classes. This will aide retention and allow students carry their cumulative knowledge into standardized tests, like the EOC and the ACT.
In Biology students are currently gearing up to learn all about cells. We have just began our discussion on cells and are looking forward to learning how the cells in your body work together to keep us healthy. We are breaking down the processes of the cell in different parts and discussing how they work together. While we spend the majority of our time on preparing for the EOC we also spend time on topics that will carry students on to further biology classes in nursing or medicine. Biology is a required course that we work hard to make fun and engaging.
Anatomy and Physiology is currently learning about the skeletal system. The students are enjoying learning about the diseases that affect the skeletal system through a current project their working on. We will be doing pig dissections later this month so the students can get a first-hand look at all the organ systems.
College Biology just finished learning about bacteria, viruses and fungi. The students are discovering how these three operate and can make us sick as well as be helpful to us in our daily lives. From the flu virus everyone hates to the fungi that make blue cheeses taste so good. These itty bitty critters are a plethora or varieties. The students have enjoyed discovering things about them through their project presentations and one very gross documentary.
Chemistry I students are learning about accuracy and precision as well as proper measurements and measuring tools in the lab. They will be completing their first set of labs on finding the density of diet soda and regular soda by using water displacement to measure their volumes. They will also be using some forensic science and use density to date a coin.
Chemistry II students are currently researching the elements on the periodic table and discovering some concerns of some elements that will affect modern society. The modern drive for elements has brought new pitfalls, such as new forms of scarcity. For example, we are currently running out of Helium, which is very useful in MRI machines, fiber-optic cables, and of course, birthday parties. Scientists are researching alternative fixes so society will be able to continue to utilize technology, especially for modern medical diagnoses.
Earth science students are just finishing up their first unit on plate tectonics and preparing to take their first test. We have focused on the history behind the theory of plate tectonics in the first unit and in the next unit we will begin exploring what happens as a result of plate tectonics. This unit focuses mostly on volcanoes and earthquakes and will lead to some very interesting hands on activities.
Astronomy just finished a unit focused on the history of astronomy. Students prepared presentations about past astronomers and their contributions to modern astronomy. We are now working on a unit about our place in the solar system. This unit focuses on bringing awareness to just how small we are compared to the rest of the universe. We erected a scale model of the solar system to give some perspective about how the first four planets are bunched around the sun and then the space between planets increases drastically as you move further away from the sun
Ecology students are recycling again this year. We have watched “The Lorax” and discussed environmental themes. We have also researched environmentalists, and analyzed our global footprints. In Earth Science we have made models of seafloor spreading and put together a flip book of Pangaea.
The Salem science department is going to be hosting the SCA Math and Science Relays again this year. We are excited to bring together math and science students from SCA schools in the spirit of academic competition. We hope to show our skills in math and science and have a little fun along the way. We are looking forward to a fun science filled year at Salem High School.