As our health communities continue to assess the spread of COVID-19, Salem R-80 is receiving guidance from local and state health officials. The decision was made today March 16, 2020 to close all Salem R-80 facilities beginning on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. Classes will be set to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. Classes will be in session Tuesday, March 17 so that teachers and students have time to prepare for an extended closure and so that materials can be sent home with students. This closure also applies to all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and practices. Thank you for your patience and continued support of our efforts to work proactively during this time. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, an community.
MOCAP / Virtual Schools Information
In accordance with state law, eligible students may participate in virtual courses or a full-time program of instruction through the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP). Parents and students interested in learning more about virtual courses can click here for more information. Please contact John Smith at 573-739-2014 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions concerning this program.
2020 Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase
March 16, 2020 -- Six Salem High School Art students had artwork juried into the 2020 St Louis Emerson Young Artist Showcase sponsored by the St Louis Artist Guild. From left: Art teacher Tana Kettner, junior Isabella Knaack- acrylic painting titled “Wall Flower”, junior McKenzie Norfolk-digital art titled “Mallie”, junior Makayla McBride-mixed media self-portrait titled “Nature’s Bend”, senior Makeala Fisk-Batik titled “Cherokee Remembrance”, senior Kaylee Schwartz- white charcoal titled “Dead Matters” and senior LeighAnn Pope- clay sculpture titled “Dancing Figures”.
March 12 - March 28, 2020 Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. The annual Young Artists’ Showcase has supported artistically inclined students for over 60 years.
HS Reality Fair
March 5, 2020 -- Students from Mrs. Pryor's Personal Finance class participated in a Reality Fair on Wednesday, March 4th. Prior to Wednesday, the students researched careers and starting salaries, discussed paycheck deductions, and practiced putting together a sample budget. So when they walked into the Reality Fair, their chosen careers and starting salaries were printed on their individual budget worksheet. From there, they visited 14 different booths where they made choices on everything from car loans to apartment rentals to insurance to pets! One booth even contained a "Wheel of Reality" that gave students unexpected expenses or income such as birthday money or new tires for their car. After visiting each booth, bank employees were available to help students calculate their expenses and ensure they had a positive ending balance. Those who were in the red had a chance to get a second job, and those who had money left over were encouraged to put more money towards savings.
Feedback from the students has been very positive! Overall, they feel that the simulation was fun and informative. Several mentioned that it was nice to be able to make personalized choices and see how far their expected paycheck will go. I want to thank Progressive Ozark Bank for giving of their time and resources to organize such a valuable and fun event! I also thank Keith Inman of Inman Insurance and Chris Heavin of Heavin Motors for participating in the event and providing professional information to the students
Salem High School Quiz Bowl
February 25, 2020 -- The Salem High School Quiz Bowl Teams took four individual medals at the Mountain Grove Invitational Tournament on Saturday, February 22. The teams were forced to play short due to influenza. Typically a Quiz Bowl Team has at least four players. Saturday the Varsity Team had only three players and the Junior Varsity Team had only two. Neither team trophied, but did very well considering that they were playing short.
Playing for the Varsity team were: Martin Jones, Nate Darby, and Will Shaffer. Will took home a Second Place Individual Varsity medal. Nate took home a Third Place Individual Varsity medal.
Playing for the Junior Varsity team were Tyler Seabaugh and Tyler Schellhammer. Tyler Schellhammer took home a Sixth Place Individual Junior Varsity medal. Tyler Seabaugh took home a Ninth Place Individual Medal.
This was a big tournament with two divisions of 18 teams. There were nine round robin games. Round 1 Varsity played Thayer Green and lost in a blowout 590 to 80. Round 2 Salem played Houston Black and won 320 to 130. Game 3 was a win against Clever Blue 120 to 230. Game 4 Salem played the Houston Red team and lost by one question 220 to 230. Game 5 Salem won against Springfield team Glendale Blue 150 to 250. Game 6 was another close loss to Strafford 210 to 240. Game 7 was a clear victory against Summersville 240 to 60. Game 8 Salem was beaten by Thayer White 210 to 300. Game 9 was a bye.
Round 1 JV beat Glendale Red 220 to 180. Round 2 was a loss to Clever 180 to 120. Round 3 JV then beat the Glendale White team 140 to 110. Round 4 was a loss to home team Mountain Grove Maroon 280 to 110. Round 5 was another loss to Richland A 190 to 150. Round 6 was a win over a win over Summersville Black 130 to 80. Round 7 JV won over Mountain Grove Gray 180 to 90. Round 8 was a bye. Round 9 was another win against Richland B 160 to 120.
Competitive trophies went to Thayer Green first, Houston Red second, Thayer White third. Standard trophies went to Richland A first, Mountain Grove Maroon second, Clever While third. Final stats for Salem were 5 wins 4 losses for Varsity and 6 wins 3 losses for JV. Coaches Susan Sheeley and Will Hubbs reported that they were very pleased the kids did so well considering the disadvantages of playing short on both teams. The teams next play in the SCA Conference Tournament March 7.
High School Language Arts Department
January 28, 2020 -- The Language Arts department has been striving all year to challenge our students to learn and grow in their communication skills within the classroom. (Click here to read more)
High School Art Work on Display
January 2, 2020 -- Checkout the student artwork from Salem High School displayed at the Salem Public Library! (New artwork is displayed about every 6 weeks)
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.
Youth Art Month
March 11, 2020 -- March is Youth Art Month and we had a great turnout for the Opening Night of the Art Across the Ages show! The show will be on display at the ONCRC until the end of March. Come by and check it out!
HS Social Studies Department
March 6, 2020 -- The Social Studies Department has been busy with teaching WWII across both World History and American History. Students enjoy the WWII unit more than almost any other, and we include a multitude of activities to engage the students and peak their interests including propaganda research, movies, bingo, web quests, Holocaust research and creating timelines.
Beyond World War II, we have also been preparing our students to take the Missouri Constitution Test in American Government. The Missouri Constitution Test is a requirement for all students to take, and pass for graduation. This can be a stressful time for both teacher and students, but we are confident everyone will do well!
In Sociology, students are learning the concepts of socialization, or the process of learning how to socialize with others in an acceptable and appropriate way--something we think students could benefit from learning. In Psychology, students are researching Psychological Disorder, and just finished presenting research about the different types. Geography is wrapping up learning the cultures and landscapes of North and South America.
HS Family and Consumer Sciences
March 5, 2020 -- The FACS Department has started off March like a lion. We have roared into cooking in all the Skilled Cooking Classes AND in Career and Family Living. We are making good use of the new equipment we got from our grant this year. Our new refrigerator is wonderful and if you need a place to fill your water bottle with filtered water and ice, we are the place to come. The new counter-top dishwashers have been more of a conversation piece up to this time. We just haven’t gotten into the habit of using them. We want to thank Tony Miller for putting the adapters on the faucets and hooking the hoses to the machines.
Interior Design class is busy discovering their individual style. Their semester long project will use that style through three different projects. It is a great group of girls who beg to watch HGTV while they work and they do both successfully. A few weeks ago we had some fun presentations about the future of housing and what we can look forward to in our houses in the next 100 years. All of the students seem well prepared to live in a smart house…all of them mentioned advances in technology as a part of the future of housing.
Child Development was interested to learn about positive parenting. All of the students seemed to embrace the idea and learned some techniques to use to parent with a gentler hand.
FCCLA has taken a breather from our really busy fall and winter. One of the members nominated Mrs. Medlock for the 2020 Excellence in Advising award to be presented at Spring Conference. My hope has always been that I work hard enough to let them work as hard as they can.
Upper Elementary Students of the Month
SCA Honor Band
February 4, 2020 -- Congratulations to the 28 High School and Middle School band students who represented Salem R-80 and Northwood R-4 this weekend at the SCA Honor Band Concert. They performed on February 1st in Ava, Missouri.
Middle School District Band
January 21, 2020 -- Salem R-80 Middle School had eight students participate in the 2020 Central District Honor Band on Saturday, January, 18th. They performed a concert at Waynesville High School.
Facility Planning Committee