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.