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  • Action Needed: changes to School Messenger

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 2/19/2017

    Parents,  this is Elaine Hofmann from Salem Middle School.


    I’m calling to inform you of an important change in how I share information.  Starting February 22nd, our school will begin sharing general information via text messaging and email instead of an automated phone call. You’ll still receive automated phone calls from me, but I’ll reserve them for urgent situations.


    Before we start this process, you will receive an opt-in message on the cell phone we have on record.  I hope you will take a few moments to follow the steps to "Opt-In" to text messages. Or, you can simply opt-in to receive text messages by texting YES to the number 67587 now.  This message is also located under Principal’s Message on our website


    I’ll be sending a letter home with more information or you can visit


    Thank you

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  • Principal's Message - February 14, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 2/14/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, #salemproud principal of Salem Middle School with several important updates and reminders.


    Parents of Rising 9th graders, there is high school registration information session this Wednesday night at Salem Middle school starting at 6:30 pm.  This is an overview of the high school registration process for all Wake County high schools.  Please see our website for details.


    Salem Middle will be visiting Peach Road Neighborhood Center this Thursday night from 6 - 8 pm.  We will be giving a presentation on the Wake County school system and more specifically on Salem Middle school.  We look forward to meeting all of our families in the Peach Road neighborhood.  This session will be conducted exclusively in Spanish.


    Our Valentine’s Day dance is this coming Friday night from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Students must have a signed permission form and $5 to attend.  Only Salem middle school students can attend this dance that is sponsored by our Athletic Department.  Concessions will be sold.  Permission forms can be picked up at the front office or can be printed from our website.  


    The PTA is sponsoring a Spirit Night at City Barbeque Monday, February 20th.  Proceeds will go to the PTA as well as our Robotics club.  Print out the flyer found on our website and present it for either lunch or dinner!  Your support is greatly appreciated!!  


    Please see our website for details about when and where  Single Subject Acceleration Information sessions will be held during the months of February and March.  


    The EOG testing calendar is in the process of being finalized.  Track 1, please mark the dates of May 24 through May 31st with make-ups on June 1st.  Tracks 2,3, & 4 should mark out the week of June 19th through June 23rd with make-ups on June 26th.  Parents, of course we are going to be sending out plea’s for testing proctors during those dates, so stayed tuned for that volunteer opportunity!


    It’s another busy week here at Salem Middle!  Please keep up with all of the events by visiting our school website, the PTA Facebook page as well as following us on Twitter.  

    Have a great night!

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  • Principal's Message - January 24, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 1/24/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!


    This is Elaine Hofmann, Principal of Salem Middle School with just a couple of important updates and reminders!.


    8th grade parents of students assigned to Apex HS and Apex Friendship HS’s, there will be a student/parent information session on the Academy of Information Technology at Apex and the Academy of Engineering at Friendship.  This will take place this Thursday night starting at 6:30 pm at Salem Middle School.


    All 8th grade parents can find information about all high school’s rising 9th grade open houses on our Salem Middle School’s website.  Many of them are happening in the next couple of weeks!


    We have had an exciting last week or so at Salem Middle.  We had 17 students, the largest number of students from any middle school make All-District Band and 5 were asked to audition for the All-State Band!  So very proud of these students!!


    We also had a phenomenal win this past weekend for our brand new Robotics team.  Their first competition brought home the Excellence Award which is the highest award given by VEX Robotics!  A huge shout out to Team Spark, which includes Abin Santy, Ananya Varahabhatla, Thomas Ketterer, and Aditya Ranjan.  They will go on and compete in the State Championships on March 11th.


    Just a reminder that our Book Fair is still going on with it’s last day Thursday of this week.


    Thank you to all who have already completed our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) survey.  Your input and feedback is so valuable as we continue to strive towards Excellence in Everything!  If you have not yet had a chance to take it, the link to the survey can be found on our website.


    Stay informed by checking out our website, joining the PTA Facebook page as well as their Twitter feed.  There are great things happening at Salem Middle School!

    Our PBIS motto we share with our students everyday: Work hard, Be Positive, Learn Together and show Spartan PRIDE in all you do!!  Have a great night.

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  • Principal's Message - January 12, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 1/12/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, #SalemProud principal of Salem Middle School bringing you several important updates and reminders.


    Our first snow makeup day is scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 14th.  This is only for Tracks 1, 2 & 3.  Saturday school begins at our normal time, buses run at the normal time in the morning.  Student dismissal is at 11:45.  There is no breakfast or lunch served on Saturday’s.  Besides their 4 cores, students will also attend their 2nd elective on Saturday.  


    Saturday, January 21st and Saturday, April 1st are the other 2 scheduled makeup days for Tracks 1, 2 & 3 only.  If students are attending a school sponsored activity on any of those Saturdays, they may be excused from school.  Parents need to send a note into school with their child on the Monday immediately following Saturday school.  Examples of possible excused activities include All-District band auditions, Robotics club competitions, etc.  Non-school related activities will not be considered excused.  All students will be allowed to makeup work that was missed if they do not attend Saturday school without penalty.


    Please help spread the word to any of your non-Salem friends who might be considering Salem as their year-round option next year, we are having our 2nd Annual Salem Expo Night this coming Tuesday, January 17th starting at 6:30 pm in our auditorium.  This is an exciting night where we show off all that makes Salem stand out as an exceptional school in Wake County and in the state.  We will be featuring everything that makes Salem special, so please encourage anyone who has expressed any interest in Salem Middle to attend this event.


    Please check out our Salem Website for the latest information.  The PTA also has an amazing amount of information on their website including information on how to volunteer for the Staff Luncheon on January 20th, the Book Fair that will begin on January 17th, how to purchase Spirit Wear, how to sign-up to paint the Spirit Rock to honor your favorite Spartan and so much more!


    That is all I have for now! Have a great evening.

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  • Principal's Message - January 6, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 1/6/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, principal of Salem Middle School with several important announcements.


    All 7th graders covered mental health in their Health classes this year and will be participating in a follow-up lesson one morning in January or February. This lesson covers signs of suicide and will be presented by our student services department. All 7th graders across Wake County hear the same information.  Please ask your child for the information that was already sent home with tracks 1, 2, and 3. Track 4 will receive their information when they track back in.   If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Katie Lewis, our 7th grade counselor.


    Next week and into the following week, Track 1, 2 & 3 students will be participating in benchmark assessments for all four core classes.  These assessments were created by the teachers to assess student understanding of the standards that have been taught the first half of the school year.  It is basically a mid-year check.  The purpose of these benchmarks is to gather information and feedback so that our staff can make mid-year corrections as well as to help our students prepare for the EOG’s at the end of the school year.  These benchmarks will not be averaged into the student’s grade, but you will be able to see it listed in PowerSchool.  It is our hope that you will encourage your child to do the very best they can so that we have accurate data in order to plan for the proper amount of remediation or enrichment the 2nd half of the school year.  


    As we look forward to a weekend filled with snow and frosty air, I will keep you all posted through Twitter on the status of school for next week.  Wake County will of course be notifying the local news agencies of closings and delays.  Happy sledding!

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  • Principal's Message - December 1, 2016

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 12/1/2016

    Good evening Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, Proud Principal of Salem Middle School with just a couple of important announcements.


    This is a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, Dec 2nd is an Early Release day.  Students will be dismissed from school at 12:30.  Tomorrow is also the last day for Track 1 students.  I wish you all a wonderful track out and Holiday season.  We’ll see you in the next year!  Track 2, we’ll see you on Monday….I hope you are all rested and ready to attack these last 3 weeks of the 1st semester!


    I would like to give a huge shout out to our very own Mrs. Casey Otten who just found out this week that she is being honored as the 2017 NC Council of Exceptional Children Teacher of Excellence!  This is such a great achievement for Mrs. Otten who is truly one of the best Special Education teachers there is….we are so #salemproud to call her our own!


    Don’t forget to bring in those boxtops!  Every box top means money for our school….Dec. 9th is the last possible day to turn them in for being in the running for our Student Council homeroom competition.  


    We have a group of students who are competing in a National Math Madness competition.  This competition pits schools from around the country together in a bracket competition format.  Each week our mathletes solve 7-8 problems in a 30 minute time period during Spartan Time.  This past week we were in the elite 8 and competed against Harmony Science Academy from Brownsville, Texas.  We won and are moving into the Final Four.  Very exciting!


    There are so many fantastic things going on here at Salem Middle.  Make sure you are checking everything out on our website or following me @SalemPrincipal or the searching the #salemproud.


    I’m off to listen to the Band.  Have a great evening and an even better weekend.

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  • Principal's Message - November 18, 2016

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 11/18/2016

    Hello Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, principal of Salem Middle School with just a couple of important reminders.


    First off, thank you to all who have already donated to our Food drive!  This is such a special tradition for our Salem family, because all of the food and gift cards that are donated go directly to Salem families.  Our Healthful Living department will personally deliver these donations to about 14 of our families next Wednesday.  It is such an awesome expression of community spirit and fellowship to help out those who are less fortunate and in need, such a great reminder that this week is truly about family and giving thanks!  If you have not had a chance to send in non-perishable food items or gift cards to local grocery stores, it is not too late...your children’s Healthful Living teachers will gladly accept anything you can give on Monday!


    Our Student Council is collecting box tops as a way to support Salem Middle School...this is such an easy way for everyone to help earn cash that goes directly to our school!  We will be collecting box tops through December 9th!


    Just a reminder that we will be in school next week through, Wednesday, Nov 23rd.  Thursday and Friday, the 24th and 25th of November is our Thanksgiving Holiday.


    That is all I have for now, I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!

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  • Principal's Message - November 2, 2016

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 11/2/2016

    Good afternoon Spartan Family!  This is Elaine Hofmann, principal of Salem Middle School with several updates and reminders.


    Come on out and support our football team as they take on Davis Drive Middle tomorrow night, yes that’s right, our boys are playing under the lights at Green Hope High School Thursday night.  Game time is 6:30 pm and admission is $5.  


    There will be a girl’s and boy’s basketball tryout informational meeting this Friday morning at 7:45 in the auditorium.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please see Coach Purvis for the tryout information.  All of this information will be on the Salem Middle School website.  The official first day of tryouts is Tuesday, Nov. 15th.


    Just a reminder that next Tuesday, Nov 8 - Election Day is a 2 hr delay for all Wake County Schools.  Our school day will be at 10:15.  Not only will it be an exciting day for our nation, it will be an exciting day for our school...each student will have the opportunity to exercise their civic duty by participating in a Salem Middle School election.  We will be voting for President/Vice President, US Senate, NC Governor, NC Lieutenant Governor, NC Attorney General, and NC Superintendent of Public Instruction.  We are encouraging all of our students to research the candidates and make some informed voting choices next Tuesday.  Let’s see how Salem does in predicting the outcome of the national elections!  


    Keep up with all of the great things our students are doing everyday by checking out the Salem Middle School website, the Salem Twitter page by following @SalemPrincipal or searching #SalemProud,  the PTA newsletter and the PTA’s new Facebook page.  


    Veteran’s Day holiday is Friday, November 11th.  There is no school on that day!


    Here’s my Growth Mindset wisdom: “Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence—like a gift—by praising their brains and talent. It doesn’t work, and in fact has the opposite effect. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or anything goes wrong. If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”


    That is all I have for now.  As we tell our students everyday, Work Hard Spartans, Be Positive, Learn Together and most importantly, show Spartan PRIDE in all you do.  Have a great evening!

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  • Principal's Message - October 19, 2016

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 10/19/2016

    Hello Spartan Families!  This is Elaine Hofmann with several important updates and reminders.  


    This coming Friday, Oct 21st is an Early Release for Wake County Public Schools.  Students will be released at 12:30. It is also the last day for Track 3 students, I hope you all have a great track out!  Track 4, I’ll see you back at Salem Monday morning well rested and ready to start the 2nd quarter!  


    Our students are totally excited for our Fall Dance this coming Friday night.  Remember that each student needs to bring a signed permission form with them to the dance.  These are available online. Track 4 students are encouraged to attend.  Admission is $5 and there will be lot’s of pizza, soda, candy available at the concession stand.  All proceeds from these concessions go to STUCO as their major fundraiser for the year.  Parents, please, please, please arrive promptly at or a little before 8 pm to pick up your child….we love them but it has been a long week!  6th grade parents should pick their child up in the bus loop and 7th/8th grade parents should meet their child in the carpool loop.  This is an informal dance.


    Our Salem Cafe Series RSVP is live now on our website.  This is not a requirement but it is a way for us to gauge attendance for this event. Please come out to this fabulous night that is meant to build and nurture our partnership in developing well rounded students who will be prepared for every challenge that comes their way!  This event will be next Tuesday night, October 25th from 6:30 - 7:30.  You should sign up for 2 sessions unless you are wanting to attend our Hispanic Family information session which will be held solely in Spanish. This session will last the entire hour.  


    It is time for the PTA Reflection Contest! The Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.


    THE THEME FOR 2016-2017:

    “What Is Your Story”  More details can be found on the Salem website, deadline is Nov. 4th!


    Even though the weather today doesn’t inspire the need for a warm and cozy blanket, we do know that that weather is right around the corner….don’t miss your opportunity, order your very own Salem MS blanket from the PTA!  They also have Salem MS charging blocks as their new spirit items. They are accepting online orders!  Check out my modelling of the blanket on Twitter - #salemproud or @SalemPrincipal


    That is all I have for now….have a great rest of your week!

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  • Principal's Message - October 13, 2016

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 10/13/2016

    Good afternoon Salem families!  This is Elaine Hofmann, principal of Salem Middle school with several important reminders.


    First of all, please note Tracks 1,2 & 3 that we will be making up this past Monday’s “flood day” off of school by going to school this coming Saturday, October 15th.  We will start at the regular time which means buses will be picking up at the normal time.  Dismissal on Saturday is 11:45am.  We will not be serving breakfast or lunch on Saturday, so please make sure students grab a bite to eat before they get to school.  


    Our 3rd Annual Military Appreciation Night is this coming Tuesday night, Oct 18 starting at 6 pm.  This is a great night for our Salem community to honor our family and friends or just show appreciation for those who have served or who are currently serving in all of our armed forces.  All are invited, whether you have immediate military connections or not!  Our NJROTC as well as our Blue Notes Jazz choir will be participating.  Major Danielle Vazquez, an active duty medical officer will be providing the keynote address.


    Registration is now open for the first ever Salem Pumpkin Chunkin’ contest to be held on Saturday, October 29th starting at 9AM. This is a great science extension activity for students as they will be building a catapult to sling a pumpkin across our football field. This event is open to all students and families from Salem, Apex, and Lufkin Middle Schools. For more information, please visit the Science Club website located on the Salem Website. Registration ends Friday, October 21st. Salem needs to win this of course!!


    Our PTA has a new Facebook page! It’s just another means to connect you to all of the wonderful goings on of our students, teachers and community!  Please join SMSSpartansPTA!  The PTA would also like to announce that they have new spirit items for sale.  An awesome, comfy jersey t-shirt blanket...perfect timing for this chillier weather, as well as a Salem engraved charging block for all of those devices that we carry around with us that are constantly needing power.  The blanket is $20 and the charge block is $10!  Check out the PTA website for pictures and more information.


    Don’t forget that it’s never too late to join the Salem PTA, your membership is vital to all of the services, including scholarships, grants, luncheons, staff appreciations, cultural Arts programming and so much more that directly benefit our students, teachers and school!


    Next Friday, Oct 21st is an early release day with our Fall Dance that evening from 6 - 8 pm.


    Thank you for your constant and unwavering support, your partnership in this journey known as middle school is so necessary for the success of all of our students!  #SalemProud!


    Have a great evening!

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