Principal's Message

  • Principal's Message - September 20, 2017

    Posted by Peter Caggia at 9/20/2017

    Good afternoon Spartan Families!   This is Elaine Hofmann, #SalemProud principal of Salem Middle school with several updates and reminders.

     

    Tomorrow, Thursday, September 21st is a regular school day for Tracks 2, 3, & 4.  I know there has been a little confusion with traditional schools having a workday tomorrow.  We will be teaching and learning all day tomorrow!

     

    Next Friday, September 29th, is an Early Release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.  

     

    Track 1 returns to school on Monday, October 2nd.

     

    1st Quarter ends for Tracks 2, 3 & 4 on September 29th.  All grades will be due that day.  Please remind your students that they should be checking with their teachers about make up work.  This is a great time to start encouraging your children to develop their advocacy skills and having them check with their teachers!  Report cards will go home for Tracks 1, 2 & 3 on October 6th and on October 27th for Track 4.  Grades are always available on PowerSchool!

     

    Hopefully, you all received a memo from Dr. Merrill, our Superintendent, regarding Social Media threats and our schools that was dated August 31st.  I would just like to take this time now to remind and reemphasize that having conversations with your students about their use of social media is so critically important.  Our middle schoolers are just beginning to get their feet wet in this big new world and just like we wouldn’t throw our beginning swimmers into the deep end without a lifejacket or support, we don’t want to throw our children out onto the world wide web without instruction and close supervision.  Please see our counseling and student services webpage on the Salem website under Our School for a ton of resources on cyber safety.

     

    Let’s continue to work together as we teach our students to show PRIDE everyday.  P - Positive Words and Actions, R - Responsibility for Self, I - Integrity and Honor, D - Display Self-control, and E - Excellence in Everything!  

     

    Have a great rest of the week!



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  • Principal's Message - September 15, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 9/15/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    This is Elaine Hofmann with a quick announcement.  Today, we conducted the 1st of two required Code Red Lockdown drills in conjunction with our WCPSS security office as well as the Apex Police Department.  We take the safety of our students and staff seriously and this is just one very important way we prepare for what is an unthinkable scenario.  I would like to report that your students were impeccable with their behavior and their ability to follow the directions of their teachers, it was a very successful drill and we received high commendations from the Apex PD.  Thank you for all you are doing to support and partner with us to ensure the safety and success of all Spartans!   I am a #SalemProud principal!

     

    Have a fantastic weekend!

     

    Warm regards,

    Elaine Hofmann

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  • Principal's Message - September 7, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 9/7/2017

    Good afternoon Spartan Families!

     

    This is Elaine Hofmann, Principal of Salem Middle School with several quick reminders.

     

    **First off, don’t forget that tomorrow we are having the first day of our Hurricane Harvey First Responders Donation Drive.  We are partnering with our very own Officer Antonsen and the Apex Police Department to in an effort to help the police officers and other public safety responders in Houston. Many of these officers have lost everything in the hurricane but still working tirelessly to aid victims of the hurricane.

    They are in need of the following items:

    *New Socks   *New T-Shirts  *New Underwear (male and female)  *Hygiene Items (soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products)          *Kids clothing for the first responders children

    We will be collecting tomorrow morning and afternoon in carpool as well as next Wednesday, September 13th. Students will have the opportunity to drop items off at the bus loop as well.  We will also have collection bins in the front of the school for drop off any time throughout the day.  Thank you so much for your support of this worthy endeavor!

    **Tomorrow is Track 1’s last day!  It is NOT an Early Release day but a regular school day.  Here is a link to the changes in the Report Card distribution dates .  Tracks 3 & 4 students should be receiving progress reports by the end of this week.  All grades should be updated in PowerSchools on a weekly basis.  You can create an account by coming into school and filling out a PowerSchool Parent Portal form.  

    Track 2, we will see you on Monday, September 11th!

    Reflections Art Contest 2017-2018

    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 2017- 2018

    “Within Reach”

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

    If your child is interested in participating, e-mail Shelby Kanoy(cam17815@gmail.com) ASAP by October 1st with the following information:

    • Student's name
    • Grade
    • Track
    • Teacher's/Team name
    • Your e-mail
    • Specify Category of Interest (Students can enter in more than one category.)

    (You will be e-mailed back an entry form, consent form, and official rules)

    DUE DATE:

    Original work and entry forms due by Friday, October 27th, 2017 in the Front Office.

    Judging will be before the holiday break and the winning art will be sent to the next level of competition. Direct all questions to the PTA Reflections Chair: Shelby Kanoy

    **Just a reminder to be following WCPSS website for any Hurricane Irma updates this weekend.  I will also be keeping you posted via Twitter.  This will be a great time to start following me if you aren’t already doing so!  @SalemPrincipal or search #SalemProud

    Warm Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann, #SalemProud Principal of Salem Middle School

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  • Principal's Message - September 5, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 9/5/2017

    Good afternoon Spartan Families!

     

    This is just a quick update about our Hurricane Harvey First Responders Donation Drive.  We are partnering with our very own Officer Antonsen and the Apex Police Department to in an effort to help the police officers and other public safety responders in Houston. Many of these officers have lost everything in the hurricane but still working tirelessly to aid victims of the hurricane.

    They are in need of the following items:

    *New Socks   *New T-Shirts  *New Underwear (male and female)  *Hygiene Items (soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products)          *Kids clothing for the first responders children

    We will be conducting two different donation drives.  The first one will be this coming Friday, September 8 during am/pm carpool, as well as for students come off the bus in the morning.  We will also have collection bins in the front of the school for drop off any time throughout the day.  

    The second day will be next Wednesday, September 13th.  We will follow the same procedures as on the 8th.  

    We appreciate your support of our school’s efforts to show kindness, compassion and appreciation for the people that are always there to support us during a time of crisis!  

     

    PTA is in need of student artwork needed for the SMS Directory Cover, by this Thursday, September 7th: The Salem Directory is in need of an original work of art for the cover.  Artwork must be submitted this week by Thursday, September 7th.  There are forms available at the front desk for student submissions.  

     

    Have a great week!

    Elaine Hofmann

    #SalemProud Principal of Salem Middle School

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  • Principal's Message - September 1, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 9/1/2017

    Hello Spartan Families and happy Friday!

     

    Here are several updates and reminders from Salem Middle School.

     

    Happy Labor Day!  No School for all tracks on Monday, September 4th.

     

    End of Quarter reporting changes:

    • Track 1 ends their 1st Quarter on September 8th!  All year-round schools are changing the way they have traditionally distributed report cards.  We will no longer give report cards on the last day of the quarter.  Instead, we will be collecting grades from 1st quarter all of the way through to the end of 1st quarter.  This means that grades won’t be finalized until Track 1 teachers track back in and report cards will not be distributed until October 6th in homeroom.  

     

    • Tracks 2,3 & 4 will end their 1st quarter on September 29th.  Tracks 2 & 3 will receive their report cards on October 6th.  Track 4 will receive their report cards after they track back in, on October 27th.  

     

    • Please see your team websites for further information about this change!

     

    Track 1 will track out on September 8th.  Track 2 comes back on September 11th.

     

    Carpool updates:

    • Thank you to all families who are following our carpool procedures which include: dropping students off or picking them up only around the carpool loop.  Again, dropping students off or picking them anywhere else including the parking lot, elementary school, Wake Zone, etc. is just not safe.  Dropping students off in the bus loop is permitted after 8:05 when the majority of our buses have already come through.
    • Thank you for helping us keep your students’ safety our number 1 priority!

     

    Here Comes the Bus!  WCPSS Bus App:

    PSAT Update:

    • Students who have completed high school North Carolina Math 1 are eligible to take the PSAT on October 11. Registration information was sent home September 1 and payment is due by September 8 for tracks 1,3 and 4 and by September 13 for track 2.
    • Please contact Cindi Baker, AIG teacher if you have any questions.  Email is: chbaker@wcpss.net

     

    Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

     

    Elaine Hofmann

    #SalemPround Principal of Salem Middle School

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  • Principal's Message - August 25, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 8/25/2017

    Happy Friday Spartan Families!

     

    This is Elaine Hofmann, Principal of Salem Middle with several updates and reminders.

     

    Fall sports will start try-outs next week.  Please see our Athletics website for specific details and information for each sport.  All students who do plan on trying out must have a current physical on file or they will not be allowed to participate.

     

    The PTA will host a Salem Family Spirit night at Goodberry’s (2325 Davis Dr., Cary) on August 29th from 5-8 pm.  Please bring this flyer.   30% of all proceeds from that evening will go to Salem Middle School’s PTA to help support the students and teachers at SMS.  

     

    We will also have a PTA Spirit Night at Carolina Courage on September 30th.  See our website for details!

     

    The 2018 yearbook is on sale now for the LOWEST PRICE OF THE YEAR! Only $35 if you purchase by 9/30/17. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com. Plus, you can get four FREE icons if you order a personalized book. Questions? Contact Mr. Fisher at bfisher@wcpss.net.

     

    There are still weeks available to sign out our Spirit Rock!  Here is the info: For the price of $35 a week you can rent the rock to express Salem pride, wish someone a happy birthday or mark a special occasion. Click the link below to sign up for the week you want, or to learn more about how it works.

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b48aea828a1f49-spirit

     

    7th graders who qualify for the Duke TIP Talent Search have received letters to take home. Qualification is based on an EOG score from 5th or 6th grade that is at or above the 95th percentile. Last year Duke TIP recognized 10 Salem Middle students at the state level and 2 students at the national level.

     

    Don’t forget that Monday, September 4th is Labor Day and a holiday for all WCPSS schools.

     

    Here’s a great article that is related to Growth Mindset: Ask Kids, What Did You Fail at Today?

     

    Here’s another great question to ask your student… How did you show PRIDE today?  PRIDE is our PBIS acronym.  P - Positive Words and Actions  R - Responsibility for Self   I - Integrity and Honor   D - Display Self Control   E - Excellence in Everything

     

    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

     

    Warm Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann

    #SalemProud Principal of Salem Middle School

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  • Principal's Message - August 18, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 8/18/2017

    Happy Friday afternoon Spartan Families!

     

    Here are a couple of important updates and reminders.

     

    Welcome back Track 3 on Monday!  We are looking forward to having you back with us.  Track 2, have a great track out and we’ll see you on Sep’t 11!

     

    Just a reminder to all, especially for those who haven’t experienced Salem when we are at full capacity… the next 3 weeks we will be bursting at the seams with 3 full tracks in session.  This means specifically for parents that carpool is longer both in the mornings and afternoons.  Please plan accordingly!

     

    Solar Eclipse reminders:

    Please talk to your students about the importance of eye safety during the eclipse on Monday.  Here are a couple of resources that our teachers have put together and have been sharing in some of their classes.  I thought they were worthy of sharing with you all as well!

    Eye safety during the Eclipse

     

    Here are a couple of other resources:  the following articles from the Washington Post, Sciencing and Scientific American explain why it can be harmful to look at the sun during a solar eclipse.

     

    Students will be dismissing from school shortly after the peak of the solar eclipse here in Apex.  It is extremely important that you remind your students that they should never look directly at the sun during this time unless they are wearing their protective glasses.  Students should always double check their glasses for scratches and punctures before they put their glasses on to view the eclipse.  

    **We will be holding students in the building until their bus or their ride is in the bus/carpool loop if they don’t have glasses.  So please understand this and prepare for this change in dismissal procedure for Monday only.

    **We will not be allowing students to walk to Wake Zone on Monday as well.

     

    If you choose to check your student out early on Monday, we will be allowing students to come down at the time you pre-coordinate with them so that we can expedite the checkout process.  All absences for reasons related to the solar eclipse will be excused.  We will be conducting a modified schedule that day so they will not miss any instructional time after 12:50.  

     

    Don’t forget the waiver!  Here is the link, and here is the link in Spanish.  We will have extra waivers in the front office if you do need to stop by and sign one on Monday.  Without this waiver your child cannot go outside!!

     

    I think that is all for now… Bring on that eclipse, we are ready!!!

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann, Principal of Salem Middle School

    #SalemProud



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  • Principal's Message - August 17, 2017 - Solar Eclipse Update

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 8/17/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    I just wanted to send out a quick Solar Eclipse update.  It has been quite an eventful and rollercoaster of a week.  My heart is full... I have seen a village come together this week for the benefit of our students.  Between the tips we got from parents about where approved glasses were still available, the extreme generosity of several of you, and just determination and grit, I now have NASA certified approved glasses in my possession for each grade level and track!!  Every Salem middle school student who has a signed WCPSS waiver form will have the opportunity to go outside and view this once in a lifetime phenomenon!  

     

    If your child plans on being in school on Monday and if you would like your child to participate, it is imperative that they have the WCPSS waiver signed.  Please make sure you child returns this waiver to their teachers by Monday!   Here is the link to the waiver, and here is the link to the waiver in Spanish.  All students will be involved in indoor solar eclipse activities if they are not able to participate outside.

     

    Don’t forget the sunscreen that day!!  :)

     

    I am such a #SalemProud Principal!

     

    Thank you,

    Elaine Hofmann

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  • Principal's Message - August 15, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 8/15/2017

    Good Evening Spartan Families!

     

    Please read for some very important Solar Eclipse Information:

     

    6th Grade Tracks 1, 3 & 4

    All 6th grade teams will be going outside to view the solar eclipse on August 21st from 1 - 3 pm.  Here are the things you need to know:

    1. Each child must have the WCPSS waiver signed.  This is different from the permission form that was sent home several weeks ago from Salem teachers.  Tracks 1 & 4 students should have brought that home today.  We are mailing this waiver to all Track 3 families.  Here is the link, and here is the link in Spanish.  Without this signed WCPSS waiver, students will have to remain inside for an alternate eclipse activity.  
    2. The 6th grade teams have purchased the approved NASA glasses from the approved vendors.  These glasses are not a part of the Amazon recall that has been in the news so much lately.
    3. Please ensure that your child comes to school that day with a water bottle and sunscreen.  They will be outside for a little over 2 hours!
    4. The news media is planning on attending this event with our students. We are so excited about sharing our positive and just about once in a lifetime learning experiences with our community.  We have double checked all of our media releases and will only allow pictures to be taken of students who have a media release on file.  Please check with your team’s teachers if you have any questions about this.

     

    7th and 8th Grade Track 3 teams

    Your teams will also have access to the approved solar eclipse glasses and have planned outside viewing activities for Monday, August 21st.  We mailed home the WCPSS waiver to each track 3 family.   Here is the link, and here is the link in Spanish just in case you do not receive one in the mail.  Even if you already signed a permission form, this one is now required by our school system in order to participate in all solar eclipse viewing activities outside.  Each child must have the WCPSS waiver signed in order to participate!  Since you are tracking in on Monday, there is no room for forgetfulness!!  If your child does not have the waiver signed, there will be alternate indoor eclipse activities.

     

    The rest of the grades and tracks

    My sincerest apologies, I was scammed.  I have 600 glasses behind my desk and my plan was to give each child the experience of viewing this solar eclipse.  We have altered the bell schedule that day so each team is planning on engaging students in a variety of solar eclipse related activities including access to the live streaming of this event.  I regret that this is the best I can do, but your students’ safety is my first priority and there is no way I will risk that.

     

    Thank you all for partnering with us and walking through this adventure of middle school together.  I completely appreciate your support each and every day!  #SalemProud!

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  • Principal's Message - August 2, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 8/2/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!  

    We have had a great first week back for Track 4!  I am loving all of the energy and excitement all Salem students are bringing with them to school everyday.  It is a joy and a privilege to be able to witness all of the amazing learning that is taking place every day in every classroom!

    Here are some important updates and reminders:

    Track 4 Open House

    Thursday, August 10th at 6 pm.  We will meet in the gym for presentation from the principal, then you will follow your child’s schedule.  Please make sure you are bringing your child’s schedule with you as well as a driver’s license so you can sign up for your PowerSchool account.  The PTA will be selling spirit wear as well as registering new members.

    PTA

    • Volunteer information night will be at Johnny’s Pizza on August 15th.  Come on out and find out how you can support all of the students and teachers at Salem Middle.  Further details can be found on our website.
    • Stay tuned for a Goodberry’s Family night that is coming on August 29th!
    • You can sign up to paint the Salem Spirit Rock!  This is a great way to celebrate your student’s birthday, any team/club/academic accomplishment, etc.  Information is on the PTA website.
    • Join the PTA Facebook page to stay connected with all of the many events that are taking place throughout the school year.

    Carpool

    Just reminding you that students should be dropped off and picked up around the entirety of the loop!  I promise, a little walking to the front door won’t hurt them and it will get you on your way just that much faster.  Thank you for not dropping off/picking up your children off in the upper decks of our parking lot.

    I-Ready Assessments

    Students who earned a level 1 or 2 on the 2016-2017 End-of-Grade math and/or reading assessments are completing diagnostic assessments called i-Ready. These diagnostic assessments, given three times a year, provide data to help pinpoint areas of strengths and weaknesses in math and/or reading and are used to improve instruction. Testing for tracks 1-3 has concluded, and track 4 will start testing mid-August. The parent report provides an overview of the domains tested and whether the student is on-level, approaching, or needs improvement. If you would like a copy of the parent report, please contact Mr. Howe (showe@wcpss.net) to request your copy.

    Blue Notes Auditions

    Auditions for our Jazz choir for Tracks 1, 2 & 4 will be held on August 8th.  Students should sign up for an audition time on the Drama Room door.  All questions should be directed to Ms. Abby Foster.

    Fall Sports Tryouts

    7th and 8th graders who are eligible to tryout for the fall sports season should be paying attention to the school announcements for team information and upcoming tryout dates.  Every athlete will need to have a current physical on file in order to be able to tryout for a sport.  

    Growth Mindset Tips

    Here is a great link to help you talk with your child about fostering a growth mindset!  

    3 Ways Parents Can Instill a Growth Mindset

     

    Have an awesome week!

     

    #SalemProud

    @SalemPrincipal on Twitter

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