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  • Principal's Message - July 18, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 7/18/2017

    Hello Spartan families!

     

    Just a reminder that we will be having our Track 1,2 & 3 Open House this Thursday night starting at 6 pm in the Gym.  After an opening presentation in the gym, you will have an opportunity to follow your child’s schedule and meet all of their teachers!  Please ask your student for a copy of their schedule.  You should also make sure to bring your Driver’s license so that you can sign up for your own Powerschool account.  This is primarily an event for parents since teachers will be going over their curriculum’s, classroom policies and expectations.  If childcare is an issue, please bring your children… We would much rather have you there than not!

     

    Track 3 students will have an opportunity to audition for our Blue Notes Show Choir on July 26th.  Tracks 1,2 & 4 will audition on August 8th.  Students interested in auditioning should sign up on the Drama Rm. door or see Ms. Abby Foster.

     

    If your student is interested in trying out for a fall sport, this is the time now to make sure all physicals are being completed.  Students can ask their coaches for the physical form or pick them up in Student Services.

     

    We have been speaking with our students about our school policies.  One big policy we’ve been discussing is our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) rules and expectations.  We believe at Salem that electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, iPads, etc are to be used for instructional reasons only.  The majority of the areas in our school (cafeteria, hallways, bathrooms, etc.) are Red Zones, this means no cell phones/devices should be on or visible.  They may only have a cell phone/device out with a teacher’s permission for educational purposes.  Please, please, please don’t text your child during the school day and expect them to respond to you!  You could also really help us by spot checking your child’s phone and ensuring they are not using Snapchat/Instagram/Kick or any other social media during the school day.  They should only be on the school’s WiFi which would not have access to the majority of those internet sites. If your child’s phone does get taken due to inappropriate use, we will be asking you to pick it up in the front office where it will be secured until you can get it.  Thank you so much for your support!

     

    See you Thursday night if you are on Tracks 1,2 or 3!

     

    Kind Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann - Principal

    #SalemProud

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  • Principal's Message - July 11, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 7/11/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    We had a great start to our school year!  Our 6th graders were busy getting oriented to Salem Middle, our 7th graders were just excited that they were no longer 6th graders and our 8th graders are happy to be leading the way!  It was impressive to see all of the learning that was taking place on the first couple of days.  

     

    Just a reminder that we are still in the process of balancing classes and getting electives settled so there still could be some changes to your child’s schedules.

     

    Carpool Reminders

     

    Morning: Please make sure you are pulling all the way around to the carpool sign in the front of the school closest to the stop sign.  The carpool area extends all of the way around the Spirit Rock to the sign at the end of the walkway.  Students should be exiting their cars all of the way around the loop.  Yes, they will have to walk a little!  :)  This will significantly increase the speed with which you can get through carpool.  We also open the bus loop to cars after 8:05, the majority of buses have dropped off students by that time.  There is always still the possibility that you might get caught behind a bus unloading students.  

     

    Please do not drop students off in the upper levels of the parking lot or at the elementary school, it just isn’t safe!

     

    Reminder that announcements start in homerooms at 8:12, students will be marked tardy after 8:15.  If you are late, please walk your student into the building and sign them in.  

     

    Afternoon: Carpoolers are released at 3:00 pm.  Again, please continue to pull all of the way up and around the carpool loop.  Students should only be picked up on the walkway around the Spirit Rock.  I know it is tempting to pick up your student before the loop starts and cut through, but that will actually slow down the whole thing because cars have to stop to let you by.  Please don’t park and wait for your students in the visitor parking spots.

     

    Again, please don’t ask your students to meet you in the upper levels of the parking lot or up near the elementary school.  It is not safe for students to be walking through the parking lot, visibility is terrible!

     

    Bus Rider Reminders

    Please make sure your student knows their route #!  The bus # often changes but the route # never does.  They should be paying close attention at the end of the day to the monitors in their classrooms which displays the routes that are on campus.  Please direct all transportation questions to Mr. Steve Rhodes at shrhodes@wcpss.net.  All bus information including routes and bus stops that your child is assigned to can be found in PowerSchool.  If your child is not assigned to a bus/bus stop, you will need to sign up for one through the WCPSS website.

     

    Open House for Tracks 1 - 3 on Thursday, July 20th from 6:00-7:30 pm

    We will begin at 6 pm in the gym for a presentation from the principal and the counselors and then you will be able to follow your child’s schedule and meet all of their teachers!

     

    PTA News

    To include your contact information in the SMS printed directory, available to PTA members, please visit:  goo.gl/forms/VMQgF6IRtD2V6mfG2  or http://salemmiddlepta.weebly.com/student-directory.html.  The directory is a valuable resource allowing parents and students to connect with each other regarding classroom activities, sports, social events and clubs.  

     

    Agendas and PE t-shirts are being sold in the morning in the main hallway.  Agendas are $5 and t-shirts are $10.

     

    Please see the Salem Middle School website for the link to the PTA information page to stay up-to-date and informed about all of the activities they are involved in here at school.  They are always in need of your membership as well as volunteers!

     

    Twitter

    Follow me @SalemPrincipal to see all of the amazing things happening here at SMS every day!  Many of our teachers have twitter handles as well.  You can also always search #SalemProud!  

     

    Student Email Changes!

    Student email has now moved to Outlook. Students can access their new email accounts by logging into the WakeID Portal and selecting the Outlook icon. Students must print or save any information they wish to keep from their Lotus Notes email account in another location by Friday, Sept. 15. See wcpss.net/studentemail for more information.

     

    Just a reminder that all communication with WCPSS staff should be conducted through their WCPSS email accounts!  Their teachers will only use this email account as well.

     

    Student Policies

    During these first two weeks of school, Salem administration and teachers are teaching/reminding/reinforcing many of our school policies.  These include Dress Code, Cell phone use/BYOD, coming to class on time and prepared, appropriate use of Spartan Time, PBIS and use of the acronym PRIDE and so much more.  You can help us reinforce these expectations at home by asking your student about them, looking over their agenda books and familiarizing yourself with the school and WCPSS policies and then of course paying attention to any of the team expectations they have sent home.

     

    I value our partnership in this journey known as Middle School.  It is important to me that there is open 2-way communication between you and the school.  It is going to be a great school year!

    Kind Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann - Principal

    #SalemProud

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  • Principal's Message - June 28, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 6/28/2017

    Good evening Spartan Families!

    It is hard to believe that this will be my last official communication with you all for the 16-17 school year.  I wish all of our Rising 9th graders a sweet farewell, I wish you all the best as you move on to your respective high schools.  You have been prepared well and I know you will find great success!

    Information for all Students:

    • EOG scores and report cards will be coming home with all students either on Thursday or Friday.  Please look out for these 2 very important documents.
    • The lost and found area is overflowing and will be emptied out next week.  Please remind your students to check the bins in the cafeteria or the cabinets in our custodial area directly across from the front office.  All items left behind will be donated if not picked up!
    • Please make sure you are picking up medications if your student is not returning to Salem next year!

    8th Grade Awards Ceremony will start at 8:45 am this Friday morning in the Gymnasium.  Students will be allowed to be checked out after the celebration.  Just a reminder that the Elementary school carpool will be in full swing around that time, so please keep that in mind as you are parking.

    Open Campus/Report Card Pick-up information:

    • July 6th from 2 - 4 pm for all tracks - this is a drop in anytime during this time frame.  Transportation, cafeteria, PowerSchool, and PTA information tables will be available.  Agenda’s and PE/Spirit Wear can be purchased at this time.
    • July 7th - Salem staff will be going to our Raleigh neighborhoods to distribute schedules and meet our new students.  We will be in the Heritage Park neighborhood at 9:00 am and in the Peach Rd Community at Wexford Circle at 9:45 am.  We hope all students and families from those neighborhoods as well as surrounding areas can make it out to meet us!  We will be in each area for approximately 30 minutes.
    • July 27th from 9 - 11 am for Track 4 - this is schedule pick-up only anytime during this time frame.

    Open House information:

    • July 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 for Tracks 1 - 3
    • August 10th from 6:00 - 7:30 for Track 4

    As I’ve said so often and continue to say, I am so incredibly proud of all of our students and the incredible growth they are showing and sharing with us on a daily basis.  I am truly #SalemProud

    Yours,

    Elaine Hofmann, Principal

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  • Principal's Message - June 19, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 6/19/2017

    EOG Reminders for Salem Middle School Students!

    Hello Spartan Families!

    It’s EOG week!  I know all of our teachers have prepared our students well and that Salem students will do their very best on all of their EOG/EOC and NCFE (North Carolina Final Exam) exams.  It is going to be a very busy week and at times, it will seem very long.  Most of the testing windows are at the minimum, 3 hours in length and it will last the entire week.  Please make sure students are getting a good night’s rest every night and eating a good breakfast in the morning.  Take a few minutes, especially if they are nervous, and remind them they have been well prepared and that no test will ever define who they are or be a true measure of what they are capable of…. Each one of them determines that internally for themselves!

     Here is the schedule for the week:

    Monday: 6th grade Reading EOG, 7th grade Math EOG, 8th grade Social Studies NCFE (online)

    Tuesday: 6th grade Math EOG, 7th grade Reading EOG, 8th grade Reading EOG

    ** Complimentary Breakfast for all students who would like to receive it in the cafeteria

    Wednesday: 6th grade SS NCFE, 7th grade SS NCFE, 8th grade Math EOG   

    Thursday: 6th grade Science NCFE, 7th grade Science NCFE, 8th grade Science NCFE (online)

    Friday: 6th grade Make-ups, 7th grade Make-ups, 8th grade Math I EOC, Math II NCFE

    Monday: Make-ups for all grades!

    Whew!!!!

    The exam periods are very long and many students will finish their tests early.  Please encourage your child to bring a book with them, they are allowed to read once they have completed their exams.

    Quote for the Week: 

    “A successful student is one whose primary goal is to expand their knowledge and their ways of thinking and investigating the world. They do not see grades as an end in themselves but as means to continue to grow.”

    ― Carol S. DweckMindset: The New Psychology Of Success

     

    Have a great and successful week!

    Kind Regards,

    A. Elaine Hofmann, Principal

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  • Principal's Message - June 1, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 6/1/2017

    Happy June Spartan Families!

    Here are some important updates and Reminders:

    8th Grade Information

    8th grade Semi-Formal is this Friday night from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  A couple of reminders -

    1. All students need to bring a signed permission slip as their admittance into the dance.  The dance has already been paid for with their 8th grade fee, no money is needed.  Water and snacks are also being provided for the students by our PTA.
    2. Only Salem Middle School students are allowed to attend Salem Middle School dances, including the 8th grade dance.

    8th Grade Track 1 End of Year Ceremony will start at 8:45 am.  Please be mindful that the Elementary school carpool is around that same time.  You may check your 8th grader out after that celebration!

    Track 2

    1. Track 2 comes back on Thursday, June 8th.
    2. Track 2 8th graders are invited to attend their picnic and may be dropped off at school at 1 pm.  We will also have accommodations if students need to take the bus to school tomorrow.

    EOG/EOC Testing

    1. Track 1 is complete with just a few make-ups being wrapped up today.  Thank you to all who proctored during this 1st round of testing.  
    2. We are still in need of proctors for Track 2, 3 & 4 testing.  See our website for more information as well as the Sign-up Genius.
    3. Track 2, 3 & 4 testing begins June 19th and runs for that entire week.  Attendance as well as being on time to school during that week is critical!

    Next Year’s Open Campus Information:

    • Students new to Salem and returning to Salem next year and their families are invited to attend our Open Campus on Thursday afternoon, July 6th between 2 - 4 pm.  This event is to pick up schedules, tour the campus to locate rooms, buy Spirit Wear, set up lunch accounts, verify Transportation information etc.  Our website has class supply information on it.   
    • Meet the Teacher/Open House will be the opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum and expectations for the year.  These dates are:  Tracks 1, 2 & 3 - Thursday, July 20th at 6 pm.  Track 4 - Thursday, August 10th at 6 pm.
    • There will be an Open Campus for any Track 4 student who can’t make the July 6th date.  This will be on Thursday, July 27 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  This is primarily to pick up schedules and tour classrooms.  


    I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and weekend!

    Yours,

    1. Elaine Hofmann, Principal
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  • Principal's Message - May 23, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 5/23/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

    I have several important updates and reminders for you.

    Information for All Students

     *Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day!  All tracks, enjoy your long holiday weekend.

     *AM Carpool - please ensure that you are driving all of the way around the carpool loop to the front of the carpool sign.  Students should be dropped off all around the loop and walk to the building, this will significantly increase the speed with which you will get through carpool! 

     *PM Carpool - Parents, please pick your child up in the carpool loop.  It is not safe to allow students to walk through our parking lot to get to your parked car in the upper lot.  Also, the elementary school has asked that we not use their property for pick-up during the afternoons.  

     *Students should not walk to the elementary school or Wake Zone until the 3:15 bell rings.

    Information for Track 1

     *EOG testing begins tomorrow, Wednesday and will run through the following Wednesday with make-ups scheduled for Thursday.   Please make sure your children are getting a good night’s sleep these next several nights as well as having a nutritious breakfast each morning.  

     *All track 1 students are invited to eat a complimentary breakfast Thursday morning at school! 

     *If you have any questions about the exam schedule, please ask your child’s teachers.

    Information for 8th Grade

     *There are some really fun and exciting events coming up for our 8th grade students.

     *8th grade picnic - Friday, June 2nd from 1:00 - 2:30. Track 2 students are allowed to come to school that day     and report to the Media Center to meet your teachers.

     

     *8th grade dance - Friday, June 2nd from 6:30 - 8:30.  This is a semi-formal dance, this is not prom!  We do not    encourage limousine's, tuxedo’s, etc….allow them to have something to look forward to in high school!            Ladies dresses should be appropriate for middle school (we do allow strapless dresses, we do not allow  exposed midriffs).  If you or your daughter has a question about a dress, please encourage her to bring in a  picture to Mrs. Bridges or myself!

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Yours,

    1. Elaine Hofmann, #SalemProud Principal
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  • Principal's Message - May 9, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 5/9/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    • I would like to welcome Track 3 back this Friday for the last push to the finish line. Track 2, your last day is Thursday and you will return to close out the 16-17 school year on Thursday, June 8th.

     

    • Track 1, EOG testing begins in 2 weeks on Wednesday, May 24th.  Students should be checking with their teachers to make sure all work is completed and turned in.  

     

    • We are still in desperate need of proctors!  Here are our current needs for Track 1 Testing:
      • May 24th:  10 more proctors needed
      • May 25th:  9 more proctors needed
      • May 26th:  7 more proctors needed
      • May 30th:  9 more proctors needed
      • May 31st:  7 more proctors needed
      • June 1st:  6  more proctors needed
      • June 2nd:  5  more proctors needed

    Here's what you can do to help:

    1. Make sure your volunteer registration is up to date. You will need to update your registration if you have not already done so this school year (since July 1, 2015).
    2. Sign up for the date(s) you are available to proctor on our Sign-Up Genius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49aaac283-smstesting
    3. Attend proctor training to be held on the morning of your first day of volunteer proctoring.

     

    • Meet the Teacher dates for the 17-18 school year will be July 6th from 2 - 4 pm for all four tracks!  Students will be able to pick up schedules, meet their new teachers, buy spirit wear, get bus information, add lunch money to accounts, and sign up for the PTA.  There is no set schedule for this event, but it is a come and go as you need during this time frame.  If you are not able to attend on this day, all of these activities will be able to get done at a later date.  All students will receive a schedule on their first day of school.  Open House dates will be announced shortly.

     

    • Track assignment information will be posted to our website this coming Thursday, so please look for that.  Salem Middle school has not had to make any major adjustments to our tracks for next year.  

     

    • Don’t forget to remind your students to thank their teacher this week during Teacher Appreciation Week.  They work hard everyday and would love to hear how their efforts this year have made an impact...it could even be a former teacher!

     

    I hope everyone has a great rest of the week.  Can’t wait to see Track 3 on Friday!

     

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  • Principal's Message - April 24, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 4/24/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    Just a couple of quick updates and reminders from your #SalemProud principal, Mrs. Hofmann.

     

    1. Don’t forget that tomorrow is the PTA’s spirit fundraiser at Pizza Dude.  A portion from all dine in/carry out sales throughout the entire day will be donated to Salem Middle!  It’s an easy and delicious way of supporting your child’s school.

    2. The PTA is also in full Yankee Candle fundraising mode!  This past week’s winner for the highest sales went to Ali P who won a $20 gift card to Wake Zone.  There are more prizes for this week as well.  Please order online using the information your child brought home from school.  It’s easy, it smells great, and will make awesome gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduations, Teacher Appreciation or just for yourself!

    3. Students who participated in the AMC8 math competition have received their test booklet to take home. This includes a personalized chart for each student that compares their answers to the correct answer. Your student has been invited to review the solutions during spartan time. We encourage students to make a personal goal to increase their score during next year's competition!



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  • Principal's Message - April 4, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 4/4/2017

    Hello Spartan Families!

     

    This is a weekly Salem Middle School update from Principal Elaine Hofmann.

     

    Calendar Reminders:

    • Friday, April 14th is a Holiday
    • Track 4 returns on Thursday, April 20th
    • Track 3 tracks out with their last day on Wednesday, April 19th

     

    SSA (Single Subject Acceleration) Nomination Window

     

    Please let Ms. Cindi Baker (AIG teacher) know if you are considering this for your  student for this spring testing window. The SSA information can be found on the Salem website. It is important to meet the strict deadlines (below). SSA assesses whether students already know the content of a math or language arts course in order to determine what the appropriate placement would be for the 2017-2018 school year. The next testing window will be the spring of 2018. I am happy to answer any questions you might have concerning SSA.

     

    Track 2 SSA nomination starts April 10  and ends April 24 at close of school day

    Track 1 SSA nomination starts April 11 and ends April 25 at close of school day

    Track 3 SSA nomination starts April 12 and ends May 18 at close of school day

    Track 4 SSA nomination starts May 5 and ends May 18 at close of school day

     

    Link to testing window chart:

    SSA Window

     

    Dress Code Reminders

    Parents, please remember that Salem Middle follows the Wake County guidelines for dress code.  With the warmer weather coming back, the shorter shorts are also coming back!  Middle School is a time of fast and furious growth, please make sure your students wardrobe keeps up.  Our expectations at Salem are:

    • No tank tops, spaghetti straps or strapless clothing
    • Shirts should cover the abdomen as well as cleavage, no midriffs should be exposed even when arms are lifted,
    • No short shorts or short skirts, proper body coverage should be ensured at all times
    • Pants should be pulled up and belted if necessary to prevent sagging

    Thank you for partnering with us to ensure we maintain an environment that is conducive to learning!  You will be called to bring a change of clothing if your child is in violation of these expectations.

     

    Active Learning Spaces Grant Recipient!

    I am so #SalemProud to announce that we are the recipients of a $50,000 grant to transform our Media Center and one of our classrooms into a collaborative and tech based learning environment for our students.  Stay tuned for the exciting developments and transformations of these active learning spaces in the 17-18 school year!




    Great article on Cell Phone Safety!

    A colleague of mine shared this article with me that I thought was relevant enough to send on to you all.  I know we all struggle with this hot topic of how we teach our young people to use their cell phones wisely and thoughtfully.  Please read this article, it has some great insights and tips!

    The First Cell Phone: Rules for Responsibility

     

    Please see our website for updated information from today’s School Board Meeting 4/4/17 about Salem’s Calendar change possibility for next year!

     

    I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

     

    Warmest Regards,

    Elaine Hofmann

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  • Principal's Message - March 23, 2017

    Posted by Elaine Hofmann at 3/23/2017

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

     

    General Announcements

    • Tomorrow, Friday, March 24th is an Early Release Day for all Track 2,3, & 4 students.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.
    • Track 1 students, we will see you back at school on Monday, March 27th!
    • Track 4 students, we hope you enjoy your track out.  We will see you back on April 20th.  Reminder that that is a Thursday!
    • Quarter 4 starts on Monday!

     

    Student Accolades

    • Congratulations to four Salem Band students on their showing at the North Carolina All-State Honors Band auditions!  Catherine Ahn earned 1st chair flute.  Chandler de Jong earned 1st chair trombone.  Isabelle Lee earned 5th chair clarinet, and Lauren Hyre earned 1st alternate oboe.  Thank you Catherine, Chandler, Isabelle, and Lauren for your dedication, preparation, and representation at this statewide honorable event!
    • Congratulations to our 8th Grade Band students and accompanying seven 7th-graders who joined them on their North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication Festival (MPA)performance. They earned straight Superior ratings in all captions from every adjudicator.!  They played beautifully with confidence, finesse, and maturity.  Bravo, Salem Bands!
    • Tanisha Choudhury competed in the regional spelling bee on Saturday, March 18 at Athens Drive High School. She is actually a repeat Spelling Bee winner for Salem Middle School, winning our school competition as a 6th grader as well.  Tanisha made it into the final round of the county competition.  We are so #SalemProud of her!
    • Congratulations to Robert Riddle, 8th grade Track 4 for being our Spotlight on Student winner for Salem Middle School.  We are so proud of Robert and all of his accomplishments as a student at Salem Middle School.  He will be celebrated at the Wake County School Board meeting on March 28th.  I want to give all of our Spotlight on Students a shoutout for their nomination:
      • 6-1 - Ana Luiza Costa
      • 6-2/3 - Tyra Claesson
      • 6-4 - Rafael Laurel
      • 7-1 - Manuela Lanza-Rivera
      • 7-2/3 - Addison Prince
      • 7-4 - Isaac Luther
      • 8-1 - Tiba Al Rashid
      • 8-2 - Faith Darst
      • 8-3 - Ananya Varahabhatla
      • 8-4 - Robert Riddle
      • Ms. Otten’s class - Wesley Quinn

    Have a great weekend!

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