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Early Release Luncheon (Feb. 10th) Items Needed

Donations Needed for February 10th Early Release Luncheon

Thanks for all everything you sent in for last month's Early Release Luncheon! The main course was provided by JD's Tavern at no cost to us, so please support their business! http://www.jdstavern.com/

This month the teachers will have a Chili Cook -Off! They've asked us to supplement with fixings, drinks & desserts. Please see what you could help out with.

Thanks!

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Parent Volunteers Needed- School Improvement Team

Parents Needed!!! We are looking for parents to be members of our School Improvement Team. This team meets monthly to discuss data and issues pertaining to our School Improvement Plan. We need parent input with regards to changes and implementation of the improvement plan. If you are interested in being a member of this team please send me an email at kellyjaynes71@gmail.com

Tuesday Tours Available for Families interested in our school

Any families interested in learning more about Salem Middle as their year-round option can sign up for one of our tours. Tours will be offered at 9am on Tuesdays and will last approximately 45 minutes. You will be able to walk through the school with a staff member and there will be time for questions. We will not be able to interrupt classes and meet with teachers during this time. We look forward to seeing you at one of our tours! Please call Student Services at 919-363-1870 with any questions. We do have a Rising 6th grade Open House on May 16th, 2017 as well. Please only show up for the tour you are signed up to attend. If all slots are full on your desired day, please choose another date. Please arrive at the front office to sign in before 9am.
Rising 9th Grade Open House - moved to Feb. 15th

SALEM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Rising 9th grade Open House Sessions in SMS Auditorium For Parents

ALL TRACKS

Thursday February 15th 6:30-7:30

Students not required to attend as I meet with students in classes

Please make every effort to attend~thanks!!

**** No Siblings please****

Salem Middle School Yearbook and 8th Grade ADS

It's time to buy your Salem Middle School yearbook before time runs out. You can also create a personal yearbook ad just for your son or daughter with a personal message, childhood photos, and recent pictures. The last date to personalize and guarantee you have a yearbook in June is February 25th. The final deadline to order a personal ad is February 28, 2017. Check out the Salem MS website for an order form. For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Fisher at bfisher@wcpss.net.

To order go to: www.jostensyearbooks.com

http://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/6313/Personal%20Ad%20Form.pdf

Salem Middle School PTA Facebook Page

The link for the new Salem Middle School PTA Facebook page is below. Please follow us.

https://www.facebook.com/SMSspartanPTA/


ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS

Attention 8th grade parents!!!

It’s that time of year…we need to start planning for 8th grade end of year festivities!! We need your help. In order for these festivities to happen we need to form the 8th Grade Committee. This committee handles the planning of the 8th grade picnic and dance, creating and ordering the t-shirts and collecting for and purchasing the 8th grade legacy gift. If you are interested in chairing this committee or in helping with any aspect of it, please email me at kellyjaynes71@gmail.com.



District 9 Board Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

Attendance

The following individuals attended the regular meeting of the Board Advisory Council for WCPSS District 9, held on November 14, 2016:

WCPSS Principals: Douglas Hooper (Adams Elementary), Stephanie Raiford (Briarcliff Elementary), Rodney Stanton (Cary Elementary), Nolan Bryant (Cary High), Keith Richardson (Crossroads FLEX), Chip Mack (Davis Drive Elementary), Rick Williams (Davis Drive Middle), Nikia Davis (East Cary Middle), Winston Pierce (Farmington Woods Elementary), Karen Summers (Green Hope High), Sherry Schliesser (Kingswood Elementary), Raleigh Bame (Laurel Park Elementary), Robin Wahl (Northwoods Elementary), Catherine Yanello (Reedy Creek Elementary), Trent Evans (Reedy Creek Middle), Debbie Edwards (Salem Elementary), Elaine Hofmann (Salem Middle), Tim Chadwick (Weatherstone Elementary) and Michael James (West Cary Middle).

BAC 9 Representatives: Marian Ingham (Briarcliff Elementary), Joanie Peterson (Cary Elementary), Mary Beth Hardie (Cary High), Jennifer Lanzen (Crossroads FLEX), Julie Swanson (Davis Drive Elementary), Jennifer Kaczynski (Davis Drive Middle), Mano Meenaksh (Farmington Woods Elementary), Dee Deanhardt (Green Hope High), Allison Bailey (Kingswood Elementary), Jennifer Teborek (Laurel Park Elementary), Julie Roseland (Northwoods Elementary), Dionne Truitt (Reedy Creek Elementary), Suzanne Davis (Reedy Creek Middle), Jane Shiflett (Salem Elementary), Tracy Taylor (Salem Middle), Sarah Ericksen (Weatherstone Elementary), Kathy Cawley (West Cary Middle School), Nancy Caggia (At-Large), and Curt Stangler (At-Large).

Staff and Public Guests: Clinton L. Robinson, Jr. (Area Superintendent), Lori Nelson (AP, Weatherstone Elementary).

Members Absent: Parent reps for Adams Elementary, East Cary Middle School, Green Hope Elementary, and Diana Bader (At-Large); Doug Hooper, Nolan Bryant, Keith Richardson, Robert James.

Call to Order
Mr. Bill Fletcher called to order the regular meeting of the District 9 Board Advisory Council at 5:45 pm on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Laurel Park Elementary.

Business Items

The minutes from the group's last meeting on September 19, 2016 were reviewed. With the correction of a typo in the minutes, the draft minutes were approved, following a motion to approve and duly seconded.


The group confirmed the dates for the remaining meetings of the school year: January 30, March 6, and April 24.

The group discussed ideas for future meeting topics, including:

Opportunities to help schools that don’t have strong support; providing community engagement;

Possible afterschool activities such as music, drama, theater; and

Framework being laid out that will benefit affected schools.

Board of Education Update

Mr. Fletcher reviewed the recent election results for the Wake County Board of Education. The NC Legislature will be responsible for ensuring a system for 2018 school board elections.

Mr. Fletcher reported some uncertainty regarding teacher salaries, and the future possibility that principal compensation may come from grant blocks.

The School board will be working on the new assignment plan, with special consideration for parents and communities concerned about breaking up neighborhoods. Public hearings will take place in early December.

Main Topic and Guest Speaker

In lieu of a guest speaker, BAC members were asked via email to prepare responses to the following questions.

Principals – What academic initiatives have you targeted for this school year, either formally (Strategic Improvement Plan) or informally?

Parent Reps – What specific actions does your school take to engage and involve parents? Are there any actions you would suggest for improved parental involvement?

During a round table discussion, the following feedback from principals on academic initiatives was gathered:

Davis Drive Elementary- focusing on writing to improve test scores; teachers can make suggestions on topics to teach students about technology

Farmington Woods Elementary- focusing on building vocabulary and academic language; teachers are provided with choice and voice strategic planning

Northwoods Elementary- focusing on reading and project-based learning, implementing strategic games which helps with higher order thinking

Weatherstone Elementary- received grants for Lego kits that help with writing and science objectives; Legos also used for science learning

Kingwood Elementary- focusing on personalized learning with individualized work plans; school improvement plan is working on academic language within the classroom

Briar Cliff Elementary- focusing on science by using Legos and ceramics from within the school; Legos are incorporated to train students on weather concepts

Reedy Creek Elementary- building academic language, vocabulary, reading and writing; 4C’s are being incorporated throughout all areas of academics

Salem Middle- used Google Expedition for virtual field trips; continued focus on student engagement; grade levels currently working on standards with the assistance of other specialist

Cary Elementary- focusing on student engagement and ownership, setting steps to reach goals; made NBC Nightly News with kids’ election within school

East Cary Middle- focusing on Tier 1, 7% growth between staff and students; offering Hispanic mentoring program; tutoring and social skills

Davis Drive Middle School- focusing on social emotional learning, fitness rotation and weight training; yoga mats have been purchased and taekwondo is being taught

Green Hope Elementary- focusing on the BYOD initiative and reshaping what technology is and the way students interact with it

Reedy Creek Middle- focusing on digital sciences and getting children outside a fixed mindset; leveraging partnerships with area businesses

Green Hope High- focusing on professional learning teams, core instruction and alignment

Laurel Park Elementary- focusing on building relationships with staff; offering social thinking as an elective; offering school-wide instruction focused on identifying and talking through emotions

West Cary Middle- focusing on social programming within PTA; talks about drug awareness; partnered with SAS Institute to have 79 laptops donated to the school

Feedback from parent representatives on parent involvement and engagement included:

Salem Elementary- trying to get the word out via Facebook and email about what is going on within school

Weatherstone Elementary- wanting more volunteers with STEM program

West Cary Middle- teachers want more parents to come in and discuss things they are interested in

Davis Drive Elementary- room parents are known to be a face and resource in the school. It is easy to get involved with PTA based upon the amount of communication.

Reedy Creek Middle- offers game night, career fair with parent participants and PTA sponsors and honors luncheon

Farmington Woods Elementary- parents come in to read, PTA has brought in external organizations

Briar Cliff Elementary- provides information on how you can get involved, parent-led clubs and growth mindset

Laurel Park Elementary- PTA liaisons in every class; they know who to go to when certain needs have to be met and personal connections have been created

Green Hope High- offers grade level committees; booster clubs collaborate on doing large events where students showcase their talents

Flex High- just approved to become a PTA; using a remind app for effective communication with families

Reedy Creek Elementary- uses new app called Konstella which allows better communication between parents, teachers, and PTA

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:05 pm. The group's next meeting will be on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Dionne W. Truitt and Julie Roseland.

Spirit Rock

The Salem Middle PTA is proud to offer the opportunity to rent the spirit rock for a week. 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. Just a reminder that if you rent the rock for a week, you must supply your own paint and paint the rock yourself. Use this link to sign up for the week you want. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4faca8238-salem2.

SHOPPING FUNDRAISERS


Amazon Smile
Raise money for Salem each time you make a purchase on Amazon! Learn more

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter will donate 2% of your Private Label purchases when you use your VIC card. This is such an easy way to raise funds for Salem Middle School. To link your card: Lowes Foods
Lowes Foods Cart To Class is a school donation program where Lowes Foods will give back to Salem Middle when they purchase store brands of products. These include Lowes Foods, Full Circle, World Classics Trading Company, Academix, Domestix, Electrix, Better Value, Top Care and Paws Premium. You can register up to three schools. Register your card online at https://rewards.lowesfoods.com. Click on Enroll in Cart to Class.

Office Depot & PostNet in Apex
Link your customer savings cards for Office Depot and PostNet in Apex for a painless way to contribute to your child’s school. After you link your card, funds will automatically be sent to Salem Middle School. This income is a great supplement for the PTA programs we offer!

Kroger (Kroger Plus Card for Education)
Each time registered supporters shop at a Kroger store and use their Kroger Plus Card, they earn points for our school- points we redeem for educational supplies. Please register with our School Bar Code (see below) with a Kroger Cashier and have it scanned or go to the Customer Service desk and have scanned. Note that cards cannot be linked until September.




Thank you to our families who take the time to link their rewards cards to help the PTA raise funds with your everyday purchases. Last year the school received over $3,000 in funds and products. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact the PTA Vice President of Ways and Means, Laurie Singh at lauriesingh3@gmail.com


Publix Grocery
Do you shop at PUBLIX and want to help raise money for Salem Middle School too? Please stop by the front office at the school and pick up a key-ring card linked to our SMS account. Every time this card is scanned at check-out, SMS earns $$$ for our school.

Please continue to turn in your Harris Teeter VIC card link-up forms (purple paper from your start-up packets) or email your last name, VIC card number, and associated phone number with that account to: lauriesingh3@gmail.com and we'll add you to our school's database .These are easy ways to support SMS PTA! Thank you for helping to raise funds for our school.


PTA Membership

Did you know that the only way to get a directory from the school is by joining the PTA? Have you joined yet? It’s not too late, click here to download a form and send it in today! It’s only $9 for a family and $6 for an individual!

Suggestions for Improving Communications?

Email the PTA at kim.trezona @gmail.com if you have any constructive suggestions for improving communications.

The Principal latest Phone Message

If you missed Ms. Hofmann latest message from January 24th or your answering machine cut it short, you can read to it here .

Follow Your Principal on Twitter to see why we are #SALEMPROUD.


Click here to check out Principal Hofmann's tweets.

Check out the latest National PTA Bulletin
Calender Notes

February 2nd

First Coding Club 3:15-4:30
JROTC 3:15-4:15
Basketball vs Davis Drive 4:00

February 6th
Basketball @ Mills Park 4:00

February 7th
PTA Board 7:00 pm Media Center

February 8th
STUCO 3:00-4:00

February 9th
Spring Pictures Tracks 1,2 4


February 10th
Track 2 Tracks out
Early Release 12:30

February 15th (note the date change)
Rising 9th Graders Parent/Student Info meeting 6:30-7:30 see above for details

School Counselors

Mr. Jerry Decker 6th Grade jdecker@wcpss.net 367-2463

Ms. Katie Catlett 7th Grade kcatlett@wcpss.net 367-2462

Mrs. Kerri Bridges 8th Grade kbridges@wcpss.net 367-2469

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