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8TH GRADE End of Year Activities and Payment Form - Due This Week Track 4 - Don't FORGET!

Attention 8th grade parents!!!

It’s that time of year…8th grade end of year festivities!!

In order to cover the cost of these activities and T-shirt, we need $25 from each 8th grade student. This $25 fee is crucial to the success of the event, as well as to purchase the 8th grade legacy gift for Salem Middle School.

DUE DATES: Friday, March 31st for tracks 1,2, 3 Friday, March 17th for track 4

Please complete the form below and turn it in with money attached, to your child’s homeroom teacher by the dates mentioned above. Checks should be made payable to SMS PTA. Further information about the activities will be provided as their dates approach. If you have any questions, or if you are available to help at any of these events, please email Kelly Jaynes at kellyjaynes71@gmail.com. These events are only possible with the help of parent volunteers!


District 9 Board Advisory CouncilMeeting Minutes

January 30, 2017


The following individuals attended the regular meeting of the Board Advisory Council for WCPSS District 9, held on January 30, 2017:

WCPSS Principals: Douglas Hooper (Adams Elementary), Stephanie Raiford (Briarcliff Elementary), Rodney Stanton (Cary Elementary), 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), Derrick Evans (Salem Elementary), Elaine Hofmann (Salem Middle), Tim Chadwick (Weatherstone Elementary) and Edmon Jones (AP, West Cary Middle, substituting).

BAC 9 Representatives: Shawna Schnorr (Adams Elementary), Marian Ingham (Briarcliff Elementary), Joanie Peterson (Cary Elementary), Teresa MacDonald (Cary High), Jennifer Lanzen (Crossroads FLEX), Julie Swanson (Davis Drive Elementary), Jennifer Kaczynski (Davis Drive Middle), Karen Stinneford (East Cary Middle), Mano Meenaksh (Farmington Woods Elementary), Dee Deanhardt (Green Hope High), Allison Bailey (Kingswood Elementary), Jennifer Teborek (Laurel Park Elementary), Julie Roseland (Northwoods Elementary), Suzanne Davis (Reedy Creek Middle), Jane Shiflett (Salem Elementary), Tracy Taylor (Salem Middle), Kathy Cawley (Weatherstone Elementary), Kathy Cawley (West Cary Middle School), and Curt Stangler (At-Large).

Staff and Public Guests: Lindsay Mahaffey, WCPSS District 8 BOE Rep; Michelle Tempke, Administrative Intern; Dr. Lisa Bass Freeman, Professor, NCSU, and students from Dr. Freeman’s class.

Members Absent: Parent reps for Green Hope Elementary, Reedy Creek Elementary, Nancy Caggia (At-Large), and Diana Bader (At-Large); also, WCPSS principals Nolan Bryant, Kristin Walker, and Trent Evans.

Call to Order

The regular meeting of the District 9 Board Advisory Council was called to order at 5:38 pm on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Crossroads FLEX High School.

Business Items

The group agreed to postpone a vote on the draft minutes from the meeting held on November 14, 2016 until the following meeting, scheduled for March 6, 2017.

The group confirmed the dates for the remaining meetings of the school year: March 6 at Weatherstone Elementary, and April 24 at Reedy Creek Middle School.

Participants from a class at NCSU were introduced as guest attendees. The students are participating in a Master’s program for school administration.

Board of Education Update

Mr. Fletcher announced the assignment of a new Board of Education member to replace Zora Felton – Ms. Kathy Hartenstine. Mr. Fletcher also introduced the new Board of Education representative for District 8, Lindsay Mahaffey, who was in attendance at the meeting.

Dr. Jim Merrill, WCPSS’ School Superintendent, has been named a finalist for the national superintendent of the year. This award will likely announced in March, at the annual meeting of the National School Association, to be held in Denver.

Main Topic and Guest Speaker – Budget Building 101: Exploring Myths and Options

Mr. Tim Simmons, WCPSS Communications Director, and Heather Lawing, Senior Administrator, WCPSS Communications Department, served as guest speakers for the meeting. Following an introduction by Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Simmons led the group through an exercise meant to simulate the development of an operating budget for the school system.

The online tool that was introduced to the group can be accessed at: http://wcpss.abalancingact.com/.

This tool is designed to help the broader community understand the various difficulties inherent in developing a school budget. Mr. Simmons emphasized that the group was the first public organization to use the tool, and that feedback on it is welcomed.

In his introduction, Mr. Fletcher explained that the annual budget process begins each November. Public input is solicited. Several external government entities adopt budgets independently of the WCPSS budget, and WCPSS must incorporate requirements from these related budgets. The Wake County and the federal continuation budgets are typically integrated into the first draft of the WCPSS operating budget. However, the state-wide budget is often adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) much later, requiring WCPSS to adjust their operating budget to accommodate NCGA budgetary mandates.

The WCPSS Board of Education has determined the following priorities to guide their budgetary decisions:

  1. Implement strategies to improve attendance, behavior, and learning among students whose inappropriate behavior and choices result in lost class time.
  2. Provide new strategies and resources for those schools with high numbers of students not performing at grade level.
  3. Improve customer service, particularly for transportation.
  4. Support the expanded use of instructional technology, with an emphasis on increased teaching time, rather than fixing technology issues. (Mr. Fletcher noted that technology purchases typically come out of the capital budget.)

In the WCPSS’ operating budget, 91% of funds go directly to the schools. Last year, the school system’s budget was out of balance by $17.5 million, following adoption of a budget by the NCGA. This budget shortfall was primarily caused by changes implemented and required by the State Legislature.

Building an annual budget requires insight to some complex and unique requirements. For example, “extra duty” pay was increased in last year’s operating budget for the first time in 27 years. “Extra duty” refers to pay for secondary responsibilities assigned to teachers, such as before and after school activities. Also, all charter schools receive a monthly stipend out of the public school budget, based on a pre-determined calculation.

Mr. Simmons encouraged the group to revisit the tool, which will remain accessible at the link noted earlier. WCPSS has not yet determined how best to utilize this tool, and whether to make it available on a large scale.

Host School – Crossroads FLEX High School

Mr. Keith Richardson, principal for Crossroads FLEX, provided the group with an overview of the school, which serves students in 9 through 12 grades. The school was created to meet a student need for flexible schedules due to outside activities, which are referred to as “pursuits.” Current students include an equestrian who just attended Nationals, an individual training for the 2020 Olympics in diving, and an accomplished ice dancer. Other students train with the Carolina Railhawks (professional soccer team), while others (sophomores) are already committed to UNC-Chapel Hill for college athletics. The school has produced four early grads, working with the Dean of Students to establish goals.

The school provides a blended learning environment, combining online courses (NCVPS), face-to-face support, and small group sessions. Blended content is available for both core classes and electives. Students typically meet twice a week at the school, averaging 10-15 hours onsite, unless more support is needed based on academic requirements. Students establish their own schedule based on educational progress and their external pursuits. Each student is provided a Lenovo laptop device, and personal devices can also be used.

Crossroads FLEX currently employs nine employees, including three fulltime and two part-time teachers, a receptionist and a custodian. Extended hours are offered to students, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, during the normal workweek. The school does not provide group athletics or band.

To be successful at Crossroads FLEX, students must manage their time well, and have access to the internet. Students must be self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and independent. Each student is assigned an academic coach and is monitored weekly for progress.

The school currently serves 76 students, with full capacity at 125 students. Enrollment is application based. Selection criteria includes a student-submitted essay, current academic standing, and letters of recommendation.

Mr. Richardson closed with a brief description of each area of the building, and an invitation for the attendees to participate in a self-guided tour of the facility.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:05 pm. The group's next meeting will be on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Weatherstone Elementary.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Julie Roseland.

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.
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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.


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 March 1st 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

March 6th

Track 2 Returns
Softball vs Holly Ridge 4:00

March 7th
Track @ East Cary 4:00
PTA Board Meeting in Media Center 7:00pm

March 8th
STUCO 3:00-4:00
Boy's Soccer vs Holly Ridge 4:00

March 9th
Softball @ Holly Grove 4:00

March 13th
Softball vs Fuquay Varina 4:00

March 14th
Track vs Holly Ridge/Mills Park 4:00

March 15th
Spotlight on Student Celebration 8:00am
Boy's Soccer @ Holly Grove 4:00

March 16th
Softball @West Lake 4:00

March 20th
Softball @ East Cary 4:00

March 21st
Track vs. Reedy Creek/Fuguay Varina 4:00

March 22nd
JROTC 3:15-4:15
Boy's Soccer at Fuquay Varina 4:00

March 23rd
Softball vs Reedy Creek 4:00

March 24th
Track 4 last day
Early Release 12:30

March 27th
Track 1 returns
Softball @ West Cary 4:00

March 28th
Track @ West Cary 4:00

March 29th
Boy's Soccer vs East Cary 4:00

March 30th
Softball @ Davis Drive 4:00

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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