Welcome to Salem Elementary School, 
My name is Barbara Jamison and I am the School Social Worker here at Salem Elementary.  If your child is having a problem at school,  I am always willing to work with the student and/ or family to assist in  finding solutions.   I will partner with  the child,  family and school personnel to benefit the child  with their educational needs and preparation for life beyond school.
Barbara Jamison, LSW
(828)437-5901 ext. 4409

Burke County Public Schools take all allegations of bullying seriously when reported to any staff or administration at the school. Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or designee will investigate the merits of the complaint. The parent and student will be notified regarding the findings. Please let administration know if you have any concerns regarding bullying at the school. See Resources for more information. 

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences

U.S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council Partner on Absences Add Up campaign to help parents keep their children in school and on a path to success.
AUGUST 23, 2016
Contact:   U.S. Department of Education, Press Office , (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
The Ad Council Meg Rushton, 212-984-1996, mrushton@adcouncil.org

A student who misses just two days of school each month — 18 days total in the year — is considered to be chronically absent. However, many parents don’t realize that, even when excused or understandable, absences add up and can greatly impact a child’s education. In the United States, more than 6 million children are chronically absent from school each year.

New research released today by the Ad Council found that an overwhelming majority (86%) of parents understand their child’s school attendance plays a big role in helping them graduate from high school. However, nearly half (49%) of parents believe that it is okay for their children to miss three or more days of school per month – and that they won’t fall behind academically if they do. In reality, missing just two days of school per month makes children more likely to fall behind and less likely to graduate.

To combat chronic absenteeism, the U.S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council have partnered to create a public service campaign, Absences Add Up. The campaign features a series of digital and out of home PSAs that drive parents to AbsencesAddUp.org. On the website, parents are empowered with information and resources to help ensure their children attend school each day.

Salem Pledge
I pledge to do my very best. 
At classwork, homework, and all the rest. 
Responsibility is at the top. 
Kindness and caring must never stop. 
Respect myself and others too. 
Good Character will always shine through!

Guidance Lessons

Throughout the course of the year as I see the different grades I will discuss with them personal safety and how your body belongs to you.  All children have the right to say  NO to unwanted touch. 
January: Fifth Grade/ Responsibilty
                  Third Grade: Self Control

February: Fourth Grade: By-Stander