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Welcome to Salem Church Middle School (SMS).  As the principal of SMS, I extend you greetings and salutations on behalf of our entire, talented faculty.  I couldn’t be more delighted to serve over 900 of the best and brightest students in Chesterfield, at a school steeped in rich history and a reputation for community pride.  This year, we will continue building on all of the practices that bring our community such pride, while enhancing aspects of our instructional program in order to elevate us to the next level.  At Salem, we have a penchant for seeing our students thrive both academically and socially.  Therefore, we are going on a mission! It is our forever goal to ensure that each and every student becomes a compassionate, mindful, and productive citizen.  Furthermore, we take our responsibility to inspire and educate as seriously as we do our obligation to nurture.  At Salem, you can expect a rigorous academic program designed to prepare our students for success in high school and beyond.  We want to lay the foundation for our students to have the tools and the 21 century skills they will need in order to compete globally.  Ultimately, our goal is to transform lives for the better by teaching our students to become critical, free-thinkers, problem solvers, and life-long learners.  Here is to an amazing year of new beginnings at Salem!

LaShante’ Knight



Playbook Week TWENTY TWO

posted by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It's Principal Knight with your weekly Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 22!

In news this week:

  • Semester 1 and Quarter 2 come to a close this Friday.

  • Students will have regular bell schedules all week except Friday when we will have an early dismissal day. Students will be released at 11:05.  

  • Please join me in congratulating our school-wide spelling bee winner, 6th grader, Brian McGirt, who will represent our school at the district-wide bee this Wednesday!

  • We have a 6th grade band and orchestra concert this Thursday evening beginning at 6pm.  Please come out to join us for a musical evening!

  • We will be hosting our first-ever Seahawk Family Night on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm-8pm, and there will be something for everyone!  We have grade level-specific information to share with parents on how to help your Seahawk succeed and finish the year strong. We’ll be discussing and sharing resources with you on topics like the Course Selection Process, HS Transition for Grade 8, Attendance, How to Use Digital Tools like Canvas, Year-End Testing and more.  In addition to topics that will be shared with the general audience, we will also have workshops sessions that parents can individually select that will run following the general session and will include topics like Vaping & Substance Abuse, Tips for Succeeding in School, etc… We will be sending a flyer home for this next week, but please, please calendar the date.  This will be a great mid-year community event and a great way to get all of the key information to support your child in finishing the year successfully. Please plan to join us!!

  • The Chesterfield County School Board will hold a series of magisterial-based, community meetings on the Superintendent’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget. School Board members will receive community input on the Superintendent’s proposed plan to reinvest in public education within Chesterfield County.  Each community meeting will include a budget presentation and question-and-answer period. There is no requirement to sign up in advance to attend or speak. All are welcome, as we discuss creating a better tomorrow today! 

    • Jan. 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.: Dale District meeting at Bird High School, located at 10301 Courthouse Road


In Sports News:

Our season has nearly ended and we want to thank all of our athletes (players and cheerleaders) and coaches for a great season with a much improved record over last year.  We are so proud of all of their efforts and we’d like you to join us in thanking them.

Additionally, wish them luck as they prepare for the county-wide tournament which begins on Monday at Davis MS.

 

In SEL News This Week:

Parents, you are encouraged to ask your student what they learned about the topics and how they will apply them to their lives to further develop their character as wonderful young people.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Social Values

Challenge-Friendships

Values and Decisions

 

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • Attention 8th Grade Parents - Code RVA is accepting applications through February 22. If your child has an interest in and passion for the study of computer science, Code RVA may be just the right high school fit for them.  Please note that the deadline to submit the online application at coderva.org is February 22. Students and parents who are interested in learning more should visit coderva.org or see their school counselor for more information.

  • Attention 8th grade Parents-Would you like your student to visit a college campus?  Do you think they might be interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math?  If these sound like something your student would like, please contact Mrs. Collins in Counseling for more information about the BLAST program.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

That’s all, for now.  Let’s make it a great week!

 

Warmly, 

Principal Knight

 

Playbook Week TWENTY ONE

posted Jan 21, 2020, 9:46 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to week 21!

Now here’s what you need to know about this week.

  • Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and as such a holiday for schools as well as a national day of service.  Students and families are encouraged to get out and find a way to serve and support their communities on this day.  If you are looking for more information on the holiday or ways you and or your child can volunteer, please follow this link to https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service for ideas.  We look forward to seeing students on Tuesday, January 21st.

  • This week is also National School Principal Appreciation Week.  To support our school principals, students are encouraged to wear the following this week:

    • Tuesday, Jan 21st wear Blue to celebrate Mrs. Knight.

    • On Wednesday, Jan 22nd wear Red to celebrate Mr. Fergeson

    • On Thursday, Jan 23rd wear Pink for Mrs. Lope

    • On Friday, Jan 24th wear bright, Summer colors for Mrs. Mason

  • The Scholastic Spring Book Fair will be at our school this week and will run from  Jan.23-31. Please don’t miss this opportunity to expand your child’s library at home and at school! Students will have the opportunity to shop with their ELA during the school day.  The Fair will be open on Thursday, Jan.23 from 6-7:30 pm for STEM Night too. The new eWallet option makes shopping easy too. For more information visit the Salem Library’s LibGuide page available through our school's website. 

  • Also, Thursday night is our annual STEAM Night event.  We are looking forward to a great evening of learning.  Students will be able to travel to the activity wing of the building and participate in a variety of STEAM related activities. Students who successfully complete five activities, one for each category, will earn a quiz grade of ‘A’ in both their science and math class.  Remember, the event begins at 6:00 and will end promptly at 7:30. Students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. We look forward to seeing everyone come out!

  • Students will continue to participate in character education and SEL lessons on Tuesday during SOAR.  This week’s topics are

Grade 6

Values and Decisions 

Grade 7

What Kind of Friend are You?

Grade 8

 If Then Plans

  • CCPS is hosting a job fair for teachers of critical shortage areas (special education, ESL, math, science, world language, CTE, and technology education).  If you are a teacher of one of these content areas and are interested in joining the Chesterfield County Public Schools team, please see the attached flyer for registration information:  CCPS Recruitment Event Poster.pdf 

  • Attention 8th Grade Parents - Code RVA is accepting applications through February 22. If your child has an interest in and passion for the study of computer science, Code RVA may be just the right high school fit for them.  Please note that the deadline to submit the online application at coderva.org is February 22. Students and parents who are interested in learning more should visit coderva.org or see their school counselor for more information.

  • Attention 8th grade Parents-Would you like your student to visit a college campus?  Do you think they might be interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math?  If these sound like something your student would like, please contact Mrs. Collins in Counseling for more information about the BLAST program.

In Sports News This Week:

  • We will play our final bball game of the year and it happens to be at home this Tuesday against the Bailey Bridge Bears.  Our boys have been working hard on and off the court and are sure to give us a show.  Please plan to come on out to show your support for them and Coach Perkins. Home games are still $1 for students and $3 for visitors.  All home games begin at 2:30, unless we are playing Tomahawk, where game time is 3:30. Concessions will be sold. 

Reminders/Announcements/  Save the Dates:

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application

That's all for now, let's make it a great week!

 

Warmly,

Principal Knight

Playbook Week NINETEEN

posted Jan 6, 2020, 6:22 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Week 19

Happy New Year, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to 19 and a new calendar year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and caught up on some rest and good times with the ones you love. We are excited to get back to the business of teaching and learning with our Seahawks.  We can’t wait to see them tomorrow.

Now here’s what you need to know about this week.

  • Students will begin a new SOAR schedule this week, beginning on Tuesday, which will in effect move the current SOAR block from after the first block of the day to the start of the day.  We’ve made this choice in an effort to create new opportunities to meet the varying needs of our students at the onset of the school day without an impact on instructional time.

  • MAPs make-up testing will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Fall make-up picture day is Friday.  So, if your child enrolled after fall pictures were taken in October or missed the October picture day, please consider having your child participate so that their picture is included in the yearbook.  If you’d like pictures, these are pre-pay and you will be required to complete a picture form and send your child to school with payment.  Your child may pick up a form in the main office.

  • Additionally, we will resume our efforts to assist each Seahawk in growing not only academically, but socially and emotionally through our whole child approach using SEL.  Our SEL/character development lessons for this school year will begin next week through SOAR.

  • Also, bear in mind that the quarter closes in 4 weeks.  So, it’s a great time to help your child reengage with school and return prepared to do their best work by:

    • Coming to school daily and on time

    • Applying the necessary effort to achieve

    • Studying and not falling behind on their work or catching up on any missed assignments

    • Approaching school with a positive disposition each day

  • Lastly, parents, remind students of all of the positive expectations you have for them in terms of attitude, effort, and behavior so that they can close the quarter strong.

In Sports News This Week:

  • We will play away at Providence MS on Tuesday at home and Falling Creek on Thursday away.  Home games are still $1 for students (with tickets being sold during SOAR) and $3 for visitors.  All home games begin at 2:30, unless we are playing Tomahawk, where game time is 3:30. Concessions will be sold.  Please come out to join us to show Coach Perkins and our boys some love!


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • STEAM Night on January 23rd from 6:00-7:30 here at SMS

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

 

That’s all, for now.  Let’s make it a great week.

 

Warmly,

 

Principal Knight

Playbook Week SIXTEEN

posted Dec 16, 2019, 5:28 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It's Principal Knight with your weekly Seahawk playbook.  Welcome to Week 16 and winter-break eve!

In news this week:

  • Students can expect a no-SOAR bell schedule Monday - Thursday in an effort to support high school exam week testing. Again, all students in algebra, geometry, and Earth science will take their mid-terms this week.  Parents of students in these courses are being asked to support your children by making sure they prepare for their exams. Also, please ensure that they come to school on time, remain for the duration, and have their fully charged Chromebooks.

  • Don't forget we have our Winter Music Concert this Thursday beginning at 6:00.  We will be serving cookies and hot chocolate for the holiday. Please come out to join us for what I know will be an enchanting evening!

  • Friday, we return to our SOAR bell schedule for our annual PJ and Literacy Day!  This is the day that we spend making reading a priority while lounging in our PJs and snuggling up with a good book building-wide.  Students are invited to wear their school-appropriate PJs to school this Friday and to bring a good book (not a digital one). Like last year, students will be permitted to relax on the floors of the halls, classrooms or the forum; therefore, they are welcome to bring a clean blanket or pillow if they would like.  

  • And before we head away for winter break, we want to offer our wonderful teachers and staff some sweet treats on Thursday to let them know how much they are appreciated and we’d love your help.  We are accepting donations of sweet treats on Wednesday of this week or Thursday morning before school. If you are able to support our effort, please drop your items off in the main office. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Grade 8 Parent News:

As part of Chesterfield County Public Schools’ free PSAT For All initiative, all students in grades 8-11 took the PSAT during school in October. Scores were released and delivered on December 9th via their College Board account. We wanted to give you some information in regard to accessing those scores and how your child will receive information about their score. 

How to access your child’s score:

Students will need to sign up for a college board account to access their scores or sign into the one they may have already created.

  • Here is a resource from College Board about making an account and linking it to your student Khan Academy account. 

  •  Here is a link to some additional instructions about how to create an account and linking it to Khan Academy. 

Khan Academy: This is a free resource provided by the Chesterfield Public Schools and has been shown to increase a student’s PSAT and SAT score. 

How to learn more about your child’s PSAT score:

If you are interested in learning more about the PSAT we encourage you to attend an informational session. The school division's Office of Family and Community Engagement will be hosting an event that will help students understand their PSAT score by teaching participants:

  • Why the PSAT is important

  • How to interpret the PSAT score sheet

  • How to prepare for the SAT

  • Resources to assist in college readiness and planning

  • College Board scholarship opportunities

The event will be held on Dec. 17 from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, located at 13900 Hull Street Road. If you wish to attend, please register at: ccpspsat.eventbrite.com

Thank you so much and we look forward to working with your Seahawk on their college readiness journey.

In Sports News:

  • We will play at home against Manchester on Tuesday and away on Thursday against Tomahawk.  Home games are still $1 for students and now $3 for visitors. All home games begin at 2:30, unless we are playing Tomahawk, where game time is 3:30.  Concessions will be sold. Please come out to join us to show Coach Perkins and our boys some love!

In SEL News This Week:

  • SEL will begin in January

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

That’s all, for now.   Know that I am wishing you and your family the warmest and merriest of holidays.  See you next year!

 

Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week FIFTEEN

posted Dec 9, 2019, 7:29 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 15. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

 

Now here’s what you need to know about this week.

This will be another relatively calm week with no new initiatives. However, we will have a modified bell schedule this week. We will not have study hall until Friday.  So, parents please check your child’s grades and look for missing assignments through ParentVue. The goal for each child should be to leave for winter break without any missing assignments.  Thus, please encourage your child to work steadily throughout the week on clearing up any zeros and missing assignments throughout the course of this week at home and during moments that teachers may permit them to during class.

Additionally, parents, please know that the gifted testing referral window is open now through January 13, 2020.  If you believe that your child exhibits qualities of giftedness and would like him or her to be tested, please contact their school counselor as soon as possible.  

Lastly, as I mentioned in our last newsletter, students would be taking their MAPs winter assessment this week.  This assessment is administered three times per year and is used to monitor student growth and achievement. Students who took the test in the fall are expected to be able to show growth during this point in the year by achieving a higher target score. 

The schedule is as follows:

  • Math testing will be Monday and Tuesday

  • Reading testing will be Wednesday and Thursday

Students should have spent this weekend reviewing material and notes in both of those content areas.  Additionally, in preparation to ensure a successful test administration:

  • Please make sure your child comes each day with their fully charged Chromebook

  • Ask your child what their target goal is for MAPs.  It’s important that they know it and know that it matters to you too.

  • Refrain from picking them up early or getting them to school late during test week.

  • Send them to school each day filled up with love, encouragement, and a positive disposition.  

  • Let them know that you can’t wait to find out how well they did on their assessment. 

Sports News

  • Tuesday, is our first Boys Basketball match-up of the season.  We will play away at Robious on Tuesday and at home on Thursday against E. Davis.  Home games are still $1 for students (with tickets being sold during SOAR) and now $3 for visitors.  All home games begin at 2:30, unless we are playing Tomahawk, where game time is 3:30. Concessions will be sold.  Please come out to join us to show Coach Perkins and our boys some love!

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • We will be having our annual winter music concert on Thursday, December 19th beginning at 6 pm.  Please plan to join us for this enchanting winter evening event next week!

  • We will have our annual PJ and Literacy Day on Friday, December 20th.  Students are invited to wear their favorite school-appropriate pajamas to school so that they can join our efforts to display an appreciation for reading by nestling up with a great book for one entire block of the day.  Please make sure your child brings their favorite non-digital book to school that day. If they are still in need of one, they need to visit our great library before next week!

  • Also, 8th graders in select high school credit courses will be taking their mid term exams next week. If your child is currently in an Algebra 1, Earth Science, or Geometry course, their mid term will be next week. As a result, there will not be any homework for grade 8 students in those courses next week.  Side note: The world language mid term exams will take place in January.

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

 

That’s all, for now.  Let’s make it a great week.

 

Warmly,

Principal Knight

 


Playbook Week FOURTEEN

posted Dec 2, 2019, 4:45 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Week 14

Happy Monday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 14. I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and caught up on some rest and good times with the ones you love. 

Now here’s what you need to know about this week.

News This Week

  • Specialty Center Applications are due to our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Collins, tomorrow - December 2!  No exceptions will be granted.

  • Our first performing arts production of the year will take place this Thursday beginning at 6 pm and it will be an incredible murder mystery called the Clock Struck One put on by our resident Seahawk theater and drama students.  This is a community event and we would love for each one of you to come out to support our Seahawks while enjoying some fun, family entertainment. Bring the whole family! Tickets are only $5 per family and if you are worried about feeding the littles, we will have some concessions available for sale during intermission.  So, please plan to come out to join us this Thursday for this wonderful event!

  • Also, this Thursday we will be honoring the incredible work of the magical genius Walt Disney himself by dressing in our best Disney attire on Thursday.  Please encourage your student to dress is their Disney best too!

Aside from these events, this will be a relatively calm week with no additional student activities as we settle back in from the break. As we make our way back, the primary focus over the next week is working with students to help them strengthen their work and study habits for second quarter success and helping them to focus on meeting the goals they’ve set for themselves on their upcoming winter MAPS Assessment.   

We are proud of how much we had to celebrate from the first quarter, with so many students earning Honor Roll, Principal’s List, SOAR, Attendance, and other achievement awards across all grades.  But we still have a ways to go, and you can help us get there.  

We have designed our awards selection so that every Seahawk can achieve a personal best at something.  Achievement is an attitude not just an action. Thus, if one wants to succeed, they undoubtedly will with the right mindset and commitment to excellence.  

So, if your child was successful in quarter one, by any measure, I want to thank you for your help in getting them to that point and encourage you to continue to stay connected to their academic and social life.  

And if you realize that you have not focused as much on your child’s academic or social life, remember, these tweens need you more than you realize and it’s not too late to engage.  We’re not only here to support your children, but we are here to help you, as parents too, if you need assistance with figuring out ways to help your child succeed in school.

This being said, Parents, the upcoming MAPs assessments are important benchmarks for your children to clear that will assist us in helping them make meaningful progress toward growing as a learner and to help identify any areas of growth prior to the SOLs in May.  

MAPs testing will take place all next week, with math on Monday and Tuesday and reading being assessed on next Wednesday and Thursday.  As such, we need your help. Please assist us by:

  1. Reminding your students to study all notes from math and reading all week at home for about 30 minutes nightly.

  2. Asking your child, this Friday, what their target goal is for MAPs.  It’s important that they know it and know that it matters to you too.

  3. Refraining from picking them up early or getting them to school late during test week.

  4. Sending them to school each day filled up with love, encouragement, and a positive disposition.  

  5. Let them know that you can’t wait to find out how well they did on their assessment. 

Sports News

  • Tuesday, is our first Boys Basketball match-up of the season.  We will play away at Swift Creek on Tuesday and at home on Thursday against Providence.  Home games are still $1 for students (with tickets being sold during SOAR) and now $3 for visitors.  All home games begin at 2:30, unless we are playing Tomahawk, where game time is 3:30. Concessions will be sold.  Please come out to join us to show Coach Perkins and our boys some love!


 

That’s all, for now.  Let’s make it a great week.

 

Warmly,

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Semana 14

¡Feliz lunes, Seahawk Families! Es el Director Knight con tu Seahawk Playbook. Bienvenido a la Semana 14. Espero que haya tenido unas maravillosas vacaciones y haya descansado y se haya relajado con sus seres queridos.

Ahora esto es lo que necesita saber sobre esta semana.

Noticias esta semana

  • ¡Las solicitudes para el Centro de Especialidades se deben entregar a nuestra consejera de octavo grado, la Sra. Collins, mañana 2 de diciembre! No se otorgarán excepciones.

  • Nuestra primera producción de artes escénicas del año tendrá lugar este jueves a partir de las 6 p.m. y será un increíble misterio de asesinato llamado el Clock Struck One organizado por nuestros estudiantes residentes de teatro y teatro de Seahawk. Este es un evento comunitario y nos encantaría que cada uno de ustedes venga a apoyar a nuestros Seahawks mientras disfruta de un poco de diversión y entretenimiento familiar. ¡Trae a toda la familia! Los boletos cuestan solo $ 5 por familia y si le preocupa alimentar a los pequeños, tendremos algunas concesiones disponibles para la venta durante el intermedio. Por lo tanto, ¡planea venir a unirte a nosotros este jueves para este maravilloso evento!

  • Además, este jueves honraremos el increíble trabajo del genio mágico Walt Disney mismo vistiendo nuestro mejor atuendo de Disney el jueves. ¡Por favor, anime a su estudiante a vestirse también como Disney!

Aparte de estos eventos, esta será una semana relativamente tranquila sin actividades estudiantiles adicionales a medida que nos acomodemos en el descanso. A medida que regresamos, el enfoque principal durante la próxima semana es trabajar con los estudiantes para ayudarlos a fortalecer sus hábitos de trabajo y estudio para el éxito del segundo trimestre y ayudarlos a concentrarse en cumplir las metas que se han fijado para su próximo invierno Evaluación de MAPAS.

Estamos orgullosos de lo mucho que tuvimos que celebrar desde el primer trimestre, con tantos estudiantes ganando el Cuadro de Honor, la Lista del Director, SOAR, Asistencia y otros premios de logros en todos los grados. Pero todavía tenemos mucho camino por recorrer, y usted puede ayudarnos a llegar allí.

Hemos diseñado nuestra selección de premios para que cada Seahawk pueda lograr su mejor marca personal en algo. El logro es una actitud, no solo una acción. Por lo tanto, si uno quiere tener éxito, sin duda lo hará con la mentalidad correcta y el compromiso con la excelencia.

Entonces, si su hijo tuvo éxito en el primer trimestre, en cualquier medida, quiero agradecerle por su ayuda para llegar a ese punto y alentarlo a que continúe conectado con su vida académica y social.

Y si se da cuenta de que no se ha centrado tanto en la vida académica o social de su hijo, recuerde que estos preadolescentes lo necesitan más de lo que cree y no es demasiado tarde para participar. No solo estamos aquí para apoyar a sus hijos, sino que también estamos aquí para ayudarlos, como padres, si necesita ayuda para descubrir formas de ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela.

Dicho esto, padres, las próximas evaluaciones de MAP son puntos de referencia importantes para que sus hijos aclaren que nos ayudarán a ayudarlos a hacer un progreso significativo hacia el crecimiento como aprendices y ayudar a identificar cualquier área de crecimiento antes de los SOL en mayo.

Las pruebas de MAP se llevarán a cabo toda la próxima semana, con matemáticas los lunes y martes y la lectura se evaluará el próximo miércoles y jueves. Como tal, necesitamos su ayuda. Por favor ayúdenos por:

  1. Recordando a sus estudiantes que estudien todas las notas de matemáticas y lectura toda la semana en casa durante aproximadamente 30 minutos cada noche.

  2. Al preguntarle a su hijo, este viernes, cuál es su objetivo objetivo para los MAP. Es importante que lo sepan y sepan que también es importante para usted.

  3. Abstenerse de recogerlos temprano o llevarlos a la escuela tarde durante la semana de exámenes.

  4. Enviarlos a la escuela todos los días estaba lleno de amor, aliento y una disposición positiva.

  5. Hágales saber que no puede esperar para descubrir qué tan bien lo hicieron en su evaluación.

Noticias deportivas

  • El martes, es nuestro primer partido de la temporada de baloncesto masculino. Jugaremos en Swift Creek el martes y en casa el jueves contra Providence. Los juegos en casa todavía cuestan $ 1 para estudiantes (con boletos vendidos durante SOAR) y ahora $ 3 para visitantes. Todos los juegos en casa comienzan a las 2:30, a menos que estemos jugando Tomahawk, donde el tiempo de juego es a las 3:30. Se venderán concesiones. ¡Ven a unirte a nosotros para mostrarles amor al entrenador Perkins y a nuestros muchachos!


 

Eso es todo por ahora. Hagamos que sea una gran semana.

 

Calurosamente

Playbook Week THIRTEEN

posted Nov 25, 2019, 12:28 PM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 13. I hope your weekend is going wonderfully. Here’s what you need to know about this holiday week.

  • This is a friendly reminder.  This entire week students are on holiday break.  There is no school.  School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.  

  • Tomorrow and Tuesday are our Parent/Teacher Conference Days.  Our office hours these days will be the same hours as our conferences: Monday, November 25 - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • If you have not signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference and would like to meet with your child’s core teacher team, please use the grade level link below to sign up for a conference.  Spots are going fast!   
  • Parents desiring to see their child’s Electives or PE teachers, may do so on either conference day on a first-come, first-served basis. And if the slots for core conferences are filled or you simply desire a conference with a single teacher, parents may contact their child’s school counselor to make arrangements for a conference on an alternative, mutually agreeable date and time. 
  • We are so thankful for all of our students, families, faculty, and staff members of our Seahawk school community!  We hope that you all enjoy a wonderful holiday!

 

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

 

That’s all for now and know that I’m wishing you and your family a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

Warmly,

 

Principal Knight

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¡Feliz domingo, Seahawk Families! Es el Director Knight con tu Seahawk Playbook. Bienvenido a la semana 13. Espero que su fin de semana vaya maravillosamente. Esto es lo que necesita saber sobre esta semana de vacaciones.

  • Este es un recordatorio amigable. Esta semana entera los estudiantes están de vacaciones. No hay escuela. La escuela se reanudará el lunes 2 de diciembre.

  • Mañana y martes son nuestros días de conferencia de padres / maestros. Nuestro horario de atención en estos días será el mismo que nuestras conferencias: lunes 25 de noviembre - 11:00 am - 7:00 pm y martes 26 de noviembre - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Si no se ha inscrito en una Conferencia de padres y maestros y desea reunirse con el equipo principal de maestros de su hijo, utilice el enlace de nivel de grado a continuación para inscribirse en una conferencia. ¡Las manchas van rápido!
  • Los padres que deseen ver a los profesores optativos o de educación física de sus hijos, pueden hacerlo en cualquier día de la conferencia por orden de llegada. Y si los espacios para las conferencias principales están llenos o si simplemente desea una conferencia con un solo maestro, los padres pueden comunicarse con el consejero escolar de su hijo para hacer los arreglos para una conferencia en una fecha y hora alternativas y de mutuo acuerdo.
  • ¡Estamos muy agradecidos por todos nuestros estudiantes, familias, profesores y miembros del personal de nuestra comunidad escolar de Seahawk! ¡Esperamos que todos disfruten de unas maravillosas vacaciones!

 

Recordatorios y guardar las fechas:

  • Para los estudiantes que necesitan apoyo académico, tenemos clases particulares disponibles después de la escuela los miércoles en casi todas las áreas de contenido. Si su hijo necesita asistencia adicional, comuníquese con su maestro para hablar sobre la mejor opción para su hijo.

  • Si cree que puede desear acompañar futuras excursiones o ser voluntario en nuestra escuela en algún momento de este año, le recomiendo que complete la solicitud de voluntariado en línea lo antes posible, ya que los tiempos de procesamiento pueden ser considerables. Por lo tanto, es mejor hacerlo lo antes posible. Aquí, nuevamente, está el enlace al Solicitud de voluntariado de CCPS .

 

¡Eso es todo por ahora y sé que les deseo a usted y a su familia un maravilloso Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

 

 


Playbook Week TWELVE

posted Nov 18, 2019, 6:05 AM by Danielle Firman Payne   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 6:06 AM ]

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 12. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.

News This Week

  • Thank you to all of the parents who supported our PTSA dance this past Friday.  It was a super fun time for students and your donations and support were appreciated, especially that of Ms. Capers who came out and volunteered her services by making cotton candy for all of our young Seahawks.  It was a big hit. Ms. Capers, thank you for your support of our PTSA and our students!

 

  • Also, please don’t forget to submit your Impact Aid form if you have not already done so and to check your child’s quarter one report card. They went home last Friday.  

 

  • Speaking of report cards, if you have not signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference and would like to meet with your child’s core teacher team, please use the grade level link below to sign up for a conference.  Spots are going fast! So, sign up soon. They will take place on Monday, November 25th from 11am-7pm and Tuesday, November 26th from 7:30am-3:30pm.   

 

Grade 6 Conference sign up link-https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BACA62FA3F94-salem 

Grade 7 Conference sign up link-https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BACA62FA3F94-salem1 

Grade 8 Conference sign up link-https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BACA62FA3F94-salem2 

Parents desiring to see their child’s Electives or PE teachers, may do so on either conference day on a first-come, first-served basis. And if the slots for core conferences are filled or you simply desire a conference with a single teacher, parents may contact their child’s school counselor to make arrangements for a conference on an alternative, mutually agreeable date and time. 
 

  • Now, let the pre-Thanksgiving countdown begin! Speaking of Thanksgiving, our Box Tops turkey winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 19th.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grader who brings in the highest number of Box Tops by that date, will win a free turkey for Thanksgiving. If your child wins, parents, we will give you a call so that you can come pick your turkey up on Wednesday, November 20th.  Good luck!  

 

  • Speaking of Thanksgiving, CCPS will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 27-29.  School will be closed during each of those days, but will reopen on Monday, December 2nd. Enjoy this special holiday time with your loved ones and please don’t forget those in need.  

 

  • To show our support, our NJHS students are hosting a food drive.  All donations will be accepted through Thursday, November 21st in our library.  Thank you for your support.  

 

  • Additionally, those who participated in the fall fundraiser through Great American will have their orders mailed home on November 20th.  Also, student winners from our fall fundraiser who earned the Limo Lunch will be participating in that this Wednesday, November 20th. 

 

  • Finally, this Thursday, all students, along with their families are invited to come out to participate in our annual Culture Night event.  This is where we celebrate the beauty that makes up the Salem MS community. Students throughout the SMS community will show off the best of their culture through various expressions of food, beverages, dance, art, and informative presentations.  We invite all of our Salem students and families to join us for this wonderful free event from 6-7:30! All students must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

 

  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

 With regards to the week of November 25th-November 29th, this entire week is a holiday week.  There will be no school for students that week.

Again, Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th are reserved for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th are reserved for the observance of Thanksgiving.  Students will return to school on Monday, December 2nd. 

Have a wonderful holiday break!

Playbook Week ELEVEN

posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:54 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to what will be a very busy Week 11. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.

In News This Week:

  • Happy early Veteran’s Day to our cherished Veterans.  Salem thanks you all and those who’ve come before you for your service.

  • We are only one week into a new quarter and a new month.  More than that, this month happens to also be College and Career Readiness Month.  This is the time of year where we take the time to spotlight careers in an effort to inspire and motivate our Seahawks to dream big or even dream small...the most important thing is that they begin dreaming of a bright future for themselves.  To help with this, each Tuesday and Thursday during this month, students will be invited to sign up for our career day chats that take place during SOAR. We are fortunate to have industry professionals from our school community coming in each week to shed light on a special careers.  We have a Professor, US Marine Corp Sgt. Major, Tow Truck Driver, Veterinarian, Lawyer, Police Officer, and more. Encourage your child to sign up for one or more Career Chats that inspire them! Thank you in advance to all of our presenters.

  • Also, our Box Tops competition and turkey raffle begin this week.  Please send your child to school with his or her Box Tops as soon as possible.  The competition ends this next Tuesday, November 19th. The student with the most Box Tops submitted, per grade level, will each earn a free Thanksgiving Day turkey for their family, courtesy of our PTSA.  Just make sure your child puts all of their Box Tops in a Ziploc bag with their first and last name, along with their grade level on it before submitting it to the main office. Turkeys will be available for the winner’s parents/guardians to pick up on Wednesday, November 20th.   

  • This Tuesday, hearing and vision screening will take place for our 7th grade students.  

  • Our annual Fall PTSA Dance will take place this Friday, November 15th from 4pm to 6pm.  Like in year’s past, the fall theme is a SOCK Hop. Students are encouraged to dress casually and wear their cutest or most creative Salem colored or themed socks to the dance.  Students will be responsible for their own shoes by placing them in their school lockers. Students must have a school issued lock on their locker. If they do not, they need to purchase a lock between now and then for $5 from Ms. Brazee.  

         Additionally, dance permission slips will come home on Tuesday and tickets will be on sale during lunches on Wednesday and Thursday for $8.  Tickets           will not be sold at the door, but students will have one final moment to purchase tickets and that’s during SOAR on Friday. However, prices will increase           to $10 on that day.  So, please encourage your child to get their tickets early. They must have a signed permission slip in order to attend. 

         Lastly, in dance news, parents, we need your assistance with dance goodies.  We are in need of donations of:

  • Individual bags of chips and or Takis

  • Capri Suns

  • Blow Pops

  • Candy

        Please support us by donating any of the following items to the main office between Monday and Thursday of this week.  Thank you in advance for your support.

  • Report cards will be distributed this Friday, November 15th. 

  • Also, this Friday is our Quarter 1 Awards Assemblies.  We are so excited to take the time to honor our young men and women who excelled during the first nine weeks of the school year.  If your child is receiving an award, you will be notified tomorrow and we invite the parents of award recipients to join us this Friday during the following times.  We look forward to seeing you then!

    • Grade 67:45 am

    • Grade 710:00 am

    • Grade 89:00 am

Don’t Forget:

  • Impact Aid forms went home two weeks ago.    Impact Aid is a national funding program designed to help local school divisions that are financially burdened by federal activities. There is a detailed letter that came home two weeks ago that asked all parents to complete this survey. Even if you are not in the military or not employed on federal property, please check the applicable boxes and return the survey by November 22nd to your child’s SOAR teacher.  If your child needs another one, just ask him/her to collect one from the main office.

  • For students in need of academic support, we have tutoring available after school on Wednesdays across almost all content areas.  If your child needs additional assistance, please contact his or her teacher to discuss the best option for your child.

  • Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner.  They will take place on Monday, November 25th from 11am-7pm and Tuesday, November 26th from 7:30am-3:30pm. For the most part, they will be conducted by your child’s grade level core teacher team. Core represents the subjects math, English, history, and science.    Parents desiring a team conference should use the links below to sign up as soon as possible, but by no later than Friday, November 15th.  

Parents desiring to see their child’s Electives or PE teachers, may do so on either conference day on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Finally, if the slots for core conferences are filled or you simply desire a conference with a single teacher, parents may contact their child’s school counselor to make arrangements for a conference on an alternative, mutually agreeable date and time. 

Grade Level Counselors:

 

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • Parent Teacher Conferences 11/25 (11am-7pm) and 11/26 (7:30am-3:30pm)

  • Thanksgiving Holiday--School Closed 11/27-11/29

 

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If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application


  • Students in our National Junior Honor Society will be hosting a canned food drive to help families in need this holiday season.  Please support this worthy effort by sending in as many canned goods and non-perishable items to our school as possible between November 11th-November 21st.  Donations can be dropped off in our library and we thank you for your support.
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our Great American fall fundraiser and helped us achieve our school-wide goal.  We have received word that Great American has processed your orders and they will be mailed to families' homes, from their warehouse, on November 20th.  They apologize for the delay in shipping. 

Playbook Week NINE

posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:53 AM by Danielle Firman Payne

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 9. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.

News This Week

  • We will be taking Fall Pictures on Tuesday, October 29th.  Order forms came home last week. If your child needs another form, please ask them to drop by the main office tomorrow to pick it up.  Please don’t forget that students must prepay in order to receive pictures and should plan to bring their money in their completed envelope to school on Tuesday. Also, note, whether students order pictures or not, they will be permitted to take pictures, as these will be featured in our yearbook.  So, have your child dress to impress or simply dress their best.

  • Also, this is the final week of the first quarter, which officially comes to a close on November 4th.  Please ensure that your child is doing everything possible to close out grades and end the quarter strong.  I’ll be in touch soon about the process for signing up for our Parent Teacher Conferences that are scheduled for November 25th and 26th.  

  • This Wednesday, we have students in our AVID program participating in a college visit field trip to VSU.  Parents of AVID students, please note:

    • The trip is only for 6th and 7th graders only at this time.

    • We will leave school after 1st block and return during 4th block.  

    • Students are expected to wear Salem gear (even their PE shirt is okay) or Salem colors (green or gold).  

    • Also important, students should dress appropriately for the weather.  They will be walking outside for the school tour.  

    • Lunch will be provided and paid for by Communities in Schools

  • Also, this Wednesday will be our annual two schools--one campus event...Like last year, we will be hosting our little ones from Salem ES who will parade around our school in their very favorite book character costume on October 31st.  They will be greeted with cheering and smiles from our resident Seahawks. Our students are invited to dress in their favorite book character themed costume as well.  

  • Additionally, Parents, I wanted to make you aware that we’ve begun our Wednesday after school tutoring program. Every Wednesday many of our wonderful teachers stay after school to tutor students!! If your student needs assistance in a class, have them make a plan with their teacher.  This plan could mean that they are tutored by their own teacher or by one of our Wednesday tutors.  After tutoring, students may remain for one hour, from 3:30-4:15, to participate in Homework Club in the cafeteria. During this time, students may get additional help or simply just have time to complete assignments. Parents, please know that we no longer after school buses.  Students who participate in after school tutoring and or homework club must be picked up by a parent no later than 4:15 pm. Pick up takes place beginning at 3:30 from the cafeteria.  Also, if Wednesdays do not work for your family, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher for a more mutually convenient time. 

Counseling News:

Week of October 27, 2019-November 2, 2019 

Specialty Center Open Houses

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Leadership and International Relations Open House James River High School

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Health Science Open House - Cosby High School

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Visual and Performing Arts Open House - Thomas Dale High School (Main Campus Auditorium) 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 5:00PM or 6:30 PM - CodeRVA Open House - One-hour sessions

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:25 PM - Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS) Open House 

Specialty Center Help Sessions

Monday, October 28, 2019 during SOAR

Friday, November 1, 2019 during SOAR

Students should be working on their application(s).  

Students should have decided which teachers to ask to complete the recommendation forms for their applications.  Remember, there are specific teachers that each application requires. Give the teachers as much time as possible to complete the recommendation form.  Students should continue to write their essay (if applicable). 

If any student is completely done with their application(s), then their application(s) should be given to Mrs. Lindsey Collins by hand as soon as possible.  A receipt of application will be emailed to the student and/or parent/guardian to indicate that all information was provided at that time and no other information is missing.  If the application is given to Mrs. Collins and it is incomplete, then an email will be sent to the parent/guardian informing him/her of what is missing/incomplete.  

Also, once a student provides a teacher recommendation form to their indicated teacher (provided on the application), then their part of this application process is complete.  The collection of recommendation letters is the responsibility of the Specialty Center Coordinator. 

In Sports News:

Girls BB and Boys Soccer play away against Bailey Bridge MS this Tuesday the 29th which is our final regular season game.  Again, please be reminded that the BB game begins at 2:30 and soccer begins at 3:00.  Please talk with your child about transportation arrangements in advance and if picking them up, please do so in a timely manner based on the above end times.  For tournament information, parents, please contact your child’s coach directly.

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • Quarter Closes 11/4

  • Election Day--No School for students 11/5

  • Quarter 2 Begins 11/6

  • Vision and Hearing Screening for Grade 7 on 11/12

  • Quarter 1 Awards Assemblies 11/15

  • Fall Dance (Sock Hop) 11/15 (4pm to 6pm)

  • Parent Teacher Conferences 11/25 (11am-7pm) and 11/26 (7:30am-3:30pm)

  • Thanksgiving Holiday--School Closed 11/27-11/29

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  • If you think you might desire to chaperone future field trips or volunteer in our school at any point this year, I strongly encourage you to complete the online volunteer application as soon as possible, as processing times may be considerable. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  


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