Seahawk Playbook (from Principal Knight)

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



Week 9

posted Oct 22, 2018, 4:34 AM by Lashante Knight

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.


  • Also, our annual PTSA sponsored dance will be held this Friday, October 26th from 6-8.  Tickets will be $5 and will go on sale during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. There will no tickets sold at the door, but there will be a final call for tickets that we will sell during SOAR on Friday morning where the price increases to $8. This event will be a sock hop that will be held in the gym. And again, in honor of no bullying, students are being asked to wear socks to ‘Stomp Out’ bullying. However, all other school dress code rules still apply; students must actually have attended school the day of the dance and rules governing acceptable behavior still apply.  Please be sure to have your student wear socks with grips for traction.

  • Volunteers and donations are needed for the dance.  More specifically, if you could drop off donations of any amount of the following in the main office between now Friday and/or if you could consider coming out to support with supervision from 6-8 that would be great.  If you are willing and able to chaperone the dance, please email me.

  • Donations Needed:

    • Capri Suns

    • Water

    • Blow pops


  • Don’t forget Culture Night is this Thursday, October 25th from 6-7:30.  Please come out to join us for a wonderful evening celebrating the vibrant and multicultural Seahawk community.

  • NEW! Salem merchandise...we are so proud of our school and want to show it off.  Here are two ways you can help show your Salem pride. You can purchase a Seahawk t-shirt for $12 or an all new fridge or car magnets for $2!  If interested, please have your child pick up an order form from the main office.

  • Also, we will be taking Fall Pictures on Monday, October 29th.  Order forms come home this week and students must prepay in order to receive pictures.

  • In other news, next month marks the end of the quarter on November 2nd.  As a result, as always, we are delighted to open our doors for our annual Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you are interested in a conference, please see the details on the attached form and have your child return it to their SOAR teacher by Wednesday, October 24th.  Students will also come home with the form, I’ve just attached it for your convenience. See the form here.

  • Also, CCPS is hosting is first annual Literacy Fair at the Tech Center on Hull St. on October 29th.  During this time, they will host several workshops for parents and students that will help you raise readers.  For more information, please see the attached flyer. CCPS Literacy Fair


In SEL News This Week:

  • This week’s lesson for 6th graders teaches students that they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.

  • This week’s lesson for 7th graders encourages students to embrace challenges by demonstrating that mistakes are opportunities to learn.

  • And in 8th grade, this week’s lesson your child will think about how the world could be a better place. Your child will also reflect on personal interests and how to develop them to create that better world.


In Sports News:

  • Our Cross Country team will have a matchup with Falling Creek away this Wednesday.  Please come out to see our Seahawks soar!

  • Girls BB and Boys Soccer play away against Manchester (makeup game) this Monday, against Carver MS away this Tuesday and home against Falling Creek this Thursday.  Come out to join us for our final home games of the season.


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • 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 asked to dress in their favorite book character themed costume as well.

  • Also, our Counseling Department would like to invite you to be a guest speaker/presenter as part of our Career Chats Series. Inspire the youth of our community by sharing how strong fundamentals in math, English, and reading contribute to your career, an explanation of entry-level requirements, the pros and cons of your profession, the education needed, and most importantly, your own personal insights into your occupation.  Please contact the guidance office for more information.

  • It’s still a great time to join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

However, 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.  

Week 8

posted Oct 17, 2018, 4:28 PM by Lashante Knight

Week 8

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 8. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.


  • October is Bullying-Prevention month and we have several activities planned in Seahawk territory to bring awareness to bullying and to encourage students to refrain from participating in it in any form.  This Friday, October 19th, will mark our first out-loud way of doing so--where Salem goes Blue as a show of solidarity against bullying. Therefore, we are encouraging every student to wear as much blue as possible on this Friday as there way of making a silent pledge against bullying.  So, blue clothes, makeup, hair, fingernails...whatever they can think of, please have your child come out and represent this Friday in all blue. All of those who take this opportunity to wear blue as a pledge against bullying will earn 3 PBIS points.

  • Culture Night has been rescheduled to take place this Thursday, October 25th.  We are looking forward to a great night! Hope to see you there.

  • Also, our annual PTSA sponsored dance will be held Friday, October 26th from 6-8.  Tickets will be $5 and will go on sale during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  There will no tickets sold at the door, but there will be a final call for tickets that we will  sell during SOAR on Friday morning where the price increases to $8. This event will be a sock hop that will be held in the gym.  And again, in honor of no bullying, students are being asked to wear blue socks to ‘Stomp Out’ bullying. More details to come about this.  However, all other school dress code rules still apply; students must actually have attended school the day of the dance and rules governing acceptable behavior still apply.

  • Also, this month, we will be taking Fall Pictures on Monday, October 29th.  Please calendar this.

  • However, 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.  


In SEL News This Week:

  • This week’s lesson for 6th/7th graders teaches students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains can help them achieve more in school and in life.

  • Family Lesson Question:  Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.

  • And in 8th grade, this week’s lesson will continue to think about identity and how people sometimes “switch” identities to fit in with different social groups. The lesson explains that it’s okay to change identities depending on the group you’re in, but your child doesn’t have to change in ways that don’t feel right.


In Sports News:

  • Our Cross Country team will have a match up with Falling Creek away this Wednesday.  Please come out to see our Seahawks soar!

Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • 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.

  • Also, our Counseling Department would like to invite you to be a guest speaker/presenter as part of our Career Chats Series. Inspire the youth of our community by sharing how strong fundamentals in math, English, and reading contribute to your career, an explanation of entry level requirements, the pros and cons of your profession, the education needed, and most importantly, your own personal insights into your occupation.  Please contact the guidance office for more information.

  • It’s still a great time to join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Week 7

posted Oct 17, 2018, 4:27 PM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 4:28 PM ]

Week 7

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 7. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.


  • As you know, Culture Night was scheduled for this past Thursday. Due to the early release and cancelation of after school activities that day, Culture Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 26th.  So, participants and guests, please plan accordingly. We are still looking forward to a great night.

  • Thanks to the addition of our new drama class, we are proud to announce that we are preparing for the release of our first production in years and it will be Hansel and Gretel!    We are targeting the winter for the actual performance nights. In the meantime, auditions are being held after school this Monday and Tuesday until 4:00. If your child plans to audition, please make sure that they are picked up by 4:00.  And lastly, our Drama teacher, Ms. Gliszczynski, is requesting the following to help begin to fill our prop closet, as we are starting from scratch. Any: knicknacks, odd things around the house, broken brooms, old clothing, really anything that could serve as a prop, etc...is welcome and encouraged.  If you can help us out, that would be great. Please send any donations to the main office.

  • As you know, 8th graders will visit the Richmond Raceway on Thursday, October 18th for our Mission Tomorrow field trip, which is the area’s largest career fair for students. Students will have the opportunity to interface with over 100 local business, organizations, colleges!  It’s never too early to start planning for the future. The trip is free with the option to purchase a Salem spirit wear shirt for $6 to adorn the day of the trip. Permission slips were due last Friday, but due to school being closed on Friday, please be sure to send your child with their signed permission slip to school on Monday, if you haven’t already.

  • Also, this year, parents, you are being invited to come out to participate in the event and experience what your child is experiencing.  More specifically, Mission Tomorrow organizers are offering parents the first hour of the event to come and experience what their student will experience when they arrive at the event. They are also offering parents an opportunity to support the event as a volunteer if you are interested.  Here is a link to a parent letter that is available on the event website for more information.  Note that if you decide to volunteer to participate in the Mission Tomorrow experience, this is not the same process for chaperoning.  In this case, you need only click on the link for more about how you go about volunteering for Mission Tomorrow or participating during the first hour from their website.  


  • However, 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. Note that it’s too late for the Mission Tomorrow trip, but not necessarily for others. So, it’s best to just get it done as early as you can.  Here, again, is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.  

  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) lessons continue this week. Again, this is a depression awareness and suicide prevention training program that 7th graders participate in to understand that depression is a treatable illness.  It also explains that suicide is a preventable tragedy, how to identify serious depression and suicidality in themselves or a friend, and helps students know who in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.  

  • Lastly, CCPS has designed a Technology Survey that they would like all stakeholders to participate in, including parents.  The survey window is open now and closes this Friday. Therefore, parents, if you don’t mind, the district would appreciate your input on technology.  Please follow this link to complete the CCPS Technology Survey. Click on the Parent Section here.


In SEL News This Week:

  • Our Social-Emotional Curriculum is in full swing and our first lesson across all grade levels was on mindsets and goals. And moving forward, since our lessons have begun, when possible, I will share a brief summary of what the lesson of the week will focus on and offer you a question that you can use to engage your child in deeper conversation to keep the learning going.  

  • This week’s lesson for 6th/7th graders teaches your child ways he or she can help new students feel welcome at school.  Ask your child to think of a group he or she enjoys being a part of, and what he or she would do to help a new person in the group feel welcome. Tell your child about a time you helped someone new to your community.


  • And in 8th grade, this week’s lesson will help your child continue to think about identity and how people sometimes “switch” identities to fit in with different social groups. The lesson explains that it’s okay to change identities depending on the group you’re in, but your child doesn’t have to change in ways that don’t feel right.  Ask if your child ever feels the need to switch identities to fit in, and how that feels. Tell your child about a time you felt you had to change in a way that didn’t feel right so you would be accepted by a group.


In Sports News:

  • Our Cross Country  team will have a matchup with Providence away this Wednesday.  Please come out to see our Seahawks soar!

  • Girls BB and Boys Soccer play at home against Midlothian MS this Tuesday and home again against Swift Creek this Thursday.  Again, please be reminded that the new schedule this year calls for all BB games to begin at 2:30 and all soccer games have a 3:00 start.  Hope to see you there!


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • 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 annual PTSA sponsored dance will be held, this year, on Friday, October 26th from 6-8.  Tickets will be $5 and will go on sale the week of the dance during lunches. There will no tickets sold at the door, but there will be a final call for tickets sold during SOAR on the day of the dance where the price increases to $8.  Please know that all school dress code rules still apply; students must actually have attended school the day of the dance and rules governing acceptable behavior still apply.

  • Also, this month, we will be taking Fall Pictures on Monday, October 29th.  Please calendar this.

  • Also, our Counseling Department would like to invite you to be a guest speaker/presenter as part of our Career Chats Series. Inspire the youth of our community by sharing how strong fundamentals in math, English, and reading contribute to your career, an explanation of entry level requirements, the pros and cons of your profession, the education needed, and most importantly, your own personal insights into your occupation.  Please contact the guidance office for more information.

  • Join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 6

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:56 AM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 9:57 AM ]

Week 6

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook.  Welcome to Week 6. I hope you had a great weekend.  Here’s what you need to know about this week.


  • SMS Culture Night experience is this Thursday, October 11th!  This is always a night to remember as we celebrate the many diverse cultures of our Salem students and families through projects, performances, and food.  Please come on out to join us between 6:00-7:30!

  • Also, our Counseling Department would like to invite you to be a guest speaker/presenter as part of our Career Chats Series. Inspire the youth of our community by sharing how strong fundamentals in math, English, and reading contribute to your career, an explanation of entry-level requirements, the pros and cons of your profession, the education needed, and most importantly, your own personal insights into your occupation.  Please see full details in the attached letter. Career Chats Sign Up and Invitation

  • Students in our HI Program will be participating in their annual team building activity through challenge discovery.  Students in grades 6/7 will have an in-house field trip, where Challenge Discovery will come to our school and work with the grade levels.  And 8th grade HI students will be heading to the University of Richmond to participate in the Challenge Discovery Ropes course there. They will leave at 7:45 and return at 1:30.  This should be a great way to strengthen fellowship while promoting fun!

  • 8th graders will visit the Richmond Raceway on Thursday, October 18th for our Mission Tomorrow field trip. Mission Tomorrow is the area’s largest career fair for students. Students will have the opportunity to interface with over 100 local business, organizations, colleges! It’s never too early to start planning for the future. The trip is free with the option to purchase a Salem spirit wear shirt for $6 to adorn the day of the trip.  Permission slips have been issued and are due back by this Friday, October 12th.

  • Also, now that field trips are underway, parents, if you think you might desire to chaperone 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 is the link to the CCPS Volunteer Application.

  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) lessons also begin this week. This is a depression awareness and suicide prevention training program that 7th graders participate in to understand that depression is a treatable illness.  It also explains that suicide is a preventable tragedy, how to identify serious depression and suicidality in themselves or a friend, and helps students know who in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.  

  • Finally, Friday is a 3 hour early release day, where students will be dismissed at 11:05.  Prior to doing so, we will end the day on a high note with a school pep rally and for the first time, we will be serving a grab and go style lunch for students during their last block of the day.  During that time, they will be given the option to go purchase their grab-bag lunch and return to their classroom to eat prior to dismissal. There will be only one menu selection which will include chicken sandwich, fruit, veggies, and milk. If your son or daughter has an allergy that might be impacted by these menu items, please coordinate with our cafeteria manager, Ms. Joanne Whelan, to discuss any additional options that might be available.  


In SEL News This Week:

  • Our Social-Emotional Curriculum is in full swing and our first lesson across all grade levels was on mindsets and goals. And moving forward, since our lessons have begun, when possible, I will share a brief summary of what the lesson of the week will focus on and offer you a question that you can use to engage your child in deeper conversation to keep the learning going.  

  • This week’s lesson for 6th/7th graders teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong.  Ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.

  • And in 8th grade, this week’s lesson will help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are.  Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.


In Sports News:

  • Our Cross Country  team will have a matchup with Carver at home this Wednesday.  Please come out to see our Seahawks win!

  • Girls BB and Boys Soccer play at home against Bailey Bridge this Tuesday and away against Manchester this Thursday.  Again, please be reminded that the new schedule this year calls for all BB games to begin at 2:30 and all soccer games have a 3:00 start.  Hope to see you there!


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • Our annual PTSA sponsored dance will be held, this year, on Friday, October 26th from 6-8.  Tickets will be $5 and will go on sale the week of the dance during lunches. There will no tickets sold at the door, but there will be a final call for tickets sold during SOAR on the day of the dance where the price increases to $8.  Please know that all school dress code rules still apply; students must actually have attended school the day of the dance and rules governing acceptable behavior still apply.


  • Specialty Center Info

The families of rising ninth graders are invited to attend the final Specialty Center open houses on either October 11 at the Chesterfield Technical Center at Hull Street from 6:30-7:30 PM.  All Specialty Centers will be represented and optional breakout sessions to learn about the application process, interview process, auditions, and online classes will be held at 6:30, 6:50 and 7:10 PM.  Check out this link for more information!


  • Gifted Student Info

As mentioned in previous updates, Chesterfield County Public Schools will utilize a revised gifted identification process to find and identify gifted learners this coming school year. Information sessions have been planned to provide interested parents of elementary and middle school students with more information regarding these changes.

Feel free to join us on any of the following dates, noting that sessions canceled due to the severe weather on September 17 have now been rescheduled:

October 8 at 6:00 PM - Carver MS auditorium

October 8 at 7:30 PM - Matoaca HS auditorium

October 11 at 6:00 PM - Bird HS auditorium  


  • Join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

  • Don’t forget to drop off box tops in the main office and denim in any condition.  Both donations are for a worthy cause.


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 5

posted Oct 6, 2018, 8:28 PM by Lashante Knight

Week 5

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook, Welcome to October and to Week 5.  We had a wonderfully successful first month of school. Thank you so much for your continued support.   Here is what you need to know this week:


As I shared during BTSN, we are proud of the work we are doing to raise the bar on student achievement and climate at Salem and look forward to continuing that work this year.  There are two specific ways that we are working hard to do that and that’s through our PBIS Rewards program and our new Social Emotional Learning, also known as SEL Curriculum.


In brief, PBIS rewards program is the system we use to award your child points for doing a great job of maintaining our school’s core values of S.O.A.R.  Earned points can be redeemed to make purchases in our school store or to buy access to rewards and incentives throughout the year like our exclusive quarterly Seahawk Socials, our end-of-year Seahawk Summer blast cookout (held in June) and other special events or activities.  So, please encourage your child to work hard to S.O.A.R. daily to earn points throughout the year.


Also this week, we begin direct instruction in SEL curriculum during our Wednesday S.O.A.R. blocks.  This is an opportunity that we’ve embedded during the day for students to learn critical life skills beyond core content designed to help them not only be better students, but better citizens.  Our aim is to use this research-based program by Second Step to teach students:

  • Self awareness

  • Self management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

  • Responsible decision making.

To learn a little more about the program, please see the attached family letter.


Lastly, this week, 7th graders will participate in county-wide hearing and vision screenings, unless you’ve returned the opt-out letter for your child.  And students in our HI program will participate in their once monthly meetups during SOAR this Thursday.


In other news:


Specialty Center Info

The families of rising ninth graders are invited to attend one of the upcoming Specialty Center open houses on either October 1 or 11 at the Chesterfield Technical Center at Hull Street from 6:30-7:30 PM.  All Specialty Centers will be represented and optional breakout sessions to learn about application process, interview process, auditions, and online classes will be held at 6:30, 6:50 and 7:10 PM. Check out this link for more information!


Gifted Student Info

As mentioned in previous updates, Chesterfield County Public Schools will utilize a revised gifted identification process to find and identify gifted learners this coming school year. Information sessions have been planned to provide interested parents of elementary and middle school students with more information regarding these changes.

Feel free to join us on any of the following dates, noting that sessions cancelled due to the severe weather on September 17 have now been rescheduled:

October 3 at 6:00 PM - Monacan HS auditorium

October 8 at 6:00 PM - Carver MS auditorium

October 8 at 7:30 PM - Matoaca HS auditorium

October 11 at 6:00 PM - Bird HS auditorium  

 

Thank you for your support of gifted education in Chesterfield County Public Schools!


In Sports News:

  • Our Cross Country  team will have a match up with Davis at home this Wednesday.  Please come out to see them win!

  • Girls BB and Boys Soccer are both away this week on Tuesday against Matoaca and Thursday @ Tomahawk.  We’d love for you to go out to support our Seahawks, as our girls BB team is kicking butt and taking names and our boys soccer team is working super hard to capture their first win.  Please be reminded that the new schedule this year calls for all BB games to begin at 2:30 (except when playing Tomahawk) and all soccer games have a 3:00 start. Since we are playing Tomahawk this week, both the boys soccer and girls bb games will begin at 3:00.  Hope to see you there!


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • SMS Culture Night experience is coming in October 11th!  This is always a night to remember as we celebrate the many diverse cultures of our Salem students and families. We are still looking for families/individuals who would like participate in our Culture Night on October 11th. If you and your child would like to participate by showcasing food, a game, a dance, or some other aspect of your culture, please have your child complete the permission form.  If they need a new one, they can get it from their Social Studies teacher tomorrow. Also, EXTRA CREDIT is awarded in SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES for all WHO PARTICIPATE.Join the PTSA for $7.00! If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office. Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

  • Don’t forget to drop off box tops in the main office and denim in any condition.  Both donations are for a worthy cause.


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 4

posted Oct 6, 2018, 8:26 PM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 8:29 PM ]

Week 4

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook, Welcome to Week 4. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Here is what you need to know this week of school!


  • Attention all AVID parents, if your child is currently in our AVID program, we will be hosting their annual pinning ceremony on  September 25th during our SOAR time from 9:00-9:30. This assembly is simply a milestone event to symbolize students’ commitment to the AVID program to their growth as students.  If you are an AVID parent, you are cordially invited to join us. Hope to see you there!

  • Our first home girls basketball game and boys soccer games will take place, against Davis, this Thursday, September 27th at 2:30.  Tickets for the games will be sold to students for $1 and $2 for visitors.

  • Also, the SMS Culture Night experience is coming in October!  This is always a night to remember as we celebrate the many diverse cultures of our Salem students and families. We are looking for families/individuals who would like participate in our Culture Night on October 11th. If you and your child would like to participate by showcasing food, a game, a dance, or some other aspect of your culture, please have your child complete the permission form.  If they need a new one, they can get it from their Social Studies teacher tomorrow. Also, EXTRA CREDIT is awarded in SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES for all WHO PARTICIPATE.

  • On a different note, parents, if you have not turned in your updated emergency card for this year, please do.  It is critical that we have current contact information for each Salem student. If you’ve misplaced your child’s card--no problem.  Just send your child to the office to pick up another one and return it completed by the next day.

  • Lastly, our Back-To-School Night will be Tuesday, September 25th where doors open at 5:00, the PTSA will host a meeting at 5:30, and the program portion of our evening will begin at 6:00.  See you there!



Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • This is the final week for the annual Denim Drive collection originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to expected bad weather.

    • The new collection dates/times/locations are:

  • From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 29-30 at Bird High, located at 10301 Courthouse Road

  • Join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

  • Don’t forget to drop off box tops in the main office and denim in any condition.  Both donations are for a worthy cause.

  • Lastly, please don’t forget to pay your child’s school fees/Chromebook fees and purchase their supplies,  if you haven’t already. Instruction has begun and we don’t want your child to fall behind. A huge thanks to everyone who has.


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 3

posted Sep 19, 2018, 5:47 AM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 8:30 PM ]

Week 3

Happy Sunday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook, Welcome to Week 3. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Here is what you need to know about the third week of school!


  • We are pleased to announce that the good news just hasn’t stopped for our Seahawks so far this year.  By way of popular demand, we are now able to offer drama as an elective option for students as well this year.  Request forms went home last week. If you have questions about this course or would like your child to be considered for participation, please contact your child’s counselor.  The final day to sign up will be this Friday.

  • Students also participated in our annual fall fundraising kick off with Great American last week.  A neat fundraising packet full of all types of goodies went home last Wednesday. As students sell, they earn money for our school that we will use to continue purchasing student resources, student furniture, and fund incentives for students throughout the year.  So, please show your support, even a single item purchase from each family will go a long way in helping us to yield decent proceeds to continue to make our school a great place for kids. Fundraiser packets are due by October 2nd. Thank you in advance for your support!

  • On a different note, parents, if you have not turned in your updated emergency card for this year, please do.  It is critical that we have current contact information for each Salem student. If you’ve misplaced your child’s card--no problem.  Just send your child to the office to pick up another one and return it completed by the next day.

  • Lastly, like last year, students are expected to take their first benchmark of the year in math and reading using the MAPs assessment.  Parents, these tests give your student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on a variety of grade level, content-specific topics in math and reading.  Teachers use the data resulting from this test to determine what areas they need to emphasize and deepen student understanding on throughout the fall season.  Students will then test again in the winter and spring with the expectation that they will show growth at each interval. With any assessment, please send your child to school in a positive mindframe and with the confidence they need to perform at a high level.  Also, please refrain from any unnecessary tardies to school or early pick-ups.

  • Attention all AVID parents, if your child is currently in our AVID program, we will be hosting their annual pinning ceremony on  September 25th during our SOAR time from 9:00-9:30. This assembly is simply a milestone event to symbolize students’ commitment to the AVID program to their growth as students.  If you are an AVID parent, you are cordially invited to join us. Hope to see you there!

  • More, it’s girls basketball, cross country, and boys soccer season and we are so excited about our Seahawks.  Tryouts are nearly over and team rosters are almost finalized. Please stay abreast of our athletic schedule using the calendar on the home page of our website. In the meantime, our first home games are September 27th!  Hope to see you there.

  • Lastly, want to stay abreast of your children’s grades and on top of all-things technology?  Consider participating in the ‘Tech It Out’ event designed to help parents understand Chromebooks and other CCPS 1:1 technology.  See attached flyer!


Reminders and Save the Dates:

  • Save the date for our Back-To-School Night.  It will be Tuesday, September 25th where doors open at 5:00, the PTSA will host a meeting at 5:30, and the program portion of our evening will begin at 6:00.  See you there!

  • The annual Denim Drive collection originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to expected bad weather.

    • The new collection dates/times/locations are:

  • From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 22-23 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, located at 13900 Hull Street Road

  • From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 29-30 at Bird High, located at 10301 Courthouse Road

  • Join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

  • Don’t forget to drop off box tops in the main office and denim in any condition.  Both donations are for a worthy cause.

  • Lastly, please don’t forget to pay your child’s school fees/Chromebook fees and purchase their supplies,  if you haven’t already. Instruction has begun and we don’t want your child to fall behind. A huge thanks to everyone who has.


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 2

posted Sep 19, 2018, 5:43 AM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 8:31 PM ]

Week 2

Happy Monday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook, Welcome to Week 2. We had a great first week.  Thank you for your support. Here is what you need to know about the second week of school!


  • We will begin breakfast this week.  Remember that we have a grab and go model--whereby students are provided food in a portable form and are permitted to eat in their classrooms.  For those purchasing breakfast, the cost is $1.50 for full price and .30 cents for those who receive reduced meals.

  • We are hosting our grade level Kick-Off Assemblies this week to help review schoolwide expectations and showcase just how awesome middle school can be.

  • Students will also engage in quarterly goal setting this week.  More specifically, students will work with counselors and their SOAR Advisory block advisors to set one academic goal that they will strive to accomplish this nine weeks.  Students who successfully reach the goal will be recognized during the grade level quarter-end awards assemblies.

  • We also honor the memories of those lost during the tragic 911 attack as part of our morning announcements on Tuesday, as well as some teachers have decided on additional activities.

  • Tuesday, September 11th is the final day that we will accept requests for an elective course change to our new Mandarin Chinese elective.  Following the review of requests, counselors will be in touch with students who are being placed in the course.


Reminders:

  • Save the date for our Back-To-School Night.  It will be Tuesday, September 25th where doors open at 5:00, the PTSA will host a meeting at 5:30, and the program portion of our evening will begin at 6:00.  See you there!

  • Join the PTSA for $7.00!  If you need another membership envelope, please request one from our main office.  Thank you all for your investment in making Salem an awesome place!

  • Don’t forget to drop off box tops in the main office and denim in any condition.  Both donations are for a worthy cause.

  • Lastly, please don’t forget to pay your child’s school fees/Chromebook fees and purchase their supplies,  if you haven’t already. Instruction has begun and we don’t want your child to fall behind. A huge thanks to everyone who has.


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


Warmly,

Principal Knight


Playbook Week 1

posted Sep 19, 2018, 5:41 AM by Lashante Knight   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 8:31 PM ]

Week 1

Happy Monday, Seahawk Families!  It’s Principal Knight with your Seahawk Playbook, Welcome to Week 1 of the 2018-19 school year!


In just under 24 hours the doors will reopen and we are primed and ready for yet another amazing year.  We certainly hope that you and our students had a great summer and are ready for a great year as well! We have some neat things in store this year and can’t wait to share them with you during Back-To-School Night on Tuesday, September 25th. So, please reserve that date on your calendar.  


In the meantime, here are just a few important reminders to help you get the new school year off to a great start.

  • Doors open for intake daily at 7:15 and school starts at 7:35. Anyone arriving after 7:35 is considered tardy.  Dismissal begins at 2:05. `

  • Any student who fails to come to school on the first day will be withdrawn.  To that end, daily attendance is important throughout the year. Please do everything you can to ensure that your child attends daily.

  • All 6th-graders must have proof of their T-Dap immunization.  If you have yet to turn this in, you must send it to school with your child on Tuesday morning or they will not be permitted to remain at school.

  • There is no breakfast being served the first week of school; so make sure your beautiful offspring enjoys a nutritious meal at home each day this week.  

  • On Tuesday, students are expected to head to the following locations upon arrival and their teachers will escort them to their first period even class.

    • 6th grade-gym

    • 7th-grade-cafeteria

    • 8th-grade- forum

  • As is customary, students will be issued new schedules on the first day of school. Please keep in mind, while we aim to please, a student not receiving their preferred elective is not necessarily an error.  Electives are programmed based on student interest. So, it’s possible that an elective was already full or was too under-enrolled to offer. Once we assess the state of things during the first week of school, it’s possible that some electives may open up due to no-shows etc...and we may be able to offer some schedule changes.

  • In that same vein, we are delighted to inform you that we are offering Mandarin-Chinese as a world language this year for which students who complete the full year course can get high school credit.  A letter describing this class is coming home on the first day and if you’d like your child to drop one elective in favor of taking this class on even days, please complete the request form and return it to school on Wednesday.

  • Don’t forget your child’s school supplies and to pay their school fees.  Students will be issued lockers on Wednesday, September 5th, so they can bring any remaining heavy supplies that day.

  • Barring anything unforeseen, Chromebooks are scheduled to be issued on Friday, September 7th. In order for your child to obtain one, they must have returned the one from last year, paid their Chromebook fee, and have turned in their signed Mobile Device Agreement.  Also, while not required, the district would like you to have your child, now, return their chargers from last year, as they are getting entirely different devices and those chargers will not work. Yes, this is a change. Originally, they were asked to keep the chargers, but now we need to collect them.  So, have them bring their old chargers to school on Friday.

  • Also, please be on the lookout for your first day packet.  Students will come home with it on Tuesday and it’s full of important need-to-know info.  Included in the packet, again, is an invitation to have your child enroll in our newly offered Mandarin-Chinese class and the annual emergency cards that must be completed with each year, along with so much more.

  • Additionally,we will continue our strong partnership with our PTSA and invite you to join for $7.00.  Envelopes will be in the first day packets. And don’t forget that we will be collecting Box Tops throughout the year.  So, please have your child bring any that they’ve collected during the summer to school on Tuesday and take them to the main office.  

  • Also, CCPS continues this year with its annual Denim Drive to support Goodwill Industries.  Please consider donating denim to this worthy cause. The top middle school who donates the most denim will win a monetary prize.  This is a win-win for all! See attached flyer for details.

  • And finally, having a safe and successful year is predicated on everyone abiding by school rules and expectations.  Students will receive their handbooks and will spend this week reviewing those with their teachers in class. I ask that you take the time to talk with your child about appropriate behavior for school and the importance of honoring school rules.  Some of the big ones that come up each year include, but are not limited to:

    • Respect for self, others, and property.  Please remind your child to use a respectful tone to communicate with all members of our school community; refrain from the use of profanity; respect other people’s property and personal space; and keep their hands to themselves.

    • Cell Phones-Please remind your child that their cell phone is expected to be off and away, at all times, unless given permission by their teacher for a school-related activity.

    • Dress Code-Please review acceptable school wear with your child in their handbook. It speaks to expectations when wearing leggings to things that are prohibited like wearing hats and hoods or clothing that is too revealing.


That’s all for now!  Here’s to a great new year. See you tomorrow.


Respectfully,


Principal Knight


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