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PTAs SET TO HOST CITY COUNCIL FORUM APRIL 24
The Salem Council of PTAs is sponsoring a public forum in the Andrew Lewis Middle School auditorium on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. The purpose of this forum is to allow candidates pursuing a seat on the Salem City Council to introduce themselves to the voters of Salem.

Questions will be taken from the audience with each candidate having an opportunity to respond. Questions can also be submitted prior to the forum to jfisher@salem.k12.va.us. Please make the questions generic, so that each candidate can respond.

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Students at Salem High School and Andrew Lewis Middle welcomed a special guest to town this morning for a unique assembly.
Joachim Hecker, a German scientist who lives in Cologne, spent part of his FRiday moring interacting with Salem students who are studying German at our high school and middle school.

Hecker has a radio show, writes books and tours schools promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics with his unique blend of knowledge and showmanship.

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His very interactive "Science is Fun" tour stop in Salem was made possible by the German Embassy in Washington. Thanks to the students for making him feel so welcome, and here is a link to his website, if you would like to learn more http://www.joachim-hecker.de/index.php/de/

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ICONIC SALEM EDUCATOR PASSES AT THE AGE OF 91
Georgia Reeves taught at the Carver School during segregation from 1949 to 1966. She was one of the most revered and loved teachers in the school. She also was one of the brightest stars in "The Carver Project" documentary that was produced in 2016. Ms. Reeves passed this week at the age of 91. Here's a link to the documentary, if you would like to see the impact she had on young people throughout her career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucw5EJxkZDo

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The Salem chool Board members congratulated Andrew Lewis Middle School 8th grade teacher Judith Painter for earning the National Geographic Grosvenor Fellowship that will allow her travel to Antarctica in December. She is one of just 40 teachers to earn this honor.

Here's a link to the complete news release
https://salemva.gov/…/ALMSs-Painter-Earns-National-Geograph…

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Here is a link to the story on Ms. Painter that aired Tuesday night on WDBJ-7
http://www.wdbj7.com/…/Salem-teacher-will-travel-to-Antarti…

Here is the link to the Roanoke Times story that was published in the Sunday paper this past weekend
http://www.roanoke.com/…/article_f1395904-b4ce-5038-9f7e-1b…

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SUPPORT SALEM'S AFTER PROM WITH A BOWL OR BURRITO
Drop-by the Chipotle at Towers Shopping Center this Sunday.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10, AT 7:30 P.M.
The City of Salem School Board will meet on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room located inside the Central Office building at 510 S. College Ave. All school board meetings are open to the public. Here's a link to the agenda
https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/slmsdva/Board.nsf/Public

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The artwork of the very talented Salem High School International Baccalaureate Seniors is on display at the Salem Museum now through April 21. The exhibits are eye-opening and thought provoking, and admission to the museum is always free. Here is a sampling of the show. #SampleSalem

While students and teachers were off enjoying a well-deserved break, the Secretary of Education in the Commonwealth was in Salem learning about the innovative methods that are generating successful outcomes in our classrooms. Atif Qarni and Deputy Secretary Holly Coy visited with teachers, principals and central office personnel to gain valuable information about Salem’s implementation of Innovative Learning techniques.

The Salem School Division has been recognized on the ...state level for decades for its excellence in education and for its innovative methods in teaching and testing. Tuesday's discussion focused on assessment strategies that promote learning, personalized education, and workplace-based learning, concepts that were integral components of the division's Innovation Planning and Implementation Grant applications in 2015 and 2016.

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IT'S TIME TO TAKE A BREAK
Spring break is now officially underway! Salem City Schools will be closed this Friday through April 6. Classes will resume on Monday, April 9.

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Andrew Lewis MIddle School hosts Arbor Day celebration this Thursday.

City of Salem - City Hall added 19 new photos to the album: Salem Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree City Distinction.

Salem Councilwoman Jane Johnson joined students from Andrew Lewis Middle School Thursday afternoon to celebrate Arbor Day before the start of spring break. Joh...nson read the official proclamation giving Salem its Tree City USA designation for the 19th straight year.

City Horticulturist Laura Reilly and ALMS Principal Jamie Garst also talked to the students and directed them as they planted a dozen fruit trees in the school's new community garden.

Members of the Andrew Lewis MIddle School Choir provided the entertainment for the program and Denny McCarthy from the Virgnia Department of Forestry also spoke to the students.

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Six of Salem's very special educators, the 2018 Teachers of the Year, were honored at a ceremony on Tuesday night inside School Board chambers at the Central Office.

Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, and Assistant Superintendent Curtis Hicks welcomed the honorees, their family members and their respective principals to the event.

Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association President Tommy McDonald was once again in attendance to offer his congratulations to the educators and present each of the six winners with a check. Congrats to all of you, especially Division Teacher of the Year, Sonnya Preston.

ANDREW LEWIS TEACHER JUDITH PAINTER EARNS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DESIGNATION

Judith Painter, an eighth grade geography teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle School, has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fellows, a group of 40 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions on board the Lin...

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 27, AT 7 P.M.
The City of Salem School Board will meet on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located inside the Central Office building at 510 S. College Ave. The board also has a Teacher of the Year reception at 5:30 p.m.. All school board meetings are open to the public. Here's a link to the agenda
https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/slmsdva/Board.nsf/Public

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"INGERSON DYDNASTY" ROLLS ON AS SHS FORENSICS CAPTURES 13TH STRAIGHT STATE TITLE ON SATURDAY

The Salem Forensics team coached by Mark Ingerson won its 13th consecutive state championship, besting second place John Handley 35-12 in a field of 16 Class 4 schools. Competing at Clover Hill High School near Richmond, Salem placed a tournament high 11 entries into finals and had four individual state titles along with four state runners-up. Salem now has had 71 individual state cha...mpions and 139 top three individual finishes since 2004!

State Champions (all are 1st time champions)
Sam Kennedy, Humorous Interpretation
Jordan Barker, Serious Dramatic Interpretation
Garrin Snow/Phoebe Stevens, Humorous Duo
Charlie Wallace, Extemporaneous Speaking

State Runners-Up
Meredith Hicks/Rachel Chaos, Humorous Duo
AnnElese Galleo, Storytelling
Adalynn Eller, Humorous Interpretation
Moss Stratton, Original Oratory

Placements of other Salem competitors
3rd Alayna Johnson, Serious Dramatic
3rd Hannah Cecil, Prose Interpretation
3rd Sophia Gibson and Skyler Allen, Serious Duo
5th Katherine Vaughan/Reid Burton, Serious Duo
6th Emma Crowe, Poetry
6th Serena Fick, Impromptu

Family Forensics legacies were a big part of the story Saturday. Jordan Barker joined her older sisters (Katelyn and Taylor both in 2013) as state champions. Sam Kennedy joined her brother (Ben in 2013 and 2016) and Phoebe Stevens joined her sister (Savannah in 2010, 2011, and 2013) as title winners.

Forensics is managed by Ashby Garst and Katie Conklin.
Special thanks to Assistant Coaches Pam Carter and Maggie Coffey.

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SALEM CITY SCHOOLS ONE HOUR LATE ON THURSDAY
Due to the chance of overnight freezing, Salem schools will open on a one hour delay on Thursday, March 22. All schools will be serving breakfast.

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