The Salem School Board recognized the efforts of this year's United Way campaign in the division at its November 12 meeting. More than $16,000 was raised during the campaign by using everything from traditional pledges to pie throwing. Student contributions were up 50 percent from the previous year.
(Left to Right - Dr. Mike Chiglinsky, Artice Ledbetter, Debbie Carter, Sandy Wierzbiz from the United Way, Sharon Franklin, Sally Southard and David Preston)
Curtis Hicks was honored today by RAYSAC, as he received the organization's "Outstanding Professional Service Award." The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition bestows this honor annually on a deserving individual who is paid to do prevention work, but goes above and beyond the call of duty and far exceeds his or her professional requirement by exhibiting a strong dedication to the work of prevention. Hicks, who serves as Salem's Director of Secondary Education, was instrumental in getting the random drug testing policy instituted for any and all students who participate in Virginia High School League sanctioned events ranging from football to forensics.
The School Board passed Resolution 212 honoring the Salem High School Yearbook staff for once again being named a Gold Crown award Winner
The Roanoke Chapter of the Air Force Association honors an outstanding teacher from the greater Roanoke area who demonstrates excellence in the field of aerospace education, science, technology, engineering, or math, through their annual Aerospace Teacher of the Year Program. Salem high school's Sarah Gerrol is this year's recipient
Dylan Wade, a senior at Salem High School was honored for being selected as a finalist in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition has engaged more than 250,000 young people since its inception in 1983.
Sally Southard congratulates Katelyn Barker, a senior at Salem High School, for being selected as a member of the All-Virginia Chorus. Katelyn’s selection represents the highest honor in the Commonwealth of Virginia for choral students
The School Board passed Resolution 213 honoring the Salem High School Delphi Magazine staff for being named a Silver Crown award Winner
School Board Chair, Sally Southard, congratulates Sam Valentine, a senior at Salem High School, for being selected to participate in the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall,
The boys and girls VHSL Division IV State Championship Basketball teams were honored with Resolutions 209 and 210
The board recognized and congratulate Salem High School's Derek Wray for meeting and exceeding industry standards in Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair. As a result of Mr. Wray’s work, the Salem High School Auto Service Program has been accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
The 8-Time VHSL State Championship Forensics Team was honored with Resolution 211
The Salem School Board recognized its top spellers. Among the five school champions who were crowned this year, Ben Newman, the Salem City Schools 2012-2013 Spelling Bee Champion was on hand along with South Salem's Makayla Broughman - this year's runner-up and West Salem's Jenna Staton. Each was congratulated by the board members. Newman will compete for a spot in the national spelling bee this Saturday.
Salem City School Division recognized Iliana Pack, a 4th grader at South Salem Elementary School, and Georgia Brown, a 4th grader at and East Salem Elementary School, for winning the Second Annual 8th District Art Contest. Delegate Greg Habeeb announced and recognized the winners on Thursday, February 7th at the state Capitol in Richmond. Both students are taught by Sarah Meadows, who teaches art at South Salem and East Salem Elementary Schools.
The Salem School Board honored one of it's own Tuesday night as Cindy Neathawk received some well deserved recognition for her 15 years of service on the board. Neathawk, who retired from the board in December, was presented two resolutions - one from the board and another from the Salem Educational Foundation. Besides serving as a board member and vice-chair during her tenure, Neathawk also was instrumental in getting nurses in each of Salem's six schools and helping keep learning environments up to date through her tireless work on the Facilities committee.
Sally Southard and Cindy Neathawk and the resolution the board presented her.
Tommy McDonald from the Salem Educational Foundation presents Cindy Neathawk with a resolution
Frank Turk, who was instrumental in the formation of the school division in 1983, was honored for his nearly 30 years of distinguished service to Salem school children. Turk is retiring from the city and school division this month after 45 years.
The Salem High School golf team was recognized for winning the State Group AA golf championship this year. The team beat Spotswood by 25 strokes for the title. It’s Salem’s first state golf title in 31 years.
Four teachers were honored by the board for earning the prestigious National Board Certification. This achievement means an educator has met the highest standards for his or her profession. Meghan All – an 8th grad English teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle, Valerie Close – a 3rd grade teacher at South Salem Elementary, Megan Nester – a 6th grade language arts teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle and Erin Stenger – a mathematics teacher at Salem High School were honored by the board.
The entire Salem School Board poses for a photo with West Salem Principal Trula Byington, who was recognized for being named a Woman of Distinction by DePaul Family Resources.
(L to R) Russell Holladay, retired East Salem librarian Lucy Wright, retired Andrew Lewis librarian Sharon Franklin, United Way representative Kristin Adkins, School Board CHair Sally Southard and retired Salem HIgh School English teacher Debbie Carter. All were recognized for the efforts in the 2012 United Way campaign.
The Salem School Board recognized Matthew Cain (R) and Ulemj Enkhbold (L) at its October 9 meeting for being nominated and selected to participate in 2012 Summer Residential Governor’s School programs. Matthew participated in the Foreign Language academy for Japanese and Ulemj in German.
The Salem High School Business Department was honored for its recent recognition from Working In Support of Education (W!SE). Salem High School was recognized as a Blue Star School for its performance on the W!SE 2011-2012 Financial Literacy Certification Test. Kevin Garst and John Hall accepted the recognition.
The Salem School Board's members reappointed Sally Southard and
David Preston to their respective leadership roles at last night's
meeting. The first meeting of the new fiscal year formally sets the
chairman and vice-chairman positions for the year.
Mrs. Southard will continue in her role as Chair for another year and
Mr. Preston will serve another year as Vice-Chairman.
The Salem School Board unanimously approved the reappointment of
Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, at its regular monthly meeting on
Tuesday night. In addition, the Board extended Seibert's contract until
June 30, 2016. By law, the Board may appoint
the Superintendent to a term ranging from one to four years in length.
He was appointed to serve as Salem’s Division Superintendent in
2006, and before that, he was principal at South Salem Elementary. His
educational career began in Salem in 1991 as an earth science teacher at
Salem High School and he also has served the
division as an assistant principal at both Andrew Lewis Middle School
and Salem High School. Earlier this year, Seibert was named the Region
VI Superintendent of the Year.