May 2017 School Board Recognitions – Forensics

SHS Forensics Team for 2017

The city’s most “persuasive talkers” were honored by the Salem School Board on Tuesday night. Team member Alayna Johnson represented the team and accepted a resolution from the board, on behalf of her teammates. The board praised the students and coaches for winning their 12th straight title by topping E.C. Glass in competition that was held at Clover High School in Chesterfield County.The Board and City Council will honor the entire team in June.

May 2017 School Board Recognitions – ALMS

ALMS Students with Mrs. Painter and Dr. Jones

The Salem School Board congratulated Emily Goodpasture, Georgia Brown, Kantner Eversole, and Kaylin Young at their May meeting Tuesday night. These four students formed a team from Andrew Lewis Middle School that earned third place honors during the inaugural Student-led Ideation Challenge state championship at VCU in Richmond on April 1.
The event, developed by the Innovative Solutions Consortium in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, offered student teams the chance to explore real-world problems, offer solutions to issues facing educational and agricultural systems or consider challenges related to unmanned aviation vehicles.
The third place winning ALMS team worked with the following question: Agriculture and Global Warming- How can we encourage and coordinate people around the world to do composting in their yards, in parks, on both active and inactive farmland?
The ALMS team received $1,500 for placing third. All winners will have the opportunity to build their prototypes with support and resources from industry experts and to present those prototypes to interested organizations and industry experts.
The teams that competed in the state championship were selected from the 42 teams from eight schools that participated in two regional competitions held earlier in 2017 at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
ALMS teacher and group advisor, Judith Painter, and ALMS Principal, Dr. Forest Jones, were on hand for the recognition.

April 2017 School Board Recognitions – Community Partners

community partners

Salem High School offers a course titled “Education for Work“ for those students preparing to enter the workforce. The goal is to move students toward increased independence and autonomy in the community. Students are provided opportunities during the school day to go to the off-site locations and complete tasks at area businesses in preparation for future employment.

The following businesses have worked with the SHS Education for Work II Class: Salem Animal Shelter, Salem YMCA, LewisGale Medical Center, Spartan Square Starbucks and Roanoke College.
The board thanked representatives from all of these organizations for their sharing their time, talents and expertise with the students.

April 2017 School Board Recognitions – Governor’s School

governor's school
The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology recently held its annual project Forum, which provides students the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to use in real world applications and research.

Salem High School students who attend the Governor’s School participated in the Project Forum, and three earned third place honors.

Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences A
Alexander Anama-Third Place, The Effect of Vitamin D Milk as a Natural Mouth Rinse on Staphylococcus Epidermidis

Biomedical Engineering
Trevor Buzzard-Third Place, An Embedded Device to Mitigate

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Microbiology A
Abby Markham-Third Place, Prevention and Elimination of Oral Staphylococcus Biofilms

Microbiology B Charles Wallace & Shayom Debopadhaya- Third Place, The Effect of Grapefruit Seed Extract Citrus Paradisi on the Zone of Inhibition of Escherichia Coli


April 2017 School Board Recognitions – Division Artists

division artists

Each year, the Salem City School Division has the opportunity to submit entries for the Virginia School Board Association’s Spring Regional Art Contest. Teachers select and submit one entry each for the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. This year the following students were selected to represent the division and their respective schools:

Alaina Barnett – Andrew Lewis Middle School – “A Mother’s Love”
Wyatt Lester -West Salem -“Fall Breeze”
Zoe Poush– Salem High School – “The Silhouette of Defying Conventions”

April 2017 School Board Recognitions – Reflections Winners

reflections winners

The National PTA Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Madi Paine
1st place Outstanding Interpretation Visual Arts
Along with placing first in the state, Madi’s art work has been entered in the National PTA Reflections competition.

Alexandra Abbott
Honorable Mention Photography

Autumn Goff
Award of Merit Music Composition

Isaiah Melozzi
Honorable Mention Film Production

March 2017 School Board Recognitions

Salem's Top Spellers

The Salem School Board congratulated this year’s Spelling Bee winners at Tuesday night’s meeting. Andrew Lewis Middle School student Maya Makked, was the Division’s overall winner for the third straight year. Maya is a 8th grader at ALMS where she is taught by Meghan All.
She was crowned City Champion on February 18 following nine rounds of competition. Maya competed against the spelling bee champions from East Salem Elementary, South Salem Elementary, G.W. Carver Elementary, and West Salem Elementary. The board also honored Laci Barnes, a 5th grader at West Salem, who was the Division runner-up.
Maya represented the Salem City School Division in the Roanoke Times Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 11.
The individual Spelling Bee Champions and alternates from each school are as follows with the champions listed first.
ANDREW LEWIS – Maya Makked & Isaac Spence
SOUTH SALEM – Joren Poush & James Davis
WEST SALEM – Laci Barnes & Brooke Bowers
EAST SALEM – Ruby Spence & Ashley Floes-Hernandez
G.W. CARVER – Miller Laprad & Abby Pitts



January 2017 School Board Recognitions

football 2017 state champs

The Salem School Board unanimously approved Resolution 237 at its first meeting of the year, and in so doing formally recognized the two-time defending 4A state football champions. Spartans Head Coach Steve Magenbauer accepted the honor on behalf of all the players, coaches, trainers and support staff members.

December 2016 School Board Recognitions


The Salem City School Division recognized and congratulated Salem High School Principal Scott Habeeb and Salem High School Math Teacher/Department Chair Pawel Nazarewicz for their recent contribution to the field of education through the publication of “It’s Time to Take an Assessment Journey.”
They co-authored this article in the fall 2016 edition of Virginia Educational Leadership, an educational journal published by the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD). The article is the culmination of several years devoted to the careful examination of assessment and its impact on education and students.


Aramark Food Services recently held an elementary school art contest in which students were asked to incorporate school food and school spirit into a work of art. Tonight, Aramark’s Suzanne Quesenberry and School Board Chairman David Preston recognized first place winner, Iliana Martinez, a fourth grader at South Salem for having the top entry. The board also congratulated second place winner Chance Long, who is a fourth grader at G.W. Carver. Congrats to all 67 students who entered the contest!


November 2016 School Board Recognitions

Board Recognition - November 2016

The Salem City Schools Administration and School Board recognized and congratulated DeWayne Harrell for his recent article “Beyond Surfing” that is published in the November issue of the Virginia Journal of Education. The article serves as a resource for teachers on the use of Google Classroom to promote communication and collaboration, and provides a framework for initiating Google Classroom in individual classrooms and throughout a school. Mr. Harrell is pictured with South Salem Principal Margaret Humphrey and School Board Chairman David Preston.
Check out the article on page 16 of this online magazine link.

Board Recognition - November 2016

The Salem School Board recognized some very special employees at this week’s regularly scheduled meeting. “Support Staff Superstars” from each school, the central office and the transportation department were honored with a reception and formal congratulations by the board.

Each fall since 2014, the administration recognizes one outstanding support staff employee from each school or area. Each work location nominates one outstanding support staff employee each year and theClass of 2016 is comprised of some student and faculty favorites.

Kandis Necessary – Salem High School
Kathy Edgell – Andrew Lewis Middle School
Josephine Furrow – East Salem Elementary
Jessica Huff – G.W. Carver Elementary
Angie Bryant – South Salem Elementary
Charlene Guard – West Salem Elementary
Kathy Andrews – Central Office
Renee Ferguson – Transportation