As the new principal of Salem Middle School, it is an honor to lead this learning community during a time of incredible change and tremendous possibilities. I am excited to build upon strong relationships with the faculty, parents and community partners. We will continue to have high expectations for behavior and academic achievement while providing rigorous curricula through innovative instruction.
Salem Middle School currently houses grades three to eight. The third and fourth grade classes are in the traditional self-contained format while the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades each form a loop. All teachers, in all grade levels are highly qualified and are also content certified in the subject matter they teach from grades five to eight. Our amazing staff is dedicated to providing a nurturing school community to support our children in achieving success.
Salem Middle School currently uses the following assessments to guide classroom instruction: Core Curriculum based quarterly pre and post tests in literacy and math for all grade levels and Lexile Assessments (which evaluates students’ reading levels) in grades three to eight. The data from these tests are used to both improve instruction and remediate student deficiencies. Continued efforts in this area will ensure that student needs are being met in the classroom and that student learning is the focus.
In the spring of 2015, students in grades 3-8 will be administered The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) along with the NJASK Science in grades 4 and 8. In order to meet the demands of the PARCC’s high quality assessment in Mathematics and Language Arts/Literacy, we commit extensive resources to updating our school and classrooms. We have two computer labs, five portable laptop carts and each classroom is equipped with a StarBoard. Students are engaged in significant Internet research each year. PowerPoint presentations are developed and presented by students. Each classroom has at least four computers with Internet access while select students are provided with iPads.
Salem Middle School has two school counselors who are committed to resolving problems on a proactive basis. Our counselors work with individuals, small groups, and provide classroom instruction. Some of the current counseling programs through guidance include: New Student Orientation, Peer Mediation, IR&S (Intervention and Referral Services) and Naviance (a college and career readiness program).
Several other clubs and programs offered at Salem Middle School include: Concert Choir, Band, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Art Club, Rite of Passage (grade 8), Elite 10, Youth on the Move, Girls in Transition, Girl Scouts, Big Brother Big Sister Program, National Junior Honor Society, Academic League and Focus on Education.
There has been a significant amount of positive change at the Salem Middle School over the past few years. We will continue to recognize and reward those students who are doing their best in terms of attaining academic achievement, demonstrating good citizenship, sportsmanship and being a contributing member of our school community in an infinitely changing society. As a school, we are committed to excellence!
Yours in education,
Mrs. Pascale E. DeVilmé