Here's our Salem Clubs Spreadsheet for 2012-2013 (click here for download).
The Salem Ambassadors is a service oriented organization which consists of 7th and 8th grade boys who were nominated by their teachers to participate. Students are actively involved in various team building sessions to help each individual become a better leader, but also unify all into a brotherhood . The Ambassadors are also responsible for assisting the Salem community whenever needed. This may be in the form of greeting families at after school functions or becoming a mentor to the elementary school students during our Monday meetings. Also, one weekend per month is dedicated to volunteering at a local organization; such as The Food Bank or The Ronald McDonald House. Finally, college tours are taken in order for the students to understand the importance of a higher education. Please check out The Ambassadors website at www.thesalemambassadors.weebly.com to view the member roster and photos of our experiences.
The Salem Blue Notes is a Jazz Choir. It is a year-long activity that meets twice a week after school for rehearsals. It is an auditioned group, meaning you must audition and be accepted to the group. They perform here at Salem as well as at a variety of community events. They take one major performance trip each year. In past years, we have gone to Gatlinburg, Tenn., Williamsburg, Virginia, Disney World, Florida, and New York City, New York. They learn about jazz music, performing, movement ,and vocal production. There are certain expenses to be a member, but there are several fundraisers done each year to help offset the costs. During track out, you must be able to attend at least half of the rehearsals that happen while you are tracked out. There are both male and female members. You can do one seasonal sport and still be a member. We sing, we dance, we laugh, and we enjoy a fellowship based in our music and performances.
For more info., check out our site by clicking here.
The first meeting of the Chess club will be on Thursday, September 27th from 3-3:45 in the Media Center.
The chess club will meet on Thursdays afterschool beginning in Sept. until May, 2013. The purpose of the Chess Club is to teach the students how to play chess with other students at the school. Students will be taught the rules of the game, openings, algebraic notation, checkmates, tactics, draws, and pawn structure. There will be both informal games and timed games. Although not required, students are invited to attend local chess tournaments. Good sportsmanship, teamwork and relating chess to traditional academic subjects are additional benefits of joining the chess club.
Check out this link to learn about us. http://salemchicklit.weebly.com
The SMS Chicklit Club is all about girls and reading! We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Media Center to talk about books, encourage literacy, create book posters/displays, and just talk about reading. The only requirement to be a member of the club is that you must be a girl, sorry boys! Please check out our club blog and find out more about what we do!
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Salem FBLA-Middle Level organization emphasizes fun, leadership, and service. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome. Students have the opportunity compete/participate in events at regional and state conferences. We pay state and national dues of $9.00 per year. We meet in Room 2501 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (Aug.-April). Sponsor: Ms. Thomson
GAB (Girls Actively Bonding) Club
Click here for our flyer.
SMS Guys Read Club's challenge is to promote reading across the world. There is one simple rule for students who want to be members, you must be a guy. SMS Guys Read meets weekly on Tuesdays with Mr. Hutchinson to discuss books, reading, promote literacy and blog all of our ideas. Come check out what we do at http://smsguysread.wordpress.com/. So if you are a middle school guy interested in reading, writing, technology and general guy silliness meet us on Tuesdays when Track 4 is tracked in. Any questions can be sent to Mr. Hutchinson.
Check out the iTravel Club website at www.itravelclub.weebly.com
Salem Middle School has a growing travel club and has some exciting trips coming up in the next year. This club is open to any Salem student and family who are interested in travel. Our trips are guided tours of popular destinations and are guaranteed to be packed with fun, adventure, and learning beyond the classroom.
We are excited to announce our trip for June of 2014; we are headed to the South Pacific! Our 12-day adventure will take us to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. While in Sydney, we’ll take a harbor tour, visit the city, and check out Wildlife World. Once we arrive in Auckland and Rotorua, we’ll be treated to a duck tour, visit a geothermal area, take a skyline gondola ride, and visit the Agrodome. The cost is $4130 per student. More information can be found at http://www.eftours.com/1263981. Contact Emily Swanson (email@example.com) with questions.
We have a domestic trip planned for June 2014 (June 20-24) and we’re headed to San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. We’ll spend three days in the park hiking and checking out the valleys, falls, and peaks while camping in cabins at Curry Village. On our final day, we’ll check out the must-see sights in San Francisco such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Lombard Street. The cost is $1997 per student. More information can be found at http://grandclassroom.com/trips/2014/salem.
Our next Yosemite meeting is April 11th at 6:30 PM in the Media Center.
The Salem Middle School Kiva Club is a group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who are taking action to help resolve global poverty by making small loans through the Kiva website (http://www.kiva.org) to people in developing countries who are trying to start businesses.
You can learn more about our efforts by exploring our Kiva Club video:
We meet every other Wednesday from 2:15-3:30 in either Mr. Ferriter or Mr. Sudlow's classroom