Red Ribbon Week at North Salem School
by Robyn Hatch
"At North Salem we are all linked together to make healthy choices." Cortni Baker (fur), Shannon Skalla (green), Gary Federico (#33), Ferguson Druzenski (blue), Sean Martin (#54)
North Salem School had a Red Ribbon Week, October 22 – 26. Each day had a separate to involve the students.
Monday was “Let’s Band Together to be Drug Free.” The school distributed red wristbands and had the students make a red chain link, representing how everyone is linked together for healthy choices.
Tuesday was “Sock it to Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking.” The students were asked to wear jeans and crazy socks.
Wednesday was “Turn Your Back on Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking.” To emphasize this, students were told they should wear their clothes backwards all day to represent that it is okay to be different.
Thursday was “Living Drug Free is no Sweat,” and the students were asked to wear sweatpants or sweatshirts.
Friday was the grand finale and the students were asked to wear red to show support of making healthy choices and being drug free. The teachers and staff participated as well.
First grade class; Mrs. Mahoney with almost 100 percent participation all week.
North Salem School staff: Elaine Boyle, Tara Tetu (stripes), Jeanne Russell (top right), Cindy Routhier.
Grandparents Day at Haigh School
by Robyn Hatch
Fab and Dick Lena with grand-daughter Angela Piscopo.
Once again, Grandparents Day was a huge success. A heart-felt thanks goes out to the many volunteers such as Pinkie Grams, Jean Casazza, Karla Gahaler, Kristen Kloza, Michelle Olsen, and Heather Demers, to name just a few. The grandparents waited in the cafeteria with plenty of home-made goodies, coffee, and snacks. After Principal Gail Rowe welcomed everyone, grandparents proceeded to the individual classrooms to be with family members. Smiles were everywhere, and both the grandparents and children were made to feel very special. Many had two grandchildren to be with on this same day; many had been here before. Positive value was placed on this event from the grandparents, as well as with the kids. Good job!
Reverend and Mrs. Battle, Theodore and Evalyn Larkin.
Don and Janet Towler with grandson Ben.
First Baptist Church Fair a Success
by Robyn Hatch
The Harvest Fair on October 28 at the First Baptist Church, 101 School Street, Salem, was a big success. There was face painting, prizes galore, crafts, a bounce house characterizing Spiderman’s house, pony rides, hot dogs, and sodas. A sponge toss and a chicken shoot were the highlights, along with a sack race and an inside mini pond for fishing. This was great fun for families with children in preschool thru 6th grade.
Worth noting…. The games were fresh and ordinary, many items were handmade, and there was just plain old-fashioned fun — more like the old-time carnival entertainment that isn’t often seen anymore. This was definitely a different flavor from what is out there today — a welcome change and a great job. Well done!
Zack, youth pastor, and Leslie Russel, a mom.
Salem High Computer Updates Earn “A”
by Judy Wakefield
Software woes are easing for the school department as the new software program now being used by Salem High school staff and students is getting an A from many users.
At last the October 23 school board meeting, two teachers and two students raved about the district’s new software, which is keeping students better connected to school assignments and better organized.
Journalism teacher Karen Desjadon said the software benefits students because it offers access to documents that students did not have before.
“It’s been used for a newspaper project (involving) current events. It’s much easier and engages students more,” she said.
Meanwhile, two students talked about connecting to the school server from home, the first year that students can do so easily.
A total of 87 staffers and 15 students had logged on to the server as of the board’s meeting. Members were glad to hear the positive remarks since the software eventually will be used in all schools.
It was a rocky start for the new computer system when it premiered two months ago. Higher than expected use during peak times caused delays and computer crashes. The heavy use was 10 times higher than projected in some cases.
Deployed last August, the computer trouble bogged down the new school year and prompted the school board immediately to spend $40,000 to fix the problem. That vote was taken on October 9, after Superintendent Michael Delahanty suggested taking the money from a WiFi account.
"We need to do this. We will overcome,” Delahanty told the board.
In other news, Delahanty told the board he continues to investigate any state reimbursement for the proposed $40 million high school renovation. He has learned the school’s vocational piece of the project may qualify for a 30-percent reimbursement.
Also, the board voted to designate a manager for that project. That project manager will work with the architect and earn about $4,000.
And, National Grid singled out the Salem School District for reducing electricity use last year, saving $73,000 last year, Delahanty said.