Saluda Trail Wildcats

September 17, 2023

Principal's Corner

Good evening,

This week our students will take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test in the areas of Math and Reading. MAP testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. This adaptive assessment is used to inform teachers of each student’s ability in multiple areas and to help us monitor student growth over time. The data provided by MAP assessments also gives our teachers information that is used for planning lessons to meet the unique instructional needs of each student.

Although the MAP test is not an assessment that you can prepare for by studying, there are a few things that parents can do to help ensure that students are prepared and ready for testing. Please make certain that your child is on time to school, well rested, and has eaten a good breakfast each day they test. Thank you in advance for your support and assistance as we work together to help ensure the success of our students. Let’s have a great week.


Dr. G. Marek Marshall


Grade Level Administrators and Counselors

Our grade level administrators and counselors are here to provide support. Please reach out to them should you have questions or concerns. Their contact information is as follows:

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Mr. Newton

6th Grade School Counselor: Ms. McCoy

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Ms. Reed

7th Grade School Counselor: Ms. Johnson

8th Grade Assistant Principal: Ms. Hall

8th Grade School Counselor: Ms. Hardy-Holmes Wilson

Counselor Corner

We will be starting up our monthly GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) meeting this week. Our partners at Duke Energy will be on campus on the morning of Thursday, September 21 during Enrichment to do an activity with our females. There are limited spots available to participate. A sign up will go out in Canvas on Wednesday for any female student who would like to sign up. The next GEMS meeting with Duke will be on October 19.

Counselors will be coming into classrooms for classroom guidance lessons. They will also be doing minute meetings, check-ins with individual students.

Remember that your STMS Counselors are here to support students’ academic, social/emotional, and career needs.

STMS Student Recognition!

Each month during the school year, we recognize students for displaying characteristics of a STEAM student. The word for this month was communicator. A communicator is someone who is able to convey or exchange information, news, or ideas. They do this in a way that is supportive of their peers and teachers. Congratulations to the following students:

Shepard Jones
Gabrielle Porter
Jamonee Porter
Malina Ross
Angelique Mason
Noah Taylor
Jay Goss
Joshua Strickland
Sofia Cardarelli
Carrie Broach
Adelynn Stricker
Makai Taylor-Williams
Gavin Fields

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STMS Teacher Recognition!

Congratulations to Ms. Keener, Ms. DeMarte, Mr. Colin, and Mr. Pike. Each teacher was chosen by their peers for their dedication and hard work.
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Saluda Trail Robotics Team Announcement!

Any student interested in joining the Saluda Trail Robotics teams are invited to attend tryouts on Friday, September 22nd. We will host the tryout in Mr. Denio's room. All students will need to have a ride pick them up in the bus loop at 5 and should stay after school to attend the tryout. For the first time this year, we are competing in the VEX Robotics Competition. For more information please visit:


Clayton Denio, Jr.

Robotics and Engineering
8th Grade Head Football Coach

2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year

Saluda Trail Middle School

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Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and we are proud to join the national effort in celebrating and highlighting the many achievements of Hispanic Americans.

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What's up with Wildcat Athletics

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Important Dates

Monday, September 18, 2023- Volleyball vs. Clover Middle School @ 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023- MAP Testing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023- 7th Grade Football vs. York @ STMS- 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023- PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. STMS Media Center.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023- MAP Testing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2023- 8th Grade Football vs. Dutchman Creek Middle School @ DCMS- 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2023- Progress Reports go home.

Thursday, September 21, 2023- Volleyball vs. York Middle School @ York- 5:00 p.m.


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