Salk Spark

October 2018

Students of the Week

The following students were selected by their teachers as Students of the Week these first weeks of school.

6th grade: Omar Hilowle, Celia Wierske, Natalia Matthews and Tiana DoBrava

7th grade: Theron Johnson, Tate Kostreba, Hailey Rasmussen and Harper Cufaude

8th grade: Gena Charboneau, Julia Sutherland, Dakota Nix and Lucas Daleiden

Physical Education/Health: Demi Alfords, Vinny Carlson, Kiana Hilary and Zach Berns

Congratulations to these wonderful students that give it their all each day!

What's Occurring at School?

Beyond being able to access the school's website, you can get a first hand look at the landing page students view whenever they open their school assigned chromebook. This page provides students quick, up to date information that may impact their day. As a parent, you may access this page at anytime from the link above.

Fall Heggie's Fundraiser Totals

The fall fundraiser brought in approximately $3,500. These funds will primarily be utilized to bring a presenter to Salk for students on leadership, bullying prevention and personal effort. Thank you to all that participated in the fall fundraiser.

Students Taking Responsibility in Demonstrating Excellence

Salk Middle School implements PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education. The goal of all PBIS plans is to create predictability for students, staff and parents by defining and teaching positive social expectations, acknowledging positive responses and establishing consistent consequences for problem behavior.

At Salk we intentionally teach STRIDE (Students Taking Responsibility in Demonstrating Excellence) behaviors of “Ready, Responsible and Respectful” actions to our students in all settings. (The defined STRIDE expectations across all settings is attached below.)

Student are not only demonstrating STRIDE in the classrooms, they have been faced with congestion in our hallways during passing time with the rew remodel. Students have risen to the challenges and are showing regard for others passing in the hallway,walking on the right, observing one-way traffic rules, walking with purpose without congregating and waiting patiently for others to pass. We appreciate their flexibility and adaptability to change.

As a reward for recognized behavior, Students are given STRIDE tickets. Students can turn in tickets to the STRIDE store at their lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have some amazing rewards for students and three of the most popular are are reserved seating with friends at the high top tables, time with Olaf; the ever fabulous therapy dog, and being able to wear a hat on Fridays. Currently over 1,300 tickets have been cashed in for rewards. 6th grade is leading the way, followed respectively by 7th grade and 8th grade. Collectively, Responsible behavior is the most awarded ticket.

The school year is off to a wonderful start! We will continue to enforce positive behavior choices with your students and hope that parents have a better understanding of how our staff is focused on making Salk a great place be.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Salk Middle School has recently implemented a more intentional recycling program. Did you know, a single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. It also creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than would be created when making a new bottle. The U.S. recycling rate is around 34.5%. If we were able to get the rate to 75%, the effect would be like removing 50 million passenger cars from U.S. roads. Along with educating students about the importance of recycling and its long term impact, we are helping them understand what materials can be recycled within our school community.

In addition to this overall recycling program, we are also participating in a separate venture through the ABC Promise Partnership with Green Tree Plastics that not only allows us to recycle plastic lids but also allows those lids to be turned into a useful item for our students on many levels. We are currently collecting plastic lids from any item. These lids are then sorted and weighed by our students to then be "cashed in" to receive a bench for our school. It is our goal to collect enough lids (approximately 450 lbs.) to receive two benches that will be placed on the south side of the building towards our athletic fields. This is the outside space we typically utilize during student lunch time to participate in physical activity and socialize. The thinking is that students that could use a buddy or general peer support can sit on the bench and others can join them to offer encouragement and build friendships.

Super Heros to the Rescue

The month of October is known as anti-bullying month, so teachers and students have taken time to discuss ways to speak up against bullying. This can be a difficult thing for any student, and it often takes bravery, or a hero if you will, to stand up against bullying. In honor of both anti-bullying month and Halloween, a few students have brought up the option of dressing up for Halloween, but keeping it limited to dressing up as superheroes. This idea seemed to thoughtfully blend together anti-bullying with the joy of dressing up. Therefore, on Friday, November 2nd, students can dress up as their favorite popular superhero for school. This entails wearing a costume, cape, boots, eye masks, and other things to help them turn in to their favorite superhero. Students will be given more details as the date approaches.

Upcoming Events:

October 15: Magnet Lottery Opened

October 17: Two-hour early release

October 18 & 19: No School - Teacher Conventions

October 23: 6th grade students (last names A - K) @ Team Quest

October 23: WBWF Community Cafe 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., District Office

October 24: 6th grade students (last names L- Z) @ Team Quest

October 25: Picture Retake Day

October 29: STEM Family Night 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

November 2: Superhero Day

November 7: ISD 728 Cultural Potluck

November 9: 7th grade students - Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat

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