HST Student Led Broadcast

This school year, students at HST have been learning about news broadcasts and reporting out information to the school community on Friday afternoons.  Students record broadcasts using the application Photo Booth on Friday mornings. They share out weekend weather, historical facts, health tips from Mrs. Becker, our school nurse, and shout outs to grade levels, classrooms and/or individual students. Students used a green screen to add a background image and Garage Band to create opening music. Classrooms view the weekly broadcast in their classrooms. Broadcasts are shared with community and parents on the HST website.   Check out the evolving HST broadcasts on our homepage or click on this link

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Students Create Opposing Viewpoints Project in Art Class


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Opposing viewpoints project: A heavily research based project, where students choose controversial topics and then turn their research into a propaganda sculpture. Their objective is to sway or reconfirm the views and beliefs of anyone who encounters their sculpture.

The opposing viewpoints website provides numerous topics and categories to choose from, allows access to credible sources from all sides of the topic, and neatly compiles it into a single database. With the removal of any bias, students are able to form their own decisions when researching these topics.

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Since this project is all about spreading knowledge, students also give short presentations to the class using “keynote” or “prezi” on the topic of their choosing and follow it up by give a short quiz utilizing “Kahoot” an online quiz generator, that everyone can access through their laptops or phones.

Post production of the projects, students also have an opportunity to gain some bonus points by using aurasma. Aurasma allows them to embed more information, animation, or their presentation back into their sculpture. Simply by scanning the sculpture the viewer can gain additional information about the topic, symbolism, or source material that was used in developing each art piece.

This is just one of many projects in which technology is woven into the materials to enhance the student’s overall experience and to allow for maximum individualization of each lesson and art piece.

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Submitted by Aaron Yetter, Art Teacher at SHS, May 8, 2016

FBLA at SHS Has a Successful Year



Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit educational association for middle school, high school, and collegiate students who are interested in learning more about the free enterprise system.  FBLA is a nationally recognized club in the United States of America.  Students not only compete among the best in the United States but also students from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Dodd’s school in Europe.

The purpose of FBLA is to prepare members for careers in business and to assist them by becoming better employees and citizens. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, prepares them for entry into a business-related occupations, and offers a setting where members compete at regional, state and national levels in business and technology curriculum. 

Salisbury FBLA

Salisbury FBLA had another great year. Our FBLA team was comprised of 31 students. All team members successfully placed in the top 6 for their competitive events in our regional competition.  Additionally, 17 of those students qualified for state level competition (I believe it’s the most ever for Salisbury).  Team members traveled to Hershey to compete along side 3,500 other qualifying students from around the state.  Unfortunately, we were unable to place in the top 10 for our competitive events.  The kids were a little upset about it, but were happy to have made it this far. 

I am so proud of our kids, 55% of the club qualified for the state competition. That is so awesome, and it just speaks volumes of the work our teachers are doing in the classroom. I am proud to be a part of Salisbury and the work we do both in and out of school.  

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Submitted by Mr. Gregg Laub, Teacher at SHS, May 6, 2016

SMS • SHS Joint World Languages Fair 2016



April 20th marked the 4th annual World Languages Fair at SMS. The language students and clubs joined together in creating a glimpse at study of world languages in Salisbury, the cultures of native speaking countries, the influence of these cultures here in the USA, and the impact having a second language can make on your future. All this was presented to perspective language students currently in 7th grade at SMS in a “fair” format. Seventh grade students and staff circulated among displays created by current German and Spanish students in grades 8 through 12.
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Each student completed a “passport” collecting stamps and stickers as they traveled through the exhibits. Students who completed their passports were entered into a raffle for one of 3 $10 iTunes cards.

        Back in their classes, students were provided links to further explore culture and language via online games and videos. After the events of the afternoon, 7th grade students took home the information they gathered at the fair and a letter to parents to open a discussion and choose the language                                                                                                                                            that will best fit his/her career goals.

Submitted by: Karen McGuiness, German Teacher SMS

Cinco de Mayo at SMS

Spanish students at Salisbury Middle School enjoyed their 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th.  Students prepared and shared several different types of Hispanic foods with their classmates.  Mexican music played while students tasted some new foods and shared their own dish.  Prior to the celebration, student learned that Cinco de Mayo is when the Mexicans defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla, and that it is not Mexico’s Independence Day.  

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Submitted by Eden Alden, Spanish Teacher at SMS, May 8, 2016

Technology in Kindergarten

The kindergarten classes at Western Salisbury Elementary School have enjoyed learning to use the laptops and mini iPads. With the laptops the kindergarteners have been learning to play various learning games as well as learning to use the program, Pages to produce published works.  With the iPads the students use many of the apps.  Their favorites include Reading Eggs, MathSeeds and PebbleGo. The students have been using the app, Doodle Buddy on the mini iPads to practice addition and subtraction skills as well as writing and spelling words.


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