Category Archives: School News

Final Band Concert of the Year was a Success

By Heather Nale

The Salem High School concert held their annual spring band concert on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the Salem Middle School gymnasium.  It is a tradition that the High School band performs with the eighth grade band to help inaugurate them into the High School band for the next year.

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Art Students Complete Mural in Gym

By: Amber Hollen

The senior art four students are doing a mural of a male lion on the wall above the bleachers in the gym. Continue reading


Tom Scifres Says Goodbye

By: Paige DeNardi

Girls’ soccer coach of nearly 5 years, Tom Scifres is calling it quits. “I’m coaching a younger team this year,” says Scifres. “I’ll still be doing Futsal (a recreational practice) at Bradie Shrum every Saturday though.” He says he enjoys coaching, but he would like to enjoy watching his daughters soccer games and not coaching them. “Brittany, my daughter, is going to be a Senior next soccer season and I’d like her to enjoy it, and me be able to support her instead of having to be the one who tells her what she’s doing wrong.” Continue reading


“Sweeney Todd” is Coming to Salem…

By Heather Nale

Are you going to be having a crappy weekend on May 7, 8 and 9? Bored out of your mind? Change that! Witness a play that will send you home hurting from laughing and experience sleepless nights from the terror! Come see Sweeney Todd, the melodrama, put on by the Salem High School Drama Club. Continue reading


Spanish Club Relay for Life

By Heather Nail

The SHS Spanish Club is doing working to help their main cause: Relay for Life. Continue reading


Earth and Space Science Coming to SHS

By Jessica Axsom

Many of the students were suprised last week while signing up for next year’s classes when they realized that a new science class had been added to the list for the upcoming school year. For the first time ever, Salem High School will offer Earth and Space Science, which will be taught by Stephen Riggle, the current Chemistry and ICP teacher. The class can be compared as less challenging than Chemistry and Physics but more demanding than ICP. The class was a requirement for the 8th graders at Salem Middle School but there will be a few differences in this course.

“Remember what it was like in the 8th grade? Well, it will be like that plus more,” says Riggle.

The class will cover areas of geology, the study of minerals, how the earth works as a system, astronomy and the study of space, meteorology, oceans, and even dinosaurs. Students that are thinking about or have already signed up should be ready for a challenge. The class is designed for students that need to take another science class but aren’t up for a class as challenging as Chemisty or Physics. The course is offered to students that have passed Biology and ICP (Integrated Chemistry and Physics.)

“The state requires Core 40 students to take 3 years of science and there really weren’t any options for those that don’t want or need to take Cemistry, so that’s why this class was added,” explained Riggle.

Riggle taught Earth and Space Science 12 years ago during his Student Teaching, and while he is excited to be teaching something new, he also has his worries. Trying to come up with the materials for labs and preparing tests is something that can be mastered over the years, but with this being his first year and he only has until August to come up with it, it’s easy to see why he might feel stressed.

“I’ve had 12 years to prepare with ICP but this is all new,” says Riggle.


New O.W.L Club brings Hogwart’s magic to SHS

A new club was introduced to Salem High School in the last few weeks. The O.W.L. club, also known as the Organization of Wizardry Leisure, already has over 70 members.

“There’s a lot of participation,” says Head Girl and Founder, Kiki Jones. Jones and her friends Cody Brown, Wendy Fleenor and Logan Blackwell, all seniors, started the O.W.L. club after sitting down and talking about the magical world of Harry Potter. Brown is Hufflepuff prefect, Fleenor is Slytherin prefect and Blackwell was voted Head Boy.

At a recent meeting, the Ravenclaw house elected sophomore Connor Williams as their prefect and Gryffindor elected senior Anthony Scifres as their prefect.

Mr. Mark Carter serves as the club Headmaster. Carter is an English teacher at SHS and helps organize the club’s activities.

The club is very active in the community and is doing many things for community service. “We are collecting canned foods for the food bank, books for the women’s shelter and we have a Relay for Life team,” Jones said. If any member donates food or books, they can earn points for their house. Members were sorted in their houses by using an online quiz.

The club is also having a bake sale, but not one that most would expect. The club will be selling cuisine that most see at Hogwarts, or can purchase in Hogsmead. “We are going to have chocolate frogs, butter beer, pumpkin pasties, and tons of other stuff,” Blackwell said. The club hopes to have a bigger response to their unusual bake sale than the more traditional clubs. “We will dominate,” Fleenor adds.

The club hopes to make a trip to the Harry Potter world of Disney World in later years. A more future task is spring quidditch. Quidditch is the primary sport of wizards and witches in the Harry Potter series. “There are muggle quidditch leagues,” Brown says that the sport involves a lot of physical contact.

The club hopes to do a lot of community service and be recognized as a school club next year. The seniors hope that underclassmen will develop the club more when they graduate.

-Written by: Heather Nale, Staff Writer