Salem planning for virtual learning options in the fall
SALEM, Va. – Another local school is planning for virtual learning options in the fall. Salem is working on the Spartan Online Academy. Salem High School staff has already determined what courses they can offer fully online and those will be options students can sign up for. We envision the Spartan Online Academy really being an application-based process,” said Dr. Alan Seibert, Salem City Schools Superintendent who says not every student will qualify. “We’ve modeled the Spartan online academy after our other academy programs.
Watch: Pulaski County beats Salem on the hardwoods
SALEM, Va. – The Spartans took to the court for the first time this season on Monday night to faceoff with fellow River Ridge District opponent Pulaski County. Tanner Dakas and Qualee Robinson each scored 13 points for the Spartans while Kyle O’Neal and Peyton McDaniel each dropped 12 for the Cougars in the 53-45 win. Other scores from Monday night:Boys Scores:Auburn 74, Eastern Montgomery 37Cave Spring 64, Hidden Valley 39Christiansburg 64, Blacksburg 56E.C. Glass 56, Amherst County 45Liberty Christian 73, Rustburg 56Lord Botetourt 72, GW-Danville 63Northside 62, William Byrd 49Parry McCluer 47, Narrows 35Pulaski County 53, Salem 45Radford 90, Carroll County 52Girls Scores:Auburn 44, Eastern Montgomery 40Blacksburg 43, Christiansburg 22Brookville 43, Heritage-Lynchburg 22Cave Spring 64, Hidden Valley 12E.C. Glass 46, Amherst County 31George Wythe-Wytheville 52, Fort Chiswell 36Nelson County 48, Appomattox 21New Covenant 49, North Cross 12Parry McCluer 57, Narrows 37Salem 54, William Fleming 37William Byrd 46, Northside 30
One person at Salem High School tests positive for COVID-19
Officials say one person at Salem High School has tested positive for coronavirus. According to a release from the school, the person was last on school property on Nov. 11 and had direct exposure with others. Officials say any known exposures have already been contacted. The school will stay open and parents are being asked to monitor the health of themselves and their students. To see a full list of coronavirus cases in local K-12 schools, click here.
What’s News Today: back to school discussions, ‘The Nutcracker’
The Salem School Board will meet tonight. The school board will also discuss its legislative priorities, which include school funding and teacher pay. The Giles County School Board will hold a special meeting today. Last month, it decided to have Pre-K through third graders return to school four days a week starting on Monday. The school board will meet next week to discuss instructional plans for 4th through 7th grade and the high schools.
Five people within Salem school district test positive for coronavirus
SALEM, Va. – Five people within the Salem school district have tested positive for coronavirus, according to school officials. Below is a list of the five cases that were announced on Nov. 2:Three family members from the same household who have not been on school property since Oct. 23 - East Salem Elementary and Salem High SchoolOne person at Salem High School who was last on school property on Oct. 22One person at Salem High School who has not been in the building at all this year during the school day, but has participated in an after-school activity. They were last in the building on Oct. 16. Officials say there were no known exposures that stemmed from any of these cases. Parents are being asked to continue to monitor the health of their families.
Three coronavirus cases announced at Salem High School
SALEM, Va. – Three people at Salem High School have tested positive for coronavirus since Oct. 12, according to a release from school officials. One case was announced on Oct. 12, and the other two were announced on Oct. 15. The person whose case was announced on Oct. 12 and one of the people whose case was announced on Oct. 15 were both in the building last on Oct. 7 for after school activities only. The second person whose case was announced on Oct. 15 was last in the building during school hours on Oct. 9. In all three cases, officials say that no one else was exposed to the virus while they were on school property.
What’s News Today: vote registration deadline, meals tax increase
Today is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia for November’s election. Applications must be postmarked today or submitted in person by 5 p.m. You can also register online until 11:59 p.m. The Wythe County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing tonight about its meals tax. The county is proposing to increase the tax from four percent to six percent. The hearing begins tonight at 6 p.m. at the Wythe County Administration Building.
Three people test positive for coronavirus within Salem City Schools
SALEM, Va. – Three people have tested positive for coronavirus within the Salem City School District. Officials say two people tested positive within the Salem High School community and one person has tested positive at Sout Salem Elementary since Aug. 31. No one was quarantined because officials say the local health department determined that there was no known exposure at either school.
LIST: Coronavirus cases in local K-12 schools
Danville:A student at George Washington High School has tested positive for coronavirus. The student has been participating in virtual learning and has not been on school property since Aug. 20. A student at Grove Park Preschool who was last in the building on Nov. 24. A student at Galileo Magnet High School who was last in the building on Nov. 24. There is no exposure within the school district.
Salem Spartans trio commits to Louisiana-Monroe football program
ROANOKE, Va. They say good things come in 3s, no exception when it comes to high school athletes. Earlier in the week, Brooke Leonard brought us the story of three Lord Botetourt senior football players committing to play at Appalachian State University. Saturday, the Salem Spartans had a trio of talented football players that also decided to suit up together on the college gridiron. Zavione Wood, Jorden McDonald and Jayden McDonald all announced that they will play football at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Wood rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdowns in 2019, while also playing effective defense at middle linebacker for the Spartans.
Salem teacher returns to school after being named Virginia's 2020 Teacher of the Year
A Salem High School teacher returned to the classroom for the first time since receiving the state's top honor for educators. Wednesday was just like any other day at Salem High School for Andrea Johnson, a 12th grade career, communications and college preparation English teacher, except for one not-so-small thing. On Monday night, Johnson was named Virginia's 2020 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony in Richmond. It's not the first time a teacher from Salem has been honored. This coming spring, Johnson heads to the White House to compete for the 2020 title of National Teacher of the Year.
School, city leaders talk timeline, funding for Salem High renovation
SALEM, Va. - Salem City and school leaders met Tuesday night to talk about the funding and timeline for Salem High School's massive $36 million renovation. "We're at a pretty exciting point," said Dr. Alan Seibert, the school division's superintendent. Seibert said the district plans to send out bids for contractors at the end of December and pick one by the end of January. After picking one, school leaders will work with the new contractor to brainstorm ways to improve design plans and save money before hopefully breaking ground in May. The school district has been working closely with police and city council on the project.
15 schools gather in Salem for a robotics tournament
SALEM, Va. - 15 schools from across Southwest, Virginia gathered at Salem High School for a robotics tournament. The Blue Ridge Brawl was hosted by Salem's robotics team. The competition gave students a chance to compete against other robots built by students at the different schools. The students spent a total of six weeks preparing and building the technology for the competition. The Salem robotics team says the event is an effort to grow stem and robotics in the area.
Robotics students across the region prepare to go head-to-head at Blue Ridge Brawl
SALEM, Va. - Think of a science fair mixed with a high school football game, that's the way one robotics teacher describes tournaments like the Blue Ridge Brawl. This Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salem High School, 20 high school robotics teams from four states go head-to-head. Team 401 of Christiansburg High School built a robot in six weeks, and now the team is ready to put it to the test. With several local teams competing in the Blue Ridge Brawl, it takes this tournament to the next level. It's a lot of fun to see our local teams and try to see who is the best."
Student with autism gets standing ovation at high school graduation
SALEM, Va. – Christian Walton didn't have to campaign to become the mayor at Salem High School. His classmate Katie Elting said Walton’s high spirit is what makes him one of the most popular students in his class. I make everybody smile every day at the high school,” Walton said. Teacher Logan George of Salem High School said he loves to talk to everyone. Thursday afternoon, the high school honor student became a graduate.