Salisbury Middle School

Staff Appreciation Day!

by Randy Ziegenfuss on May 8, 2013

weloveourstaffSalisbury Township School District would not serve its students as well as it does without the support staff and professionals who provide support services to students and teachers. Think about it – where would we be without dedicated secretaries, instructional assistants, bus drivers, maintenance staff, coaches, food service and professional support employees including school nurses, psychologists, guidance counselors and business office staff? Today we recognize these dedicated employees and thank them for their invaluable contributions to our school district and our students.

Administrative Assistants and Secretaries

The administrative assistants and secretaries are the glue that holds the district and school buildings together. Our administrative assistants and secretaries support the professional staff with typical clerical tasks as well as greet visitors, register new students, answer telephones, assist students and parents and single-handedly solve problems as they develop throughout the day. And all with a smile! Thank you for the work you do to make the district and school buildings welcoming places for students, staff and parents!

Business Office – Mr. Robert Bruchak, Business Administrator

The Business Office staff provides many critical functions for the district.  This is the area where all the money flows in and out of the district.  One critical function the business office staff completes is payroll.  Every two weeks staff in the business office make certain that every employee is paid.  This is a critical function that must be performed accurately.  It is also extremely important that all of the district’s vendors get paid on time.  This is vital to make sure the district receives all the necessary supplies for teaching and learning.  Every day the business office staff handles public funds that have many restrictions and controls on how the funds are accounted for and spent.  The district’s clean audits indicate the staff is exceptional at staying in compliance.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the district!

Technology Department – Mr. Chris Smith, Coordinator of Technology

Our computer technicians are a key driving force that makes technology work in Salisbury. They do so much to support our staff and students from professional development training to making sure that no matter what, our students always come first and have a working computer. Without them it is in my honest opinion that Salisbury would not be able to provide the level of education that it does. Tom Smith, John Landis, Matt Ritter, and Christina Westfall – THANK YOU for all that you do!

Psychologists, School Counselors and Social Worker

Our school psychologists, counselors, and social worker are committed to providing support and service to our students.  These dedicated staff members support our students (and staff members)  as they experience challenges and cheer alongside them as they celebrate successes!  Thank you for caring so much about STSD students and staff!

School Nurses/Nurse Assistants

School nurses have the multi-faceted responsibility of promotion, prevention and wellness, and they provide access to care for our children to stay healthy and safe. Recognizing that, “Healthy children learn better,” our school nursing staff serves as bridge that connects health care providers, public health and families to meet the needs of the Salisbury Township School District’s students. Today is National School Nurse Day. Read about the critical services our nurses provide to our students!

Instructional Assistant

Our instructional assistants are the unsung heroes of daily help with our neediest students. So often, they go above and beyond their duties to make an impact on the quality of school life for many students. We are blessed with the most dedicated, caring people!

Transportation Department – Mrs. Verna Schuon, Director of Transportation

Our transportation department took over all special needs transportation this past year in a terrific demonstration of planning to save taxpayers money. Nancy Kern and Verna Schuon coordinated unique door-to-door arrangements for students with disabilities to multiple districts across Lehigh and Carbon counties. Often with less than 2 days notice, they continue to redesign plans as student placements change and new students move into the district. For the weekly changes and new orders you seamlessly manage: Thank you, ladies! And much appreciation to all the drivers and attendants who are the first “face of Salisbury” our students see each morning.

Student Activities/Coaches – Miss Monica Deeb, Director of Athletics and Student Activities

The Salisbury athletic department offers 18 sports and offers a host of non-athletic extra-curricular activities.  A large majority of the SMS/SHS student body is involved in athletics or extra-curricular activities, and many of those students are involved in multiple activities.  Our coaches and advisers spend countless hours with our students and we are grateful for their tremendous commitment. They make a huge difference!

Maintenance/Buildings and Grounds – Mr. William Brackett, Director of Facilities

Day in and day out buildings get dirty, mechanical items break down, grass continues to grow, and even sometimes, the snow and ice falls. Yet, everyday, we assume these buildings will look fresh for the next day, the broken items will be fixed, the smell of freshly cut grass will linger in the air, the snow and ice will magically disappear. The buildings and grounds staff performs the dirtiest of jobs, the jobs that most do not want to do, at times of the day when most are relaxing or even sleeping; but in order to keep a safe clean environment, suitable for for all who walk through our halls, providing an enriched learning environment to all students, these men and women perform their duties tirelessly, never looking for praise. I, for one, have never been more proud than now to be associated with such an outstanding team of dedicated selfless individuals!

Food Service – Mrs. Denise Steiger, Director of Food Services

The cafeteria staff for Salisbury has done a superb job working with all the new regulations in the federally-mandated School Lunch Program. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act developed in 2010 has brought new meal patterns to the program. For example, vegetables no longer are just vegetables! We now have dark green, red/orange, legumes, and starchy vegetable categories. The food service staff needs to know certain details such as green peas fall into the starchy category and not the green category to assure the correct amounts of food in each category are offered on the menu each week.  As they continuously work to meet the guidelines, the food service staff keep student requests a priority in designing the lunch menu. Salisbury can appreciate the hard work and dedicated concern for our students shown by the food service staff all year!

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Teacher Appreciation Day!

by Randy Ziegenfuss on May 7, 2013

TeacherAppreciationWeekLogoWe love our teachers! They are the heart and soul of the district. While all district employees play an important role in the success of our students, nobody plays a greater role than our professional staff. The quality of the work our teachers do day in and day out can be witnessed first-hand by visiting classrooms and engaging with students and teachers. Since today is Teacher Appreciation Day, our principals are sharing some words about the Salisbury teaching staff.

Western Salisbury Elementary School – Mrs. Grace Hartman, Principal

I am very appreciative of the wonderful staff at WSE. They are caring, professional and knowledgeable.  I would be confident and proud to have my child educated and cared for at WSE.  WSE staff is also very supportive of each other. They help each other in challenging times and celebrate with each other in good times. They truly are a school family.

Harry S Truman Elementary School – Mrs. Barbara Samide, Principal

HST teachers and staff are an amazing group! They work tirelessly to support each child at Truman. They explore all avenues to ensure that the children in their care are able to succeed. Truman staff understands the importance and strength of a team. I have witnessed many formal and informal team meetings that have resulted in great ideas and plans. Leadership is also seen in our staff. Individuals willingly step up with their strengths to provide leadership for others to succeed in a new avenue. This compassionate team also supports each other during times of personal need. I am truly humbled each and every day watching this team in action. Dear HST staff, my unending thanks for all that you do for our students, their families, and each other.

Salisbury Middle School – Mr. Robert Cassidy, Principal and Mr. Ken Parliman, Assistant Principal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of Salisbury Middle School for their ongoing pursuit toward excellence. Whether staff are learning new strategies to engage students, working together to solve common problems, or providing support to students, families, and each other, our staff has a level of commitment, caring, and dedication that makes a huge difference for everyone. It’s easy to list attributes about a school that everyone expects to hear such as  “caring, “student-centered,” and “well rounded.”.  The difficult part is living up to these attributes. Staff members at Salisbury Middle School live up to each and every one of these attributes every day. The staff always places student needs at the top of every priority list. They’re dedicated to making sure every student that walks through the door is cared for and known. The level of collegiality is unsurpassable. We are proud and thankful to work with such a dedicated staff at SMS. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for the Salisbury community!

Salisbury High School – Ms. Heather Morningstar, Principal and Mr. William Dovico, Principal

Whether via tutoring after or before school, attending extra-curricular events, or reaching out to students in need, the SHS faculty and staff regularly goes “above and beyond” teaching to help ensure the academic, social, and emotional well-being of all SHS students. The cornerstone of Salisbury High School’s programming is education with a personal touch, and this belief is manifested both in our teachers’ daily interactions with students and in their efforts to make each educational experience meaningful for every student. Determined to provide SHS students with the knowledge, tools, and resources that prepare them for whatever the future may hold, the teaching staff at SHS imbues lessons with 21st-century skills and experiential learning opportunities. Thank you, teachers, for all that you do for our students and for the greater SHS community!

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All Stars Program at Salisbury Middle School

April 29, 2013

This semester 7th grade students participated in an exciting program called All Stars.  All Stars is a component of PROSPER, a project in which Salisbury Township School District has been participating since 2002.  The program was conducted by Nicole Alias from Valley Youth House. Students were involved in the program once a week for 13 […]

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