Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mosaics at Salter

Friday, December 5th, the gifted class at Salter had a special guest. Miss Lindsey Moses, a stained glass artist of Southern Accents in Talladega, came to visit and teach Ms. Kearley's students about working with glass and making mosaics. The students used carbon paper to transfer their patterns onto wood then glued stained glass pieces onto the patterns to create snowmen. Lindsey also shared information with Reagan, Elijah, Kyla, and Autumn about her art and the tools she uses. Everyone enjoyed the activities and got to take home a wonderful piece of art.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Harvest King and Queen

Thank you parents for all of your support.

Monday, December 1, 2008

"The Principal's Principles"

EXCELLENCE - Excellence means that something is very good or exceptional. It does not happen quickly or easily, but takes hard work and perseverance. Authors of stories usually sign their names on stories they write. This identifies the creator. You are creating a work of art when you complete your school assignments. Make you work a masterpiece by doing it with excellence! Every one can be excellent in one area .... EFFORT. Excellent effort happens when you work very hard and try to do your best work at school. A wise man named Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Good habits can help you accomplish great things. Bad habits can cause you to fail. Make an effort to develop good habits of excellence at home or at school.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the faculty and staff of C. L. Salter Elementary School.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"The Great American Smoke-Out"

Retired Teacher's Luncheon

On Tuesday, November 18th we had the pleasure of honoring 18 retired teachers from our Salter faculty. Good food, fun, and fellowship was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you lunchroom staff and Morale Committee for making this event so special.

Monday, November 17, 2008

"The Principal's Principles"

EQUALITY - Equality means that all people have the same rights and freedom. Everyone has the same chance to learn, and use the school equipment equally. It does not mean that everyone is the same, but rather that everyone has the same chances to participate and learn. The Declaration of Independence states that, "... all men are created equal." That means that all people should have the same rights, no matter where they are born, who their parents are, or what they look like. EQUALITY is one of the great principles that sets America apart from many countries in the world. Work hard to make the most of your opportunities to learn and become the best you can be!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Pumpkin Math"

Third grade teachers Mrs. Akers and Ms. Walls planned a day of fun learning for their students on Halloween Day. The students were divided into groups and each group was given a pumpkin. The groups estimated the circumference, weight, and the number of seeds their pumpkin contained. After recording their estimation, the students actually measured the circumference, weighed the pumpkin, and counted the seeds. Afterwards, the students enjoyed eating roasted pumpkin seeds.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bosses' Day

6th Grade's Visit to Zora Ellis Science Halloween Chemistry Event

The Principal's Principles

ENTHUSIASM - Enthusiasm means being excited, interested, and eager about something. The more you practice enthusiasm , the more it will improve. Start by identifying things you enjoy. Choose something you are excited about such as: people, food, nature, music, math, or anything that interests you. You communicate enthusiasm more with your body movements than with words. The expression on your face and the excitement you show shows you are enthusiastic. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, " Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Enthusiasm is contagious! It starts inside you and builds as you practice it each day. Be enthusiastic and make each day a great one!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Book Fair

The Book Fair was a big success. Thanks to all the teachers, parents, and students who visited and shopped. A special thanks to all the volunteers that gave their time to help make this event so successful.

District Wide Parent Extravaganza

The District Wide Parent Extravaganza was held at Talladega High School on October 21. After a welcome session from Dr. Horton, Mr. Campbell, Pattie Thomas, and Board Chairman Joe Hare, parents were invited to attend two sessions of their choosing. The Extravaganza ended in the lunchroom of Talladega High School with parents, teachers, students, and the community enjoying food, fellowship, and lots of interesting information tables.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cookie Dough Sale

Our cookie dough fundraiser was a HUGH success thanks to students, parents, and teachers. Our goal was $2,500.00 and we raised over $9,700.00 for our school!!! We plan to buy a "treasure tower" for reading incentives, technology for the school, and use the funds for many ongoing projects. Students were rewarded with grab bag prizes, the nickel grab, the Moon Walk jump, drawings, and a $50.00 gift certificate that was won by our top seller Lakevious. Teachers were awarded with popcorn parties, a pizza party, lunch, and gift certificates. We are very proud of our students and greatly appreciate their efforts.

"Moving forward to meet the demands of a changing world."

Monday, October 27, 2008

Salter Shut-Ins

Mrs. Ensley and Ms. Joiner, along with their fourth grade students, presented bags of goodies to their selected shut-ins in the community. Included in the bags were items ranging from toiletries to food items. The reaction to this loving gesture of compassion was evident in the face of the ladies. They enjoyed the visit more than receving the gift items. Both teachers agreed that they received greater satisfaction from their visit than did the shut-ins. Each month, teachers and students come up with creative ideas to reach the elderly in our community. Instilling values within the students that promote long-lasting care and compassion is the goal of the principal and faculty.

The Principal's Principles

CREATIVITY - CREATIVITY MEANS TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO DEVELOP NEW IDEAS. Our imagination is powerful and can be used in many ways. According to Albert Einstein " Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Creativity is the power to explore the world and express yourself in your own unique way. You can express your ideas and feelings through art by drawing pictures, writing stories, playing musical instruments, dancing, acting in a play, or singing in the choir. Leonardo da Vinci was a famous painter, but he was also a genius in math, engineering, and science. He imagined and drew detailed pictures of machines similar to a helicopter and a military tank hundreds of years before they were actually created. Let your creativity and dreams be the beginning of wonderful inventions or beautiful art.

Art Projects

Several students from Talladega College visited our Kindergarten, first, and second grades to work on an art project together. They worked on details with shapes and made some spooky Halloween pictures. Thanks Talladega College students!

"Moving forward to meet the demands of a changing world"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mobile Apple Notebook Laptop Stations

Mr. Locklin, Mrs. Bostick, Mrs. Romine, and Mrs. Clark worked diligently to download programs onto the Apple Notebook Laptops to get them ready to be used by the students and teachers. Integrating technology into the classroom has been a priority at Salter. Our goal is to prepare our students for the 21st Century and using technology such as SMARTBoards, Classroom Performance Systems, and laptop notebooks will help get them started.

The Principal's Principles

COURTESY - Courtesy is being polite, using good manners, and showing consideration to others. When you hold a door open for someone else, carry groceries for a neighbor, or pick up spilled crayons for a classmate, you are showing courtesy. "Courtesy is a small act, but it packs a big wallop." Polite words have a powerful affect. Words such as "Please," "thank you," "excuse me," and "I'm sorry" can add a "wallop" of happiness to anyones day. Remember ..... courtesy is kindness! Choose someone this week and show courtesy to them.

Boss's Day

At Salter we were so excited to honor our principal, Mrs. Griffin, with a little surprise on Boss's Day. We appreciate all her hard work, long hours, and dedication to the students and faculty at C. L. Salter.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Principal's Principles

COURAGE - Courage is the ability to face danger, and find strength to overcome fear. Physical courage gives us the strength to face challenges that put our bodies in danger. Moral courage helps us to do what is right, even if someone makes fun of us. It can be scary to say"no" when someone you like asks you to do something that is wrong. It takes courage to stand up for what is right. Be strong enough not to follow the crowd! Use good judgment to make the right choices in your life.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Free Online Tutoring Service Available

Governor Bob Riley has announced a free online tutoring service that is available to all students in Alabama. The tutoring sessions are available to students in fourth through 12th grades. Tutors are available Sunday through Thursday to assist students in subjects ranging from English to Math, Science and Social Studies. To receive these service parents and students can log on to

Fourth Grade U. S. States Study

The fourth grade classes have been studying and learning all fifty states in the United States. They have a selected region to study each week. When all the regions have been studied, the children will show their knowledge by filling out the states and abbreviations on a blank map. Students are doing research to find interesting facts about each state. Mrs. Ensley and Ms. Joiner are both amazed at the way their student have mastered the learning of these states . To make this study even more interesting, the computer game "Password" is being used to reinforce the facts the students have learned. Keep up the good work fourth grade!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

" Box Tops for Education"

Students at C. L. Salter are collecting box tops, and the proceeds will go toward some project that benefits the students. Bar graphs in the hallway reveal the number collected by each homeroom. This competition between classes motivates students to bring in their special collections each Friday. The winning class receives special treats each week, as well as students who bring in 20 or more box tops.

Each box top is worth ten cents, and General Mills donates the money to schools participating in the event. Since the beginning of this school year, Salter students have collected over 5,000 box tops.

The winning class for 2008-2009 wins a pizza party. Second and third places enjoy ice cream. Coordinator for this project is fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Ensley. She, along with the principal and staff, encourage students and parents to keep collecting these box tops.

The Principal's Principles

COOPERATION - Cooperation means getting along with each other and working together to accomplish a common goal.

  • When people cooperate, they can accomplish things they could never do all by themselves.

  • Bees can teach us a lot about cooperating! Each bee has a specific job to do - some gather pollen from flowers, some fight to protect the hive, others take care of the baby bees, and another group takes care of the queen bee. We should be like bees each day and work together and cooperate with one another to achieve our goals.

  • An English poet named John Heywood wrote: "Many hands make light work." When people cooperate, it is easier to accomplish big tasks.

  • Cooperation is a big part of our school day. We cooperate by lining up for the library, straightening the desks for the next day, and cleaning the lunch tables.

"Bee" cooperative this week and make it a terrific week.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

P. T. O. and Open House

Exciting things are happening at C. L. Salter School. Attendance was very good at our first P. T. O. meeting on Tuesday, September 30th. We have exciting plans to make Salter an even more student friendly environment. Thanks to Mr. Tommy Moorehead, our lunchroom will soon be receiving an "Extreme Makeover." Our Cookie Dough sale is going great and will end on October 9th. It would be so exciting to exceed our goal which would provide even more funds to improve student learning and our beautiful campus.

Many of the projects that we have planned are going to require the time and talents of volunteers. If you have the time or a particular talent that you would love to share to make your child's school a positive place please contact Mrs. Griffin.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Book Fair

C. L. Salter library will be hosting a Book Fair on October 13th -17th. This year's theme is "Go on a Safari for Fun Books!" Students and parents are encouraged to visit the library and see the nice selection of books for purchase.

The Principal's Principles

CONSERVATION - Conservation means protecting natural resources such as soil, water, forests, and minerals from loss and pollution. Here are a few suggestions for helping with the environment for the future:

  • Pick up the garbage on the playground

  • Turn off lights in the classroom when you are not using them

  • Don't be a "water hog" - "Water hogs" are people who waste water by letting it run for a long time when they are not using it.

  • Recycle - Take something that has already been used and make it into something new that can be used again.

  • Don't be a "litter bug" - A "litter bug" is someone who uses our beautiful world as a garbage dump by throwing trash along highways, in rivers, and everywhere--except where it belongs.

Let's conserve Earth's resources wisely, and enjoy the beautiful world of nature for years to come.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Principal's Principles

Compassion - Compassion is a sympathetic understanding of another person's pain with the desire to relieve it. Compassion means that you understand another person's sadness so well, that it almost becomes your own. You may not be able to fix another person's problem, but giving your time and tenderness helps lift spirits and brings hope to a person. John D. Rockerfeller, Jr. said, "Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a person has of encouragement, sympathy, and understanding." There are many ways you can show that you care about others. Visit a lonely neighbor, donate food to a food bank, or stand up for someone who is being teased. Compassion makes the world a better place! Make an effort to show compassion to someone this week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Principal's Principles

Community Service - Community service means doing something helpful for one's community or neighborhood. Dr. Suess wrote: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Community service is a way for neighbors to assist neighbors by offering a helping hand. Have you ever thought about your good deeds as seeds? Be sure to plant plenty of good deeds this week. We all have a gift to give to our world.

Science Night at Salter

The" Science Extravaganza" at Salter was a huge success. Students, parents, and teachers participated in many activities designed to enhance our understanding of science in our world. The students were able to make a choice of two activities that most interested them. Those who chose "Birds of Prey saw beautiful raptors such as the owl, falcon, and hawk. The "Snake Lady" shared her slithering friends with a large crowd. She brought both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes with her. The McWane Center brought" Stardome"which allowed the students to observe constellations in the cafeteria. They also brought "Razzle Dazzle Chemistry," a demonstration of chemical changes." Gak" was a large hit with students and adults alike. Those who chose this activity were able to make their gak from scratch. We all look forward to next year's Science Extravaganza.
Thanks to Mrs. Clark for all her hard work and planning.