Good Morning Students and Staff!

First and foremost, I want to say how impressed I was with your behavior at the assembly. You were spirited and active, but understood when it was time to get quiet and be respectful and responsive. I was very, very proud of you for that. And you represented Straub with dignity and grace. Thank you!

I’ve recently enjoyed the pleasure of giving various guests a tour of our school, and I so appreciate the opportunity to tell others what a great student body and staff we have here at Straub. When I’m walking with my guests I will often ask random students what they like best about Straub, and you give the best answers. I’m just very, very proud of all of you, and I feel very fortunate to get to work at such an outstanding school.

 

So let’s see what’s going on this week!

I think the most exciting thing is that we have Parent Conferences this week! We’re very excited to visit with you and your parents before you head off for spring break, so please join your parents this Wednesday or Thursday evening for the conferences. Just as a reminder, you have school Monday through Thursday of this week, and then conferences run from 4:30-7:30 both Wednesday and Thursday evening. Teachers will be in their classrooms instead of all together in the gym, so there’s even another reason to come…you can show your parents where all your classrooms are! Then there is no school on Friday, as spring break officially begins, and we’ll look forward to seeing you back here on Monday, April 3.

Also this week is our Talent Show. Thank you to Mr. Brehm for organizing and running the whole event! And thank you to all of our talented students who will be participating in the event!!

Hats off to our journalism students, who have been working hard on their Stories for Salem event! For those of you who don’t know about this, we have had a Journalism Club working with a high school advisor on stories about everything from sexism in the dress code to stereotypes in different parts of Salem. They will be holding a distribution event, which has now turned into a celebration of diversity in Salem! The first have of the event will include talks about the importance of storytelling and different aspects of diversity in Salem  by Dick Hughes, a local journalist and professor, Jenny Barischoll of Salem for Refugees and the Ariana Welcome House for refugees, Mish’al Almuntafki, the inam of the Salem Islamic Center, and Ahmed Muhumed, a WSHS student and Ethiopian Immigrant. After the speakers wrap up, attendees will be invited to chat with the speakers and student writers, pick up a copy of the publication, and snack on culturally unique appetizers. This even will be at West Salem High School from 6:00-8:00 PM on April 7. I would definitely recommend you put this on your calendar!

 

That’s it for announcements! Let’s get this week started!