In a school building that has two floors, over 52,000 square feet, and with close to four hundred students in attendance, it might seem that “setting expectations and making connections” would be a difficult task. That’s just not the case, however, at the William T. Barron School. With having a dedicated staff, an active and supportive PTA and working in conjunction with the Salem community, our large school feels and operates more like a smaller one.
Developing connections begins early in the year when our school community gets together for our annual Back to School event. Barron staff, students, parents and community members come together in late August with the anticipation of a new school year starting soon. On this day, students meet their new classroom teacher and play with new and existing classmates. PTA board members are on hand to encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education. Salem community members, such as the Boys and Girls Club, are at the event to explain the services they offer throughout the school year.
The opening days of the school year will find staff members throughout the building participating in team building exercises and teaching academic and behavioral expectations. We were excited this year to launch the Elementary Cultural Expectations of safety, respect, and responsibility. Students, working with their teachers, discuss these topics in detail and decide as a class how they hold each other accountable. Walk through our hallways, visit a classroom or stop in to see lunch being served in our café, and you will find students and staff exhibiting the Elementary Cultural Expectations.
The pride of being a Barron Bobcat shows through in the positive energy and excitement exuded in everything we do for our school and community. Under the direction of music teacher, Amy Moldoff, Barron chorus members sing during the holiday season at the Tuscan Village Tree Lighting. Our art teacher, Claudia Owens, displays the work of Barron’s artists at the Salem School District’s Art Show. This annual event, which is open to the public, features the art work of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade which are displayed in the beautiful exhibit halls inside Salem High School. The newly formed Barron Ambassadors are students in fourth and fifth grade who participate in a variety of school based and community service projects. Just recently, for example, the Barron Ambassadors traveled over to Salem’s Northeast Rehab Hospital to sing holiday favorites for the residents. “Bobcat Best” are individual students in grades 1 – 5 that have been selected by their classroom teacher for exhibiting the Elementary Cultural Expectations on a daily basis. These students have the honor of participating in a special activity and receive school-wide recognition.
Traditions and connections run deep at Barron School and there is one annual event that signifies this more than anything else, the Barron School’s Turkey Trot. With the support of Salem’s Police and Fire Departments, local businesses and enthusiastic staff members, we held our 18th Annual Turkey Trot in honor of Brian Richardson, this past November. Hundreds of runners, of all ages, arrived early in the morning to participate in either the Kids Fun Run or 5K Race. This annual event takes dedicated volunteers many hours to plan and facilitate. When the big day finally arrives, however, you experience the energy and excitement that can only happen when the Barron School makes lasting connections with the Salem Community.
The entire Barron School community would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Corrine Spence. Mrs. Spence is the wife of Richard Spence, who was a third grade teacher at Barron School for thirty years. In remembrance for Mr. Spence’s service to the Salem School District and in particular to his thirty years of teaching at Barron School, Mrs. Spence has made a generous donation in the amount of three thousand dollars. Two thousand dollars will be used to produce Barron School’s first school musical. The remaining one thousand will be put towards the ongoing efforts to raise funds for phase two of new playground equipment.
At the end of this school year, Karen Stone, will be retiring. Her long, successful career in the Salem School District has inspired many. Your warm smile and dedicated service to the students of Salem will be greatly missed. You leave big shoes to fill, Mrs. Stone.
Principal, Barron Elementary School