StudentLife

Student Life Updates

This post is an update to the general happenings in the student life at Salem Christian School.  We hope that the life of a student at Salem Christian School demonstrates how we are one of the best Lehigh Valley Christian schools.
November 9, 2017

November is a busy month for the members of the high school’s Praise Team: Last week, they led an entire First Friday Chapel (a reflection on the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation); this week, they led worship at Elementary School Chapel (something the team does once per month); next week, they are scheduled to lead worship for the opening ceremonies of the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee hosted by SCS–and these events are in addition to their efforts toward the team’s regular gigs, High School Chapel and Middle School Chapel! We so appreciate these students’ heart for pointing the Salem family (and beyond) to our great God!
The Student Council thanks all those who came out for the recent events it hosted, Game Night (MS, October 27) and The Salem Games (HS, November 3). Beyond the prodigious amount of fun that was had, the events also served to raise 53 pounds of non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Everlasting Life Ministries of Allentown. Stay tuned for details on other Student Council-hosted events coming this winter and this spring: Next time around, don’t miss out on the fun!
Seniors, remember that, if needed, late registration for the December 2 SAT runs through November 21. Note that the next SAT date is March 10
October 12, 2017
On its Fall Missions Day last Friday, the high school served on-site with seven regional ministries, while the Puppet PALS team traveled to conduct ministry of its own. A wonderful day of service alongside gospel-centered ministries in our community. Thank you to all who work to provide these opportunities for our students!
On Wednesday, SCS’s sophomores and juniors took the PSAT. Families will be alerted when score reports become available. All SCS 8th and 9th graders will be taking the PSAT in April; more information to come to those students’ families as the test date approaches.
Friday is the “First” Friday of October! Enjoy wearing jeans and taking part in some out-of-the-ordinary festivities!

Middle school: Student Council is hosting Middle School Game Night the evening of Friday, October 27! More details coming soon–but for now, mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss this!

October 5, 2017

High school, the first of our three Missions Days is tomorrow, October 6! If you have any last-minute questions or concerns, talk with Mr. Ference or the “team leader” of your trip. Looking forward to the first of these impactful days dedicated to putting faith into action!

Shout out to the high school’s Student Council for organizing three SCS gatherings last week in honor of international student-initiated/student-organized/student-led prayer event, See You at the Pole. Thank you for directing our hearts toward our God in Wednesday’s before-school and homeroom high school/middle school gatherings and for teaching the next generation of Salemites in Thursday’s elementary school gathering!

Seniors, don’t forget that the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT is October 5–today!

Sophomores and juniors, the PSAT will be administered at SCS on October 11. 10th graders are required to take the test; 11th graders are highly encouraged to take the test, but for them it is optional. 10th graders are registered automatically and at no additional cost; 11th graders may register by speaking with Mr. Ference or Mr. Krage and paying a $20.00 registration fee. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Ference or Mr. Krage. (All 8th and 9th graders will be taking the PSAT in April. More information to come to those students’ families as the test date approaches.)

September 28, 2017
High school, the first of our three Missions Days is coming next Friday, October 6! Trip permission forms were distributed Thursday and are due back on Monday. Following Chapel on Friday, we will meet in our teams for logistics and prayer. If you have any questions, see Mr. Ference or the “team leader” of the trip in question. Looking forward to the first of these impactful days dedicated to putting faith into action!
Seniors, don’t forget that the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT is October 5 (Thursday of next week).

Sophomores and juniors, the PSAT will be administered at SCS on October 11. 10th graders are required to take the test; 11th graders are highly encouraged to take the test, but for them it is optional. 10th graders are registered automatically and at no additional cost; 11th graders may register by speaking with Mr. Ference and paying a $20.00 registration fee. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Ference. (All 8th and 9th graders will be taking the PSAT in April. More information to come to those students’ families as the test date approaches.)

September 21, 2018

Student-organized prayer event “See You at the Pole” is coming Wednesday! The high school Student Council is organizing three gatherings: before school, 7:45 a.m., and during school, 8:28 a.m., as well as an elementary SYATP. Hope to see YOU at the pole!

High school, the first of our three Missions Days is coming on Friday, October 6! Trip selection packets were distributed Wednesday, and selection forms are due back by Monday. If you have any questions, see Mr. Ference or the “team leader” of the trip in question. Looking forward to the first of these impactful days dedicated to putting faith into action!

Seniors, remember that the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT is October 5.

September 14, 2018
Student-organized prayer event See You at the Pole is coming Wednesday, September 27. More details coming soon!
High school, the first of our three Missions Days is coming on October 6. More information will be distributed next week, but mark your calendar now for one of our impactful days dedicated to putting faith into action!
Seniors, late registration for the October 7 SAT will remain open through September 27. The next SAT test date is November 4.
September 8, 2018

This week marks the first “First” Friday of the school year! Each month, the first Friday on which all three grade levels are present in school is a “First” Friday. (On September 1, the high school was away on its Advance, and the middle school was taking part in Challenge–and so the “First” Friday for September falls to the 8th.) Salem tradition has long held that the first Friday of each month is a casual dress day. This year, however, we’re stepping things up a level. “First” Friday means three things: [1] The high school and middle school enjoy the energy of worshiping together in a combined community-focused Chapel; [2] as a school, we spice up life a bit by celebrating a “holiday” that falls on or near our “First” Friday date; and [3] the day is a casual dress day for all! Looking forward to observing these unique days as a Salem family through the year!

 

High school, the first of our three Missions Days is coming on October 6. More information will be distributed the week of September 18, but mark your calendar now for one of our impactful days dedicated to putting faith into action!

 

Seniors, remember that this Friday, September 8, is the registration deadline for the October 7 SAT. (The next SAT test date is November 4. Late registration for the October 7 SAT will remain open through September 27.)

May 25, 2017

Last Friday evening, the high school’s Student Council hosted a HS-Faculty Picnic; high schoolers and staff members alike enjoyed bocce ball, ultimate Frisbee, cornhole, soccer, badminton, and much more–as well as a top-notch lineup of picnic foods.  The evening was capped by a student-led worship session at sunset.  Students and staff, don’t miss out on the next HS-Faculty Picnic!

Juniors, the SAT dates for next school year have been announced; note that the test dates for the fall months are August 26, October 7, November 4, and December 2.

 

May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

On the evening of next Friday, May 19, the high school’s Student Council is hosting a HS-Faculty Picnic featuring games, food, and much more! All SCS high school students and faculty members are invited. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Capping the Serve-a-thon week festivities on Friday are the high school’s third and final Missions Day of the year and the middle school’s Serve-a-thon project. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to serve alongside ministries around the region that, while varied in context, all have the central aim of reaching others with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Juniors, the SAT dates for next school year have been announced; note that the test dates for the fall months are August 26, October 7, November 4, and December 2.

 

May 4, 2017

On the evening of Friday, May 19, the high school’s Student Council is hosting a HS-Faculty Picnic featuring games, food, and much more! All SCS high school students and faculty members are invited. More details coming soon, but mark your calendar now–don’t miss out on the fun!
The high school’s third and final Missions Day of the year is coming Friday, May 12. Permission forms were distributed earlier this week. We’re looking forward to another opportunity to serve alongside ministries around the region that, while varied in context, all have the central aim of reaching others with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Juniors, remember that May 9 (Tuesday of next week) is the registration deadline for the June 3 SAT, which is the final SAT date for this school year. (Also note that the test dates for the fall of 2017 are August 26, October 7, November 4, and December 2.)

Last Friday in the old church, the Student Council hosted a “coffeehouse” talent showcase featuring performances from roughly a dozen different student acts. Thanks to all who performed, attended, and made us coffee (we’re talking to you, Mrs. Koehler)!

 

February 19, 2017

The high school’s Winter Missions Day is coming Thursday, February 23.  Permission slips and site choices were distributed earlier. Contact Mr. Ference for further questions.

 

February 2, 2016
Spirit Week & Senior Night

Tomorrow (2/3) is Salem Spirit Day!
There will be a pep-rally during school.  In the evening will be Senior Night!  This is a huge event in the Athletic Department and is always a raucously fun evening.

Senior Night 2/3!!!  Come out to the home game

 

January 19, 2017

Each Thursday, our morning announcements are read over the intercom by a different volunteer student announcer. If you are interested in being “the voice of Salem” one Thursday morning this school year, talk with Mr. Ference!

Salem Spirit Week 2017 for grades K-12 is coming the week of January 30! Stay tuned for more details!
11th grade families: Plans are in motion for a Christian college tour, which will take place the week of February 27. Information will be relayed to you soon.

 

December 21, 2016

The month of December is an exciting time around Salem!  Already since the Thanksgiving break, our students have participated in the all-school Christmas music program, supported an inner-city ministry through a gift-giving program, competed in the first games of the basketball season, and enjoyed a Christmas performance by the Puppet PALS.  Check out what is to come in just the few school days that remain before the Christmas break:

  • The middle school will sing Christmas carols at two local nursing homes.
  • Elementary students will have an opportunity to shop ’til they drop at the Salem Christmas Store.
  • Salem vocalists will perform the national anthem at a Lehigh Valley Phantoms game.
  • The high school will enjoy its first-ever Christmas Spirit Week, organized by its Student Council.
  • The entire school will gather for the first pep rally of the year, in support of the first (nearly) full evening of home basketball games.
  • The elementary school will travel to lands far and wide through its annual Christmas Around the World festivities.

What a month!

Seniors and juniors, remember that this coming Wednesday, the 21st, is the registration deadline for the January 21 SAT.

 

December 15, 2016

Last week, several of our high schoolers attended the ACSI High School Leadership Conference.  This year’s theme was “re:Purpose”, which challenged students to utilize their God-given abilities and opportunities in living with intentionality “for the life of the world.”

 

November 18 was the high school’s annual Thanksgiving Chapel, a time of corporate thanks giving which this year was followed by a “family” Thanksgiving (break)feast.

 

Seniors and juniors, remember that December 21 is the registration deadline for the January 21 SAT.

 

PSAT score reports will be released by the College Board on December 12; those students who took the test back in October will receive information on how to access and interpret their reports at that time.

 

November 22, 2016

Parents and friends of Salem, feel free stop in and worship with our high school or middle school in one of their Chapels! Both take place on Friday mornings; HS Chapel begins at 8:40, and MS Chapel at 11:20. Know that you are welcome to take part in the centerpiece of our week!

Seniors and juniors: Remember that the deadline to register for the December 3 SAT is Friday, November 3. (Late registration continues through November 22, albeit at an increased cost.)

Friday evening, the High School Council of Student Representatives hosted Middle School Game Night! Students from grades 6-8 enjoyed jailball, gaga, indoor soccer, video games, dodgebasket, board games, knockout, and a variety of tournaments. And via the attendees the CSR collected a significant pile of food to be donated to a local food bank ministry. Friday was a great night for all; middle schoolers, you won’t want to miss the next MS Game Night!

High school: Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now for The Salem Games, an extravaganza of competition you don’t want to miss. Trust us: You want in.

Several of our middle school students spent Thursday at the ACSI Middle School Leadership Conference, an experience that “guides students through a biblical lens to examine their lives, expand their vision, and explore their possibilities for personal advancement and achievement.” We thank ACSI for producing well-organized events like this one that provide our students opportunities to cultivate their God-given abilities and interact with students from other Christ-centered schools.

 

October 27, 2016
Check out the information on the great – Pumpkin Storybook Decorating Contest

Each day elementary students are encouraged to wear the special color in honor of God’s beautiful fall creation.  Please wear shirts, pants, socks, and hair bands (girls) that are the color for that day

 

lorax-imageJudging on Oct. 28TH

Decorate a pumpkin to look like one of your favorite book characters and win a prize!!

First Prize – Gift certificate to Walmart and Chick-fil-a

Second Prize-Gift Certificate to Chick-fil-a

Third Prize – Gift Bag

Winners announced at our Harvest Party.  

 

Rules to Follow:

  • Decorate a pumpkin to look like your favorite storybook character.
  • No cut or carved pumpkins please.
  • Acrylic paints and permanent markers work best. Feel free to glue on things like wiggly eyes, yarn, buttons, or fabric.
  • Turn in an index card with your name(or family’s name) ,grade, and book title on it along with your pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins are due to school by October 26, 2016

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*Participation is completely voluntary. This is just a fun activity for our Harvest Party!  

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October 6, 2016

Despite a bit of wet weather, the high school’s Fall Missions Day remained an exciting opportunity for our students to put their faith into action.  For the day, Salem students served alongside eight different ministries that, while markedly different from one another, share one central aim: to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Two additional HS Missions Days are coming on February 23 and May 12.

The high school Council of Student Representatives will be hosting a game night for the SCS Middle School the evening of October 28.  Students in grades 6-8, mark your calendars!

The PSAT will be administered at SCS on October 19.  This year, 10th graders are required to take the test; 11th graders are highly encouraged to take the test, but for them it is optional.  10th graders are registered automatically and at no additional cost; 11th graders may register by speaking with Mr. Ference or with Mr. Krage and paying a $20.00 registration fee.  (Also new this year on the PSAT front: All 9th and 8th graders will be taking the PSAT later in the school year.  More information to come to those students’ families as the test date approaches.)

Juniors and Seniors, don’t forget that October 7 (Friday) is the deadline to register for the November 5 SAT.  (Late registration continues through October 25, albeit at a higher cost.)  Registration for the December 3 SAT is open through November 3.

 

September 29, 2016

An initiative for this year and future years is to be sure infuse prayer more often and purposefully into our school life. And, this week is a great week to highlight our students and how they are praying.

This final week of September has been a busy one in the life of Salem. In addition to classes and sports seasons that are moving at full steam, the week witnessed the Salem edition of See You At The Pole, planning sessions for both the Spring Musical and the new Debate Club, and the high school’s Fall Missions Day. Thanks to all those who made and are making these opportunities possible for our students. (Special shout-outs to the student organizers of SYATP and to the many individuals who play a part in making our Missions Days happen.)

Considering this week includes the National Day of Prayer, the elementary gathered today with the high school students who prayed with them and sang a worship song.
Wednesday was See You At The Pole, the global student-organized prayer event.  The high school’s Student Council prepared two at-Salem events–a before-school gathering (7:45 a.m.) for those able/interested and a Homeroom gathering for the entire high school and middle school–where students joined together to pray for their school, neighborhood schools, friends, families, churches, communities, and more.

Reminder: Mission day is Friday, September 30. The entire High School will be gone to serve the community in the ministry partners we have developed.

 

September 22, 2016

Here’s the buzz – SCS will be hosting the ACSI District Spelling Bee on November 17th for fifth – eight grades. Class spelling bees will be held the week of October 3rd and the final participants will be selected during a fifth-eight grade spelling bee on Wednesday, October 12th.

Student Published Word Lists—Password: BeeCreative
New lists are provided each year, so be sure to discard the old list. All levels of the ACSI Spelling Bees use only the 5th through 8th grade lists. FOr parents wishing their children to study for the Spelling Bee, ACSI has provided this year’sword list by following this link along with the password (BeeCreative).  :Again, here is the link for this year’s spelling bee word list. is at www.acsi.org/nesb .  And, you will need the password (BeeCreative).

Wednesday is See You At The Pole, the global student-organized prayer event.  The high school’s Student Council is preparing two at-Salem events–a before-school gathering (7:45 a.m.) for those able/interested and a Homeroom gathering for the entire high school and middle school–where students can join together to pray for their school, neighborhood schools, friends, families, churches, communities, and more.

Plans are coming together for the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee for grades 5-8, which this year will be hosted by a certain school located on Salem Bible Church Road outside Macungie.  Yes: On November 17, students from across eastern PA (and possibly beyond) will descend on Salem to compete (c-o-m-p-e-t-e, compete).  We’re looking to the event, which is an exciting opportunity not only for our 5th-8th graders, but also for our school!

For high school students, there will be a new club starting this year: A debate club!
Next week on Tuesday, September 27th, there will be an informational meeting for any students that may be interested in joining the club. There is no commitment made with attending this meeting; it is simply an opportunity to find out more about this exciting new group

 

September 15, 2016

The first High School Missions Day of the school year is coming Friday, September 30.  Information will be released Thursday of this week; trip selection forms will be due to school by Monday.  We’re looking forward to this exciting day; it’s always a blast to see and hear about Salem students living out their faith at ministry locations around eastern PA!

 

The PSAT will be administered at SCS in mid-October.  This year, 10th graders are required to take the test; 11th graders are highly encouraged to take the test, but for them it is optional.  10th graders are registered automatically and at no additional cost; 11th graders may register by speaking with Mr. Ference or with Mr. Krage and paying a $20.00 registration fee.  (Also new this year on the PSAT front: All 9th and 8th graders will be taking the PSAT later in the school year.  More information to come to those students’ families as the test date approaches.)

 

September 8, 2016

It is great to see Mr. Ference in a role of developing students’ lives at Salem Christian School. He has moved out of IT and fully into his position. We look forward to seeing the benefits of his efforts. We look forward to hearing more from his office in future updates.

Spiritual Emphasis Week culminated with the High School Advance Trip and the Middle School Challenge Day, which centered around messages brought by our own Mr. Stanton and Mrs. Beres respectively. An excellent kickoff to our year-long focus, Identity: In Christ.
The first of the high school’s three Missions Days is coming Friday, September 30. Info will be distributed to students next week!

Please refer to the guidance handbook for upcoming college/career guidance.  Of course, this will be covered in Junior Seminar and Senior Seminar.   Additionally, students can refer to their Naviance account for activities assigned.

PSAT’s will be coming in October for all of grades 8-10 as part of the activity fee.  Grade 11 will be at the cost of the parents.  More information will be sent home as we approach this event.

 

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