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South Salem pushes to keep ahead
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From a push in technology and education for all students to a pledge to go green, South Salem Elementary is in its fourth year and pushing to keep ahead of the game in Newton County, despite its large free and reduced lunch population.

"The technology here at SSE is certainly a major asset that gives our students an advantage over schools who do not have as much technology," said Principal Holly Dubois. "Two other programs that are unique to SSE are our Saturday School Program and our Go Green incentive... We are also a Title 1 School of Distinction," she said.

"South Salem, with its 71 percent free and reduced lunch rate, is a continuation in this series thus far, of a Newton County school ‘beating the odds' when it comes to student achievement," said Superintendent Gary Mathews. "Consistently earning federal Adequate Yearly Progress over the years, South Salem teachers and administration are on top of best practices when it comes to classroom instruction. They tend to get right down to the individual child and what can be done to assist his or her learning. Look for South Salem to continue their record of success. Less than that isn't acceptable for those who work there."

Principal Dubois said on the school website that she also relies on the help of parents to make the school successful.

"You are your child's first teacher, and we appreciate your continued support as we work with you to engage your child through quality instruction so that he or she can experience academic, social, and emotional growth."