Welcome to Salida Middle School

Dear Salida Middle School students and parents;

I am honored and excited to welcome you all to the 2022-23 school year at Salida Middle School. I am so happy to be your new principal this coming school year and look forward to meeting you all and working with you and our incredible staff to make this a really great school year. I come to you with over 15 years of experience in education, a deep love for teaching and learning and working with middle school students. I am a Colorado Native and really excited to make Salida and Chaffee County my home. 

I am committed to fostering the whole child through rigorous content, social emotional learning, creativity and joy. Building relationships with our students, staff, families and community is my top priority throughout the school year.

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer and that you are as excited as I am about the start of the school year. We have great things in store  for every student here this fall. 

I will ask that you take some time to carefully look through the contents of this mailing. Please pay close  attention to the registration times and dates as we are trying to maximize efficiencies with that process. It  is important to check the enclosed documents and correct phone numbers and email as communication is vital  to a meaningful school-to-home relationship. Kindly check all pages for accuracy.  


REGISTRATION - Please bring your COMPLETED paperwork (enclosed) and fees ($35.00) to school on the assigned  time and date. Registration will be held in the middle school commons/lunchroom area.  

5th Grade on August 8th from 8:00-12:00 

6th Grade on August 8th from 1:00-4:00 

7th Grade on August 9th from 8:00-12:00 

8th Grade on August 9th from 1:00-4:00 

Students who can not make it on the above assigned times may come onThursday, August 11th  from 8:00-12:00 

So, when do I start school? 

Our 5th-grade students will have a half-day of school on FRIDAY AUGUST 12. Students will  enter through the south, 5th-grade entrance at 7:50 and will attend classes and orientation activities  until 12:00. This day is designed to get our 5th graders acquainted with the building and their teachers and  allows all of us to begin to build relationships with our newest students in our SMS community. Lunch will be  served for 5th graders that day. 

All students will attend school MONDAY AUGUST 15 (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders). Students will enter the building through their grade level doors by their classroom. All  students have a core academic class during period 1, so entry and travel time should not be an issue.  Doors will open at 7:50 and class begins at 8:00 each day. School is dismissed at 4:00 PM. 

Being on time is always important, especially during these first days of school. Students who arrive late will  need to enter the building through the front main door. 

As you know, the first few days of school are crucial for goal and expectation setting in classrooms as well as for  orientation and relationship building between all students and staff. We are all excited to get to know and  support your students and ask that you make every effort to have them to school on time every day. 

I realize having a middle-school-aged child can be a challenge. Middle school can be harder on parents than it  is on kids. Additionally, middle school is a time of great change, independence as well as physical and  emotional growth. Please know that everyone here at SMS is here to support your child and family.. Feel free to reach out to any of us if and when a time arises when you need  assistance/support, have questions, or need clarification about anything. 

Thanks for being a part of the Salida Middle School Family, and welcome. 

Sincerely, 
Michelle Saab

Principal - Salida Middle School 

Salida School District R-32-J 

"The Education Community" 

719-530-5304 

[email protected]


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