As a proud member of West Salem Panther Nation, you know there are so many things to love about our schools and community. While we enjoy the benefits of a strong public school district every day, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what makes our schools so special.
If we could write a love letter to the School District of West Salem community, here are some of our favorite things that we would praise.
A school would be nothing without its bright, eager students. We were once students at West Salem schools, and know just how special it is to receive an education here. We’re grateful for the experiences students have shared across the generations. More importantly, we’re excited to see the new opportunities our current students are exploring!
The teachers, administrators and staff
Teachers are the heart of our schools. They dedicate their careers and their lives to ensuring generations of young Panthers are excited about learning and prepared for adulthood. Staff are critical to ensuring that teachers and students alike are supported in their learning. Administrators make the big decisions that keep our schools and district moving forward.
Students, teachers, and staff have an important job to do, but volunteers help because they want to join our mission. Community service is a central tenet of our district's values and embodies the Panther Nation spirit. We’re so grateful to those who choose to spend their time in classrooms, on campus, on the field and organizing events. So many of our favorite activities could not happen without volunteers!
Our community supporters
There are many area organizations helping to fund fantastic projects for students. They organize excellent fundraisers that not only benefit our community, but that are also just plain fun for participants. They set big goals for themselves and our community to ensure we’re always reaching higher to provide the very best for our school district community.
Who doesn’t love being a West Salem Panther? All of our students bring us so much pride on and off the field. Whether they are crushing our rivals in a game, competing in forensics or creating new art, volunteering in the community, or just helping out a fellow student, we’re grateful that they represent us so well.
We may be biased, but West Salem alumni are the best! We’re always so happy to see alumni from across the decades show their continued pride for our schools. Whether it’s planning class reunions or cheering hard at homecoming, our alumni sure know how to show current students the true value of our community.
There are so many people, places and events that make our community special. Some of them helped shape our youth, while others arrived later to benefit younger alumni and students. No matter how far you are removed from the halls of West Salem High School, you can still show some love and say thank you for all those wonderful years.