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Salado School News

Cattlemen's Ball is Saturday

A replica Bowie Knife by Bill Smith

Every year, artist Bill Smith hand-crafts knives as the centerpieces of the Salado  Education Foundation Cattlemen’s Ball, but this year  he promises something very special.

Smith has made a replica Musso Bowie knife to be auctioned off on Oct. 19 as part of the 14th annual Cattlemen’s Ball.

“It is such a labor intensive process because I choose to make them the old way by not using modern tools,” Smith said of the Bowie knife. Earlier this year, he donated one to the Alamo, where it is now on display in the museum there. “I fire my forge with coal, hammer by hand, and draw file the blades. I do, however, use the lathe to make the bottle shaped nut on the end of the handle.  If I made another I would need to charge too much.”

Bill made several Bowie knives and sold them before he found out one was appraised for $25,000. The knife is an exact representation of the original Bowie knife brought back to America by Joe Musso. 

Smith used the same methods and like materials as James Black, the blacksmith who forged the first Bowie knife.

For the past 11 years Bill has drawn plans, cut out, and built two or three one-of-a-kind  custom knives  for the  Salado Education Foundation  auctions, which have raised thousands  of dollars for local scholarships. 

Last year alone, his three  knives raised $7,500 for SEF scholarships for  Salado seniors and  grants for teachers.  

Salado Education Foundation hosts its 14th annual Cattlemen’s Ball on Oct. 19 at Tenroc Ranch. Freddie Fuller will perform for guests as they arrive and sign-in at 6:30 p.m. 

A steak  dinner grilled  by Johnny’s Steaks  and Bar-Be-Que in Salado will begin at 7 p.m.

This year, the Salado Education Foundation

 has awarded more 

than $20,000

in scholarships and $5,000 in innovative teaching grants.

Tickets are available at First Community Title Salado office, Century 21 Bill Bartlett, The Haire Shoppe and the Superintendent’s office.

Salado students build leadership skills at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat

Salado Leadership students at Peaceable Kingdom

Killeen, TX – Variety's Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children welcomed 20 Salado High School students on Wednesday, September 25 for a high-adventure leadership retreat.  As part of the Youth Leadership Program at Salado High School, students challenged themselves on the 40-foot rock wall, 175-foot zipline, low-ropes obstacle course and other activities. 

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Athletic Booster Reverse Raffle Sept. 21

Fireside will perform at the Athletic Booster Reverse Raffle

Last year, Salado Athletic Booster Club funded $73,023 to Salado student athletes and athletic programs. 

The success of the Booster Club is due chiefly to the support of sponsors, an annual Reverse Raffle and an annual golf tournament in the spring that raises money for scholarships to qualifying Salado seniors.

The Annual Athletic Booster Reverse Raffle, Dinner and Dance will be Sept. 21 at Tenroc Ranch Blue Heron room.

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Salado Freedom Walk honors 9/11

Freedom Walk at Salado schools

On the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Salado students, along with local law enforcement and fire fighters, joined with troopers from the 3d Cavalry Regiment to honor the sacrifices of so many brave individuals that day by completing a Freedom Walk.

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Burt Smith is named Principal of Year

Burt Smith and Family

“His greatest gift is the ability to build positive relationships with students, employees, parents and all other stakeholders,” Dr. Michael Novotny said of Salado High principal Burt Smith.


That gift is one of the reasons Smith was recently named by the 2013 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 12 High School Principal of the Year. Smith will find out later this year if he will be named as the State High School Principal of the Year.

Read more: Burt Smith is named Principal of Year