Salem Public Schools Update

News for our families

Superintendent's Message

April 29, 2022

SPS Community,

Next week is Staff Appreciation Week in the Salem Public Schools! Please join us as we celebrate the talented educators that serve our children across our schools. Over the weekend, we will be sharing the many ways that we plan to show gratitude to our staff next week. There are many surprises and we are most appreciative of the many local businesses that have stepped up to help recognize our staff. Thank you also to the many families that have shared stories about staff members who have had a positive and lasting impact on your children using this form. It is not too late to send your shout-out!

We appreciate your partnership in making this a special week for our staff. They are most deserving of the accolades and positive attention given their unsung work over the last 2 years. Don't forget that a quick email, note, or call of appreciation goes a long way!

Enjoy the weekend!


You're A Rock Star!

At Salem Public Schools, we are recognizing one staff member a week who exemplifies our core values of celebrating differences, facilitating collaboration, fostering innovation, creating equity and access, growing all students, and upholding high standards for all. We are surprising a deserving SPS team member with a rock star trophy.

The rockstar award this week goes to Kat Williams, behavior specialist at Bates Elementary School. Ms. Williams is the rock of student support at Bates with her one-of-a-kind approach to building relationships with students. She is always calm, cool, and patient during the most challenging circumstances, and always has students' best intentions in mind. Students know that Ms. Williams is there to push them to be their best as she sets high expectations for student success. With her dynamic personality and humor, she provides the same support to staff as she does to students. The Bates community is lucky to have you on the team, Ms. Williams!

Staff Appreciation Week 2022

Salem Public Schools has the hardest working staff around. From our incredible educators, paras, and coaches, to counselors, secretaries, nurses, food services, transportation, building and grounds, and more. We cannot thank you enough for the tremendous amount of work and care you show our community every day.

The most meaningful way to appreciate our staff is to tell them! Please take a moment to give a shoutout to any staff member who has made a meaningful gesture or impact on your family. Submit the staff member you want to recognize on this form:

Salem Teachers Union Scholarship Fundraiser is open!

Salem Teachers Union is awarding four (4) $1000 scholarships to SPS seniors. Tickets are $10 each. We are accepting Venmo (@STUEvents), cash or checks ( For Venmo payments, please include your name, email and phone number. Upon request, we will text you a picture of your entry! Great prizes, and if you win, your ticket goes back in for another chance!

No Venmo? No problem! You can mail your check to Salem Teachers Union, 10 Colonial Road, Suite 12, Salem, MA 01970. Include your email address or phone number and we will send you a pic of your entry form!

Arts in the Evening

On May 4th, Arts in the Evening will feature 3 separate concerts back-to-back style at Salem High. The choruses will perform in the auditorium at 6PM; the bands will perform at 6:45PM in the field house, and the orchestras are in the auditorium at 7:30PM. Report times for students vary depending on the ensemble teacher, so it's best to check directly with them for that information. It's a wonderful night of showcasing our amazing kids and the growth that is made from their beginner groups in 4th grade to their advanced level groups in high school!

Boston Red Sox to Recognize Manny Brito!

We are pleased to share that our own Manny Brito, a teacher at Collins Middle School, will be recognized as a "Most Valuable Educator" during the Red Sox pre-game ceremony on May 7, 2022. The nomination was submitted by the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) who were impressed by his wonderful contributions, both in and outside of the classroom. Way to go, Mr. Brito!

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kindergarten Scavenger Hunt

Beth White of the Early Childhood Center, in collaboration with Cindy Hatcher of Saltonstall, has received a grant from the Salem Education Foundation to develop an interactive scavenger hunt for all Salem Public Schools kindergarten families.

This interactive introduction to the City of Salem brings children to over 40 locations in the city, ranging from the mayor’s office to the post office, and lots more. At each stop, scanning a QR code will bring up a brief video to explain that spot.

The QR codes will be located in different locations around Salem and can be accessed by anyone! You do not have to be a kindergartener to join in on the fun!

May 7th Free Jazz Concert at the Salem Willows

The Salem High School Jazz Band and the Collins Middle School Jazz Band will be presenting a Jazz Concert at the Salem Willows on Saturday, May 7th at 2pm.

This is a free concert and will feature guest artist Jay Daly from the North Shore Music Theater.

*The high school auditorium has been reserved as a rain site just in case.

Updates to the Proposed Transportation Policy

The School Committee has a series of important proposed changes to the SPS transportation policy before them for consideration which would take effect at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, if approved.

Since first proposed, the committee has responded to feedback and made important changes to the proposed policy. Please take a look at the changes and if you have further thoughts or questions, please reach out to the School Committee members.

Contact information for School Committee members, links to the current policy, and the updated proposed policy can be found here on our website.

Pre-K Mask Mandate

On Monday, April 25th, the School Committee revisited the masking mandate for SPS Pre-K staff and students. The committee consulted with our health advisory committee, which includes members of the medical community and board of health, to reevaluate this mandate as promised.

Based on the recommendation of our health advisors, the decision was made to continue the mask mandate with no changes at this time.

Salem Public Schools is dedicated to the health and safety of our community. If any changes come about regarding masking, we will update staff and families at that time.
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Salem High School Career Fair

On April 14th, 2022, the Salem High School CTE (Career and Technical Education) department hosted Representative Paul Tucker, Senator Joan Lovely’s team, Laborers Local 22 Business Manager Louis A. Mandarini, Jr., Salem Partnership Beth Debski, School Committee members Vice-Chair Manny Cruz, Jim Fleming, Mary Manning, and Beth A. Cornell to discuss further partnership opportunities to support Salem scholars.

The group toured several CTE programs, including automotive technologies where they watched several scholars servicing a vehicle and the installation of a new alignment rack with cutting edge technology. Community partners then had the opportunity to tour the new state-of-the-art medical assisting lab where scholars are graduating with their CCMA certificate (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant), and have the option of working full-time or continuing with post-secondary education.

Next, the tour highlighted the three construction programs: carpentry, building, and property maintenance, and electrical to discuss upcoming upgrades to all three programs to align with industry and increase student capacity that will include wind and solar technology, energy efficiency rating equipment, and collaborative classroom spaces.

The walkthrough concluded with a visit to the first annual career fair sponsored by the Career and Technical Education department and internship program, “Hunting for Success”. During the event, Salem High School scholars participated in a scavenger hunt led walkthrough to facilitate networking with over fifty business partners. While the Career and Technical Education department offers certification pathways with additional industry credentials for students, CTE’s goal of Hunting for Success was to give all Salem High Scholars, including those not enrolled in a current program, as many diverse career opportunities as possible.

This event gave all scholars a way to learn firsthand employer expectations, training and skills needed, and required education from experts in the field. These type of events will better prepare our scholars for future success by pushing them to think critically about their future so they can set goals that are best fit for them after high school. One of the greatest assets CTE has at Salem High to accomplish this goal is the Advisory Board member’s support and participation.

Salem’s CTE advisory partners consist of local businesses, parents, and post-secondary partners that collaborate with the programs and school to provide workforce and job development demands or job market trends, and technological developments. These partners understand our scholars best, and have a large network in their day-to-day operations. As a result, over fifty businesses enthusiastically participated and networked with our scholars in this annual event.


Cafeteria Helpers $16.16/Hour, 3, 4 and 6 hour shifts

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma (or equivalent)

Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds

Enjoy working with children

Good organizational and communication skills

Sense of pride in serving healthy, nutritious meals

How to Apply

Visit or call 978-740-1230

Last day of school

With our two snow days and our one wellness day, the last day of school is currently Friday, June 17th (June 15th for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students). For Carlton Innovation School the last day will be June 23rd (June 17th for Kindergarten families) given that June 20th is a holiday for Juneteenth). Please know that this is subject to change depending on the weather over the coming months.

The Virtual Backpack

Welcome to the Virtual Backpack. This is a space where we will place items that in the past may have been a flyer in your student's backpack from friends and partners to SPS.
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Download the ParentSquare app today!

A reminder that ParentSquare is the district platform for communication. You will receive communication from the district, your school, and your student's classroom all in one space. You can communicate 1-to-1 with teachers, sign up for parent-teacher conferences, and more.

This is how the schools will communicate with families districtwide going forward. Please be sure you are receiving messages from ParentSquare. If you are having trouble, contact your school's front office. You can visit for more information.

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