Salem Public Schools Update
News for our families
Next week marks the last days of school for all students in Prek-12, except at Carlton School (please see information later in the newsletter). I want to thank all of our staff and families for your efforts to make the last few days and weeks of school so special for our students- graduations, field trips, field days, dances, banquets and ceremonies. This list goes on and on! We appreciate everything you have done to ensure that our students had access to the most memorable experiences from school especially when they have missed so much over the last few school years.
I also wanted families and community members to be aware that Chief Miller and I will be hosting a community conversation about school safety from 5:30-7 pm in the Saltonstall School auditorium on Monday, June 13th. We will be sharing a brief presentation and then we will be discussing questions, concerns and ideas that will support our planning in advance of the upcoming school year. We hope to see many of our families there. Please know, we will be recording the conversation for those families that are unable to attend.
Enjoy the weekend,
You're A Rockstar!
This week's rockstar is Witchcraft Heights math coach, Barbara Dennie, who provides strong support to her colleagues around their mathematical practice. She has introduced data cycles and data walls to inform targeted and personalized instruction for students. Finally, Ms. Dennie is a staunch advocate for equity and access for students in SPS, always ensuring that programs, events and experiences for students are truly inclusive of all.
Collins Students Recognized as Environmental Eagles!
Students in the Therapeutic Support Program at Collins Middle School have been recognized as “Environmental Eagles” by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts to make a cleaner and healthier environment for all to enjoy. Over the course of the past two years, the Therapeutic Support Program at Collins Middle School has worked to provide enriching educational experiences around gardening, food insecurity, hydroponics, food sustainability, healthy eating and recycling.
Scholars in the TSP program built and repaired garden beds using hand tools and math skills they learned in class. All students participated in the sowing of seeds of various types of vegetables including garlic, onions, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, peas, giant pumpkins and potatoes. These same students harvested the vegetables in the fall to create healthy and tasty dishes that were cooked together in family style meals. Compost Bins were installed in concert with DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) at the Garden site and TSP scholars discarded old vegetation from the garden and discarded food from cooking classes was placed inside the compost bins to use as fertilizer for the next year’s crop. Scholars also participated in healthy eating webinars and virtual learning sessions on the environment and modern agriculture, the ethics of eating, and cell-based & plant-based technologies - the future of meat and dairy.
Scholars were excited to be able to engage in non-traditional learning opportunities and learned a lot about plant structure and function and how to implement sustainable food production systems on a small scale in their everyday lives to combat food insecurity.
Voss-Howard Teacher Recognition Award
Congratulations to Witchcraft Heights Elementary School teacher Roneline Singh who was recognized as the recipient of the Voss-Howard award in Salem.
Ms. Singh is a treasure in our schools. Last year, the New York Times wrote a feature article about her and her students. It is worth the read to take a peek inside her classroom during COVID https://t.co/ulNsmSfGf5
Special Olympics Unified Game Day
This morning we had a great time at the 2nd Annual Salem Public Schools Special Olympics Unified Game Day. Kindergarten to post-graduate students with various abilities worked hard this year during their physical therapy sessions and/or physical education classes to prepare for this event. We are all very proud of their hard work and dedication. The students have made progress with their motor skills, social skills, and peer interactions, and today they joyfully participated in various athletic events and celebrated their accomplishments. Thanks to all who came to cheer on these spectacular athletes!
We are grateful for the Salem Education Foundation who awarded us a grant in 2019 and 2022 to help us continue to promote this inclusive event throughout the Salem Public School District.
Summer brings opportunities to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the outdoors. We hope that you and your student will also continue to read and develop a love of books and learning new things.
Here are summer reading suggestions created by the American Library Association for students in Grades PreK-8 that will help you and your student select books together. As always, we suggest that you follow your child’s lead and choose books and topics that interest them.
The Salem Public Library will be supporting our summer reading by stocking copies of the summer reading suggestions and allowing you to view the titles and place holds through Noblenet online. The link to these lists from Salem Public Library are included below:
Some young readers like to read several books about the same character. Check out these popular series for K-2 readers!
Here are some helpful resources: booklists in Spanish, divided by primary and secondary, from the NYC libraries
Additional suggestions for middle school readers can be found here.
Summer Math for Students in Grades K-5
ST Math is a research-based, visual instructional program that helps students to build deep understanding of math concepts. JiJi crosses the screen every time a student successfully completes a puzzle, leading them to the next puzzle. Completing 60 puzzles/week is a great summertime goal!
Learn more about ST Math, including why there are no directions, and why it takes a while to solve some puzzles here:
Track completed puzzles here - bring this in to your new teacher in the fall!
Students can also play math games with family and friends:
Children are used to logging into ST Math from their Chromebooks on the ClassLink page.
To log in from another device at home, see the directions here:
If your child needs help logging in, please call the IT helpline at: 978.619.1450
THE SALEM PARENT CHILD+ PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY GRADUATED 10 FAMILIES!
The Salem Parent Child+ Program is pleased to announce that despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, June 4th they had 10 children and their parents graduate from the 2-year PC+ Program.
Even though all home visit sessions were done via a hybrid model of in-person and virtual, they were able to have an in-person graduation ceremony complete with a make your own graduation caps project, balloons, certificates for parent and child, and goodie bags.
The ParentChild+ Program is a FREE, in-home, early literacy and school readiness program for families with children 18 months - 3 years old who live in Salem.
If you would like more information about the program, please contact coordinator Maureen Pasek-Tourville, at 978-998-9327 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC DEPARTMENT CAR WASH
I don't know if you have noticed, but there is a blanket of pollen everywhere! Well, we can help! The music deptartment will hold a car wash this Saturday, June 11th from 9am to 1pm at SHS to help cover costs of their annual banquet. Donations are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!
SUMMER EATS KICK OFF EVENT
Join us for a kick off to summer event! Kids eat free all summer in Salem. Come celebrate the start of this summer food program with giveaways, food and fun! Salem Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services will be providing kids and teens with free meals at this event and Root will be providing meals for adults. This event will take place on June 30th from 4-6pm at Mary Jane Lee Park and all are welcome.
Transportation Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open
It is that time of year to apply for bus transportation for the next school year. Links for registration with step-by-step instructions can be found on our website. If you have more than one child in the Salem Public Schools, a separate application must be submitted for each student unless you received a notification stating that your student is a current mandatory rider and was automatically enrolled for transportation for the 2022-23 school year. That student does not have to reapply. Depending on the grades and schools of your children, one may be eligible for transportation while the other may not. Please note that applications for bus transportation must be received by July 1, 2022, to be considered for bus transportation. Applications received after that date will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please call the Salem Public Schools Transportation Office at (978) 740-1240.
Save the date! pride parade
We would love to show all of the North Shore and beyond that, we SUPPORT and CELEBRATE our community. In addition to marching, SPS will have a booth on the Common with giveaways and information. We could use your help in making all of this happen. If you'd like to volunteer to help out or simply want to march with us. Please fill out this form. Please note that it is not required to sign up to march, you can just show up prior to 11:45 am and join us as we set up at Shetland Park, we just want to get a sense of how many will join us.
Have questions? Send them to email@example.com
For more information on the parade, please visit the North Shore Pride website.
The Virtual Backpack
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 www.parentsquare.com for more information.