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Vol. 19 Issue 4 -- Weekly Updates for Salem Academy

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¡Bienvenido a nuestro boletín semanal! Nos complace anunciar que el Navegante está disponible en todos los idiomas haciendo clic en el icono de la persona en círculo en el lateral de la pantalla. Además, casi todas las imágenes tienen enlaces donde puede hacer clic. Si tiene más preguntas, no dudes en ponerse en contacto con Diego Fellows, Director de Comunicación.

Weekly Leader Update

Managing Director of Safe and Supportive Culture

Meet our Managing Director of Safe and Supportive Culture, Chyna Onembo. In this role, Ms. Onembo oversees Health, Wellness, and School Culture at SACS. She works closely with our School Nurse, Director of Adjustment Counseling, Deans and Athletic Director to ensure that our school is safe, supportive, inclusive, and joyful for students!

REACH Day Trips: We hope everyone has a great REACH day! Check out our social media for photos of this great day!


Update: First Grade Checkpoint - Tuesday 9/27: On Tuesday morning, grades for all courses 6-12 will be updated. Our deadline shifted back a week for our teaching staff due to our benchmarks for each course being fully updated and uploaded. You can view your child’s progress via Rediker to see current grades for each course. Please reach out to Ms. Alfredson ( for help accessing your account and always feel free to reach out directly to teachers or form leaders listed below for specific questions about your student’s progress:
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Back to School Night - Thursday 9/22: Families and students are invited to our back to school night to see our classrooms, meet our teachers and staff, and enjoy food together starting at 5:30 pm. Our program will begin with a potluck with families, students and staff together. We will then proceed to grade level specific presentations, running two cycles of the same presentations for families with multiple students. In addition, school tours, a Rediker help area, family involvement opportunity sign-ups, and a Book Fair will be set up and available for all families. We are very excited to welcome and meet all of our families next week!

Below is what we hope you will bring! Please review the available slots below and click on the link to sign up. Thank you!

  • 6th & 7th Grade -Main Dishes (I.e. Pasta, roasted veggies, chicken)
  • 8th & 9th Grade- Side Dishes, Salads (ALL salad types welcome!)
  • 10th & 11th Grade- Desserts and Snacks
  • 12th Grade- Beverage (Water, Lemonade & Iced tea)

Upper School:

Next Week - Student Government Elections: Students filled out Intent to Run forms for our Student Government elections that will occur on Tuesday 9/20 and Wednesday 9/21. We are excited to get started with a new group of leaders alongside our returning officers for this school year.

October 12th - 11th Grade PSAT and 12th Grade SAT: On Wednesday, October 12th, the 11th graders will take the PSAT as a first step towards preparing for the SAT this coming spring and in order to begin to access college scholarship opportunities. Our 12th graders will take their final SAT as they work to maximize their scores for their upcoming college applications deadlines.

    • Both tests are free of charge for all students, and all students are expected to be in attendance to take the exams.

    • Students can access free practice via Khan Academy. Seniors have accounts aligned to their exact areas of growth from last spring’s SAT. In addition, teachers will also be helping students access relevant practice in the upcoming weeks as we approach exam day.

    • An updated schedule will be shared in the coming weeks, as students will release early on that day.

Lower School:

  • Student Government

    • What is Student Government?: Student Government is a group of lower school students that have been elected to represent the interests of their fellow students in collaboration with a staff advisor. Each Connections will elect 2 representatives.Through meetings, activities, and events, the LS Student Government will work to promote student leadership and voice, cultive school pride, and boost student engagement. Representatives are expected to attend weekly meetings and participate in events.

    • Elections: The LS Student Government Elections will take place on Monday, September 19th in Connections. Students interested in running should notify their Connections’ teacher by Monday, September 12th, and prepare a short 1-2 minute speech for their campaign.

Staff Advisor: Please reach out to Fallon Burke ( with any questions or concerns.

Important Dates


9/18: SACS Wellness Weekend Sunrise Celebration. Click here to join us.

9/19: LS Student Government Elections

9/22: Back to School Night, 5:15pm

9/30: Service-Learning HALF DAY, 12pm dismissal

10/3: Picture Day

10/6: Haunted Happenings Parade

10/12: PSAT Testing 8am 11th & 12th Grade (see below)

Support Reach the Beach & Wellness Weekend!

Our team is ready to run! Support them by donating here:

Join us Sunday, September 18th, we’ll close out the weekend with our Raise the Vibration community celebration. Just a short walk from our gym to the Derby Wharf Light Station followed by a sunrise salutation with Shanel Anderson of Soul City Yoga. Together, we’ll clear our energy, raise our vibrations, and reconnect at Salem Academy for refreshments and reflections. This event is open to the Salem community. We will begin gathering at 5:45 AM at Salem Academy and walk to the House of Seven Gables at 6:00 AM. Class will begin at 6:15 AM, right before the sunrise. Register Here:

Wellness Weekend Website:

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News and Notes

Early Drop-Off Registration Link

Early Drop-Off Registration Link

Families with extenuating circumstances which hinder their ability to drop-off students between 8:15-8:30 may sign-up ahead of time to have their child supervised starting at 7:30am. In order to provide adequate supervision to keep students safe, families must sign-up for this service quarterly. This will be a first come first serve basis and priority will be given to the youngest students. Click here to sign up.

11th & 12th Grade PSAT's 10/12

Salem Academy 11th and 12th graders will be taking the P/SAT assessment on the morning of October 12th. The test will begin promptly at 8:00, and students are expected to arrive at school by 7:45. You can reach out to Ms. Alfredson at with questions or for more information.

Update from the School Nurse:

Welcome back to school! A quick reminder - If you haven't returned your 2022-2023 School Year Health Forms,please remember to submit them as soon as possible! The information from the health forms allows the School Nurse to provide appropriate care and treatment for your child, as well as keep health records up to date. Students who require prescription medications during the school day, or over-the-counter medications outside of what the school can administer per policy, will need to complete additional paperwork before medications can be given at school. Please contact School Nurse Katie Harvey at with any questions you have, or stop by the nurse's office to discuss further! Office Hours during the school year are from 8:00am - 4:00pm, but time to meet can be scheduled outside those hours with advance notice. Thank you!

Student Activities

Art Club Sign Up

Art Club is running again this school year every other Thursday from 3:45-4:45 pm. All students 6th-12th grade are welcome! The first session is Thursday, September 22. Please email Ms.Bain to sign up:

Salem Academy Players

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Join the Salem Academy Players!

We are excited to announce that the Salem Academy Players are back this year and our theater program is back in full swing!

We have three (3) performance opportunities this year: beginning with our high school play, followed by our winter musical, and ending with our middle school play in the spring. All the information regarding audition and performance dates, as well as academic eligibility and expectations, are included in the image above.

If you meet the academic and grade level requirements above, fill out this form to sign up!


2022 - 2023 School Year Calendars!

Food Services

Click here for the monthly menus!

Need an allergy meal? Please contact:

Erica Klag, Director of Food and Nutrition Services

(978) 744-2105 or

Great News!

Salem Academy Charter School will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, SACS will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST to the students due to the extension of Universal Free meals as well as the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision for school year 2022-23. Students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or


(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Community Resources and Opportunities

Tax Credits for Families

A coalition of non-profit organizations has created to help eligible families get thousands of dollars in federal tax credits (like the Child Tax Credit) and stimulus payments, even if the families do not usually owe or file taxes. Outreach materials are available in 11 languages.

Salem Academy Charter School

Salem Academy Charter School is a small, public charter school serving the diverse student population of Salem and the surrounding communities with grades six through twelve. Through a unique integration of college preparatory classes with service to the community, Salem Academy’s mission is to graduate informed, articulate, and proactive individuals of strong character. Today, Salem Academy has over 400 students in grades six through twelve.