Salem Public Schools Update
News for our families
I want to wish your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and to reflect on the things you are grateful for after almost two years of multiple twists and turns.
For me, it continues to be a privilege to be part of the Salem Public Schools’ family. I am grateful to work in a community that:
- Invests resources beyond what is statutorily required to fund its public schools;
- Is committed (not just in word, but in action) to promoting a culture of inclusivity and equity;
- Possesses so much pride and passion about its history and traditions;
- Employs countless staff members who are tirelessly and fiercely dedicated to the City of Salem and its children;
- Believes that families are essential partners if we are to ensure that every student receives what they need to be successful;
- Above all, boasts the best young people in the Commonwealth!
Enjoy your turkey day!
Thanksgiving Early Release
There will not be a weekly newsletter published next week.
Cone of Excellence
This week's Cone of Excellence is awarded to Ms. Nadia East, a 4th grade teacher at Bentley. Ms. East has persevered this year after the pandemic to full time in-person learning. She has shifted her practice to meet the wide range of academic and social emotional needs of her students. Her calm presence and effective social and emotional strategies have helped her students refocus on their academics. Congratulations Ms. East!
Mask Mandate Still in Effect In Salem Public Schools
On Tuesday, October 26, DESE announced that after consulting with medical experts and state health officials, their mask requirement in all K-12 public schools throughout Massachusetts has been extended through at least January 15, 2022.
We recognize the desire to "just be done", but we are still in a COVID-19 pandemic and thus, we want to keep all of our staff and students safe. Staff, students, and families are required to wear a mask in our schools. We appreciate your cooperation.
REMINDER - 12/1 Deadline for Required Vaccine for High Respiratory Extracurricular Activities
Salem Public Schools remains committed to a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff, and families in our district. Currently, we are under a vaccine mandate for high respiratory extracurricular activities that was approved by the School Committee in October.
Vaccine eligible students must show proof of vaccination in order to participate in extracurricular activities unless there is a clearly stated medical exemption provided by a doctor or the family attests to a strongly held religious belief that prevents them from getting the vaccine. Students that have received their first dose by December 1st and are scheduled for their second dose will qualify to participate in the extracurricular activities.
Congratulations to our John and Abigail Adams 2021 Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the following SHS students:
Hawa Hamidou Tabayi
Corey Aras Kaulenas
Multilingual Learner Quarter 1 Awards Recognition
Linguistic Risk-Taker (Most Improved)
- Gerson De Leon Vital
- Ana Sosa Duarte
- Angel Galeas Barahona
- Jeffrey Rubiera Genao
- Justin Ruiz Hernandez
- Rafael Regis Mercandelli
- Lavinia Rodrigues
- Axel Reyes Bisono
Social Justice: Self Awareness
- Frantz St Eloi
Social Justice: Leadership
- Deniel Santiago Perez
- Ashlie Gonzalez Diaz
- Justin Rubiera Genao
North Shore Community Development Coalition - Recognizes Our Own Laura Assade
COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Resources
The Department of Public Health has the following communication resources available about COVID-19 and flu vaccinations:
- Webpage about vaccinations for children ages 5-11: Parents are encouraged to contact their health care provider for an appointment or visit VaxFinder.mass.gov.
- Booster Eligibility Graphic and COVID-19 booster frequently asked questions for information about boosters.
- Reorganized “Trust the Facts, Get the Vax” website and resources
- Flu shot facts
SALEM MUSIC BOOSTERS' 23RD ANNUAL CRAFTS FAIR & HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Saturday, Dec. 11th, 10am-3pm
77 Willson Street
Culinary Arts Job Training - Applications Open Now for January Cohort at Root
magic at leap
Are you interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields? Are you hoping to explore a career field of interest, expand your experience, and engage in a meaningful relationship with a mentor? THEN, look no further!
LEAP has teamed up with MAGIC to offer middle school and high school girls an opportunity to have a 1:1 mentoring relationship with an inspirational and successful career woman in STEM. Starting in the new year, you meet on-line with your mentor who is from the field of your interest to develop a project of your choice. Examples include:
Interactive Phone Apps
Creating Programs with Python
Using Robots for Website Design
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to build your resume and make a new professional connection that will help with your next steps!
PROGRAM DATES: January 2022 to May 2022 (2-3 hours per week)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 29th
Have questions? Contact LEAP volunteer (Steve Becroft) at email@example.com.
Harborlight Affordable Housing Lotteries
Here you’ll find formal informational flyers about the lotteries, and applications and other information (in multiple languages) for both properties can now be found on our website at https://harborlightcp.org/housing/housing-lottery-opportunity/ as well as the new Housing Navigator.
Schedule a meeting with Superintendent Zrike
Dr. Zrike would love the opportunity to meet with any SPS staff or SPS family who would like to do so. It could be in a park, a coffee shop, your home, or anywhere else.
If you would like to schedule some time with Dr. Zrike, please email Mindy Marino to set up a time and place.
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.