Salem Public Schools Update

News for our families

Superintendent's Message

March 18, 2022


SPS families,

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather today! Next week, we have spring parent-teacher conferences across SPS (see below for more info). I urge our families to take advantage of this opportunity (either in person or virtually) to learn about your child's progress as we head into the final months of the school year. Our master teachers and staff know your child well by this point of the school year and can offer suggestions for how you can best support your child's learning at home.


It is equally important that you share your reflections on your child's experience with school. At the end of the day, you know your child best and have spent the most time with your child during the course of their lifetime. Some questions to ask during conferences include:

  • What do you see as my child's strengths and opportunities for improvement?
  • What can I do to support my child's growth and development at home?
  • What is the best way for us to communicate?
  • Can you show me/explain to me how my child is doing relative to end of the year grade level standards?

I also want to remind our families that conversations with teachers can happen all year long, not exclusively during the scheduled conference day. Please don't hesitate to reach out at any point so that we can partner with you to best serve your child until the very end of the school year.


Enjoy the weekend,


Steve

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.


This week's rock star is Ms. Nancy Meacham, our district coordinator of Multilingual Learner Education. Ms. Meacham has been a fierce advocate for our multilingual learners in the Salem Public Schools; coaching and providing professional learning to staff, guiding curriculum implementation and regularly connecting with families. She has done an extraordinary job of leading our Multilingual Learner Parent Advisory Council where she ensures that essential information is shared with our families in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Meacham co-designs the agenda with our families and always creates the space for our families to offer their opinions and thoughts about how SPS can better serve their families. We are grateful for Ms. Meacham's commitment to our district's values of inclusion, equity and access.

SHS - ELA MCAS - Gr. 10

ELA MCAS will take place for all SHS 10th graders on 3/22 and 3/23. This is a graduation requirement and is important that every student arrives on time and does their best work.


*3/23 is an early release day. There will be additional busses leaving Salem High School for individuals that need additional time to complete MCAS.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Schools will be hosting parent-teacher conferences next week. Please contact your child’s school for details.


March 22 - Salem High School and Salem Prep, 6-8 p.m.

March 23 - Elementary Schools and Saltonstall K-8, following early dismissal

March 24 - CMS, 6-8 p.m.

March 28 - CMS, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

March 29 - CMS, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

April 28th - New Liberty Innovation School Student Led Conferences

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Join MA Safe Routes to School in celebrating our beloved crossing guards on Wednesday, March 23, 2022


Thank Your Crossing Guards. They are out there, rain or shine, and working hard to keep students safe. Download a crossing guard thank you card from MA Safe Routes to School's website for your student to give to their crossing guard.

Time for a spring closet clean out!

Dress For Success is collecting lightly worn business casual attire for the upcoming Salem High Career Fair. The clothing drive will run through March 21st. Bring your family’s pre-loved professional and business casual clothing such as dress pants, blazers, ties, blouses, button ups, skirts, and dresses to Salem High School and drop them off in the donation bins located in the front lobby, or outside Student Activities, room 150, before or after school. For further information, contact Coach G at agiancola@salemk12.org.

SHS JROTC Places in Regional Competition!

Last Saturday, 14 Marine Corps JROTC cadets participated in a Region Drill Competition at Beverly High School. Out of eight schools that competed, Salem walked away placing 1st with "New Cadet Drill" and 3rd with "Color Guard". Marine Instructor, SgtMaj John Sumner, says "I'm extremely proud of their dedication and teamwork! This is just the beginning of better things to continue!"

Curious about the climate future of the Point neighborhood?

Join the City of Salem for Community Mapping and Body Map Storytelling Events!

Community Mapping

Join fellow residents of El Punto in an interactive event focusing on climate change impacts on the neighborhood and strategies to mitigate damage and adapt to change. This will be an in-person, interactive event where participants will walk through the neighborhood and identify specific neighborhood issues and vulnerabilities while discussing potential solutions the city can implement.

Body Map Storytelling

Participants in 5-people groups will help each other draw their silhouette on large pieces of paper and then answer questions about their experiences with climate change drawing, painting, or collaging symbols, shapes, images, etc. around their silhouette (body maps).


Participation is voluntary and will be rewarded with a $75 Amazon Gift Card

JOIN US TO SHAPE THE POINT’S RESILIENT FUTURE! March 20 + 27 at 1pm


To learn more and RSVP: Publicinput.com/thepoint

If interested, please contact Fabián Torres-Ardila at fabian.torres-ardila@umb.edu or Daniela Bravo at daniela.bravo@umb.edu or text “The Point” to 857 244 0523

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR TEACHER RECOGNITION AWARD

Do you know an exemplary teacher from Salem or Marblehead?

Please nominate that individual for recognition.


What is the purpose of the award? Each year, The Margaret Voss Howard Teacher Recognition Award recognizes one Marblehead teacher and one Salem teacher as representative of all the excellent, dedicated teachers in the community who make a difference to children every day.


Who is eligible? Teachers from the district schools in Marblehead and Salem, Massachusetts, are eligible.


What is the award? Each honoree receives an unrestricted cash award of $500.


Who may nominate? Anyone—educators, parents, students, citizens—may make a nomination..


How do I nominate someone? Send a letter of nomination with your reasons for nominating the teacher. Please be as detailed and specific as possible. Please keep nominations confidential and do not inform individuals that they have been nominated. Nominations must be postmarked by April 30.


Find more information here.

Scholarship Opportunity

Cell Signaling Technology is currently offering eight scholarship opportunities worth $10,000 EACH, with an April 10th deadline. They offer four Local Community Science Scholarships and four Racial Diversity in Science Scholarships. Students can apply for both scholarships and the local community scholarship will be considered first if a student qualifies for both.

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 www.parentsquare.com for more information.

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