Salem Public Schools Update
News for our 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,
You're A Rock Star!
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!
SHS JROTC Places in Regional Competition!
Curious about the climate future of the Point neighborhood?
Join the City of Salem for Community Mapping and Body Map Storytelling Events!
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
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.
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
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.