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Vol. 18 Issue 25 --- 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.

Principals' Corner

Whole School

  • On Monday, March 14th, we will transition to a mask-optional policy based on the low rates of COVID in our school and greater Salem community. We recognize that this may be anxiety provoking for some students and families. Please reach out to our School Nurse, Katie Harvey: or your student’s Adjustment Counselor for support if needed.

  • Grade Update Tuesday 3/15: All course grades will be updated in Rediker on Tuesday 3/15. Please take a moment to check your student’s progress, as we are two thirds of the way through 3rd quarter via Rediker. Reach out to Rebecca Alfredson at if you need assistance logging in, and reach out directly to teachers with any questions or concerns.

Lower School

  • Lower School Website: Click this link to visit the LS Family Website to see your child’s homework calendar and learn more about our LS team. Please let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see on the website!

  • ANet Math Assessment: All LS students will take their third ANet assessment on Thursday (3/17). We use ANet (Achievement Network) Interim Assessments to provide teachers with a snapshot of where their students are academically and for practice for the MCAS examination. Please encourage your child/ren to perform at their best, so that we have an accurate measure of where they are academically, and encourage them to get a good night’s rest on Wednesday.

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6th Grade Celebration!

Happy Friday!
Today, 6th graders in good standing were treated to a donut breakfast for all their efforts upholding the standards we expect from our youngest Navigators.
Our Norms: Responsible. Empathetic. Assertive. Cooperative. Honest.

Upper School

  • 9th and 10th Grade Snow Tubing Trip on 3/18: Due to the popularity of the snow tubing trips for 7th, 11th and 12th graders, the 9th and 10th graders will also be joining in! The date has shifted to Friday, March 18th. Students need to be at school by 8:15 am for an 8:30 am departure and will return back around our usual 2:00 pm dismissal. Permission slips and waivers will be sent home in the coming week.

  • 10th Grade English MCAS Test on 3/22 and 3/23: All tenth graders will take the English MCAS Test on Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd. Student attendance is incredibly important; a passing score is a graduation requirement for all public school students in Massachusetts. Students will be prepared for the exam in ELA class with Ms. Peterson or Mr. Haynes, and specialized groups will run during our Intervention block as well.

  • AP Interim Exams - ongoing: Many of our AP courses will have practice tests leading up to exams in May. We have found that the experience of sitting for a full practice test raises student confidence, gives both teachers and students clear data for final reviews, and informs individual study plans as they prepare for the real AP exams. Tests will largely run on Fridays starting at either 8:00 am or 11:00 am, and teachers will inform students of upcoming practice test dates and times in the next week. Our next practice exam is AP Chemistry on Friday, March 18th at 11:00 am.

  • 11th Grade SAT - 4/13: All juniors will take the SAT in school on Wednesday, April 13th. This is the first at-bat at the college entrance exam. All students are connected to individualized practice via Khan Academy based on their fall PSAT results for both English and Math. Students can access the practice whenever they’d like; please encourage your student to spend time in the next month doing so.

Service Learning

In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8th), Hala Abusharkh, 12th grader, created a series of spotlights highlighting influential women. These spotlights will be shown during connections twice a week to spread awareness about the impacts and contributions of these amazing role-models. Hala is focusing on gender equality for her Service-Learning project this year. Please see below for a spotlight on Maya Angelou! We will feature a new spotlight each week for the rest of the month!

Important Dates


March 1-21st- Boon Student Fundraiser

March 15-16 - Math MCAS Retest

March 22-23 - ELA 10th Grade MCAS

March 23 - Board of Trustees Meeting IN PERSON 6 PM @ SACS


April 1st- End of Quarter 3

April 12th & 13th- LS ELA MCAS

April 15th- Half Day, 12 pm Dismissal

April 14th and after-break (TBD - 4/29 or 5/6)- PTS Conferences

News and Notes

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Boon Fundraiser


This year we have partnered again with BOON SUPPLY for our annual SFC fundraiser. The fundraiser will be from March 1-21st.

All orders from BOON SUPPLY are done online and products will be shipped directly to the person who ordered! No more paper forms to fill out or money to collect! See the SFC flier for more information.

Catalogs will be handed out to the Upper School and Lower School on February 28th. But, you do not need a catalog to order! Go to www.BOONSUPPLY.COM/140383 to see the online catalog and order. This link will take you directly to the Salem Academy sales page. DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR STUDENTS NAMES ON THE ORDER SO THAT THEY GET CREDIT FOR THE SALE!!

Connections/Advisory teachers will also get rewarded by BOON SUPPLY with a $100 and $150 shopping spree at BOON SUPPLY with a 50% or 75% class participation rate. See teacher flyer for details. Teachers, please look for your flyers and catalogs that were put in your mailboxes on Monday, February 28th.

So order from BOON SUPPLY and support Salem Academy students and the SFC. Thank you all in advance for helping our parent organization raise money for school events and your students' accounts. If you have any questions, please contact SFC@SALEMACADEMYCS.ORG.

Yearbook 2022:

Make sure to order your 2022 yearbook! You can order by clicking the image below or visiting using the access code: 1000487YBL. $20 each. Deadline to order is May 15, 2022.

College Representatives Panel

The college counseling team invites 11th Grade students & families to an online panel of admissions representatives on Wednesday, April 6th. Several reps will be present to talk about their schools and answer questions about the admissions process. Please reach out to Ms. Lassen, Mr. Douglass, or Ms. Worthington with questions!


I am pleased to inform you that we have no new cases of COVID-19 to report. Due to the decreased rates of COVID-19 in the City of Salem and what we are seeing at SACS, we have returned to full spectator capacity for our basketball games. Students, families, and friends will still need to purchase tickets in advance:


Food Services

Click here for the monthly menus!

Dear Families - due to national shortages of food and packaging materials, labor shortage and vendor delivery delays and cancellations, our menus are subject to change based on availability. Please know that our team is working hard to provide meals every day, adjust on the fly, and provide updates about menu changes as soon as possible. We may need to make quick menu substitutions based upon what we have on hand, but we are trying our best to make comparable changes wherever possible. Thank you for your continued support and patience. Please stick with us through this challenging time! - Salem Academy Food and Nutrition Department

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Live Cooking Demo

Looking for some new recipe ideas your whole family will love?

Parents and students, please join us in the new cafeteria for a LIVE, in-person, cooking demonstration and learn how to make “Lighting Lasagna” and homemade hummus. All participants will receive a copy of the recipe along with nutrition information and education. The host of the event is dietetic intern Meghan Kenny, who is eager to share her love for quick, delicious, and nutritious meals.

When: March 16th, at 4pm

Where: The new cafeteria

RSVP for this event here!

Questions about this event? Erica Klag, Food Service Director

Community Resources and Opportunities

English Classes for ESL Learners

"Are you looking to improve your English skills? Join the conversational English class at Netcast! We will meet once a week and focus on all aspects of the English language - pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, and how to communicate well in everyday situations. Learn great language tips, boost your confidence, and improve your language skills with some great people! We hope to see you there!"

¿Quieres mejorar tu inglés? Apúntate para las clases de inglés en Netcast church. Nos reunimos una vez a la semana para enfocarnos en todos los aspectos del idioma - leer, comprender y comunicarse. Aprende consejos, aumenta tu confianza, y mejora tus habilidades al hablar inglés con buena gente. ¡Esperamos verte allí!


Start / Comienzo: April 7th / 7 de Abril

Time / Horario: 6-8pm los jueves

6 sessions / 6 clases

Cost / Precio: $50 (total - for all 6 classes / por todas las clases)

Location / Ubicación: Netcast Church 100 Independence Way Danvers MA
Register / Registrarse:

Contact / Contacto: Lauren Rossi

Mass General Brigham Community Van

Looking for a vaccination, booster, or COVID-19 care kit? The Mass General Brigham community van is at Market Basket on highland ave every Friday and other locations around the north shore. The MGB Community Van includes a variety of resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in a number of languages.

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.