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A Message from Superintendent Kathleen Smith
03/24/2020
This past week has brought our community a multitude of challenges that we have never encountered before. Along with these challenges in the Salem community is a strong spirit of working together to make the well being of our students, employees, and community our top priority.
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Student Chromebook Retrieval
03/17/2020
Guidance for Families - Entering Buildings to pick up Chromebooks at Saltonstall, Collins and SHS The decision to close the schools was done with the best interest of students and staff in mind, and with the intent to do our part to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting social interaction, and maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of our buildings. In order to meet these goals, we need to limit access.
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COVID-19 Response FAQ
03/16/2020
Based on a mandate from Governor Baker, ALL Salem Public Schools will be closed through at least May 4th. Here are the frequently asked questions and resources for this school closure time. This page will be updated as new information arises.
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Food Service and Medication Retrieval
03/14/2020
We want to update you with some important information about student meals and food support, as well as student medication retrieval from schools.
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How to pick up medications from schools
03/13/2020
If your child is in need of medication normally given during school hours for use at home during the current school closure, if desired, those medications can be picked up by one parent or guardian in our school health offices on Monday 3/16 from 9-11 am.
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Canceled Activities and School Closure
03/13/2020
This is the beginning of many communications we will be providing. We are working on the logistics of food services, device needs, and learning tools, as well as general information, and will continue to keep you informed.
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COVID-19 Update 3.11.2020
03/11/2020
As of today, two parents of students attending the Carlton and Bates school have self-identified as having possible contact with a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus. Both parents are isolating at home and monitoring symptoms in conjunction with the board of health. In these cases, healthy children are safe to attend school.
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COVID-19 Update 3.10.2020
03/10/2020
In light of the news from the Governor today, we are taking additional steps to mitigate the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus to keep our school community safe.
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Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Grant
03/09/2020
Life Sciences Center awards $88,932 to Salem school district for three high schools and two middle schools
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 3/4/2020
03/04/2020
As the news and information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, you may have questions about our schools. We are working closely with our health care partners and the Salem Board of Health to monitor the situation and stay up to date with guidance, including guidance relative to travelers.
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Join us for STEM Career Night at Collins
03/03/2020
Middle School STEM Career Night at Collins Middle School on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00 - 8:00, with a free pizza dinner starting at 5:30. This event is open to all district students in grades 5-8. Students will have the opportunity to learn about exciting, well-paid careers from professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. There will be many hands-on experiences and students will also earn rewards for attending. Join us for a night of fun exploration.
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Primary Election Day at Salem Public Schools
02/27/2020
Schools will be open on March 3rd during the presidential primary elections. We have worked with the Salem Police Department to ensure that all students and staff will be kept safe, and to separate voters from the school population as much as possible.
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Flu and COVID-19 Update
02/26/2020
We know that you may have questions about the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) and how it may impact our schools as well as how we are handling the general flu outbreaks in our area.
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Appointment of Principal for Bentley Academy Innovation School
02/25/2020
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Rogers as the new principal of Bentley Academy Innovation School.
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Dr. Stephen Zrike Selected for Superintendent
02/14/2020
We are excited to announce the unanimous selection of Dr. Stephen Zrike to be offered the position of superintendent for Salem Public Schools. The School Committee voted this evening to extend an offer to Dr. Zrike to enter into the next steps in the process to enter into contractual talks. Congratulations to Dr. Zrike on his selection!
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Last Chance to Provide Feedback for Superintendent Search
02/12/2020
A reminder that tonight are the last two School Committee interviews for superintendent. These interviews will be held in chambers, are open to the public, and will be streamed on SATV. Online feedback forms are available and must be received by 10:00 a.m. on 2/13.
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Update on Bentley Principal Search
02/10/2020
On February 3rd, the School Committee unanimously approved the innovation plan for the Bentley Academy Innovation School. We are excited to take the next steps with this plan which includes a principal search.
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Superintendent Search Finalists
01/31/2020
Four finalists have been chosen to continue in the search process to determine the new superintendent for Salem Public Schools. We invite you to participate and offer feedback as we move forward with these candidates.
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Superintendent Search Community Forums
01/28/2020
As we move forward with the Superintendent search, we’d like to inform you in advance of another opportunity to be involved in the process.
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Salem High School Principal Search Survey
01/27/2020
Salem Public Schools would like to have the opportunity to hear your voice as we prepare to search for a principal to lead Salem High School for the upcoming 2020-21 school year and beyond.
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Bentley Innovation School Plan for Consideration
01/21/2020
The innovation plan has passed its first vote. You can view it here and join us at the public forum on February 3rd.
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An update on the Bentley Innovation Planning process
01/15/2020
Salem Public Schools has been involved in a process to bring forth an innovation plan for the Bentley Academy School. Read more about the process we are undertaking and the public forum in February.
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Snow Day Today! Tuesday December 17th
12/17/2019
Salem Public Schools will be closed today, Tuesday, December 17th due to the incoming weather. School administrative offices willl open at noon. The All-City 5th-grade concert will be postponed to Wednesday at 7pm (students arrive at 6:15).
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Adjustment to K-8 report card schedule
Due to a National upgrade to our technology platform, Aspen, K-8 report cards will have a 3-day delay.
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Superintendent Search Online Survey Closes Dec. 3
Reminder: The online survey for your input on our search for a new superintendent of schools closes December 3, 2019.
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Second Parent/ Community Focus Group for New Superintendent
As part of our search for a new Superintendent of Schools, our search consultants from the Collins Center at UMass Boston will host an additional focus group for parents, community groups and the Salem community at large to provide input about the type of leader and leadership that will best serve the Salem Public Schools.
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Parents/ Community Focus Group for New Superintendent
As part of our search for a new Superintendent of Schools, our search consultants from the Collins Center at UMass Boston will host a focus group for parents, community groups and the Salem community at large to provide input about the type of leader and leadership that will best serve the Salem Public Schools.
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Salem High Hosts Showcase/ Future Students' Night
Salem High School will host a future students' night showcasing the opportunities available as a Salem High student.
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A Message Regarding Halloween Activities in Salem
Salem Public Schools families are asked to read this important message from Mayor Kim Driscoll.
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Salem Public Schools to Host ALICE Parent Information Session
We are hosting a community meeting for parents and guardians on Monday, October 28, to answer questions about the ALICE program.
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Salem Public Schools makes substantial progress on 2019 Accountability Targets and MCAS Results
The Salem Public Schools made substantial progress toward meeting its accountability targets on the recently released 2019 Statewide Accountability Report.
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A Welcome Message to Salem Public Schools Faculty and Staff
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 School Year. I am looking forward to the upcoming school year for our Salem School community as we prepare to welcome more than 4,100 students to our classrooms and schools across the district.
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New Teacher Institute Held August 19-21
Dozens of new teachers were welcomed into the Salem Public Schools on Monday, August 19, as part of the New Teacher Institute.
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