A Message from Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike

It is a privilege to serve the Salem community as the superintendent of schools. It is apparent that I have joined an invested and studentā€centered community. It is inspiring to see the pride that parents, teachers, community leaders, partner organizations and above all, students have for their schools.

Since I began on July 1, 2020, our first priority has been to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff members. That’s why we’ve put several robust safety measures in place to ensure that we are able to reopen our schools safely this year. All schools, staff, and families are asked to abide by our Health Handbook

Our charge this year is the pursuit of educational excellence through equity. Throughout the year, we will be anchored by 4 key priorities that are linked to the SPS district’s strategic plan:

Deepen the Implementation of our Instructional Priorities: We must continue to establish welcoming environments, adapt texts, emphasize comprehensible input and facilitate meaningful interactions if we are able to meet the needs of all SPS learners.  
Create Engaging Learning Experiences: We must hook students into new ideas and encourage them to become independent and motivated learners.

Strengthen Social Emotional Supports: We must provide additional training and ongoing support to staff to more effectively work with students struggling with mental health and the impact of trauma.

Aggressively Become an Anti-racist Organization: We must genuinely become an organization that actively dismantles systems that perpetuate racism. 

Along the way, I hope to meet many of you and look forward to learning more about our schools and ways that I can help improve learning for all in the coming months and years (See my district entry plan). Communication is key to our success. I aim to keep you informed and engaged every step of the way. Here are some way that you can follow along:

I look forward to connecting with you soon!


Dr. Stephen Zrike

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