Thursday, May 30, 2013
It's a longstanding tradition for the outgoing senior class to pull a prank. Learn what some of this year's have been, and share yours.
It's that time of year again: when eager-to-be-free seniors conspire with their classmates to pull off a memorable and (hopefully) harmless prank. A quick internet search of "senior prank" will pull up articles about some of the shenanigans of teens this year. At Methuen High, the halls were trashed overnight and police cautioned students of the ramifications of the act (technically, they could be charged with breaking and entering.) At a high school in Pennsylvania, seniors vandalized the high school mascot and other school property, causing $1,500 in damage. In Georgia, one high school class covered classrooms with tin foil and bubble wrap. We want to hear about your senior prank, whether you're a member of the Class of 2013 or graduated…
Monday, April 22, 2013
The superintendent sent a letter to parents on Saturday outlining what the district would do as students return from April vacation today.
As Salem's public school students prepare to return to class for the first time since the Marathon bombings, school officials say they are prepared to help any pupils having difficulty. Superintendent Steve Russell wrote a letter to Salem parents over the weekend. "In the event that you have concerns about your own child’s reactions, please don’t hesitate to make your child’s teacher and/or guidance counselor aware of these concerns," the letter read. It is often common for a delayed reaction to occur as young people attempt to interpret what they’ve experienced and witnessed in the face of difficult life events." Russell went on to say that while no "special nor formal school-wide announcements are planned," that staff will be ready to …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The university held a moment of silence Saturday before the Salem State baseball game, remembering Sean Collier and Boston bombing victims
Dedication ceremonies in memory of Johnny Pesky on Saturday included a moment of silence for Salem State University graduate Sean Collier and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Sean, 26, was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer shot and killed Thursday night in his vehicle near Vassar and Main Street in Cambridge. The shooting began a string of events that led to one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers being killed in a shootout with police. Sean graduated from Salem State with honors with a criminal justice degree in 2009. Saturday's ceremonies took place at the university’s baseball field, before the Viking's game against Bridgewater State University. Pacth will have a story on the ceremonies on Sunday.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray toured Salem High School's vocational programs Thursday morning.
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray toured the vocational programs at Salem High School Thursday morning in an effort to spread awareness about a grant program aimed at providing new equipment to students. The deadline for eligible schools to apply for funding through the New Equipment Grant Program for Vocational Program is April 10, and Salem was the first of several stops Murray made Thursday.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
One nearby school district thinks so.
Ipswich school officials have decided to fold the district's Middle School Honors Night into a wider school assembly this year, saying it made students who weren't honored feel left out, the Salem News reported this week. The Ipswich Middle School principal reportedly sent parents a letter explaining the decision, saying having an exclusive honors night can be emotionally damaging and can impact a student's academic growth. "The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” the principal's letter read, according to the Salem News. …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Wondering when the last day of school is? You're not alone, and we've got an answer for you.
Each week we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column. Shortly after announcing that Friday morning's two-hour delay would actually be a full snow day, we received an email from a city resident who wondered what it would mean for the last day of school. Barring any more surprise snow days, the last day of school this year for Salem public school students will be Tuesday, June 25, a representative of the Salem Superintendent's Office said Monday. Salem has had three snow days so far this winter. Have a question for us? No matter how strange it may seem, send it in and we will try to track down an answer.
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's another snow day for the students of Salem.
The snow days just keep piling up. Salem Public Schools will be closed Friday, according to Patch news partners 7News. For breaking Salem news as it happens, sign up for Salem Patch email alerts.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Salem Fire Department recently finalized the sale agreement for a new state-of-the-art ladder truck and are expecting to receive blueprints early next month.
Salem Fire Chief David Cody was happy to report Thursday morning that the contract for the department's new mid-mount aerial ladder truck has been finalized and blueprints from the manufacturer are expected to arrive early next month. The contract for the $1.1 million fire apparatus was awarded to the Pierce Manufacturing Co. of Appleton, Wisc., which recently completed work on the Marblehead Fire Department's new $1.2 million quint ladder truck. Cody said he expects to receive blueprints detailing the department's new ladder truck sometime in early March. "Either the first or second week in March we will be getting the drawings for the truck," Cody said Thursday. "They will be the first real drawings of our truck - everything else before …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Salem was one of 18 districts (125 schools total) that did not get the emergency plans in to the state on time.
Salem Public Schools failed to meet the Sept. 1, 2012 deadline to turn in medical emergency response plans for its 21 schools, according to a recent I-Team report on CBS Boston. Salem was one of 18 Massachusetts school districts that did not get the emergency plans in to the state on time, according to the report. As of Feb. 8, all of the necessary materials had been submitted to the state, Salem Superintendent Stephen Russell said Thursday morning. Schools are required by law (known as Michael's Law) to submit to the state a plan outlining ways they respond to medical emergencies, including details on a rapid communication system, a list emergency contacts, methods for CPR and first aid training as well as the location of …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
It's official — kids, you have the day off for the storm tomorrow.
The Salem Public Schools announced they will be closed all day Friday. A major snowstorm is expected to dump one to two feet of snow on the city starting Friday afternoon and into Saturday. For all the latest on the blizzard, visit the Salem Patch Storm Center.