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 …
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.
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.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents.
Thursday, January 10
The Associated Press is reporting Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering signing legislation that would require teachers, workers at child care centers, school bus drivers and others to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks. The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents, as the legislation is written. Fingerprints would be submitted to the Massachusetts State Police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check, reported the Associated Press. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.
Friday, October 5, 2012
World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in Salem Public Schools how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights. Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.” This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers. UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The MCAS scores came out last week; here's a look at Salem SAT scores.
You've seen Salem Public Schools MCAS scores. Wondering how Salem SAT scores stack up to other North Shore Schools? Check out the chart below: 523 Source: College Board
Friday, September 21, 2012
A breakdown of Salem MCAS scores compared to Danvers, Hamilton-Wenham, Manchester-Essex, and Beverly.
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test results were released to the public this week. We've detailed how Beverly did on the 2012 MCAS test, but if you're wondering how the Witch City did in comparison to our neighbors, here's a look. Thoughts on the results? Let us know in the comments.
Police said a bus was at capacity and was not able to pick up kids at Congress Street bus stop.
Police say they responded to the Bentley School Wednesday morning after a disturbance that began at a bus-stop on Congress Street. At 7:18 a.m., three officers responded to the school and spoke with a crossing guard who said a man had been "in front of the school yelling at a bus driver." Police said they spoke to the man, "who was extremely agitated and vocal." Police said "he was told numerous times to calm down and finally did so on threat of arrest." Officers said they then made contact with other adults in the situation, including the principal. Two children were not picked up by their designated bus that morning, according to police, because the bus was at capacity. Police said when the adults were "asked to await another bus, a …