, Salem, MA

September 27, 2013

Column: A Salem schools meeting you won't want to miss

Patricia Zaido
The Salem News

---- — You should attend the community meeting on the status of the Salem Public Schools.

Why should you go?

Because more than half the city of Salem’s budget is dedicated to our public schools, and you should know if it is being spent wisely.

Because our school system is educating and preparing the next generation of Salem citizens; and if you want a bright future for this great city and for these children, you need to understand and be part of this process.

Because one of your biggest investments, your home, and our city infrastructure will lose their value if we can’t provide quality education to our most important asset — our children.

Because we need our entire community — those with children in schools and those without — along with teachers, staff, students and School Committee members committed to working together to achieve success in our schools.

Because the state says our children are not performing at top level, we need to make this happen, and we can only do it with an informed community working together.

What will you learn?

You will learn that the state has initiated a new evaluation system for teachers and school administrators from Dr. Karla Baehr. Dr. Baehr led the team that designed, developed and launched this new model system for educator evaluation.

You will learn how this evaluation system is working in Salem. David Angeramo, principal of Salem High, and Kathy Marchetti, fifth-grade teacher at Witchcraft Heights School, will share their experiences with you.

You will learn what is happening one year later. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Russell and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, chairwoman of the Salem School Committee, will give you an update on the Salem School District Improvement Plan.

You will then have the opportunity to ask questions. If all questions cannot be answered that night, they will be answered either through this newspaper and/or through websites and social media. We want you to learn and be informed.

Who is running this?

The Community Advisory Board.

The Salem Partnership formed this committee of a cross-section of the Salem community to serve as a resource. The goal of this committee is to provide opportunities for communication, help with the turnaround and advocate for the Salem Public Schools.

When and where is it going to be held?

Monday, Sept. 30 — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bentley School

Translator and childcare will be available

See you there.


Patricia Zaido is executive director of The Salem Partnership.



Salem Public Schools Turnaround, 2 Years Later What is happening? Find out on Monday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bentley School Topic: "Evaluating the Educators" With Dr. Karla Baehr, who led the team to design, develop and launch the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's model system for evaluating administrators and teachers. She will be joined by David Angeramo, principal of Salem High School, and Kathy Marchetti, a fifth-grade teacher at the Witchcraft Heights School, who will discuss the implementation of this evaluation process in the Salem school system. Topic: "Salem Public Schools Update" With Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Superintendent of Schools Stephen Russell. Who should attend this meeting? Teachers, parents, grandparents, potential volunteers and/or concerned citizens. We all have a stake in the success of our public schools and the future of our children. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and help in this major effort to improve the Salem Public Schools. Interpreters and child care will be provided. Questions? Please contact Patricia Zaido, executive director of The Salem Partnership at or 978.741.8100. ¢¢¢ Plan de Mejoría en las Escuelas Públicas de Salem ... dos años despues ¿Que esta pasando? Descúbrelo el lunes, 30 de septiembre, 2013 de 6:30-8:30 PM en la Escuela Bentley Tema: "Evaluando los Educadores" Con Dr. Karla Baehr, quién dirigió el equipo a diseñar, desarollar, e introducir el systema modelo del Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria de MA en como evaluar administradores y maestros. Trma: "Informe de las Escuelas Publicas de Salem" Con la Alcaldesa Kimberley Driscoll y Superintendente Escolar Stephen Russell. ¿Quién deberia asistir a esta reunión? Maestros, padres, abuelos, voluntarios y ciudadanos interesados. Todos tenemos interés en el éxito de nuestras escuelas públicas y el futuro de nuestros jovenes. Aprovecha esta oportunidad en aprender mas y ayudar en el esfuerzo mayor de mejorar las escuelas públicas de Salem. Se proveerá intérpretes y cuidado de niños. ¿Preguntas? Favor de comunicarte con Patricia Zaido, Directora Ejecutiva del Salem Partnership al o 978.741.8100.