This is Mr. Ferguson with a New Salem Update.
I want to take a few moments to share with you the most recent updates regarding next school year.
Governor Cooper was scheduled to tell everyone today what plan we would start our school year. He is not going to release that plan today and I have not heard when he will. I fully recognize that parents need to know what direction NC is heading, but that’s out of our control. What IS is in our control is how New Salem is currently preparing for what we do know.
Our teachers have already come together, analyzed the 133 pages of restrictions provided by the state, and made draft precaution procedures for how we should do business to protect our kiddos when they return regardless of if it is “Plan A” or “Plan B”.
Later in July, after the Governor has released his plan and UCPS releases their expectations for principals, our team will again meet and create the New Salem Standard of Excellence for Remote Learning in our school. Our standards will ensure that parents of all grades know what learning will look like this year and our teachers have the resources and structures to allow them to provide excellent learning opportunities if and when we experience remote learning in the future.
I want you to know that New Salem Elementary will be planned and prepared for whatever comes our way. However, since this is all new, we anticipate and expect to make mistakes along the way, which we will leverage to make us better.
Here are a few more details you will be interested in:
*All New Salem vacancies have been filled with highly qualified and experienced teachers.
*Union County Public Schools Board of Education has revised the 20-21 calendar since the RNC is not coming to Charlotte. Please go to the UCPS website so you can see the changes.
*Typically, New Salem releases a calendar of events for the school year that the school hosts, such as the fun run, Grandparents Day, and the like. Because so much is uncertain as to future restrictions we are going to hold off on scheduling school events. It is easier to add events down the road than disappoint our students by cancelling events all along. However, our school team will be considering what events can be enhanced with tech to allow the event to happen in a different way. More information to come as we get more information.
*As we learn more about the restrictions in August we will be able to make some decisions on how Open House will look this year. Currently, we just don’t have enough information to plan those events.
Thank you parents for your ongoing support.
Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Ashley Hayes! Below are a few words from her so you can get to know her better. Welcome to the family! #NewSalemPride
"Hi New Salem Knights!
"My name is Ashley Hayes and I am excited to be your AIG teacher this year! I have been in education for 17 years after graduating from The University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) with certifications in special education, elementary, and middle grades. I have taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, and have spent 8 years dedicated to gifted education. I believe that students deserve rigorous and authentic activities to enhance their learning. Empowering my students by providing them with choice, interest-based activities, and diverse lessons is a must. I love technology and try to incorporate that as much as possible, especially since students today are digital natives.
On a personal note, I am originally from Mobile, Alabama. After college, I moved to Braselton, Georgia and married my husband, Brad. Of course he’s a DAWG fan, so football games are fun in our house. We have been in the New Salem community for two years now. Together we have three beautiful children. Brady, our oldest, is a rising 8th grader at Piedmont Middle School. We were also blessed with boy/girl twins, Anniston and Hudson, who are rising 1st graders and will join me at New Salem!
In my free time (haha), I like to spend time with my family. You can find us either at the baseball fields, on the motocross track, or outside playing. I do enjoy running, party planning, and crafting.
I am proud to be a Knight and I look forward to seeing you soon!"
Please help me welcome Ms. Lynn Courtney to the New Salem Team. She will be teaching math (which she is over the moon passionate about), science, and social studies for all of our 4th grade students next year. Below are a few words from Ms. Courtney. Welcome to the family! #NewSalemPride
"I grew up in Charlotte, and went to college at UNC Pembroke. I came back to Charlotte to teach in CMS for 9 years and now have been teaching in Union County for the last 6 years. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. I am getting married in July and very excited. I will have new son who is 12 years old. In my free time I enjoy watching documentaries, putting puzzles together, and watching football. GO PANTHERS! I am looking forward to a very exciting year teaching at New Salem."
Please see the attached letter about the recently released NCDPI Guidelines for returning to school. Please know that the state guidelines are living documents and they will change as needed. New Salem Elementary is committed to starting strong no matter the circumstances and we want to keep you informed of what starting options/requirements may be.Regards,-Mr. Ferguson-