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  Mission Statement  

Teaching and learning are the two most important things that happen at Salem School. It is imperative that we assist students in viewing themselves as active participants in the learning process by showing them that all learning is purposeful and key to their future successes. A love of learning coupled with the self-confidence to question and seek out new information are two gifts that we strive to give the students with whom we work. It is our responsibility to assist children in becoming self reliant, independent and contributing members of our society.

Adopted August 1996


  About The School  

History of Salem School

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History of Salem School -

Built in 1893 and opened the following year, Salem is the oldest operating school in Naugatuck. The school, a gift to the town from John Howard Whittemore, originally housed all pupils in the school district, with the high school occupying the third floor. Salem became a K - 8 school with the construction of the Naugatuck High School (now Hillside), and it became an elementary school around 1950. Prior to the construction of Salem School, Naugatuck's Union Center District School stood on the Green itself, in the space that the gazebo now occupies. The rapid growth of Naugatuck's population during the American Industrial Revolution gave the town need for a new school building. John Howard Whittemore, made wealthy in the iron industry, commissioned the New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to design Salem School. This world-renowned firm also created the plans for Hillside School, the Howard Whittemore Library, the Congregational Church, the Boston Public Library, New York's Penn Station, and several Newport R.I. mansions.     William Rutherford Mead, the senior partner in the firm, broke with traditional institutional design in some important ways. First, he departed from the tall, castle-like Romantic design so popular in the Victorian era and opted for a Renaissance Italianate building that fit better with its hilly natural surroundings. Secondly, he had the building made from brick rather than the more popular limestone or granite of the day. The building was constructed at a cost of $71,290 by the H. Wales Lines Company.
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior. National Register of Historic Paces. 1983.

Salem Pledges

Student Pledge:
Salem School is an awesome place to is my second home. I am prepared to make a pledge to keep it a safe and fun place to learn. As a child who comes to Salem School I promise to:

  • Be respectful to all children, adults, and things
  • Give each other personal space
  • Obey all rules and policies
  • Treat others as we want to be treated
  • Help others in a kind and trusting way
  • Accept family and school help
  • Share with others
  • Cheer others if they are lonely
  • Remember we are all different and unique
  • Be fair
  • Be responsible to myself, other children, adults, and my school
  • Get my work done
  • Do my homework
  • Put things back in their right places
  • Take care of things that aren't mine
  • Be prepared at all times
  • Ask questions if I don't understand
  • Set goals to reach and then make new goals
  • Do the right thing even when no one is looking
  • Try my best and never, ever give up
  • Have a positive attitude and have confidence in myself
  • Use my best behavior and manners at all times
  • Take charge of myself and not blame others
  • Be a good listener
  • Be patient, give people time to think their thoughts through
  • Follow directions the first time they are given
  • Pay attention to my parents, teachers, friends, and Salem School Staff


Parent's Pledge:

  • I will support my child and his/her teacher with class work and homework. I will review the homework and initial/sign it.
  • I will ask my child about school every day.
  • I will encourage my child to complete monthly reading goals.
  • I will see that my child comes to school regularly, promptly, and in good health.
  • I will promote a positive attitude about school and learning.
  • I will keep an open line of communication with written notes, conferences, and phone calls.
  • I will actively participate in my child' educational journey.

Principal's Pledge:
It is my pledge as principal of Salem school to ensure a nurturing, positive and productive school community and to enable all within to reach their potential for learning academically and socially through encouragement, guidance and respect. My pledge includes my dream that all children acquire the love of learning and are inspired to be lifelong learners.

Teacher's Pledge:

  • To provide learning experiences for all children on their ability levels.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop positive character traits and help them realize that character is doing what is right even when no one is looking.
  • To remind children that we learn by our mistakes and that each day is a new day.
  • To work with the parents and the school system to make one continuous loving, knowledgeable, and caring unit to give our children the best possible education.
  • Guide the children and help them grow socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • Challenge the children to achieve each one's individual potential.
  • Teach the children to set goals for learning and strategies to accomplish these goals.
  • Help the children develop a good sense of self and foster concerns for others
  • Compliment and encourage those who struggle.