SCESD's Board of Education votes to support "Safe Haven" schools

Salinas City Elementary School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday (January 9, 2017) to designate all 14 schools as “Safe Havens” that protect students regardless of immigration status.

District Resolution 2016/17-13 comes amid fears expressed by students and parents that undocumented residents will face deportation if a new immigration policy is implemented. Many students and parents have already experienced increased levels of fear and anxiety based on their ethnicity and citizenship status. Our support of schools as “Safe Havens” reinforces the District’s focus on Positive School Culture and Climate. 

The resolution affirms that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will not be allowed to enter schools or other district property without prior written approval from the Superintendent.  It also calls for a restriction on the sharing of information with an agency attempting to ascertain citizenship status.  SCESD by its own enrollment policies does not collect citizenship data.

The Board’s resolution was supported by our bargaining units, CSEA (California School Employees Association) and SETC (Salinas City Elementary Teacher’s Council). 

“We hope other school districts will join us in standing with our students during these uncertain times,” Superintendent Martha Martinez said.

Superintendent Martha Martinez


District Letter: ( English / Spanish )

Resolution: ( English / Spanish )


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IMPORTANT: Exciting News! Great opportunities for Classified Employees


To: All Classified employees
From: Beatriz Chaidez, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources 

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) along with district consortium members have been awarded $180,000 to support classified employees who wish to continue their education and become part of the teaching force. MCOE has partnered with local school districts, including Salinas City Elementary School District, to create a consortium for purposes of applying for and implementing the California Classified School Employees Teacher Credentialing Grant Program named ACEIT (Aspiring Classified Employees into Teaching). We (MCOE and district consortium members) have received notification from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) that we were allocated 45 slots. The consortium has developed a competitive process for interested candidates who wish to further their education. 

The consortium will accept 23 students who have an earned BA, 18 students who have at least an AA and 4 students who have transferrable credits that equate to an AA. These students will be selected from the applications received from the participating district. This application process will be open from January 13, 2017 through January 23, 2017. 

If you are interested in obtaining your teaching credential through the ACEIT program, please complete the required application posted on Edjoin at the following link no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2017. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact me at or at 831-784-2231.

We wish you the best of luck in the application process. 

Download the official District letter: Click Here


Good Bears of the World donates stuff animals to Salinas City Family Resource Center

Thank you to Good Bears of the World© for donating wonderful stuffed animals to our students at the Family Resource Center! The smiles on our children's faces warm our hearts! We appreciate you! #GoodBearsoftheWorld #SCESD #SCESDShines#FamilyResourceCenter

Language Arts Adoption and Units of Study

Salinas City Elementary School District will be adopting a new Language Arts curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year.  Teams of teachers have been working together to help us develop curriculum that is rigorous and engaging for students and staff.


One group of teachers has been “piloting” two different Language Arts programs during the first trimester.  As they have been using these materials with students, they have shared their feedback and impressions.  Following the pilots, teams of educators are participating in grade level “Curriculum Adoption” teams.  These teams are meeting to review the feedback, take a deep look at the materials, and make recommendations to the Board of Education for adoption.


Another group of teachers is working to develop Language Arts curriculum.  The goal of Units of Study is to create units that integrate a variety of subjects together following a problem-solution based model on the California Standards.  The units are designed to be relevant, engaging, challenging and fun for both students and teachers. 


As we revisit and revise the Units of Study, we will incorporate the new Language Arts materials recommended for adoption to match our learning and instructional goals. 

PBIS Jerry Tello visits SCESD for his Base Leadership Training

#LatePost - What a dynamic night it was for our countywide PBIS Base Leadership Training on Culturally Responsive Healing Practices with Maestro Jerry Tello on Tuesday. It was such a wonderful night for our educators. There was so much to learn and reflect on. We appreciate your time for coming out to speak with us! Thank you! #SCESD #SCESDShines#PBIS #PositiveBehavioralInterventionsandSupports

Migrant Program is in full stride at Sherwood Elementary

Students are engaged in hands-on enrichment activities doing art, dance, and drumming with our Migrant Program at Sherwood Elementary! So much fun! #Sherwood #SCESD#MigrantProgram #SCESDShines