District News

September 17, 2019
New Teacher Spotlight | Laura Vaccaro

Name: Laura Vaccaro

Where you teach: ​​​​​​​Heritage

What you teach: 4th Grade

Hometown: Saline

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University

Favorite book: The Tiger Rising

Favorite hobby: Playing and coaching softball

Leadership Style: I lead by example.

List the top 3 things that are essential to a productive classroom: Building positive relationships, student choice, and clear and consistent expectations

What or who has inspired you to teach? As a student in Saline Area Schools, I was fortunate to have the best of the best in the world of teachers. They all inspired me to touch the lives of students in the same way that they touched mine. I am also inspired by my family, who have supported every passion of mine.

Describe what it's like to be an employee of Saline Area Schools: Every child deserves someone who is in their corner, to support them, to believe in them, and to guide them. I am inspired by the thought of being that person for my students.Being an employee of Saline Area Schools is a dream. I am humbled, and honored to be where I am. As a product of Saline Area Schools myself, I take an immense amount of pride in the education and experience that we provide our students. I am thankful everyday for the opportunity to teach here.

Twitter Handle: @MsVaccaro4th

September 9, 2019
New Teacher Spotlight: Rocky Palazzolo

Name: Rocky Palazzolo

Where You Teach: Saline High School

What You  Teach: Physical Education & Health

Hometown: Pittsfield, MI

Education: Eastern Michigan University

Favorite Book: A Season on the Mat

Favorite Hobby: Wrestling/Football/Coaching

Leadership Style: Lead by Example

List the top 3 things that are essential to a productive classroom: Opportunity for success, Relating information, student engagement

What or who has inspired you to teach? Former coaches

Describe what it's like to be an employee of Saline Area Schools: Working for Saline Area Schools is an incredible opportunity. Teachers are able to work in an amazing environment with an abundance of tools necessary for student success as well as their own. Not to mention, being imbedded in a great community that supports Saline Area Schools in the classrooms as well as outside of the school in Athletics and various organizations. I am extremely grateful to be a part of Saline Area Schools and Hornet Nation!

Twitter Handle: @CoachPalazzolo

September 4, 2019
New Teacher Spotlight: Erin Gregoire

Name: Erin Gregoire

School/Position: Heritage, 4th Grade

Hometown: Escanaba, MI

Education: University of Michigan

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Hobby: Ice Hockey

What is your leadership style? Coaching. I love to give and receive feedback to work as a team to push myself and my students to be our best.

List the top 3 things that are essential to a productive classroom: Communication, strong relationships, and respect.

What or who has inspired you to teach? My mom and my three sisters (who are all teachers).

Describe what it's like to be an employee of Saline Area Schools: The staff of Saline Area Schools has been amazingly supportive and helpful with my transition into the district! I have felt incredibly welcome here!

Twitter Handle: @Ms__Gregoire

August 29, 2019

See full article for meeting notes.

June 5, 2019
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee holds 5th Meeting

Meeting #5: June 3, 2019

Amy Tesolin joins us and will now act in the capacity of DEI Committee Facilitator

Welcome & Ice-breaker- activity (Amy T) (5 min.)

Potential question: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Participants shared a place that they want to go - anywhere in the world


May 10, 2019
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee holds 4th Meeting

Meeting #4 - May 8, 2019

Welcome & Introductions

Superintendent Graden introduced Amy Tesolin who has vast experience leading and facilitating discussions with various groups.

Ms. Tesolin introduced herself and explained her background. We spent some time discussing the importance of facilitation and consensus building.

  • You don’t have to 100% agree with a decision, but you need to be able to live by it.
  • It’s important to address conflict and discuss it.
  • We have to be open to the idea of building consensus
  • A facilitator’s role in consensus building would not be to chair the meeting, it would be to facilitate the process so everyone has a voice and is involved in the process
  • A facilitator helps manage the power dynamics in a group
March 20, 2019
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee holds 1st Meeting
March 18, 2019

SAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Meeting #1 - March 18, 2019
Welcome & Introductions

All members of the Committee introduced themselves and shared a little background about themselves.