Welcome Letter from Principal Softic

Dear Bates Community,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter to welcome you all to the Bates Elementary School webpage. Our goal is to provide our staff, families  and community members with easy access to all the information and  wonderful resources our school can provide. I look forward to collaborating with all of you in making the 2021-22 school year great!

I have been an educator in the Salem Public Schools for over ten years. Prior to becoming the principal in 2020, I served as the Assistant Principal at Bates Elementary School. Our priority at Bates  is to ensure all students have an educational experience that emphasizes the development of the whole child. Each student should be given opportunities and experiences to grow academically, socially and emotionally. I believe building authentic relationships with students guides this growth. Relationships provide a support system in which students can reach beyond their comfort level and develop the skills and confidence to succeed in and out of the classroom.

As we provide equitable systems and structures  in our school community, we must emphasize the commitment to dismantling racism. We must ensure our instructional and social teaching strategies promote an equitable and safe learning environment in which all students can access the curriculum. Our school community gives students time to learn about, celebrate, and discuss race, culture and diversity. As well as how to confront issues of racism and discrimination in our communities.

Communication with faculty, family and community members is essential to me. I am eager to build new and meaningful relationships with all of the Bates community members. Please feel free to contact me with any questions  you may have.

I look forward to the start of the school year knowing what we can accomplish as a team. I genuinely believe that Bates Elementary provides equity and access for all students to reach their full potential!

Gavin Softic 

Salem Public Schools Core Values

Belonging – We believe all members of our community are valued and that our relationships are built on empathy and respect.

Equity – We believe in promoting social justice to ensure an inclusive school community where all members are empowered and engaged.

Opportunity – We believe all students should receive a personalized experience to achieve academic success, find joy in their learning, and have multiple choices for their post-secondary plans.