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Celebrating Black History Month: A Journey of Achievement and Support

A North Salem High School class of 2023 graduate shakes hands with the principal at commencement ceremony.

As we celebrate Black History Month and highlight the remarkable progress and support within our community, we reflect on the achievements of our Black and African American students, staff and community members. We are proud to share the inspiring stories and initiatives that have shaped our district's commitment to diversity, inclusion and academic success.

Join us in celebrating Black History Month and honoring the experiences, achievements and contributions in Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Empowering Graduates: Notable Increase in 2023 Graduation Rates

In 2023, SKPS experienced a significant milestone in our journey of equity and excellence. Black and African American students graduated at a notably increased rate for the Class of 2023, soaring by more than ten percentage points compared to the previous year. This achievement stands as a testament to our collective dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every student can thrive.

Cultivating Cultural Support: OSEAA Office and Graduation Celebrations

Since 2017, the Office of Student Equity, Access and Advancement has been at the forefront of paving the way for diversity, inclusion and academic achievement for all students within Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Through targeted programs, events and initiatives, OSEAA has played a pivotal role in supporting the success and well-being of our African American and Black students. From graduation celebrations to tailored support services, OSEAA continues to champion equity and excellence for all learners.

Voices of Experience: African American/Black SKPS Staff Stories

Within our schools, the lived experiences and perspectives of our African American and Black staff members enrich our educational community in profound ways. Whether sharing stories of triumph or addressing challenges, these dedicated professionals serve as mentors, role models and advocates for our students.

Moving Forward: Shaping a Bright Future

As we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the steps we've made as a district, we reaffirm our commitment to creating a more inclusive, equitable and empowering educational experience for all students. Through ongoing conversations, collaboration and action, we will continue to honor the past, embrace the present and shape a brighter future for generations to come.