Paulus Administration Center
Indian Education Dept.
1309 Ferry St SE
Salem, OR 97301
Shelby Maerz has been leading Indian Education at Salem-Keizer Public Schools for approaching fifteen years, where she develops and implements programs for our nearly 700 Native students. She is a member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, serving on the Tribal Education Committee. In partnership with Oregon tribes and a curriculum team Shelby developed a fourth grade curriculum on the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon (Oregon Tribal Curriculum Project). As a Board Member for the Oregon Indian Education Association, she strives to promote Native education in the general curriculum, as well as working for academic and cultural resources for Indian Ed program participants. Shelby grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and received both her teaching credential and Masters in Education from Western Oregon University.
A quarterly e-newsletter with information about Salem-Keizer’s Indian Education community.
Fall Family Night and Tutoring at Bush Elementary October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8
410 14th St SE, Salem 97301 Dinner at 6:00 pm Classes 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Family Night and Tutoring at Harritt Elementary School February 7, February 21, March 7
2112 Linwood St NW, Salem 97304 Dinner at 6:00 pm Classes 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Spring Family Night and Tutoring at Weddle Elementary School April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9
1825 Alder Dr NE Keizer 97303 Dinner at 6:00 pm Classes at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings are on Thursday nights, in coordination with the Family Night and Tutoring meetings. October 18, February 7, March 7, April 4, April 18 and May 9.
Please refer to the Family Night calendar to determine location of the meetings.
Family nights and Tutoring are a regular event held on Thursday evenings. This Fall, we will hold our meetings at Bush Elementary School, located at 410 14th Street Southeast, Salem. In February, we will meet at Harritt Elementary School, 2112 Linwood St NW, Salem 97304. In April, we will meet at Weddle Elementary School located at 1825 Alder Dr NE, Keizer 97303. Evenings begin with a simple dinner at 6:00 p.m. Classes are from 6:30pm-8:00 p.m, and include activities for students from Pre-K through 12 and adults. Each evening will end with a book given to each student in attendance.
The Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a very important part of the Indian Education Program. Parents meet to discuss services for students, plan activities to support special events such as the Eagle Feather Graduation Celebration, and approve the annual federal grant application.
Native culture classes are scheduled at various times during the school year. Examples of classes include dance, drumming, and crafting of Native arts. These classes will include as wide an age range as possible. When classes include skills that are more than some of the youngest children can manage, alternatives will be provided, for example, they might string larger beads and play Native based games.
Study hall is available on every Thursday for which activities are scheduled. A secondary math teacher and additional tutors are available to help with homework questions. This is an excellent time to get extra one-on-one help.
A second study hall is available on Tuesdays at the Siletz area office located at 3160 Blossom Drive NE, Salem. More information for this study hall is available by calling Sonya Moody-Jurado at 503-390-9494.
These classes address topics that help parents build skills and knowledge of resources available to help them with everyday responsibilities. Several different topics are covered during the school year. Presentations include a variety of topics such as solving homework hassles, communication, personal finances, and problem solving.
In May of each year, all Indian Education students who complete high school and earn either a diploma or GED are honored at a Native based celebration. The celebration includes a color guard, a drum, gifting of graduates, and a reception. Please call our office or email us with any questions. A registration form can be found in the File Attachments at the end of the website.
Summer School is a three-week program for students in grades 2 through 8. Language arts, math and cultural arts are taught through a Native based social studies theme. One or more field trips support the curriculum content.
Parents can invite Indian Education staff to attend school meetings such as IEP or behavioral meetings.