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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Breaks Ground at Waldo Middle School

August 16, 2019|

In 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools. On Thursday, supporters of Waldo Middle School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of one of the first five schools planned to begin construction under the 2018 bond program. Waldo is the fifth school planned for construction under the 2018 bond program—after North Salem High School, Gubser Elementary School, McNary High School and Judson Middle School respectively. Waldo will receive a cafeteria expansion, four new classrooms, four new science labs and a multipurpose fitness room. The school will also receive seismic improvements, library improvements, increased visibility of the main entry from the front office and much more. “As we kick off [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Community Partner of the Month August 2019

August 14, 2019|

When a Spanish language teacher at North Salem High School took an unexpected medical leave last April, it appeared that almost 120 Viking students wouldn’t be able to earn college credits at Western Oregon University. That’s when Adam Whalen and his team at the Willamette Educational Service District stepped in. Adam’s title is Accelerated Learning Manager, and he facilitates partnerships between universities and school districts that allow students to earn credits at both high schools and universities. In order to get the college credits, the 117 North Salem students in four different classrooms needed to take a 28-page assessment test. That test included five sections: listening, speaking, writing, reading and communicative awareness (grammar). Working with Assistant Principal Carlos Ruiz and School Office Specialist Clarita Alverez, [...]

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Back-to-School 2019-20

August 12, 2019|

We're looking forward to a great new school year! Below are links for parents and students to help you prepare for the first day of classes. Let us know if you need more information. Send your questions via our Contact Us page, or call (503) 399-3038 during business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. School Offices Open Dates 2019-20 August 14: Elementary School offices open August 13: Middle School offices open Year round: High School offices open year round Start of School 2019-20 September 3: First day for Grades 6 and 9 September 4: First day for Grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12 September 11: First day for all Kindergarten Back-to-School Resources Athletic Participation and Student Fees Bell Times (School Start/Stop Times) Boundary Maps (Schools) Bus Routes [...]

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SKPS Welcomes New Leadership Around the District

August 12, 2019|

New district, principal and assistant principal hires, transitions for three additional schools in SKPS The 2019-20 school year brings exciting transitions in leadership for Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS). [Updated Aug. 13, 2019] Sprague High School | Principal Chad Barkes, Previously Assistant Principal at Sprague Chad Barkes will be the next principal at Sprague High School. Barkes started his career in SKPS in 2000 as an instructional assistant at Swegle Elementary School. He earned his teaching degree with a focus on special education from Western Oregon University in 2003. After that, Barkes taught at West Salem High School in the special education department for several years, then moved into the role of special education program assistant for nine years. He has been serving at Sprague as [...]

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Teachers Meet Kindergarteners This Week At JumpStart Kinder 2019

August 8, 2019|

More than half of Salem-Keizer's elementary schools welcomed kindergarten students to school this week for JumpStart Kinder 2019. For teachers like Cristina Alvarez and Instructional Assistant Maria Marquez at Kennedy Elementary, JumpStart Kinder week gives them a chance to meet their students and to begin developing relationships with their kids' parents. It also lets teachers evaluate their students' academic levels, and make plans on how to best serve them when kindergarten officially begins in mid-September. For students, it's a chance meet their teachers, to learn school routines and to make new friends. We're all looking forward to seeing these youngsters again when kindergarten officially begins on Wednesday, September 11! Kindergarten teacher Cristina Alvarez at Kennedy Elementary works with student on practicing numbers during JumpStart [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Releases Updated Student Dress Code

August 1, 2019|

The updates come after students, staff share feedback about dress codes and how they are enforced Last June, five Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) students provided public comments before the Board of Directors regarding the district’s dress code and requesting updates. Unbeknownst to them, district officials had already begun looking at the dress code and discussing updates with representatives from the student equity committee. With feedback from building administrators, SKPS has updated its dress code. Salem-Keizer Dress Code Salem-Keizer Public Schools expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for [...]

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JumpStart Kinder August 5-9, 2019

August 1, 2019|

JumpStart Kinder is an opportunity for incoming kindergarteners at Title I schools to make friends and become familiar with school and classroom environments. JumpStart Kinder this summer is August 5-9, 2019. Breakfast and lunch are served for kids attending JumpStart Kinder. Please ensure your student is enrolled at your neighborhood school if you want them to participate in JumpStart Kinder. During the summer, schools are closed, so if your student is not yet enrolled in your neighborhood school, please complete the online enrollment process. Once the online registration process is completed, please call the Title I Department at 503-399-3353 to register your student for JumpStart Kinder. Although the JumpStart Kinder registration window has closed, there are spots available for JumpStart Kinder registration at the schools listed [...]

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Waldo Middle School Groundbreaking August 15, 2019

August 1, 2019|

Please join us as we celebrate the start of construction at Waldo Middle School on Thursday, August 15 at 10 a.m. as part of the 2018 Bond Program! RSVP for Waldo Groundbreaking Click image above to download the flyer

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SKEF School Supply Drive Aug. 1-31, 2019

August 1, 2019|

The annual Salem-Keizer Education Foundation School Supply Drive is once again happening from Aug. 1–31. Supply barrels are located in participating businesses and community organizations where you can drop off needed school supplies. Your generous donations support kids and teens who need a hand to get the school supplies they need to succeed in school. The School Supply Drive helps ensure every student, every day has the basic tools they need for success. The supplies collected are used to stock the School Supply Depot. The School Supply Depot is a sustainable resource open to every school, classroom, student program, and child in the Salem-Keizer community and beyond. It serves over 43,000 students, more than 66 schools, and is open year-round. With 70% of Salem-Keizer children [...]

CBOC Takes Tour of North Salem High School Construction

July 30, 2019|

On Monday, July 22, the Community Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) met with the district’s construction management team to take a site tour of construction at North Salem High School. Chief Operations Officer Mike Wolfe, Director of Maintenance & Construction Services Joel Smallwood and Director of Custodial & Property Services David Hughes answered questions about the 2018 bond program, and North’s construction project management team helped explain and answer questions about the construction projects happening in each area of the school. The tour was intended to inform CBOC of the progress of the bond program and assist in their regular report to the school board. For more information on the 2018 bond program, visit the bond projects page on the district website. For more information on [...]

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Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Elects New Board Leadership

July 17, 2019|

The Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors elected new board leadership during their regularly scheduled meeting on July 16, 2019. Marty Heyen was elected as the new board chairperson and Jesse Lippold was elected as the new board vice chairperson effective today. Both of these positions can be held for up to two years. Marty Heyen has served as a director on the school board since July of 2015 and represents Zone 2. Jesse Lippold has served as a director on the school board since July of 2017 and he represents Zone 5. “I am grateful for this opportunity to serve our school board directors,” said Heyen. “I look forward to working together to provide the best possible outcomes for our students and our [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Salem-Keizer Music Programs 2018-19

July 9, 2019|

This year marked the 33rd year of the OSAA State Music Championships. During that time, Salem Keizer students have been awarded more championships than all other 6A school districts combined. This is an accomplishment that demonstrates the outstanding teaching that is taking place throughout our district not only at the high school level, but at the middle school level as well, and begins in our elementary schools where all of our students are taught by trained music specialists beginning in kindergarten. At the June 2019 school board meeting, we honored and congratulated our fabulous music students and teachers and gave some highlights from their very busy school year. Representing the South Salem String Octet was Julie Chen. The octet placed 1st at the OSAA State [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Seeking to Fill Positions in Transportation, Custodial and Maintenance Departments

July 1, 2019|

More than 50 positions available with opportunities for same-day interviews Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) will be hosting a job fair on Monday, July 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. for open full-time and part-time positions in the district’s transportation, custodial and maintenance departments. Interested applicants are invited to meet with hiring managers and learn more about working for SKPS, the second-largest school district in the state of Oregon, which serves more than 42,000 students. The July 1 job fair will be held at Lancaster Professional Center, 2450 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem, Oregon. Education Support Professionals like bus drivers, custodians or maintenance workers impact students each day in their work by maintaining safe learning environments, building relationships and more. “I can’t thank you enough for [...]

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Free Summer Meals Available Throughout the Community for Children and Teens Ages 1-18

July 1, 2019|

Parents and guardians who utilized the Summer EBT for Children program last year should have recently received a letter from the Oregon Department of Human Services, outlining upcoming changes. Oregon did not receive funds to offer this program again in summer 2019, which means households will not receive these additional benefits this summer. Salem-Keizer Public Schools is proud to partner with our local agencies to provide free meals for children and teens aged 1-18 throughout our community all summer long. Available for breakfast and lunch, children receive free meals at 11 of our school sites as well as the KROC center and FACES Family Daycare and Literacy and Resource Center. Locations for Summer Meals in Salem and Keizer Starting June, 17 Auburn Elementary Eyre Elementary [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Recognized for Exemplary Work from the National School Public Relations Association

June 26, 2019|

SKPS received honors for bond and attendance campaigns, employee news video Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) received national recognition for its work in communications, public relations and community engagement, awarded by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Each year, NSPRA honors the best work in school communication through its annual awards. The SKPS Community Relations and Communications Department for SKPS was awarded two Golden Achievement Awards for its 2018 bond measure awareness campaign, and “Every Day 24J” the district’s awareness campaign to reduce chronic absenteeism. The $620 million bond measure that went before voters was the third largest in Oregon history. In a campaign led by Capital Construction Public Engagement Specialist Karma Krause, the Office of Community Relations and Communications reviewed public opinion research to [...]

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Hallman Summer Library Program Gets Visit from Timbers U23 Soccer Players

June 25, 2019|

From late June to early August, students at Hallman Elementary get the chance on Tuesday mornings to participate in the school's Summer Library Program. The youngsters don't just checkout books and go home. Instead, they get to do crafts and activities, along with enjoying snacks. Catholic Community Services of Salem is providing grant money to support this program. Hallman's Summer Reading Program was started last summer by fifth-grade teacher Krystal Bowman. This year, her colleague Jessica Hoffmeister, also a fifth-grade teacher at Hallman, is helping out too. Today, the students got a special treat when two members of the Portland Timbers U23 soccer team—goal keeper Mario Sequeira and midfielder Simon Fitch—along with Media Director Joanna Fields, dropped by to encourage the kids. The players [...]

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More Than 400 Additional Students Attended School Regularly in 2018-19

June 20, 2019|

Seventy-five percent of SKPS schools increased their attendance rates from the previous year In Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS), 49 of the district’s 65 schools grew their attendance rates since the 2017-18 school year, and more than 400 additional students are considered to be regular attenders. At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, SKPS launched “Every Day 24J” to raise awareness with students and families, schools, community organizations and local officials regarding chronic absenteeism. Since the start of the campaign, schools and community organizations have been collaborating to identify barriers to attendance for students across the district. The work has centered around connecting students and families to community resources, providing incentives for positive attendance trends and most importantly, building relationships with each and every student. [...]

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Business Partner of the Month: Cobb Hudjohn and “Make Me Tees”

June 20, 2019|

Our Business Partner of the Month is Cobb Hudjohn, nominated by Principal Rachael Harms from Chapman Hill Elementary School. Mr. Hudjohn, whose real name is Jacob, is known as “Cobb” wherever he goes. He is an entrepreneur and is owner/co-owner of several small businesses, including “Make Me Tees,” a Salem-based company that specializes in branding, custom design and printing of T-shirts. Principal Harms says that when he was a child, Cobb was THAT student every teacher dreads having in her class. Cobb says his sixth-grade teacher left the profession because of him. He was an unusual student who learned differently than other kids, which made school a struggle. Fast forward to today, and Cobb is now experiencing school anew through his son, a second-grader at [...]

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Walker Middle School Prepares for the Summer with Campus Beautification Project

June 18, 2019|

With summer break officially started, Walker Middle School knew just the way to prepare. Through collaboration with staff, students and community partners, Walker Middle School worked to beautify its campus with landscaping, painting, a new CTE display and even a newly constructed patio and benches out front. “It was a super fun day to serve and work alongside some great people in our community,” said Walker Middle School Principal Paul Myers. “I can’t thank Craig Oviatt and the Salem Dream Center, and our AVID and NJHS students enough for volunteering for this project!”

Three School Offices Relocate for Summer – Campuses Closed

June 14, 2019|

Bond construction is in full swing at North Salem High School, McNary High School and Judson Middle School! The three schools' campuses, plus the Gubser Elementary School and Waldo Middle School campuses, will be construction zones during summer and will be closed to public use. Please see our Bond Construction Campus Closures Fact Sheet for more information. The school offices of McNary, North Salem and Judson are closed Friday, June 14 and Monday, June 17 and will re-open at temporary locations for the summer on Tuesday, June 18. The temporary summer locations and hours are listed below. Judson Middle School Summer office location: Crossler Middle School, 1155 Davis Rd. S, Salem 97306 Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open through Tuesday, [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Breaks Ground at Judson Middle School

June 14, 2019|

In 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools. Today, supporters of Judson Middle School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of one of the first five schools planned to begin construction under the 2018 bond program. Judson is the fourth school planned for construction under the 2018 bond program—after North Salem High School, Gubser Elementary School and McNary High School respectively. Judson will receive a cafeteria expansion, three new classrooms, four new science labs and a multipurpose fitness room. The school will also receive seismic improvements, library improvements, increased visibility of the main entry from the front office and much more. “As construction continues at the first five [...]

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Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Adopts $1.2 Billion 2019-20 Budget

June 12, 2019|

The budget includes more than $2 million in additions for staffing in behavior, counseling and social work The Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors voted 5-1 Tuesday to adopt a budget totaling $1,205,712,966. Director Paul Kyllo voted against it. Director Jim Green was absent. The budget includes more than $2 million in additions for staffing in behavior, counseling and social work. The budget also moves native language specialists and translators to 12-month employees to support programmatic work over the summer. The budget represents an additional $5 million from what was approved by the budget committee due to full funding of the High School Success Funds (formerly Measure 98). The budget was developed with four guiding priorities: Maintain current service level, including our previous investments [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors Approves First-Ever Proclamation Celebrating Pride Month

June 12, 2019|

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors voted 6-0 to approve a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month. Director Jim Green was absent. It was the first time a proclamation of its kind was passed in SKPS. Members of the McNary High Gay-Straight Alliance and the Salem Chapter of PFLAG were on hand to accept the proclamation. Seven members of the community spoke during public comment in support of the proclamation. LGBTQ youth are five times more likely to attempt suicide as compared to straight youth, but having a school with a gay-straight alliance reduces a child’s risk of attempting suicide by 50 percent. Students at schools with gay-straight alliances experience less bullying around gender non-conformity. Federal law [...]

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Nearly 2,750 Students Graduate from Salem-Keizer Public Schools

June 11, 2019|

The Class of 2019 was awarded more than $33 million in scholarships Last week, nearly 2,750 students completed high school in Salem and Keizer. The district’s traditional high schools and alternative programs awarded 2,610 diplomas – almost 300 more than the previous year – and 118 GEDs. In addition, the Class of 2019 was awarded $33,567,905 million in scholarships. Individual schools also saw great successes. At McKay High, 490 graduates earned $8.7 million in scholarships. Three students were named Ford Scholars, which covers 90 percent of unmet college costs. The Ford Scholars Program was created to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. Each year, 125 Ford Scholars are selected. In addition, 123 students [...]

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Final Week of Regular Classes for 2018-19 School Year

June 10, 2019|

Principal Cochrane and the Lamb Elementary School Patriots wish everyone a "Happy Last Monday" of the 2018-19 school year. Final day for elementary students is Wed., June 12 and for grades 6-11 its Thur., June 13. Here comes summer vacation kids, teens and teachers! ¡La Directora Cochrane y los Patriotas de la Escuela Primaria Lamb les desean a todos un "Feliz Último Lunes" del año escolar 2018-19! El último día para los estudiantes de primaria es el miércoles 12 de junio y para los grados 6-11 es el jueves 13 de junio. ¡Aquí vienen las vacaciones de verano para niños, adolescentes y maestros! Click Here for SKPS Calendars

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Parade of Honor: North Salem and South Salem Seniors at Grant Community School 2019

June 5, 2019|

Grant Community School hosted seniors in the Class of 2019 for a Parade of Honor today. Eighteen high school students returned to their former school, including 15 North Salem students and three from South Salem. After photos outside, seniors paraded through hallways filled with cheering students and teachers, led by Principal Marc Morris. Then they gathered in the library and answered questions from fifth-graders and enjoyed refreshments. Congratulations Class of 2019!                  

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West Salem Seniors Return to Chapman Hill Elementary for Parade of Honor

June 4, 2019|

West Salem seniors who attended Chapman Hill Elementary when they were young returned today for their Parade of Honor. First they visited several of their former elementary school teachers' classrooms and talked with students. Then they paraded through the hallways while the kids cheered them on. West Salem's graduation ceremony is Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion.  

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McKay Seniors Return to Scott Elementary for Parade of Honor 2019

June 3, 2019|

McKay High School seniors who attended Scott Elementary as children returned to their former school today for their Parade of Honor. They walked through the hallways lined with current Scott students and staff who cheered them on. Congratulations Royal Scots!

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Salem-Keizer African American/Black Student Graduation Celebration 2019

June 3, 2019|

Graduating seniors and their families, local and statewide education and community organization dignitaries and clergy celebrated on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at a gathering held at Salem Mission Faith Ministries. The event was sponsored and organized by the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Office of Student Equity, Access, and Advancement. This celebration recognized African American/Black students in the Class of 2019. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Reginald Richardson, Sr. welcomed seniors and their families and other community members to the African American/Black Student Graduation on June 2, 2019. Dr. Richardson is the Vice President of the Salem-Keizer NAACP.   Pastor E.D. Mondainé, President of the Portland NAACP, led those gathered in a joyful rendition of the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the beginning [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Welcomes New Leadership Around the District

June 2, 2019|

New district, principal and assistant principal hires, transitions for SKPS schools The 2019-20 school year brings exciting transitions in leadership for Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS). Five schools, including Optimum Learning Environments Charter School will see new principals; and 11 schools will have new assistant principals. New SKPS leadership for the 2019-20 school year District Level | Principal Coach Linda Dougherty, previously principal at Battle Creek Elementary Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Linda Dougherty will begin a new role as a principal coach at the district level. Dougherty brings 20 years of experience with the district, most recently serving as principal at Battle Creek Elementary. As a principal coach, Dougherty will support the professional growth goals set collaboratively with principals and level directors focused on [...]

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Houck Family Literacy Night May 2019

June 1, 2019|

It was an evening of food, fun and books at Houck Middle School's Family Literacy Night. "Community" was the key word, with over a dozen community partners sharing in the celebration on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Live music and traditional dancing provided the entertainment at Houck Middle School's annual Family Literacy Night. Live music and traditional dancing provided the entertainment at Houck Middle School's annual Family Literacy Night. Live music and traditional dancing provided the entertainment at Houck Middle School's annual Family Literacy Night. Live music and traditional dancing provided the entertainment at Houck Middle School's annual Family Literacy Night. Pictured from left: Language Arts and AVID teacher Paul Johnson, Principal Suzanne Leonard, and Language [...]

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Site Preparation for Bond Construction Begins at McNary High School on Monday, June 3

May 31, 2019|

Improvements funded by the 2018 bond are set to begin early at McNary High School! Salem-Keizer’s construction firm on the McNary project, Pence Construction, is ready to move forward with work on the south part of the campus starting Monday, June 3, 2019. Earth movers will start preparing the site of the current soccer and junior varsity softball fields to become the location for the replacement tennis courts, temporary portable classrooms and temporary student parking lot. The tennis courts need to be relocated to accommodate the new classroom addition planned for the north side of the main building. The temporary portable classrooms will provide classroom space for students during the next school year while portions of the main school building are unavailable due to construction. [...]

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Spotlight on Success: West Salem Wins Chemeketa Regional Math Contest

May 29, 2019|

More than 130 students from all six of our traditional high schools, plus our Early College High School, along with teams from Blanchet, Central, Chemawa, Dallas, Salem Academy, Silverton, and Regis St Mary, competed in the 38th Annual Chemeketa Regional High School Math Competition on April 12, 2019, at Chemeketa Community College. The contest is organized by Wayne Barber, math professor at Chemeketa Community College. More than 25 volunteers, including the coaches from each high school, facilitate the events. Similar competitions are held throughout Oregon at other community colleges, and serve as the qualifier for the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament state competition. Teams are organized by math level, and consist of two students for each of five levels: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus. The [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Math Teams from Straub and Waldo Middle Schools

May 29, 2019|

Ninety seventh- and eighth-grade students from seven of our middle schools, along with teams from Corvallis and Woodburn, competed in the 36th annual Pentagames Middle School Math Contest earlier this month at Straub Middle School. The Pentagames is organized by volunteer teachers and retired teachers from the Willamette Valley. Straub was one of seven sites across Oregon holding a Pentagames competition on May 3, 2019, and more than 25 volunteers, including 10 Straub AVID 8 students, were on site to facilitate the events on the day of the competition. A Pentagames team consists of three seventh-grade math students, three eighth-grade math students, and three Algebra/Open math students. Students compete in five events that challenge their mathematics knowledge in a variety of formats, both team and [...]

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You’re Invited to the Judson Middle Groundbreaking Event! RSVP Requested

May 28, 2019|

The time has come to officially kick off construction at Judson Middle School. The school is located at 4512 Jones Road SE in Salem. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m., RAIN or SHINE! Attendees will park in the church parking lot off of Jones Road, directly across from the school. Judson's main entrance and exit will be closed for the event. Should you have any questions, please contact 503-399-3038. Click here to RSVP Judson Groundbreaking invite

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Register Your Child For Preschool Today

May 28, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Early Childhood programs is now accepting applications. Our programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for children ages 3 to 5 and a variety of pre-school options for all families to help them on the road to success. If your child will be three on or before September 10th he or she will be eligible for many of our pre-school programs. Apply today and give your child and family a head start. For more information or to request an application please call (503) 399-5510 or visit our website at this link. Classes fill up quickly. Apply now! El programa de educacion temprana de Salem -Keizer ya esta aceptando aplicaciones. Nuestro programa provee un ambiente suguro y educativo a ninos de edad [...]

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ASK ESP Senior Scholarships 2019

May 23, 2019|

Here are the winners of ASK ESP $500 scholarships for high school seniors graduating in the Class of 2019. Any ASK ESP members who have a relative who is a high school senior can apply each year. This year there were eight applications for the three scholarships. A team of four ASK ESP members selected the winners. Madeleine O'Donnell from South Salem High School is pictured with her mother Andrea O'Donnell, who works at Pringle Elementary as an Instructional Assistant. Madeleine will be attending Oregon State University and plans to study Biological Health Sciences. Claire Adams from South Salem High School is pictured with her mother Barb Adams, who works at Chavez Elementary as an Instructional Assistant, and her father Shawn Adams who is a [...]

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Salem-Keizer Budget Committee Approves $1.2 Billion 2019-20 Budget

May 21, 2019|

The school district’s budget is based on the governor’s recommended K-12 budget of $9.0 billion for the 2019-21 biennium The Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Budget Committee tonight moved to recommend a budget totaling $1,200,712,966. The budget includes more than $2 million in additions for staffing in behavior, counseling and social work. The budget also moves native language specialists and translators to 12-month employees to support programmatic work over the summer. The budget was developed with four guiding priorities: Maintain current service level, including our previous investments in behavioral learning Invest in full-time equivalent (FTE) for enrollment growth, specifically addressing caseloads for special education Convert limited-term positions of special education instructional assistants to permanent staff Provide additional resources for transportation to adequately support boundary adjustments The [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Candalaria and Schirle Students Win 24 Challenge Math Contest 2019

May 20, 2019|

Nearly 200 students forming teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from all across Salem-Keizer elementary schools competed in the 30th running of the Math 24 Challenge on April 6, 2019, at McKay High School. Over 100 math students from McKay High School volunteered to organize, promote, and run the competition, led by Teresa Grindy, who is the event coordinator, and math teacher at McKay High School. Students play the Math 24 card game that emphasizes math skills and number fluency with the hopes of advancing on to the final rounds. The game features cards that show four numbers in each corner. The goal is to use all four of those numbers in any combination — addition, subtraction, multiplication or division — to reach the number 24. [...]

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Spotlight on Success: South Salem High School Broadcast Journalism

May 17, 2019|

South Salem High School’s award-winning Broadcast Journalism program has done it again. It’s added another prestigious award to the long list accolades teacher Brian Eriksen and his students have gotten over the years. Past awards have include two students being named Oregon High School Journalist of the Year, and two other students co-hosting the Oregon Sports Awards. Several students have won local and statewide video contests in the recent past. This year, the Saxons added the national 2019 Journalism Press Freedom Award to their showcase. This award is sponsored by the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society at Kansas State University. The award was presented to South Salem at the Spring National High School Journalism [...]

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Community Partner of the Month: Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties

May 15, 2019|

The Summit Community Transition Program is proud to nominate the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties as our Community Partner of the Month for May 2019. Summit is a brand new Community Transition Program and is located at the Boys & Girls Club. Sue Bloom, Executive Director, and her staff have been extremely welcoming and beyond accommodating. The Boys & Girls Club has included our program in many of their events. Our students served as the welcoming committee at a Chamber of Commerce Greeters gathering held at the Boys and Girls Club in October, and again this spring at a Luncheon. They also helped judge an art contest. Last Fall, we started a monthly job club called The Breakfast Club. Our [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Recognizes Students for Turnaround Achievements 2019

May 9, 2019|

Middle and High School Students Receive Awards for Positive Change Toward Excellence Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) recognized 20 students from across the district and community in the 25th Annual Turnaround Achievement Awards On Tuesday, May 7. Sponsored by Don and Ann Lebold of Town and Country Lanes, the Turnaround Achievement Awards recognize middle- and high-school students who demonstrate effort, commitment and perseverance in the face of adversity. Recipients of this award have shown personal improvement in their academics, behavior or attitude and continue to implement these qualities in their daily lives. Since 1994, these awards have inspired and motivated more than 400 students to achieve success in their personal, academic and professional lives. “I’m finally a great example for my little brothers,” said West Salem [...]

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Bond Construction is Underway!

May 8, 2019|

Thanks to the Salem-Keizer community’s support of the 2018 bond, hundreds of millions of dollars will be invested in making vital improvements to learning environments across the district. After months of planning and preparation, construction has started at two schools. Three more are scheduled to begin work in the next few weeks. North Salem High School and Gubser Elementary School are currently in the early stages of construction. Waldo Middle School, Judson Middle School and McNary High School will begin construction this summer. For safety and to support the swift progress of construction, the five school campuses will be closed to community use this summer. Some school offices and summer school activities will need to be relocated to other sites. Please continue reading to learn [...]

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You’re Invited to the McNary High Groundbreaking Event! RSVP Requested

May 7, 2019|

We are excited to officially kick off construction at McNary High School, 595 Chemawa Road N in Keizer, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. Groundbreaking will take place RAIN or SHINE! Parking is very limited. Please plan to carpool or walk. Should you have any questions, please contact 503-399-3038. Click Here To RSVP

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, 2019

May 6, 2019|

At the April 9 Board Meeting, the Salem-Keizer Board of Education proclaimed May 6-10, 2019, to be Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a time of recognition for teachers throughout our district and for teachers across the country for the countless hours of hard work and dedication they give to help our students prepare for a successful life. To view the full proclamation from the SKPS Board of Education, please click here. Curious on How to Get Involved? There are many ways to show your teachers how much you appreciate all that they do for you and your child, but to help, we have created a few resources for you! Social Networking Help spread the word about Teacher Appreciation Week on your social media sites. We [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close 2.5 Hours Early, No PM Preschool on May 8

April 29, 2019|

This early closure comes as a result of anticipated significant staff absences At 1:30 p.m. on May 8, the Oregon Education Association will host a “Day of Action” to advocate for full funding of the Oregon Quality Education Model. Due to limited substitute numbers and anticipated significant staff absences, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will enact a 2.5-hour early dismissal. The early closure will allow for students to receive instruction and nutrition services on an important school day. Transportation will run on the modified schedule. Afterschool care will offer extended schedules. “We came to this decision in collaboration with Salem Keizer Education Association and with the support of the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “We know there are extenuating circumstances like Advanced [...]

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Free CTE Summer Camps for Middle School Students 2019

April 28, 2019|

"CTE– Roadmap to Success" is a free immersive and unique summer program that will engage students in one of six different courses designed for their connection to existing and planned Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and in response to the strength and projected growth in high-wage, high-demand jobs in our region. Current high school and middle school Career and Technical Education teachers will operate interactive, hands-on camps to highlight the career pathways students can engage in at the high school level. Student must be enrolled at Salem-Keizer Public Schools during the 2018-19 school year to be eligible for participation. These camps are for students who will be in middle school during the 2019-20 school year. Camp Registration is April 10-May 10 Submit an application online [...]

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Three Salem-Keizer Public Schools Secondary Schools Honored as AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction

April 26, 2019|

Claggett Creek and Stephens Middle Schools and McNary High School have been designated Sites of Distinction by Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). This honor is awarded to a small subset of AVID school campuses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their students. This distinction: Illustrates a commitment to equity and opportunity for all students on a campus. Acknowledges rigorous academic opportunities for all students throughout the campus. Shows a commitment to superb instructional practices across the school. “School leadership and teachers throughout the school work hard for this prestigious distinction,” said Barb Bamford, district AVID coordinator. “When AVID is schoolwide, students in every class benefit from AVID routines and strategies that teachers use to help them be college and career ready.” Bamford also shared each [...]

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Salem-Keizer Grass Fields Remain Closed at Harritt Elementary Until Further Notice

April 26, 2019|

Grass fields at Harritt Elementary are closed to community use due to the recent wet weather. All other grass fields are open to community groups scheduled to use those fields during non-school hours. We will continue to monitor the field conditions at the closed fields and open them when it is safe to do so. If you have questions, please call Facility Rentals at 503-399-3342. [Posted 04/26/2019]

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Spotlight on Success: Business and Community Partners of Month for April 2019

April 24, 2019|

Our Business Partners of the Month Month for April 2019, and one of ourCommunity Partners, were all nominated by Auburn Elementary. They were honored at the April 9 School Board meeting. Auburn Elementary focuses a lot of effort on students and families in the district’s STEP/Homeless program, as well as families that don’t qualify for government assistance and don’t have enough to eat. That’s where a neighborhood church steps in to help. (1) Tabernaculo de Salem is a located near Auburn Elementary. Its members volunteer to help in many ways. For instance, they take pallets of food provided through Take Action and helped organize a pantry, make food boxes and deliver meals to families. And they help distribute clothing donations to families. Tabernaculo de Salem [...]

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Superintendent Releases Proposed $1.19 Billion Schools Budget

April 23, 2019|

The proposed budget struggles to maintain a current service level for the district Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Superintendent Christy Perry tonight announced the $1.19 billion proposed budget for 2019-20. The budget was developed before lawmakers have finalized the State School Fund and is based on Governor Brown’s recommended allocation of $8.97 billion for the 2019-21 biennium for K-12 education. Should the co-chair’s budget be passed, SKPS will have to cut $3.5 million from the proposed budget. The proposed budget was developed with four guiding priorities to ensure equitable outcomes for all students: Maintaining current service levels, including previous investments in behavioral learning Investing in full-time equivalent (FTE) for enrollment growth, particularly in caseloads for special education Converting limited-term positions of special education instructional assistants to [...]

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Swegle Elementary’s College and Career Week Inspires Students

April 19, 2019|

What do you want to do when you grow up? Students at Swegle Elementary have been thinking about that a lot this week. That's because this was Swegle's "College and Career Week." Swegle students had fun all week with "theme days" focusing on careers. Kids from kindergarten through fifth grade participated. For example, students dressed as people they admire one day, dressed in their favorite college's gear the next day and dressed in clothes associated with careers they'd like to do the day after that. Today's theme was "Your Future Is Bright," so everyone was encouraged to wear bright clothing. Jerry Freeman with the Lewis Media Group demonstrated drones during an all-school assembly Friday morning. Drones are used to take aerial photography and are [...]

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Free Title I Summer School – Incoming 1st and 2nd Grade Elementary Students Are Invited to Attend!

April 17, 2019|

Incoming first- and second-graders are invited to attend FREE Title I Summer School at the schools listed below. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are all included. Title IA Elementary Summer School is only for current kindergarteners and first graders who will be incoming first- and second-graders. The student registration form is in both English and Spanish and all of our Title I Elementary Schools have electronic copies to print off for parents. Application Deadline Parents must turn in student registration forms to their school by Friday, April 26, 2019. Salem Heights Elementary Student attending the following elementary schools Lee, Liberty, Morningside, Salem Heights, Wright will attend this summer school location. Grant Elementary Students attending the following elementary schools Grant, Hallman, Highland, Washington will attend this summer [...]

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2019 Roberts Credit Recovery Summer School Application

April 16, 2019|

If you are an Out-Of-District student wishing to enroll in Roberts Credit Recovery Summer School, you need to first enroll with one of the Salem-Keizer High Schools. We are NOT accepting applications from students who are not currently registered in Salem-Keizer. This Summer School Application is for current, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors ONLY - No Freshmen. Please contact your school counselor before filling out this application. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanette Aguirre or Marianne Silvestre at 503-399-5550. Please be advised that you must compete the entire application at once. You will not be able to save and continue the application at a later time. You will need to log in to your Salem-Keizer sponsored Google account to access to this link.  If you do not [...]

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Community Partner of the Month April 2019: Liberty House

April 16, 2019|

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. There is nothing more heartbreaking than the troubling fact that so many children are victims of abuse or neglect. There were 11,077 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in Oregon in 2017. Fortunately, there are dedicated professionals who are working every day to address the needs of these children and their families. In our community, Liberty House is a leader in this area. We are fortunate to work with them, and want to honor Liberty House as one of our Community Partners of the Month for April 2019. Liberty House is a child abuse assessment center serving Marion and Polk counties. Liberty House was founded in 1999 and served 165 children that year. Twenty years later, [...]

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Waldo Middle School Adding a Make-Up Day / La Escuela Intermedia Waldo agregará un día al calendario académico escolar

April 15, 2019|

Because of inclement weather-related school closures earlier this year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added a make-up day to the academic calendar. All schools except four set to start bond construction this summer are adding one day back to the calendar. The staff at the four schools starting construction would instead use the extra day to pack up and move out so construction could begin inside the buildings.Waldo was originally planned to pack and move out of the school to accommodate construction. However, there’s been a switch in the order of construction and instead of vacating the school this summer, Waldo offices will stay put this year and move out for the summer of 2020.Because Waldo doesn’t need an extra day to pack up, the school will [...]

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Spotlight on Success: McNary, North Salem and South Salem Culinary

April 10, 2019|

Culinary programs in our high schools are some of our most popular Career and Technical Education courses with students. We’re fortunate to have outstanding chefs teaching these programs, as demonstrated by McNary, North Salem and South Salem high schools’ success at the last month’s Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Education Foundation ProStart Invitation. The ProStart Invitational includes a culinary competition which is similar to the TV show Iron Chef. Teams of students prepare a unique menu while racing against the clock. The meal must include a starter, an entree and a dessert. Chef Wendy Bennett’s team from McNary High School won Second Place in the culinary competition. Along with their team win, McNary’s Chef Mentor Irina Bakun won the ProStart Mentor of the Year Award! [...]

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SKPS Launches Districtwide Remind for Educators

April 10, 2019|

Does your child’s teacher or school currently use Remind to communicate about upcoming events, assignments and more? Through a recent partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools will now has access to Remind to help improve and streamline communication with our students and families. Remind offers educators, students, parents and guardians a safe and effective way to communicate about school assignments and grades, ask questions, collaborate and more. Be sure to download the Remind app today and contact your school to learn more about specific tools being utilized in your child’s class. *Please note this program is currently being rolled out. Not all schools will currently be using Remind for classroom and school communication. Please contact your school to learn [...]

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Day of the Child | Dia del Niño

April 4, 2019|

The Migrant Education Department presents the 14th Annual Day of the Child celebration at McKay High School. Bring your family and enjoy the activities, prizes, food, music, culture, resource tables, and much more. For more information, please call Ismael Guevara (503) 399-3111. Thursday 4/25/2019 5:30PM-8:00PM McKay High School 2440 Lancaster Dr.NE Salem, OR 97305 Traigan a su familia y disfruten las actividades, premios, comida, música, cultura, materiales informativos y mucho más. Thursday/jueves 4/25/2019 5:30PM-8:00PM McKay High School 2440 Lancaster Dr.NE Salem, OR 97305

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Lee Elementary Students Win Regional Science Award from Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision

April 4, 2019|

A team of Lee Elementary students learned at a school assembly on Wednesday that they are one of 24 regional winners in the 2018-2019 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. In addition, two other Lee Elementary teams won Honorable Mention in the contest. Regional Winners The team’s project, “RMF: Leaves Changing Shapes (Relinquit Mutatio Figura),” was selected by a panel of science educators and distinguished scientists. The RMF project is designed to tackle noise pollution and returns natural environmental sounds into communities so that everyone can enjoy nature sounds while increasing the quality of life for all living things. The team of Avalee Turner, Micah Robinson, Gisabelle Espericueta and Leah Ioane, along with their families. As regional winners, the team of fourth-graders received a Toshiba laptop [...]

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The Oregon Department of Education Releases Annual Special Education Report Card for All Oregon Schools

April 3, 2019|

SKPS finds areas of success and opportunities for growth The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently released its annual special education report card, evaluating each district to the state’s standards for special education services. The data in the 2017-18 report is a compilation of data collected during the 2016-17 academic year. Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) experienced many areas of success, as well as opportunities for improvement as represented in the district’s report. Salem-Keizer Points of Pride The number of students receiving special education services who graduated with a regular diploma in their four-year cohort increased by 2.8 percentage points from the previous year. The number of students receiving special education services who graduated with a regular diploma in their five-year cohort increased by 7.6 percentage [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Business Partner of the Month for March 2018

March 27, 2019|

Our Business Partner of the Month for March 2019 is Starbucks Coffee. We’re recognizing Starbucks for its support of our Career and Technical Education programs, our students and our staff. Iban Lopez Tinoco, store manager of the Starbucks coffee shop at Lancaster and Silverton Road, represented Starbucks and received the award at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on March 12, 2019. The list of ways Starbucks supports Salem-Keizer Public Schools is long. It includes: Donating equipment for North Salem High School’s student run coffee shop Providing coffee for AVID events, Career and Technical Education events Providing breakfast and coffee for Summer Professional Development Trainings for teachers Participating in mock interviews and classroom visits for AVID As for Starbucks’ support for our CTE programs, it has [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Kudzai Kapurura and Justin Thach

March 27, 2019|

South Salem High School senior Kudzai Kapurura and West Salem High School senior Justin Thach met with Senator Jeff Merkely earlier this month in Washington, D.C. They were in our nation’s capital because these two students were selected by Governor Kate Brown to represent Oregon at the 57th Annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week from March 2-9, 2019. While in Washington, Kudzai and Justin attended meetings with members of Congress, with Congressional staff, met the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national press. The United States Senate Youth Program is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing [...]

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Now is the Time to Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

March 26, 2019|

Registration for kindergarten is now open for the 2019-20 school year! We are so excited to welcome our newest learners to each and every one of our 42 elementary schools in Salem and Keizer. Registration for free, full-day kindergarten is open to all children five years of age or older by September 10, 2019. To enroll your child, please call or visit your neighborhood school. Each school will need to have an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your child’s birth certificate. Parents or guardians may also register their child online at salemkeizer.org. We welcome all students, regardless of nationality or place of birth. We want to ensure the best possible learning environment for your child and help your student be [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Instructional Mentor Wins Technology Educator of the Year Award

March 25, 2019|

Whiteaker Middle School Instructional Mentor Matt Hurst was honored as the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2019 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year for Computer Education at the Northwest’s largest educational technology conference in Seattle on Feb. 27, 2019. Hurst was honored for being a strong peer leader and instructional mentor at the middle school level and throughout the district and state. His passion for helping educators and students integrate technology made him an early adopter of touch devices in classrooms. He has assisted app-based technology developers like Remind and Class Dojo by providing professional feedback and piloting their new technology. Hurst is a Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi certified and a Learnzillion DreamTeam teacher. During the last few years, he has worked with [...]

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Screenagers: Living in the Digital Age – April 11, 16

March 25, 2019|

On April 11 and April 16, we invite you to join us and area professionals for screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary, Screenagers. This film focuses on the struggles facing our kids concerning social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Attendees will view the film followed by a Q&A panel of community leaders from SKPS, Salem and Keizer police departments and Marion County Health and Human Services. This event is free to attend and open to all; however, students and families in middle and high school are especially encouraged to attend. Spanish interpretation will be available at each screening. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Prevention and Protection Coordinator Debbie Joa at joa_debbie@salkeiz.k12.or.us. Thursday, April 11 | 6–8 p.m. [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Breaks Ground at Gubser Elementary School

March 22, 2019|

Gubser Elementary is one of the first five schools beginning construction under the 2018 bond program. In 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools. Today, supporters of Gubser Elementary School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of one of the first five schools planned to begin construction under the 2018 bond program. Gubser will receive a new cafeteria and kitchen and three new classrooms, as well as see improvements to the gymnasium, relocation of the covered play area and removal of all portable classrooms. Gubser was not originally slated for the first wave of construction, but because the school had run out of classrooms and enrollment was growing [...]

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Breaks Ground at North Salem High School

March 21, 2019|

North Salem High is one of the first five schools beginning construction under the 2018 bond program. In 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond measure to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools. Today, supporters of North Salem High School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters, school staff and students, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the largest project in the 2018 bond program. North Salem High is one of the first five schools planned to begin construction under the 2018 bond program. The school will receive 20 new general classrooms, one new science lab, two new career technical education program area spaces, new main and auxiliary gyms, replacement P.E. spaces, new spaces to support Special Education and much more. “We couldn’t be [...]

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[UPDATED] SKPS School Year Extended By One Day Due to Inclement Weather Make-Up

March 21, 2019|

***Story has been updated to reflect the removal of Waldo Middle School from the exceptions list, which NOW ONLY includes Judson, North Salem and McNary. Because of those inclement weather-related school closures, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools, with the exception of three secondary schools scheduled for major construction, will add one day to the 2018-19 school calendar. The updated calendar does not apply to Judson, North Salem or McNary – those schools remain on the original calendar so major construction will not be delayed. *Please note that should any day be missed moving forward, SKPS will revisit the calendar to ensure compliance with state standards.* Details On 2018-19 School Calendar Changes: High School Finals – FORMERLY June 10-12, NOW June 11-13 Elementary Last Day – FORMERLY [...]

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South Salem High School Honored as Unified Champion School

March 20, 2019|

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, South Salem High School received recognition from the Special Olympics for their distinction as a Unified Champion School. In Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS), 16 percent of students receive special education services. SKPS works diligently to meet the needs of all students and families regardless of age, color, ability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation or veteran status. According to Special Olympics Oregon, a Unified Champion School helps to reduce bullying and exclusion, promote healthy activity and interactions, combat stereotypes and stigma, eliminate hurtful language in school and engages all students in activities that lead to personal growth. At the start of the 2017-18 school year, Special Education Teacher Brennan Young worked with school [...]

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Spring Break FREE Lunch Program 2019 | Programa de actividades de primavera

March 19, 2019|

For ALL children & students ages 1-18 years old. EVERYONE is invited – regardless of family income! Free lunch & Activities 12 pm–1:00 pm Para TODOS los niños y estudiantes de 1 a 18 años. ¡TODOS ESTÁN INVITADOS: independientemente de los ingresos familiares! 12 pm–1:00 pm almuerzo gratis y actividades School Locations | Ubicaciones en las Escuelas de Salem-Keizer (March/de marzo 21-22, 25-29) Auburn Elementary, 4612 Auburn Rd. NE in Salem Cummings Elementary, 613 Cummings Lane N in Keizer Four Corners Elementary, 500 Elma Avenue SE in Salem Stephens Middle, 4962 Hayesville Drive NE in Salem Washington Elementary, 3165 Lansing Avenue NE in Salem Other Locations | Ubicaciones en las Escuelas de Salem-Keizer (March/de marzo 25-29) 1st Free Methodist Church, 4455 Silverton Rd. NE Salem Colonia Libertad, 2921 [...]

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Application for McKay Feeder Representative To Join Community Bond Oversight Committee

March 19, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is accepting applications for one volunteer position representing the McKay High School feeder system to serve on the Community Bond Oversight Committee. Residents of the McKay High School attendance area are invited to apply to serve on the Committee. Applications must be submitted to Alice Struckmeier no later than 5 p.m. on April 1. See the attachment below for the application form and details on how to submit your application.

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Spotlight on Success: Community Partner of the Month for March 2019

March 14, 2019|

Last month on Friday, February 8, five of our high schools were scheduled to take buses across the mountain to attend the Mountain Valley Conference District Swim Meet in Bend. When the weather forecast started looking a little bit dicey with chances of snow, South Salem High School Athletic Director Brian Armstrong started making phone calls. One of the calls Brian made was to Julie Louden, Aquatics Manager at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center. He asked if it was possible for Salem-Keizer to use their swim facility if the trip to Bend had to be cancelled. Julie said ‘sure, we’ll make it work.’ On the morning of the meet, Julie’s crew got into action. They got the pool and the lanes ready, they set [...]

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You’re Invited to the Gubser Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony! RSVP Requested

March 14, 2019|

We are so excited to kick off construction at Gubser Elementary School, 6610 14th Ave NE in Keizer, and we hope to have you join us for our groundbreaking event on Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. Groundbreaking will take place RAIN or SHINE! Should you have any questions, please contact 503-399-3038. Click here to RSVP  

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In-District Transfer (IDT) Applications Must Be Turned In March 1 – 31, 2019

March 11, 2019|

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next semester (2019-20 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2019. This includes elementary, middle and high school students. Please note that IDT applications received after March 31, 2019, will not be considered. The IDT request forms can be picked up at your student’s resident school, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website.

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Governor Brown Serves Breakfast at Waldo Middle School to Celebrate School Breakfast Week

March 7, 2019|

Today Governor Kate Brown proclaimed this week National School Breakfast Week after serving breakfast to students at Waldo Middle School in Salem. “Eating breakfast every day helps students stay focused, perform better academically, and maintain a nutritious diet,” said Governor Brown. “The School Breakfast Program plays an important role in setting up students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.” National School Breakfast Week is March 4-8, 2019. In Oregon, the School Breakfast Program is available to 570,000 students who attend public schools. About 40 percent of Oregon students have access to a free breakfast at school every day. Click to Read the Proclamation

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You’re Invited to the North Salem High Groundbreaking Ceremony! RSVP Requested

March 6, 2019|

We are so excited to kick off construction at North Salem High School and we hope to have you join us for our groundbreaking event on Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Groundbreaking will take place rain or shine! North Salem High School is located at 765 14th St. NE in Salem. If you have any questions, please contact 503-399-3038. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Families Receive Weekend Food Kits

March 4, 2019|

Take Action INC provides nutrition resources for families in eight Salem-Keizer schools Through a recent partnership with Take Action INC, hundreds of Salem-Keizer families now receive backpacks full of food each weekend. Take Action INC is working with eight of our elementary schools, including Highland Elementary. “The goal is to provide students and families with food for the weekend since they don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch,” said Highland Principal Christi Cheever. “It can be challenging for families without transportation to access food bank resources, and we want to make sure nobody is going hungry.” School staff and community volunteers help sort and distribute food once it is delivered to the school. They fill up backpacks, which are sent home with students for [...]

  • Deadline Extended: Turn in Boundary Adjustment Sibling Request Forms by March 8

Deadline Extended – Turn in Boundary Adjustment Sibling Forms by March 8

March 1, 2019|

Because of the recent snow days, the deadline to turn in a Boundary Adjustment Sibling Request Form has been extended to Friday, March 8, 2019. Families whose residence address is affected by a boundary adjustment were mailed letters in February. If you believe your address is affected by a boundary adjustment but did not receive a letter, please contact your school. For more information about boundary adjustments or the Boundary Adjustment Sibling Form, please visit https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments or email info@salkeiz.k12.or.us Debido a los recientes días de nevadas, la fecha límite para la entrega de los formularios de traslado de escuela para hermanos debido a los ajustes a los límites escolares fue extendida para antes del viernes, 8 de marzo de 2019. En febrero, fueron enviadas [...]

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All Salem-Keizer Public Schools are Closed Wednesday, Feb. 27

February 27, 2019|

Due to inclement weather, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be closed, and all afternoon and evening activities are cancelled. All district offices will operate on a two-hour delay and will remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This snow day may be added back in at the end of the school year during the makeup day period. If that is necessary, that announcement will be made at a later date. Please check our website – www.salkeiz.k12.or.us - or social media pages for additional updates. We will provide any notification of a closure or delay with our autodialer, our community newsletter and on our social media.

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All Salem-Keizer Public Schools are Closed Monday, Feb. 25

February 25, 2019|

Due to inclement weather, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be closed, and all afternoon and evening activities are cancelled. All district offices will operate on a two-hour delay and will remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This snow day may be added back in at the end of the school year during the makeup day period. If that is necessary, that announcement will be made at a later date. Please check our website – www.salkeiz.k12.or.us - or social media pages for additional updates. We will provide any notification of a closure or delay with our autodialer, our community newsletter and on our social media.

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Inclement Weather Notifications – How SKPS Communicates About School Closures And Delays

February 24, 2019|

As we begin to see cooler temperature throughout our community, it’s important to know how SKPS will communicate with you if there's a school closure or delay. In the event of bad weather, district officials will make the decision by 5:15 a.m. that day to close all or selected schools or to delay the start of school. If schools are closed or start times delayed, all students and staff will get a recorded message to the phone number on record with the district. The message will tell you about school cancellation, delay to start times or district closure. Make sure your contact information is up to date. Families who need to update their phone number should contact your school. You can also visit our website [...]

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