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SKPS Budget Committee seeks two new community members

January 21, 2022|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is seeking two community members to serve on the budget committee. Each appointee will serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2024. Committee members will review and approve budgets for adoption by [...]

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School Board Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

January 21, 2022|

This meeting will be held by electronic means only, with board member/participant access online only as well as the public viewing access. Tuesday, Jan. 25 Executive Session (non-public session): 5:15 p.m Work Session (public session): [...]

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Updated guidance on contact tracing and close contacts

January 20, 2022|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools considers the health and well-being of our students and staff a priority. When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified within the school setting, we work closely with the local public health [...]

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SKPS charter school applications for 2022-23

January 19, 2022|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently sponsors four local charter schools: Howard Street Charter School, JGEMS Charter School, Valley Inquiry Charter School and Optimum Learning Environments Charter School. Charter Schools are independently operated, publicly funded schools. [...]

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Temporary bus route consolidation update

January 14, 2022|

Due to ongoing driver shortages, we have developed a temporary modified bus schedule consolidating routes serving students at 25 of our schools. This is a critical change for our district to continue to do [...]

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Updated Music and Theater protocols and safety measures

January 13, 2022|

As the district continues to prioritize COVID-19 protocols and safety measures, we know the importance of providing students with all of the necessary opportunities to continue in activities that include performances in front of live [...]

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Advisory: Covid-19 guidance update

January 13, 2022|

As we welcome students back to school in the New Year, we are hopeful that our students, families, and staff had an opportunity to rest and renew. We also recognize the reality of the changing [...]

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30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

January 12, 2022|

Each year the Oregon Department of Education releases an Annual Notice for Statewide Tests to inform parents about this important topic. Why the tests are important Statewide tests help provide educators and administrators with [...]

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School Board Appreciation Month

January 11, 2022|

Each year during the month of January, SKPS recognizes School Board Appreciation Month. During this time, we spotlight the seven elected community members who volunteer their time to serve the more than 41,000 students [...]

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Changes to the school year calendar 2021-22

January 11, 2022|

In order for our staff to better meet the needs of our students, we are making adjustments to the school year calendar. January 14, February 18 and May 20, 2022 January 14 will be a [...]

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Inside Out – January 10, 2022

January 9, 2022|

This week's edition of Inside Out examines how SKPS is reacting to the recent surge in omicron COVID cases within extracurricular activities. Inside Out - January 10, 2022

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Inside Out – January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022|

This week's edition of Inside Out features numerous people in the community that are positively contributing to SKPS. Inside Out - January 4, 2022

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Community Partner of the Month: Court Street Christian Church

January 3, 2022|

Richmond Elementary School recognized Court Street Christian Church at the December Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ board meeting as the Community Partner of the Month. Court Street Christian Church contributes to Richmond Elementary in many different [...]

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Find out about emergency closures and delays

January 1, 2022|

How does SKPS communicate about emergency closures and delays? As we begin to see cooler temperatures throughout our community, it’s important to know how SKPS will communicate in the event of a school closure or [...]

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Winter Break message from SKPS

December 22, 2021|

We hope each and every one of you have had a fantastic start to your winter break, spending quality time with your loved ones and taking a moment to reflect [...]

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SafeOregon – Report confidential safety concerns

December 16, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools partners with SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives students, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence. REPORT A TIP Download the [...]

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Think before you post

December 15, 2021|

Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in [...]

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Inside Out – December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out shares information on the 68th annual SnoBall Dance and the return of winter sports! Inside Out - December 8, 2021

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SafeOregon – Report safety concerns

December 7, 2021|

As a community, all of us—students, staff, families and community members—play critical roles in maintaining safety within our school buildings. Report suspicious activity related to our schools to administration, law enforcement or through [...]

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A ‘thank you’ to SKPS

December 6, 2021|

Salem-Keizer, we hear you and we know this year has challenged our students, families and staff beyond normal limits. Our students continue to pursue their goals and passions, despite new learning environments, and our families [...]

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Update to outdoor face covering guidance

December 3, 2021|

The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education recently released updated guidance on outdoor face covering requirements for schools. Face coverings outdoors Effective Monday, Dec. 6 all students, staff, volunteers and visitors are [...]

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Elementary School Health Curriculum

December 2, 2021|

Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction, Teresa Tolento, sits down to talk about the elementary health curriculum at Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

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South Salem Teacher Uses Food to Teach Unity

December 2, 2021|

The KATU News team features Chef Laura Hofer on its website teaching her South Salem High School career and technical education students about cooking and unity.

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Student Investment Account Committee – October 2021

December 1, 2021|

During the 2019 session, the Oregon legislature passed a law called the Student Success Act. This act represents a historic investment in K-12 education. In addition to targeted investments, these funds also provide school [...]

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Bond construction photo galleries featuring nine schools

November 30, 2021|

Bond-funded construction is ongoing this winter at nine schools, and district construction project management teams are preparing for construction to start in 2022 at another 16 schools. Check out these photo galleries to see the [...]

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Superintendent Christy Perry’s Thanksgiving Message

November 24, 2021|

As members around our community reflect on what they are thankful for this season, Superintendent Christy Perry shares her message of gratitude for the entire SKPS community. In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, [...]

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Inside Out – November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out features information regarding the lockdown at McKay High School and redistricting plans for SKPS School Board zones. Inside Out - November 22, 2021

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard

November 19, 2021|

With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles [...]

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Education Support Professionals Day 2021

November 17, 2021|

SKPS celebrates all of the Education Support Professionals on ESP Day on Nov. 17. We recognize the dedication these individuals have to their students and all of the hard work they do to [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Financial Services

November 17, 2021|

At the November 9, 2021 school board meeting, the dedicated Financial Services employees were recognized for their daily contributions to keep our district running smoothly and efficiently.  In July 2021, Salem-Keizer Public Schools was [...]

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Happy Education Support Professionals Day!

November 17, 2021|

SKPS instructional assistants share their experiences. Today is a very special day as we recognize the Education Support Professionals in our district and celebrate ESP Day in our schools and departments.  In [...]

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Inside Out – November 15, 2021

November 15, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out features the unveiling of a time capsule and Leslie Middle School, and a SKPS teacher who is honored as Oregon AITC Educator of the Year. Inside Out - [...]

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SKPS celebrates National School Psychology Week

November 12, 2021|

National School Psychology Week is November 8–12, 2021. Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently has 12 school psychologists that support the district. The 2021 theme is “Let’s Get in GEAR” (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise). After what [...]

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P-EBT resolution period

November 12, 2021|

Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals should have received pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, [...]

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Happy Veterans Day 2021

November 10, 2021|

SKPS is honored to celebrate Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021. Thanks to all that have served and continue to serve our country! Salem-Keizer Public Schools is proud to employ more than 100 veterans. [...]

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November is Native American Heritage Month

November 5, 2021|

November is Native American Heritage Month. Seq'hiya Simmons, a Sprague student, shares a land acknowledgement and her father, Kevin Simmons, leads a blessing to kick off Native American Heritage Month.

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools launches ParentSquare

November 2, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email [...]

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Welcome to Native American Heritage Month 2021

November 1, 2021|

Superintendent Christy Perry visited the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde community in Yamhill County last week. Below is a message from Superintendent Perry in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. Superintendent Perry visits Confederated Tribes [...]

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Inside Out – November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out shares news about the Auburn Elementary School bond-funded construction and our district teams competing in athletic playoffs. Inside Out - November 1, 2021

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Auburn Elementary bond construction virtual tour

October 27, 2021|

Auburn Elementary School has completed bond-funded construction. Check out some of the improvements and new spaces at Auburn Elementary in this virtual tour. (English) (Spanish)

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Inside Out – October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out features exciting news about the South Salem High School bond-funded construction and electric buses coming to Salem-Keizer. Inside Out - October 25, 2021

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Spotlight on Success: Transportation Services

October 19, 2021|

Three Transportation Services staff members were selected to receive honors from the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association for both 2020 and 2021.  The OPTA's primary goal is to improve the safety of children in and [...]

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Inside Out – October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out features exciting news about the McKay High School bond-funded construction, Anti-Racism resoluation that the SKPS School Board passed, and information on the Oct. 18 vaccination deadline. Inside Out [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Migrant Education Program

October 14, 2021|

The Migrant Education Program provides some of our most vulnerable students access to culturally responsive instruction that builds the stamina of students and provides social connections with peers that results [...]

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Inside Out – October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out explains the donation of the land and building where the district Career Technical Education Center is housed, as well as the increase in Latino students who now make [...]

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Inside Out – October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out explains the struggles of recruiting substitute teachers as well as how SKPS is handling COVID cases inside the classroom. Inside Out - October 4, 2021 [...]

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Student Investment Account Committee – September 2021

September 30, 2021|

During the 2019 session, the Oregon legislature passed a law called the Student Success Act. This act represents a historic investment in K-12 education. In addition to targeted investments, these funds also provide school [...]

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Joe Valencia

September 20, 2021|

Hispanic Heritage Month videos Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Joe Valencia, Assistant Principal at Waldo Middle School. To read the proclamation approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board, visit this post. [...]

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Inside Out – September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021|

This week's edition of Inside Out spotlights kindergarteners returning to school! Inside Out - September 20, 2021

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Spotlight on Success: Capitol Subaru

September 20, 2021|

On Sept. 14, 2021, school board directors recognized Capitol Subaru as a Spotlight on Success for their generous contribution to Washington Elementary. Washington Elementary received a donation from Capitol Subaru to support teachers [...]

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Spotlight on Success: LifeSource Natural Foods

September 17, 2021|

LifeSource Natural Foods has partnered with our Community Transition Program to open a temporary student-run coffee cart business in South Salem. The business allows students with disabilities to engage in a customer service [...]

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Inside Out – September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out features all things back to school: photos, stories, and what the upcoming year will look like at SKPS. Inside Out - September 13, 2021

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Welcome back families & students 2021-22

September 7, 2021|

Superintendent Christy Perry is excited to welcome everyone back for the new school year, whether your student is joining us inside our buildings for full-time, in-person learning, or joining us online in the EDGE program. [...]

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Inside Out – August 30, 2021

August 30, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out, Superintendent Perry talks about the safety protocols in place before the start of the school year. Inside Out - August 30, 2021

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Family Information Night – Back to School

August 25, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with the community in August to host in-person and virtual events in multiple languages about the upcoming school year. Family Information Night Presentation Arabic | Chuukese | English [...]

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Preschool free for qualified families 2021-22

August 25, 2021|

Community Action Head Start and Salem-Keizer Head Start offer free preschool for qualified families from Marion and Polk counties. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. Head Start offers preschool education, [...]

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EDGE Online Program at capacity for all grades

August 24, 2021|

Last spring, the district held an enrollment period for families who were interested in enrolling their children in the EDGE online learning program this fall. Open resgistration closed on May 14, 2021. Earlier this week [...]

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Inside Out – August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out details the reason for the cancellation of the Salem-Keizer board meeting and how our district is talking about race and diversity in the classroom. Inside Out - August [...]

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Statement from School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila

August 20, 2021|

Years ago, my parents immigrated to this country to raise their children with an opportunity to pursue an education in a nation governed by laws founded on the principles of democracy. To that end, [...]

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Inside Out – August 16, 2021

August 16, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out features what to know ahead of the upcoming school year as well as the farm to fork summer camp. Inside Out - August 16, 2021 [...]

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2021-22 Meal Prices: FREE

August 15, 2021|

Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this school year.

School board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24 canceled

August 15, 2021|

The Salem-Keizer School Board work session scheduled for August 24, 2021 has been canceled. Please see a statement released by school board leadership. See a statement by School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila. It [...]

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Pandemic food benefits information for families

August 10, 2021|

Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children [...]

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Inside Out – August 9, 2021

August 9, 2021|

This week’s edition of Inside Out honors one of our school bus drivers and one of our summer programs. Inside Out - August 9, 2021

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Back to school Q&A – Family engagement webinar

August 9, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools plans to provide full-time, in-person instruction for all students. On Aug. 4 & 6, 2021, district leaders held family engagement nights to answer questions and address health and safety concerns ahead [...]

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Save the Milk!

August 8, 2021|

Although, we must offer each student that receives a no-cost meal a milk, if the student doesn't want the milk, that's okay! There will be more milk for others.

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Transportation hiring incentives $1,500 to $3,000

August 7, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) and the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals (ASK-ESP) has transportation recruitment incentives to attract and retain transportation employees. Apply Now The transportation recruitment incentive is for new bus [...]

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SKPS family engagment survey

August 6, 2021|

The survey closed on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to the safe return to in-person instruction, five days a week, for the 2021-22 school year. Recent guidance from [...]

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Family engagement nights August 4 and 6, 2021

August 4, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools plans to provide full-time, in-person instruction for all students. SKPS wants to hear from families. Please see the Zoom links and learn more in this webpost and join a virtual session [...]

Afrocentric summer program 2021

July 28, 2021|

Today we're sharing about our Afrocentric Summer Program, in partnership with the Community Learning Institute. About 45 students are enrolled in this program!

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Salem-Keizer communications review for the 2020-21 school year

July 26, 2021|

SKPS Communications connects with audiences Regularly, the Communications team “asks” all its audiences – internal and external – how well the district communicates pertinent information and engages students, families, staff, and community in offering input [...]

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Family engagement nights August 4 and 6, 2021

July 22, 2021|

SKPS invites families to engage with district leaders on back-to-school planning for fall Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili Salem-Keizer Public Schools plans to provide full-time, in-person instruction for all students. [...]


SKPS is reviewing updated guidance from the state

June 24, 2021|

SKPS Families, The Oregon Department of Education released their Resiliency Framework today and it sets the guidance for opening schools for in-person instruction, five days a week in the fall. In our initial review [...]

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NAACP awards SKPS students in Juneteenth essay contest

June 22, 2021|

The Salem-Keizer NAACP recognized three Salem-Keizer Public Schools students on Friday, June 18 for their winning essays about the Juneteenth holiday. The students are: Dara Elkanah, South Salem High School Kevin Alamo Valdes, Waldo [...]

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Graduation schedules for the Class of 2021

June 10, 2021|

Students in the Class of 2021 will soon be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. Congratulations! This is a special milestone in the lives of young people and their families. Below are [...]

Creating a sense belonging for Salem-Keizer students

May 18, 2021|

School Psychologist Chris Moore with Salem-Keizer Public Schools talks with KGW News about the importance of creating a strong sense of belonging for our students. "Students, their families as well as school staff and teachers [...]

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Salem-Keizer NAACP Juneteenth essay contest 2021

May 14, 2021|

The Salem-Keizer NAACP is hosting a essay contest commemorating Juneteenth 2021. The topic of the essay contest: What is Juneteenth and why is it important? Things to know Open to elementary school students – [...]

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Celebrating School Nurse Day 2021!

May 6, 2021|

Every day, our school nurses support our students with much more than putting band-aids on skinned knees. Every day, our school nurses provide some of our most fragile students with necessary supports to remain [...]

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EDGE Family Information Nights 2021-22

May 3, 2021|

Event flyer and registration information Chuukese English Marshallese Russian Spanish Salem-Keizer Public Schools will continue offering the online-only Enhanced [...]

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

May 3, 2021|

This week is a very special week for us in Salem-Keizer Public Schools–Teacher Appreciation Week! Over the past year, our teachers have continued to adapt their teaching in a public education system during unprecedented [...]

Welcome back – We can do school safely

April 29, 2021|

We are excited to have students back in all of our schools for in-person learning. Welcome back! Iton Udosenata, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, was recently featured in this video created [...]

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April 16, 2021|

iRespect&Protect helps children, youth, and adults recognize their self-worth and the influence of device use on their lives. Visit https://irespectandprotect.com/ and take the 5 steps to “respond to the call.” Continue reading about iRespect&Protect

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Child Abuse Prevention Month 2021

April 13, 2021|

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are committed to the safety of our students. Visit our Child Abuse Prevention page to learn about the safeguards we put in [...]

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Plans for the fall and new EDGE options

April 12, 2021|

Dear Salem-Keizer Community, We want to let families know about our current plan for the next school year and some options to consider. Our plan for the fall is to have full-day, in-person classes, five [...]

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Middle school and high school bus rider registration

March 18, 2021|

Middle and high school students will soon be returning to the classroom for in-person hybrid learning, so it is important to make sure your child has transportation to and from school. Eligibility for bus service [...]

Video: Ventilation systems in SKPS buildings

March 17, 2021|

We know parents and staff are interested in how the ventilation systems work in SKPS buildings now that we're returning to work in schools and offices. A live Q&A informational meeting was recently held [...]

Hybrid learning begins for K-1 students

March 1, 2021|

Kindergarten and first-grade students are returning to school buildings for hybrid learning starting tomorrow and Wednesday, depending on their cohort. Students in the EDGE online program will remain in online learning. Over the last [...]

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February is Black History Month

February 2, 2021|

Black History Month is observed in February to recognize and celebrate the numerous contributions Black and African Americans have made and continue to make in the United States. There are more than 1,800 students [...]

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Annual Integrated Pest Management Plan

February 1, 2021|

Salem-Keizer Public School (SKPS) is committed to a pest management plan that puts a priority on the health and safety of students and staff. To that end, SKPS adopted Administrative Policy RSK-A019, Pest Management. SKPS’ [...]

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Indian Education presents indigenous storytelling

February 1, 2021|

Don’t miss our first Virtual Enrichment Night of the school year and the opportunity to hear Savahna Jackson share stories and oratory from the Klamath Basin, followed by Willamette University Professor, Ken Carano’s geographical insights on [...]

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Early College HS Open House is Feb. 24

February 1, 2021|

Open House Flier (English) Early College High School would like you to be aware of an exciting opportunity for your student. Salem-Keizer Public Schools, in partnership with Chemeketa Community College, [...]

Bond construction is complete at Miller Elementary

February 1, 2021|

Bond-funded construction is complete at Miller Elementary School! In this video, Principal Laura Mata describes what the new and renovated spaces mean for the school. Thank you, Salem and Keizer voters! [...]

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Signing in on Chromebooks – January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021|

The district has received reports of ongoing technical issues across the district with students trying to log in to Chromebooks. We have developed the following tips to help troubleshoot while we develop solutions. [...]

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Returning to SKPS schools

January 11, 2021|

Currently, all SKPS schools are beginning the year off in comprehensive distance learning, which includes continuing limited in-person instruction. In addition, secondary schools are restarting SKPS outdoor sports programs with updated schedules for the [...]

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Contractors invited to virtual outreach event Jan. 8

December 28, 2020|

Construction subcontractors are invited to attend a virtual outreach event on Friday, January 8, 2021. Interested contractors may join the virtual meeting at 1:00 p.m. to learn about projects that will be going out [...]

2018 bond program update and 2021 look-ahead

December 28, 2020|

In this short screencast, find out what's coming up in 2021 in the 2018 bond program, and hear highlights of the 13 construction projects that are already complete. Thank you, Salem and Keizer voters! [...]

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Gathering of Native Americans December 11-12, 2020

December 9, 2020|

Healing and wellness in the time of COVID-19The Native Wellness Institute is hosting four different gatherings on Friday evening and two sessions on Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, 2020. The events are called Gathering of [...]

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2021 will be biggest construction year yet

December 3, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has completed a second busy construction season and is preparing for a third round of schools to break ground in 2021. As the third-largest K12 bond in the history of Oregon, [...]

West Salem High School Band receives Blue Ribbon Award

November 27, 2020|

National Band Association announces 2020 Programs of Excellence The National Band Association recently announced its division winners of the 2020 Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award. West Salem High School’s band program, led by Todd Zimbelman [...]

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Thank you Education Support Professionals!

November 18, 2020|

It's Education Support Professionals Day! Administrators and teachers from across the district give a shoutout to the amazing Education Support Professionals in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Thank you to all of our ESPs [...]

Family Well-Being & Distance Learning Check-In

October 20, 2020|

All of us continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and the many challenges associated with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please help us better support you and other families by answering a few questions and sharing [...]

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Student Investment Account Grant Agreement

October 14, 2020|

The Oregon Legislature passed a law called the Student Success Act. This act represents a historic investment in K-12 education. Among other things, it includes dedicated funds for career-technical programs, drop-out prevention, supports for [...]

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SKPS Still Accepting Registrations for Incoming Kindergarten Students

October 6, 2020|

Kindergarten is a critical year of development, foundational learning, and skill-building for our youngest learners. Salem-Keizer Public Schools is still accepting registrations for incoming kindergarten students. Through comprehensive distance learning, students will begin their educational [...]

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Free Preschool in Marion and Polk Counties

October 1, 2020|

Here are lists in English and Spanish of free preschool opportunities for parents of young children who live in Marion and Polk counties. You can find out more about preschool offered by Salem-Keizer Public [...]

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OSAA “Season 1” for SKPS Students

September 28, 2020|

Following the announcement from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) to delay fall season sports, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) entered into a modified moratorium period until October 4, 2020. As we approach the end of [...]

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OSAA Academic Eligibility

September 17, 2020|

As students begin the 2020-21 school year, it’s important that our students who plan to participate in Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) sports and/or activities are aware of, and follow requirements for eligibility. The [...]

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Please Join Us for Kindergarten Orientation!

September 12, 2020|

During the week of September 14-18, kinder students will be invited to an in-person meeting with their teacher to learn important kinder information, get answers to their questions, and do a short in-person assessment to [...]

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¡Acompáñenos para la orientación del kínder!

September 12, 2020|

Durante la semana del 14 al 18 de septiembre, invitaremos a los estudiantes del kinder a una reunión en persona con sus maestros para obtener información importante acerca del kínder, responder a las preguntas que [...]

POSTPONED: SKPS Board Meeting – Sept. 8, 2020

September 8, 2020|

Given the evolving situation with the wildfires, Salem-Keizer Public School (SKPS) is postponing the board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The meeting will be rescheduled and we will share that date as [...]

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Brain Breaks

August 28, 2020|

How much time should your student work before taking a break? How long of a break do they need? Our table can give you some age-appropriate guidelines. Why take breaks? Students need to use both sides of their brains. Here are some suggestions to use for the right side of the brain. Continue reading about Brain Breaks

Internet Safety

August 26, 2020|

Your student’s privacy and safety while using the internet is important to the Salem-Keizer school District. We would like to share with you how you can keep your child safe at home while using the internet and to protect their privacy. Continue reading about Internet Safety

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Temporada de deportes de otoño de SKPS

August 25, 2020|

Tras el anuncio de la Asociación de Actividades Escolares de Oregón (OSAA, por sus siglas en inglés) de retrasar los deportes de la temporada de otoño, las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer entrarán en un período [...]

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Head Start de Salem-Keizer 2020-2021

August 18, 2020|

Al programa Head Start de Salem-Keizer se le otorgó un incremento en la cantidad de estudiantes que se pueden inscribir para el año escolar 2020-2021. El programa Head Start ahora tiene una gran cantidad de [...]

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EDGE Deadline Extended Until August 24

August 18, 2020|

As students prepare to return to learning this fall for the 2020-21 school year, most students in SKPS will begin learning online either through the online EDGE program or Comprehensive Distance Learning. Learn more [...]

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Juneteenth Virtual Celebration 2020

June 19, 2020|

We took the Juneteenth celebration online this year. This video features clips submitted by our students and families, messages from the Salem-Keizer NAACP, a performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing and the history of [...]

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Salem-Keizer Budget Committee Approves $1.5 Billion 2020-21 Budget

May 26, 2020|

The school district’s budget does not reflect projected COVID-19-related budget shortfalls The Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Budget Committee tonight moved to recommend a budget totaling $1,529,330,135. The budget was developed before the economic downturn resulting [...]

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Celebrate School Nurses Day, 2020!

May 5, 2020|

Every day, our school nurses support our students with much more than putting band-aids on skinned knees. Every day, our school nurses provide some of our most fragile students with necessary supports to remain [...]

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020

May 4, 2020|

This week is a very special week for us in Salem-Keizer Public Schools–Teacher Appreciation Week! This year, our teachers are working to adapt their teaching in a public education system experiencing unprecedented obstacles. Across our [...]

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Preserving Leslie Junior High School History

April 24, 2020|

It’s had different names and changed shape over the years, but the original Leslie Junior High School building has been in constant service to students in Salem since it first opened in 1927. Leslie’s brick [...]

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Melissa Glover Named SKPS Director of Student Services

March 5, 2020|

Glover has nearly 15 years of experience in education as a special education teacher, graduate instructor and SKPS Student Services Coordinator Melissa Glover, student services coordinator for Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS), has been named as [...]

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Sprague Sophomore Wins Awesome Art Contest

February 24, 2020|

This year’s Awesome 3000 T-shirts will feature original artwork drawn by Sprague High School sophomore Kate Swenson. Kate’s artwork features SKEF mascot, Geo crossing the start line to begin the race leaving the text “Awesome [...]

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Salem-Keizer Celebrates Black History Month 2020

February 3, 2020|

In Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS), there are more than 1,800 students who identify as African American or Black. Inclusion is a core value for our district, and we are proud of the work of each [...]

Salem Youth Symphony creates opportunity for students during CDL

January 28, 2020|

Families that need help with registration fees may qualify for scholarships, contact Jon Harris-Clippinger for more details. Jon Harris-Clippinger Orchestra Director, Salem-Keizer Musical Director, Salem Youth Symphony harris-clippinger_jon@salkeiz.k12.or.us More information on the Spring Masterclass [...]

Judson Middle School Bond Construction Update!

January 22, 2020|

Construction at Judson began in the summertime and has steadily continued into the school year. The bond-funded construction includes a classroom addition with three new general classrooms and four new science labs. Work also includes [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Sprague Leadership Students

January 21, 2020|

In an annual tradition of more than 20 years, Sprague High School students have brought holiday cheer into the classrooms at Hoover Elementary School just before winter break. Sprague leadership students arrive by bus [...]

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Early College High School Open House Night 2020

January 14, 2020|

Looking for a diverse learning community with small class sizes and focused learning opportunities for academically motivated students? Come to the Early College High School Open House Night on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 6:30-8:00 [...]

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Timeline for the Student Investment Account

January 3, 2020|

Last month, SKPS concluded community forums and surveys focused on gathering feedback on how to invest dollars from the newly formed Student Investment Account. Feedback from our community, students and staff will help prioritize the [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Lake Point Community Church

December 23, 2019|

At the beginning of the school year, Lake Point Community Church donated 500 hotdogs, buns, chips, cookies and bottles of water for Keizer Elementary School’s open house. “Just wow” is how Claudia Mendoza, community school [...]

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Spotlight on Success: Salem Dream Center

December 12, 2019|

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, with summer nearing, more than 75 students and volunteers from the AVID and National Junior Honor Society programs, along with parents, volunteered their time for almost six hours during Walker [...]

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SKPS Hosts Student Success Act Community Forums

November 26, 2019|

Throughout the past week SKPS has been hosting community forums to gather feedback to help guide how the district will prioritize the more than $35 million SKPS will receive through the Student Success Act. Annually, [...]

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Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Che Finch

November 25, 2019|

Che Finch, a Eugene native, has already immersed himself into the Indian Education Program, only a month into his position. As the new Cultural Resource Facilitator, Finch has many roles. Finch does a large amount [...]

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Keizer’s Cupcake Celebration

November 25, 2019|

Fridays are already exciting, whether you’re in elementary school or not. So when Keizer Elementary had the opportunity to devour cupcakes made by the culinary team at McNary High School, the excitement was through the [...]

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Spotlight on Success: McNary Boys Soccer Team

November 20, 2019|

Get to know the McNary boys soccer team and their coach, Miguel Camarena. In early September, the boys had the opportunity to imagine themselves in someone else’s shoes, or cleats if you will, when their [...]

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View the List of 2019 Crystal Apple Award Nominees!

November 8, 2019|

This Thursday, Nov. 14, hundreds will gather at the Elsinore Theatre to honor excellence in education at the 2019 Crystal Apple Awards! Hosted annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, the Crystal Apple Awards honor teachers, [...]

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American Indian/Alaska Native Celebration

October 14, 2019|

Come and enjoy a family evening filled with storytelling, music, dancing and dinner. This FREE event is open to all! Register at: http://bit.ly/33nYmNY Special guest: SUPAMAN Willamette University’s Cat Cavern 935 Mill Street Salem, OR [...]

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PSAT Test Is October 16, 2019

October 7, 2019|

The PSAT this year will be held on October 16, 2019. The test will be given at all high schools in our school district, for both 10th & 11th grade students. What is the PSAT? [...]

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Educators Visit McNary High School for AVID Showcase

October 4, 2019|

Excitement was in the air today at McNary High School as administrators, teachers and students proudly showed off Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) strategies during the McNary AVID Showcase. Almost 50 educators came from near [...]

Additional Earnings, Grants Boost 2018 Bond Program

September 24, 2019|

Since the community approved the $619.7 million construction bond in May 2018, Salem-Keizer Public Schools has been able to fund additional projects and add scope to existing projects beyond that promised in the original bond [...]

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Budget Committee Seeks Two New Members

September 16, 2019|

Budget Committee – Community Members Appointment Process The Salem-Keizer School District Budget Committee is a 14-member group consisting of the Salem-Keizer School District Board of Directors and seven community member volunteers appointed by the school board. [...]

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Student Support Services Open House 2019

September 6, 2019|

Families visited with district staff at the annual Student Services Open House last night. Parents asked questions about services provided to students in our district, which include supports such as assistive technology, augmentative communication, the [...]

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

August 29, 2019|

This year, our students’ ID cards at the middle and high school levels will look a little different. The physical and psychological safety of our students is without question, our highest priority, and no student [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]