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District News 2017-12-18T14:57:01+00:00
  • South Salem student in front of a Broadcast Journalism Career Tree poster

South Salem CTE Programs Inspire Passion In Students

February 16, 2018|

Isaak Sheets is passionate about filmmaking and photography. He's a senior at South Salem High School, and plans on attending film school after graduating this spring. Isaak has taken Career and Technical Education classes in Broadcast Journalism since his sophomore year. He is a CTE completer, meaning he's taken all the different levels of filmmaking offered at South Salem. Students in our district who are CTE completers have an amazing 93 percent graduation rate from high school. One of the things Isaak likes about CTE filmmaking classes is they allow him to be creative. He is an International Baccalaureate® student, and enjoys academic studies. But while all the students in an Algebra class, for instance, are tasked with coming up with the same answer to [...]

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Special Message from Superintendent Perry About School Safety / Estimada comunidad de Salem-Keizer

February 16, 2018|

Dear Salem-Keizer Community, With the most recent tragedy in Florida, school safety is on everyone’s mind. It is, without question, our biggest priority. I want to take a moment to share some of the ways we are working to protect our students, staff, and community. Threat Intervention: Our team of specialists partners with agencies across Marion and Polk Counties to identify students who may be exhibiting indicators of potentially being a threat to themselves or others, and we provide wraparound services like mental health support to address those students’ needs. Office of Behavioral Learning: Our children have unique behavioral needs unlike anything we have seen before. This is not unique to Salem-Keizer. Schools across the country are seeing similar patterns of behavior. To help our [...]

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Priority Placement For 8th-graders Signing Up For CTE Programs In High School Next Fall!

February 15, 2018|

It’s not too late!  If your eighth-grade student would like to be considered for priority placement in a Career and Technical Education program at their home high school as a freshman, be sure to complete the application using the EnrollTrack system by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Students who apply will be considered for placement in the entry-level course for the CTE program of their choice.  Instructions for EnrollTrack are attached below in both English and Spanish.  Go to the CTE page of the district website to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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In-District Transfer (IDT) Applications Must Be Turned In March 1 – 31, 2018

February 15, 2018|

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2018-2019 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2018. This includes elementary, middle and high school students. IDT applications received after March 31, 2018, will not be considered. 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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Proposed Elementary Math Adoption Curriculum Available For Review Until March 7, 2018

February 14, 2018|

At its February 13 business meeting, the Salem-Keizer Board of Education heard the first reading of the recommended elementary math adoption curriculum, Ready Math, Publisher Curriculum Associates. The instruction materials are available for community/parent review and comment at the Lancaster Professional Center, Suite 130, 2450 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem from today through March 7, 2018.

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Salem-Keizer Board of Education Finalizes Bond Measure for May 2018 Ballot

February 14, 2018|

At its Feb. 13 meeting, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve the resolution and ballot title language for a $619.7 million general obligation bond measure on the May 2018 ballot. The Board’s action authorizes the district to file the ballot title with the county elections office to officially place the bond on the May 15 ballot. If passed by voters in May, the bond would benefit all district schools. Details of projects planned for each school are available on the district website at 2018 Bond Measure webpage. Highlights of the bond package include constructing additional space to relieve overcrowding and increase capacity of schools, expanding career-technical/vocational programs in high schools, and adding space for science education and music programs. The proposed [...]

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Volunteers of the Month for February 2018

February 14, 2018|

Volunteers Bob and Pat Wright are beloved by students, parents and staff at Bush Elementary School. We are very pleased to recognize the couple as our Volunteers of the Month for February 2018. The couple has been volunteering together every Tuesday at Bush Elementary for the last 22 years. They were nominated for last night's Salem-Keizer School Board recognition by Principal Monica Takata. Bob is a retired engineer who worked for 30 years as a bridge designer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Pat is a retired Salem-Keizer elementary school teacher who taught first and second grade for 20 years at Schirle Elementary and Hayesville Elementary. As a former engineer, Bob is very good at math. He works with students learning their multiplication tables in [...]

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McNary CTE Programs Build Student Confidence In Career Paths

February 12, 2018|

Jordan Marshall speaks with poise and confidence when talking about her plans for the future. She's a senior at McNary High School, and wants a career at a magazine or a publishing house. At university, she's planning to major in journalism, with a minor in graphic design. Jordan's mother inspired her to follow an artistic career path that focuses on creativity. "My mom is an artist, so growing up I was always surrounded by art," Jordan said. "Whenever there were art projects at school, even in elementary school, I always felt drawn to those." Since her sophomore year at McNary, Jordan has taken Career and Technical Education courses in graphic design in teacher Todd Layton's program. She also took classes in digital media and in [...]

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McKay CTE Programs Teach Professional Skills

February 6, 2018|

February is Career and Technical Education Month®, and school districts across the nation are celebrating by featuring CTE programs making a difference in the lives of students. Salem-Keizer Public Schools offers CTE programs in all six of our traditional high schools, as well as at the Career and Technical Education Center and at Roberts High School. McKay High School senior Henry Trinh is what is known as a CTE completer. He's taken classes in McKay's marketing program all four years he's been in high school. Students who are completers in our CTE programs districtwide have an amazing 93 percent graduation rate. McKay's marketing program covers a wide range of business courses, from Intro to Business to Advanced Banking Management. Introductory courses are taught by teacher Roy [...]

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Roadmap to Your Future

February 1, 2018|

Will you be graduating with a Modified Diploma, an Extended Diploma or a Certificate of Attainment? What are your options after High School? PLEASE JOIN US… Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Student Services Center 2575 Commercial St. SE Salem, OR 97302 Representatives from 24J Community Transition Programs, Brokerage Services and Developmental Disabilities Services will be answering any questions you may have. Questions? Or to RSVP please call (503) 399-3101.

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Kindergarten Registration Opens Tuesday, February 20

January 31, 2018|

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year opens on Tuesday, February 20! Often thought of as a transition year between home and school, kindergarten prepares your child for a successful academic career and is now considered to many as the first year of school. Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 10, 2018 are eligible to register for free, full-day kindergarten with SKPS. Research has shown that full-day kindergarten produces long-term educational gains and increases the chances of students reaching high school graduation. To enroll your child, please visit your neighborhood school. Please bring an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your child’s birth certificate with you to register. If you have any questions, please call (503) 399-2632. To learn [...]

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Immunization Exclusion Day | El Día de Exclusión Escolar por no Presentar las Vacunas

January 29, 2018|

Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. If your child is not up-to-date on the required vaccinations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, they will be excluded from valuable instruction time per Senate Bill 895. Missed instructional time can be highly detrimental to student success at all levels of education. In research conducted by the Oregon Department of Education, students who experience chronic absenteeism- especially in elementary aged students, have been found to experience higher dropout rates and difficulty in reaching high school graduation. To ensure your student avoids unnecessary exclusion from classes, please review the required vaccinations below and contact your school if you have any questions or the department of student services at 503-399-3101. [...]

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OSAA Appeal Hearing Information

January 26, 2018|

The OSAA hearing is set for Monday, January 29 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Board Room at the Student Services Building, 2575 Commercial St. SE, Salem. Closing time of the hearing is not known. Parking will fill up fast, and we recommend carpooling or using a ride-share service. This hearing is open to the public to observe, but as it is a legal proceeding, it will not be open to public comment. Justice Michael Gillette, a retired Oregon Supreme Court Judge, will be the hearings officer in this appeal. English/Spanish interpreters will be available. CCTV will be covering the hearing, and it will be available live on Comcast channel 21, as well as online.

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South Salem Students Win First Shark Tank Video Contest with Starbucks

January 26, 2018|

On Thursday, January 25, SKPS Career and Technical Education students studying video production and/or marketing gathered at North Salem High School to participate in the first ever Shark Tank video contest in partnership with Starbucks Coffee. Students were asked to produced a video ranging between :15 - 4:00 minutes in length that will potentially be used by Starbucks, internally to showcase the Volunteer Match or the College Achievement Plan. Each video was evaluated by a panel of judges including Shane Saunders, Chief Experience Officer for Maps Credit Union; Danielle Behtell, Executive Director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce; Scott Hossner, Co-Owner of Allied Video Productions; and Jessica Borton a Regional Director of Operations for Starbucks. Videos were judged on four criterea including: Audience Awareness - Did [...]

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SKPS Raises Graduation Rates, Lowers Drop-Out Rates

January 25, 2018|

Graduation rate is the highest since the state began reporting cohort graduation rates According to the Oregon Department of Education’s recently released graduation rates for the 2016-17 academic year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) increased its graduation rate by nearly two percentage points. Additionally, the drop-out rate decreased by nearly one percentage point. The graduation rates were based on a four- and five-year cohort of students entering the ninth grade in the 2013-14 or 12-13 academic year. The dropout rate reports on students in grades 9-12. “This is no small feat,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “Our educators are implementing strategies in the classroom that are being supported by a cadre of wraparound services outside the classroom. In Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we are committed to high standards [...]

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Homeschooling Parent Survey

January 22, 2018|

If your family is currently homeschooling a child, please complete this QUICK confidential and anonymous parent survey! This survey has been created by parents and community advocates involved in the Marion Polk Family Support, Resources and Training (FRST) Committee and the Creating Opportunities Regional Family Network to get data on why families are leaving local public school settings. This information will support advocacy efforts to improve educational opportunities for local families. Please share with other families who are homeschooling their children! Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFP8JBK

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Career Night Expo 2018 For Parents and Students

January 17, 2018|

Join us for this FREE event that showcases Career and Technical Education opportunities for students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Everyone is welcome to come to the event, but parents and their students in 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades are especially encouraged to attend! The event is on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial Street SE in Salem. Keynote address "Unleashing the Power of the Younger Generation for Massive Results" by national educational expert Mark C. Perna is from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. He will share key strategies for helping today's younger generation achieve more in their educational journey and future career. Don't miss this chance for your students to explore, focus and succeed in the classroom [...]

  • Pictured are Volunteers of the Month for January 2018, Judee Yerion and Lynnea Lyman.

Volunteers of the Month for January 2018

January 16, 2018|

Our Volunteers of the Month for January 2018 are Judee Yerion and Lynnea Lyman, nominated by Principal Aguilar at Liberty Elementary School. Both Judee and Lynnea are retired elementary school teachers, so the hours they share helping teachers at Liberty greatly benefit young students. Judee taught for 55 years before retiring two years ago. For much of her career she worked in Salem-Keizer schools, teaching in both middle and elementary schools. Judee volunteers five days a week at Liberty Elementary. In the mornings, she helps in Mrs. Hubbard’s kindergarten class. Then, in the afternoon, she helps in Ms. Lindsey’s third-grade class. Judee began volunteering at Liberty last September. She says teaching helps keep her young. “I’m doing what I love to do, which is teaching [...]

  • New Harvest Church is our Community Partner of the Month for January 2018. Pictured from left: Hallman Elementary Principal Jessica Brenden; New Harvest Church volunteers Meredith Mooney, Barry Brown and Karen Offield; Hallman Elementary School Outreach Coordinator Leslie Caudillo and School Board Chairperson Paul Kyllo.

New Harvest Church Is Our Community Partner of the Month For January 2018

January 11, 2018|

Our Community Partner of the Month for January 2018 is New Harvest Church, nominated by Hallman Elementary School. New Harvest Church has been a supporter of Hallman Elementary for many years. They are always finding new ways to help teachers and students, says School Outreach Coordinator Leslie Caudillo. The support New Harvest gives Hallman Elementary is impressive. Here are just a few examples: New Harvest runs an After School Program for 20 students every Tuesday and Thursday. Kids get help with homework, play games and get a snack. New Harvest assists with the SMART reading program. Every Friday afternoon, 10 volunteers spend 90 minutes helping students improve their reading skills. Since Hallman has a dress code, New Harvest donated clothing that meets the student dress [...]

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School Board One Step Closer to Finalizing Bond for May Ballot

January 10, 2018|

The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Education moved closer to putting a $619.7 million general obligation bond measure on the May 2018 ballot at its meeting Tuesday night. The bond funds would be used to construct additional space to relieve overcrowding and increase capacity of schools, expand career-technical/vocational programs in high schools, make seismic, safety and security upgrades and address other facility needs in the district. At the meeting, the Board heard the second reading of the proposed $619.7 million bond package and voted unanimously to approve the package. Highlights of the bond package include constructing: 12 new career-technical/vocational education program spaces at high schools 170 new general education classrooms 39 science labs 20 cafeteria additions and/or expansions Nine multipurpose physical education additions Two new [...]

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CTEC Receives $250,000 Donation from the Salem New Car Dealers

January 10, 2018|

Through the immense generosity of the Salem New Car Dealers, Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS’) Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) is scheduled to receive a $250,000 donation to help fund the equipment and construction costs for the Autobody Repair and Painting Program. “We are so thankful to the Salem New Car Dealers for making this remarkable investment in our students and in our community,” said Christy Perry, superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools. “Their gift will impact hundreds of students through the years and it will help us prepare students to be college and career ready.” On Thursday, January 11 from 11-11:45 a.m., CTEC will hold a celebratory gathering at the CTEC Autobody Repair and Painting Program located at 3501 Portland Road NE, Salem. This event [...]

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Learning About School Closures and Delays Due to Bad Weather

January 4, 2018|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has many ways for you to learn about bad weather causing school closures or delays. These include announcements on the district website, social media, the SKPS Monday Minutes email newsletter, announcements by local media and phone messages to your home. Decisions about closing or delaying the start time of school are made by district officials by 5:15 a.m. Salem-Keizer Public Schools Website Information about school closures and delays due to bad weather can be found on the district's website. There will be a banner on the homepage of the website announcing school closures or delays. In addition, you can find the latest information on the Emergency Closures webpage. https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/emergency-closures/ FlashAlerts A message is posted to the district's FlashAlerts account as soon as [...]

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Staff Links on New District Website

December 27, 2017|

There is a hidden link for staff to access the tools they need to do their jobs. Most content for staff has now been moved off the public website and placed in our intranet for employees, called Insight 24J. See below on how to access those links from the district website. ​Hidden Staff Menu In the hidden menu for Staff on the homepage you will find links to: The Academy of Teaching and Learning AESOP Absence Reporting Emergency School Closures and Delays Information Employee Self Service - Munis Insight 24J K12 Resources Curriculum & Instruction Library LaunchPAD LEGENDS Outlook Email Login QAM Policies, Procedures and Forms Service Desk Synergy Help Site Synergy SIS/SE Login TalendED Perform

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We’re Hiring at Salem-Keizer Public Schools!

December 22, 2017|

Over 35 job seekers attended our "Meet the Employer" event at Salem Goodwill on Lancaster Drive NE yesterday. Our friendly pros from Custodial, Transportation and HR helped them fill out applications and interview for jobs. We are the second-largest employer in Salem, and have many job openings you or someone you know may be interested in!

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GVC Boys Soccer Coach of the Year 2017

December 19, 2017|

We are pleased to recognize North Salem High School boys soccer coach Rich Swartzentruber. He is the Greater Valley Conference Boys Soccer Coach of the Year for 2017. The School Board honored Coach Swartzentruber with a Spotlight on Success award at its board meeting last week. North Salem made it to the third round of the state playoffs in soccer this year. In those three games, they never trailed an opponent until falling to Grant 2-1 in overtime. Winning the GVC Coach of the Year Award is special because coaches in the league vote on who will be selected. But Rich said the award is not really about him. “When you win a coach’s award, it’s about your players,” he said. “It was really a [...]

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Volunteer of the Month for December 2017

December 19, 2017|

Our Volunteer of the Month for December 2017 is reading tutor Jeanine Horn-Richie, nominated by Crossler Middle School Principal Kristine Walton. Jeanine is a retired State of Oregon employee, and lives in the Crossler neighborhood. She volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings in Mrs. Alburn’s 6th grade reading class and in Mrs. Fiscum’s 8th grade reading class. Jeanine said she picked Crossler to volunteer at because she wanted to work with middle school students. “Everyone likes to read with the little kids, but middle school kids often get forgotten,” she said. “I just wanted to be there for them.” Jeanine helps out by doing tasks like reading assessments and coaching students on reading comprehension and test-taking skills. She also works with groups of four [...]

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School Board Holds First Reading of Final 2018 Bond Package

December 18, 2017|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors held the first reading of a proposed bond package at its business meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The bond would relieve overcrowding and prepare for future enrollment growth, expand career-technical/vocational programs at all high schools, expand science programmatic offerings at all middle and high schools, enhance safety and security including seismic upgrades, and expand access to technology across the district. The proposed bond package totals $619.7 million and was built following an extensive process to gather community and staff feedback on a base bond proposal totaling $619.2 million. The base bond proposal formed the starting point for Board discussions on the package and was estimated to increase the property tax levy rate between $1.28 and $1.39 per thousand [...]

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SKPS Launches New District Website

December 18, 2017|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) today launched a new district website. The new site comes after an involved group of parents and special services providers engaged the district in ways the district can better serve students with special needs and their families. Their input laid the groundwork for an overall site overhaul. “Through a collaboration with parents and service providers, every single school district and ESD website in Oregon was reviewed to provide us with recommendations for developing our new department site,” said Eric Richards, Director of Student Services. “This extensive process narrowed it down to six sites that were most family friendly and/or content rich and looked at their best practices. It is a great example of how our district partners with families to best [...]

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Free Lunch & Activities For Kids & Teens During Winter Break 2017

December 1, 2017|

Free Lunch & Activities for kids & teens during Winter Break 2017 for ALL children & students ages 1-18 years old. EVERYONE is invited – regardless of family income! Dates December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29 Times Free lunch and Free activities 12 pm–1 pm Locations Auburn Elementary School Claggett Creek Middle School Cummings Elementary School Four Corners Elementary School Houck Middle School Richmond Elementary School Washington Elementary School For more information contact Nutrition Services at 503-399-3091. Offered in Partnership with Sodexo, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (CACFP), Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and Oregon Dept. of Education-Child Nutrition Programs.

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School Choirs Performing Free Concerts at the Oregon State Capitol

November 20, 2017|

Choirs from Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS’) award-winning music programs will be performing free, live concerts from November 28 to December 22 at the Oregon State Capitol as part of the Holidays at the Capitol event. West Salem High School’s choir will kick off the event on November 28 at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the Capitol’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Concerts are open to the public. Thirty-two SKPS elementary schools, 10 SKPS middle schools, and all SKPS high schools will be performing this year. Holidays at the Capitol Choir Schedule The schedule is subject to change. Go to OregonCapitol.com to view the current schedule. Nov. 28 5 p.m. West Salem High School Dec. 1 10 a.m. Chávez Elementary School 10:30 a.m. Brush College [...]

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Enrollment growth creates crowding, many schools over capacity

November 17, 2017|

In only five years, enrollment in Salem-Keizer Public Schools is predicted to grow by about 1,000 students. That’s approximately the enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school. When considering past growth, this enrollment projection may seem conservative. In the last school year alone (2016-17), more than 500 new students enrolled in the district. In the five years since the 2012-13 school year, a total of around 2,000 new students have enrolled. “In six of the last seven years, we have seen an increase in new students. The average has been about 350 per year,” said David Hughes, manager of the facilities planning function for the school district. Enrollment growth is expected to continue for at least the next 20 years.

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Crowding in Salem-Keizer makes KPTV news broadcast

November 9, 2017|

KPTV's Simon Gutierrez did a story on crowding in our school district featuring Gubser Elementary School in Keizer. Watch the video on the KPTV website and get an inside look at what it's like to teach in a school that serves more students than it was designed to serve.

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Bond Measure “Listening & Learning” Forums Planned

November 6, 2017|

The Salem-Keizer School Board is working on a general obligation bond for the May 2018 ballot. The bond measure is not yet final, but it is important for parents, staff and members of our community to have the opportunity to learn about why a bond is needed and how it could benefit our schools. The Listening & Learning sessions will give parents, school neighbors, interested community members, staff and district officials the chance to listen and learn from each other about the process to determine school needs and the School Board’s progress on developing the bond measure. Invitations will be made soon by phone-dialer to parents of students in all schools in each high school feeder system. If you are the parent of an [...]

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Nominees Announced for Crystal Apple Awards 2017!

October 27, 2017|

Forty-six local education professionals have been nominated for a Crystal Apple Award—an annual celebration honoring excellence in education in Salem-Keizer. The 2017 list of nominees consists of teachers, instructional assistants, administration, office managers and district support professionals. The 21st annual event is set for Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Salem’s Historic Elsinore Theatre. All nominees will be celebrated at the ceremony, and a chosen number of honorees will receive a Crystal Apple Award. The Crystal Apple Awards Committee have visited each nominee’s school to present them with a nomination certificate and a book bag filled with gifts of congratulations. 2017 Business Partnership Award The Crystal Apple Business Partnership Award will be awarded to a local business or organization that has continuously supported and advocated [...]

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Statement from Salem-Keizer Public Schools Regarding Oregon Schools Activities Association Classification Ruling

October 17, 2017|

Larry Ramirez, Director of High School Education: “We at Salem-Keizer Public Schools were disappointed to learn of the Association’s ruling to place our student-athletes in a league that doesn’t meet the criteria for our district – student safety, student instruction, budget and size. We agree that the Bend schools are formidable opponents; however, travel presents safety concerns, impacts to instructional time and at an estimated cost of $700,000 a year, simply isn’t in our budget. We are committed to working with the Bend-La Pine Schools to be creative in our scheduling to minimize impacts to our student-athletes and their families.”

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School Report Cards Demonstrate Salem-Keizer Learning Initiatives Spur Growth

October 10, 2017|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools serves one of the most diverse populations in the state, and those unique needs are highlighted in the Oregon Department of Education’s annual Report Cards. Those cards also reflect how student achievement grows through the elementary and middle years and becomes achievement in the high school years. A significant number of our students come to us in kindergarten eager and ready to learn, but needing additional academic growth to catch up with their peers across the state. In addition, one in five SKPS students come to us as English learners. “Our goal is that our elementary schools demonstrate above average growth because we know our students need to achieve more than a year’s growth over one year’s time,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. [...]

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State results demonstrate growth, particularly in middle schools

September 23, 2017|

Eighth-graders tested above the state average in language arts and math for the first time in more than a decade. SALEM, Oregon—The Oregon Department of Education today released the 2016-17 state assessment results. For the first time in more than a decade, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) eighth-graders tested above the state average in both language arts and math. That growth translated into high school performance, where SKPS students achieved three percentage points higher than the state average in both English Language Arts and Math. “We’re making a shift in how we approach our curriculum in elementary years, and as a result, we’re seeing great improvements in learning and understanding for our students in the middle years and beyond,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “Many of our [...]

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Final Long Range Facilities Plan document

August 7, 2017|

The final draft of Salem-Keizer's Long Range Facilities plan document (PDF) is available to view or download. The Long Range Facilities Plan details the work school facilities need to provide adequate space for projected enrollment growth and to support educational programs. Learn more about the Long Range Facilities Plan, the Citizens Facilities Task Force process and the development of a school bond package for the May 2018 ballot on the Citizens Facilities Task Force page.

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School Board proposes general obligation bond for May 2018 ballot

June 19, 2017|

The School Board has approved a base proposal of $619.2 million as general obligation bond package for the May 2018 ballot. The School Board approved the package as a baseline for future conversations as they continue to work with staff and the community to refine the overall number. The package was developed in a lengthy process that began with the development of the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan, which spells out the facility needs of all schools and district facilities. The total of all work included in the plan was estimated at $766 million, which would increase the levy rate an estimated $3 per thousand of assessed value. A group of 18 volunteers from Salem and Keizer served on the Citizens Facilities Task Force and reviewed the items [...]

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Summer Meal Program 2017

June 19, 2017|

The Summer Meal Program begins on June 19, 2017. Free breakfast and lunch is provided to all kids and teens ages 1–18. Free books are provided with every meal! Dates and times vary according to program sites. Click on the attachment below for the serving locations, dates and times. Should you have any questions please call the Food and Nutrition Service department at 503-399-3091.

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Class of 2017 graduation videos from CCTV Salem

June 16, 2017|

High school graduation ceremonies of the Class of 2017 were filmed by our partner Capitol Community Television. CCTV is making the videos available on the its YouTube channel. You can also purchase DVDs of graduations from CCTV's website. Congratulations Class of 2017!

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Mural Contest Winners

June 9, 2017|

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Mural Contest 2017 - Kindergarten and first-grade students in teacher Tracy McLaughlin's class at Bush Elementary School were selected as winners in the Beginning Division of the Soil and Water Conservation District Mural Art Contest. Janice Calkins, Office Coordinator with the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, awarded Mrs. McLaughlin and her students with their prizes today during an assembly at the school.

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Career Day at Eyre Elementary School

June 9, 2017|

Students at Eyre Elementary School participated in a career day this week with many professions represented. See at photo gallery on Facebook » While partnering with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Eyre students were able to hear about professions in the medical field, military, banking, positions working with technology, coaches from Willamette University and also meet with fire fighters and see water get shot of the top of the truck. Eyre Elementary third- through fifth-graders participated in a career fair set up, where they were able to visit more than ten tables with different professionals represented. Eyre Elementary greatly appreciates our community's support in making these events happen for students!

West Salem’s Parade of Honor at Brush College 2017

June 8, 2017|

Graduating seniors from West Salem High School returned to Brush College Elementary School yesterday for a Parade of Honor. They reminisced about their grade school days, and inspired the kids to imagine their own future high school graduations. [fvplayer src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9GsYcGK-_M&t=8s" width="520px" height="600px"]

  • ESOL Endorsement sponsored by Salem-Keizer & Corban University

ESOL Endorsement sponsored by Salem-Keizer & Corban University

June 7, 2017|

An ESOL Endorsement program, sponsored by Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Corban University, is being offered to Salem-Keizer teaching staff. As the school district in Oregon with the largest number of English Language Learners, our need for teachers to understand and practice effective ESOL teaching strategies is critical to the success of our student population. There are only 24 spots available in this cohort. To reserve your spot and/or to ask questions please email Steve Nelson, Director of Recruitment and Staffing, at: nelson_steve@salkeiz.k12.or.us. WHO: Any licensed classroom teacher in the district (K–12) is invited to participate. The endorsement is a K-12 endorsement WHAT: ESOL Endorsement program sponsored by Salem-Keizer & Corban University WHERE: Courses will be taught on the Corban campus in Salem on Wednesdays (generally 4:30 p.m. [...]

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Sprague’s Sports Medicine CTE program earns national safety award

June 1, 2017|

Sprague High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award for its Sports Medicine program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. This is the second time Sprague High School has received this First Team designation. Sprague Principal Craig Swanson said he's pleased the Sports Medicine program, led by Career and Technical Education teachers Amy West and Kimo Mahi, earned national recognition. “Sprague High School is honored to receive this First Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they [...]

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School Board hears smaller bond package

May 31, 2017|

At the direction of the School Board in response to the results of a community survey, district staff presented a smaller, less expensive list of facility work needed for the Board to consider as a bond package. The survey said that the community is supportive of a bond measure, but had concerns about what it would cost to pay for all the work. During the Citizens Facilities Task Force process, the district’s list of facility needs totaled about $766 million, and included improvements to address enrollment growth and crowding, expand Career-Technical/Vocational education programs, improve safety and security, including seismic safety, and more. The narrowed list still addresses the needs, but includes fewer seismic and ADA projects, fewer classroom additions at middle schools, and includes refined [...]

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Survey results show support for bond, but concerns about cost

May 25, 2017|

The Salem-Keizer School Board heard the results of a bond feasibility study at a work session on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The survey found the community is supportive of a bond, but has concerns about the cost. The next step is to reduce the size and cost of the potential bond package, and present it to the School Board for consideration. The feasibility study took the form of a phone survey that was administered in April. The survey was designed to discover the community’s priorities around facility needs, and the community’s level of support for a property tax increase to pay for the construction. The total amount of work needed in the district is estimated at $766 million, and would require an average property tax [...]

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Growth in Salem-Keizer enrollment expected to continue

May 15, 2017|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ enrollment has been increasing in recent years, and is expected to continue in the future. With one exception, every year of the last seven has seen an increase in student enrollment. The chart below shows the total number of new students entering Salem-Keizer schools each of the last seven years.

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Chapman Hill’s parent club treats school to coffee

May 3, 2017|

Chapman Hill Elementary School's parent club treated the entire school to coffee and smoothies on May 1, 2017 for Teacher Appreciation Week. Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Education Director Lisa Harlan helped out by delivering drinks to teachers and staff. “I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for what you do each day for our students. As licensed educators, your work and your passion to help every student achieve their best is evident. I admire each of you for the gifts you bring to our students and the Salem-Keizer School District.”

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District conducting phone survey

April 24, 2017|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has contracted with a professional public opinion research firm to conduct a phone survey of residents. The survey will help the district learn about the community’s opinions on facility improvements and the possibility of a general obligation bond. The phone survey launched on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and will continue for the next few days. The survey was ordered by the School Board at its March 21, 2017, meeting in response to a recommendation report from the Citizens Facilities Task Force. The Task Force studied the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan, and recommended that the Board pursue a general obligation bond to pay for the needed improvements. Read more about the district’s facility needs and the recommendation report on the Citizens [...]

School Board orders bond feasibility study

April 12, 2017|

At a special meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Salem-Keizer School Board voted to accept the recommendations of the Citizens Facilities Task Force, and instructed staff to move forward with a bond feasibility study. Proceeds from the bond would be used to fund improvements needed at schools and district facilities included in the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan. Over the next few weeks, staff will work with a professional public opinion research firm to perform the feasibility study. The findings of the study will be analyzed and reported to the School Board in late April or early May. The Long Range Facilities Plan lists improvements needed at all schools and district buildings to relieve crowding and provide capacity for student enrollment growth, enhance safety [...]

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School Board hears report on school and district facility needs

March 14, 2017|

At its meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the School Board received a report from the Citizens Facilities Task Force of recommendations for funding the Capital Improvement Plan portion of the district's draft Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). The Task Force recommended the Board pursue a general obligation bond to address the needs outlined in the LRFP. The LRFP outlines work needed at schools and district buildings to address capacity needs to serve the growing student enrollment, educational adequacy issues, safety and security needs, aging portables, seismic upgrades, ongoing building condition improvements, and others. A copy of the report is available for download below. More information on the Citizens Facilities Task Force can be found on the Task Force page of the district website. Citizens Facilities [...]

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Task Force prepares recommendation on school facility needs

March 8, 2017|

How can the district pay for the renovations, upgrades and increased capacity schools and buildings need? What are those facility needs, and how much will they cost? These, and other facility-related questions have been the focus of discussions at Citizens Facilities Task Force meetings, which began in November 2016. The volunteer group has been working hard to review items in the district’s draft Long Range Facilities Plan, and to review funding options available to the district to pay for the facility work needed. The Task Force held its final meeting on February 27, 2017. The draft plan outlines additions, renovations, repairs, and upgrades needed at schools and district department facilities to accommodate growing enrollment, ensure facilities support educational programs and instructional approaches, plan for non-routineongoing [...]

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Citizens Facilities Task Force February update

February 23, 2017|

The Citizens Facilities Task Force has held seven meetings in the last few months to review and discuss Salem-Keizer’s draft Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). A final meeting is planned for next week. The draft LRFP includes a long list of facility-related needs in 60 schools in the district, plus all support department facilities such as Transportation Services, and Technology and Information Services. At their recent meetings, Task Force members learned about different methods of funding available to the school district, and the feasibility of each method of funding projects in the Long Range Facilities Plan. Task Force members have also started to formulate their recommendations to the School Board. The enrollment growth subcommittee of the task force has been discussing expanding existing high schools [...]

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Citizens Facilities Task Force continues work

January 25, 2017|

Members of the Citizens Facilities Task Force continue to meet and review the district’s draft Long Range Facilities Plan. Two meetings have been held to date in January, and five more are planned over the next six weeks. The Task Force is divided into two subcommittees. The student enrollment growth subcommittee is reviewing enrollment projections and capacity of each of the district’s 65 school buildings. In the last few meetings, the subcommittee has taken a detailed look at each school’s current enrollment and long-range projections to determine future capacity needs. The needs include additional classrooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries and auditoriums. The need to replace aging portables throughout the district has also been discussed. The school and support buildings subcommittee is reviewing ongoing maintenance needs in the next ten [...]

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Student safety highlights task force work

January 9, 2017|

From the Statesman Journal: Community members and Salem-Keizer School District officials are working to address safety, security and enrollment growth in local schools. The district's Citizens Facilities Task Force discussed these topics at its meeting Monday night. The nearly 20-person group will review information in the coming weeks, ask questions and mull over the district's options before they provide the school board with a recommendation to address an increasing need for more space and updated facilities. Read more on The Statesman Journal »

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Citizens Facilities Task Force holds first meeting

December 7, 2016|

Members of the Citizens Facilities Task Force held their first meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016. The twenty members of the Task Force were appointed by Superintendent Christy Perry, and represent a cross-section of citizens from the Salem and Keizer communities. At the meeting, the group reviewed the structure and purpose of the Task Force and received an overview of the draft Long Range Facilities Plan. Lisa Harnish, executive director of Early Learning Hub, and Mark Shipman, attorney with Saalfeld Griggs PC, were announced as Task Force co-chairs. The goal of the Task Force is to review and comment on the list of facility needs included in the draft plan, and to make a recommendation to the School Board on how to fund the plan. [...]

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DRAFT Long Range Facilities Plan in development

October 30, 2016|

Oregon law requires large school districts to prepare a ten-year facilities plan and submit it to the Oregon Department of Education during the first quarter of each new school year. Salem-Keizer district staff have been working on the plan for several months, and presented an executive summary to the School Board at its October 11, 2016, meeting. The law stipulates what the long-range facilities plan must include, such as population projections by age group, needed physical improvements, financial plans to meet facility needs, and other information. To gather the information needed for the plan, Salem-Keizer staff conducted assessments at each school and support facility, interviewed school principals about the educational adequacy of their buildings, and worked with the Portland State University Population Research Center to develop 20-year enrollment projections. Following [...]