McKay High School senior Raul Marquez is a young man who decided to set an idea in motion. Raul has been very busy over the course of the last year, working to mobilize adults in our community to address the issue of youth homelessness. Raul is the Royal Scots’ student body president, and a member of the Mid-Willamette Valley United Way Youth Leadership group. In January, after partnering with the Community Action Agency of Salem, he presented a proposal to the United Way board of directors for a shelter to address youth homelessness in Salem and got a $100,000 grant for the project. That grant generated a lot of publicity, and Raul was interviewed by Portland TV stations, by Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud,” [...]
If your child will be three- or four-years-old on or before September 10, 2018, April is the time to register for preschool! Early Enrollment for Current Families April 4, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Open Enrollment for New Families April 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration will be held at the preschool office – 6425 Fruitland Road NE • Salem, OR 97317 Copy of birth certificate, immunization records, and $80.00 registration fee (check, cash, or money order is accepted) is required at the time of registration Visit the Preschool webpage to learn more, or call 503-399-3148.
Chávez Elementary School Awarded the Carmen West Award for Outstanding Progress for English Learner Students in a Dual Language Setting
Salem-Keizer Pubic Schools’ Chávez Elementary School has been recognized by the Oregon Department of Education to receive the Carmen West award for outstanding progress for English learner students in a dual language setting. Chavéz Elementary consists of 590 students, of which 67 percent are classified at English Language Learners. At Chavéz, teachers, staff and students thrive in their diversity and embraces each of the 14 different languages spoken by their student body. Chávez was among the top 10% of schools in four of the five areas of student outcomes evaluated for this award. These outcomes included: Annual Measurable Achievement Objective (AMAO) 1 – growth for English learner students AMAO 2a – students exiting English Language Development (ELD) AMAO 2b – long-term students exiting English Language [...]
Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Student Services Director Eric Richards was honored with the Outstanding Administrator 2018 award during the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference on March 1. He was recognized for his contributions to the development of vocational special needs education and growth of post-secondary outcomes for students with special needs. “Any individual award is largely a reflection of the excellent work of many colleagues,” said Richards. “This award affirms many staff who are involved in transition planning and the parents with whom they partner. It is also a recognition of the innovative and energetic leadership provided by Coordinators Melissa Glover and Brian Hilsabeck in their work with our Community Transition Program and Independent Living Programs.” The Community Transition Program is designed to support adult students [...]
Salem-Keizer Public Schools Joins SafeOregon Confidential Tip Line / Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer participarán en el programa confidencial SafeOregon
On March 1, 2018, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) officially joined SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives our kids, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence. Salem-Keizer Public Schools has a sophisticated and proactive intervention system in place for timely interventions. These include the SKPS Office of Behavioral Learning, the Office of Safety and Risk Management, and our Threat Response System that offers step-by-step protocols on preventing and controlling potentially dangerous situations. The SafeOregon tip line adds an additional resource to ensure students and staff have a confidential avenue for reporting and bolsters SKPS’ relationship with law enforcement. This program is run and managed by the Oregon State Police and has proven to prevent acts of violence. [...]
Mary Short has enjoyed working with preschoolers since her first class in Early Childhood Education, one of five Career and Technical Education programs offered at West Salem High School. West Salem has a preschool that 30 kids attend from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. High school students in the Early Childhood Education program learn how to teach the young children by planning all their activities following best practices in early childhood education. "It's really fun. I get to hang out with the preschoolers, and they are really cute," Mary said. Mary is a senior this year and plans to go to an out-of-state university next fall. Although many students who take Early Childhood Education go on to become teachers, Mary plans to become a [...]
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 [...]
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, The Salem-Keizer Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the Findings of Fact in Support of the Use of Construction Manager/General Contractor Methodology for certain projects planned under the proposed 2018 construction bond. Because of the complex nature and timing of certain projects, the Board has approved architectural and engineering (A&E) work to begin on the first five projects planned for construction under the proposed 2018 bond. The district’s Bond Program Management Team has recommended using a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/CG) construction contracting methodology for the most complex, technically and logistically challenging projects. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE in Salem. The Board will hear public [...]
The Salem-Keizer Future Farmers of America chapter in Salem, Oregon has been awarded $1,200 as part of the Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support service-learning projects that address needs within the focus areas of community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement during the fall semester. Salem-Keizer FFA plans to help address hunger, health, and nutrition in the Salem community by using the land at McKay High School to grow fresh vegetables for the community. Since everyone has to eat, the FFA members can bring their culturally diverse neighbors together around healthful, fresh food. Working, harvesting, eating and celebrating together around food can strengthen our community. The Salem-Keizer FFA [...]
Christina Odell signed up for her first Career and Technical Education class at Sprague High School for practical reasons. She wanted to learn the basics of how cars work. "I thought it would be a good life skill to have, because if my car ever broke down, maybe I could fix it," the high school senior said. But after taking beginner classes her junior year, Christina found she enjoyed studying about automobiles and wanted to learn more. This year she's taking advanced classes. Christina does well in high school. She especially likes applied problem solving in math and science classes. She will major in chemistry in college, but is keeping an open mind about future careers. She wants to attend a community college for two [...]
Hearings Officer Michael Gillette has dismissed Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS’) appeal against the Oregon School Activities Association’s (OSAA’s) decision to place five schools in a league with the Bend/LaPine School District. In the opinion release Thursday afternoon, Gillette stated there was “no legal basis on which I can sustain the District’s appeal.” After collaborating with a group of parents and community members from across the district, SKPS based its appeal on the following: OSAA did not give the district sufficient notice that SKPS would be placed in a district that included Bend/La Pine The Classification and Districting Committee failed to consider the safety of students, fans and school personnel The Classification and Districting Committee failed to consider the impact to student instructional time The Classification [...]
Due to inclement weather, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be closed and all afternoon and evening activities are cancelled. All district offices will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This snow day may be added back in at the end of the school year during the makeup day period. If that is necessary, that announcement will be made at a later date. Please check our website - www.salkeiz.k12.or.us - or social media pages for additional updates. We will provide any notification of a closure or delay with our autodialer, our community newsletter and on our social media.
Drake Romito enjoys creating delicious food. He's a senior at North Salem High School, where he's been studying in the Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts program for the last four years. After graduation, Drake plans to go to culinary school. He wants to start a restaurant that specializes in world cuisine. Drake is working to make it happen. He's a part-time sauté cook at Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant in downtown Salem. Before that, he worked for over a year as a cook at Love Love Teriyaki in Northeast Salem. Drake said the combination of culinary classes at North Salem High School and the work experience he's getting in restaurants has helped build his professional skills. "The CTE classes helped me get the jobs for sure, [...]
Isaac 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. Isaac 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 Isaac likes about CTE filmmaking classes is they allow him to be creative. In Broadcast Journalism, students use creativity to come up with many different takes on an assignment. Isaac is an International Baccalaureate® student, and enjoys traditional academic studies too. Isaac and three of [...]
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 [...]
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!
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Statement from Salem-Keizer Public Schools Regarding Oregon Schools Activities Association Classification Ruling
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.”
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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!
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.
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!
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"]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 »
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. [...]
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 [...]