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Spotlight on Success: South Salem High School Broadcast Journalism

May 17, 2019|

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

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

May 15, 2019|

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

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Recognizes Students for Turnaround Achievements 2019

May 9, 2019|

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

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Bond Construction is Underway!

May 8, 2019|

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

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

May 7, 2019|

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

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, 2019

May 6, 2019|

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

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

April 29, 2019|

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

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Free CTE Summer Camps for Middle School Students 2019

April 28, 2019|

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

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

April 26, 2019|

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

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

April 26, 2019|

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

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

April 24, 2019|

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

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Superintendent Releases Proposed $1.19 Billion Schools Budget

April 23, 2019|

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

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Swegle Elementary’s College and Career Week Inspires Students

April 19, 2019|

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

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

April 17, 2019|

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

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2019 Roberts Credit Recovery Summer School Application

April 16, 2019|

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

  • Liberty House: Community Partner of the Month for April 2019

Community Partner of the Month April 2019: Liberty House

April 16, 2019|

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

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

April 15, 2019|

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

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

April 10, 2019|

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

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SKPS Launches Districtwide Remind for Educators

April 10, 2019|

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

  • Day of the Child 2019 at McKay High School

Day of the Child | Dia del Niño

April 4, 2019|

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

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

April 4, 2019|

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

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

April 3, 2019|

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

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

March 27, 2019|

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

  • Spotlight on Success - Kudzai Kapurura and Justin Thach

Spotlight on Success: Kudzai Kapurura and Justin Thach

March 27, 2019|

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

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Now is the Time to Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

March 26, 2019|

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

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

March 25, 2019|

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

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

March 25, 2019|

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

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Breaks Ground at Gubser Elementary School

March 22, 2019|

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

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

March 21, 2019|

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

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

March 21, 2019|

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

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South Salem High School Honored as Unified Champion School

March 20, 2019|

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

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

March 19, 2019|

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

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Application for McKay Feeder Representative To Join Community Bond Oversight Committee

March 19, 2019|

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

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

March 14, 2019|

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

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

March 14, 2019|

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

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

March 11, 2019|

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

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

March 7, 2019|

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

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

March 6, 2019|

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

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Families Receive Weekend Food Kits

March 4, 2019|

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

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

March 1, 2019|

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

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

February 27, 2019|

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

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

February 25, 2019|

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

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

February 24, 2019|

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

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FAQs About Boundary Implementation

February 22, 2019|

Question: How will I know if my student has been assigned to a new school next year? Answer: All parents/guardians of students assigned to a new school should receive a letter from the district before Feb. 20. If you think your address is in a change area, you think your school assignment has changed and you haven’t received a letter, please contact your school. You can also click here to check the resources online and see if you’re in a change area and what the adjustments are for that area. Q: What if my student is already attending another school on an approved IDT? A: The boundary changes do not affect students whose address is in a change area but who are already attending a [...]

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McKay High School CTE Showcase Hosts Stephens Middle 8th Graders

February 21, 2019|

More than 330 eight graders from Stephens Middle School recently took a field trip to McKay High School to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs they can join as freshmen next fall. "We've been really happy with the showcase process and we're getting students in the right programs," said McKay Assistant Principal David Wood. McKay CTE programs include: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Business and Marketing, Computer Programming and Engineering, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Nursing.   Teacher Gerald Hosler talks with Stephens Middle School students about the Agriculture program at McKay High School during the Royal Scots' CTE Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Mr. Hosler is also the faculty advisor for the Salem-Keizer Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.   [...]

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Leslie Middle 8th Graders Get Hands On Experience at South Salem’s CTE Showcase 2019

February 19, 2019|

Eighth-grade students from Leslie Middle School got to visit Career and Technical Education classes at South Salem High School last week. Called "CTE Showcases," these field trips let middle school students get a taste of what CTE classes in high school are like. That helps teens decide what classes they'd like to sign up for as incoming high school freshmen next fall. Over 235 students from Leslie visited South Salem High last Friday. In South Salem teacher John Dixon's Business and Marketing class, high school students shared about opportunities in DECA  to Leslie Middle School eighth graders. DECA teaches leadership skills in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.   In South Salem teacher Judson Birkel's Computer Science class, Leslie Middle eighth graders practiced operating [...]

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Spotlight on Success: National Federation of State High School Associations’ Northwest Coach of the Year

February 18, 2019|

We are proud to recognize West Salem High School Track & Field coach Erich Herber, who has been named the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Northwest Coach of the Year. The award singles out the top track & field coach in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Coach Herber has a distinguished career of coaching high school students in our district. Highlights include winning the 2018 Class 6A boys state championship, the first team title in any sport for the Titans. Coach Herber has been the head track & field coach at West Salem for 14 years. Prior to that, he was a Titan assistant coach for two years, and was also an assistant coach at South Salem for six years. West Salem [...]

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Spotlight on Success: South Salem Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest Oregon Champions

February 18, 2019|

Last spring, there was a harmful algae bloom at Detroit Lake, which impacted the drinking water in Salem and surrounding communities. City leaders tested the water daily for several weeks, and updated the community on the water’s toxicity. The problem inspired South Salem High School juniors Mason Obery, Julie Chen and Ned Harlan to team up and find a new way to quickly identify harmful algae blooms that could impact Salem’s water source. The students came up with the idea of using a drone and artificial intelligence to analyze photos and find harmful algae blooms. Mason, Julie and Ned hit on this idea after they decided to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Their drone project earned them First Place in Oregon, along with [...]

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Spotlight on Success: McNary CTE Professionals of the Month

February 18, 2019|

The Inspire Foundation and Salem-Keizer Public Schools are pleased to be partners in a monthly recognition of Career and Technical Education students who demonstrate professional skills. Called “Professionals of the Month,” students in all 47 CTE classrooms in high schools across the district, and at the Career and Technical Education Center, are singled out by their teachers each month for demonstrating professional skills that employers value. Last week, students in McNary High School’s five CTE programs were recognized as Professionals of the Month for February at their school. Those students are: Madison Alt in Business Administration, Nathan Frazier in Graphic Design, Kate Bomar in Media Productions, James Redding in Auto Tech and Brady Jackson in Culinary. McNary Assistant Principal Susanne Stefani, Chris Phipps representing the [...]

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Howard Street Charter School Accepting Applications for 2019-20 School Year

February 18, 2019|

Howard Street Charter School is accepting applications for 2019-20 school year. Applications will be due by 4 p.m. on March 8, 2019. The lottery will be held on March 12, 2019, in the South Salem High School North Library. You do not need to attend this event to be selected for admission. Learn more

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Valley Inquiry Charter School Accepting Student Applications for 2019-20

February 14, 2019|

Valley Inquiry is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Open the attachment to print out the application, as well as application instructions. Application packets are also available for pickup in the front office. Completed applications must be received at Valley Inquiry no later than Friday, March 15th 2019. Learn more

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Spotlight on Success: Oregon Kid Governor Finalist 2019

February 13, 2019|

Oregon's Kid Governor is a statewide civics program for fifth graders managed by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. Each year, fifth graders from across Oregon develop their leadership skills by picking a topic they care about, and creating a campaign video and a three-point plan to address the issue. After that, a selection committee looks at all the entries, and selects the seven most impressive submissions. This year, Alayna, a fifth grader at Forest Ridge Elementary, was chosen as one of seven Kid Governor 2019 finalists for her campaign on “Stranger Danger.” Alayna developed the acronym SHINE, an important and easy word that kids can remember, that means: S - Stranger Danger H - Helpers to Trust I - Internet Awareness N - Know [...]

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Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

February 13, 2019|

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs. Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in [...]

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All SKPS Weekend Activities Canceled – Exception JazzFest

February 8, 2019|

Due to inclement weather, all district activities with the exception of JazzFest scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 are canceled. A decision about JazzFest will be made at 5 a.m. Saturday morning. [Update posted 5:15am 02/09/2019: JazzFest will continue as scheduled.] We apologize for the inconveniences this closure causes, but we want to ensure the safety of our students is not compromised. A decision about classes on Monday has not been made, but please continue to check our social media for additional updates. All district facilities are closed for external use, as well. Please check our website – www.salkeiz.k12.or.us - or social media pages for additional updates. We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and if necessary, closure notification [...]

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