We hope each and every one of you have had a fantastic start to your winter break, spending quality time with your loved ones and taking a moment to reflect on all that you have experienced in 2021. 

This year, although we continue to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to welcome back students to full-time, in-person instruction in all of our schools. Every day, we have seen the positive benefits, both academically and socially being back in-person has had on our kids. 

Since the start of the year, our schools have been able to hold fall and winter music and athletic events, engage students in hands-on learning activities such as art and career and technical education and students have been able to play together during recess and classroom activities. 

For us and many of our students and staff, these activities have been some of our favorites to be a part of this year. 

Being together truly is what makes our community strong. As we enjoy the last of the winter break and celebrate the coming of a new year, I hope we can all think of how we can best support each other as we come back into our schools. Having unity at the center of everything we do will be of the utmost importance for us to have a successful start to 2022. 

Thank you for being a part of our Salem-Keizer community, and coming together to ensure our students are well supported and celebrated this year, and for years to come. 

Christy Perry, Superintendent

Iton Udosenata, Assistant Superintendent

Olga Cobb, Assistant Superintendent