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Salem-Keizer Public Schools Opens Applications for EDGE | EDGE: Educación digital guiada y mejorada

When students return to school this fall for the 2020-21 school year, they will have the opportunity to select a new robust learning option. On Monday, July 13, SKPS opened applications for a new, comprehensive online academy: Enhanced Digital and Guided Education (EDGE).

Applications for EDGE are now being accepted! Students and families can learn more about the program and supports for students online, and apply now until August 24, 2020.

The Salem-Keizer Public Schools EDGE program will provide students with high quality, rigorous and well-rounded learning opportunities, including instructional supports, English language development support and more.

The district has launched a brand-new learning management system to accommodate the new enhanced learning experience for students and families. Unlike distance learning that was conducted in the Spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus closure, students enrolled in the EDGE program will pair teacher-led instruction with family-supported and independent at-home application and learning while still staying deeply connected to their school communities.

Students enrolled in the EDGE program will still be students of the school they would have attended in person for the 2020-21 school year. Throughout the year, students will continue to be connected to their school for extracurricular activities, counseling and other support systems, school celebrations and more.

Learn more about the EDGE program online at salemkeizer.org/EDGE.


Cuando los estudiantes regresen a la escuela este próximo otoño para el año escolar 2020-21, tendrán la oportunidad de seleccionar una nueva y robusta opción de aprendizaje. El lunes, 13 de julio, las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) iniciaron las inscripciones para la nueva academia integral en línea: Educación digital guiada y mejorada (EDGE, por sus siglas en inglés).

¡Estamos aceptando las solicitudes de inscripción en el programa EDGE! Los estudiantes y las familias pueden obtener más información en línea relacionada con el programa y los apoyos para los estudiantes, y realizar la solicitud de inscripción hasta el 24 de agosto de 2020.

El programa EDGE de las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer proveerá a los estudiantes con oportunidades de aprendizaje de alta calidad, rigurosas y bien diseñadas, incluidos los apoyos instruccionales, los apoyos para el desarrollo del idioma inglés y más.

El distrito ha iniciado un nuevo sistema de gestión de aprendizaje para acomodar la nueva experiencia de aprendizaje mejorada para estudiantes y familias. A diferencia del aprendizaje a distancia que se llevó a cabo en la primavera de 2020 debido al cierre del coronavirus, los estudiantes inscritos en el programa EDGE combinarán la instrucción dirigida por el maestro con la aplicación y el aprendizaje en el hogar apoyados por la familia y de forma independiente mientras se mantienen profundamente conectados con sus comunidades escolares.

Los estudiantes inscritos en el programa EDGE seguirán siendo estudiantes de la escuela a la que habrían asistido en persona durante el año escolar 2020-21. A lo largo del año, los estudiantes continuarán conectados a su escuela para actividades extracurriculares, asesoramiento y otros sistemas de apoyo, celebraciones escolares y más.

Obtenga más información sobre el programa en línea EDGE en salemkeizer.org/EDGE.

2020-08-14T07:51:27-08:00July 13th, 2020|

SKPS Releases Supplemental Learning Materials for All Levels

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) has released the initial phase of supplemental learning materials available online. Resources for supplemental learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded and all of these activities are optional.

The materials include supplemental materials based on grade level and include daily activities coupled with “brain breaks” and stress relievers. Materials are also available in Spanish. Click here to access the supplemental materials.

Print to Follow!

SKPS will be following up next with hard-copy materials for students.

Seniors

Beginning the week of March 30, SKPS will begin targeted outreach to support seniors on their path toward graduation.

2020-03-21T17:46:04-08:00March 21st, 2020|

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

This is a bilingual message from Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Level Director Olga Cobb for our community.

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

2020-03-20T14:58:52-08:00March 20th, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Extend Emergency Closure Through April 28

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) will extend the emergency closure through April 28. That closure could be shortened or extended at the direction of Governor Brown. Students are currently scheduled to return April 29.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “At no time have our schools, our districts or our public education system been faced with so many uncertainties. We’re grateful for the continued guidance from the state so that we can help be sense makers for our community. We do not have answers to all of the questions at this time, but we will work as quickly as possible to chart an equitable and healthy path forward for our students, staff and their families.”

All regular staff will continue to be paid throughout the emergency closure that began on March 16. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, instructional assistants, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff.

Meals will continue to be offered at 35 locations throughout Salem and Keizer from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those locations are available here. In addition, the district is partnering with the United Way, Marion-Polk Food Share, Mano a Mano and local houses of worship to expand wraparound supports at sites as well as ways that the meal service can adapt to better meet the community’s needs.

District leaders are prioritizing creating a pathway to graduation for high school students. With additional guidance from ODE forthcoming, information for impacted students and their families will be provided the week of March 30. In the meantime, supplemental resources for learning will be distributed to families beginning the week of March 23. Resources for home learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded.

SKPS leadership has begun reaching out to first responders and healthcare workers to assess their needs and develop an emergency plan for their childcare.

2020-04-07T08:33:39-08:00March 18th, 2020|

In-District Transfer Application Deadline Extended to Friday, April 17

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next semester (2020-21 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT). This includes elementary, middle and high school students.

The deadline to turn in IDT applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020, due to school closures.

This process is for students applying for a new IDT. If your student is currently attending a school on an IDT they do not need to reapply, unless they are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school, and want to attend a school other than their resident school.

Download In-District Transfer Forms

In-District Transfer Request Form (Elementary)

In-District Transfer Request Form (Middle School)

In-District Transfer Request Form (High School)

Return Forms by Email or Mail by Friday, April 17, 2020

Because schools are closed, please download and fill out the form and email to Kristin Mcintosh in Elementary Education at mcintosh_kristin@salkeiz.k12.or.us, or send in the mail to:

Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Lancaster Professional Center
(Attn: Kristin Mcintosh)
2450 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305

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.

2020-04-20T14:37:20-08:00March 15th, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close March 16-March 31

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 and students will return to school on April 1. All schools will be open Friday, March 13. During the closure, all school-based sports and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled. Additional guidance will be distributed to SKPS staff on Friday, March 13.

Free Meal Sites During School Closures


At this time, staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30. The state will assess and either confirm or adjust return dates by Wednesday, March 25.

SKPS staff are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will have more information about that on Friday.

“Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center,” said Superintendent Christy Perry.

SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.

2020-03-19T07:04:08-08:00March 12th, 2020|

Whiteaker Middle School Student Wins National Poetry Contest

The student will receive a $500 award and have her poem set to music

Rachael Lang, a student at Whiteaker Middle School, was recently announced as the youth category winner of a national poetry contest hosted by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. Rachael’s poem titled “Consequences” was among 600 entries and was chosen by poet, songwriter and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye.

“The contest was part of a national call for poems about peace and conflict transformation,” said Györgyi Mihályi-Jewell, the assistant director of marketing at the Kent State College of the Arts and Sciences. “The purpose of this contest was to connect writers from around the world to the 50th anniversary commemoration of the May 4 shootings at Kent State University and the resulting appeal for peace and student advocacy.”

In addition to the $500 prize, a student in Kent State University’s School of Music will create a composition based on Rachael’s poem. The composition will be performed at the Ludwig Recital Hall on April 21 as part of the commemoration event.

“Rachael is an extremely thoughtful, kind and hard-working student,” said Andrew Tennant, language arts teacher at Whiteaker. “We’re so proud of her hard work and ambition. The staff at Whiteaker are so happy for Rachael’s much-deserved success.”

2020-01-31T16:30:03-08:00January 27th, 2020|

Spotlight on Success: Whiteaker Middle School National Junior Honor Society

The Salem-Keizer School Board spotlighted the Whiteaker Middle School National Junior Honor Society for outstanding community service at its December meeting.

You will find Whiteaker’s honor society students volunteering at the Keizer Festival of Lights Parade, the Iris Festival, the Mayor’s Pet Parade, Keizer Park Clean Ups and the monthly Keizer Community Dinner.

Students also help those closer to their own ages by participating in a sixth-grade mentoring program, and volunteering at Gubser Elementary School’s Christmas Lights and Food Collection Drive.

School counselors Renee Hanson and Pat Curran are the fearless leaders of Whiteaker’s National Junior Honor Society. All this wouldn’t be possible without them.

Pat says these fantastic students all contribute on a regular basis to bettering their school and community. Last year, the honor society students volunteered almost 2,000 hours.

Whiteaker’s honor society students must maintain a 3.5 or higher cumulative Grade Point Average. In addition to maintaining their GPA, students must complete a minimum of 10 community service hours each semester, although many go above and beyond.

Students go through an application process to become members of the honor society, focusing on five pillars: leadership, character, scholarship, citizenship and service.

Awesome job, Whiteaker National Junior Honor Society. We’re so proud of your hard work and volunteerism!

2020-01-15T12:17:09-08:00December 20th, 2019|

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

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 Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education programs and Oregon MESA to provide teachers with resources to teach students problem solving skills using maker technology.

“If we believe that the kids we work with in our classrooms every day are our future innovators and problem solvers, then we must provide them with the opportunities, structures and technology to practice innovative problem solving,” said Hurst.

“You give Matt Hurst a vision and he takes it to the next level,” said Whiteaker Principal Julia Dewitt. “He is a great supporter of educational technology and knows that it has to be partnered with quality professional learning. He models that he is a learner by being a role model and pushes himself to be vulnerable and to be always learning.”

According to Gwen Bruey-Fink, SKPS Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, “Matt is always willing to step up and lead by designing professional learning around STEM topics for district employees and in the region, coaching individuals on implementing their own technology goals or providing guidance to district leadership. I so appreciate Matt and his constant, steadfast leadership and reliability in our coaching ranks in Salem-Keizer. Matt is someone I can always turn to for advice, leadership and to gain input from teacher stakeholders.”

Heidi Rogers, NCCE chief executive officer, states that Hurst has been attending NCCE events for several years and usually presents and shares his expertise. “Matt’s contribution to the educational tech profession in the Northwest is immeasurable,” said Rogers. “He finds a way to get big concepts accomplished and brings a positive attitude along with it. It is a pleasure to honor one of our long-standing presenters as the 2019 NCCE Teacher of the Year award recipient.”

The NCCE 2019 Technology Educator award is provided by NCCE, a national educational technology professional development organization and Big Deal Media, publisher of trusted resources for educators.

2019-03-25T12:52:24-08:00March 25th, 2019|

Marion Co. Health & Human Services: No Confirmed Cases of Measles in Marion County | Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de Marion: No se han presentado casos confirmados de sarampión en el Condado de Marion

Marion County Health & Human Services has asked us to share this information with you regarding a measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington.

“Due to the current measles outbreak investigation in Clark County, Washington, we’ve received numerous questions about the local county public health response in schools. Below (linked PDF), you’ll find a list of standard procedures related to communicable disease in educational and childcare settings. We’d like to remind everyone that there are currently no confirmed cases of measles in Marion County.”

Please see this information in PDF format for more details, visit the Marion County Health & Human Services website or call them at 503-588-5621.

Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de Marion: No se han presentado casos confirmados de sarampión en el Condado de Marion

Acerca del sarampión:

  • El sarampión es una enfermedad viral contagiosa que puede propagarse por el aire cuando una persona enferma con sarampión tose o estornuda. También puede propagarse por contacto directo con la secreción nasal y saliva de alguien enfermo con sarampión.
  • Los síntomas del sarampión comienzan con fiebre, tos, secreción nasal y ojos rojos, seguidos de una erupción roja que generalmente comienza en la cabeza o la cara y se extiende al resto del cuerpo.
  • Las personas son contagiosas con el sarampión durante cuatro días antes de que aparezca la erupción y hasta cuatro días después de que aparezca la erupción.
    Después de que una persona susceptible está expuesta al sarampión, los síntomas generalmente se desarrollan en 1 a 2 semanas, pero pueden desarrollar hasta 3 semanas.
  • Las complicaciones del sarampión incluyen infección del oído, infección pulmonar y, en casos raros, inflamación del cerebro.
  • Aproximadamente 1 de cada 1000 niños mueren de sarampión.
  • Cualquier persona que no sea inmune al sarampión y crea que tiene síntomas de sarampión debe comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médico o atención de urgencia por teléfono para hacer arreglos para evitar exponer a otros al virus.
  • Las personas se consideran inmunes al sarampión si se cumple alguna de las siguientes condiciones:
    • Usted es un niño en edad preescolar con al menos 1 año de edad con una vacuna contra el sarampión (MMR – sarampión, paperas, rubéola).
    • Usted es un niño en edad escolar actualmente en el grado K o superior o un adulto que ha recibido dos vacunas contra el sarampión (MMR – sarampión, paperas, rubéola).
    • Usted nació antes de 1957.
    • Ha tenido la enfermedad del sarampión (diagnosticada por un proveedor de atención médica y confirmada con una prueba de laboratorio).
  • Ha tenido un análisis de sangre que demuestra que es inmune al sarampión.
  • Cualquier persona que tenga preguntas sobre la infección por sarampión o la vacuna contra el sarampión debe llamar a su proveedor médico generalo al departamento de salud de su condado local:
    • Marion County Health & Human Services, 503-588-5621
  • Para mayor información:
    • Visite la página web de los Servicios Humanos y Salud del Condado del Marion: www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/Pages/Measles.aspx
    • Llamar 2-1-1 para obtener la información más reciente de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre el sarampión
2019-06-11T12:38:01-08:00January 30th, 2019|