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Share Your Feedback on Boundary Adjustments | Compartan sus opiniones de los cambios a los límites de las zonas escolares

A Boundary Review Task Force has been formed and has started to review boundaries in all Salem-Keizer high school feeder systems. Boundary adjustments are needed to fully utilize the additional capacity being built in the 2018 bond program and to balance enrollments across the district.

All school boundaries are being reviewed in the process, however not all boundaries will be adjusted. Comparatively few changes are expected for the McNary and West Salem High School feeder systems, with more changes expected for the McKay, North Salem, South Salem and Sprague feeder systems.

The Task Force is working to prepare a recommendation for boundary adjustments that will be presented to the Superintendent at the December 11, 2018 School Board meeting.

Parent and community feedback on boundary adjustments is important! The Task Force will hold Boundary Open House events to receive feedback from the community.

Please plan to attend one or both of the Boundary Open House events:
• Tuesday, October 30
• Tuesday, November 13

Both Open House events will be held from 6 to 8 pm at the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) at 3501 Portland Road NE in Salem.

For more information on the Boundary Review Task Force or the Boundary Open House events, please visit the boundary adjustment page on the district website.

Compartan sus opiniones de los cambios a los límites de las zonas escolares

Durante las últimas semanas, el Grupo de Trabajo para la Revisión de la Delimitación Escolar ha estado revisando el Sistema de Asignación de Escuela basado en la Delimitación Escolar de las escuelas preparatorias de Salem-Keizer. Los cambios a los límites de las zonas escolares son necesarios para utilizar completamente la capacidad adicional que se está construyendo bajo el programa de bonos de 2018 y para equilibrar las cifras de la matrícula escolar en todo el distrito escolar.

Se revisarán todos los límites de las zonas escolares en el proceso de ajuste, pero no todos los límites de las zonas escolares serán cambiados. Se esperan cambios relativamente mínimos para el Sistema de Asignación de Escuela basado en la Delimitación Escolar para las Escuelas Preparatorias McNary y West, con más cambios para las Escuelas Preparatorias McKay, North Salem, South Salem y Sprague.

El grupo de trabajo está trabajando en las recomendaciones para los cambios a los límites de las zonas escolares que se le presentaran a la Superintendente el 11 de diciembre de 2018 durante la reunión de la Mesa Directiva Escolar.

¡Las opiniones de los padres y de los miembros de la comunidad son importantes para los cambios a los límites de las zonas escolares! El grupo de trabajo llevará a cabo dos reuniones informativas sobre los límites de las zonas escolares para dar consideración a las opiniones de los miembros de la comunidad.

Por favor, planee en asistir a una de las dos siguientes reuniones informativas:
martes, 30 de octubre
martes, 13 de noviembre

Las dos reuniones informativas se llevarán a cabo de 6pm a 8pm en el Centro de Educación Técnica y Profesional (CTEC, por sus siglas en inglés) en 3501 Portland Road NE en Salem.

Para más información sobre el Grupo de Trabajo para la Revisión de la Delimitación Escolar o de las dos reuniones informativas, por favor, visite la página para los cambios sobre los límites de las zonas escolares en el sitio web del distrito escolar www.salemkeizer.org/2018-bond-program/boundary-adjustments

2018-10-12T10:00:35+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Every Day 24J

Missing a day or two of school may not seem like a big deal, but that time matters. If a student misses just two days of school a month, by the end of the year, that adds up to an entire month of lost instruction.

At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we want all of our students to graduate prepared for successful lives. Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.

Be there all day, every day in District 24J.

2018-09-26T14:11:54+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J

El perder un día o dos de clases podría parecer irrelevante, pero ese tiempo es muy importante. Si un estudiante pierde solo dos días de clases al mes, al final del año escolar, esto representa un mes entero de clases perdidas.

En las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer, queremos que todos los estudiantes se gradúen preparados para una vida exitosa. Los estudiantes que asisten regularmente a la escuela, tienen 172 porciento mayor probabilidad de graduarse, estableciendo así las bases para el éxito en la universidad y mayores índices de empleabilidad.

Asistir a la escuela diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J.

2018-09-26T14:08:00+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Launches “Every Day 24J!” to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Buses were rolling this morning carrying almost half of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) 42,000 students, but with the back-to-school excitement was another message: “Every Day 24J!” Nearly one in three students in SKPS is chronically absent, and this year, schools and community organizations are collaborating to identify barriers to attendance and develop solutions.

The campaign officially launched at Auburn Elementary, where Principal Katie Shumway identified the shift in weather as one of the contributing factors to absenteeism. Auburn is a neighborhood school, and many of its 700 students live within the one-mile radius of the school, meaning they don’t have access school bus transportation. Through the work of the Every Day 24J committee, One Thousand Soles was able to purchase 50 pairs of rain boots at a reduced cost from Wilco. Students who attended the school’s back-to-school picnic received raffle tickets, and winners will be announced at the school on Mondays and Fridays – the days the school has the lowest attendance. Auburn is just one example of the purpose of Every Day 24J! – to identify barriers, create solutions and encourage positive behaviors.

“We believe that all parents want what’s best for their kids and that’s why we continue to look for ways to build relationships with families and strengthen community partnerships,” said Shumway. “We strive meet families where they’re at and provide the tools and resources necessary to get kids here and learning at Auburn every day. When we begin to see dips in student attendance, our community school outreach coordinator works to find out why and then identifies those resources that can create solutions.”

Additional community organizations have come forward to help provide rain gear for more students.

“We know that September is the most critical month for setting a student’s attendance pattern,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “What happens during that first month sets the tone for the entire year, and we know there’s a direct correlation between attendance and graduation. We see chronic absenteeism from students across all spectrums – cultural norms and socioeconomic statuses play roles, but we also see students who are performing really well at school who might not see the connection between attendance and employability after graduation. We must all use our sphere of influence to make those connections for our children – their futures depend on it.”

Students who miss just two days of school a month will miss a month of school each year. If a student continues that pattern through elementary and middle school, he or she will have lost an entire year of instruction by ninth grade. According to the Oregon Department of Education, students who attend school regularly are 172 percent more likely to graduate.

South Salem High Senior Kudzai Kapurura shared her perspective as a student: “In high school, you’re an independent, so it’s no longer really your parents telling you to go to school – it’s more of a personal decision. Some students don’t want to go because they don’t feel like they’re included in the community at their school. I think more than it’s credited, that’s a big part of why attendance drops in high school. When students don’t feel included, their grades start to drop. That combination makes people not want to go.”

The Every Day 24J committee comprised of district staff and community members will continue to meet throughout the year to identify benchmarks for success and develop additional solutions to remove barriers for attendance. Through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality is simultaneously developing attendance supports for families in the North Salem High feeder system. For more information on how to support the campaign, please contact Community Relations and Communications at (503) 399-3038 or by emailing info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.

2018-09-19T15:10:32+00:00September 5th, 2018|