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Spotlight on Success: Whiteaker eighth-grade leadership students

Whiteaker Middle School’s eighth-grade leadership class, led by teacher Amber Sweeney, was honored by Principal Suzanne Leonard at the April 12, 2022, school board meeting.

Here are some examples of the work these leadership students do for their school and community.

Act as peer helpers

Leadership students help students new to Whiteaker by giving them tours of the building and helping them find their classes. They also help other students go from class to class when special needs arise.

Pay It Forward Project

Students work in groups to promote kindness. This includes creating posters displayed throughout the school and videos with positive messages shown in the school.

Encourage student athletes

Leadership students create individual posters for each of our athletes in every sport throughout the year, to cheer them on during the sports season.

Wolverine Kindness Challenge

Our students came up with individual and class kindness challenges where acts of kindness are recognized and rewarded.

Food drives

Here are examples of the work these students do in the community.

In November 2021, students hosted two food drives to help Dayspring Fellowship fill Thanksgiving boxes for 200 Salem-Keizer families. In total, almost 4,000 pounds of food was given to families that needed a hand.

In December 2021, Whiteaker’s Dollar Challenge helped Whiteaker area students to have a better holiday season by collecting donations, working in cooperation with the Keizer Network of Women to buy gifts and necessities for students in need.

Whiteaker is so proud of the work Amber and her leadership students do throughout the school year to support the school and community. They demonstrate values of kindness and giving that are hallmarks of true leadership.

2022-04-26T14:21:37-08:00April 26th, 2022|

Face coverings optional effective March 12

​​As you likely know, there have been significant changes in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education regarding face coverings in schools.

We have carefully reviewed the guidance and met with our community health partners to provide expertise and feedback on these changes. All groups were supportive of our ability to keep students in schools safely without the universal use of face coverings when community transmission is low.

Effective March 12, 2022, face coverings will be optional in all district facilities, schools and school buses for students and staff. This includes the school day, before-school and after-school programs and extracurricular activities and athletics.

While face coverings will be optional, it is highly recommended that at-risk adults and students continue to wear KN95 masks. We know some students and adults will choose to wear face coverings and others will not. It is critical we support these decisions as we work together to build a community that supports each other in the decisions that protect their health or the health of those close to them.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of our schools and community.

2022-03-04T18:55:22-08:00March 4th, 2022|

Think before you post

Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.

Safety is our top priority

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Maintaining safety in our schools requires an ongoing partnership with school staff, students, families, law enforcement and the surrounding community.

In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as the one at Oxford High School in Michigan, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places. Safety is critical, and our district fully investigates each threat in collaboration with the FBI and/or our state and local law enforcement partners.

Issuing a threat is a crime

Recently, we have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against schools. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Our law enforcement partners investigate every tip to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. Hoax threats can result in both arrest by law enforcement and/or suspension or expulsion by the school district. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for those who post them.

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, verbally, or through email—is a crime. Please share with your kids and those in your community that making a threat is a poor choice that could impact them for years to come.

Threats impact our entire community

In addition to the individual consequences a person may face, these threats have a serious impact on our community. They divert district resources from providing support for students and disrupt the learning environment for hundreds of students. Law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating other crimes, and they cost taxpayers a lot of money. The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school staff and families.

Things to remember

Don’t share or forward a threat until law enforcement has a chance to investigate – this can spread misinformation and cause panic.

  • Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online
  • If you are the target of an online threat, call your local law enforcement immediately
  • Salem Police Department Non-Emergency 503-588-6123
  • Keizer Police Department Non-Emergency 503-390-2000
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office 503-588-5032

If you see a threat of violence posted online, contact local law enforcement or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also submit information online to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.

Use SafeOregon by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed to tip@safeoregon.com or through the SafeOregon app.

Remember – a hoax threat is no joke. Think before you post.

2021-12-14T21:45:20-08:00December 10th, 2021|

Complete registration for bus service for the 2021-22 school year

Starting the first week of September, SKPS school buses will be hitting the road as students return to school for the 2021-22 school year! Will your child need transportation to or from school this year? There are a few quick and easy steps for you to take to ensure your child is ready to go on day one.

1. Check eligibility for bus transportation

Transportation-eligible means that the student lives at a residence within their neighborhood school attendance boundary, and the residence is outside the State of Oregon defined walk zone for that school. The walk zones are 1.0 mile for elementary students and 1.5 miles for middle and high school students.

You can check eligibility for bus transportation on the Busfinder webpage.

If you are eligible, you will see the link appear for “PARENTVUE” to complete the bus rider registration process. If you do not qualify for bus transportation based on your child’s school and residence address, you will not see this link appear.

*Please note: when you follow the link to complete the registration process, you will be taken to the online registration process. The selection for bus transportation toward the end of the online registration process. (See step 2).

2. Complete bus rider registration

Prior to riding the bus, your child will need to be registered for bus transportation. Registration can be completed by checking the box “Bus Rider Registration” during the online registration or enrollment verification process through ParentVUE. This option will appear on the “Students” step is near the end of the registration process. (See below).

If you need assistance with completing online registration, if you missed this step during online registration, or need to confirm if your registration is complete, please contact your child’s school who can assist you in verifying your bus rider registration.

*Please note that although the option to select bus rider registration will be available to all families through the registration process, only families who are eligible for bus transportation (step 1) will be provided transportation.

Check your child’s bus transportation information for bus route, stop and times

Approximately 48 hours after completing registration, information about bus routes, stops and times will be available for your student in ParentVUE.

To find this information, navigate to the “Student Information” tab on the ParentVUE app then select “additional information.”

If you need support to complete this process for your child, please contact your school for assistance or contact the Transportation department at 503-399-3100.

Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I complete registration for bus transportation?

Answer: All families who qualify and would like their child to utilize bus transportation need to complete bus rider registration. After confirming eligibility, registration can be completed during the “students” step of online registration. If you need support with this process, please contact your child’s school.

Q: How do I access bus route and stop information for my child?

A: After completing rider registration, bus route and stop information will be available in the “student information” section of ParentVUE under “additional information.” If you need support with accessing your ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Q: Will I receive a confirmation when my bus rider registration is accepted?

A: No. If you completed the online registration process, selected for bus transportation and are eligible, your child will receive transportation. You can confirm this information by accessing your child’s route and stop information in ParentVUE or by contacting your child’s school.

Q: Will face coverings be required on school buses?

A: Yes. Currently, face coverings are required for all students on school buses.

2021-09-02T14:06:31-08:00August 31st, 2021|

Middle and high school bell schedules, late start days and first day of school

The start of the 2021-22 school year is right around the corner. Here is all the information you will need about bell schedules, late start days and the first day of school for middle and high school students.

Start and end times

This year, all SKPS schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year.

Middle school

Middle schools will start at 9:20 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with the exception of Roberts Middle School which will start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.

High school

High school will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m., with the exception of the three locations below:

  • CTEC – 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Early College High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
  • Roberts High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Programs

  • EDGE Secondary will start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
  • The Community Transition Program will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Late start on Wednesdays

All SKPS schools will have a late start day on Wednesday. This means that the school start time will be one hour later than normal. Dismissal time will remain at the normal time.

For example, if school is regularly scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and release at 3:20 p.m., it will still be released at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday; however, school will not begin until 9:30 a.m.

A late start day allows school staff a regular time for collaboration and planning in order to better support our students.

All bus transportation pick-up times will also be shifted one hour late on Wednesdays, with limited exceptions. Exceptions to this will be contacted directly for bus stop time adjustments. Drop-off times for all buses will remain at the normal time.

First days of school

Middle school

The first day of school for middle school will be on a “transition day.” This allows 6th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.

  • 6th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
  • 7th and 8th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.

High school

The first day of school for high school will be on a “smooth start.” This allows 9th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.

  • 9th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.

If you have any additional questions regarding bell times, late start or the first day of school, please reach out to your student’s school.

2021-09-02T11:00:21-08:00August 26th, 2021|