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Day of the Child | Dia del Niño

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

Day of the Child Poster

2019-05-28T15:15:43-08:00April 4th, 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|

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

***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 June 11, NOW June 12
  • Elementary Grading Days – FORMERLY June 12-13, NOW June 13-14
  • Secondary Last Day – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Middle School Early Release – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Secondary Grading Day – FORMERLY June 13, NOW June 14

Updated Calendars For All Schools EXCEPT Judson, North Salem and McNary

Click the links for the updated calendars in English and Spanish.

Original Calendars for Judson, North Salem and McNary ONLY

Click the links for the calendar for Judson Middle, McNary High and North Salem High in English and Spanish.

Click the link to visit the Calendar page on the district website.

 

2019-05-06T12:33:08-08:00March 21st, 2019|

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

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 unas cartas por correo para aquellas familias cuya dirección de residencia se ve afectada por el ajuste a los límites escolares. Si usted piensa que su dirección se ve afectada por el ajuste a los limites escolares pero no recibió una carta, por favor, comuníquese con su escuela.

Para obtener más información sobre los ajustes a los límites escolares o sobre el formulario de traslado de escuela para hermanos debido al ajuste a los límites escolares, por favor acuda a: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments o envíe un correo electrónico a: info@salkeiz.k12.or.us

2019-03-08T09:58:42-08:00March 1st, 2019|

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

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

2019-03-01T11:05:55-08:00March 1st, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

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 the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13th, 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|

About the Boundary Adjustment Process

The district has created resources to help explain the boundary adjustment process. If adopted by the Salem-Keizer School Board on February 12, the proposed boundary adjustments would go into effect in Fall 2019.

Parents and guardians of students who could change schools because of boundary adjustment will receive a letter soon as firm information is available — prior to the Feb. 12 vote if possible, or immediately after the vote.

Here’s a timeline that describes what to expect, in English and Spanish. The boxes on the timeline include information about the process.

These resources on the district website show proposed changes.

2019-01-17T09:45:48-08:00January 17th, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Seeks Community Input on School Boundary Adjustments at Dec. 4 Listening Sessions

Links to surveys on Task Force Proposal #4 can be found on the boundary adjustments page.

Parents, students, school neighbors and community members are invited to attend a Boundary Review Task Force Listening Session on Dec. 4 to share feedback on possible school attendance area boundary adjustments.

Boundary adjustments are needed to relieve overcrowding and put to use the new spaces being built in the 2018 bond program. During the boundary review process, all school attendance area boundaries in the Salem-Keizer School District are being reviewed, however not all boundaries will need to be adjusted.

A Boundary Review Task Force made up of community volunteers has been reviewing boundaries and proposing adjustments since early October. The goal of the Task Force is to create a recommendation for the Superintendent for adjusted boundaries that balances school enrollments across the district, prepares schools for future growth, and identifies implications for the 2018 bond program.

Public input is important to helping the Task Force create a proposal for adjusted boundaries. The community is invited to attend a Boundary Review Task Force Listening Session on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at one of four locations:

Kennedy Elementary School

4912 Noren Ave. NE, Keizer
Areas of focus will be Keizer/McNary and West Salem schools, most notably: Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools; Clear Lake, Cummings, Forest Ridge, Gubser, Kalapuya, Keizer, Kennedy, Myers and Weddle elementary schools.

Four Corners Elementary School

500 Elma Ave. SE, Salem
Areas of focus will be North Salem/McKay area schools, most notably: Houck Middle School; Auburn, Chávez, Eyre, Four Corners, Hammond, Hayesville, Lamb, Miller, Swegle and Yoshikai elementary schools.

Waldo Middle School

2805 Lansing Ave. NE, Salem
Areas of focus will be McKay/North Salem area schools, most notably: North Salem High School; Parrish Middle School; Hallman, Hoover and Washington elementary schools.

Judson Middle School

4512 Jones Road SE, Salem
Areas of focus will be South/Sprague area schools, most notably: South Salem and Sprague high schools; Bush, Battle Creek, Candalaria, Lee, Liberty, McKinley, Morningside, Salem Heights and Schirle elementary schools.

Parents and community members from all school neighborhoods are welcome to attend; attendance is not limited to residents of the school neighborhoods listed.

The presentations at Four Corners and Waldo will be co-presented in English and Spanish. Additionally, Spanish interpreters will be available at all locations. Childcare and snacks will be provided.

Please contact SKPS at (503) 399-3290 for other accommodations, such as ASL interpretation, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Expresa tu opinión sobre los ajustes de los límites escolares

Familias del distrito escolar de Salem-Keizer, el próximo 4 de diciembre se llevarán a cabo sesiónes informativas para la comunidad acerca de los ajustes de límites a las escuelas del distrito. Sus hijos podrían ser asignados a diferentes escuelas el próximo año, dependiendo de donde usted vive. Su asistencia es importante, tendrá la oportunidad de expresar su opinión sobre los ajustes de límites escolares con los miembros del grupo de trabajo. Se proporcionarán bocadillos y cuidado de niños. Tendremos interpretes disponibles en español.

SESIÓNES INFORMATIVAS 4 de dec., 6 a 8 p.m.

Esquela Primaria Kennedy

4912 Noren Ave. NE, Keizer
Las áreas de enfoque serán en las escuelas de Keizer y West Salem, en particular: las escuelas intermedias Claggett Creek y Whiteaker; escuelas primarias de Clear Lake, Cummings, Forest Ridge, Gubser, Keizer, Kennedy y Weddle.

Esquela Primaria Four Corners

500 Elma Ave. SE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área de North Salem/McKay, en particular: Esquela Intermedia Houck; escuelas primarias de Auburn, Chávez, Eyre, Four Corners, Hammond, Hayesville, Lamb, Miller, Swegle y Yoshikai.

Esquela Intermedia Waldo

2805 Lansing Ave. NE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área McKay/North Salem, en particular: Esquela Preparatoria North Salem; Escuela Intermedia Parrish; escuelas primarias Hallman, Hoover y Washington.

Esquela Intermedia Judson

4512 Jones Road SE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área South/Sprague, en particular: las escuelas preparatorias South Salem y Sprague; escuelas primarias de Bush, Candalaria, Lee, Liberty, McKinley, Morningside, Salem Heights y Schirle.

TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS

Expresar su opinión sobre los ajustes de límites escolares con los miembros del grupo de trabajo.
https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments/

2018-12-13T11:09:25-08:00November 30th, 2018|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Host Native American Awareness Gathering

The free event features storytelling, dancing, dinner and more!

There are nearly 700 students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) who identify as Native American or Alaska Natives from 65 tribes, and on Friday, Nov. 30, they will be celebrated through native music, dancing, storytelling and a special native dinner. November is Native American Heritage Month, and this gathering is the culmination of a month-long celebration that also included a proclamation from the Salem-Keizer Board of Directors.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Chemeketa Community College Building 2, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. SKPS employees who attend may receive three professional development credits. The gathering is hosted by the Indian Education Program and the Indian Parent Advisory Committee.

The SKPS Indian Education Program provides services for students who identify as Native American or Alaska Natives including tutoring, college and scholarship information, the Eagle Feather Graduation Celebration, monthly meetings for parents and a culturally based academic summer program.

What: Native American Awareness Gathering
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Where: Chemeketa Community College Building 2, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem
Cost: Free

2018-11-29T14:53:09-08:00November 18th, 2018|