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|

Winter Activity Program

Please see the attached flier describing the Winter Activity Program held at various Salem-Keizer schools including Cummings and Weddle.

There will be free lunch and activities offered 12:00-1:00 pm December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, January 2 and 3.

2019-12-18T11:32:19-08:00December 18th, 2019|

Whiteaker Bond Construction Update!

Thanks to voters in Salem and Keizer, Whiteaker will be receiving upgrades next year!

In May 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements all across the school district.

Highlights of the projects happening for Whiteaker include roofing improvements, repurposing one general classroom into a science lab, a gym floor replacement and improvements to the front office space to increase visibility and control of the front entry. Just over $2.1 million will be invested in improvements at Whiteaker!

At the end of last school year, a team of representatives from Whiteaker met with district Construction Services staff to make plans that include design decisions. Whiteaker staff contributed important perspectives on the needs of students and the school.

BBT Architects has been hired to create the drawings that a construction team will use to remodel the selected spaces.

Construction is planned to start at the end of this school year (June 2020) and is expected to be completed over the summer.

Thanks to the community’s support of the 2018 bond, Whiteaker will soon have more space for science education opportunities and a safer learning environment for our students!

For more information about bond-funded construction in Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit www.salemkeizer.org/projects-status.

2019-10-29T11:23:58-08:00October 29th, 2019|

Collin Kartchner Links

On Friday, October 18, our students were treated to an assembly with TedX speaker and youth advocate Collin Kartchner.

We have attached a link to his Ted Talk and his website where you can learn more about whether flip phones can end our social media addiction.

#savethekids

17 Minute Ted Talk Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/
collin_kartchner_can_flip_phones_end_our_social_media_addiction

Collin’s Website: https://www.collinkartchner.com/

2019-10-28T14:51:12-08:00October 25th, 2019|