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Whiteaker FAQs for 2022-23

Welcome to Whiteaker Middle School- FAQ’s for 2022-23

Download these Beginning of the year FAQs

We are excited to welcome students to the 2022-2023 school year. We are delighted that you will be part of our community. Here are some of the answers to the most common questions you may have over the summer in preparation for the new school year.

What school supplies should I look for this summer?

A sturdy backpack, but small enough to fit into a locker, a refillable water bottle, and a few sets of inexpensive wired earbuds to use with a Chromebook throughout the year.

School Supplies

School supplies to get you started would be several

  • #2 pencils
  • several black or blue pens
  • highlighters (at least 2 colors)
  • 6 or more college ruled spirals
  • 1-2 1/4” graph paper spirals (spirals and graph spirals are available to purchase at the school throughout the year)
  • 1-2 composition books
  • a set of colored pencils
  • a pencil pouch.

Other items may be required by teachers, depending on your students’ classes.

What Sports are available throughout the school year?


  • Cross Country (6th, 7th, 8th)
  • Football (7th, 8th)
  • Volleyball (7th, 8th)


  • Wrestling (6th, 7th, 8th)


  • Track and Field (6th, 7th, 8th)

Sign up with FamilyID

Sign-ups for sports using FamilyID Activity Registration. All sports for the new school year are open now for registration. All 7th and 8th grade students must have a current sports physical on file at the school to participate.

What clothes should I shop for this summer?

Dress Code

Dress for success at school! This is a great time to start talking to your child about wearing different outfits for work and play. The district has a dress code and will be available in the student handbook at the start of school.

PE Uniform

Students will be required to dress down for PE in Whiteaker’s PE uniform consisting of black shorts/leggings/or sweats, and a Whiteaker PE T-shirt/or a gray t-shirt. PE shirts will be available for purchase at the beginning of the school year for $6.00. Students will need to bring athletic shoes (no sandals, flip flops, heels, or boots allowed in gym) and extra pair of socks.

PE lockers are assigned to store items left during the week, but clothing should be taken home to wash weekly.

How do I keep up with what is going on at school?


The district will communicate to parents through the ParentSquare app via emails and text when you opt in. Whiteaker Administration and Teachers will also send information this way.


This website has school calendar, posts and access to forms, handbooks, and staff directory can be accessed here.


Whiteaker Middle School has a Facebook page. Please access these through the Whiteaker Webpage to be sure you are linked into the correct accounts. There could be imposters.


Be sure you have updated your student registration annually on ParentVue. ParentVue is where you will also find your students grades, class schedules, and attendance information.

Where is the best place to drop off and pick up students before and after school?

Students must be dropped off and picked up in the front of the school, or along the side of the school in the Dayspring Church parking-lot.

Cars on not allowed to load or unload in the crosswalk or in the bus area. PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR STUDENTS.

When do students start back to school?

Wolverine Camp Auguste 23 & 24 for 6th Graders

All incoming 6th grade students are invited to attend our Wolverine Camp on August 23rd or 24th. Find out more in Incoming 6th grade Information.

6th Graders First Day

The first day of school for 6th graders will by Tuesday, September 6th.

7th & 8th Graders First Day

The first day of school for 7th and 8th graders will be Wednesday, September 7th.

Back to School Night

Whiteaker will host a Back to School Night for all students and parents. Watch for the announcement to come in August.

How can I be involved?

Whiteaker is looking for an active Parent Club to support our staff after a long absence due to the pandemic. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please follow sign-up through this form.

2022-08-01T08:27:05-08:00July 25th, 2022|

Free Summer Break Meal Program 2022

Starting on Wednesday, June 22, free summer meals will be available to children ages 1-18, as well as Community Transition Program students, at the locations listed below. Meals will be Grab-N-Go Meals this summer. No on-site meals will be served inside schools.

  • Monday-Friday
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • No meals served on July 4


Summer meals additional resources

Many organizations in the community also offer support for meals during the summer. We encourage you to check 211 info for additional resources for summer meals.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or disability in its programs and activities.

Summer Meals 2022 Flyer

Summer Meals 2022 Poster
2022-07-14T13:00:13-08:00June 16th, 2022|

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|

Incoming 6th Grade Information

Welcome to Sixth Grade

We are excited to welcome our new incoming 6th graders this Fall for the 2022-23 school year! Below you will find information regarding important upcoming dates for our new 6th graders and their families, as well as links to our Camp Wolverine application, our 6th grade forecasting form, and ParentVUE.


6th Grade Forecasting Class Selection

Click on the button below to select your classes for next year.

6th Grade Elective Selections Form

Camp Wolverine Application

Click on the button below to complete your student’s camp application

Camp Wolverine Application
Camp wolverine 2022 flyer

Camp Wolverine 2022 flyer

(English & Spanish)

Review Student Information Online through ParentVUE

If you have not already, we are asking that you take a moment and review your student’s information online. You will do this by going to your ParentVUE account.

Access ParentVUE

No ParentVUE Account?

For incoming 6th Graders, if you do not have an active ParentVUE account, please contact your student’s current school and they can help you get one set up.

Online Registration Account Access

Once you have logged into ParentVUE, you will see Online Registration Account Access in the upper right-hand corner. Once you click on that you will be able to start your Online Registration for 2022-2023 school year.

Please review the information on the registration form and make any necessary changes. Registration can only be completed by the individual who lives with the student at the address on file.

Emergency Contact Info

Emergency contact phone numbers are critical and must be accurate.

If you have moved, Proof of Residency should be attached for any address change. Proof of Residency can be a scan of a current Electric, Cable, Water, Garbage bill, or a signed rental/purchase agreement. If you move before the beginning of the coming school year, please notify our office immediately to ensure that you receive information from us over the summer.

2022-04-22T10:32:11-08:00April 21st, 2022|

Video: Different Choices, Always United

As we transition into optional face coverings, it’s important to remember to be respectful of each other’s choices. At Salem-Keizer Public Schools we may make different choices, be we are always united.

2022-03-10T11:06:36-08:00March 9th, 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|

2018 bond improves learning environments in Keizer

Thanks to voters’ approval of a bond measure in 2018, schools all across the district are receiving expansions and/or improvements.

The district is finishing its third year of construction under the bond program, and to date 90% of architectural design work is complete, and 63% of planned construction is substantially complete, meaning the spaces are ready to be used for school operations. Fifty-four out of the district’s 60 school sites are either in architectural design, under construction, or substantially complete.

At Whiteaker, bond improvements were complete in the fall of 2020. Whiteaker received a new science classroom, improvements in the gym, a secured check-in space at the front entrance, roof replacement, intercom system upgrades and more.

All schools in the district will receive some level of improvement under the bond. The following table gives a summary of the status of improvements at schools in the McNary High School feeder system.

School Project start Project end Status
McNary High Summer 2019 Fall 2020 Complete
Claggett Creek Middle Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Whiteaker Middle Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Clear Lake Elementary Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Cummings Elementary Summer 2020 Winter 2020 Complete
Forest Ridge Elementary Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Not yet started
Gubser Elementary Spring 2019 Fall 2019 Complete
Keizer Elementary Summer 2022 Fall 2023 In design
Kennedy Elementary Summer 2021 Fall 2022 In construction
Weddle Elementary Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete

Many schools across Salem in the district’s five other high school feeder systems are also in various phases of construction or complete.

Thank you, voters, for providing relief for overcrowding, expanded career and technical (vocational) education opportunities, increased safety and security and more for our students.

For more information about the 2018 bond program, please visit www.salemkeizer.org/projects-status.

2021-12-30T14:07:32-08:00December 30th, 2021|