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VIP Fast Pass


Starting  Monday, April 29 and ending Monday, June 10 (a total of 30 school days) all students with 95% attendance (absent no more than 1.5 days) will receive a VIP FIELD DAY FAST PASS!

A fast pass includes:

VIP Field Day Wrist band

Early access to Field Day

Raffle ticket for prize drawings throughout the last day

Faster lines for food and field day activities

Pre-Purchased yearbooks will be distributed the day before non-VIP pass holders

And much, much more!


2019-05-13T09:14:05-08:00May 13th, 2019|

Spring Football Camp

All Whiteaker students are welcome to a FREE Spring Football Camp May 15-17 from 3-5 pm at Whiteaker Middle School.

Register online at

Your coaches are Tom Larimer, Angel Ochoa, Luke Atwood, Marcus Larimer, Jason Walling, Zachary Drake, Christian Ochoa, Kurt Barker, Mark Atwood.

See attached Flyer and contact Coach Larimer with questions:

2019-05-06T09:29:40-08:00May 5th, 2019|

Incoming 6th grade Orientation & Academic Fair

Families of incoming 6th graders are invited to join us May 16 from 6-7 pm for the 6th Grade Orientation & Academic Fair.  Find out about elective choices, core classes, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. We will be showcasing the variety of academics and opportunities students will have at middle school. You will receive basic information about a day at Whiteaker and experience stations showcasing content and projects.  You can even join one of our student guides for a tour of the school, see the classrooms, and ask questions along the way. No reservation is required.  Hope to see you there!



2019-04-16T13:26:27-08:00April 16th, 2019|

CTE Summer Camp Registration Open

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Middle School Summer Camp Registration is OPEN. These camps, funded with a 2-year grant from the Oregon Department of Education, give current 5th, 6th and 7th grade students the opportunity to have hands on experiences in some of our CTE programs. Please take a minute to look at the attached flyer.

Paper registration forms are available in both English and Spanish or you can print them at home from the attached pdf.

Applications will be accepted through May 10th at 4:00 pm.  This year, all camps will be filled by a random lottery instead of a first come first served basis.

The online registration links will go live Wednesday April 10th at 12 pm.

English Application:

Spanish Application:




2019-04-09T12:29:42-08:00April 9th, 2019|

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.

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.

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|