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Request to Speak to a Counselor

posted Apr 23, 2020, 4:18 PM by Eric Phillips

We know this is a very difficult and stressful time for many of our students and families. Since we are not able to see everyone on a daily basis, we wanted to provide this family check-in to ensure that our students and families are safe and have everything that they need! Please take a few minutes to complete this form if you or your family have any needs at this time. Note: This form can be filled out multiple times, so please feel free to complete as needed. Thank you!


Distant Learning Resources

posted Apr 13, 2020, 9:32 AM by Eric Phillips

On April 13, 2020 we will begin learning like we never have before. On March 30, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced the statewide change to “Distance Learning for All” in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has closed our schools since March 16. Equity for Student Learning

Statement from Superintendent Perry

posted Apr 9, 2020, 11:21 AM by Eric Phillips   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 11:26 AM ]

Statement from Superintendent Perry Regarding School Closure and High School Guidance

With the preservation of public health as the guiding light, today Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education announced that our school doors will not open again for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Like you, we are hurting, but we know this latest guidance comes as another measure to keep us as safe and healthy as we can be.

For the Class of 2020 – we see you. There is no world in which this is fair. We will not give up on finding creative ways to honor you and restore every amount of normalcy that we can. At this time, no decisions have been made about graduation ceremonies or the opportunity for students to reschedule events like proms as we are awaiting further direction regarding social distancing requirements. As soon as we know, we will share that as we know you are anxious for information on the year-end traditions and celebrations.

With this announcement comes important guidance for high school students, particularly our nearly 3,000 high school seniors. There is no change to the number of credits required to graduate. We now consider March 13th as the final day of coursework just for students in the class of 2020, and we will issue a .5 credit as “Pass,” or “Incomplete” for the work completed t o this date. This guidance applies to students set to graduate in June of 2020. For those seniors who don’t have enough credits as of March 13, we will create individualized distance learning schedules to help you earn credits through the end of the school year to stay on track with the Class of 2020. In addition, Essential Skills and Personalized Learning Requirements are suspended.

This guidance issued by ODE aligns with the SKPS Distance Learning Plan in that the district will be moving to a pass, incomplete system in grades 9-12 for the remainder of the closure period.

As we evaluate this guidance, we will communicate additional details directly from your school, and high school seniors will receive individual guidance on next steps.

We will continue to honor distance learning for all of our students in grades K-8, and we will follow a plan to report on progress toward focused standards for Distance Learning. Distance learning begins on Monday, April 13, but please know we do not expect it to look like the school days we had only a handful of weeks ago.

To view the full guidance from the state, please click here.

If you weren’t able to get a Chromebook for your student, you can rent one for free for the remainder of the emergency closure. Just come to any one of our high schools between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Friday, April 10.

We will continue to provide free meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all of our 35 sites throughout the duration of the emergency closure, and on Monday, we’ll open Eyre Elementary as an additional location, as well.

We know this is unlike anything we as educators, parents or student s have ever seen before. Since this emergency closure began, our priority has been and will continue to be our high school students. Our educators and administrators are committed to being problem -solvers and partners for our high schoolers so their paths to graduation are not interrupted by this pandemic. We’re grateful to our partners in neighboring districts, at the state and in higher education for taking extraordinary measures to help us provide individualized and unique learning opportunities.

We urge you – please err on the side of caution. Stay home. Stay healthy. Our buildings, fields and playgrounds may be closed, but we are still here to support you. We can’t wait to see all of you again.


SKPS Coronavirus Updates and Resources web page

posted Apr 6, 2020, 12:23 PM by Eric Phillips   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 4:29 PM ]

All Salem-Keizer Public Schools are closed until at least April 28, 2020. For more information, please visit our Coronavirus Updates and Resources web page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Update

posted Mar 21, 2020, 4:52 PM by Eric Phillips

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Update

Schools Offering Grab and Go Meals at 36 Locations

posted Mar 21, 2020, 4:50 PM by Eric Phillips

SKPS Free Meal Sites

SKPS Releases Supplemental Learning Materials for All Levels

posted Mar 21, 2020, 4:45 PM by Eric Phillips

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) has released the initial phase of supplemental learning materials available online. Resources for supplemental learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded and all of these activities are optional.


The materials include supplemental materials based on grade level and include daily activities coupled with “brain breaks” and stress relievers. Materials are also available in Spanish.

To access the materials, click here.


SKPS will be following up next with hard-copy materials for students.


Beginning the week of March 30, SKPS will begin targeted outreach to support seniors on their path toward graduation. 

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close March 16-April 1

posted Mar 13, 2020, 9:55 AM by Eric Phillips

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close March 16-April 1

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

posted Mar 12, 2020, 10:55 AM by Eric Phillips   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 10:57 AM ]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Update

Monday Announcements for March 9th

posted Mar 9, 2020, 9:08 AM by Eric Phillips

  • Welcome to Term III, can you believe it?  

  • Mondays are a  great day to go to our Magic Monday Club happening in Mr. Kresner’s room. Please check with Mr. Kresner, if you need more details!

  • Join our NEW weekly leadership club on Tuesdays with Oregon State University and 4-H! Come learn and develop your passion while we design community projects with our friends! We will meet weekly for fun activities, meet community leaders, and share our student voices. Through this club, you will develop your own leadership and teamwork skills to add to your resume! We look forward to seeing you in the ECHS Computer Lab every Tuesday, from 3:25-4:45!

  • Are you musical?  Join our Music Club Madness happening every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 pm in Mrs. Utley’s room.  We are looking for students that sing or play any type of instrument, come on down and join in!!

  • Do you have a talent you would like to share with the school?  We need to know if there is enough interest this year for our annual Spring talent show.  Please sign up in the main office, if you would like to participate, we need to know ahead of time to be able to plan our show!! 

  • Have you smelled the delicious popcorn being sold in the lobby?  It is now available on Thursdays only, for only .50 cents. Students wanting to participate in the popcorn venture should see Mrs. Caulder to do a short training. ECHS students, we are in need of help during second lunch, did you know you can count this as Community Engagement hours, plus it’s fun!

  • The winners of the ECHS and TPP t-shirt design contests have been announced, the ECHS winner was Brooke Benjamin and the TPP winner is Jonessa Barboza, congratulations to you both!!  Thank you to those of you who submitted designs, we had the best participation that we have ever had!! 

  • The 1000 soles shoe drive is over and we want to thank those of you who brought in shoes for the drive.  We also want to thank Alyssa Dixon for her help and support of the shoe drive this year!

  • Have you noticed the proposed prom themes for this year in the main lobby showcase? We will be voting on the theme at our next all school assembly that is coming up this Friday on March 13th, which one will you be voting for!? Prom 2020 is on Saturday, May 2nd this year, start planning now to attend!!

  • Come join our crossfit club, it is being held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 in the gym where Bob will be the supervisor. The club will be working as a group, doing a set workout for the day, which will be planned out beforehand by a fellow student. Please bring a water bottle, along with clothes that are comfortable to workout in, and proper shoes. Everyone is welcome to come to the new club, we hope you will consider joining in!

  • Hey building 50 students, are you interested in volleyball, or want to learn more about volleyball?  Please join our volleyball club happening every Wednesday after school from 3:45-4:30 pm in the gym. Make sure to wear something comfortable to play in.  We hope to see you there!

  • Do you love to write and being creative, well then our Creative writing club is perfect for you!  They are meeting every Thursday in Mrs. Utley’s classroom at 3:30 pm.  

  • Spring parent/teacher conferences are coming up on March 18th and 19th, please remind your parents and plan now to attend! 

  • Spring Break is coming up, it is March 23rd- March 27th, that will be a great break for all! 

  • Thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Models:

o Respectful and Responsible,

o On time and Organized

o Listening and Learning and

o Embracing Hard Work.

        Have a great week!!

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