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Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close 2.5 Hours Early, No PM Preschool on May 8

This early closure comes as a result of anticipated significant staff absences

At 1:30 p.m. on May 8, the Oregon Education Association will host a “Day of Action” to advocate for full funding of the Oregon Quality Education Model. Due to limited substitute numbers and anticipated significant staff absences, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will enact a 2.5-hour early dismissal. The early closure will allow for students to receive instruction and nutrition services on an important school day. Transportation will run on the modified schedule. Afterschool care will offer extended schedules.

“We came to this decision in collaboration with Salem Keizer Education Association and with the support of the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “We know there are extenuating circumstances like Advanced Placement exams, outdoor school and field trips. Our intent is to have the majority of these activities go on as planned.”

“Our schools can’t afford to give students what they need, so lawmakers must increase school funding.” says Mindy Merritt, teacher and President of the Salem Keizer Education Association. “Our classrooms are bursting at the seams; our students need greater access to social emotional learning and students are missing out on the individual attention they require. Our students can’t wait any longer. It’s time—past time—to invest in our schools.”

The Day of Action comes as legislators are finalizing the State School Fund and the district is finalizing its budget. To view the current proposed SKPS budget, click here.

2019-05-06T20:18:52+08:00April 29th, 2019|

Monday Announcements for Monday, April 29th

Building 50 students of the month for April

● Congratulations to our Building 50 students of the month for April!! For TPP, the student of the month is Andrea Jolley and for ECHS, our student of the month is Michael McGuire! Way to go!!

Kindergarten readiness May 7th

● For TPP, the next Kindergarten readiness is coming up on May 7th, please mark your calendars and plan to attend these great workshops!

MESA moving to Monday

● MESA is moving to Mondays! The new MESA time for spring term is Mondays after school 3:30 to 4:30. Our first chapter meeting of the new term will be today. Hope to see you there! If you’ve wanted to check MESA out, now would be a great time!

Building 50 talent show

● Are you an entertainer or like entertaining a crowd? Our student council is holding Building 50 talent show auditions on May 1st during both lunches in the library. You could sing a song, play an instrument, read a poem, perform a dance, or lip sync a song!? We are looking for great acts to perform and you don’t want to miss out! You may also submit a video of your performance, get the email from the main office, if you would like that option. If you had expressed interest, we are counting on you to come
audition, and make our show complete! The talent show will be held on Friday, May 24th, we look forward to hearing your talent.

Awesome 3000 May 4th

● The Awesome 3000 is coming up on May 4th and is now for high schoolers too! Your AVID or advisory teacher have fliers for you, if you are interested in signing up!

Prom 2019

● Prom is coming up this coming Saturday, and have you seen the forecast?!! Plan now to purchase your ticket this week for our
Hollywood- Red Carpet Affair prom. They are on sale until Friday after school, there will be no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are only $15 each and are available during both lunches until May 3rd. Get yours today, we want to see you there!!

As always thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Model.
o Respectful and Responsible,
o On time and Organized
o Listening and Learning and
o Embracing Hard Work.

2019-06-12T23:45:48+08:00April 29th, 2019|

Monday Announcements for Monday, April 22nd

Building 50 students of the month for April

Congratulations to our Building 50 students of the month for April!! For TPP, the student of the month is Andrea Jolley and for ECHS, our student of the month is Michael McGuire! Way to go!!

MESA on Mondays

MESA is moving to Mondays! The new MESA time for spring term is Mondays after school 3:30 to 4:30. Our first chapter meeting of the new term will be today. Hope to see you there! If you’ve wanted to check MESA out, now would be a great time!

Building 50 talent show auditions May 1st

Are you an entertainer or like entertaining a crowd? Our student council is holding Building 50 talent show auditions on May 1st during both lunches in the library. You could sing a song, play an instrument, read a poem, perform a dance, or lip sync a song!? We are looking for great acts to perform and you don’t want to miss out! You may also submit a video of your performance, get the email from the main office, if you would like that option. If you had expressed interest, we are counting on you to come audition, and make our show complete!

2019 District Spelling Bee

2019 District Spelling Bee is coming up on April 26th at Willamette ESD- Please see your English Teacher for more information.

Awesome 3000 May 4th

The Awesome 3000 is coming up on May 4th and is now for high schoolers too! Your AVID or advisory teacher have fliers for you, if you are interested in signing up!

Thanks to the Student Council

A huge thank you to all of our student council members who helped plan our fun prom assembly last Friday. Please take time to thank your teachers that were such great sports and for supporting our assemblies, we appreciate them!!

Prom 2019

Prom time is here!! Plan now to purchase your ticket for our Hollywood- Red Carpet Affair prom. Tickets are only $15 each and are available during both lunches until May 3rd. Get yours today, we want to see you there!!

As always thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Model.

o Respectful and Responsible,

o On time and Organized

o Listening and Learning and

o Embracing Hard Work.

2019-06-12T23:46:34+08:00April 22nd, 2019|

Monday Announcements for Monday, April 15th

Mandatory Graduating TPP Seniors Meeting today

● TPP Graduating Seniors, your next mandatory meeting is today, Monday, April 15th, in the portable during your lunchtime.

Capital College Night is THIS Tuesday

● Mark your Calendars Capital College Night is THIS Tuesday, April 16th from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM! During this evening event at McNary High School we will have ALL 29 private and public Oregon Colleges and Universities scheduled to attend the college fair in addition to 6 community colleges. The college Fair will take place from 6 – 7 PM and Educational College planning break out sessions will be from 7 – 8:30 PM Take advantage of this GREAT opportunity to explore Oregon college options. We hope to see you there!

MESA on Mondays

● MESA is moving to Mondays! The new MESA time for spring term is Mondays after school 3:30 to 4:30. Our first chapter meeting of the new term will be today. Hope to see you there! If you’ve wanted to check MESA out, now would be a great time!

Kindergarten Readiness back tomorrow

● Teen Parents- Kindergarten readiness will be back tomorrow, Tues., the 16th! You won’t want to miss this amazing learning opportunity!

Volunteer Game Concession positions available

● McKay Project Grad has volunteer Game Concession positions available. McKay Project Grad is our joint planning committee that plans and hosts our Senior All Night Party. Working game concessions is a great opportunity for Seniors to earn money towards their tickets or any student to earn volunteer hours for helping out. Sign up is an easy online link. Stop by the main office for more details and signup link if interested.

Buy a Mystery Egg

● Hey Building 50 Peeps: only one week left to buy your mystery egg and make someone’s day Eggcellent! For the inEggspensive price of $1, you can brighten a friend, teacher, or your own Friday afternoon with chocolate and the opportunity to win one of many really Eggceptional prizes. We still have plenty of eggs available and chocolate treats if you just need a little boost. Visit the journalism and yearbook gals in the lobby during both lunches, and check out the prizes in the front display case.

Building 50 talent show

● Are you an entertainer or like entertaining a crowd? Our student council is interesting in organizing a Building 50 talent show for this coming May. Please let your student council representative know if you are interested in performing. You could sing a song, play an instrument, read a poem, perform a dance, or lip sync a song!? We are looking for great acts to perform and you don’t want to miss out! Auditions are coming up very soon, if you have shown interest, you will be contacted!

Awesome 3000 May 4th

● The Awesome 3000 is coming up on May 4th and is now for high schoolers too! Your AVID or advisory teacher have fliers for you, if you are interested in signing up!

Prom 2019

● Prom is less than 1 month away!! Plan now to purchase your ticket for our Hollywood- Red Carpet Affair prom when they go on sale on April 22nd!! Tickets are only $15 each and you won’t want to miss it!

As always thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Model.
o Respectful and Responsible,
o On time and Organized
o Listening and Learning and
o Embracing Hard Work.

2019-06-12T23:46:26+08:00April 15th, 2019|

SKPS Launches Districtwide Remind for Educators

Does your child’s teacher or school currently use Remind to communicate about upcoming events, assignments and more? Through a recent partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools will now has access to Remind to help improve and streamline communication with our students and families.

Remind offers educators, students, parents and guardians a safe and effective way to communicate about school assignments and grades, ask questions, collaborate and more. Be sure to download the Remind app today and contact your school to learn more about specific tools being utilized in your child’s class.

*Please note this program is currently being rolled out. Not all schools will currently be using Remind for classroom and school communication. Please contact your school to learn more.

Visit Remind app website
Watch a video about Remind app on YouTube
2019-05-06T20:27:32+08:00April 10th, 2019|

Monday Announcements for Monday, April 8th

Friday Night Live April 12th

● Save the date!! Our next Friday Night Live is coming up this Friday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. It will be a paint night, game night, Amovie night with Junk food, tickets are $5.00, for the paint and instruction or $3.00 if you would like to take part in the rest! Plan now to enjoy the last Friday Night Live of the school year! Look for the locker tags around the school for more details!

Graduating Seniors Mandatory Meetings

● ECHS Graduating Seniors, your next mandatory meeting is coming up this Friday, April 12th. ECHS will meet at 9:00 am in the library and TPP will meet on Monday, the 15th in the portable during your lunchtime.

health and career fair tomorrow

● We will be holding our health and career fair tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9th. It will go from 11:30-12:30 pm. There will be over 40 vendors, for you to visit with to gather information. Your AVID or Advisory teacher will be getting you more information for this great event.

MESA on Mondays

● MESA is moving to Mondays! The new MESA time for spring term is Mondays after school 3:30 to 4:30. Our first chapter meeting of the new term will be today. Hope to see you there! If you’ve wanted to check MESA out, now would be a great time!

Teen Parents- Kindergarten readiness

● Teen Parents- Kindergarten readiness will be back next Tues., the 16th! You won’t want to miss this amazing learning opportunity!

Volunteer Game Concession positions available

● McKay Project Grad has volunteer Game Concession positions available. McKay Project Grad is our joint planning committee that plans and hosts our Senior All Night Party. Working game concessions is a great opportunity for Seniors to earn money towards their tickets or any student to earn volunteer hours for helping out. Sign up is an easy online link. Stop by the main office for more details and signup link if interested.

Buy a Mystery Egg

● Mystery Eggs- Have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, you want to hear about them, they will go on sale today and are the cutest eggs you have ever seen! Start thinking now about who you would like to buy one for!!

Building 50 talent show

● Are you an entertainer or like entertaining a crowd? Our student council is interesting in organizing a Building 50 talent show for this coming May. Please let your student council representative know if you are interested in performing. You could sing a song, play an instrument, read a poem, perform a dance, or lip sync a song!? We are looking for great acts to perform and you don’t want to miss out! You can also stop by the office to sign up today!!

Awesome 3000 May 4th

● The Awesome 3000 is coming up on May 4th and is now for high schoolers too! Your AVID or advisory teacher have fliers for you, if you are interested in signing up!

Prom 2019

● Prom is less than 1 month away!! Plan now to purchase your ticket for our Hollywood- Red Carpet Affair prom when they go on sale on April 22nd!! Tickets are only $15 each and you won’t want to miss it!

As always thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Model.
o Respectful and Responsible,
o On time and Organized
o Listening and Learning and
o Embracing Hard Work.

2019-06-12T23:47:28+08:00April 8th, 2019|

The Oregon Department of Education Releases Annual Special Education Report Card for All Oregon Schools

SKPS finds areas of success and opportunities for growth

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently released its annual special education report card, evaluating each district to the state’s standards for special education services. The data in the 2017-18 report is a compilation of data collected during the 2016-17 academic year.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) experienced many areas of success, as well as opportunities for improvement as represented in the district’s report.

Salem-Keizer Points of Pride

  • The number of students receiving special education services who graduated with a regular diploma in their four-year cohort increased by 2.8 percentage points from the previous year.
  • The number of students receiving special education services who graduated with a regular diploma in their five-year cohort increased by 7.6 percentage points from the previous year.
  • The dropout rate of students with IEPs decreased by 1.3 percentage points.
  • Students in special education who are included in regular classes less than 40 percent of their school day improved by 1.3 percentage points.
  • The percentage of students throughout SKPS with individualized education programs (IEPs) meeting or exceeding alternate standards increased in English Language Arts at the Middle and High School Levels and increased in High School Math by 10 percentage points.
  • .7 percent of SKPS students were served in public or private separate schools, residential placements, or homebound/hospital, trending well below the state standard of 1.8 percent or less.
  • There were significant increases in all post-secondary outcomes. This applies to students who had IEPs when they left school. Within one year of leaving high school, the number enrolled in higher education increased by 12.2 percentage points. The number enrolled in higher education or competitively employed increased by 25.8 percentage points, and the number enrolled in higher education or in other post-secondary education or training programs; or, competitively employed or in other employment increased by 26.2 percentage points.

“We are very pleased with the improvement in most areas of this year’s report card, and there is much to be proud of,” said Director of Student Services Eric Richards. “We also pay close attention to the small number of areas in this report card that call for improvement and are very committed to making additional progress.”

Salem-Keizer Opportunities for Improvement

  • The number of students who received parental consent to evaluate, were evaluated and found eligible within 60 school days decreased by 2.5 percentage points from the previous year. The district is developing professional development activities to promote improvement in this area.
  • The percentage of students with IEPs meeting or exceeding grade level standards in math decreased by 1.7 percentage points at the elementary level, by 2.7 percentage points at the middle school level, and by 2.9 percentage points at the high school level. This is consistent with the decrease in math performance in the general report card for the district. The district adopted and has been implementing a new math curriculum in 2018 coupled with enhanced instructional strategies, data review, and progress monitoring to work toward improvement in this area.

The area of most significant improvement was in post-secondary outcomes for students who were on IEPs when they exited high school, and who are interviewed one year later. Richards credits this to the district Community Transition Programs (CTPs). “Our transition programs like the Community Transition Program and Independent Living Program are designed to support adult students with disabilities, ages 18 to 21, after the completion of high school. These programs help prepare students to transition into their communities as adults through vocational training, independent-living skills development and functional academics. Through partnerships with local businesses, our students can prepare for post-secondary success through internship opportunities and hands-on training and work experience.”

ODE Report 2019

A student in the SKPS Community Transition Program celebrates his graduation in the Class of 2018.

Richards also believes that the community can be very excited about another important development that will positively impact students receiving special education: “The passage of the bond measure will allow SKPS to build new and additional special education spaces at the high schools and will improve accessibility in many buildings. This, coupled with the completion of boundary adjustments, will help more students return to their neighborhood schools or their feeder areas for their services. Currently, many students are transported by bus across the district, negatively affecting student learning.”

2019-04-03T07:00:08+08:00April 3rd, 2019|

Monday Announcements for Monday, April 1st

Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful and restful Spring break!

Friday Night Live April 12

● Save the date!! Our next Friday Night Live is coming up on April 12th at 7:00 pm. It will be a paint night, game night, movie night with Junk food and root beer floats. Rumor has it, there might be a pinata at the end of the evening!! Sign-ups will start next week April 8th, and it will be $5.00, for the paint and instruction or $3.00 if you would like to take part in the rest! Plan now to enjoy the last Friday Night Live of the school year! Watch for signs around the school this week!

Mandatory Graduating Seniors Meetings April 12

● Graduating Seniors, your next mandatory meeting is coming up on April 12th. ECHS will meet at 9:00 am in the library and TPP will meet at lunch time in the portable.

health and career fair next week

● We will be holding a health and career fair next week, Tuesday, April 9th. It will go from 11:30-12:30 pm. There will be over 40 vendors, for you to visit with to gather information. Your AVID or Advisory teacher will be getting you more information for this great event.

volunteer Game Concession positions available

● McKay Project Grad has volunteer Game Concession positions available. McKay Project Grad is our joint planning committee that plans and hosts our Senior All Night Party. Working game concessions is a great opportunity for Seniors to earn money towards their tickets or any student to earn volunteer hours for helping out. Sign up is an easy online link. Stop by the main office for more details and signup link if interested.

Easter-Egg Grams

● Easter-Egg Grams- Have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, you want to hear about them, they will go on sale soon and are the cutest eggs you have ever seen! Start thinking now about who you would like to buy one for!!

Abby’s Closet 15th annual dress giveaway April 6th & 7th

● Abby’s Closet will be doing their 15th annual dress giveaway April 6th and 7th at the Portland convention center. Abby’s Closet will have 10,000 dresses to pick from that come with shoes, jewelry, makeup and accessories. To date, Abby’s Closet has given away over 20,000 dresses to local girls! Many dresses are BRAND NEW and need somewhere to dance! Bring your friends and shop the LARGEST prom dress selection in the country! We have sizes 000-30+ in every style imaginable! If you cannot attend and need a dress, please leave your name with the Alejandra in Room 125. Feel free to bring any dresses, shoes, makeup, or accessories to donate to the event!

Building 50 talent show

● Are you an entertainer or like entertaining a crowd? Our student council is interesting in organizing a Building 50 talent show for this coming May. Please let your student council representative know if you are interested in performing. You could sing a song, play an instrument, read a poem, perform a dance, or lip sync a song!? We are looking for great acts to perform and you don’t want to miss out! You can also stop by the office to sign up today!!

The Awesome 3000 May 4th

● The Awesome 3000 is coming up on May 4th and is now for high schoolers, too! Your AVID or advisory teacher have fliers for you, if you are interested in signing up!

As always thank you for being a Building 50 ROLE Model.
o Respectful and Responsible,
o On time and Organized
o Listening and Learning and
o Embracing Hard Work.

2019-06-12T23:48:21+08:00April 1st, 2019|
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