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Live Zoom Events: Community Virtual Listening & Learning Sessions

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is excited to host our next series of community listening and learning sessions! These sessions will focus on explaining, in more detail, our plans for comprehensive distance learning this fall, what a typical day may look like for students and answer questions from the community about programming, activities, back-to-school and more. Please save the dates for our upcoming events for each level, held in both English and Spanish.

August 12, 2020

Middle & High Focus
General Session (English) 5- 6:30 p.m.
Special Education Session (English) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the English General Session and the Special Education Session on August 12

Register Aug. 12 (English)

Elementary Focus
General Session (Spanish) 5- 6:30 p.m.
Special Education Session (Spanish) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the Spanish Elementary Session and the Special Education Session on August 12

Register Aug. 12 (Spanish)

August 13, 2020

Elementary Focus
General Session (English) 5- 6:30 p.m.
Special Education Session (English) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the English Elementary Session and the Special Education Session on August 13

Register Aug. 13 (English)

Middle & High Focus
General Session (Spanish) 5- 6:30 p.m.
Special Education Session (Spanish) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the Spanish General Session and the Special Education Session on August 13

Register Aug. 13 (Spanish)

August 17, 2020

CTP Focus
Community Transition Program (English/Spanish) 5-6:30 p.m.

Register for the English/Spanish CTP Session on August 17

Register Aug. 17 (English/Spanish)

Questions

We encourage families to submit their questions below in order to help us address as many questions as possible during our live listening and learning sessions. Questions will also be taken through the Q&A feature on the Zoom events.

We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the following events; however, we may not be able to answer all submitted questions. Questions submitted through this form will help us in developing updated FAQs on our district website.

Submit Your Questions
2020-08-12T15:20:11-08:00August 12, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Opens Applications for EDGE | EDGE: Educación digital guiada y mejorada

When students return to school this fall for the 2020-21 school year, they will have the opportunity to select a new robust learning option. On Monday, July 13, SKPS opened applications for a new, comprehensive online academy: Enhanced Digital and Guided Education (EDGE).

Applications for EDGE are now being accepted! Students and families can learn more about the program and supports for students online, and apply now until August 24, 2020.

The Salem-Keizer Public Schools EDGE program will provide students with high quality, rigorous and well-rounded learning opportunities, including instructional supports, English language development support and more.

The district has launched a brand-new learning management system to accommodate the new enhanced learning experience for students and families. Unlike distance learning that was conducted in the Spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus closure, students enrolled in the EDGE program will pair teacher-led instruction with family-supported and independent at-home application and learning while still staying deeply connected to their school communities.

Students enrolled in the EDGE program will still be students of the school they would have attended in person for the 2020-21 school year. Throughout the year, students will continue to be connected to their school for extracurricular activities, counseling and other support systems, school celebrations and more.

Learn more about the EDGE program online at salemkeizer.org/EDGE.


Cuando los estudiantes regresen a la escuela este próximo otoño para el año escolar 2020-21, tendrán la oportunidad de seleccionar una nueva y robusta opción de aprendizaje. El lunes, 13 de julio, las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) iniciaron las inscripciones para la nueva academia integral en línea: Educación digital guiada y mejorada (EDGE, por sus siglas en inglés).

¡Estamos aceptando las solicitudes de inscripción en el programa EDGE! Los estudiantes y las familias pueden obtener más información en línea relacionada con el programa y los apoyos para los estudiantes, y realizar la solicitud de inscripción hasta el 24 de agosto de 2020.

El programa EDGE de las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer proveerá a los estudiantes con oportunidades de aprendizaje de alta calidad, rigurosas y bien diseñadas, incluidos los apoyos instruccionales, los apoyos para el desarrollo del idioma inglés y más.

El distrito ha iniciado un nuevo sistema de gestión de aprendizaje para acomodar la nueva experiencia de aprendizaje mejorada para estudiantes y familias. A diferencia del aprendizaje a distancia que se llevó a cabo en la primavera de 2020 debido al cierre del coronavirus, los estudiantes inscritos en el programa EDGE combinarán la instrucción dirigida por el maestro con la aplicación y el aprendizaje en el hogar apoyados por la familia y de forma independiente mientras se mantienen profundamente conectados con sus comunidades escolares.

Los estudiantes inscritos en el programa EDGE seguirán siendo estudiantes de la escuela a la que habrían asistido en persona durante el año escolar 2020-21. A lo largo del año, los estudiantes continuarán conectados a su escuela para actividades extracurriculares, asesoramiento y otros sistemas de apoyo, celebraciones escolares y más.

Obtenga más información sobre el programa en línea EDGE en salemkeizer.org/EDGE.

2020-08-08T17:50:34-08:00July 13, 2020|

SKPS Releases Supplemental Learning Materials for All Levels

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. Click here to access the supplemental materials.

Print to Follow!

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

Seniors

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

2020-03-21T17:46:04-08:00March 21, 2020|

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

This is a bilingual message from Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Level Director Olga Cobb for our community.

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

2020-03-20T15:06:06-08:00March 20, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Extend Emergency Closure Through April 28

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) will extend the emergency closure through April 28. That closure could be shortened or extended at the direction of Governor Brown. Students are currently scheduled to return April 29.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “At no time have our schools, our districts or our public education system been faced with so many uncertainties. We’re grateful for the continued guidance from the state so that we can help be sense makers for our community. We do not have answers to all of the questions at this time, but we will work as quickly as possible to chart an equitable and healthy path forward for our students, staff and their families.”

All regular staff will continue to be paid throughout the emergency closure that began on March 16. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, instructional assistants, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff.

Meals will continue to be offered at 35 locations throughout Salem and Keizer from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those locations are available here. In addition, the district is partnering with the United Way, Marion-Polk Food Share, Mano a Mano and local houses of worship to expand wraparound supports at sites as well as ways that the meal service can adapt to better meet the community’s needs.

District leaders are prioritizing creating a pathway to graduation for high school students. With additional guidance from ODE forthcoming, information for impacted students and their families will be provided the week of March 30. In the meantime, supplemental resources for learning will be distributed to families beginning the week of March 23. Resources for home learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded.

SKPS leadership has begun reaching out to first responders and healthcare workers to assess their needs and develop an emergency plan for their childcare.

2020-04-07T08:33:39-08:00March 18, 2020|

In-District Transfer Application Deadline Extended to Friday, April 17

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next semester (2020-21 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT). This includes elementary, middle and high school students.

The deadline to turn in IDT applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020, due to school closures.

This process is for students applying for a new IDT. If your student is currently attending a school on an IDT they do not need to reapply, unless they are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school, and want to attend a school other than their resident school.

Download In-District Transfer Forms

In-District Transfer Request Form (Elementary)

In-District Transfer Request Form (Middle School)

In-District Transfer Request Form (High School)

Return Forms by Email or Mail by Friday, April 17, 2020

Because schools are closed, please download and fill out the form and email to Kristin Mcintosh in Elementary Education at mcintosh_kristin@salkeiz.k12.or.us, or send in the mail to:

Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Lancaster Professional Center
(Attn: Kristin Mcintosh)
2450 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305

There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website.

2020-04-20T14:32:41-08:00March 15, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools to Close March 16-March 31

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 and students will return to school on April 1. All schools will be open Friday, March 13. During the closure, all school-based sports and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled. Additional guidance will be distributed to SKPS staff on Friday, March 13.

Free Meal Sites During School Closures


At this time, staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30. The state will assess and either confirm or adjust return dates by Wednesday, March 25.

SKPS staff are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will have more information about that on Friday.

“Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center,” said Superintendent Christy Perry.

SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.

2020-03-19T07:04:08-08:00March 12, 2020|

Oregon Department of Education Releases School and District Report Cards

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) produces yearly at-a-glance profiles for schools and districts. These reports, called for by the 1999 state legislature, provide educators with an opportunity to communicate directly with parents and community members about how local schools are performing.

ODE redesigned the school and district profiles in 2018, with input from parents and families who represent students and student groups who are historically underserved.

Go to ODE Report Cards >>
Boleta de Calificaciones en Español >>
2019-12-09T15:47:05-08:00December 3, 2019|

Spotlight on Success: World Champion Athlete Justin Devereux

Social studies teacher Justin Devereux won gold at the World Masters Weightlifting Championship last August in Montreal, Canada, setting the American record with a 370-pound clean and jerk, making him a back-to-back world champion. What an amazing feat!

When he’s not competing against the world’s best, Justin is working with his students at Crossler Middle School. Justin says that teaching is his number one priority, and he gets the same sense of satisfaction helping students reach their goals as he does reaching his own.

If it wasn’t enough that he is a world champion athlete, Justin is a US Marine and was on active duty from 2000 to 2004. He is an award-winning, published historian for an article he wrote about wolves in the Willamette Valley, and Justin also coaches young people in weightlifting at Capital City Barbell in Salem.

Justin received a lot of love when news of his world championship hit Facebook last August. Dozens of Salem families commented that their students studied with him at Crossler, and that he is a great teacher.

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Justin, on your amazing success that proves hard work pays off.

2019-10-21T12:27:27-08:00October 14, 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
2019-05-06T12:27:32-08:00April 10, 2019|