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Enrichment Academy Fall Session

What is the After-School Enrichment Academy?

In collaboration with Salem Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) Crossler Middle School offers the after-school Enrichment Academy (EA).


EA programs inspire and encourage kids in learning, keep them safe and help working families. When we help children develop relationships with caring adults and engage families in their schools, we are helping them build a solid foundation for their future growth and development.



Enrichment Academy is a great opportunity for your student to expand in their learning and creativity in a safe and monitored environment with professional and caring staff.

*Cost is only $20.00 for this session. Please make checks out to SKEF.

*Students must check-in by 2:45pm.

*We must have a minimum of five (5) students in a Zone or Club or it may be cancelled.

*Students are to be picked up or walk home, as designated above, NO LATER THAN 4:00pm.

*USDA suppers will be provided for everyone under the age of 18. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

*Students engaging in inappropriate behavior may be sent home or removed from the program per program staff decision.

2018-11-13T15:53:10+00:00November 13, 2018|

Tech Talk

Teenage years bring a lot of firsts. For most, it means the first date, first kiss, first job and perhaps first time driving a car. It’s the time when schoolyard crushes turn into romantic relationships and, for the teens of today, social media often plays a big role.

Flirting can happen via text, Snapchat, and other platforms. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 63% of teens with dating experience have sent flirtatious messages to someone they like, and 14% of teens without dating experience have done so.

Often teens will say things online such as “hey you are cute” and other compliments. Teens tell me that they would not say these things face-to-face but online it is fun. Often a person can tell someone is interested just by whether they send a Snapchat or a direct text (a direct text carries more weight).

Clearly, tweens and teens might not have any interest in discussing flirting with their parents. But I believe that talking about the pressure that can come along with, or masquerade as flirting, is important. Masquerading is when a person is more interested in “hooking up” than they are getting to know someone better and moving toward a relationship. (The term “hooking up” is ambiguous, it includes anything from kissing to sex. Unfortunately, the clearer term “making out” no longer exists).

The Pew study examined the extent to which not all flirting behavior is appreciated or appropriate. Thirty-five percent of teen girls surveyed had blocked or unfriended someone who was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable, which is double the 16% of boys who had taken that step. And 10% of teens who were in a relationship reported their partner used the internet to pressure them to engage in unwanted sexual activity.

Even though teens may be well-versed in using and communicating via text messaging and social media, they surely have things to contemplate regarding relationships—we all do.

Discussing personal issues with youth (and, yes, their social world does feel very personal to them) can be nerve-wracking for parents. This national survey should give you gusto. It found that kids age 10-15 are ready to talk about tough issues before their parents are, including the issue of being pressured into sexual activity.

Putting on my “curious cap,” and gripping it tightly, is my most effective way of approaching topics on relationships with my teens, which includes what is appropriate to do on social media. When I find wanting to chime in with “don’t do this” and “do that,” I cover my mouth with my imaginary cap because I know such phrases will shut my teens down. When I lead with my “curious cap” on, and ask them questions about what they are seeing, their opinions, etc., often my concerns get raised in a manner that helps my teens come to the conclusions I hoped for. If in the conversation I am not getting the impression that they know the risks of things like begging for photos, sending them (which I have written about in the past) then, by all means, I tell them the risks.

I am continually reminded that when we, as parents, as teachers, as mentors, wear our “curious caps” rather than our judgmental ones, teens are much more likely to come to us when issues arise. Many teens want to turn to key adults in their lives but they will not reach out if they feel the judgment and punishment will be too severe.  

** By the way, I would love your input on upcoming TTTs that I am working on: Do you know of parent groups forming to help prevent excessive screen time? What examples do you know of an adult learning to handle their innate discomfort of saying “no” to children (particularly around excessive screen time)? I have many many more topics up my sleeve, and I always enjoy hearing from you about topics you want to be addressed. So please hit reply and email me.

For this TTT talk with your kids about how they feel using texting and social media in a relationship. (As always start the conversation on a positive note)

  • Do you see any fun flirting happening online?
  • Understanding the meaning behind written words can be hard, do you know examples of when two people were communicating online and one person completely misread the intentions of the other person?
  • Do you know people whose relationships are almost all done via social media?
  • How important is messaging versus spending time together?

Now Available for Educators: A New Professional Development Resource
Thousands of schools around the world have presented Screenagers to their students, staff, and families, and many tell us they are committed to continuing the conversation around supporting screen time balance for their students. Educators can now access the film plus a 3-part Professional Development series developed by Learners Edge and Screenagers to dramatically impact the culture of learning in your school. Request more information about this 6-hour ready-to-use Professional Development module.

We encourage you to go to our website and read through some of the hundreds of past Tech Talk Tuesdays blog posts covering dozens of topics full information and tips. Feel free to share this newsletter with your community and encourage them to sign up for our Tech Talk Tuesday.

2018-11-13T13:34:30+00:00November 13, 2018|

Student Announcements 11/5-11/9


Enrichment Academy is offering new programs after school starting November 26th, the first day after Thanksgiving break. Clubs being offered are Chess Club, Crochet Club, Winter themed Arts and Crafts and The Zone, a place to work on homework and other school assignments after school. Sign-ups and Registration forms are available in the office. Space is limited for all clubs, so sign up as soon as possible!


Enrichment Academy is offering new programs after school starting November 26th, the first day after Thanksgiving break. Clubs being offered are Chess Club, Crochet Club, and The Zone, a place to work on homework and other school assignments after school. Sign-ups and Registration forms are available in the office. Space is limited for all clubs, so sign up as soon as possible!

2018-11-14T07:46:12+00:00November 12, 2018|

Nov. 20 Boundary Open House Event Postponed, New Date TBA

In response to community feedback, the November 20 Boundary Open House event has been postponed. A new date, locations and format for the next community input event will be announced soon.

At its meeting on November 6, the Boundary Review Task Force heard feedback collected following Boundary Open House events held at three locations on October 30. Examples of themes heard in the community feedback ranged from concerns about the ability to attend the Open House on November 20 date, to concerns about impacts to neighborhoods, socio-economic balance and continuity of progression from elementary to middle and high schools.

After reviewing the feedback and a presentation on equity, Task Force members continued to work on making boundary adjustments with the feedback in mind. Updated maps that show the group’s progress will be posted on the district website when ready.

The Task Force will continue working and making adjustments until it reaches consensus on a final boundary adjustment scenario. The goal of the Task Force is to provide a final recommendation for adjusted boundaries to the Superintendent at the December 11, 2018 School Board meeting.

Visit the boundary adjustment page of district website to follow the work of the Boundary Review Task force.

2018-11-09T09:01:21+00:00November 8, 2018|

Native American Awareness Gathering

Join Salem-Keizer Public Schools and learn more about our Native American and indigenous populations in a free family event on Nov. 30, 2018. We invite you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with music, dancing, storytelling and dinner! The gathering takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Chemeketa Community College Building 2, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.

There are nearly 700 Native American students in our Salem and Keizer schools. November is Native American Heritage Month, and we’re honoring the unique heritage and culture of the Native American community all month.

Be sure to follow our social media channels to help us share the incredible work of our native students, staff and community members.

2018-11-08T14:48:08+00:00November 8, 2018|

How to talk about suicide to kids of any age.

Talking about suicide is hard. Children will have questions, but they can listen and understand at their developmental level. Even more, children deserve the truth. Contrary to popular opinion, talking to your child about suicide cannot plant thoughts into their head. Talking about suicide can actually open up meaningful conversation and create a framework for your child to talk about important subjects in the future.

2018-10-18T14:39:22+00:00October 18, 2018|

Online Parenting Class

  •  Learn why children sometimes struggle to meet day-to-day expectations
  •  Get help addressing conflicts in a way that also helps build critical cognitive thinking skills
  •  Practice addressing problems before things become escalated between you and your child
  •  Connect with other parents and caregivers in a compassionate and nonjudgmental setting

Collaborative Problem Solving™ is an evidence-based, trauma informed approach to behavior management based on the idea that challenging kids lack the skill – not the will – to behave; specifically, skills related to problem-solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, CPS avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on collaborating with youth to solve the problems leading to their challenging behavior.

2018-10-15T06:56:39+00:00October 15, 2018|