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March 2023

Spring break meals available at 9 schools

2023-03-21T03:19:21-08:00March 21st, 2023|

Spring break meals information

Breakfasts and lunches will be offered at nine schools during spring break 2023. Meals will be packed in grocery bags and available via curbside pickup. Each person may receive up to five meal packs during pickup.

Dates and times

Dates

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • Monday March 27, 2023
  • Wednesday March 29, 2023

Times

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meals Available

  • March 27 will consist of two breakfasts and two lunches
  • March 22 and 29 will consist of three breakfasts and three lunches

Meal locations

Spring break meals flyers (PDFs)

Schedule Virtual Conferences Here (In-person Conferences do not require an appointment)

2023-03-22T11:54:52-08:00March 7th, 2023|

School Conferences will take place during the following times:

Wednesday, March 22

5:15pm-8:00pm

Thursday, March 23 

9:30am-11:30am

12:00pm-2:00pm

5:15pm-8:00pm

Instructions for setting up a virtual conference:

Step 1 -Read all the instructions then click on the red button below. 

Step 2- Click on the box that includes the teachers last name. For example: Cowan- You’ll choose the box labeled ‘Staff last names A to C’ because Cowan starts with C.  

Step 3- Choose the date (March 22 or March 23)  then choose the teacher you want the conference with under ‘Select Staff’. This step is important. If you do not choose a teacher, a teacher that your student might not have will be chosen for you. It says optional but it is REQUIRED. Then choose the time you wish to meet.

Step 4- Fill out the next section with parent/guardian information. 

Step 5- Complete the additional information section. The first three fields are required in order to book the conference. When you are done press the red ‘Book’ button to complete the scheduling of your conference & repeat for every teacher you would like to have a conference with.

You will then receive an email confirmation with the details of your conference. Save this email, you will need to click on the link in this email the day of your conference. If you choose to attend in-person, you can disregard this link, you do not need an  appointment. If you do not receive an email then there might be an issue with the email address you provided in step 5. Please call the main office at 503-399-3241 and we can try to assist you with this.

You will need to repeat this process for each teacher you would like a conference with.

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March Newsletter

2023-03-07T08:58:00-08:00March 7th, 2023|

Future Viking Night- New Date 3/9/2023

2023-03-06T12:22:03-08:00March 6th, 2023|

IB Information Night for Incoming Vikings -New Date 3/14/2023

2023-03-06T12:30:26-08:00March 5th, 2023|

Our IB Information Night has been rescheduled to March 14, 2023!

IB Info Night Rescheduled to 3/14/2023

Update to March 6th Schedule

2023-03-03T10:14:25-08:00March 2nd, 2023|

Due to the previous no-school days resulting from inclement weather, all Salem-Keizer comprehensive high schools and students attending CTEC and the EDGE program will have a modified schedule on Monday, March 6th.

All students will adjust their  schedule to attend “A” Day classes. An updated version of the calendar for our schools is available on the website under calendar. 

Tuesday, March 7th will is an A day as previously scheduled.

Monday March 6th A Day

February 2023

North Salem and McKay high schools earn Oregon banner status from Special Olympics

2023-02-21T13:45:13-08:00February 21st, 2023|

North Salem and McKay high schools received recognition this today, Feb. 21 from the Special Olympics Oregon for their distinction as Unified Champion Schools.

In Salem-Keizer Public Schools, 17 percent of students receive special education services.

SKPS works diligently to meet the needs of all students and families regardless of age, color, ability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation or veteran status.

According to Special Olympics Oregon, a Unified Champion School helps to reduce bullying and exclusion, promote healthy activity and interactions, combat stereotypes and stigma, eliminate hurtful language in school and engages all students in activities that lead to personal growth.

Unified Champion schools in SKPS

Since the 2017-18 school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools has worked to expand unified programing across the district, with South Salem High School being awarded as the district’s first Unified Champion school in the spring of 2019.

As of February 2023, Salem-Keizer Public Schools has established unified programming in all of the district’s high schools and eight middle schools, and began the expansion to elementary schools during the 2021-22 school year.

In addition, the district offers unified summer programming for both elementary and secondary students across the district.

What does it take to be a unified champion school?

Unified Champion Schools is a movement that aims to change school communities through the power of inclusion, acceptance, and determination. Unified programs pair students with disabilities with peer partners to provide access to sports, leadership and classroom content. In Salem Keizer Public Schools this means classes such as choir, theater and culinary arts.

Programming includes three key aspects:

  • Unified sports such as basketball, soccer, kickball, rock climbing and more.
  • Inclusive youth leadership.
  • Whole school engagement.

“This is a population of students that has been historically separated from their peers,” said Student Services Director Melissa Glover. “Unified programs do more than just unify students in sports and activities. They truly bring the whole school together.”

Empowering students

As Unified Champion Schools, students with and without disabilities are empowered and provided opportunities to safely engage together in athletics, physical education courses, leadership classes, community service projects, school dances and much more.

“The experience of school is about so much more than receiving an education,” said Student Services Instructional Mentor Amanda Burke.

“Whether students are in first grade or about to graduate from high school, Unified helps students build lifelong relationships and develop important skills to be successful, inclusive and welcoming adults.”

Learn more about unified programs and the positive impact they make in SKPS school communities (Video)

Fake fentanyl: What parents and students need to know

2023-02-22T13:56:31-08:00February 21st, 2023|

Oregon has lost several students to fentanyl in the last few years. Linked below are fact sheets to help educate students, parents and the community about the dangers of fake pills made from deadly fentanyl.

Fentanyl being disguised as candy

Fentanyl is currently very common in our community; it is a powerful synthetic opioid that is like morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Young people think they are taking “blues,” OxyContin or Xanax, but they are often taking pills laced with fentanyl. Recently, law enforcement agencies have also warned about the danger of fentanyl being disguised as candy, specifically targeted to be sold to children.

Talking to your student is the best prevention

The best prevention is talking to your student about never taking any medication that doesn’t come from their doctor. This includes never taking pills, even from friends. This is a conversation that can literally save your child’s life.
One pill has the potential to be deadly.

Other prevention strategies

Open communication

One of the best ways to protect youth from substances is by having open communication and educating them on the risks of substance use. Listening to them without judging is a critical tool you can provide as their trusted adult.

Look for changes in behavior

Look out for changes in behavior, such as irregular eating or sleeping patterns, low energy, general signs of depression or anxiety, unusual irritability, slipping grades, lack of interest in activities they love, and even drastic clothing style changes. Trust your instincts. If you notice a change, ask about it.

Monitor social media

Talk to your child and monitor their social media use. The online environment provides platforms for people to sell substances. Substances can be offered by someone met online.

Resources

Tips on how to keep the children in your care safe

Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Arabic)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Chuukese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (English)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Marshallese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Russian)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Swahilli)

Forecasting for 2023-24 School Year

2023-02-17T15:03:00-08:00February 17th, 2023|

All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are in the process of selecting classes for the next school year. Selection of classes is very important for us to do the planning and building of our Master Schedule for next year. North has a website for Forecasting. Click HERE to go to the forecasting page.

Current 8th Grade
Current 9th Grade
Current 10th Grade
Current 11th Grade

February Newsletter

2023-02-07T07:37:50-08:00February 7th, 2023|

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