November 2018

Snoball 2018

2018-11-15T07:50:25+00:00November 15th, 2018|

The theme for 2018 Snoball, the annual mid-valley teen dance,  is “Old Hollywood Glam”. Snoball will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion on Saturday, December 1 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available from: Mr. Formal, El Patron Mexican Grill, Lollypops and Roses and online at SnoBallSalem.com.

Advanced Tickets:

  • Single: $30
  • Two or more: $25 each

At the door:

  • Single: $35
  • Two or more: $35 each

Jostens Returns to North

2018-11-05T10:36:09+00:00November 13th, 2018|

Jostens will return to North on Thursday, November 29th during both lunches. If you haven’t yet ordered your graduation supplies this is your opportunity. Jostens information packets are still available in the Main Office and Guidance Office.

“Newsies” Audition Information

2018-11-15T07:53:03+00:00November 9th, 2018|

Auditions for our musical, “Newsies”, are coming up fast! Auditions are November 27th after school in the auditorium. All are welcome!!

If you would like to learn the music or the dance ahead of time, there will be workshops next week:

  • Wednesday, November 14 – learn the audition music with Mrs. Kercher in the Choir Room at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16 – learn the audition dance with Mrs. Mahr in the Dance Room at 3:00 p.m.

Feel free to ask Mrs. Mahr or Mrs. Kercher if you have any questions.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Are Coming!

2018-11-15T07:59:32+00:00November 9th, 2018|

It’s that time again! Join us for parent and teacher conferences Monday, November 19 and Tuesday November 20. Parents and students please check in at the table in the first floor hallway or the main gym before proceeding to your first conference. Create your teacher appointments on the sign in sheets at each teachers’ table in either the main gym or the library.

The library is also the location for the ParentVue tutorial and where you can see your students’ progress for SBAC/Essential Skills math, writing and reading tests, all of which are graduation requirements. We’ve got you covered.  No classes for students November 19-23, school resumes Monday, November 26 for AB day schedule.

Monday, November 19 Conference time:

  • 4:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20 Conference times:

  • 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 – 7:15 p.m.


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

2018-11-15T09:13:02+00:00November 8th, 2018|

20 de noviembre Evento de reuniones informativa de ajuste de límites POSPUESTO. Pronto se anunciará una nueva fecha.

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.

Native American Awareness Gathering

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

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.

September 2018

Every Day 24J

2018-09-26T14:11:54+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Missing a day or two of school may not seem like a big deal, but that time matters. If a student misses just two days of school a month, by the end of the year, that adds up to an entire month of lost instruction.

At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we want all of our students to graduate prepared for successful lives. Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.

Be there all day, every day in District 24J.

Diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J

2018-09-26T14:08:00+00:00September 25th, 2018|

El perder un día o dos de clases podría parecer irrelevante, pero ese tiempo es muy importante. Si un estudiante pierde solo dos días de clases al mes, al final del año escolar, esto representa un mes entero de clases perdidas.

En las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer, queremos que todos los estudiantes se gradúen preparados para una vida exitosa. Los estudiantes que asisten regularmente a la escuela, tienen 172 porciento mayor probabilidad de graduarse, estableciendo así las bases para el éxito en la universidad y mayores índices de empleabilidad.

Asistir a la escuela diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Launches “Every Day 24J!” to Address Chronic Absenteeism

2018-09-19T15:10:32+00:00September 5th, 2018|

Buses were rolling this morning carrying almost half of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) 42,000 students, but with the back-to-school excitement was another message: “Every Day 24J!” Nearly one in three students in SKPS is chronically absent, and this year, schools and community organizations are collaborating to identify barriers to attendance and develop solutions.

The campaign officially launched at Auburn Elementary, where Principal Katie Shumway identified the shift in weather as one of the contributing factors to absenteeism. Auburn is a neighborhood school, and many of its 700 students live within the one-mile radius of the school, meaning they don’t have access school bus transportation. Through the work of the Every Day 24J committee, One Thousand Soles was able to purchase 50 pairs of rain boots at a reduced cost from Wilco. Students who attended the school’s back-to-school picnic received raffle tickets, and winners will be announced at the school on Mondays and Fridays – the days the school has the lowest attendance. Auburn is just one example of the purpose of Every Day 24J! – to identify barriers, create solutions and encourage positive behaviors.

“We believe that all parents want what’s best for their kids and that’s why we continue to look for ways to build relationships with families and strengthen community partnerships,” said Shumway. “We strive meet families where they’re at and provide the tools and resources necessary to get kids here and learning at Auburn every day. When we begin to see dips in student attendance, our community school outreach coordinator works to find out why and then identifies those resources that can create solutions.”

Additional community organizations have come forward to help provide rain gear for more students.

“We know that September is the most critical month for setting a student’s attendance pattern,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “What happens during that first month sets the tone for the entire year, and we know there’s a direct correlation between attendance and graduation. We see chronic absenteeism from students across all spectrums – cultural norms and socioeconomic statuses play roles, but we also see students who are performing really well at school who might not see the connection between attendance and employability after graduation. We must all use our sphere of influence to make those connections for our children – their futures depend on it.”

Students who miss just two days of school a month will miss a month of school each year. If a student continues that pattern through elementary and middle school, he or she will have lost an entire year of instruction by ninth grade. According to the Oregon Department of Education, students who attend school regularly are 172 percent more likely to graduate.

South Salem High Senior Kudzai Kapurura shared her perspective as a student: “In high school, you’re an independent, so it’s no longer really your parents telling you to go to school – it’s more of a personal decision. Some students don’t want to go because they don’t feel like they’re included in the community at their school. I think more than it’s credited, that’s a big part of why attendance drops in high school. When students don’t feel included, their grades start to drop. That combination makes people not want to go.”

The Every Day 24J committee comprised of district staff and community members will continue to meet throughout the year to identify benchmarks for success and develop additional solutions to remove barriers for attendance. Through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality is simultaneously developing attendance supports for families in the North Salem High feeder system. For more information on how to support the campaign, please contact Community Relations and Communications at (503) 399-3038 or by emailing info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.