August 2020

Fall Sports

2020-08-07T15:57:08-08:00August 7th, 2020|

OSAA Adopts New 2020-21 School Activities Calendar

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved by the association’s Executive Board on August 5, 2020. To read the media release in its entirety click here.


July 2020

A Message from Superintendent Perry

2020-07-29T10:09:06-08:00July 29th, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Announces Comprehensive Distance Learning for First Nine Weeks of the 20 -21 School Year

Superintendent Christy PerryAll Salem-Keizer students will begin the year in comprehneisve distance learning, with in-person
instruction tentativley beginning the week of Nov. 16, 2020.

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released additional guidance for schools that included metrics on safely reopening schools for in-person instruction. Following their guidance, Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Superintendent Christy Perry announced that all students will begin the first nine weeks of the school year in comprehensive distance learning.

“We know this is heartbreaking for those students and families who were counting on in-person learning in September,” said Perry. “This direction from the state prioritizes the safety of our educators, children and families, and community.”

In October, SKPS leaders will review metrics to establish a timeline to move into blended learning mid-November.

This means students in kindergarten – tenth grade will not attend in person until the week of Nov. 16 at the earliest. November 16 is the beginning of the second quarter of the school year. Students in grades 11 and 12 will not attend in person until the second semester at the earliest, which begins on Feb. 2, 2021.

“Comprehensive distance learning will not look like distance learning from last year,” said Perry. “Comprehensive distance learning will include significantly more teacher-facilitated instruction, more independent and family-supported applied learning, daily attendance, students will earn grades and high school students will earn credits.”

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will also implement a slow start to the school year. The week of Sept. 8 will be used to establish connections with students and families. The official start of comprehensive distance learning, including the recently announced online-only EDGE program, is set for Sept. 14, 2020.

“We struggle with this news as you do,” said Perry. “We miss our students in the schools and value in-person learning, which is where we want to be sooner than later. Know we are committed to our educators, students, and families and stand with you during this time.”

A complete letter from Superintendent Perry along with some frequently asked questions about our learning models are included in this press release.

Links to a complete letter from Superintendent Perry along with some frequently asked questions about our learning models are posted below.

Superintendent Perry’s Letter to Families – English

carta del superintendente Perry a las familias

Register for EDGE

2020-07-27T12:52:26-08:00July 27th, 2020|

EDGE Enhanced Digital and Guided Education Logo

What is EDGE?

EDGE is a robust online learning program for students in grades K-12 that is deeply connected to their schools and powered by Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Utilizing a new enhanced learning experience for students and families, EDGE students will be connected to high quality, rigorous and well-rounded learning opportunities, including instructional supports, English language development support and more.

With EDGE, we believe that each student’s educational journey is unique—and all students perform better when they receive supportive individual attention in a safe learning environment.

Once a student enrolls in EDGE, our staff will discuss each individual child’s strengths and evaluate previous school performance to inform and guide the best personalized online learning approach. Our staff will set individual goals to match the student’s personal and academic skills and establish a workable timeline to meet those goals.

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper—that’s why we empower and collaborate with parents. With the EDGE program, parents can be closely involved in their child’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day using our online learning system and working with supportive SKPS teachers to keep their students on track.

Students are motivated to learn when they see relevance to real world applications. Because EDGE is directly connected to your student’s school, kids that choose to enroll in this program will have the benefit of pacing their own learning while having the flexibility to work, volunteer and care for others, while also having a variety of options for socialization and developing friendships and participating in a variety of clubs, sports and activities at their school.

Application deadline is July 31

Dr. Chad Towe Named as New Principal of North Salem High School

2020-07-14T09:56:54-08:00July 13th, 2020|

Dr. Chad ToweSalem-Keizer Public Schools announces Dr. Chad Towe as the new principal of North Salem High School

Dr. Chad Towe has been named as the new principal of North Salem High School. Towe has most recently served as the principal of Thurston High School in Springfield and brings years of experience from all around the world.

Towe started his teaching career 19 years ago in international schools in Japan, the Bahamas and Sweden. He taught high school English in the Portland area while completing his doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. For the past six years, Towe has served as the principal of Thurston, helping support the students and staff and making significant gains in the school’s graduation rate.

“Equity is one of my core values and I believe that honoring student voice, and hearing and respecting diverse perspectives will lead to successful outcomes for students,” said Towe. “It will also take teamwork and the commitment of a hardworking and passionate teaching staff and community.”

Towe’s first day with Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be July 15, 2020.

“Dr. Towe’s philosophy that every student deserves a strong education, strong support, inspiration and respect will continue to guide the community of North Salem to effectively meet the needs of all students,” said Larry Ramirez, director of high school education.

June 2020

Social Justice Statement

2020-06-09T11:26:02-08:00June 9th, 2020|

Salem Keizer Statement on Social Justice

Hey North Grad!

2020-06-09T06:44:30-08:00June 9th, 2020|

Back up Before You Pack Up

Seniors, you’ve worked hard to get to graduation and much of that work is housed in your Google Apps account. If you’d like to take your work with you, Google Takeout is a great way to do this!

Students only have access to their Salem-Keizer Public Schools Google accounts while actively enrolled in a Salem-Keizer school. Google Takeout allows you to keep data from the products you use, like your email, calendar and photos. In a few easy steps, create an archive to download and keep for your records or transfer the data into another Google account.

Students who are leaving the district or graduating should download and move files from their accounts before access is disabled. For students transferring to another district, this process should be completed prior to their last day as a Salem-Keizer student. For graduating seniors, this process must be completed by the last day of school. This process may take several days if there are many large files. Please plan accordingly. Use this link: Save your work with Google Takeout 

May 2020

May 2020 Bond Update

2020-06-12T09:56:08-08:00May 29th, 2020|

North Salem HS Bond Construction Update

Construction season is gearing up in Salem Keizer School District. Many schools are currently under construction, including North, and a total of 20 schools are expected to be under construction within the next couple of months. Just over $73.5 million is being invested in expansions and improvements at North, thanks to the bond that voters passed in 2018.

While schools are currently closed and many businesses are in different stages of reopening because of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order allows construction businesses to operate provided they implement social distancing policies. Our construction contractors are fully informed about the requirements of social distancing.

Highlights of the work happening at North include 20 new classrooms, one new science lab, two career and technical (vocational) education spaces for woods manufacturing and health services, support spaces for special education, new satellite commons and kitchen, additional parking and much more. The improvements for our school will be amazing!

Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed early in the fall of 2020. Our campus is closed to visitors – Please do not enter fenced areas and obey all posted signs.

Campuses will remain closed, and the schedule for staffing the school office will vary during the summer. Please contact North’s office at 503-399-3241 for information about summer office hours.

Thank you for supporting the 2018 bond that is funding the improvements at North to help relieve overcrowding, expand learning opportunities for science and CTE and better support students as they prepare for graduation.

The list of work planned, a photo gallery and other information about North’s bond project can be found on the district website. More information about bond-funded construction in Salem-Keizer Public Schools can be found at

four bond elements


Actualización de los proyectos de construcción financiados por el bono en la Escuela Preparatoria North Salem

Se ha puesto en marcha la temporada de construcción en el Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer. En muchas escuelas ya empezaron los proyectos de construcción, incluso en North, y dentro de los próximos meses se calcula que un total de 20 escuelas estarán bajo construcción. Se han invertido un poco más de $73.5 millones en los mejoramientos de North, gracias al bono aprobado por los votantes en el 2018.

Mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas y muchos negocios se encuentran en diferentes etapas de reapertura debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, la orden ejecutiva de la gobernadora “Permanezcan en casa, salven vidas” permite poner en marcha las operaciones de los negocios de construcción a condición de que sigan las directrices de distanciamiento físico. Nuestros contratistas están completamente informados sobre los requisitos de distanciamiento físico.

Algunos de los aspectos sobresalientes del trabajo en North incluyen 20 nuevos salones de clases, un nuevo laboratorio de ciencias, dos áreas de Educación de Carreras Técnicas para el programa de carpintería, fabricación y servicios de salud, áreas de ayuda de educación especial, una nueva área común y cocina, más estacionamientos y ¡mucho más! ¡Los mejoramientos en nuestra escuela serán fenomenales!

Los proyectos de construcción comenzaron en el 2019 y se espera terminar a principios del otoño del 2020. Nuestro plantel escolar está cerrado a los visitantes. Por favor, no entren en la propiedad cercada y sigan las instrucciones de todos los letreros para estas áreas de construcción.

Los planteles escolares permanecerán cerrados y el horario del personal escolar puede variar durante el verano. Por favor, comuníquense con el personal de oficina de North, llamando al 503-399-3241, para obtener información referente al horario de oficina de verano.

Gracias por apoyar el bono del 2018 que provee los fondos para financiar los mejoramientos en North con el objetivo de aliviar la superpoblación, añadir oportunidades de aprendizaje de ciencias y educación de carreras técnicas y mejorar en ayudar a los estudiantes mientras se preparan para la graduación.

Pueden consultar la lista de los trabajos que se han planeado, una galería de fotografías y más información sobre los proyectos del bono en North ingresando en la página web del distrito. Consulten más información sobre los proyectos de construcción financiados por el bono en las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer en el siguiente sitio:

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March 2020

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Offering Grab and Go Meals at 36 Locations

2020-04-24T17:58:13-08:00March 18th, 2020|

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools in-person classes will be canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

In order to help alleviate food insecurity, we will be offering breakfast and lunch grab and go bags, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at more than 30 locations. Meals are available to any child or teen 18 and under.

Beginning this week, meals may include chicken patties, hamburgers and chicken nuggets. These are fully cooked and are safe to eat or can be reheated. All bagged lunches should be refrigerated within an hour.

Beginning April 27, there will be changes to our meal sites due to bond construction

 South, McNary and Claggett Creek will close. McKinley will open as a meal site to replace South. Parrish will open to replace North. The existing Weddle site will replace the Claggett Creek site and the existing Keizer and Cummings Elementary locations will replace the McNary site.

The locations are:

Auburn Elementary School
Bush Elementary School
Chavez Elementary School
Claggett Creek Middle School
Cummings Elementary School
Englewood Elementary School
Eyre Elementary School
Four Corners Elementary School
Grant Community School
Hallman Elementary School
Hammond Elementary School
Harritt Elementary School
Hayesville Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Hoover Elementary School
Houck Middle School
Judson Middle School
Keizer Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lamb Elementary School
Lee Elementary School
Leslie Middle School
McKay High School
McNary High School
Miller Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
North Salem High School
Richmond Elementary School
Salem Heights Elementary School
South Salem High School
Sumpter Elementary School
Walker Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Weddle Elementary School
Whiteaker Middle School
Wright Elementary School

We are extremely grateful for our community partners that are providing additional resources at many of these sites.

Marion Polk Food Share has multiple food pantry sites around the community, as well. Click the link here to view locations.

View Marion Polk Food Share Locations

In addition, Community Action: HOME Youth Services’ Drop-In Center provides three meals a day via the USDA food program to any youth between the ages of 11-18. Food boxes also can be obtained at that location, 625 Union St. NE, Salem.

Colonia Libertad Apartment Complex, 2911 Saddle Creek Club Ct. SE, Salem.

Cornerstone Apartments at 2540 Rose Garden St NE, Salem.

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

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer Ofrecerán Comidas Empacadas para Llevar en 36 Escuelas

En continuidad con los recientes mandatos de la gobernadora Kate Brown, El Departamento de Salud de Oregón, y el Departamento de Educación Estatal, por lo que resta del ciclo escolar 2019-20, todas las clases de las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer impartidas en persona han sido canceladas.

Con el propósito de apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, estaremos ofreciendo desayunos y almuerzos empacados para llevar de lunes a viernes de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. en 36 escuelas. Las comidas serán para cualquier niño/a de 18 años y menores.

Las escuelas son las siguientes:

Escuela Auburn
Escuela Bush
Escuela Chávez
Escuela Intermedia Claggett Creek
Escuela Cummings
Escuela Englewood
Escuela Eyre
Escuela Four Corners
Escuela Grant
Escuela Hallman
Escuela Hammond
Escuela Harrit
Escuela Hayesville
Escuela Highland
Escuela Hoover
Escuela Houck
Escuela Intermedia Judson
Escuela Keizer
Escuela Kennedy
Escuela Lamb
Escuela Lee
Escuela Leslie
Escuela Superior McKay
Escuela Superior McNary
Escuela Miller
Escuela Morningside
Escuela Superior North Salem
Escuela Richmond
Escuela Salem Heights
Escuela Superior South Salem
Escuela Sumpter
Escuela Intermedia Walker
Escuela Washington
Escuela Weddle
Escuela Intermedia Whiteaker
Escuela Wright

Estamos muy agradecidos por nuestros colaboradores de la comunidad que están proporcionando recursos adicionales en muchas de las escuelas.

Marion Polk Food Share también tiene varios sitios de despensa de alimentos en toda la comunidad. Haga clic en el enlace aquí para ver las ubicaciones.

Marion Polk Food Share

Además, “Community Action: HOME Youth Services Drop-In Center” ofrece tres comidas al día a través del programa de alimentos del USDA a cualquier joven entre las edades de 11-18 años. Las cajas de alimentos también se pueden obtener en 625 Union St. NE, Salem.

Colonia Libertad Apartment Complex, 2911 Saddle Creek Club Ct. SE, Salem.

Cornerstone Apartments at 2540 Rose Garden St NE, Salem.

SKPS continuará monitoreando la situación en conjunto con las agencias estatales y proporcionará actualizaciones durante las vacaciones prolongadas de primavera.

August 2019

Benefits for Low Income Families

2019-08-06T14:30:02-08:00August 6th, 2019|

Dear Families,

Salem-Keizer School district is committed to making every effort to provide qualifying students access to athletic and testing opportunities. The district is offering discounts for these opportunities to families that qualify as low income. If you would like to see if your family qualifies select the link below and review the household size and income charts. Once you have determined if you qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits, submit your information along with your students’ ID number. The process is quick and simple.

Benefits for Low Income Families