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Think before you post

Categories: Featured News, Press Room, School News, Schools|

When schools receive hoax threats, rumors of threats, and when there is a spread of false information, learning environments are disrupted and and there is understandably increased fear in our community.

Safety is our top priority

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Maintaining safety in our schools requires an ongoing partnership with school staff, students, families, law enforcement and the surrounding community.

Safety is critical, and our district fully investigates each threat in collaboration with the FBI and/or our state and local law enforcement partners.

Issuing a threat is a crime

As a district, we have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against local schools. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Our law enforcement partners investigate every tip to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. Hoax threats can result in both arrest by law enforcement and/or suspension or expulsion by the school district. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for those who post them.

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, verbally, through email, or other means—is a crime. Please share with your kids and those in your community that making a threat is a poor choice that could impact them for years to come.

Threats impact our entire community

In addition to the individual consequences a person may face, these threats have a serious impact on our community. They divert district resources from providing support for students and disrupt the learning environment for hundreds of students. Law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating other crimes, and they cost taxpayers a lot of money. The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school staff and families.

Things to remember

Don’t share or forward a threat until law enforcement has a chance to investigate—this can spread misinformation and cause panic.

  • Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online
  • If you are the target of an online threat, call your local law enforcement immediately
  • Salem Police Department Non-Emergency 503-588-6123
  • Keizer Police Department Non-Emergency 503-390-2000
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office 503-588-5032

If you see a threat of violence posted online, contact local law enforcement or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also submit information online to the FBI on the FBI’s website.

Use SafeOregon by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed or made through the SafeOregon app.

Remember – a hoax threat is no joke. Think before you post.

Back to school 2022-23

Categories: Community, District News, Preschool|

School offices opening dates 2022-23

  • August 8: Elementary school offices open
  • August 15: Middle school offices open
  • Year round: High school offices open year round

First day of school dates 2022-23

Grades 1-12

  • September 6: First day for Grades 6 and 9
  • September 7: First day for Grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12 (*Because this is a Wednesday, this is a late start day)

JumpStart Kindergarten

Kindergarten first days

  • September 7-9: Kindergarten reading assessment & parent conference
  • September 12: Kindergarten transition last name begins A-L
  • September 13: Kindergarten transition last name begins M-Z
  • September 14: Kindergarten first day for ALL students (*Because this is a Wednesday, this is a late start day)

*All schools will start one hour late on Wednesdays to give school staff a regular time for collaborating and planning support for students.

Back-to-school quick links

Adult and student interactions

Guide to Staff/Student InteractionsMaintaining Appropriate Staff/Student BoundariesMaintaining Appropriate Volunteer/Contractor/Student Boundaries
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students when participating in any school or district activity.

Athletic participation and student fees

High school and middle school athletics
Information about athletics fees, physical exams, FamilyID online registration, student and parent concussion statement.

Bell times

Arabic | Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

Bell schedules for all schools will remain the same as the last school year for the 2022-23 school year.

Bus basics

Information about riding on buses, including videos, maps, and links to resources like finding your school.

Route times for the 2022-23 school year are expected to be ready the week of August 15.

Calendars

Calendars
See official district calendars for the 2022-23 school year.

Dress code

Dress code
Salem-Keizer Public Schools expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event.

Enrollment and registration

Student enrollment and registration
Information, links and contact information to help parents who need to get their students registered for the 2022-23 school year.

Food Services

Food Services
Salem-Keizer Public Schools partners with Sodexo to provide healthy, nutritious meals to our students.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten
Resources to help you get your student registered and ready for kindergarten.

ParentSquare

ParentSquare
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications.

ParentVUE

ParentVUE
Login page to create a new account or to access your existing ParentVue account.

Preschool

Preschool
Resources to help you get your student registered and ready for preschool.

Principal and assistant principal changes

Principal and assistant principal changes at schools
Details about principal and assistant principal changes at schools for the 2022-23 school year.

Safe and welcoming schools

Safe and welcoming schools
Every student should feel safe, welcome, and fully included in their school community.

School directory

School directory
A list that includes links to school websites, school start/stop times, names of principals and office managers, and contact information.

School supply list recommendations

Standard school supplies needed by students
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The standard list represents the most common supplies required in Salem-Keizer schools. Some schools may require additional items or may prefer a variation of the items listed. However, items such as wipes and glues MUST be purchased by school district staff.

Questions?

Contact your student’s school if you have questions.

School offices opening dates 2022-23

  • August 8: Elementary school offices open
  • August 15: Middle school offices open
  • Year round: High school offices open year round

Special education

Special education
Providing professional and efficient support services that contribute to the success of students, staff, and community.

Sprague Sophomore Wins Awesome Art Contest

Categories: Archive, Community, District News, News, Schools, Students|

This year’s Awesome 3000 T-shirts will feature original artwork drawn by Sprague High School sophomore Kate Swenson.

Kate’s artwork features SKEF mascot, Geo crossing the start line to begin the race leaving the text “Awesome 3000” in his dust. Representatives of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation recognized her at an all-school assembly on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Each year the Foundation invites young artists in the Salem-Keizer Public Schools to come up with a design for the Awesome 3000 fun run held the first Saturday in May.

Kate has been interested in art since she was a small child and really enjoys creating with colored pencils. While she has never run in the Awesome 3000, Kate is no stranger to the Awesome Art Contest having placed second in last year’s competition. She looks forward to studying art after high school and seeing whether it leads her to a career, or if she keeps it as a hobby.

In addition to seeing her artwork on 5,000 t-shirts and thousands of registration forms, posters and more, Kate received a check for $100. She also earned a $250 contribution to the Sprague High School art department.

The second-place design came from an eighth-grader at Claggett Creek Middle School and the third-place design came from Sprague High School senior Patricia Ewing.

Kelly Carlisle, the executive director at SKEF says, “All the entries captured the energy and spirit of the event and kudos to all of the students who shared their artwork with us.”

Kate Swenson will be onsite at the Awesome 3000 to sign T-shirts, posters and programs featuring her artwork.

This year’s Awesome 3000 is May 2. Registration will open online on SKEF’s website on March 15. Paper forms will be available at SKEF, 223 Commercial St NE, or in school offices beginning Monday, March 30. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities also can be found on the foundation’s website

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