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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 […]

Juneteenth Essay Contest for students

Categories: Community, District News, OSEAA, Press Room|

Commemorating Juneteenth

All students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by Salem Keizer NAACP, Branch 1166!

  • Open to elementary school students – approximately 250–300 words – prize $75
  • Open to middle school students – approximately 500–750 words – prize $150
  • Open to high school students – approximately 800–1,000 words – prize $250

Topic/Theme

If Mr. Booker T. Washington was alive today what do you think he would say about America’s progress with race and equity? [Source: Up From Slavery, 1901]

  • Deadline to submit essay is June 8, 2022
  • Winners […]

Spotlight on Success: Sprague Unified

Categories: District News, Press Room, Special Education|

Sprague High School’s Unified program, led by teachers Shaun Dohman and Janelle Cash, was honored by Principal Chad Barkes at the April 12, 2022, school board meeting.

Sprague Unified Sports class

Sprague High School has done a great job stressing inclusion among all our students,” Principal Barkes said. “We’ve grown our Unified Sports class to include more than 60 students, many who are regular education students and are partnering with students with special needs.”

This year, Sprague had several assemblies specific to its Unified programs, including hosting the Unified Cup basketball game vs. South Salem High School’s Unified team.

Sprague has four Unified […]

Salem-Keizer Public Schools officially breaks ground for 2018 bond construction at Sprague High School

Categories: District News, Salem-Keizer Bond Measure, School News, Spotlight, Superintendent - Page|

In May 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools

Supporters of Sprague High School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of the next comprehensive high school planned to begin construction improvements under the 2018 bond program.

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Impressive list of improvements planned

Sprague High School is the fifth comprehensive high school planned for construction under the 2018 bond program. With a total project budget of more […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Success: Sprague Leadership Students

Categories: Community, District News, News, School Board, School News, Schools, Spotlight, Staff, Students|

In an annual tradition of more than 20 years, Sprague High School students have brought holiday cheer into the classrooms at Hoover Elementary School just before winter break.

Sprague leadership students arrive by bus with boxes full of presents, and start off the morning at Hoover by visiting classrooms and working with kids on holiday arts and crafts.

After that, they give a gift basket to every student at Hoover. Presents included fun things like toy robots and Barbie dolls, and practical items like stocking caps and scarves, school supplies and toothpaste.

It takes months of preparation and planning for […]

Disability Awareness Month: Sprague High School Assistant Principal Chad Barkes

Categories: Community, District News, News, Schools, Special Education|

At Sprague High School, everyone is working to help students receiving special education services graduate from high school. This includes making sure students with disabilities can attend regular education classes as much as possible.

Sprague recently had about a 10 percent gain in the graduation rate for students receiving special education services. In this video, Assistant Principal Chad Barkes talks about how new options for graduation have helped the school better serve students and their families.

“I think on of the hallmarks of Sprague right now is we’re doing a fantastic job of having every student in this building have access to […]

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