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2018 Proposed Bond On May 15 Ballot

posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:25 AM by Salem Keizer

The School Board has finished its work on a bond package and has referred it to the May 15 ballot for the community to consider.

Before finalizing the bond, the Board heard feedback through a community survey, through the Community Facilities Task Force and through listening sessions with staff and community members held in every high school neighborhood. The Board twice asked staff to revise the bond package to make sure it aligned with the feedback they received and still addressed the needs of facilities.

Highlights of the proposed bond include:

·         Increasing safety and security, including seismic safety of schools

·         Adding/expanding space to relieve crowding and prepare for future enrollment, including general education classrooms and space for music programs

·         Adding/expanding space for career-technical (vocational) education at all six traditional high schools as well as Roberts High School

·         Adding/renovating science labs at middle and high schools

The proposed bond package totals $619.7 million and if passed by voters in May, is estimated to increase the current property tax levy rate by $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed value. If the bond does not pass, the additional tax would not be levied and the listed projects would not be completed. The Community Facilities Task Force reviewed all funding methods available to the district and recommended the School Board place a general obligation bond on the ballot for voters to consider. The district would receive an $8 million grant from the state if the bond passes.

To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must be a registered voter and reside in the district. To register or to update your voter registration, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en

You must be registered by April 24. Ballots will be mailed to voters on April 25. For more information about the proposed bond measure, please visit www.bondinfo.salemkeizer.org.

Artículo sobre la propuesta de ley que aparecerá en la boleta electoral del 15 de mayo de 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:24 AM by Salem Keizer

La Mesa Directiva Escolar ha concluido su trabajo con respecto a la propuesta de ley sobre la que la comunidad tomará su decisión en la boleta electoral del 15 de mayo.

Antes de darle los últimos toques al contenido de la propuesta de ley, la Mesa Directiva Escolar recibió las opiniones de la comunidad mediante una encuesta, a través de la Comisión de Ciudadanos Dedicados al Estudio de las Instalaciones Escolares y por medio de reuniones destinadas a recoger las opiniones del personal y de los integrantes de la comunidad celebradas en todas las escuelas preparatorias. La Mesa Directiva Escolar le pidió dos veces al personal que revisara el contenido de la propuesta de ley para cerciorarse de que reflejara las opiniones recibidas y de que abordara los problemas presentes en las instalaciones escolares.

Aspectos destacados de la propuesta de ley:

·         Incrementar las medidas y los procedimientos de seguridad, con inclusión de instalaciones y alarmas antisísmicas en las escuelas.

·         Agregar aulas nuevas o agrandar las existentes para aliviar el problema de la superpoblación estudiantil y prepararse para la matrícula futura, con inclusión de aulas de educación general y salones de música.

·         Agregar aulas nuevas o agrandar las existentes para la docencia técnica-profesional (vocacional) en las seis escuelas preparatorias tradicionales y en la Escuela Preparatoria Roberts.

·         Agregar laboratorios de ciencias nuevos o renovar los existentes en las escuelas intermedias y preparatorias. 

La propuesta de ley tiene un valor de $619.7 millones. En caso de que los votantes la aprobasen en mayo, se calcula que incrementaría el impuesto actual sobre bienes inmuebles en $1.24 por cada $1,000 del valor de tasación. Si los votantes rechazasen el proyecto de ley, no habría que pagar el impuesto añadido y no se realizarían los proyectos enumerados. La Comisión de Ciudadanos Dedicados al Estudio de las Instalaciones Escolares (CFTF, por sus siglas en inglés) analizó todos los métodos de financiamiento a disposición del distrito y sugirió a la Mesa Directiva Escolar que se elevara el proyecto general de ley para que los votantes tomaran una decisión sobre este asunto. El distrito recibirá una subvención de $8 millones del estado en caso de que se apruebe el proyecto de ley.

Únicamente los votantes inscritos y residentes del distrito tendrán derecho a votar en mayo. A fin de inscribirse o de actualizar su inscripción de votante, visite la página Web de la Secretaría del Estado de Oregón: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en

El plazo para inscribirse vence el 24 de abril. El 25 de abril se enviarán por correo las boletas electorales. Para informarse a fondo sobre este asunto, por favor, acceda a la página web siguiente:  www.bondinfo.salemkeizer.org.

Make a difference! Cast your vote!

posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:23 AM by Salem Keizer

Please remember to register to vote or update your voter registration if you have moved or changed political parties so you’re ready to fill out and return your ballot when it arrives in the mail.

To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and at least 17 years old. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 15 election is April 24.

Registered voters receive a ballot in the mail about two weeks before an election.

There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon:

1.      Have your Oregon driver’s license or state ID card handy and register online

2.      Pick up a voter registration form at the post office or library (or download online) and return it in the mail

3.      Go to the county elections office to fill out a form

If you have moved, changed your name or mailing address, or want to change political parties, you can update your voter registration through the same methods.

For more information about voting in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

¡Haz la diferencia! ¡Emite tu voto!

posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:22 AM by Salem Keizer

Por favor, no olvide inscribirse para votar o si es necesario actualice sus datos personales de votante si se ha mudado o ha cambiado de partido político para que esté preparado y pueda rellenar y devolver su boleta electoral cuando les llegue por correo regular.

La inscripción de votante en Oregon requiere lo siguiente: debe ser un ciudadano estadounidense, un residente de Oregon y tener por lo menos 17 años de edad. La fecha límite para votar en las próximas elecciones del 15 de mayo es el 24 de abril.

Los electores inscritos reciben una boleta por correo regular aproximadamente dos semanas antes de una elección.

Hay tres maneras de rellenar la solicitud para la inscripción de votante en Oregon:

1.      tenga a la mano su licencia de conducir de Oregon o tarjeta de identificación del estado para inscribirse por internet

2.      recoja una solitud para la inscripción de votante en la oficina de correos o en la biblioteca (o puede descargarla por internet) y devolverla por correo regular

3.      vaya a la oficina de elecciones del condado para rellenar un formulario

Si se ha mudado, cambiado el nombre, o tiene una dirección postal diferente, o desea cambiar su partido político, puede actualizar su inscripción de votante utilizando los mismos métodos.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo votar en Oregon, por favor, consulte el sitio web de: Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Joins SafeOregon Confidential Tip Line

posted Mar 13, 2018, 11:04 AM by Salem Keizer


Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) has officially joined SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives our kids, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has a sophisticated and proactive intervention system in place for timely interventions. These include the SKPS Office of Behavioral Learning, the Office of Safety and Risk Management, and our Threat Response System that offers step-by-step protocols on preventing and controlling potentially dangerous situations.

The SafeOregon tip line adds an additional resource to ensure students and staff have a confidential avenue for reporting and bolsters SKPS’ relationship with law enforcement. This program is run and managed by the Oregon State Police and has proven to prevent acts of violence.

“Since the SafeOregon began its statewide program, we’ve seen it grow as a resource for the communities we serve,” said John Van Dreal, SKPS Director of Safety and Risk Management Services. “We know that what keeps our children safe is an open line of communication, and SafeOregon provides that communication in a confidential way.”

All tips reported by members of the Salem-Keizer community– including parents, students and employees – in regard to school and student safety will be closely investigated by the Oregon State Police and SKPS. The safety of our students, staff and volunteers is without question, our highest priority.

We encourage all parents to download the SafeOregon App on their phones, and their child’s phone as well. Individuals may also report a tip by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed to tip@safeoregon.com. For more information, go to www.safeoregon.com.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer participarán en el programa confidencial SafeOregon

posted Mar 13, 2018, 11:03 AM by Salem Keizer


Oficialmente las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) participarán en SafeOregon, una línea directa, informativa y confidencial que ofrece a los estudiantes, padres, escuelas y comunidades un medio confidencial para presentar denuncias de amenazas a la seguridad o posibles actos de violencia.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer tienen establecido un sistema de intervención complejo y diligente para intervenciones oportunas. En este sistema se incluyen los diferentes departamentos de SKPS: el Departamento de Aprendizaje Conductual, el Departamento para la Gestión de la Seguridad y Prevención de Riesgos y nuestro Sistema de Respuesta a Amenazas, el cual contiene un método paulatino y detallado para prevenir y controlar situaciones potencialmente peligrosas.

La línea informativa SafeOregon es un recurso adicional que garantiza a los estudiantes y al personal escolar un medio confidencial para hacer denuncias y fortalece la relación de SKPS con las agencias policiales. Este programa lo dirige y lo gestiona la Policía Estatal de Oregon y ha demostrado prevenir actos de violencia.

“Desde que SafeOregon inició su programa a nivel estatal, hemos visto que es un recurso que se ha expandido en las comunidades a las que servimos”, dijo John Van Dreal, Director del departamento para la gestión de la seguridad y prevención de riesgos de SKPS. “Sabemos que lo que mantiene a nuestros niños seguros es una línea abierta de comunicación y SafeOregon ofrece esa comunicación de una forma confidencial”.

La Policía Estatal de Oregon y SKPS investigarán cuidadosamente todas las denuncias hechas por los miembros de la comunidad de Salem-Keizer, los padres, los estudiantes y los empleados con referencia a la seguridad en las escuelas o la seguridad de los estudiantes. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y voluntarios es sin duda nuestra mayor prioridad.

Instamos a todos los padres a que descarguen la aplicación SafeOregon en sus teléfonos celulares y también en el teléfono de su estudiante. Las personas también pueden presentar una denuncia al llamar o al enviar un mensaje de texto al 844-472-3367 en cualquier momento. Asimismo, pueden enviar las denuncias por correo electrónico a tip@safeoregon.com. Consulte la página web www.safeoregon.com.

Kindergarten Registration Open for 2018-19 School Year

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:05 PM by Englewood Elementary   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

Free Full-Day Kindergarten - Fall 2018

Salem-Keizer Public Schools offers free full-day kindergarten. Half-day kindergarten is not offered in Salem-Keizer, however many private kindergarten providers offer half-day programs. Children are not required to attend kindergarten, but attendance is strongly recommended.

Registration for fall 2018 kindergarten opens Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Parents are asked to register for kindergarten as soon as possible. The district needs to know how many students will be attending and where in order to prepare an adequate number of classrooms. Early registration helps make sure kindergarten students will have a comfortable start to the school year.

Children who will turn five years old on or before September 10, 2018, are eligible to register. To register, please visit the school assigned to serve your residence address and pick up a registration packet.

To find the school that serves your residence, visit the boundary information page.

For more information about registering for kindergarten, please call your school or visit the Kindergarten page.

Enrollment growth creates crowding

posted Oct 17, 2017, 7:57 AM by Englewood Elementary

In only five years, enrollment in Salem-Keizer Public Schools is predicted to grow by about 1,000 students. That’s approximately the enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school. 

When considering past growth, this enrollment projection may seem conservative. In the last school year alone (2016-17), more than 500 new students enrolled in the district. In the five years since the 2012-13 school year, a total of around 2,000 new students have enrolled.

 “In six of the last seven years, we have seen an increase in new students. The average has been about 350 per year,” said David Hughes, manager of the facilities planning function for the school district. Enrollment growth is expected to continue for at least the next 20 years.

In fulfilling a state mandate to create a facility plan for the future, district staff reviewed population studies conducted by Portland State University’s Population Research Center and worked with architectural consultants to assess the capacity of school buildings to accommodate the projected growth.

What they found was that many school buildings are already over capacity, and many others are rapidly approaching their limits. For example, five of the district’s six traditional high schools are currently at or over capacity. McKay High School is a good illustration. McKay’s capacity has been boosted over time from about 2,000 students to 2,458 by adding 16 portable classrooms. However, enrollment at McKay last school year was 2,455 students and is expected to climb to more than 2,700 in just three years.

By the year 2025, high schools alone are projected to be short of space for 1,300 students. This projected deficit increases to more than 2,200 students if aging portable classrooms are retired and not replaced.

While adding portable units helped provide classroom space for students at McKay and 35 other schools, it created another problem.

“Adding the portable units over the years has had the unintended consequence of over-crowding core spaces within many schools, like the libraries, cafeterias and gyms,” said Michael Wolfe, Salem-Keizer’s chief operations officer. “This problem is magnified at schools that don’t have cafeterias. Nine of our elementary schools were not designed with identifiable cafeterias. Imagine what it’s like to serve lunch in a building like Sumpter Elementary, which was built to educate around 400 students, but is actually accommodating 520 students with no cafeteria. Many schools are running four, five or more lunch periods just to feed the kids.” said Wolfe.

The School Board is considering solutions to the problem of overcrowding and has received a set of recommendations from the Citizens Facilities Task Force. The Task Force reviewed the 

needs of school and support department facilities and recommended a range of solutions to the problem of overcrowding, such as adding or enhancing classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gyms, and auditoriums at the high schools. Under their recommendations, nearly every school in the district will benefit.

The Task Force also recommended the School Board address other facility needs of the district, such as space to expand Career-Technical/Vocational Education programs, increase seismic safety and more.

The School Board voted to present a general obligation bond measure to the community on the May 2018 ballot; however, the total amount of the bond and the exact cost are yet to be determined. The base package the Board is working with currently is around $620 million and is estimated to increase property tax rates by about $1.28 to $1.34 per thousand of assessed property value.

More information about the status of the bond package and the district’s facility needs can be found on the school district website at http://www.salemkeizer.org/category/sitewide/school-board. 

2017-18 School Supply Lists

posted Jun 29, 2017, 8:47 AM by Englewood Elementary   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 8:29 AM ]

SUPPLY LIST FOR KINDERGARTEN

1        FULL change of clothes labeled with child’s name (shirt, pants, underwear, socks)

4       boxes of 24 sticks CRAYOLA crayons

4       glue sticks

1        package broad tip CRAYOLA markers

1        package thin tip CRAYOLA markers

10      packages of TICONDEROGA pencils (green and yellow packaging)

1        box facial tissue

1        standard size backpack

1        container of play dough

1        box Ziploc sandwich bags

1        box Ziplock gallon size bags

1        pre-packaged snack for 28+ children (to start us out)

2       packages of baby wipes

1        container Clorox-type wipes


SUPPLY LIST FOR FIRST GRADE 

These supplies are communal. Please do not write names.

1st/2nd grade classroom use 2nd grade list.


6       boxes of 24 stick CRAYOLA crayons (no larger please)

1        box of 24 #2 Dixon TICONDEROGA pencils

1        regular sized backpack

1        box facial tissues

36     glue sticks

1        Pink Pearl eraser

1        package colored pencils

1        package markers

1        container Clorox-type wipes

2       packages of baby wipes

 

SUPPLY LIST FOR SECOND GRADE 

1st/2nd grade classroom use this list.

  

1        container baby wipes

1        large box facial tissue

1        box of 24 stick crayons

36     sharpened yellow Ticonderoga #2 pencils

2       bottles Elmer’s liquid glue

1        package Pink Pearl erasers

1        pack of glue sticks (10-12 per pack)

1        backpack: bring every day

1        box Ziploc bags (quart, sandwich or gallon size)

1        spiral notebook (wide ruled)

1        pencil box or zippered pouch

1        liquid soap bottle

1        package Crayola fine tip markers

Rooms 7 and 4 only:

1        3 ring binder (1/2” or 1”)

 

SUPPLY LIST FOR THIRD GRADE

Please see separate list for Life Skills class.

1        box of colored pencils

1        box of 24 Crayola crayons

1        box facial tissue

1        box of baby wipes (unscented)

1        box of Ziploc bags (quart size)

1        book bag or backpack

1        package white computer paper

80      Ticonderoga  #2 pencils

4       packages wide rule notebook paper (3rd grade – only 2)

5 x 8 pencil box (not a pencil bag)

1        pencil sharpener

4       Pink Pearl erasers

2       glue sticks


SUPPLY LIST FOR FOURTH GRADE

Please see separate list for Life Skills class.

 

1        box of colored pencils

1        box of 24 Crayola crayons (No larger boxes, please)

1        large box facial tissue

1        box of baby wipes or refills only (unscented)

1        box of Ziploc bags (last names A-M bring quart sized, N-Z bring gallon sized)

80      Ticonderoga  #2 pencils

5 x 8 pencil box (not a pencil bag)

1        pencil sharpener

8-10   Pink Pearl erasers

1        package pencil top erasers

8-10   glue sticks

3       composition books

1        Elmer’s liquid glue

1        Scotch tape

1        pen, blue

2       spiral notebooks (1 red, 1 blue)

1        Sharpie pen, black

1        book bag or backpack

 

                             SUPPLY LIST FOR FIFTH GRADE

Please see separate list for Life Skills class.

 

1        box of colored pencils

1        box of 24 Crayola crayons

1        box facial tissue

1        pair of scissors

1        box of baby wipes (unscented)

1        box of Ziploc bags

1        book bag or backpack

1        package white computer paper

80      Ticonderoga  #2 pencils

2       spiral notebooks (not 3 or 5 subject)

4       Pink Pearl erasers

1        ruler, 12” and 30 cm, 1/16 & 1mm gradations

1        bottle liquid glue

1        set notebook dividers

1        pencil pouch to fit in 3 ring notebook

1        set earbuds

2       scotch tape

  

SUPPLY LIST FOR Life Skills Class


24      glue sticks

1        box of 24 crayons

48      pencils

4       spiral notebooks (70 sheet)

2       pink pearl erasers

2        boxes  baby wipes

4       boxes facial tissue

3       red, 3 yellow, 3 green folders with pockets and 3 prongs

1        set water color paints

1        black and white composition notebook

1        package white computer paper

1        pencil box 5x8 inches

1        box colored pencils

1        backpack

 Please put your student’s name on the backpack only. The rest will be used as needed through the school year. Thank you.

School-Student-Parent Compact

posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:56 AM by Englewood Elementary

2016-17

The purpose of the school-parent compact is to communicate a common understanding of school and home responsibilities to assure that every student attains high standards and a quality education.

 

School responsibilities

  • Provide a safe and healthy school environment that promotes learning.
  • Provide a quality, standards based curriculum.
  • Provide quality instruction by highly qualified staff.
  • Assign meaningful assignments and activities to promote student success.
  • Respect cultural, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic differences.
  • Frequently report to parents about students’ academic progress during at least one individual conference in the fall or spring.
  • Provide individual progress reports to parents in November, March, and June.
  • Provide parents reasonable access to staff about student concerns.

 Parent responsibilities

  • Encourage positive attitudes toward school.
  • Set aside a specific time in a quiet place to do homework.
  • Look over homework assignments to check for understanding.
  • Sign and return all papers that require a parent or guardian’s signature.
  • Arrive to school on time and require regular school attendance (95% or higher).
  • Attend parent teacher conferences and other school functions.
  • Contact teachers when questions or concerns arise.
  • Respect the personal rights of others.
  • Update family information as needed with the school office.

 Student responsibilities

  • Ask the teacher any questions about schoolwork and homework.
  • Take home materials and information needed to complete assignments.
  • Complete homework in a thorough, legible and timely manner.
  • Return signed forms needed at school.
  • SOAR – Be Safe, On task, Always Respectful, Responsible
  • Attend school regularly (95% or higher), arrive on time, and be well rested.
  • Read RAH minutes each day (see RAH chart) and sign minutes chart.

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