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Congratulations to Paul Kaplan

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:32 AM by Sarah Grimmer

Paul Kaplan, our daytime custodian, was nominated and received the Golden Broom award. We are so proud of Paul and the amazing work he does at Morningside. He is always willing to jump in and lend a hand and keeps our school clean and running like clockwork. 
Thank you for all you do Paul!



ScreenAgers

posted Apr 2, 2018, 1:40 PM by Sarah Grimmer   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 1:40 PM ]

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        SKPS will host two events in the Salem and Keizer areas that will be free to attend and open to all SKPS students, families and community members.

o   Wednesday, April 11  |  Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

o   Tuesday, April 24  |  Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer

·        This events’ goal is to bring awareness to struggles facing our children with technology and how it can impact their academics, safety and overall health.

·        Students over age 10 who are accompanied by a parent/guardian, families and community members are encouraged to attend.

·        This event is a way to generate dialogue between children and their families around their behaviors online and how to make smart choices around screen time and academics.

Bond Measure---APRIL 18

posted Apr 2, 2018, 1:09 PM by Sarah Grimmer   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

PLEASE COME TO OUR AREA BOND MEETING ON APRIL 18, FROM 6-7:30 AT SOUTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL.

018 Proposed Bond On May 15 Ballot

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.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Joins SafeOregon Confidential Tip Line

posted Mar 13, 2018, 1:06 PM 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, 1:04 PM 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 2018-2019

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:54 PM by Salem Keizer

Kindergarten registration opens Feb. 20, 2018

Registration for fall kindergarten programs in Salem-Keizer Public Schools opens on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2018, are eligible to register. All elementary schools in Salem-Keizer offer free, full-day kindergarten.

Parents are asked to register students soon to help the district prepare an adequate number of classrooms, supplies, etc. for the fall.

How to register

To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: http://busfinder.salkeiz.k12.or.us/elinkrp/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx

Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:

1.       Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.

2.       Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.

Help your student get ready

Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:

·         Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly

·         Practice writing his/her name

·         Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty

·         Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle

·         Learn how to take turns and share with others

·         How to use the bathroom and wash hands independently

Please contact your school with questions about registering for kindergarten.

Harvest Carnival

posted Nov 6, 2017, 2:47 PM by Sarah Grimmer



ATTENDANCE

posted Oct 19, 2017, 9:49 AM by Sarah Grimmer   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

“We know that students who attend school regularly have more opportunity to learn, so tracking chronic absenteeism is critical,” Acting Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill said. “There is a direct link between high instances of chronic absenteeism and low graduation rates; this is why chronic absenteeism is one of our school accountability measures in our Oregon Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act and why Governor Brown and the Legislature have  invested in programs to address the issue.”

Chronic Absences are defined as missing 10% or more of the school year. This is only 17 days of our Elementary Calendar. If a student misses 1 day a month, they miss 9 days, halfway to being considered chronically absent. If they miss one day a week,  they miss over 34 days, far beyond what is considered Chronically absent. 

According to the ODE report for 2016-17, Morningside had a total of 369 students and 75 of them were considered chronically absent. 

According to the Department of Education:

Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers, to drop out of high school. 

 In 2016-17 Morningside had 17 kindergarten students and 14 first graders, who were chronically absent.

It is often seen that chronic absenteeism is a better predictor of a student’s likelihood to graduate than test scores. And this directly impacts a student’s future.

WE NEED EVERY STUDENT EVERYDAY! 

Please help us reduce the amount of chronic Absenteeism at Morningside Elementary.

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