posted Apr 3, 2018, 10:27 AM by Candalaria Elementary   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 10:28 AM ]

Ballot measure 24-429 is a general obligation bond on the May 15 ballot for school construction and renovations to address overcrowding and safety in Salem-Keizer's schools. 

There are many opportunities coming up in the next few weeks to learn about the proposed six hundred nineteen point seven million dollar bond ($619.7 million bond).  Beginning next week, SKPS will be holding Community Meetings at each neighborhood high school, schedule listed below.

Parents, employees, school neighbors and interested community members are welcome to attend.  Information will be shared about proposed bond construction that would be completed at each school if the bond is passed by voters. 
Each meeting will focus on the schools that feed the neighborhood's high school; however, information about all schools in the district will be available.   
List of Meetings (All meetings begin at 6 p.m.)

West Salem High School
Tuesday, April 3

North Salem High School
Thursday, April 12

McNary High School
Tuesday, April 17

South Salem High School
Wednesday, April 18

McKay High School
Thursday, April 19

Sprague High School
Monday, April 23

If passed by voters on May 15, 2018, the proposed $619.7 million bond would increase the current property tax levy rate by an estimated $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed property 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 $8,000,000 grant from the state I bonds are passed. 

More information can be found at: https://bondinfo.salkeiz.k12.or.us

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Joins SafeOregon Confidential Tip Line

posted Mar 13, 2018, 10:47 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.

In-District Transfer (IDT)

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:27 PM by Salem Keizer   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 3:54 PM by Candalaria Elementary ]


Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2018-2019 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) BETWEEN MARCH 1 and MARCH 31, 2018.

IDT applications received after March 31, 2018 will NOT be considered

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student's assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website, http://www.salemkeizer.org/parents/student-transfers

Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:12 PM by Salem Keizer   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

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. 

3.     Your child's updated immunization records.

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.

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