Lee Elementary Students Honored For Science Projects

posted Mar 22, 2018, 1:50 PM by Salem Keizer

Two teams of students at Lee Elementary School won national recognition this month for science projects they’ve been working on since September. Both groups got Honorable Mentions in Toshiba’s ExploraVision science competition. They were the only students in Oregon recognized in the national contest this year.

E-Foods: Laser Dried Provisions

Pictured from left: Fourth-grader Luke Stephenson, with third-graders
Leah Ioane, Samuel Johnson and Gisabelle Espericueta. In the back row are
Lee Elementary Principal Don Hakala, retired Chapman Hill teacher and
science advisor Maureen Foelkl with Lee Elementary teacher Pamela Sloan.

Concerned about food waste in the school cafeteria, Lee Elementary students wanted to explore how to eliminate it. Led by teacher Pamela Sloan and science advisor Maureen Foelkl, the kids created a project called “E-Foods: Laser Dried Provisions.”

After brainstorming about different ways to preserve uneaten food, the students came up with a plan to freeze dry it using laser technology. “It was a very good learning experience for them. We appreciate the cooperation of the students’ parents for letting them participate in this wonderful project.” Mrs. Sloan said.

The kids did all the writing, sketched out designs and used math in the proposal they submitted. They learned about advanced scientific concepts, like how vacuum systems and lasers work. The students worked on the project with their teachers every Tuesday after school from 4 p.m.–6 p.m., from September through January.

ScanGear: Repetitive Motion Warning Support System

Pictured from left: Second-graders Sawyer Bain, Wyatt Timmerman,
Hudson Steward, and Logan Porter along with Lee Elementary teacher
Pamela Sloan, Principal Don Hakala and science advisor Maureen Foelkl.

Wanting to help people with injuries to their arms and legs, a team of second-graders in Mrs. Sloan’s class came up with an idea called “ScanGear: Repetitive Motion Warning Support System.” Their plan is for a device to wrap around the injured body part. The device would trigger a noise and send a signal to a physician’s office or to a cell phone warning the person to stop using the injured muscle.

The students worked on the project during class time at school while their classmates also worked in teams on other science projects. “I was very impressed with my second-grade group, because they did acquire a lot of science vocabulary,” Mrs. Sloan said. “They are eager and worked very well together as a team, and are already starting to suggest ideas for new projects.”

Both teams plan to work on new science proposals next year, with the goal of advancing to regional and national levels in the ExploraVision contest.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Joins SafeOregon Confidential Tip Line

posted Mar 13, 2018, 12:05 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, 12:04 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.

Immunization Exclusion Day | El Día de Exclusión Escolar por no Presentar las Vacunas

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:22 PM by Salem Keizer

Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. If your child is not up-to-date on the required vaccinations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, they will be excluded from valuable instruction time per Senate Bill 895.

Missed instructional time can be highly detrimental to student success at all levels of education. In research conducted by the Oregon Department of Education, students who experience chronic absenteeism- especially in elementary aged students, have been found to experience higher dropout rates and difficulty in reaching high school graduation.

To ensure your student avoids unnecessary exclusion from classes, please review the required vaccinations below and contact your school if you have any questions or the department of student services at 503-399-3101.

For more information on health and immunizations in SKPS, please click here.

Se ha investigado que el absentismo crónico causa tasas más altas de deserción escolar y bajos porcentajes de graduación en las preparatorias. El día de exclusión escolar por no presentar las vacunas requeridas es el 21 de febrero, los estudiantes que no tengan las vacunas requeridas o la exención en el expediente escolar serán excluidos de valioso tiempo de instrucción. El 2015 se aprobó la ley del senado 895, la cual estipula que todos los niños que asistan a las escuelas o a centros de cuidado infantil según ORS 433.267 (1)(b) y (c), deberán tener las vacunas requeridas o una exención valida en su expediente para continuar con su asistencia escolar. En línea y abajo puede ver las vacunas requeridas para el año escolar 2017-18. Puede ver las vacunas requeridas para el año escolar 2017-18.

Health Clinics
These agencies offer low-cost vaccines to those without insurance or who are on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP); no one who qualifies will be turned away for inability to pay.

Marion County Health Department
Call 503-588-5342
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Address: 3180 Center St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Polk County Health Department
Call 503-623-8175
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
Address: 182 SW Academy St. Suite 302, Dallas, OR 97338

Woodburn Pediatric Clinic
Call 503-981-5348
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Address: 2050 Progress Way, Woodburn, OR 97071

Students 7 years old and older (with insurance) can go to pharmacies to get vaccines. The pharmacies often have evening and weekend hours. Call your local pharmacy for details.


posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:20 PM by Salem Keizer


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



Los estudiantes que actualmente asisten al 5to grado (que entraran al 6to grado en 

septiembre) que deseen asistir a una escuela diferente a la escuela asignada para el proximo otoiio (el ciclo escolar 2018-2019) deberan solicitar una trasferencia dentro del distrito (IDT, por sus siglas en ingles) entre EL 1 Y 31 DE MARZO DEL 2018.

 NO se consideraran las solicitudes IDT recibidas despues del 31 de marzo de 2018.

Se puede obtener una solicitud IDT en la oficina de cualquier escuela intermedia. Usted debe completar y devolver la solicitud a su escuela intermedia asignada dentro del plazo de entrega. No se garantiza que la solicitud se apruebe. Los estudiantes que asistan a la escuela bajo una trasferencia no seran elegibles para transporte de autobus. 

Se puede encontrar mas informaci6n acerca del proceso de una trasferencia a otra escuela dentro del distrito en la pagina web "Student Transfers" en el sitio web del distrito, http://www.salemkeizer.org/parents/student-transfers

Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:18 PM by Salem Keizer   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 1:27 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 record.

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.


El 20 de febrero del 2018 inicia el período de matrículas para kindergarten

Las matrículas para los programas de kindergarten para el siguiente ciclo escolar inician el martes 20 de febrero del 2018.  Los estudiantes que cumplen cinco años el 10 de septiembre del 2018 o ANTES son elegibles para matricularse. Todas las escuelas primarias del Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer ofrecen kindergarten durante todo el día sin costo alguno.

Es muy importante que los padres de familia matriculen a sus estudiantes lo antes posible para ayudar al distrito a preparar de manera adecuada el número de salones, materiales, etc. para el siguiente ciclo escolar. 

Como matricular a su estudiante

Favor de visitar la escuela y recoger un paquete de registro. Si usted no está seguro de la escuela a la que pertenece su estudiante de acuerdo a la dirección de su residencia, favor de visitar la página web del Distrito Escolar a:  http://busfinder.salkeiz.k12.or.us/elinkrp/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx

Los padres deberán rellenar y firmar los formularios contenidos en el paquete de registro (formulario de registro, cuestionario del lenguaje hablado en casa, formulario de inmunización etc.) y presentar:

1.       Comprobante de domicilio.  Algunos de los documentos aceptados son: copia del recibo de electricidad, licencia de conducir con el domicilio actual, copia del contrato de arrendamiento etc.

2.       El acta de nacimiento original del estudiante. La escuela hará una copia fotostática y devolverá el original a los padres.

3.       Los registros de vacunación actualizada de su niño.

Ayude a su estudiante a estar preparado para kindergarten

Los padres pueden ayudar a su estudiante a estar preparado para el kindergarten:

·         Ayúdelo a sujetar correctamente los lápices, crayolas y tijeras   

·         Practicar la escritura de su nombre

·         Aprender el alfabeto y contar hasta el número veinte

·         Nombrar e identifica las figuras geométricas básicas tales como el cuadrado, el triángulo y el círculo.

·         Aprender a esperar su turno y compartir con otros

·         Aprender a ir al baño de y lavar sus manos de manera independiente

Si tiene preguntas sobre la matrícula de su estudiante, favor de contactar a la escuela. 

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