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18-19 School Supply List

posted Jun 27, 2018, 12:24 PM by Lee Elementary

Image result for summer breakAttached is our 18-19 school supply list. Enjoy your summer break, our office will open August 15th. 

Congrats to our 2018 Graduates!

posted Jun 8, 2018, 11:09 AM by Lee Elementary

A big congratulations to our 2018 South Salem High School graduates!! We're proud of you!! 


Thank You for Saying YES for Our Schools!

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:53 PM by Salem Keizer

As we head into summer break, we want to say “Thank you” to our community for approving the 2018 bond! Because of our community’s support, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be able to make improvements, expansions and/or renovations all across the district. Improvements planned include additional space to serve our community’s growing enrollment as well as expanded career-technical (vocational) spaces, more space for science education, safety and security improvements and seismic safety upgrades.

Five schools are scheduled to begin construction in 2019 – Gubser Elementary School, Judson Middle School, Waldo Middle School, McNary High School and North Salem High School. All work approved under the bond is planned to be finished in about five years. For more information about projects funded by the 2018 bond, please visit https://bondinfo.salkeiz.k12.or.us/bonddocuments/.

At many schools, construction is likely to take place during the school year. Schools, architects and the district’s bond program management team will work together to minimize disruption of the educational environment caused by construction. However, it’s important for parents, students and staff to be aware that school operations will be different during construction. Our commitment to student safety and success will be unchanged during construction.

We would once again like to extend our appreciation to the Salem-Keizer community for supporting students and schools by approving the 2018 bond!

Yearbooks for Sale!

posted May 8, 2018, 12:46 PM by Lee Elementary   [ updated May 8, 2018, 12:48 PM ]

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Yearbooks will be available the last week of school! The cost will be aprox. $10 and we will be sending home an order form soon!

5th Grade Recognition

posted May 8, 2018, 12:36 PM by Lee Elementary


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Our 5th grade recognition will take place Tuesday, June 12, from 2:00-3:35pm in the gym! Excited to see you all there!

Kindergarten Recognition

posted May 8, 2018, 12:27 PM by Lee Elementary   [ updated May 8, 2018, 12:37 PM ]

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Our kinder recognition will be Tuesday, June 12, from 9:30-11:30am in the gym. We look forward to seeing you there! 

2018 Proposed Bond On May 15 Ballot | Artículo sobre la propuesta de ley que aparecerá en la boleta electoral del 15 de mayo de 2018

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:12 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: https://goo.gl/tt1zVx

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.
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! | ¡Haz la diferencia! ¡Emite tu voto!

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:08 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.
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 Elementary Teacher Awarded with National Honors

posted Apr 3, 2018, 2:13 PM by Salem Keizer


Maureen Foelkl pictured with National Teachers Hall of Fame Board Member 
Mark Andrews.

Friendly chatter filled the room as family, friends and colleagues gathered at Lee Elementary for what they thought was yet another routine meeting. 

Unaware that they were gathered in the company of a Hall of Famer, National Teachers Hall of Fame Board Member Mark Andrews began his speech, and Maureen Foelkl was soon to be recognized. “This is a special day in Salem, Oregon.” Indeed it was.

Each year, five teachers from across the country are selected for induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The NTHF highlights teachers who have impacted their students and served their communities for more than 20 years. Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) very own, Maureen Foelkl, was surprised with the honor on April 2.

"Maureen works tirelessly to build a classroom where students are motivated to learn and discover, particularly in the field of science," said former principal Heidi Litchfield in a statement. "Under her leadership, school programs such as Roots and Shoots, a community garden and a comprehensive school-wide recycling program have been founded, nurtured and sustained."

Maureen was a valuable member of the faculty at Chapman Hill Elementary, where she was a second and third grade science teacher for 32 years. She has taught environmental science at The Straub Environmental Center and currently volunteers at Lee Elementary.

Maureen shares the common principle of SKPS that educators must assist students to develop a love and respect for themselves and others, but she reserves a personal philosophy that love and respect should extend to the natural environment. Maureen served as a role model for that philosophy through her years of teaching and passion for animals. For those who know her best, the national recognition is not surprising.

Maureen’s merit as an educator has earned her numerous awards. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, the Henry Ford Innovator Award and the Don Jeffery Award as a Lifelong Environmental Educator. In 2015, she was the Oregon State Teacher of the Year runner-up, and in 2013, Maureen was the Exploravision National Champion.

Maureen serves as a role model for co-workers and proudly demonstrates what it means to be a Salem-Keizer Public Schools educator. Congratulations Maureen!

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.

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