EA is currently accepting registration forms for the winter session. Please see the attached newsletter with new events happening. Registration forms may be dropped off in the main office.
7th and 8th grade Parents and Students, please take a moment to give us your feedback about the 7 period day on this short survey.
Parent Club is hosting a Winter Dance on December 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm.
$5 Entry or $4 entry with donation of new socks or mittens for the homeless.
Snacks and sodas will be sold.
Parents, please be prompt in Picking students up at 8:30 pm.
Walker is very proud to announce that two teachers have been nominated for Crystal Apple Awards presented by Salem-Keizer Education Foundation. Ms. Heather Bennett and Mrs. Amy Baldwin will be honored for their excellence in education at the 21st annual Crystal Apple Awards on November 2nd.
Enrollment growth creates crowding, many schools over capacity
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.
A parent club meeting was held September 11th at Walker Middle School. The primary purpose of the meeting was to elect Officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you to all of our parents who volunteered to run and serve in officer roles this school year! As a result, the following parents were elected into the following Parent Club offices:
- Michelle Garber – President
- Vacant – Vice President
- Kimber Pack- Secretary
- Andrea Cox – Treasurer
- Vacant– Volunteer Coordinator
- Vacant – Member at Large/8th grade party
2017-18 Parent Club Meetings have been set for the following dates to begin at 6:00 pm in the Walker Library.
- Monday, October 9th
- Monday, November 13th
- Monday, December 4th
- Monday, January 8th
- Monday, February 12th
- Monday, March 12th
- Monday, April 9th
- Monday, May 14th
Walker Parent Club may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all parents who attended and participated in the elections! We look forward to partnering with our parents this coming year
Mom and Dad squad is a group of adults who volunteer during our two lunch periods. You do not even have to be a mom or dad of a Walker student to join. Members can volunteer as often as they would like. You will have the unique opportunity to interact with students in a positive manner while helping to maintain a caring adult presence at Walker. If you would be able to give an hour one day or more a week at lunch time we would invite to you contact the Walker office to learn more about this opportunity.
If your student is participating in football, volleyball, or cross country this fall, please be sure to sign up in the main office. The game schedules for each of these sports are now posted.
The attached document will give you information on the 7 period day changes happening at the middle school level for all Salem-Keizer schools.
Attached please find our English and Spanish School Supplies List for the 2017-18 School Year.