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Career Night Expo

You are invited to the Salem-Keizer Career Night Expo on February 1st, 2018, at the Salem Convention Center.

At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we believe every student can graduate prepared for a successful life. By integrating strong academics with robust career-minded
education, our students expand their options and opportunities to advance in today’s global economy. Together with parents, business leaders, and the
community, we challenge all students to explore what they love, focus on academic and technical learning, and succeed with a powerful competitive advantage for
career and college.

National education and generational expert Mark C. Perna

2018-01-09T10:16:39+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

Walker Teachers Nominated for Crystal Apple

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.

2017-10-26T08:31:02+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

SKSD Begins Bond Listening Sessions

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.

2017-10-20T07:34:03+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Parent Club Information

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: michellgarber76@yahoo.com

Thank you to all parents who attended and participated in the elections! We look forward to partnering with our parents this coming year



2017-09-27T13:22:12+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

Join the Mom and Dad Squad

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.

2017-09-22T09:51:03+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|


Below is the information on the 7 period day changes happening at the middle school level for all Salem-Keizer schools. Attached at the bottom of the page is a PDF of this information.

7-Day Period Changes

The Salem-Keizer Middle School Mission reads: “We will foster the academic, social, and emotional growth in every student ensuring all students are on-track for high school graduation and college & career readiness.”

In order to better provide students with opportunities for intervention or enrichment, while still participating in elective classes, the middle schools in Salem-Keizer will move from a 6-period day to a 7-period day next year. This decision is based on our Middle School Beliefs and Values which include:

  • All students must have equal access to grade level core classes
  • Collaboration is important for staff and
  • Interventions must be built into the school
  • All students need access to PE or an
  • There must be equal access to courses across all
  • Rigor is valued: All students can achieve at high
  • It is important to educate the whole-child.
  • Relationships are
  • Mobility should not impact a student’s

Research outlines key factors we can look at during the middle school years to help us identify those students who are at risk of not graduating on time. They are: poor attendance, even mild off-task behavior as early as the 6th grade, F and D’s in core classes (especially in math and/or language arts), and very low test scores.

It is vital for the success of our students that we address these indicators during the middle school years. “This research shows that, under current conditions, the level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that happens academically in high school.” (The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School, Research from ACT 2008) Therefore, we must design a system that provides support for ANY student who is not on the path to graduation.

Because it best supports students who may need this help, we are excited about our new 7-period schedule. To determine the need for intervention, we will look at how well students are doing in their schoolwork, their attendance rate, and their skills in reading and writing and math. Then, with input from their teachers, we will place them in intervention classes if it looks like that will help them be successful at Walker. Intervention classes at Walker will include classes for math intervention, reading intervention, and English as a Second Language. There may also be intervention classes designed for students who need additional support to improve attendance or behaviors. Intervention classes might last part of a semester, a whole semester, or a whole year. It depends on how much help is needed. Because of the 7-period day, students will be able to have an intervention class and still keep an elective! If students can be successful without an intervention class, they will be able to pick up an additional elective.

Our goal at Walker is to ensure that each and every student is prepared to attend West Salem High School AND is ready to access all of the great things West has to offer.  We want to provide the support students need, when they need it and only for as long as they need it. Thank you for partnering with us to support your child and all of the students at Walker Middle School.

2017-12-22T08:02:38+00:00 August 1st, 2017|