Principals Page2018-08-21T06:44:22-08:00

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Paul Myers
Principal
Walker Middle School

Every Day 24J

Salem-Keizer School District has launched a new attendance campaign called, Every Day 24J. It is our desire to improve the overall daily student attendance at Walker and in our district. For that reason, I want to take a moment to urge you to closely monitor your child’s attendance this school year. Many parents do not realize the cumulative nature of absences. Unfortunately, we have many students with chronic attendance issues. For your information, the average student in the district would be absent about one to one-and-a-half days per month.

Please review the upcoming calendar of events. I would like to invite you to join us for our Back-to-School Night, Thursday, August 30th, 5:45-7:30. Students will receive draft schedules and their locker information during our Back-to-School Night. This will be an informal style of Open House where parents and students can meet their new teachers. Please remember that we will not be changing student schedules that evening or during the first week of school, which is a practice common to our middle schools.

Please review the following information regarding the schedule change process:

Schedule changes are a multi-step process that require the following:

  1. Student discussed wanting the change with classroom teacher and parents.
  2. Student contacts their assigned counselor and submits a written schedule change request (forms are located in the Student Center).
  3. Note: If the class to be changed is out of AVID, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Dual Language, or Spanish, it is a requirement that parents converse with teachers before removal is considered.

Appropriate requests for schedule changes include: hole in schedule or duplicate class (need 7 classes), missing a required class, wish to add/drop foreign language or music, or a level change is needed. 

Inappropriate requests include: student wants to be with friends, student wants to be in a different lunch period, student has changed mind about elective choice, or student doesn’t like the teacher.

We look forward to this upcoming school year and look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Sincerely,

Paul Myers

Principal

By |August 21st, 2018|

SafeOregon Schools

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

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.

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