Walker Middle School
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.