Oregon Student Wellness Survey

Every year students in grade 6th, 8th, and 11th, are asked to take part in the Oregon Student Wellness Survey (SWS) collected by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division and Oregon Department of Education. It will ask students about academic commitment, the school environment, positive youth development, and behavioral risks such as fighting, depression, substance use, and gambling. The SWS gathers information that is used to plan and evaluate programs that address these areas.\You child should bring home a form that can be used if you wish for your child to OPT OUT of this survey. If you do not receive the form from your student, you may also access a copy on our school website in the Principal page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.

Cada año a los estudiantes de 6º, 8º y 11º grado se les pide que participen en la Encuesta de Bienestar Estudiantil de Oregon (SWS). Esta encuesta lo auspicia el Departamento de Educación de Oregon y la División de Salud Pública de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon (OHA). Las preguntas que se les harán a los alumnos serán sobre el compromiso académico, el ambiente escolar, el desarrollo positivo de la juventud y los riesgos de comportamientos como las peleas, la depresión, el abuso de sustancias o apostar. La SWS recopila información que será utilizada para planificar y evaluar programas que aborden estos temas.

Esta semana, su hijo/a llevara a casa una forma que puede ser llenado si usted desea que su hijo/a no participe en esta encuesta. Si usted no recibe la forma por parte de su estudiante, usted puede obtener una copia de esta forma en la página web de nuestra escuela, debajo la página llamada “Principal’s page”.

Si usted tiene preguntas, no dude en llamar la oficina de la escuela.

2018-02-06T08:26:40+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

Immunization Exclusion Day is February 21st.

Does your child have all of the required vaccinations or have an exemption on file? Without the proper paperwork, your student may be excluded from enrollment upon exclusion day Wednesday, February 21. Passed in 2015 Senate Bill 895 mandates that all children attending schools or child care facilities under ORS 433.267 (1)(b) and (c), must have the required immunizations, or have an exemption on file to continue attendance.

View the required vaccinations for the 2017-18 school year online at https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parents/health.

2018-01-29T15:33:37+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

DARE Youth Advocacy Board

Attention 8th graders who have graduated from the 5th grade D.A.R.E. program this announcement is for YOU! The Salem Police Dept. is looking for a Freshman (next year) who would like to serve on the high school level DARE Youth Advocacy Board. This may include paid trips to national conventions and the opportunity to apply for a $20,000 college scholarship. The application deadline is February 16th. See Attached Flyer for details.

2018-01-22T08:51:27+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

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|

Online Payment Portal

Parents of Salem-Keizer students have a convenient option for paying student fees online.

Through the Online Payment Portal, parents can use a credit card to pay athletic fees, library book fees, purchase ASB cards, make a donation, and take care of other payment transactions. The Online Payment portal processing fee is the same as the fee charged when making a credit card payment in the school office (2.75 percent).

The Online Payment Portal does not replace the food service payment system, EZSchoolPay.

Find a link to the Online Payment Portal on our school website, or visit https://skpay.salkeiz.k12.or.us.

2018-01-02T12:35:42+00:00 January 1st, 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|