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Walker Middle School | Main Office 503-399-3220 | Attendance: 503-399-3222

Walker Middle School | Main Office 503-399-3220 | Attendance: 503-399-3222

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Winter Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences Tuesday, February 1st, (8:15-11:00am, 12:00-2:00pm, 2:30-4:00pm)

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!  Walker Middle School would like to invite parents to our virtual parent/teacher conferences February 1st .  I highly encourage parents to click the link to sign-up for a 10-minute virtual conference using Microsoft Bookings.  Conferences will be held via Microsoft Teams.  Video conferencing is available by clicking the web browser link after you receive your booking confirmation.  I highly encourage you to consider booking a conference.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Microsoft Bookings Sign-ups:  WALKER WINTER PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN-UP LINK

2022-01-20T14:33:35-08:00January 20th, 2022|

Updated SKPS Athletic Protocols and Safety Measures – Effective January 11, 2022

As shared earlier this week, we are continuing with our athletic activities while consistently reviewing our protocols and safety measures. For all of our athletic activities, we will continue to prioritize consistent safety practices for student participants, coaches, staff and spectators.

Spectator capacity limits

High School

Due to the increased risk of transmission for COVID-19 during athletic events, we will be implementing capacity limits at all SKPS athletic events beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Details for each type of event/facility is below:

  • Basketball: Four (4) spectators per participant including basketball and cheer athletes, and pep band participants. This four spectator limit is subject to change depending on the event venue capacity limits. Team coaches will communicate with participants on final event spectator limits. Pep bands will be set in an area to allow proper distancing.
  • Wrestling: Four (4) spectators per participant.
  • Swimming: Spectator limits will depend on venue capacity at the KROC center (to be determined). More details on final capacity numbers will be shared with families once finalized.

Middle School

Due to venue capacity, middle school competitions will be limited to two (2) spectators per participant per event.

Face coverings and physical distancing requirements

All requirements for physical distancing and face coverings will continue to be maintained for participants, coaches and spectators. Requirements include:

  • Face coverings are required for all spectators.
  • Athletes are not required to wear a face covering indoors while actively practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level, including cheerleading and dance/drill.
  • Students not actively participating (i.e., on the sideline/bench during an indoor competition.) are required to wear a face covering.
  • Coaches and support staff are required to wear a face covering during indoor practices and competitions. This includes weight training regardless of location.
  • All individuals should maintain physical distance to the extent possible.
  • Face coverings are optional in outdoor settings.

Concessions, trips and other activities

All athletic activities such as overnight trips, extra team functions (ex. team meals) and concession stands will NOT be allowed.

Working together to maintain health and safety

As a reminder, families should be aware of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 during athletic events, which could result in students needing to quarantine. Individuals from other households should consistently maintain physical distance.

These protocols are crucial to maintain safe and healthy athletic events for our students, families and community. Our protocols are reviewed regularly and any additional changes or adjustments to our protocols for students and/or spectators will be shared with families as needed.

Working together to closely follow all safety protocols will support our students in maintaining time in play, and in the classroom.

2022-01-14T15:19:00-08:00January 9th, 2022|

Think before you post

Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.

Safety is our top priority

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Maintaining safety in our schools requires an ongoing partnership with school staff, students, families, law enforcement and the surrounding community.

In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as the one at Oxford High School in Michigan, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places. Safety is critical, and our district fully investigates each threat in collaboration with the FBI and/or our state and local law enforcement partners.

Issuing a threat is a crime

Recently, we have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against schools. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Our law enforcement partners investigate every tip to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. Hoax threats can result in both arrest by law enforcement and/or suspension or expulsion by the school district. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for those who post them.

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, verbally, or through email—is a crime. Please share with your kids and those in your community that making a threat is a poor choice that could impact them for years to come.

Threats impact our entire community

In addition to the individual consequences a person may face, these threats have a serious impact on our community. They divert district resources from providing support for students and disrupt the learning environment for hundreds of students. Law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating other crimes, and they cost taxpayers a lot of money. The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school staff and families.

Things to remember

Don’t share or forward a threat until law enforcement has a chance to investigate – this can spread misinformation and cause panic.

  • Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online
  • If you are the target of an online threat, call your local law enforcement immediately
  • Salem Police Department Non-Emergency 503-588-6123
  • Keizer Police Department Non-Emergency 503-390-2000
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office 503-588-5032

If you see a threat of violence posted online, contact local law enforcement or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also submit information online to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.

Use SafeOregon by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed to tip@safeoregon.com or through the SafeOregon app.

Remember – a hoax threat is no joke. Think before you post.

2021-12-14T21:45:20-08:00December 10th, 2021|

Walker bond construction update

Voters passed a bond measure in 2018 to fund improvements across the entire district, including at Walker Middle School. Bond funding will provide more than $10 million in expansions and improvements at Walker.

Highlights of the work planned at Walker include:
• Three new science labs
• Commons expansion
• Increased visibility of the main entry from the office, including a secured vestibule
• Additional parking
• Seismic improvements
• Roofing replacement
• Electronic badge access system upgrades

The district’s project management team is currently working with AC + Co Architects to finalize the drawings that construction contractors will use to renovate and improve the spaces at Walker.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022 and is expected to be complete early in the fall of 2023.

For more information about bond-funded construction projects in Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit the Bond Projects home page.

Thank you, voters!

2021-11-24T14:27:31-08:00November 24th, 2021|

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS HERE

We are excited to invite all students to our Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.  After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair:

*It will take place from November 15th – 23rd in the Library

*Students can shop before school from 9:00 to 9:20, during lunch, and after school from 4:00 to 4:25

*Please pay with cash

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair!

 

2021-11-18T11:15:47-08:00November 18th, 2021|

Wrestling Season Registration Open

Wrestling for all 6, 7, and 8 grade boys and girls will begin in January. Registration is open now on FamiliyID. All 7th and 8th grade wrestlers will need to have a current sports physical on file. Go to Athletic Registration Online link to sign up.

Practices will begin the week of January 3rd and will be after school.

2021-12-02T13:50:12-08:00November 12th, 2021|

Grab-N-Go Meals available for students Friday, Nov. 12

Friday, November 12 will be a non-student day with no online or in person learning. There will be no need for students to make up the day as we continue to meet the required instructional hours. See more details.

Grab-N-Go Meals for students will be available for pick-up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the schools listed below.

Grab-N-Go Meal Locations – Friday, November 12

2021-11-15T11:03:57-08:00November 8th, 2021|

Annual Fall Fundraiser

It is fundraising time at Walker Middle School to help pay for valuable student programs that help student achievement and just make Walker Middle School a great place to be.  Our philosophy is that by directly asking the community for donations, our students won’t be involved in multiple fundraisers so they can focus on learning, staying involved in school activities, and enjoying being a Walker Wildcat.

Funds will be used for:

  • Student incentives and rewards for our Positive Behavior Program and Everyday 24J Attendance Program.
  • Costs incurred for student participation and entry to academic competitions and extracurricular events throughout the year (Math Pentagames, Turnaround Student, AVID, NJHS, Robotics, Oregon Battle of the Books, Leadership, etc.)
  • Some uncovered athletic costs such as end of season celebrations.
  • Any other student-centered needs identified during the school year.

 

If you are a parent and wish to donate, you may donate at the school or on student payment portal at https://or-salemkeizer.intouchreceipting.com/ by signing in to your student account and selecting “Shop Items At Student’s School-Donations”.

If you are involved in a local business and wish to become a Business Partner, we wish to honor you at our school.  Please see the following information for our Business and Community Partners.

$100+ Donation – Your business logo or name will be displayed:

  • On our school readerboard for 1 week
  • In a monthly school newsletter

$250+ Donation – Your business logo or name will be displayed:

  • On a sign in our lobby
  • In a monthly school newsletter
  • On our school readerboard for up to 2 weeks throughout the school year

$500+ Donation – Your business logo or name will be displayed:

  • On a sign in our lobby
  • On our school website
  • In a monthly school newsletter
  • On our electronic reader board for up to 3 weeks throughout the school year

If you are interested in becoming a Business Partner with Walker, please contact the school through our website:   https://walker.salkeiz.k12.or.us/home/about-us/contact-us/

 

2021-10-25T13:01:46-08:00October 25th, 2021|
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