An AVID school since 2017
Stephen’s educators and scholars have been working diligently toward this goal since 2017, when Stephens Middle School became the first Salem-Keizer school to validate as a National Demonstration School.
While the circumstances of the last two years have brought instability for students, we are proud that we were able to provide consistent systems and structures for all of our Stephens Scholars, which allowed students to continue learning at a high level and to jump back into collaboration upon our return to in person learning.
We believe that Stephens Scholars Grow Stronger Together. We are inspired by our staff and students for their hard work and the ways that they rise to meet challenges every single day, and we are grateful to the AVID organization for the opportunity to share our learning with others.
Stephens is a diverse community of learners
Stephens Middle School is a linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse community of learners. The AVID program provides opportunities for all of our students to engage with rigorous content, to occupy positions of leadership, and to graduate from high school prepared for college readiness and success in a global society.
By using AVID strategies schoolwide, all Stephens Middle School Scholars are equipped and empowered to overcome barriers that stand in the way of advanced educational opportunities.
Stephens and Claggett Creek are both AVID Demonstration Schools
There are only four AVID National Demonstration schools in the state of Oregon, which includes both Stephens and Claggett Creek Middle schools. We are also part of a select group of 200 National Demonstration schools worldwide in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Thank you for supporting AVID
Stephens appreciates Salem Keizer Public Schools for its investment in supporting the AVID program at all levels. Stephens is especially grateful to Barb Bamford, Karina Searle and Terra Boyko for their continued support and encouragement, and above all, are grateful to the Stephens Bulldog staff, without whom this accomplishment would not have been possible.
As you likely know, there have been significant changes in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education regarding face coverings in schools.
We have carefully reviewed the guidance and met with our community health partners to provide expertise and feedback on these changes. All groups were supportive of our ability to keep students in schools safely without the universal use of face coverings when community transmission is low.
Effective March 12, 2022, face coverings will be optional in all district facilities, schools and school buses for students and staff. This includes the school day, before-school and after-school programs and extracurricular activities and athletics.
While face coverings will be optional, it is highly recommended that at-risk adults and students continue to wear KN95 masks. We know some students and adults will choose to wear face coverings and others will not. It is critical we support these decisions as we work together to build a community that supports each other in the decisions that protect their health or the health of those close to them.
Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of our schools and community.
The start of the 2021-22 school year is right around the corner. Here is all the information you will need about bell schedules, late start days and the first day of school for middle and high school students.
Start and end times
This year, all SKPS schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year.
Middle schools will start at 9:20 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with the exception of Roberts Middle School which will start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
High school will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m., with the exception of the three locations below:
- CTEC – 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
- Early College High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
- Roberts High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
- EDGE Secondary will start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
- The Community Transition Program will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
Late start on Wednesdays
All SKPS schools will have a late start day on Wednesday. This means that the school start time will be one hour later than normal. Dismissal time will remain at the normal time.
For example, if school is regularly scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and release at 3:20 p.m., it will still be released at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday; however, school will not begin until 9:30 a.m.
A late start day allows school staff a regular time for collaboration and planning in order to better support our students.
All bus transportation pick-up times will also be shifted one hour late on Wednesdays, with limited exceptions. Exceptions to this will be contacted directly for bus stop time adjustments. Drop-off times for all buses will remain at the normal time.
First days of school
The first day of school for middle school will be on a “transition day.” This allows 6th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.
- 6th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
- 7th and 8th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.
The first day of school for high school will be on a “smooth start.” This allows 9th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.
- 9th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
- 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.
If you have any additional questions regarding bell times, late start or the first day of school, please reach out to your student’s school.