Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs.

Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13, 2019|

Stephens Middle School Students Win Statewide and National Awards for Civics Project

Thirty students in teacher Audrey Von Maluski’s Project Citizen elective class at Stephens Middle School recently won top honors in the state, and in the nation, for a comprehensive civics project they worked on last spring.

The students’ award-winning project is called “Is this America? Safer Schools to End Gun Violence.”

The 7th and 8th graders conducted original research, selected their own topic and determined recommendations to make schools safer. The students led interviews with multiple experts in the fields of education, security, mental health and law enforcement.

Stephens Middle School Students Oregon Project Citizen Champions

Stephens Middle School students celebrate after winning 1st Place in Oregon for their Project Citizen presentation (Photo: Mary Fields).

At the state competition, Stephens’ students gave presentations in front of an expert panel, which included an extended question-and-answer period that was totally unscripted. Their presentation panels, which are informative posters, were also evaluated along with a binder that documented all the research and ideas they developed.

After winning the state competition, the students’ work was selected to represent Oregon at the national Project Citizen Showcase. Only first place winners competed in the national showcase last month.

Although they were not able to attend the national competition in California in person, students submitted their presentation panels and portfolio binder for judging. Stephens was one of four schools from across the nation ranked as Superior, the top award.

Winning at the state and national levels is exciting, but teacher Audrey Von Maluski says the true value of Project Citizen elective classes is in empowering students by promoting active participation in discussion and the practice of democratic and civic values.

Congratulations to Stephen’s students on your successful project, and for being recognized at both the state and national level for the quality or your work!

2018-08-16T12:41:54-08:00August 15, 2018|