Salem-Keizer graduation rate hits high of 79%

Ruth Langmoir, an August 2019 McKay High School graduate, gets a hug from graduation coach Ken Ramirez after earning her diploma. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The percentage of Salem-Keizer students earning a high school diploma climbed again last year, marking a steady increase from five years ago. More than 2,400 students[Read More…]

Parents point to class size, accessibility, better training to improve Salem-Keizer schools

Hallman Elementary students gather during the school’s morning assembly. (Fred Joe/Special to Salem Reporter) Thousands of students facing challenges to succeed in school could be helped with changes proposed by parents and others in recent sessions held by the Salem-Keizer School District. Hundreds packed into school libraries and conference rooms[Read More…]

McNary Font Club embarks on “humanitarian work” to remove Comic Sans from school buses

Senior Julia DaSilva, playing Comic Sans, attacks sophomore Ian Madsen, playing Times New Roman, during a Font Club rehearsal (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) They’ve published zines, worn lampshades on their head in protest of district nutritional guidelines and debated typeface. Now, they’re waging a campaign to remove Comic Sans from the[Read More…]

Chavez counselor brings deep compassion – and a gecko – to help struggling kids

Chavez Elementary counselor Crystal Armstrong leads a lesson in a first-grade class about the parts of the brain. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents, students and colleagues nominated 53 local educators for Crystal Apple Awards this year. The award, given annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognizes staff who make a significant difference in[Read More…]