AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to be briefed on school reopening, academic progress
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Feb. 23
Private music lessons are expensive. This Salem nonprofit is making them easier for teens to access.
Junior Kevin Flores gets weekly violin lessons through Salem’s Music Lessons Project, helping him hone his skills for orchestra competitions as he works on a difficult Mozart concerto. The project helps hundreds of students afford music lessons each year.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 19
PHOTOS: New additions in progress at McKay, South Salem high schools
Two Salem high schools are in the middle of significant renovations scheduled to finish in time for a new school year in the fall. They're among 25 schools in the Salem-Keizer district that will be renovated this year.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 19
Salem-Keizer on schedule for massive construction push with 25 schools set for renovations this year
Local voters approved nearly $620 million in bonds in 2018 to fund projects modernizing every school in the district. With extra earnings through grants and bond sales, schools are now expected to get nearly $700 million of work without costing taxpayers more.
Free Feb. 18
Salem-Keizer cancels school Friday, Feb. 19
Salem-Keizer cancels school for Thursday, Feb. 18; district offices open
Free Feb. 17
Salem-Keizer schools will resume grab-and-go meals Thursday
Free Feb. 16
Salem-Keizer cancels school for Wednesday. Feb. 17
Free Feb. 16
McKay High School teachers plan to hand out food at noon, need donations
Free Feb. 15
No school for Salem-Keizer students Tuesday; grab-and-go meals suspended
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 12
PHOTOS: Classes go outside as high school construction students build Salem home
Construction is on for seniors in Salem-Keizer's Career Technical Education Center residential construction program. They're working on a three bedroom home in northeast Salem.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
After stolen yurts upended its expansion plans, a Salem school gets some unexpected good news
Kaleidoscope Community School had purchased four yurts, insulated tents used in central Asia, to expand its growing school. The coverings for the yurts were stolen in January. But this week it received a donation from behind bars.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 11
The pandemic closed high schools, but these Salem students still get to do their final project: build a house.
Every year, seniors in Salem-Keizer’s residential construction program finish their studies by building a house that’s sold to a local family. Despite smaller groups and shorter work schedules, they’re on track to finish by graduation.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 10
Elementary school will be in-person five hours per day, two days per week under Salem-Keizer reopening plan
After nearly a year, thousands of Salem students will be returning to the classroom starting March 2. But schools will look very different, and not everyone is cheering the reopening.
Governor says school football can resume in Oregon, but Salem will need to offer testing
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 9
As Leanette Mabinton becomes Salem-Keizer School Board’s first student advisor, she hopes adults will be open to learning
Two years ago, 15-year-old Leanette Mabinton pushed the Salem-Keizer School Board to do more for students at overcrowded McKay High School. Now a senior, she has a new job: advising a board that's been a magnet for public controversy.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 8
Fall enrollment down 4.5% in Salem-Keizer as more families opt for homeschooling
Thousands of Oregon families opted not to send their kids to public school this year, fueling a statewide enrollment drop. Salem-Keizer reported about 1,900 fewer students in the fall of 2020 compared to 2019.
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board could change the way its members are elected
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 4
Kindergarten, first graders heading back to Salem-Keizer schools March 2
District leaders released a plan Thursday to resume in-person elementary school classes in Oregon’s second-largest school district in the early weeks of March, bringing thousands of kids back into schools after nearly a year of online classes.
Back-to-school questions? Oregon schools chief, epidemiologist available for Wednesday Q&A
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 1
A trailer stolen in the middle of the night upends school's expansion plan
Kaleidoscope Community School has been growing since it was founded in 2015. The school has been able to stay open serving families with essential workers. It had plans to serve more families using yurts. But thieves had other plans.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Feb. 1
New diesel mechanic program at Chemeketa aims to put students in hard-to-fill jobs
Five years in the making, Chemeketa's newest career program launched in January with nine students. They're learning the basics of rebuilding and maintaining diesel engines on trucks, school buses, ambulances and more.
West Salem singers join voices in haunting ode to the power of song
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 28
With desks in lunchroom and temperature scanners, Blanchet Catholic students back on campus
As Oregon's largest school districts mull reopening plans, some Salem-area private schools are already holding in-person classes. Blanchet Catholic School began this week, alternating middle and high school students.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 21
With fewer requirements and a disrupted senior year, Class of 2020 posts graduation records in Oregon, Salem
Because of the pandemic, Oregon waived some graduation requirements and ended senior year in April for students already passing classes needed to graduate. State and local officials said years of sustained work, rather than those changes, accounts for higher graduation rates.