West Salem students take gold in medical, robotics competitions

West Salem High School’s winning EMT team at from the 2022 SkillsUSA national competition, from left: Natalie Stauffer, Madison Wilch, Lt. Jennifer Stanislaw, Advisor, Alexis Williams (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) Local students are shining a little brighter this summer after taking home gold medals in a national competition.  West Salem High[Read More…]

Salem high schools will keep “Gender Queer” on shelves following grandparent challenge

The graphic novel memoir “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobebe will remain in three Salem-Keizer high school libraries following a challenge by grandparents. Three Salem high schools will keep copies of the graphic novel “Gender Queer” in their libraries after a district committee voted unanimously against a parent’s request to remove[Read More…]

Hundreds more Salem kids to get a chance for bilingual Spanish-English classes in fall

Kindergarten student Grace Garcia works with Olga Cobb, Salem-Keizer’s Assistant Superintendent, on a math worksheet in a dual language class at Grant Community School on Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) About 250 more elementary school students will be able to attend class in both Spanish and English starting[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer budget calls for more teachers to help students learn English, manage behavior

Salem-Keizer School District leaders want to add more teachers to the district’s programs serving non-native English speakers and shift more educators to address students’ behavioral problems, according to a proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. The $1.4 billion draft budget, published Tuesday evening, largely maintains current district services and[Read More…]

Children’s book on racism to remain in Salem-Keizer libraries following parent challenge

Copies of “Stamped (For Kids)” collected following a Salem-Keizer School District committee vote to retain the book in elementary school libraries on Monday, April 11, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A children’s book about the history of racism and antiracist activism in the U.S. will remain in Salem-Keizer School District elementary[Read More…]