Spotlight on Success: Math Teams from Straub and Waldo Middle Schools

Ninety seventh- and eighth-grade students from seven of our middle schools, along with teams from Corvallis and Woodburn, competed in the 36th annual Pentagames Middle School Math Contest earlier this month at Straub Middle School.

The Pentagames is organized by volunteer teachers and retired teachers from the Willamette Valley. Straub was one of seven sites across Oregon holding a Pentagames competition on May 3, 2019, and more than 25 volunteers, including 10 Straub AVID 8 students, were on site to facilitate the events on the day of the competition.

A Pentagames team consists of three seventh-grade math students, three eighth-grade math students, and three Algebra/Open math students. Students compete in five events that challenge their mathematics knowledge in a variety of formats, both team and individual. The day concludes with a math relay and awards.

Although many awards were given out during each of the five events, two schools received trophies for achieving the distinction of placing in the top three overall out of the nine schools competing at our site.

  • Straub Middle School won First Place overall
  • Waldo Middle School won Third Place overall

Congratulations to Waldo and Straub for placing in the top three overall in this year’s Pentagames competition. And to the eighth-graders from both school, we hope to see you compete with your high schools next year at the Chemeketa Regional High School Math Contest!

2019-05-30T07:54:54-08:00May 29th, 2019|

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2019-08-19T14:55:24-08:00May 29th, 2019|

North Salem Basketball Summer League

North Salem is starting their girls basketball summer league which is open to all 6th-12th grade girls. All interested in playing are encouraged to attend practices for the upcoming week. Time and locations are listed below, we look forward to seeing you!
Tuesday, May 28: North Salem Main Gym 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday, May 29: Parrish Gym 5:00-7:00pm
Thursday, May 30: Parrish Gym 5:00-7:00pm
Friday, May 31: Nazarene Church Gym 4:00-6:00pm

2019-06-19T08:30:25-08:00May 28th, 2019|

Waldo Middle School Adding a Make-Up Day / La Escuela Intermedia Waldo agregará un día al calendario académico escolar

Because of inclement weather-related school closures earlier this year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added a make-up day to the academic calendar. All schools except four set to start bond construction this summer are adding one day back to the calendar. The staff at the four schools starting construction would instead use the extra day to pack up and move out so construction could begin inside the buildings.

Waldo was originally planned to pack and move out of the school to accommodate construction. However, there’s been a switch in the order of construction and instead of vacating the school this summer, Waldo offices will stay put this year and move out for the summer of 2020.

Because Waldo doesn’t need an extra day to pack up, the school will add the make-up day to the calendar.

This means the last day for Waldo Middle School students will be an early release day on Thursday, June 13. Grading day for Waldo staff will be Friday, June 14.

Please see the updated calendar on the district website.

The overall construction schedule at Waldo is not changing. Construction is on track to begin this summer at Waldo on the exterior of the building and all work is expected to be substantially complete by fall of 2020. The order of work to be done has been revised to make sure the materials needed for the project are delivered on schedule and to keep our school improvements on track and on time.

Thank you for your flexibility during construction. It can sometimes be unpredictable, but we are excited to get started on the improvements for our school and appreciate your support!

La Escuela Intermedia Waldo agregará un día al calendario académico escolar

A causa de los cierres escolares al principio del año debido al tiempo inclemente, las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer agregaron un día adicional al calendario académico escolar. Todas las escuelas agregarán un día a su calendario académico; con excepción de las cuatro escuelas que comenzarán el proceso de trabajos de remodelación durante este verano; por lo que el personal de esas cuatro escuelas utilizará el día adicional para empacar y desalojar sus cosas para que la construcción de comienzo.

Originalmente, Waldo planeó empacar y desalojar el edificio escolar para dar comienzo a las labores de construcción, sin embargo, debido un cambio en el orden de las labores de construcción y en lugar de desocupar el edificio escolar este año, las oficinas de Waldo serán desalojadas para el verano del 2020 para su remodelación.

Debido a que la escuela Waldo no necesita el día libre para empacar, la escuela agregará un día adicional al calendario académico escolar.

Esto significa que el último día escolar para los estudiantes de la Escuela Intermedia Waldo será el jueves 13 de junio, siendo este un día de salida temprana. El viernes 14 de junio, será el día que los maestros elaborarán las calificaciones.

Por favor, consulte el calendario escolar actualizado en el sitio web del distrito.

La programación general de los trabajos de construcción en Waldo no ha cambiado. Los trabajos de construcción darán comienzo durante este verano en la parte exterior del edificio y se espera que la finalicen sustancialmente para el otoño de 2020. El orden de los trabajos de construcción a realizarse ha sido revisado para asegurarse de que los materiales necesarios para el proyecto se entreguen a tiempo y para mantener la programación de los trabajos de construcción en marcha y a tiempo.

Agradecemos su flexibilidad durante la etapa de construcción. Estamos muy felices de comenzar las mejoras para nuestra escuela y apreciamos su apoyo.

2019-04-19T07:24:42-08:00April 15th, 2019|

Screenagers: Living in the Digital Age – April 11, 16

On April 11 and April 16, we invite you to join us and area professionals for screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary, Screenagers. This film focuses on the struggles facing our kids concerning social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Attendees will view the film followed by a Q&A panel of community leaders from SKPS, Salem and Keizer police departments and Marion County Health and Human Services.

This event is free to attend and open to all; however, students and families in middle and high school are especially encouraged to attend. Spanish interpretation will be available at each screening.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Prevention and Protection Coordinator Debbie Joa at

Thursday, April 11 | 6–8 p.m.
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive NE., Salem

Tuesday, April 16 | 6–8 p.m.
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE., Salem

2019-06-11T12:28:37-08:00March 25th, 2019|

[UPDATED] SKPS School Year Extended By One Day Due to Inclement Weather Make-Up

***Story has been updated to reflect the removal of Waldo Middle School from the exceptions list, which NOW ONLY includes Judson, North Salem and McNary.

Because of those inclement weather-related school closures, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools, with the exception of three secondary schools scheduled for major construction, will add one day to the 2018-19 school calendar. The updated calendar does not apply to Judson, North Salem or McNary – those schools remain on the original calendar so major construction will not be delayed.

*Please note that should any day be missed moving forward, SKPS will revisit the calendar to ensure compliance with state standards.*

Details On 2018-19 School Calendar Changes:

  • High School Finals – FORMERLY June 10-12, NOW June 11-13
  • Elementary Last Day – FORMERLY June 11, NOW June 12
  • Elementary Grading Days – FORMERLY June 12-13, NOW June 13-14
  • Secondary Last Day – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Middle School Early Release – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Secondary Grading Day – FORMERLY June 13, NOW June 14

Updated Calendars For All Schools EXCEPT Judson, North Salem and McNary

Click the links for the updated calendars in English and Spanish.

Original Calendars for Judson, North Salem and McNary ONLY

Click the links for the calendar for Judson Middle, McNary High and North Salem High in English and Spanish.

Click the link to visit the Calendar page on the district website.


2019-05-06T12:33:08-08:00March 21st, 2019|