Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Christy Perry and School Board Chair Nancy MacMorris-Adix regarding the School Board's recent resolution reinforcing the board's expectations that the district create and maintain safe and welcoming schools.
Due to inclement weather, Salem-Keizer students have missed four full school days, had one early release and one late start this school year.
Time at school is essential to student success. To make up for some lost instructional time, the district has decided to make changes to the school calendar.
Three school days have been added to the calendar:
· Thursday, March 23, 2017, will be a school day for all students. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place after school and in the evening.
· Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16, 2017, will be school days for all students except graduating seniors. High schools will develop a revised schedule for second semester finals.
Dates of high school graduation ceremonies will not change.
Please be aware that additional calendar changes could be made if there is more inclement weather.
Please see the attached document for important inclement weather information.
By law, Oregon school districts must notify parents about annual state testing at least thirty days before testing begins. Testing will begin in Salem-Keizer in February 2017. Information from the Oregon Department of Education about parents’ right to opt students out of state testing is available on the attached document. The information includes the state’s official notice and opt-out form. Please contact principal, Martina Mangan if you have questions about the opt-out process, or about state tests given in our school. More information can be found at Oregon Department of Education website:
State law requires schools to conduct two lockdown drills per year. Schools conduct a lockdown drill within the first two weeks of the school year, and again within the first two weeks after winter break. These drills will not be a simulation of a threat and are not intended to scare students. We do want students to take the drills seriously so they are familiar with lockdown routines and procedures.
If you have safety concerns, or notice any gaps in our security, please tell the school principal. As parents, you have a valuable perspective that can help improve safety procedures. As gaps are identified, we will continuously refine and improve our lockdown procedures.
Please see the Winter Newsletter under Main Menu, Newsletter.
We wanted to bring you up to date on some changes that have been made to the way we teach and respond to behavior at our school.
The program called Positive Behavior Interventions System, PBIS for short, has four key components that we would like you to know about:
For your information, we have uploaded several documents that we use as a staff to guide our Positive Behavior Intervention System. Here, you will find a) a letter with more detailed information about the PBIS system b) School-wide Expectations c) Student Behavior Management Process d) Behavior Referral Form e) intermediate and primary Problem Solving sheets.
Kelsey Jaeckel, School Counselor
Please see the attached regarding annual state testing.
Dear Parents and Community Members of Cummings Elementary School,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as your new principal. Many personal and professional experiences throughout my life have prepared me for this position. I am the parent of two bilingual children, who taught me the challenges and rewards of raising them to become respectful, responsible and culturally competent young adults. As an elementary teacher I enjoyed many years of natural curiosity in young children, their eagerness to learn new things, and their parents’ desire to do what is best for their children.
I am happy to be on board as your new principal and am looking forward to working as part of a goal-oriented and passionate team. Staff, parents and students at Cummings are a large family and we do every day what is best for each one of our children. Cummings is known for building long lasting relationships with your students and families. Coincidentally, my husband went to Cummings in the late 60’s, so I am thrilled to work and learn where he started his formal education.
My training and skills that will allow me to be a qualified leader include training as an ESOL teacher (Master’s degree from the University of Munich), seven years of teaching at the elementary level in this district and thirteen years of experience as an administrator.
As one of my first projects at Cummings, I will immerse myself into the grade level data teams that will research past and current academic performance of our students. These teams will advise us as we are setting goals for improvements in reading and math for all of our students, but especially for those who do not speak English in their homes.
On a personal note, I have lived in Keizer for 26 years and will enjoy the short commute. I am an avid swimmer and cyclist, and love baking Christmas cookies. As a former elementary PE teacher, I would love to create a wellness team for parents and staff, with the purpose of stress relief, companionship and health benefits. Suggestions are welcome!
I am looking forward to the opportunity to build new personal and professional relationships at Cummings Elementary School.
We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on September 6th, 2016, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. I hope to meet you then, if not sooner.
To transfer an elementary student to a school other than his or her assigned school, parents must submit an in-district transfer request form (IDT) during one of the two application windows:
Because the timeline is short this year to request transfer to a new school in the fall, the application window will be extended until May 30, 2016. The extension applies only to elementary transfer requests and is only for this year.
Parents who would like to send a student to a school other than his or her assigned school in fall 2016 can submit an in-district transfer request between March 1 and May 30, 2016.
Please remember that there is no guarantee that transfer requests will be approved, and some criteria apply. In addition, bus transportation is not provided for students who attend school on an in-district transfer.