Free Kroc Center Day Pass 1/20/2018

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:14 AM by Jennifer Knoll   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

Saturday, January 20, The Kroc Center is offering a free day pass and health screening.  Please click on the link for more information

Clear Lake Spirit Wear

posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:52 PM by Jennifer Knoll

Please click on the link below to place your order for Clear Lake Spirit Wear.  The online store closes October 30, so get your order in today.

Make a difference! Cast your vote!

posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:19 AM by Jennifer Knoll   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 2:46 PM ]

Please remember to register to vote or update your voter registration if you have moved or changed political parties so you’re ready to fill out and return your ballot when it arrives in the mail.


To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and at least 17 years old. The deadline to register to vote in an election is 21 days before election day.


The Oregon Secretary of State’s website lists the following schedule for regular elections:

  • The 2nd Tuesday in March

  • The 3rd Tuesday in May

  • The 3rd Tuesday in September

  • The 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November


Registered voters receive a ballot in the mail about two weeks before an election.


There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon:

  1. Have your Oregon driver’s license or state ID card handy and register online

  2. Pick up a voter registration form at the post office or library (or download online) and return it in the mail

  3. Go to the county elections office to fill out a form


Automatic voter registration is available if you are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement driver’s license, permit or ID card at the DMV.


If you have moved, changed your name or mailing address, or want to change political parties, you can update your voter registration through the same methods.


For more information about voting in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Enrollment growth creates crowding, many schools over capacity

posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:17 AM by Jennifer Knoll   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

In only five years, enrollment in Salem-Keizer Public Schools is predicted to grow by about 1,000 students. That’s approximately the enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school.


When considering past growth, this enrollment projection may seem conservative. In the last school year alone (2016-17), more than 500 new students enrolled in the district. In the five years since the 2012-13 school year, a total of around 2,000 new students have enrolled.


 “In six of the last seven years, we have seen an increase in new students. The average has been about 350 per year,” said David Hughes, manager of the facilities planning function for the school district. Enrollment growth is expected to continue for at least the next 20 years.


In fulfilling a state mandate to create a facility plan for the future, district staff reviewed population studies conducted by Portland State University’s Population Research Center and worked with architectural consultants to assess the capacity of school buildings to accommodate the projected growth.


What they found was that many school buildings are already over capacity, and many others are rapidly approaching their limits. For example, five of the district’s six traditional high schools are currently at or over capacity. McKay High School is a good illustration. McKay’s capacity has been boosted over time from about 2,000 students to 2,458 by adding 16 portable classrooms. However, enrollment at McKay last school year was 2,455 students and is expected to climb to more than 2,700 in just three years.


By the year 2025, high schools alone are projected to be short of space for 1,300 students. This projected deficit increases to more than 2,200 students if aging portable classrooms are retired and not replaced.


While adding portable units helped provide classroom space for students at McKay and 35 other schools, it created another problem.


“Adding the portable units over the years has had the unintended consequence of over-crowding core spaces within many schools, like the libraries, cafeterias and gyms,” said Michael Wolfe, Salem-Keizer’s chief operations officer. “This problem is magnified at schools that don’t have cafeterias. Nine of our elementary schools were not designed with identifiable cafeterias. Imagine what it’s like to serve lunch in a building like Sumpter Elementary, which was built to educate around 400 students, but is actually accommodating 520 students with no cafeteria. Many schools are running four, five or more lunch periods just to feed the kids.” said Wolfe.


The School Board is considering solutions to the problem of overcrowding and has received a set of recommendations from the Citizens Facilities Task Force. The Task Force reviewed the needs of school and support department facilities and recommended a range of solutions to the problem of overcrowding, such as adding or enhancing classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gyms, and auditoriums at the high schools. Under their recommendations, nearly every school in the district will benefit.


The Task Force also recommended the School Board address other facility needs of the district, such as space to expand Career-Technical/Vocational Education programs, increase seismic safety and more.


The School Board voted to present a general obligation bond measure to the community on the May 2018 ballot; however, the total amount of the bond and the exact cost are yet to be determined. The base package the Board is working with currently is around $620 million and is estimated to increase property tax rates by about $1.28 to $1.34 per thousand of assessed property value.


More information about the status of the bond package and the district’s facility needs can be found on the school district website at http://www.salemkeizer.org/category/sitewide/school-board.

Jog-a-Thon Running Times 10/12/17

posted Oct 10, 2017, 9:48 AM by Jennifer Knoll

McCaffrey, Goff, Martindale       9:30 - 9:50

Phipps, Puscas                               10:00 - 10:20

Percey, Austria, Penhollow         10:30 - 10:50

Bye, Lomax                                     11:00  - 11:20

Voy, Youngberg                             11:30 - 11:50

Luth, Clendening, Fudge              12:00 - 12:20

Important October and November Dates:

posted Oct 5, 2017, 11:32 AM by Jennifer Knoll   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 12:48 PM ]

October 10: Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
October 12: Jog-a-Thon
October 13: No school, Statewide Inservice Day
October 24: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm (this was moved from October 17)
October 24: Curriculum Night 5:15-6:15 pm (this was moved from October 17)
October 25: 5th grade Oregon Garden Field Trip 
November  1: Picture Retake Day
November  3: No School, Grading Day
November 10: No School, Veterans Day
November 14: PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
November 20: No School,Conferences
November 21: No School,Conferences
November 22: No School
November 23-24: No School, Holiday

Please see the October Newsletter (click on the newsletter link) for additional important information.

Jump Rope CLUB

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 AM by Jennifer Knoll   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 8:22 AM ]

The Clear Lake Jumping Cougars are ready to begin another year. If you are in the 1st-5th grade, you can join us for fitness and fun on Friday mornings. The first day will be Friday, October 20th, in the Clear Lake Gym, from 8:30-9:00 am. There is a $5 fee per student for the year. We also will have jump ropes for sale for an additional $3 if students would like to have their own. We are always in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please make sure to indicate that on the permission slip coming home soon. This program could not be successful without volunteers!

Welcome Back! 2017-2018 Supply List

posted Aug 14, 2017, 12:57 PM by Clear Lake   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:23 PM ]

We are gearing up and super excited for student to come back to school.  To make sure you are prepared, please see the attached suggested school supply list for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Also, be on the lookout for a letter coming home the last week of August. 

Save the date for Open House - September 5th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.  Classroom lists will be available during these times.   

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

SBAC - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:32 AM by Clear Lake   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 2:26 PM by Salem Keizer ]

Every year, students in grade 3rd through 8th and grade 11th are tested in math and English language arts.  Test time is rapidly approaching.  The state has a new test this year to measure students' knowledge of state standards in these subjects.  It's called the Smarter Balanced test and it replaces the OAKS Test. 

Attached you will find important information that can help your student prepare and provide parents with the information and tools they need to help make this transition as smooth as possible.
Make sure you come back to this post for more tips and attachments!

Below is a Classroom Testing Schedule for 3rd-5th Grade

Elementary schools now use Proficiency Grading

posted Nov 18, 2014, 9:19 AM by Clear Lake   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 2:24 PM by Salem Keizer ]

Parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner (all students Nov 24, 25; kindergarten Nov. 20, 21), and parents of elementary school students will notice some changes to grading practices this year.

Salem-Keizer’s elementary schools have been transitioning to proficiency-based grading over the last two years. The transition is now complete and all elementary schools report students’ academic grades on a proficiency scale of 1 to 4.

For more information follow the link below.  There is a short video and flyer for parents at this page.     

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