February Newsletter

North Salem High School

Home of the Vikings

T.R.U.E. North


Main Office Hours- 7:30am-4:00pm

School Hours

8:30am-3:20pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

9:30am-3:20pm Wednesday

Doors open for students at:

7:45am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

8:15am on Wednesdays

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Student Safety

As we approach the halfway point in our school year, it is clear we can be incredibly proud of North students. Everyone in the school is dedicated to supporting our TRUE North- Tradition, Resilience, Unity, and Excellence. Students and staff alike are rising to the challenges and opportunities, and are finding success.

Student safety is an essential component to school and student success; a student is more likely to attend classes when they feel safe and that they belong in their school. In order to ensure that North creates and maintains a safe and secure school campus we are making several changes beginning February 6th that may impact students.

Beginning Monday, February 6th, all external gates around the NSHS stadium and outdoor athletic facilities including the stadium, track, and south gate next to Olinger will be closed and locked. Some students may be accustomed to walking on the track, through the stadium facility, to get to school or to a local business during lunch. While all 9th grade students must remain on campus during the school day, any 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student may leave for lunch using 14th Street. When students return, they will need to reenter the building through the 14th street entrance or the East Parking Lot entrance. Students must use 14th Street.

Students, staff, and our community will also notice additional security personnel on and around our high school campus. We want to be sure that our campus is a safe space for our students and authorized visitors.

Lastly, we ask students who remain on campus to eat and hang out only in designated areas. Although our school has an open campus policy for 10th,11th, and 12th grade students during lunch, students will be asked not to linger in North’s parking lots or in vehicles.

Our goal is to continue building a positive atmosphere, where all students feel safe so they can focus on their path to graduation. Thank you for your understanding these changes as an essential component to maintaining a safe and secure campus.

Reminder: Attendance is located in the Athletic Office and no longer in the Main Office.

The attendance office is located in the Athletic office in the back of the school( D street parking lot).

For all-day absences, please call the 24 hour attendance line at 503-399-3298 and leave a message.

If you need to check your student out for an appointment, your student is arriving late due to an appointment, or if you need to reach the attendance secretary, please call 503-399-3069 and press 2.

Please keep in mind that we need enough time to send for your student, calling in advance would be greatly appreciated.

Release from School-Student

Students arriving late to school (unexcused tardy) will need to show their student ID card and get a tardy slip before going to class. They can also pull up studentVue and show us their picture there.

February 16th- CTEC will be coming to North Salem High School

Attention: North Salem High School Sophomores!

CTEC will be coming to your school Thursday, February 16, at 11:00 am, for a special assembly. Please come and learn more about:

· Auto Body Repair & Painting

· Business Development & Leadership

· Cosmetology

· Culinary Arts & Management

· Law Enforcement

· Manufacturing, Welding & Engineering

· Residential Construction

· Sustainable Plants Science & Technology

· Video & Game Design Animation

· *NEW fall of 2023* AVIATION (includes Drone Technology)

· *NEW proposed to open fall 2023 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES*

CTEC offers a unique opportunity for students to gain direct experience in the field of their interest, work with state-of-the-art technology, interview with dozens of our industry partners, obtain competitive apprenticeships, and earn workforce scholarships exclusive to CTEC program completers, all while still enjoying the social events and milestones offered at their resident high school.

Priority deadline is March 10. Programs that have sufficient applicants to fill their programs will close on that date.


February 20th- No School

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ELPA TESTING IS HAPPENING NOW- Students: Bring your chromebook charged every day!

ELPA 21 Summative Assessment Parent Information

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Between the dates January 11 to February 15 and March 14-21, your student will be taking the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century also known as ELPA21 Summative Assessment.

The ELPA21 is an online assessment that is designed to measure the performance of students’ English language proficiency as they progress through their K–12 education and achieve college and career readiness.

The ELPA21 items are designed to gather evidence that students are progressing toward or meeting the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. These standards highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language in all content areas.

Information gained from the ELPA21 helps teachers identify a student’s strengths and identify areas that may need additional emphasis. The assessment data enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to review and improve their instruction.

All ELLs in Oregon are required to take ELPA21 annually including students whose parents/guardians have waived ELL services. The results of the assessment will help prepare your student for the next step on their educational path.

Benefits of the ELPA21 Assessment • Measures language development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and identifies strengths and weaknesses in these areas • Measures growth from year to year on a common scale • Measures performance compared to other students across the district and nation. Students who have passed a domain on last year's ELPA test with a score of 4 or 5 will not repeat the domain on future tests.

If you have any questions about the ELPA21, please contact your school’s ELL teacher or Testing Coordinator.


Rena Lewis

NSHS Testing Coordinator

503-399-3241 Ext. 503370

Title I of the ESEA also requires that states annually administer an English language proficiency test to all English Learner (EL) students to assess these students’ English proficiency in the language domains of oral language (listening and speaking), reading, and writing. States are required to test all students eligible for services under Title III of the ESEA annually to determine their level of English language proficiency until the school district determines that the student is proficient in English and is exited from services under Title III.


North Salem High School Counselor Page

Forecasting for next year’s classes begins February 21 to March 3 in your Language Arts Class.

Students will begin the forecasting process on February 21st. This will be your student’s opportunity to choose their preferred classes for next year. They will receive a forecasting presentation which will walk them through the process of selecting their classes for the upcoming 2023 -24 school year.

The forecasting process will continue the next 2 weeks in the library, Tuesday February 21 through March 3, 2023. Your student’s attendance is extremely important during this time. Please remind your student to bring their Chromebook. Their participation will ensure your student selects the classes they want and helps set them up for a successful school year.

If you would like to view the Forecasting video, you can visit our North Salem website north.salkeiz.k12.or.us/12.or.us and click on the Forecasting 2023-24 button.

Any Junior planning on Early Graduation, see your Counselor to complete the application. You also have to complete your PEP and order cap & gown. You can order your cap & gown at https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1045978/North-Salem-High-School/

Any Graduate that needs to BORROW a cap & gown for graduation:

There are limited caps & gowns for loan. You will still need to purchase your tassel and cords. You can make the purchase of these items at the link above for Jostens.

Please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/SDtvRnFcPfvp7eZ5A

North Salem High School now has an on-site Social Worker. A Social Worker can help with accessing resources in the community for Mental Health and other important needs a family might have. You can access our Social Worker by calling the North Salem High School Counseling Center at 503-399-3223.

Mental health resources are available to students and families should you find yourself or anyone in your family experiencing struggles with mental health or suicide ideation. Here is a list of services available:

Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services: Call: 503-576-4673

Oregon Youthline: Call: 1-877-968-8491

Text teen2teen: 839863

Email: Tean2Teen@LinesforLife.org

Chat: https://oregonyouthline.org/

Psychiatric Crisis Center: Call: 503-585-4949

Suicide/Crisis Hotline: Call: 503-581-5535 OR 1-800-560-5535

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433


Polar Plunge -Fundraising for Unified Program

Individual team members have combined digital forces to create this awesome fundraising team. Together they will raise more money for Special Olympics Oregon than we ever could alone! Want to help? Come join the squad!

District A/B Calendar

The newly revised A/B calendar.


The best way to view grades, messages from teachers, and attendance.


Use ParentSquare for school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

Food Service Information

Breakfast and Lunch are available free of cost to all students. 9th grade: Closed campus for 9th graders. 10th -12th grade: permitted off campus during lunch but must have a North student ID to re-enter.

Purchase a Yearbook & ASB Card

School fees can be paid through the online payment portal you can also stop by North to see the bookkeeper to pay in person. We accept checks payable to North High School, cash, or credit card. There is a 2.75% transaction fee for credit card purchases. The purchase of an ASB card, Parking Permit and other fees are optional.

Making a payment through the Online Payment Portal:

  • User Name: Student ID number (found on students ASB/ID card)

  • Password: Student Last Name (Case sensitive - as it appears in ParentVUE)

*Make sure to keep a copy of your receipt for your records. You will need to bring in a copy of the receipt if you are purchasing a parking permit.

North Salem High School has committed to a common, equitable grading scale.

We believe that by providing students with clear targets for academic success, specific feedback, and consistent academic expectations from classroom to classroom, students will be empowered to take control of their learning to work toward graduation and their future success after high school.

North Salem Grading Scale

4-Highly Proficient- Can do the skill really well/Has thorough knowledge 4-3.2 A

3-Proficient-Can do the skill well/Has strong knowledge 3.19-2.4 B

2-Developing Proficiency -Can do the skill/Has basic knowledge 2.39-1.6 C

1-Emerging Proficiency Can do the skill minimally/Has minimum knowledge 1.59-0.8 D

0-No Proficiency Demonstrated No demonstration of learning. No work submitted 0.79-0 F

School-Wide Expectations

All classroom teachers will grade standards-based assignments/assessments entered into Synergy on a 4-0 scale:

  • 4-Highly Proficient
  • 3-Proficient
  • 2-Developing Proficiency
  • 1-Emerging Proficiency
  • 0-No Proficiency Demonstrated

All classroom teachers will report A-F grades according to the following range:

  • A-4-3.2
  • B-3.19-2.4
  • C-2.39-1.6
  • D-1.59-.8
  • F-.79-0

All student grades will be based on adopted standards–behavior is not graded unless it is directly taught in the class and included in the adopted standards (i.e. CTE Professionalism standards).

All classroom teachers will ensure students have the opportunity to reassess their learning on all standards and summative assessments. Retakes on standards-based summative assessments that follow department policy may be taken through the duration of the student’s enrollment in the course (i.e. end of the semester).

All classroom teachers will use Synergy for communicating grades to families and students.

All classroom teachers will include the following on their syllabus:

  • Belief statement about Common Equitable Grading
  • Grading Scale
  • Reporting range aligned with letter grades
  • PLC Priority Standards for the course that will be assessed
  • Department weighting system
  • Department policy regarding deadlines for formative assessments/practice
  • School-wide policy regarding deadlines for summative assessments
  • Department policy regarding retakes for summative assessments
  • Departments will share syllabi with the Curriculum Assistant Principal

Practices and Policies to be Determined by Departments

Each department will decide which weighting system of the three below they will use:

· Grades will be determined 100% by summative assessments

· Grades will be determined 90% by summative assessments & 10% formative assessment/practice

· Grades will be determined 70% by summative assessments & 30% formative assessment/practice

Each department will decide the policy they will use regarding deadlines for formative assessments/practice.

Each department will decide what the common practice for retakes for summative assessments.

Coming in March

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North Salem High School

Attendance All-Day Absence Reporting - 503-399-3298