APRIL 21, 2022

Hello Families and Friends,

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly hectic with the end of the nine weeks and conferences. Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to come and visit with staff. Just know that we are all here for your students' success. That is best accomplished when we work hand in hand.

As we embark on the spring stretch of the school year, you all know what that means. State testing (Smarter Balanced) is a go and we will be starting next week. It will be critical for everyone to make sure you are motivating your students to be as successful as possible. That can be accomplished by;

  • Getting plenty of sleep

  • Eating a good breakfast

  • Getting to school on time

  • Provide your students with positive affirmations

  • Charge chromebooks at night and send chargers to school each day

These are just a few examples that will allow your students to be as successful as possible during state testing. You will also receive specific grade level expectations for your students from your teachers. If you want more information about state testing, please go to our school website.

For all you parents that have eighth graders, We are planning for a normal end of year celebration. That starts with our annual trip to Oaks Park, our annual eighth grade breakfast and finally this will lead to a culmination of our annual promotion at Stayton High School on the night of June 9, 2022. I will be getting with all the eighth graders over the next week in order for them to understand the expectations for being able to attend all those celebrations. A couple of key things for you as parents to know is that attendance, no referrals and grades are all tied to these expectations. We will be communicating with eighth grade parents in the weeks to come.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us in the office. We would be more than happy to help you all navigate through the end of the year.

Mr. Proctor

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This Spring NSSD will be implementing a cohesive set of student, parent and staff surveys to enable a comprehensive look into our schools and district from multiple perspectives. These anonymous surveys will be focused on gathering information on the overall experiences students are having with teachers, how engaged they are in school, rigor of coursework, school safety, emotional health, bullying and preparedness for the future.

This information will be reviewed by all building principals in June as part of the annual continuous improvement process and will be utilized to inform school and district decision making for the 2022-23 school year. Results will be shared with the NSSD School Board in September 2022.

Parents will receive more information the first week of May. By listening to our students, parents and staff, we hope to have improved environments in 2022-23.

Email or call (541)990-3403, if you have any questions.


The North Santiam School District is currently selecting new instructional materials for K-8 Science. A selection committee from each K-8 school has participated in an extensive review of the materials and narrowed their recommendations to two programs for both Elementary and Middle School for staff and parent input. Responses will be collected and considered for the final recommendation of materials presented at the May 19th regular School Board Meeting.

The materials and publisher presentations are available for teacher and parent input between April 13th - May 13th through the attached link below. Once participants open the form, they can watch short videos and log into the online materials for each program.

If participants want to view the physical textbooks, they will be available at the Stayton Middle School office the week of May 2 to 6. Please call the office to make an appointment to view the materials.

If you have questions, contact Dave Bolin or Nicole Duncan


Stayton High School will be having a Future Eagles Night on April 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the SHS Auditorium for all current 8th graders. Find out what makes high school fun! Visit booths to learn more about athletics, clubs and academics.