September Newsletter


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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

8:45 am on Wednesdays


By now, all students should have checked out a chromebook. It is extremely importatnt that chromebooks are charged every night. Students should bring their chromebooks to school every day. We do not have any extras to hand out this year.

Students: You'll want to check out this video!

District A/B Calendar

High Schools in Salem-Keizer will have a new A/B schedule next year. On Mondays, students will attend all 8 periods. Tuesday and Thursdays will be A-Days with students attending periods 1 - 4. Wednesdays and Fridays will be B-Days with students attending periods 5 - 8. Students will attend all 8 periods on the first day of school on September 7th. See below for the calendar through the first three months of the school year.

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Family Viking Night

Welcome Back Viking Families!

Our first meeting of the 2022-23 school year will be this Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00pm. Come meet our principal, counselors, behavior specialists, and others.

Please park between North and Parrish in the D street parking lot. See you in the west commons.

Parking Permit

Applications for parking permits are still available. Permits can be purchased at the Bookkeeper window during lunch and after school.


Requirements for purchasing a parking permit:

  • Pay all past-due fines and fees.

  • Pay the non-refundable $10 permit registration fee with the Bookkeeper.

  • You will need:

    • A completed North Salem HS parking permit application

    • Valid Oregon Driver’s License

    • Current vehicle insurance card

    • Valid vehicle registration

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.


Our Attendance Office has moved!

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

For all day abseces please call the 24 hour attendance line at 503-399-3298.

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.

We need at least one hour notice to make sure We do not check students out after 3:00pm.

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.

2022-23 PSAT and SAT North Salem High School Registration

North Salem High School will be hosting the PSAT and the SAT on Wednesday, October 12th to any junior or senior who is currently enrolled at North Salem High School, an EDGE student, or a homeschooler within North Salem High School's boundary lines. Please complete this application for each student.

The PSAT for juniors is free.

The SAT for seniors cost is $8 due at the Bookkeeper window or online at online payment portal on or by September 30, 2022.

Deadline to register is September 14, 2022. (NO LATE REGISTRATION)

For any additional questions contact your testing coordinator at

ParentVUE / StudentVUE

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


ParentSquare is the communication tool that the Salem Keizer School District uses to send communication to our families. The district, school administration, teachers, and coaches will use ParentSquare for email, text and app notifications.

Make sure we have your correct phone number and email so you can stay up to date.

Please check out this link for additional information: ParentSquare

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

Score on individual, standards-based assignments


Range for Grade Report


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.

Bus Rider Registration

Bus information can be obtained on the Salem-Keizer School District website:

Food Service

Food Service information can be obtained on the Salem-Keizer School District website:


Breakfast and Lunch are available free of cost to all students.

9th grade: will not have access to off-campus options. North is a closed campus for 9th graders, though they may eat outside during breakfast and lunch times. 9th grade is a time to build relationships on campus.

10th grade: will be permitted off campus during lunch if they choose for Semester 1. Attendance and tardy data will be analyzed with student leadership groups to understand the impact of 10th grade off-campus and changes may be made. Students must have a North student ID card for exit and re-entry.

11th and 12th grade: Off campus is permitted for lunch. Students must have a North student ID card for exit and re-entry.

ID Card Photo (Required) & School Portrait Photos

Picture retake day will be on October 24th.

  • ID Card Photo - Every student, including Seniors, must have an ID photo taken. ID cards are free and are required for use to check out library books, textbooks, obtain yearbooks, purchase meals, and to attend activities and dances. Starting in October, students can get an ID card in the library if they missed picture day.

  • ASB Card Photo - ASB Card is $40.00 and is optional (paid at the Bookkeeper station). We highly encourage all students to purchase an ASB card. The ASB card gives free access to athletic events and other school activities throughout the year. Funds from the sale of ASB cards goes directly to supporting student clubs and activities.

  • School Portrait Photos - School photo purchase is optional. Dorian will send home order packets to each student’s home. Photos can also be pre-ordered or ordered later, through the Dorian website at Dorian Picture Day Information.

Athletic Participation

Fall sports registration is open now. Fall sports season starts August 15th. Please remember to get your sports physical taken care of ASAP. Athletes must have a current sports physical that is active through the end of the season. Athletes will not be able to participate until the registration process is complete.

Link to register:

Participation Requirements for all OSAA and Salem-Keizer Public Schools Athletic & Activity Programs:

  1. Student must be enrolled in at least 5 classes (and 8 are highly recommended) during the season they wish to participate.

  2. Passing a minimum of 5 out of 8 classes from Semester 2 of the 2021-2022 school year and pass 5 out of 8 classes during the previous transcripted Semester with at atleast 2.5 credits.

  3. Student has credits and is on-track to graduate.

  4. Student Athlete has a current physical on file that will not expire during athletic season (sports physicals are valid for 2 years).

  5. Student is covered by medical insurance.

  6. All fees and fines must be paid in advance of tryouts.

  7. Student must live within the North Salem High School boundary or have applied and been approved for an in-district or intra-district transfer. All transfer students will need to complete required OSAA paperwork before participation.

  8. Students being homeschooled, attending a charter, or private school must register with North and fill out additional OSAA paperwork before participating in practices or tryouts.

OSAA Sanctioned Sports Offered at North Salem High School for 2022-23:

  • Fall Sports (8/15): Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading

  • Winter Sports (11/14): Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling

  • Spring Sports (2/27): Baseball, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Track

Academic Planning for College Athletics Post Graduation

The NCAA has eligibility requirements that contain rigorous standards of achievement, and student athletes are highly encouraged to maintain a full academic schedule throughout high school.

Please look at the above attached documents for guidance in planning future participation in athletics post graduation.


This is North’s second full year as an IB World School. What does this mean for your student?

  • IB is for ALL North students.

  • IB classes are offered in the 11th and 12th grades.

  • Diploma Program and Career-Related Programs are both available to students.

  • All 11th and 12 grade students are enrolled in IB English.

  • Please email IB Coordinator Amy Green with any questions:

International Baccalaureate (IB) Info Sessions will be taking place in October and November. Watch your email for dates, times and locations.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month


Though we have seen many changes, please know that North continues to be committed to:

● Implementing programs to engage all students and families, especially those who have not had access or have not been attending;

● Creating access to well-rounded education by centering student learning that builds on strengths, addresses needs, provides active engagement, and is culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate;

● Providing mental, social, & emotional health supports for students with culturally responsive trauma-informed care, social emotional learning (SEL), racial equity and anti-racist approaches, and a strengths-focused multi-tiered system of support;

● Safeguarding student opportunity in recognition of the disproportionate and severe impact of the pandemic and our response on students and families; and

● Serving students so they feel a sense of support and belonging in order to overcome any fear or isolation.

North is committed to affording every student a full academic learning experience without restriction as students regain their learning stride.

Let’s start the year together with understanding, grace, and patience, for everyone’s sake as we adjust back to in-person learning. If questions or concerns arise, please reach out directly to teachers, support staff, and North’s administrators. We are here and happy to meet with you.

Thank you for being a part of this community!

Go Viks!

North Salem High School

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