March 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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ELPA testing starts again March 14th Students: Bring your chromebook charged every day!

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Monday, March 20th is a B Day

Students will attend periods 5-8

Conferences: March 22 & 23

School Conferences will take place during the following times:

Wednesday, March 22

5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 23

9:30 am - 11:30 am

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Families will be able to pre-schedule virtual conferences, or visit in-person as a drop in:

Virtual Conference

Appointments Required

  • Families can visit the North Salem website to register for virtual conferences.

  • If families need assistance doing so, please contact our main office at (503) 399-3241.

  • Using THIS LINK, families will be able to select a teacher, day and time.

  • Use THIS LINK for scheduling instructions.

In-person (at North) Conference

NO Appointments Required

  • Families may join us at North Salem High School during the times above.

  • Visit the Welcome Center in the West Commons and learn about programs and supports on campus.

  • Visit in-person with teachers in the Main and Auxiliary Gyms.

  • Teacher locations will be provided by map at the conference's welcome table. To conference, families will write their name on each staff member’s sign-in form, located on each teacher’s conference table.

* Students will not attend classes Wednesday, March 22nd, Thursday, March 23rd, or Friday, March 24th. Students will return to school on Monday, April 3rd.

Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 31

No classes, no school,

and Spring Break

Monday, April 3

Next School Day


March 22nd- 31st- SPRING BREAK

Polar Plunge -Fundraising for Unified Program

Thank you to all of our Polar Plungers who raised money for the Unified Program!

ELPA 21 Summative Assessment Parent Information

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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.

Student Safety Reminder

As of February 6th, all external gates around the NSHS stadium and outdoor athletic facilities including the stadium, track, and south gate next to Olinger are closed and locked.

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.

Attendance office is located in the Athletic office in the back of the school( D st. parking lot).

All-day absences -24 hour attendance line: 503-399-3298, leave a message.

Checking out, arriving late, or to reach the attendance secretary: 503-399-3069, press 2.

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.


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 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

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:

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



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

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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.

District A/B Calendar

The newly revised A/B calendar.


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

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).

North Salem High School

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