North Santiam School District

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September 2, 2022

Message from Supt. Loving

Dear North Santiam School District Families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are so very excited to welcome you back this fall and embark on another amazing year of learning, skill development and growth! As I visited with families Wed. night at the open houses for Mari Linn, Stayton Elementary, Sublimity and Stayton Intermediate/Middle, I saw so many happy faces and felt the positive energy from students and families around coming back to school. It was electric and exciting!

We are thrilled to begin this school year and are working hard to find ways to bring JOY back to school again! As we seek ways and opportunities to do this, we will be focusing our efforts around growth and flourishing. We define growth as “getting better or developing”. We define flourishing as “a state in which all aspects of a person’s life are good”. We will be working hard to build relationships of trust with your student. We know that the better we get to know your student, the better we will understand how to help them not only grow, but flourish in school. We want your student to have an amazing educational experience that gets them ready for their future.

We know for students to grow and flourish, we need to partner together, school and family. As we do this, I ask for your support and participation in this effort by:

  • Sending your student to school every day, on time.

  • Expecting your student to demonstrate kindness, respect, and being safe at all times.

  • Monitoring your student’s academic progress via the online grading program each teacher uses.

  • Encouraging your student to read at least 30 minutes every evening.

  • Asking your student to share what they learned in each subject/class, each day. Don’t take “nothing” or “I don’t know” as an answer. Instead try asking specific questions. For example:

  • What did you read about today?

  • What games or activities did you do in PE or at recess?

  • What is something that you did today that made you proud?

  • What is something you wish you had done differently?

  • What made you laugh today?

We have great expectations for your student this year. It is also very important to us that EVERY student feels that they belong in our schools. We strongly believe that:

  • EVERY student should feel welcome;

  • EVERY student can and should grow;

  • EVERY student has value;

  • EVERY student has a bright future;

  • EVERY student needs to give their best effort.

We look forward to continuing to be a district of excellence and supporting your student’s growth while helping them flourish. Together we can make this your student’s best year of school ever! Please join us in finding the JOY in school again for our students!

Please watch for a newsletter from Assoc. Supt. Dave Bolin regarding our COVID mitigation, testing and notification plans for the upcoming school year.

Lee W. Loving

North Santiam School District

Have you registered your bus rider yet?

If your student rides the bus, they must re-register every year. If you haven't done so already, please follow the link below to the NSSD website.

School Nutrition News

As a reminder, Stayton High, Options Academy or Sublimity Schools do not meet the requirements for whole-building qualification for free meals next year. Families may still apply for free or reduced meals individually. The income eligibility guidelines were expanded on 7/1/22 so those who have not qualified in the past are encouraged to apply. It is INCREDIBLY BENEFICIAL to the District's food service budget to qualify as many people as possible so we ask anyone who thinks they may qualify to apply.

If you have a student(s) at a qualifying school (Stayton Elementary/Intermediate/Middle and Mari-Linn) and a student(s) at a non-qualifying school (SHS, OA or SUB), you will need to either deposit funds into a meal account or complete an application for your household to determine eligibility for free/reduced meals for those students.

ODE Free/Reduced Meals Application

My MealTime Lunch Accounts > use this to deposit funds electronically and view your students' purchases. They now have a mobile app as well! Deposits can also be made by cash or check.

2022-2023 School Calendar

The 2022-2023 school calendar is available and can be viewed by clicking HERE. Some important dates to remember:

Sept. 6 - grades K-9 (Sublimity and Stayton Elementary have staggered starts for Kindergarten so please check with your school office)

Sept. 7 - grades 10-12

Oct. 14 - NO SCHOOL: Statewide In-Service Day