AUGUST NEWSLETTER

NORTH SALEM HS

Message from Principal Towe

Dear North Families and Students,


Hello from your friends at North Salem High School; we hope this finds you happy, healthy, and optimistic about the upcoming school year. We’re looking forward to starting!


Over the past several years we have faced extraordinary challenges together. Schools and families have worked hard to meet the needs of our students during an immensely complex time. Families have pulled off heroic efforts to provide care, connection, and learning for your students, and in the coming weeks, North is excited to again join you in that effort.


North families are essential partners, and we understand the importance of the teamwork of a kind and caring staff, strong and supportive parents and guardians, and a positive and engaged community. That teamwork ensures that every student and person that engages with North Salem High School experiences a caring and talented staff, a safe learning environment with access to equitable, high-quality education, and feels a sense of belonging. Every student benefits when we center equity for students of color, experiencing disability, tribal members, emerging multilingual, navigating poverty, houselessness, foster care, and non-dominant gender identities and sexual orientations. North holds racial equity with special consideration in our school where demographics have shifted in recent years.


North’s staff is an incredibly caring and talented group of professionals who are all excited and ready to work in partnership with you and your students. Please reach out with any questions! Go VIKS!


Sincerely,

Chad Towe

Principal

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ParentSquare

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.


Please check out this link for additional information: ParentSquare

Bus riders: ParentVue is the best way to find drop off and pick up information. Please also check the district website for more information.


Grades: Stay connected to your student’s grades and be a part of their support team.

Taking Care of Business

This year we will not be having a one day "Taking Care of Business Day" like we have done in the past.


Instead, beginning August 15th, students and parents/guardians can come in to the main office (14th street entrance) during business hours (8:00am-3:30pm) Monday through Friday to take care of the following:


We will take pre-registration forms (if you haven't already registered through parentVUE).

You can turn in the Title 1 compact form (being mailed to families)

Purchase a yearbook and ASB card

Seniors can choose a locker

Juniors and Seniors can fill out a parking permit application if they plan to drive to school.

Online Registration and Enrollment Verification for 2022-23 (REQUIRED)

If you have not done so already, please log onto your ParentVUE account and verify your student(s) information for the 2022-23 school year - https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parentvue-studentvue/. You should only have one ParentVUE account for all of your students – across the district. Call the North main office at 503-399-3241 to get an Activation Key if you do not have a ParentVUE account or if you have questions concerning online registration/verification. The office can reset your ParentVUE password if you have forgotten yours.

Purchase a Yearbook & ASB Card

School fees can be paid through the online payment portal beginning August 15th, 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.

Parking Permit

Applications for parking permits will be processed beginning August 8th, 2022. Permits can also be purchased at any time after school starts from the Bookkeeper in the main office.


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

Locker Sign-Ups

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Seniors interested in having a locker can come in to North on or after August 15th to choose one.

9th-11th graders will be mass assigned a locker.

Students will be able to see their locker number and combination in their StudentVUE account (after August 30th) under the student information tab.

Bus Rider Registration

Bus information can be obtained on the Salem-Keizer School District website: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parents/rider-registration/.

Food Service

Food Service information can be obtained on the Salem-Keizer School District website: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parents/food-services/.



BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:


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

Pictures for ID/ASB cards and school photos will be taken on Thursday, September 8th and Friday, September 9th. 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.

  • 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.

Draft Class Schedules

Draft class schedules will be available beginning August 23rd to view in StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If you need assistance with accessing your StudentVUE or ParentVUE account please contact theNorth Salem HS office at 503-399-3241.


If you would like to request a schedule change, please be aware that this process has moved to an online platform. The link will be available on the North Salem HS website as of August 24th. Please note that it is the student who must sign in through the website using their SKPS email address.


The schedule change system will be accepting requests starting Friday, August 24th until Sunday, August 28th. The requests are processed in the order in which they are received, so the sooner you make the request the more likely we will be able to accommodate the change. Although we will try to honor every request, please bear in mind that some changes may not be possible. Schedules will NOT be changed to accomodate teacher or class period requests. Once submitted, your counselor will communicate additional questions through email.

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: www.familyid.com


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.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

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: green_amy@salkiez.k12.or.us

New 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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School Supply List

Individual teachers will let students know what supplies will be needed for the school year on the first day of classes. In the past, the following supplies have been suggested:

  • 2" Binder
  • Dividers with labels
  • College ruled paper
  • 4 boxes of #2 Pencils with erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Hand held pencil sharpener
  • School planner

WE ARE COMMITTED TO SERVING STUDENTS, YOUR FAMILY, AND OUR COMMUNITY:

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