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Salem Reporter - June 17, 2022

With a smile that teachers said lights up the halls, Dara Elkanah hopes to inspire young students of color and pursue a career in education.

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Salem Reporter - June 16, 2022

RonniLynn Anderson struggled to adjust to a large high school after spending several years at Salem’s alternative school. While at McNary, she turned around her behavior and became a leader among classmates in the school’s emotional growth center.

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Salem Reporter - June 16, 2022

Paul Quach will be the first in his family to attend college, earning a full ride to Wesleyan University. He’s known around school for his energy and involvement in nearly everything.

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Statesman Journal - June 15, 2022

The governing board for Salem-Keizer Public Schools on Tuesday adopted a $1.36 billion budget for the 2022-23 school year, following its approval by the district budget committee on May 23.

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Salem Reporter - June 15, 2022

Andy Canchola’s favorite part of school was playing soccer, but when he lost his hand in an accident, his motivation to do schoolwork suffered.

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Salem Reporter - June 14, 2022

The Salem-Keizer School District is nearing the end of a five-year, $700 million construction push to renovate nearly every school.

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Salem Reporter - June 14, 2022

Kylie Lundy was a leader among her classmates as they built a home as part of the residential construction program at the Career Technical Education Center in Salem.

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Salem Reporter - June 13, 2022

The lone musician in her family, Sofiya Zavydovska said music has helped her cope with the challenges of high school and been an avenue for making friends and expressing emotion.

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Salem Reporter - June 13, 2022

The last official act as a high school student is the commencement ceremony, and graduates at McKay and North Salem High Schools held the event Friday, June 10.

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Salem Statesman Journal - June 9, 2022

Renovations are underway at Salem-Keizer Public Schools' District Administrative Center, also known as the Lancaster Professional Center.

Statesman Journal - June 9, 2022

Salem parks crews reported that for the past few months, several teens have been creating "unsafe conditions" inside Bush's Pasture Park.

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Salem Statesman Journal - June 9, 2022

One Salem-Keizer Public Schools student recalls using his suicide prevention training twice in the past few years. He’s not sure his friends would be alive if he hadn’t.

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Salem Reporter - June 8, 2022

Thirteen Salem elementary school students were recently recognized for their art depicting "human-powered" transportation.

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Statesman Journal - June 8, 2022

Salem Police said in a statement on Wednesday that they won't charge a Salem-Keizer Public Schools middle school teacher who was accused of sending an inappropriate image to a student.

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Salem Reporter - June 8, 2022

A judge with Oregon’s Employment Relations Board sided with the school district’s teacher union in an unfair labor practice complaint filed in February 2021.

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The New Yorker - June 7, 2022

Threat assessment aims to prevent attacks like the Uvalde school shooting. Studies suggest that it’s effective in other ways.

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The Washington Post - June 7, 2022

One way parents can try to get past the teenage code of silence is by emphasizing that safety issues, such as violence or suicide, “absolutely need to be reported,” said Courtenay McCarthy, a school psychologist on the Safety and Support Response Team for Oregon’s Salem-Keizer Public School District. The district has established a threat assessment system adopted by school districts across the country.

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Statesman Journal - June 6, 2022

It's graduation season for local high schools and colleges in the Mid-Valley, and The Statesman Journal will be capturing all the action with photos of commencement ceremonies.

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Salem Reporter - June 3, 2022

Salem students will once again see beefed-up summer programs at local schools thanks to a second year of significant state money.

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Keizertimes - June 2, 2022

The students at Gubser Elementary had the chance to meet Caesar the No Drama Llama on Tuesday, May 31.

Salem Reporter - June 2, 2022

In the wake of the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, some have called for a return to stationing police officers in local schools. But Salem’s police chief said he thinks proactive threat assessment is a better approach.


Salem Reporter - June 1, 2022

Sprague High School families and supporters gathered before their 2022 commencement ceremony to cheer on the Class of 2022.

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Keizertimes - June 1, 2022

The McNary Celtics lost to Tigard 6-3 in the semifinals of the 6A softball playoffs. Tigard scored four runs with two out in the third inning.

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Salem Reporter - May 31, 2022

Students at the central Salem high school endured an agonizing Friday afternoon of lockdown after multiple people reported spotting a man with a gun on campus. Though there was no shooting, many said the incident - just days after a mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas - underscored the need for gun reforms in the U.S.

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Salem Reporter - May 31, 2022

Jaimie Hall, who’s taught music in Salem for over two decades, said he loves working with middle schoolers because they’re “fearless.” He was recently named the district’s music teacher of the year.

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Keizertimes - May 27, 2022

A special groundbreaking ceremony was held at Keizer Elementary prior to the June start of the 15-month renovation project as part of the 2018 bond program. The renovation will include a new cafeteria and kitchen, four new classrooms, a multipurpose fitness room, improved flow for drop-off and pick-up as well as other improvements. The event featured photo opportunities, games and a choir concert.

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Salem Reporter - May 27, 2022

Two central Salem schools were on lockdown Friday afternoon for about an hour following a report of a person with a handgun near the school.

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City of Salem - May 26, 2022

​Thanks to the 29 graduating high school seniors receiving Service Honors Recognition pins this year, Salem's community is a bit better now than it was before they started high school.

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Keizertimes - June 23, 2022

McNary came home with three athlete of the year awards at the Beacon Awards on Saturday. Tyler Copeland was named Football Athlete of the Year, Lacey Vasas Softball Player of the Year and Colby Sullivan Male Golf Athlete of the Year. Vic Backlund was also honored at the event with the Beacon Award for McNary High School.

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KOIN-TV - June 22, 2022

After a Judson Middle School teacher in Salem was put on leave for a report of an inappropriate image shared on social media, an investigation revealed a student was allegedly posing as the teacher.

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Polk County Itemizer-Observer - June 22, 2022

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved a 2022-23 budget of $1,364,339,518 on June 14.

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Broadcast News Coverage
NPR - June 1, 2022

So the school shooting in Uvalde has, once again, left many people asking, how do we prevent the next one? And while lawmakers debate new gun policies as a solution, many school districts have been working hard to steer young people away from violence.

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KATU-TV - June 1, 2022

After North Salem High School went into lockdown last Friday in response to reports of a suspicious person on campus with a gun, Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack said in a statement: “The recent horrific shooting in Texas has our students, parents, and community on edge, understandably. We want our community to know that we are prepared and ready to keep our school campuses safe, as exemplified by today’s rapid response.”

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PBS - May 26, 2022

Mark Follman, an editor at Mother Jones and author of “Trigger points," and Marisa Randazzo, executive director of threat assessment at the security firm, Ontic, join William Brangham to discuss.

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Keizertimes - June 3, 2022

Jocelyn Schnurbusch, Derek Olivo and Sole Bartlemay all broke Whiteaker track and field records during the 2022 season across the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.


KOIN-TV - May 27, 2022

Salem-Keizer Public Schools announced a lockdown at Parrish Middle School and North Salem High School has been lifted after reports of a suspicious person with a handgun in the area.

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Oregon Public Broadcasting - June 1, 2022

A school district in Oregon pioneered a student behavioral threat assessment program more than 20 years ago to prevent shootings on campus. 

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NPR - May 26, 2022

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Mark Follman about the behavioral patterns of mass shooters. Follman is the author of: Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America.

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools is one of the districts that has done away with SROs in recent years.

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Oregon Public Broadcasting - May 16, 2022

Like everything else, honors classes in the Salem-Keizer school district were upended during the pandemic. But when students came back into the building, the district took advantage of the opportunity to re-work the way it offers honors classes. 

KATU-TV - May 20, 2022

KATU is saluting our seniors, the graduating class of 2022, and all they have achieved in difficult times. Osvaldo Guzman Rodriguez from North Salem High Schooll shared his message to fellow graduates.

247Sports - June 1, 2022

Salem (Ore.) North Salem high school class of 2024 quarterback T.C. Manumaleuna made his way to the workout.

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Keizertimes - June 8, 2022

Five Celtic athletes are nominated for Athlete of the Year for their respective sports at the Beacon Awards. Joining them is first-year softball coach Kelly Parsell who is nominated for Coach of the Year. The Beacon Awards will take place Saturday, June 18, at the

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Statesman Journal - May 31, 2022

Cascade, Sprague players among the top selected to the All Mid-Valley boys and girls tennis teams.

Statesman Journal - May 27, 2022

The OSAA softball and baseball state quarterfinals are slated to begin with several Mid-Valley area schools competing throughout multiple classifications in this year's tournament.

Keizertimes - June 8, 2022

McNary held its first set of football camps to give head coach Jeff Auvinen and his coaching staff an early look at what they'll have to work with next season.

Social Media Mentions
Superintendent Perry - June 9, 2022
Salem-Keizer Equity, Access & Advancement Office - June 8, 2022
Natalie Pate - June 8, 2022
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Trillium Family Services - June 15, 2022
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