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Laura Perez
Laura PerezPrincipal

A note from the Principal…

The SKSD MS Mission:  We will foster the academic, social, and emotional growth in every student ensuring all students are on-track for HS graduation and college & career readiness.


In order to better provide students with opportunities for intervention or enrichment while still participating in elective classes, the middle schools in Salem-Keizer have moved to a 7 period day. This work is based on our Middle School Beliefs and Values:


  • All students must have equal access to grade level core classes.
  • Collaboration is important for staff and students.
  • Interventions must be built into the school day.
  • All students need access to PE or an elective.
  • There must be equal access to courses across all schools.
  • Rigor is valued: All students can achieve at high levels.
  • It is important to educate the whole-child.
  • Relationships are critical.
  • Mobility should not impact a student’s education.

Research outlines key factors we can look at during the middle school years to help us identify those students who are at risk of not graduating on time. They are: poor attendance, even mild off-task behavior as early as the 6th grade, F and D’s in core classes (especially in math and/or language arts), very low test scores.

High School Readiness:  MS at-risk indicators

It is vital for the success of our students that we address this during the middle school years.  “This research shows that, under current conditions, the level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that happens academically in high school.”   (The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School,  Research from ACT 2008)  Therefore, we must design a system that provides support for ANY student who is not on the path to graduation.

Students who will benefit from intervention will be identified using a combination of grades, attendance rates, test scores, and teacher recommendations. Interventions classes at Straub Middle School will include classes for math intervention, reading intervention, English as a Second Language, and language arts intervention. There may also be intervention classes designed for students who need additional support to improve attendance or behavior.


Our goal at Straub is to ensure that each and every student is ready to not only attend West Salem High School, but ready to access all of the great things West has to offer….  We want to provide the support student’s students need, when they need it and only for as long as they need it.  Thank you for partnering with us to support your child and all of the students at Straub…

By | March 17th, 2017|

February 13th-17th

Good Morning Students and Staff!

And welcome to the last week of Semester I!  Good luck to all of our 8th graders as you study for your finals, and good luck to all our 6th and 7th graders who will be finishing some culminating activities that mark the end of the semester. Remember that it is the SEMESTER grade that is permanent on your record, so if there are any last minute things you need to do to improve your grade, NOW IS THE TIME!

Let’s rise for the Pledge of Allegiance

Here is what’s going on this week:

  • Parent Club meeting tonight…our focus will be to hear from the Parents and Students about how things are going in general and what more they would like from our Parent Club. We will also be discussing ideas of how to spend the generous donations we received from the Mission Church and our Jersey Mikes fundraisers. I hope you will come with your parents tonight!
  • Wrestling is Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so please come out and support our wrestlers!

Most of you have probably heard about the make up days added to our school calendar, but some students have still had questions. We are adding a school day on the Thursday before spring break, shortening the Parent Conference times to just evenings. Then we are adding a couple days at the end of the school year. However, we will not be changing our Promotion and 8th grade dance date. We’ll talk more about that as it gets closer, but I was getting many questions from students about that date so I wanted to be sure I shared this.

Hey, I’m thinking it may be getting time for us to practice a fire drill in a non-structured time…say during a passing time or during 4th period (which is a lunch period one way or the other). Teachers, at the close of these announcements, please be sure to review the procedures for a fire drill during such a time.

I was at an event Saturday night and a community member came up to me to tell me what a wonderful job our jazz band did in their performance in Albany on Saturday. Congratulations for a job well done, Mr. Hall and our amazing jazz band students. Hearing positive things about our students when they are out in the community is very important to me, and you make me very proud!

I was also proud to receive a very positive email from Mrs. Sabine from the high school who took our acting students to an event on Saturday. She said they were respectful and well behaved and they represented Straub very well. Thank you students! You make me very proud!

That’s it for announcements! Let’s get this last week of the semester started!

By | September 19th, 2016|