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Laura Perez
Laura PerezPrincipal

Principals Weekly Notes

Student announcements for October 2, 2017

Good Morning Straub Students and Staff, and welcome to a new month! In a conversation I was having with Mrs. Jones the other day, she mentioned that we have only 8 more school days before grades are due. My jaw dropped….how can we already be through our first grading period already….it seems like we just started school! But she’s right….only 8 more school days. So be sure that you are getting all your work turned in. When it’s early in the year like this, missing even one assignment can really lower your grade.

As we step into the month of October, I want you to think about something really important. I want you to think about the words you use on others. Do you use your words to build others up, to make them feel more confident and accepted? Or do you tear others down? Are you kind with your words? Do you appreciate how everyone is different, or do you make fun of or put down anyone who is different than you. Some of the things I’ve been hearing about recently make me incredibly sad, and I’m hoping that you’ll take some time to be very thoughtful this week in how you use your words.

What’s happening this week:

We have another full week of activities! Our Volleyball teams face the Leslie Lions tonight and then we play Waldo in both football and volleyball on Wednesday. This is our first home football game. Then on Thursday our Cross Country competes up at West High School. I hope to see the bleachers and the stands and the finish lines FULL of students and parents cheering on our athletes this week!

This is also a special week for our Leadership students, as this is Kindness week. There are posters in the halls outlining all the great activities they have planned for us. Today is National Stomp out bullying day. Schools across the nation are showing their support today by wearing blue. If you’re wearing blue today, make sure to stop by the table at both lunches to get a raffle ticket for some cool prizes. Let’s rmember that in a world where you can do anything, be kind.  I hope that these activities help you think about how you are using your words and treating one another this week. And I hope that being kind this week feels so good to each and every one of you that you make it a habit!

The Wolf Den will be closed today due to a staff meeting.  Please come see us tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday!

That’s it for announcements. Just remember, your words have tremendous power to hurt or heal. It’s YOU who decided which it will be.

October 2, 2017|

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…

March 17, 2017|