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posted Jan 11, 2018, 3:20 PM by wright elementary

Yesterday, January 10th, 2018, the staff and students at Wright Elementary School participated in a lockdown drill. Students were told by staff that we would be practicing being safe just as we do for other drills, prior to this drill beginning. The purpose of this drill was to prepare our students and staff for any emergency that may occur where it may be necessary for us to lock down classrooms and/or the entire building. We conduct drills because we want students and staff members to be safe as well as to develop an awareness of their roles in these various scenarios. Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding today’s lockdown drill.

Sara Casebeer

Wright Principal

December/January Newsletter

posted Dec 5, 2017, 3:18 PM by Debbie Simmons   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 3:19 PM ]

Please read the attached newsletter to find out what is happening at Wright Elementary!

November News

posted Nov 2, 2017, 7:46 AM by Debbie Simmons

Please read the attached newsletter to find out all the happenings this month at Wright.

Family Fun Night

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:41 AM by Debbie Simmons   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

Bond Measure

posted Oct 18, 2017, 12:24 PM by Debbie Simmons

Enrollment growth creates crowding, many schools over capacity

posted Oct 18, 2017, 12:22 PM by Debbie Simmons

In only five years, enrollment in Salem-Keizer Public Schools is predicted to grow by about 1,000 students. That’s approximately the enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school.

When considering past growth, this enrollment projection may seem conservative. In the last school year alone (2016-17), more than 500 new students enrolled in the district. In the five years since the 2012-13 school year, a total of around 2,000 new students have enrolled.

 “In six of the last seven years, we have seen an increase in new students. The average has been about 350 per year,” said David Hughes, manager of the facilities planning function for the school district. Enrollment growth is expected to continue for at least the next 20 years.

In fulfilling a state mandate to create a facility plan for the future, district staff reviewed population studies conducted by Portland State University’s Population Research Center and worked with architectural consultants to assess the capacity of school buildings to accommodate the projected growth.

What they found was that many school buildings are already over capacity, and many others are rapidly approaching their limits. For example, five of the district’s six traditional high schools are currently at or over capacity. McKay High School is a good illustration. McKay’s capacity has been boosted over time from about 2,000 students to 2,458 by adding 16 portable classrooms. However, enrollment at McKay last school year was 2,455 students and is expected to climb to more than 2,700 in just three years.

By the year 2025, high schools alone are projected to be short of space for 1,300 students. This projected deficit increases to more than 2,200 students if aging portable classrooms are retired and not replaced.

While adding portable units helped provide classroom space for students at McKay and 35 other schools, it created another problem.

“Adding the portable units over the years has had the unintended consequence of over-crowding core spaces within many schools, like the libraries, cafeterias and gyms,” said Michael Wolfe, Salem-Keizer’s chief operations officer. “This problem is magnified at schools that don’t have cafeterias. Nine of our elementary schools were not designed with identifiable cafeterias. Imagine what it’s like to serve lunch in a building like Sumpter Elementary, which was built to educate around 400 students, but is actually accommodating 520 students with no cafeteria. Many schools are running four, five or more lunch periods just to feed the kids.” said Wolfe.

The School Board is considering solutions to the problem of overcrowding and has received a set of recommendations from the Citizens Facilities Task Force. The Task Force reviewed the

needs of school and support department facilities and recommended a range of solutions to the problem of overcrowding, such as adding or enhancing classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gyms, and auditoriums at the high schools. Under their recommendations, nearly every school in the district will benefit.

The Task Force also recommended the School Board address other facility needs of the district, such as space to expand Career-Technical/Vocational Education programs, increase seismic safety and more.

The School Board voted to present a general obligation bond measure to the community on the May 2018 ballot; however, the total amount of the bond and the exact cost are yet to be determined. The base package the Board is working with currently is around $620 million and is estimated to increase property tax rates by about $1.28 to $1.34 per thousand of assessed property value.

More information about the status of the bond package and the district’s facility needs can be found on the school district website at http://www.salemkeizer.org/category/sitewide/school-board.

Make a difference! Cast your vote!

posted Oct 18, 2017, 12:20 PM by Debbie Simmons

Please remember to register to vote or update your voter registration if you have moved or changed political parties so you’re ready to fill out and return your ballot when it arrives in the mail.

To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and at least 17 years old. The deadline to register to vote in an election is 21 days before election day.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s website lists the following schedule for regular elections:

·       The 2nd Tuesday in March

·       The 3rd Tuesday in May

·       The 3rd Tuesday in September

·       The 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November

Registered voters receive a ballot in the mail about two weeks before an election.

There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon:

1.      Have your Oregon driver’s license or state ID card handy and register online

2.      Pick up a voter registration form at the post office or library (or download online) and return it in the mail

3.      Go to the county elections office to fill out a form

Automatic voter registration is available if you are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement driver’s license, permit or ID card at the DMV.

If you have moved, changed your name or mailing address, or want to change political parties, you can update your voter registration through the same methods.

For more information about voting in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

October Newsletter

posted Oct 3, 2017, 12:15 PM by Debbie Simmons   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 12:17 PM ]

Find out what is happening at Wright this month!

2017-18 State Testing Information

posted Sep 27, 2017, 12:16 PM by Debbie Simmons

If you have a third, fourth or fifth grade at Wright, please read the attached to find out more information about state testing.

Event Opportunity

posted Sep 27, 2017, 12:13 PM by Debbie Simmons   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

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