The superintendent and her executive cabinet are plased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding work and contributions to our school district and community.
Business Partner of the Month: Maps Credit Union
Marion and Polk Schools Credit Union was selected as the September Business Partner of the Month.
Partnerships between schools and businesses became a focus in the 1990s as role models for students became increasingly important to academic success. The need for businesses to step in, with work-based learning experiences, has changed the face of education in our state.
As a tribute to their education roots, Maps has demonstrated a long history of responding to the needs of the school district through business partnership activities at all levels of learning, both for the student and the teacher.
Recently, Maps established that they wanted to additionally support Salem-Keizer schools in a way that demonstrates a strong public-private partnership. They also wanted it to be a partnership that would have the greatest impact on the greatest number of students.
The credit union donated $50,000 to the school district, which we will use to help fund athletic programs throughout the district. The district believed using the donation in this manner would make the most impact on the whole community.
Thank you, Maps, for your continued support of Salem-Keizer Schools and your community.
Super Volunteer - Willamette University Football Team
Our Volunteer of the Month award goes to the Willamette University Football Team for their awesome help at the Community Clean-up event held on Saturday, August 20, at Waldo Middle School and Hoover and Swegle elementary schools.
The event is an outgrowth of a partnership between the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, to support students through engaging volunteers.
These football players were recruited to come out to tackle weeds, litter and trim branches at our schools. The Bearcats had about 60 players take the field. The players split up into three groups to cover the work at each of the schools. As the team members finished up at Hoover and Swegle, they headed over to Waldo to lend a hand for the final push towards the goal.
Back to school was even more enjoyable for students and staff at Hoover, Swegle and Waldo thanks to the efforts of volunteers like the Bearcats football team. Thank you for your support of Salem-Keizer schools and your community.
Finalist for 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program
In August, Jason Niedermeyer, Science teacher at South Salem High School, was notified by the Oregon Department of Education that he had been selected as an Oregon state-level finalist for the 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. He was one of three teachers of science selected to represent our state’s best, as a truly outstanding teacher and leader in science education.
As a state-level finalist Jason is automatically a candidate for the state Presidential Award. As the next part of the selection process, a national committee reporting to the National Science Foundation will select one teacher for Presidential Awards from the state-level finalists. The teacher selected will be notified officially by the White House. Each state Presidential Awardee will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., where Presidential Awardees will be honored in a variety of recognition events.
This fall, each of the state-level finalists will be honored at ceremonies at the Oregon Science Teacher's Association Annual Fall Conference on October 14 in Coos Bay.
We wish you good luck in the selection process for the state Presidential Awardee from the state of Oregon.
The 2011 Golden Wrench Award
On June 21, David Farley was honored with the 2011 Golden Wrench award at the annual conference of the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association held in Eugene.
David was recognized for his outstanding leadership abilities, safety, integrity, attitude, cooperation and commitment to student transportation.
David is a man who definitely knows the importance of keeping our buses in top shape. He was hired as a Salem-Keizer bus driver in 1979.
He became a mechanic in our district in 1985, working his way up to Head Mechanic in 1998.
Thank you for all you do for the safe transportation of our Salem-Keizer students.
The 2011 Oregon Transportation Supervisor of the Year Award
The Oregon Pupil Transportation Association honored Michael Shields with the 2011 Oregon Transportation Supervisor of the Year award. Michael was honored at the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s annual conference held in Eugene on June 21.
The awards program was established as a means of recognizing those individuals within the state who have presented an image that is beyond the day-to-day performance of their duties.
Michael has worked in transportation for over 30 years and most recently celebrated his tenth year in Salem-Keizer schools.
Thank you, Michael, for continuing to ensure that our students get to school and home in a safe and timely manner.
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Fiscal Services with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The report was chosen for meeting the high standards of the program, including demonstrating “a spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the district’s financial story.
Financial Services has received this award each year since 1981.