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Weird in the best way

Weird in the best way

Celtic play teases connections between Monet, space program

McNary opens college and career center

McNary opens college and career center

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With bright green walls, stone countertops, large television screens and black couches, McNary’s new college and career center doesn’t look like any other room in the high school. And that’s exactly what Principal Erik Jespersen wanted. “I think it’s amazing,” Jespersen said at an open house on Thursday, Oct. […]

Breakdancing added at McNary

Breakdancing added at McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After a conversation with his older brother, Ricky Perez decided he wanted to be more active as he began his junior year at McNary High School and join a club. But looking through the list, there wasn’t one that interested him. So Perez decided to start his own—Aztec Rhythm, […]

Salem-Keizer added school nurses

Salem-Keizer added school nurses

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Nearly half of school nurse positions were cut in Oregon between 2010 and 2015, according to a report released in September by the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), Oregon School Nurses Association (OSNA), Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and Upstream Public Health. But Eric Richards, director of student services, said […]

McNary drama ‘reaching for more’

McNary drama ‘reaching for more’

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From going to space to The Addams Family to a twist on Shakespeare, the McNary drama department is “reaching for more” in its 30th season inside the Ken Collins Theater. The first show, Defying Gravity, Nov. 2-5, centers around the 1986 Challenger explosion and focuses primarily on the teacher, […]

Claggett Creek Middle continues AVID work

Claggett Creek Middle continues AVID work

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With a new school year underway, Claggett Creek Middle principal Rob Schoepper wants to see a stronger implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). One way to do that will be a focus on binders. Each student is now required to have a three-inch notebook stocked with pencils, ball-point […]

Marching band preps for halftime show

Marching band preps for halftime show

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School marching band spent all of August working on its halftime show—Phantom of the Opera. Percussion reported first on Aug. 1 for a week-long camp. The entire band, plus color guard, then spent 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Aug. 15-26 learning how to march, work as a […]

Council outlines remedies for McNary parking overflow

Council outlines remedies for McNary parking overflow

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council outlined three options for neighbors to the west of McNary High School to consider regarding mitigating traffic through their neighborhood during the academic year. In April, Charles Anderson, a resident of Newberg Drive, presented a petition to the city council signed by 20 neighbors […]

Mangan at home in Cummings

Mangan at home in Cummings

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From school bus driver to PE teacher to administration, Cummings Elementary’s new principal, Martina Mangan, has done it all. “I bring a good understanding for every employee in the district and where everybody is,” she said. “I have a very high respect for people at all levels of the […]

McNary taps its new choir director

McNary taps its new choir director

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Joshua Rist knows what it’s like to be dragged to choir. At 16 years old, taking classes at Linn-Benton Community College in Corvallis, a friend managed to get Rist to give singing a try for the first time. “I fell in love pretty hardcore,” Rist said. “It really changed […]

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