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McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, remembers life before she was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu as a college student at Oregon State. “I was one of those people that was capable but I’m certain I had ADHD before they diagnosed it,” Rhodes said. “When I was in […]

School board looks at student safety

School board looks at student safety

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Student harassment of other students was the topic most discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Salem-Keizer School Board. The harassment issue came under the heading of student safety, one of many items in the proposed 2017-18 legislative priorities and policies of the Oregon School Boards Association. The board approved […]

GED program coming to McNary

GED program coming to McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Of McNary High School’s more than 2,000 students, only 28 or less than 1.4 percent are considered dropouts. But for principal Erik Jespersen and assistant principal Rhonda Rhodes, that is 28 too many. Beginning in February, McNary will be the first high school in the Salem-Keizer school district to […]

McNary senior leads The Snowman’s Dance

McNary senior leads The Snowman’s Dance

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes It’s not Christmas at City Dance Theatre until the studio’s annual performances of The Snowman’s Dance. “As much as Nutcracker is a tradition in the ballet world, this has become a tradition for our families,” director Zoe-Lisa Banton said. “My kids know nothing happens in my house until after […]

Keizer siblings pioneers of student government

Keizer siblings pioneers of student government

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Oregon Connections Academy was looking for candidates to serve in its first ever student government, three siblings from Keizer stepped up to the challenge. Joshua Oliver, a 10-year-old elected to represent the fifth grade, was the first from the family to decide to run. Older sister, Rosa, 15, […]

Crystal Apple winner goes the extra mile

Crystal Apple winner goes the extra mile

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Counselor Michelle Mills works with nearly 550 students at Gubser Elementary, making sure they all get what they need socially and emotionally. But she also stays in contact with children once they leave the school. When one student was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mills came up with solutions […]

More than a just a clean-up man

More than a just  a clean-up man

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When a McNary High School student was frustrated with school and didn’t want to go to class, custodian Joseph Dull walked him over to the wall of clubs and encouraged him to get involved. “You have this one chance at life; you must make the most of it,” Dull […]

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, […]

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