Day: May 14, 2010

Choirs first, third in Northwest

When you’re hot, you’re hot. Earlier today the McNary concert choir took first place at the Best of the Northwest Choir Festival. This honor comes less than a week after the Celts took second place at the Oregon state championships. Best of the Northwest, which was held at the University of Portland, features choirs from throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Sprague High School, like McNary, is a member of the Central Valley Conference. The Olys took third. Keizer’s middle schools also took advantage of their turn to shine as well. On Thursday, May 13, the Whiteaker choir took first place and Claggett Creek third. See the Friday, May 21, issue of the Keizertimes for more...

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Moeller pitches Celts into playoffs

Zach is back. Zach Moeller, the senior pitcher who led McNary to the state championship a year ago, turned in one of his best performances of the season. And it came one week shy of the Class 6A state playoffs. The lefty pitched a one-hitter against West Salem to lead McNary to a 5-0 win in the regular season finale for both teams. The Celts clinched the conference’s third seed with the win. The Titans’ lone hit came in the sixth inning. Moeller struck out 15 and walked three batters. Moeller also got it done with his bat, driving in two runs with a walk and hit. Spencer Rice added a double and two singles. The Celts play the third seed from the Mt. Hood Conference in their playoff opener on Friday, May 21. It’s not sure who they’ll play. Had McNary lost to West Salem, it was mathematically possible for the Celts to miss the...

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CCMS principal to be reassigned

Principal Peter Danner of Claggett Creek Middle School (CCMS) is leaving for the principalship at Walker Middle School in Salem.. Danner has served as an administrator at CCMS for the last six years, three years as assistant principal and three years as principal. Under his leadership, CCMS implemented a successful AVID program, became a Champion of Schools and is poised to be the first Salem-Keizer school to come out of school improvement status as determined under the No Child Left Behind act. “Pete is viewed as an instructional leader who does what’s best for students,” stated Simona Boucek of Salem-Keizer Public Schools. “He’s a leader who possesses an understanding of developing key communicators in the school community, as well as best practices that result in student success.” Colleen Johnson will become the new principal at CCMS. Johnson has been the assistant principal at CCMS for the past three years. She has served as teacher leader, team leader, and site council coordinator. Her experiences also include teaching K-8, including READ 180, ESL, FACS and math. In addition: “Johnson’s knowledge and understanding of Title 1, English language learners and curriculum, instruction and assessment give her a unique skill set to support student learning,” stated Boucek. “Colleagues value Colleen’s deep understanding of data analysis, which supports staff in developing comprehensive interventions.” The district also announced principal and assistant principal changes at several...

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Suspicious device on Menlo? More like a jump rope

Keizer Police responded to a “suspicious device” on Menlo Drive Friday morning. Turns out it was just a piece of a jump rope. A resident in the 700 block of Menlo Drive N. called in a complaint around 6:33 a.m. of a suspicious device. “He called to report what he saw was a three-quarter inch round pipe with what appeared to be a fuse coming out the end of it,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. “He said it could be a large firecracker or a pipe bomb.” Officers roped off the area and contacted a Salem Police bomb technician, who arrived at about 7:46 a.m. That officer took a look “and advised us it was an end-cap from a jump rope,” Kuhns said. “So everybody is completely safe, and traffic has returned to normal in the neighborhood,” Kuhns said. “But we’d rather be safe than...

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