Day: October 25, 2010

Frosh team will honor relatives’ military service

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When things are going as well as they have been for the McNary High School freshman football team, it’s easy to lose perspective, but that’s not the same as facing adversity. “I hear athletes talk all the time in interviews about ‘overcoming adversity’ to win a championship,” said Ted Anagnos, head coach of the frosh team. “Just once, I’d like to see an athlete interviewed say that playing a game is not adversity. Adversity is the guy fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq in 115-degree temperatures so we get the right to play a great game.” Earlier this season, he was trying to impress upon the young Celts the importance keeping wins, even several of them in a row, in perspective and he asked how many of their families had been affected by military deployments. Two players, Jacob Gillet and Kolton Vickers, had fathers who had been deployed since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The pair will be co-team captains in the upcoming game with McKay High School Thursday, Oct. 28. The players with other family members in the armed forces will stand 10 yards behind the captains as they take the field. Gillett’s father, Lt. Col. Michael Gillett in the National Guard, was stationed in Iraq for 10 months last year. He handled personnel and logistics for defensive...

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Boys, girls knot games with Vikings on the soccer field

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s beginning to feel like a common refrain – more goals. Both the boys and girls varsity soccer team ended their matches with North Salem High School in draws. The girls tied the game at 1-1 and the boys knotted at 0-0. Players on both teams considered the games an upward swing in overall play, but the elusive wins are beginning to weigh heavily on their shoulders. “We gotta finish like we do in practice,” said the boys’ Hugo Gonzalez. “We have to be confident when we shoot, that will make a huge difference.” The boys met the Vikings on road Wednesday, Oct. 13, and battled to the Celts’ first shutout of the season in what players described as an “intense” game. “We had a lot of shots on goal, we grew up a lot on the field,” said Hugo Cortez. Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, was particularly pleased with the results as an away game with a top team in the league and as a sign of improvement over the Celtic effort earlier this season. “The first game we lost 4-0, they were better team than us from the start to the end, but this time we changed formations, players and the team looked good and we played better than them,” he said. “Unfortunately, we missed many opportunities to score.” Camarena...

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Mayor says she’ll work to restore funds for River Rd Renaissance improvement program

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Members of the River Road Renaissance (RRR) committee are planning to ask for some $2 million back to fund improvements along the city’s main drag. First they have to figure out what to do with it. Money generated by the urban renewal district was taken out of the River Road Renaissance line item and appropriated to pay cost overruns stemming from construction of the Keizer Civic Center along with a land purchase. The total taken from the program reaches just more than $3.5 million Currently the RRR program has about $1.266 million left. Mayor Lore Christopher said it was a relief at the time that the city had the money to easily cover the cost overruns, “but at what cost?” While members of the e Committee lost their quorum mid-meeting Tuesday night, discussion ensued on how best to approach getting their funding back. Restoring the money would depend largely on the district’s sale of land at Keizer Station, said Community Development Director Nate Brown. “If you start with something and you take it, it needs to come back full power, without any question,” said Dennis Blackman, who is on the RRR committee. Brown outlined possible upcoming projects, including at Abby’s Legendary Pizza, Dale’s Remodeling and a new office at the southeast corner of River Road and Maine Avenue. Christopher said she thought she...

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RAFTs float learners of all types

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One of the biggest challenges confronting teachers at schools with students coming from high levels of poverty is mobility, the frequency with which students move in and out or between schools. “We have some children who have been in six schools in three years,” said Erin Bernardi, a counselor at Kennedy Elementary School. “In the transitions, lots of things get repeated and some things are missed completely.” The result is classrooms become a mixed bag of below-level, on-level and gifted learners and teachers must adapt curriculums for each group. If that sounds like something teachers are doing already, it is – in a way. “Probably 99 percent of teachers are using these skills already, but it’s a matter of doing it with intention,” Bernardi said. To help pave the way, Bernardi and others in the Salem-Keizer School District are developing fresh approaches to curriculum that cater to the different types of learners, the process is called differentiation. It is hoped that the end result is a common assessment model for every child even if they absorb the material in different ways. “Basically, it’s about providing teachers with tools and students with choices to create a sense of buy-in and motivation to keep learning,” Bernardi said. One increasingly common method is developing RAFTs for each section of a given grade curriculum. RAFTs provide...

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