Day: October 5, 2011

Panther blood runs in the family

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Each year, Claggett Creek Middle School teacher Jonathan Shrout picks one topic or subject he’s going to approach from a totally new perspective. It’s a technique he learned from his father, the other Mr. Shrout at CCMS, Terry. “It’s been great seeing his strategies for dealing with curriculum and kids,” Jonathan said. “When I’ve had a tough day, he’s an awesome resource.” Jonathan joined Terry as a teacher at the school eight years ago and, thanks to serendipitous scheduling, they’ve managed to eat lunch together nearly every day since. Terry, a Keizer science teacher for more than three decades, was stationed at Whiteaker Middle School prior to Claggett Creek’s opening. Jonathan, who teaches language arts to sixth graders and recently was assigned to the school’s AVID program, joined him at the school eight years ago. While father and son trained to teach high school students, they both found a home at the middle school level. “When I did student teaching, I didn’t step foot in a middle school classroom, but I got assigned to Whiteaker and thought these kids are really cool. It’s still an age that’s so moldable,” Terry said. The rapid growth of students in three short years still leaves Jonathan shocked when his soprano sixth graders return for a visit as baritone eighth graders. “They come in as kids...

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Fire Prevention Week Open House hosted by KFD October 10

The Keizer Fire District will hold its Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on Monday, Oct. 10. Hours of the Open House are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will be offered hands-on looks at apparatus displays and get valuable fire safety information. Activities include demonstrations of kitchen fire safety, the use of fire extinguishers, and free blood pressure checks. Children of all ages will be able to use a real fire hose, try their skills at the Junior Firefighter Challenge and practice crawling low under smoke through the home escape maze. Participants in this year’s Fire Prevention Week Open House include the American Red Cross, Reading for All, Salem Department of Environmental Services, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Keizer Police Department and Explorer Post 350. Other participants include the Oregon Burn Center and the Willamette Valley Communications Center (9-1-1). Also in attendance this year will be Fire Pup and Freddy the Fire Truck. The Keizer Fire Station is located at 661 Chemawa Rd. NE in Keizer. For more information call...

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