Day: May 2, 2012

Weddle honored for continued success

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Reading time in Stephanie Makjavich’s second grade classroom at Weddle Elementary School would likely set most visitors back a step. For almost a full hour, the dominant language is Spanish. Makjavich and her assistant both conduct lessons in Spanish and the students, aside from the occasional dips into English, respond the same way. In an era when it’s not uncommon to hear pleas for English-only instruction, it’s hard to argue with the results the school has gotten by adapting its curriculum. Weddle was recently recognized as a Continuing Success school in Oregon for its consecutive years of gains in student achievement. “A huge part of our success is showing the connections,” Makjavich said. “Anytime there’s a word that’s similar or different we use that as a teaching point. We only need to learn to read once and having literacy in the student’s first language supports their ability to become literate in their second language.” Weddle has more than its share of challenges: 91 percent of the students hail from impoverished families; the entire 432-student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch programs; and more than a third are English Language Learners. When it comes to instruction, those challenges require a whole-student approach. “We are trying to break the cycle of poverty by letting them know we expect each of them to go...

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McNary seniors eligible for journo, poli sci scholarship

McNary High School seniors are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship established in memory of Steve Neal, a McNary graduate of 1967.  He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1971 and received a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1972.  Mr. Neal was a White House Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune during the Reagan administration and a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for 17 years.  He was the author of ten books, including “McNary of Oregon,” Tom McCall, Maverick,” and “Happy Days are Here Again.” The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating McNary senior who maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 through seven semesters.  Applicants must declare an intention to study journalism and/or political science.  Additional details are available in the McNary High School Career Center.  Applications are due May 11, 2012. For more information, call the school at (503)...

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St. Eds to host dinner & auction

St. Edward Catholic Church will holds its 7th annual dinner-auction on Saturday, May 12. “There’s No Place Like Home” is the theme for the event that raises funds for the church’s many youth programs. One of the highlights of the evening will be the raffle of a “The Wizard of Oz” quilt crafted by Mary Langevin. Tickets for the raffle will be $5; the winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $20 person; VIP tables are available at $250 each. Live and silent auctions will be on display for viewing during the dinner. For information contact Anna Keller at...

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