Day: July 16, 2014

At-risk students make unexpected gains in transition school

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jesus Monrroy had a leg up on his classmates when he started at McNary High School as a freshman three years ago. “I had the discipline to get assignments in on time. The bell schedules were also a big part of it because you want to get to class on time,” Monrroy said. “I saw friends who didn’t do the transition school getting to class late and they weren’t as organized.” Monrroy credited taking part in the Celtic transition school program that takes place five weeks each summer with instilling a focus classmates lacked. He was back last week as a transition school volunteer earning community service credit. Students participating in transition school take writing and math courses along with some high school planning courses and can earn up to a half-credit in electives and another half-credit in English. Along the way, they meet fellow students and teachers who might become the anchors they need to stay connected and engaged in the school. Sean Murray, a special education case manager and English teacher at McNary, leads the program each summer and recruits students from Claggett Creek and Whiteaker Middle School who teachers and administrators feel might be at-risk once they get to high school. Several factors, including testing scores, attendance, behavior and housing status, are used to determine potential high school success....

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Offense no problem for Salem-Keizer as vets take field

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes July 1: Vancouver 8, Volcanoes 4 The Canadians hammered Salem-Keizer for seven runs on eight singles, two doubles, two walks and three steals in the first four innings. Volcano starter Ethan Miller allowed six runs on two hits in three innings to take the loss. Dusten Knight followed him on the mound and gave up a run in two innings; then Armando Paniagua allowed a run in three. Christian Arroyo and Shilo McCall were the only productive Volcanoes, each with three hits.  Arroyo hit his second home run of the season with the bases empty in the ninth inning and had two singles, driving in two runs and scoring one. McCall hit a double and two singles and scored twice. McCall doubled and scored on Arroyo’s single in the third. Brett Kay singled Geno Escalante home in the eighth. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the winning pitcher in relief. July 2: Volcanoes 6, Vancouver 1 The Volcanoes, especially Geno Escalante, found their bats and kept the Canadians from sweeping the series. It was a 1-1 game until the fifth inning, when Salem-Keizer scored three times. Will Callaway singled, Craig Massoni walked, and Callaway scored on an error that put Travious Relaford, who had bunted, on first. Escalante singled Massoni home and was thrown out trying to make it a double, but Relaford went to third on...

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