Author: Derek Wiley

McNary to reward positive behavior

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School is pushing a more positive behavior system, where instead of only focusing on the students who are doing something wrong, kids will be rewarded for making good choices. The system, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), was brought to McNary by former assistant principal Jay Crystal. But new assistant principal Dan Borresen wants to take it to another level. “It’s a system that takes several years to put into place and get kids to buy into,” Borresen said. “He (Crystal) started it and we’re just tweaking it and adjusting it...

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Volcanoes to celebrate eclipse with BrewFest

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When news got out that the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were going to be the first professional sports team to delay a game for an eclipse, NASA was so impressed that they decided to send six scientists from all over the country. On Monday, Aug. 21, gates to Volcanoes Stadium will open at 5 a.m. Breakfast will then be served for $10  from 6 to 9 a.m. From 6:30 to first pith at 9:35 a.m., NASA will give six different presentations. The Volcanoes will play one inning of baseball before delaying for totality of the...

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McNary hosts volleyball camp

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Crystal DeMello’s first volleyball camp at McNary didn’t look like a program in transition with its third head coach in three years as more than 50 high school girls packed the gym floor. “It’s exciting to see the girls ready to join a program and have the seniors lead a program,” DeMello said. “Great leadership starts with a great program and they’re setting the tone and the pace. I love having that from the returners to the incoming freshmen.” DeMello noted the participation has been strong all summer as 30 girls consistently attended...

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McNary bonds at AVID Summer Institute

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary principal Erik Jespersen, athletic director Scott Gragg and 17 teachers spent July 25-27 at the AVID Summer Institute in Denver preparing for the 2017-18 school year. “It was just a great opportunity for more of our staff members to understand AVID strategies and be able to apply them for their instructional practices for next year,” Jespersen said. McNary has attended the summer institute for three years in a row. Sixty-six staff members have been trained in AVID with the goal of ultimately getting to 100 percent. “In addition to teachers that actually...

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Scholars simulate Mars mission

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Brent Preston, of Keizer, was just one of 12 local students to participate in the inaugural Oregon Washington Aerospace Scholars Sophomore Experience. The three-day camp, which took place July 30-Aug. 1 at Garmin Industries in Salem, gave scholars the opportunity to design a plan for a future robotic mission to Mars. The students were split into four groups—engineers, science, finance and public relations. Preston was placed on the finance team, which had to determine why the mission should be funded, who is paying for it and what the money would be spent on....

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