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Day: September 25, 2014

School board approves $4.2 million in grants

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Grants totaling $4,236,700 were approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Most of this month’s grant funding comes from the Oregon Department of Education, the rest from the Chalkboard Project.

The largest grant, $2,553,300, is from ODE and is a continuation grant for the Head Start Oregon Pre-Kindergarten Program.  It will allow the district to serve 280 students in 14 classrooms for social and academic preparation for school.

The next largest, from Chalkboard, is $1,165,200, a continuation grant of the Salem-Keizer Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium Mentor Program. It will support mentoring of beginning teachers in Salem-Keizer and eight small school districts.

Also from ODE are five grants of $40,000 each, for expanded reading opportunities at the elementary focus schools of Four Corners, Grant, Richmond, Scott and Swegle; and $3,200 for the Educator Institute on Networking and Transition, to implement transitions that are consistent with state education goals.

The other Chalkboard grants are $235,000 for the Salem-Keizer Collaborative Teach Oregon Project, a continuation grant for partnership work with Corban and Western Oregon universities; and $80,000 as a sub-grant of the Teacher Incentive Fund multiyear grant.

In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, Janet Webster was honored for her many volunteer hours for seven years for her weeding and planting in the courtyard of Whiteaker Middle School. Standing with Webster during the presentation of the certificate were her daughter, Laura Perez, former Whiteaker principal, and Julia DeWitt, current principal at Whiteaker.

Contracts approved by the board included those for:

• Kevin Ohmart, less than half-time band teacher, McNary High School.

• Eric Schmit, advanced mathematics teacher, McNary; Gordon Ogo, orchestra teacher, Claggett Creek Middle School; and Joseph Zehr, English teacher, Claggett Creek – temporary full-time teachers.

• Dustin Williams, general music teacher, Weddle Elementary School, and Misty Connor, kindergarten English for speakers of other languages teacher, Clear Lake Elementary School – first-year probation part-time teachers.

• Sheli Wagers, science teacher, Claggett Creek, first-year probation full-time teacher.

The board approved the resignation of Jeanne-Ann Williams as a Clear Lake ESOL teacher.

Superintendent Christy Perry commented at the end of the meeting that she was impressed on her recent visit to the Keizer Rotary Club by the Rotarians’ praise of McNary athletic programs because of their emphasis on building maturity in students rather than on winning. She added that Mayor Lore Christopher and the City Council had urged her to meet with them several times a year.

Girls soccer downs Roosevelt 4-0, falters against Canby

Lady Celt Kolbie Kopp takes a shot in the game with Roosevelt High School Tuesday, Sept. 9.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Lady Celt Kolbie Kopp takes a shot in the game with Roosevelt High School Tuesday, Sept. 9. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

After a powerful home opener, a 4-0 win, the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team lost a contest to a dominating Canby High School team 9-0 Thursday, Sept. 11.

A raucous crowd in attendance for the Roosevelt game was the “12th man” for the team, said AJ Nash, McNary head coach. The teams ended the first half in a stalemate with McNary having made more attempts on goal, but never finding the back of the net.

“Our combination play in the midfield and speed of play picked up significantly (during the game),” Nash said.

In the second half, Isabella Heath, a sophomore, netted the first goal of the season for the Lady Celts after winning the ball on the attack an placing it into the left side of the net from 20 yards out. Five minutes later, sophomore Kolbie Kopp scored on an assist by Heath from six yards out.

Freshman Jessy Shore scored from 25 yards out in the 66th minute and Kopp netted the final goal of the game an assist by Shore that led to a breakaway run.

The Cougars turned the tables on the Celts two days later in a 9-0 thrashing.

“Canby was our first game on turf this season and it took us about 60 minutes to settle into playing on turf,” Nash said. “We were beat by a better team, and had a hard time finding an answer for one specific player in their attack.”

Nash said the team is adding a new formation to its line-up for deployment when facing teams like Canby in the future.

“It will add another defender in the mix and compress the field,” Nash said. He planned to debut the look in a game with Newberg High School past press time, Sept. 18.

For better or worse, neither game will have a lasting effect on the Lady Celts’ season. McNary’s first Greater Valley Conference contest is slated with North Salem on the road Thursday, Sept. 25.

The girls are currently 1-2 after losing a contest to Crescent Valley High School in its first game of the season on Sept. 4.

With more time in competition, Nash said there are strengths beginning to emerge.

“We are finding that we have a number of attacking threats in the midfield, and will be adjusting our formation to better fit our team’s strengths,” Nash said.

The Lady Celts’ next home game is Monday, Sept. 29, a rematch with Crescent Valley.