Rachel Alexander

Schirle PE teachers use cowbells, ugly sweaters, disco alter-egos to inspire

Christi Kurtz, a Schirle Elementary PE teacher, cheers a student on with cowbells during a jogging lesson on Nov. 7, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents, students and colleagues nominated 53 local educators for Crystal Apple Awards this year. The award, given annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognizes staff who make a[Read More…]

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Salem teen parents honor bus driver for inspiring them to graduate

Bus driver Terry Woods holds one-year-old Kash Bledsoe, one of his regular bus riders, at Salem-Keizer’s Teen Parent Program (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents, students and colleagues nominated 53 local educators for Crystal Apple Awards this year. The award, given annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognizes staff who make a[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will appoint budget committee members

The 2019-20 Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer school board members will fill two vacancies on the district’s budget committee at their meeting Tuesday night, picking from among 15 people who have applied for the volunteer role. Committee members serve three year terms and review the superintendent’s proposed budget[Read More…]

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Thousands more Oregon kids can attend free preschool next fall

Preschool students play in a Salem-Keizer classroom at the East Salem Community Center on Oct. 22, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Oregon will spend millions of dollars to allow thousands more kids to attend preschool next fall, including tripling the size of a free program for middle-income families. The money could[Read More…]

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West Salem robotics teacher wins presidential award

West Salem robotics and computer science teacher Greg Smith was honored with a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) There’s not much lecturing in Greg Smith’s class. Within the first 15 minutes, students are set loose to experiment with programming robots to pick[Read More…]

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At Hoover Elementary, fourth-grade students launch all-digital newspaper

Jared Vergara Santana writes down research questions for his newspaper article in the Hoover Elementary School library on Oct. 29, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A dozen fourth-grade students at Hoover Elementary School bent over papers, brainstorming questions they wanted to research for future news articles. They’re the youngest journalists in[Read More…]