Spotlight on Success: World Champion Athlete Justin Devereux

Social studies teacher Justin Devereux won gold at the World Masters Weightlifting Championship last August in Montreal, Canada, setting the American record with a 370-pound clean and jerk, making him a back-to-back world champion. What an amazing feat!

When he’s not competing against the world’s best, Justin is working with his students at Crossler Middle School. Justin says that teaching is his number one priority, and he gets the same sense of satisfaction helping students reach their goals as he does reaching his own.

If it wasn’t enough that he is a world champion athlete, Justin is a US Marine and was on active duty from 2000 to 2004. He is an award-winning, published historian for an article he wrote about wolves in the Willamette Valley, and Justin also coaches young people in weightlifting at Capital City Barbell in Salem.

Justin received a lot of love when news of his world championship hit Facebook last August. Dozens of Salem families commented that their students studied with him at Crossler, and that he is a great teacher.

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Justin, on your amazing success that proves hard work pays off.

2019-10-21T12:27:27-08:00October 14, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs.

Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13, 2019|