Michael Scheel, a DeSales Catholic High School social studies teacher, has been selected by the College Board's Advanced Placement Program and Educational Testing Service to be an AP reader in 2010. He will join nearly 11,000 select college faculty and AP teachers from around the world at five different sites in the United States to evaluate and score the essay and problem-solving portion of the AP European history exam. Michael teaches AP European history, European history and world history at DeSales, where he has been a faculty member since 1994. Advanced Placement Readers receive special training in the scoring standards used in evaluating student responses; interact with members of the AP Development Committee responsible for revising the AP course description and developing the exam; have the opportunity to discuss the current state of teaching and learning in the discipline; share teaching strategies and assessment with college faculty and AP teachers; and develop a network of professionals in their discipline. Being an AP reader offers a rare and enriching professional development experience and the opportunity to develop new teaching approaches and ideas through close interactions with a dynamic, diverse, and accomplished group of professional colleagues. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he regularly leads educational trips for DeSales students and parents to Europe during the summer, serves as an assistant track coach, and is active in the Campus Ministry and Retreat Program.
Several McLoughlin High School and Central Middle School band students attended the Oregon Music Educators Association District 6 Solo Festival March 6 at Eastern Oregon University. Sophomore alto saxophonist Lucas Simpson and freshman tenor saxophonist Glen Cunnington won first place on their instruments and received superior "1" ratings, qualifying them to advance to the State Solo festival at Linfield College May 1. Additional McLoughlin High School students who participated at the EOU festival were Michael Miller, piano II and alto saxophone II, Krystal Bliesner, clarinet II+, and Haylee Ledford, viola III. Additional Central Middle School instrumental soloists were Patrick Dunphy, tuba I, Jacob Chaney, baritone sax I, Atziri Jimenez, tenor sax II+, John Cogswell, vibraphone II+ and Braden Cunnington, tenor sax II.