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D21 reports better scores

Dramatic gains in English language arts were made in District 21 in all tested grade levels, and Chenowith Elementary had particularly strong gains in all subject areas, state test results show.

TDHS boosts test scores

The Dalles High School students saw a sharp improvement in English language arts, with 16.8 percent more students testing at proficient levels in state tests last year.

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Snow leads to TD bus mishap

A school bus loaded with middle schoolers had to lock its brakes when it was cut off by another driver as it turned into the Wahtonka campus parking lot Thursday, and it slid into a fence, damaging both fence and bus.

D21 eyes tax issue

With a goal of putting a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot, the school district will soon begin reaching out to the community regarding new buildings.

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Refugee talk spurs students

Local students gained an appreciation for their own fortunate circumstances and empathy for the plight of refugees following a talk from the logistics chief of the United Nation’s refugee program.

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Enjoy a taste of Samoa

“Celebrating American Samoa,” a fundraiser set for this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, is a cultural showcase put on by local students hoping to visit Samoa next spring.

TDMS teacher’s aide jailed, charged

A male classroom aide at The Dalles Middle School was arrested last week and is accused of inappropriately touching two female students at school.

Police: Local clown threat a hoax

Police say reports are unsubstantiated and not credible about a possible clown attack Friday at local schools, but they will patrol the schools anyway, so students “are safe and also feel safe,” said The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore.

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Community ed classes start

Community education classes are starting up again this Thursday at Wahtonka Community School, with a range of classes from guitar to knitting to movie discussions.

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Sponsors help bring bullying speaker

With the help of sponsors, St. Mary’s Academy is bringing Jodee Blanco, billed as the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying speaker, to The Dalles for a daylong workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Anti-bullying speaker in The Dalles September 20

Jodee Blanco was bullied at school from the fifth grade on. An “old soul” who was different and didn’t fit in, she was beaten, stoned, teased, left out, and invited to fake parties as a set-up. Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who has taken the principles of her top seller, “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” to over 500,000 students at speaking engagements around the world and across the U.S. Her next stop will be in The Dalles, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Academy.

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Working, and growing, in the woods

Young crews trim trees, repair trails — and learn life skills

It’s been a busy couple of months for two teams of young adults planting trees and fixing trails in the Mount Hood National Forest.

D21 scores up

Year-end test results across the school district were mostly encouraging, and, in particular, officials are excited to release updated data on the high school in October.

D21 studies ‘long term’ bond option

With five aging schools to contend with, the school board is considering the idea of asking voters to approve a single, large, long-term “bond authority” that would give the district enough cash to eventually replace them all.

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Reliving the end of an era

Horsepower gives way to tractors with first annual Vintage Dufur Days

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