Education



Student safety steps outlined by board

Over years of effort, officials have developed fine-tuned plans for responding to an emergency at any school in Wasco County. Emergency planning has been a longstanding endeavor in the county, but it took on a particular urgency and more of a school focus after a pair of tragedies in December 2012, Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the North Wasco County School District 21 board last week.

March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Yera-Cronin named next CGCC president

Florida educator Dr. Marta Yera-Cronin will be the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College. Yera-Cronin is currently vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College, Port St. Lucie, Fla. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Sarasota, Fla.

March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Civil rights probe worries officials

A state civil rights investigation of The Dalles High School, triggered by a gender imbalance in students enrolled in career classes, has the superintendent worried about costs to fix problems found. The two-day on-site investigation, which also included Wahtonka Community School, was comprehensive, including looking at handicapped accessibility issues, which are extensive at the aging high school.

March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


High school concepts unveiled

Citizens came up with three concepts for locating a new high school on the Wahtonka property last week, two placing it on the site of the current Wahtonka school and one going on the hillside across the street.

March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Students explore hands-on technology

STEM classes at The Dalles Middle School allow students to design and build working roller-coasters, bridges — even civil-war era technology. More than that, students learn how to see failure as an opportunity.

March 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Gorge powers Google Wind Challenge

Students from around the Gorge took part in the fifth annual Google Wind Challenge on Saturday, March 17 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. This year, more than 190 students from 16 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Students create ‘Ruination’

As school projects go, it’s perhaps on the unusual side, but “Ruination,” a new strategy game created by Wahtonka Community School students, has kept nine students busy for four months now. Freshman Brandon Pentz, 14, said he’s been so absorbed by the project that he’s even working on it after school, something he normally doesn’t do.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Committee meets to consider new high school plan

A new high school could have the same square footage as the current one, but with more efficient usage of space, would accommodate 25 percent more students, a consultant said last Thursday. At the first of four meetings of the high school master planning committee, architect and consultant Richard Higgins with BLRB Architects said better use of space would mean a new high school could accommodate 1,035 students, up from the 800 housed at the current high school.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


CGCC introduces candidates for college president

Dr. Leanne Frost is one of four finalists in the search for a new president of Columbia Gorge Community College and will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and on Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. Additional finalists will be introduced in the coming weeks: • Sara Thompson Tweedy will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Monday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and on Tuesday, March13, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. • Marta Cronin will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Thursday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and Friday, March16, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. • Paul Jarrell will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Monday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. The Dalles Campus lecture hall is located at 400 E. Scenic Drive, building 2, third floor. The Indian Creek campus is located at 1730 College Way, Hood River. Parking is free at both.

March 8, 2018 5:51 a.m. read more..
 

D21 seeks committee members

The D21 school board will recruit members for a bond oversight committee, a group that would, upon passage of a planned $235 million bond in November to replace most of the district’s schools, oversee expenditure of the funds.

March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD a top finalist for STEM grant

The Dalles is a top-15 finalist nationwide for a grant that could potentially hire two full-time employees to help bring hands-on STEM mentoring and projects to local students. The finalists were selected based on their potential for impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies and sustainability planning, according to US2020.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


BB gun incident sparks anger

Two parents told the D21 school board last week they were upset with how the district handled the discovery of a BB gun at the middle school and a student threat at the high school. A BB gun was found on a student at the middle school on Jan. 17. No notice was sent to parents because the district determined the student did not have intent to use it.

February 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD finds BB gun ‘no threat’

A BB gun was found in a student’s backpack at The Dalles Middle School a month ago, but school officials issued no notices to parents because it was determined not to be a threat, the superintendent said.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Parenting classes begin next week

The Dalles chapter of “Raising Highly Capable Kids,” a parenting course that teaches skills for supporting older kids, is launching its first two sessions this coming week. A Tuesday evening English class will begin Feb. 20, 6-7 p.m. in room 210 of The Dalles Middle School; and a Wednesday evening Spanish class will start Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m. in room 309 of Wahtonka School.

February 15, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..

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