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D21 to seek facilities survey

The school district will conduct a survey of the community to learn what its appetite is for building — and paying for — new facilities. The North Wasco County School District 21 board voted Thursday to proceed with a survey process, and named board members Kathy Ursprung, Ernie Blatz and Lori McCanna to a subcommittee to help work with a surveying firm to formulate questions for the wide-ranging survey.

Board hears bus complaint

A parent complained to the school board last Thursday saying a scheduled usage of school buses for an April 30 band trip was cancelled so a sports team could use them instead, and the woman said she was told it was district policy to do so. After doing some investigation into the matter, District Superintendent Candy Armstrong said there was a miscommunication and not an “intentional preference of athletics over band.”

Schools eye shared facility

Following a short executive session, the community college board voted Tuesday to have staff discuss a possible collaboration with the school district on shared facilities.

Colleges denied security funds

CGCC approves system replacements

New tool boosts student skills

Teachers at The Dalles High School are excited about encouraging early results from a new program that helps students express themselves better, both in classroom discussion and in writing. Called ELAchieve, the program was designed to help English learners become proficient in “academic” English. But the small group of high school teachers who volunteered to take the training realized many students, including those in poverty, could benefit from the program.

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Erikson named National Merit Scholar

Less than one percent of high school seniors earn the designation of National Merit Scholar and Ema Erikson of The Dalles High School is humble about receiving the honor.

District 21 reaches deal with teachers’ unions

The school district recently approved union contracts with its teachers and non-teaching staff, and a new element in both contracts is a monthly labor-management meeting to keep lines of communication open. The District 21 Education Association represents 176 teachers, said Randy Anderson, chief financial officer of North Wasco County School District 21 and its chief union negotiator.

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Student recognized for sportsmanship

Wahtonka Community School student Damon Spangle was given an award by a local gaming business recently. And it wasn’t because he’s some huge gamer, it was for how he conducts himself as a person. Oregon Trail Games, which is hosting Wagon Con, a first-ever gaming convention in The Dalles in April, wanted to “highlight a kid in our community who is living the Wagon Con ideals of sportsmanship and positive attitude,” said Aaron Bowman, a convention organizer.

Learning looks different here

Upon walking through the doors of Wahtonka Community School's main room and community space, something feels different.

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Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Dry Hollow kindergarten student Jolynn Griffith, center, sings a counting song to 100 as kindergartners school-wide prepare to celebrate their "100th day" in school with a parade.

TDHS awarded Nike funding

The Dalles High School will offer a new elective next year, thanks to a $30,909 grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund.

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CGCC okays roof replacement, core themes

The roof over the lecture hall in the main building of the Columbia Gorge Community College campus will be replaced and insulated.

Grassroots education Committee continues work

A smaller but dedicated group of people are continuing to work on ways to help the school district improve attendance, graduation rates and teacher morale.

TDHS announces additional honor roll

The Dalles High School has announced additional names for its first trimester honor roll.

D21 considers drop in enrollment

D21 considers drop in enrollment


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