Education



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..


Principal gets music award

The Dalles Middle School Principal Sandy Harris never misses a music performance by students at the school, and is always ready with a compliment for their work. For her ongoing support, she was awarded the Oregon Music Education Association Outstanding Administrator Award last month.

February 13, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..


Teacher contract settled

The teachers union for District 21 and the school board have agreed on a new two-year contract that provides a 2.2 percent cost of living increase this year. “We are very excited and feel like things went really well,” Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the Northern Wasco County School District 21 board last week.

February 8, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..


Wahtonka school seeks charter

Wahtonka Community School is venturing into the uncharted waters of becoming a charter school. Principal Brian Goodwin is unabashed about why: He wants to give the alternative school the budget protection offered by charter school status.

February 6, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


Ex-teacher accused of sex abuse

Robert Weems, 42, a former substitute teacher in School District 21 and a former track and wrestling coach at the middle school, was arrested Friday and is accused of having sex with a student. A grand jury indictment dated Friday, Feb. 2, lists charges against Weems of third-degree sexual abuse, first-degree official misconduct and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, all relating to the same victim. He was arrested in the 2400 block of East 11th Street.

February 6, 2018 1:09 p.m. read more..


Creating a safe refuge for kids

A new after-school program on Wednesdays — an early release day in the school district — at Wahtonka Community School is the brainchild of two sisters who are students there. Sisters Anyssa and Nevaeh Campos spent five years in foster care, three of them apart, in homes all over the state and even in Colorado. They don’t know if any of the kids in their program are also foster kids, but at any rate, they just wanted to create a place where kids could come and have some snacks, read some books and play some games.

February 2, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..


Better seating planned

The school district will loan portable bleachers to the chamber of commerce for its increasingly popular Cherry Idol event during Cherry Festival, the school board agreed on Tuesday. How many the chamber will need — and how many will fit in the space — will be decided soon.

February 2, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..


Private college professor now seated on local school board

The newest D21 board member brings a wealth of professional knowledge about education and boards, but her main motivation in seeking the position is that she’s a mom with kids in local schools. Bethani Studebaker, Ph.D., was named by the North Wasco County School District 21 board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation in October of longtime board member Carol Roderick.

January 25, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

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