CGCC approves system replacements
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon walking through the doors of Wahtonka Community School's main room and community space, something feels different.
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.
The Dalles High School will offer a new elective next year, thanks to a $30,909 grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund.
The roof over the lecture hall in the main building of the Columbia Gorge Community College campus will be replaced and insulated.
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.
The Dalles High School has announced additional names for its first trimester honor roll.
D21 considers drop in enrollment
Looking forward to the upcoming budget process for the 2016 /17 fiscal year, the cost and process of a possible national search for a new college president was discussed by the board at its January board meeting. That issue was raised because President Frank Toda has entered the second year of a two-year contract. No decision has yet been made as to whether or not his contract will be extended.
Following an executive session, the school board Wednesday reached a consensus to pursue talks with the community college on a “facilities concept.”
The new trimester schedule at The Dalles High School has delivered on expectations, with increases in attendance and grades and drops in discipline issues.