Education

 

Community school charter approved

The D21 school board voted unanimously last Thursday to sponsor Wahtonka Community School as a charter school. Now comes the delicate work of the budgetary hand-over from the district to the new school.

June 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


‘Learning communities’ aid students

Attending college can be a challenge. Personal finance, time management, language barriers and life’s everyday stresses sometimes lead students to drop classes or quit college entirely. That’s where “learning communities” help make a crucial difference — students discover they don’t have to face these challenges alone

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


CGCC students may get tuition discount

Full-time students at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) may soon get a discount on tuition. The college proposes to incentivize full-time enrollment with the “15th Credit and Above Free” concept, under which the school would only charge a student tuition for their first 14 credit hours per term and any additional credits, up to 20 per term, would be tuition-free.

June 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Parents praise charter school plan for WCS

Shirley Harris could never get through to her academically struggling granddaughter, but the teachers at Wahtonka Community School could, she said in emotional testimony to the D21 school board last week. Now, her granddaughter is at the top of her class, and “she’s thinking about going to college.”

June 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Rutledge region’s Teacher of Year

Matt Rutledge, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Mosier Community School, was named 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year for the North Central region, receiving a $500 cash prize and a candidacy for Oregon’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

June 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Students sing for hospitalized kids

Gillian Wolf, who lives in The Dalles and is a junior at Hood River Valley High School, recently donned a Disney princess costume, and, with two fellow students also in costume, sang for kids at hospitals in Portland. The effort was part of Wolf’s extended application project, a requirement for each junior at Hood River Valley.

May 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


STEM hub wins $50K

The local Columbia Gorge STEM Hub won a $50,000 grant after being named a top-eight finalist in a nationwide competition aimed at improving technology access for students. It was the only candidate from Oregon to be named a finalist.

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


TD Game developers win big in competition

4-H students from The Dalles beat out middle school teams from across the state this month to take top awards in Game Design and Theme and Story at the 11th annual Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) Main Event. The event hosted 59 middle and high school teams.

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


Evans named TDHS principal

With the retirement of The Dalles High School Principal Nick Nelson, current Vice Principal Kurt Evans will move into the top slot on July 1. Evans, a native of Mosier who was a high school and college track athlete, began his teaching career in Portland and worked his way east, teaching in Cascade Locks for a few years before coming to the then-newly formed North Wasco County School District 21.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Students prepare to visit Miyoshi City, Japan

The Dalles Sister Cities Association is preparing to send a new delegation of 12 students and four adult chaperones to The Dalles’ sister city — Miyoshi City, Japan — in early July. To raise money, the association is hosting a “Jubilee for Japan” at the Sunshine Mill on Saturday, May 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Final high school design proposal unveiled

A compactly designed proposed high school, centered around a courtyard allowing natural light into classrooms, was unveiled to the final meeting of a master planning committee May 3. Architects were also able to fit all the requested sports fields on the 29-acre property at West 10th and Chenowith Loop.

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


CGCC nursing program gets boost

Nursing students starting at Columbia Gorge Community College next fall will enter a new program designed to meet changes in the industry and increase access to four-year degrees. The curriculum also allows students a seamless transition from community college to Oregon Health & Science and University, where they can take an additional year of coursework to earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing.

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


Marine moms take aim at D21 policy

Two Marines will not be allowed by school policy to wear dress blues to their June 9 high school graduation, but administrators have made some concessions to recognize their military service. The mothers of Zain Hartsook, 18, and Brayden Anderson, 17, believe their sons should be granted an exemption to the requirement that they wear traditional cap and gown to The Dalles High School commencement exercise.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


More help for grade schoolers

The school district is proposing adding six aides, two per elementary school, to contend with a notable increase in kindergarteners and first graders who are disruptive and unable to settle. Now, those kids are sent to the principal’s office, which is seen as punitive. The goal is to create a separate room in each elementary, staffed with an aide, where kids can go to calm down.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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