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Jade McDowell

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Dufur alumnus returns to inspire students

A motivational poster on the wall of the hospital gave Jake French words to live by after the accident that left him in a wheelchair: Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.

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When the jury letter arrives, it’s your duty

When Mohamed Mohamud was accused of trying to detonate a car bomb at Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting event, it wasn’t the FBI agents who arrested him, the attorneys who prosecuted him or the judge who presided over his case who ultimately decided whether he would be convicted.

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Small schools exceed diploma rate

Small rural schools often get overlooked in the discussion on education reform, but they frequently outperform their larger counterparts.

District 21 schools target graduation issues

Sixty percent of North Wasco County School District 21 high school seniors graduated on time with a regular diploma in 2012, and 12 percent more received a modified diploma or other alternative.

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They've found their match with Big Brother, Big Sister

A six-year-old boy wants to learn how to swim but has no one to teach him. An eight-year-old boy has been waiting two years for someone to do outdoor activities with him. A six-year-old girl who is “very enthusiastic and full of life” needs to spend more time outside her tiny apartment. Those children, along with about 25 more, are on the waiting list for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge. About 72 kids in Wasco County, Hood River and part of Klickitat County are currently being served.

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‘Talented and Gifted’ keeps kids learning

For gifted students who learn much faster than most of their peers, school can get pretty boring sometimes. To help re-engage those students and provide some extra enrichment to ensure they’re still learning, North Wasco County School District 21 has the Talented and Gifted program.

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Charitable stores worry over Goodwill

When a Goodwill Industries donation trailer showed up in The Dalles, it made those connected to local thrift stores nervous.

What does ‘readiness’ really mean?

If “kindergarten-ready” is the new buzzword in discussions about improving education, what makes a child ready for kindergarten?

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Is your child ready to learn? Wasco County ranks last in Oregon in kindergarten readiness

Increasing kindergarten readiness is vital to raising student achievement, according to educators at North Wasco County School District 21.

State issues childhood services report

In the latest step of the transition to a region-based approach to early childhood services, the state has released a draft report detailing the requirements to become a Community Based Coordinator of Early Learning.

Teacher evaluations on horizon for District 21

North Wasco County School District 21 is well positioned to start implementing teacher and administrator evaluations in 2013, according to The Dalles Middle School principal Pat Consoliver.

Advanced Placement scholars announced for 2012

Eight members of the Class of 2012 and nine current seniors at The Dalles Wahtonka High School have been given the title of AP Scholar based on the number of Advanced Placement tests they passed. The College Entrance Examination Board awards the title of AP Scholar every fall to students who have passed (with a score of at least three out of five) at least three advanced placement exams, earning college credit for those courses.

Chenowith student granted wish through foundation

The backpack that Mirella Barrera wears to school at Chenowith Elementary every day this year is not just a backpack to her.The bag is autographed by Victoria Justice — star of the Nickelodeon show Victorious, pop singer and an idol of Mirella’s.

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Author brings Babymouse to The Dalles

Matthew Holm creates comics with his sister

Elementary school students dragged their parents to Klindt’s Booksellers last week to get a signed book after author Matthew Holm visited local elementary schools on Sept. 19.

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