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A 2019 state survey shows about 20 percent of Oregon 11th graders use marijuana, a rate unchanged from 2017, but one method of ingesting it, vaping, was up nearly 300 percent.

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The Dalles High School alumni currently attending college answer questions from current students in the school library during an annual panel at the school Thursday.

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The 2019 graduation rate for The Dalles High School was 81.5 percent, besting the state average of 78.7 percent but falling below the previous year’s rate, 85.3 percent.

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The Dalles Toastmasters Club and a speech contest Saturday, Feb. 8, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library in The Dalles. Also, The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will host his monthly “Second Saturday” gathering at Cousin’s Restaurant, 2114 W. 6th Street, The Dalles from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Candy Armstrong, District 21 Superintendent, will be the Mayor’s guest. The mayor invites all residents to come share their ideals and visions for the City of The Dalles.

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Reports of a child with a gun resulted in lockdown at Dry Hollow Elementary Monday morning at around 9:13 a.m. Police determined that the report was false, and the lockdown was lifted at about 10 a.m, according to school officials.

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This afternoon at approximately 12:43 PM, a gasket broke on the sprinkler system located in the gym at The Dalles Middle School, which caused the fire alarm to activate.  Students and staff were evacuated from the school and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue responded.  MCFR and District personnel were able to reset the fire alarm and are now working together to repair the sprinkler system.

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School board members had tough feedback Jan. 15 for proponents of starting a dual language immersion program, saying they liked the concept but the process felt rushed and lacked communication.

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A recent phone call has local boosters believing that The Dalles has made the top five for a chance to be featured on a TV show that would bring $500,000 in improvements to local small businesses.

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A long range planning process meant to generate a 10-year plan for D21 facilities netted a 15-year plan instead, one that calls for a new high school first, followed by replacing the three elementaries, starting with Colonel Wright.

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The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub has announced the recipients of STEM Educator Microgrants for 2019/20.

Recipients proposed ideas for innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math were selected by a committee from a competitive pool. Winning proposals demonstrated a focus on equity, expanding STEM opportunities, cost effectiveness and potential for lasting impact.

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A “coalition of concerned citizens” allege the Northern Wasco County District 21 superintendent’s office “failed to follow adopted school district policies” and “is involved in a cover-up to protect administrative staff from accountability” in removing Debbie Park as transportation services director in September, according to documents presented to the D21 board on Dec. 12.

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 Hoping to catch alumni while they’re home for the holidays, St. Mary’s Academy is holding a party for current and graduated students, staff and families this Friday, Dec. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Bargeway Event Center on the port.

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Christmas came a little early Friday at Chenowith Elementary in The Dalles as local car dealership Tonkin of The Gorge arrived to provide some early holiday cheer with each student receiving a set of Y-ties—curly, elastic, no-tie shoelaces—along with other holiday treats.

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In a fitting tie-in, The Dalles High School class of 2019 had a record 19 students recognized as AP Scholars, an academic distinction showing they passed at least three college-level classes.

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27 teams of students ages nine to 14 competed at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics tournament over the last two Saturdays, Dec. 7 at the Hood River Middle School and Dec. 14 at The Dalles Middle School.

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The Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking applications for the February 2020 Teen Poetry Slam. Funded by a grant from the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, submissions from teens throughout the Gorge are invited to participate in a three-day poetry workshop Feb. 22, 23 and 29, with a performance on Saturday, Feb. 29. 

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The Dalles High School has announced the honor roll for the first trimester:

Highest honors (4.0 gpa)

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The Dalles High School alumni currently attending college answer questions from current students in the school library during an annual panel at the school Thursday.

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Before a crowded audience, Colonel Wright Elementary staff members told the D21 school board Dec. 12 that plans to start a dual immersion program at the school next fall did not include staff, and that their questions have gone unanswered.

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