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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 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 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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This article is the first of two and considers The Dalles High School mascot and the city-owned swimming pool. Part two will look at the Granada Theater, the destruction of Celilo Falls and the exclusion of Native Americans from local businesses.

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A man angrily pounds his hands on a desk, insisting he’s Jesus.

A confused elderly woman tries to get into a house that’s not hers...And someone calls the police.

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The Dalles Civic Auditorium will hold auditions for its first Youth Theater production, “Honk Jr., the musical,” an “Ugly Duckling” story, on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 3. Auditions are open to all area students in third through sixth grades and will be held at the Civic Auditorium. Children must register for an audition spot by calling Gail at 360-880-6642, Nancy at 509-767-1195, or Susan at 541-419-3389.

“Easy, simple auditions” are planned, said Gail Farris,

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The Dalles High School officials reported to police Nov. 14 they believed a student brought a THC vape pen to school, which resulted in two other students being hospitalized, according to police logs. THC is the main active ingredient of marijuana.

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Students in a construction class at The Dalles High School are learning the basics of home building, on a small scale, and their work product—two large playhouses—will be for sale to the public around Thanksgiving.

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Two community input meetings are set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, to gather information from the public regarding the qualities of the next superintendent of School District 21.

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North Wasco County schools saw overall positive results with the release of the state report card, with D21 seeing increases in four of five key measurements: K-2 regular attendance, 8th grade math scores, third grade reading scores and on-time graduation.

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