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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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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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The North Wasco County School District 21 board met Oct. 4 and formed its top three qualifications for the next superintendent.

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Grants for $1,679 (671 books) and $1,276 (510 books) have been awarded to Oregon Child Development Coalition and Family Services/The Next Door in The Dalles by the First Book/Wasco County advisory board, according to a press release.

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The Dalles High School is developing its seventh career-oriented program, health occupations, which will put it on par with Crook County High School in Prineville for the most such programs in the region.

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It would cost $70 million to repair D21 schools, and $257 million to replace them, an architect leading a long range facilities planning process for the school district said Tuesday.

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With the largest state investment in education in 30 years comes high expectations, D21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the school board Sept 26. If results aren’t achieved, she said, the money will dry up.

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Solea Kabakov was named to the D21 school board in a 4-2 vote Thursday, selected from a field of four candidates that was narrowed to three when Brian Stevens announced that he had to drop out because he was employed by the district as a coach.

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Three more people applied Thursday for the open Zone 5 position on the D21 school board. They include Josh Farris, who ran for the post in May and lost, Brian Stevens, and John Grant. They all applied the day before the application period ended. Solea Kabakov filed earlier.

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A majority of respondents to a recent survey by School District 21 said the areas most needing improvement were providing mental health services to students, achieving smaller class sizes, and getting more K-12 funding.

The survey of 237 people also found respondents wanted improvements in providing safe facilities for learning and activities, and community and parent engagement.