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Closing the STEM gender gap

8:23 p.m. April 24
Clark College works to get more women in male-dominated studies, careers

Engineering student Veronique Johnson leads a group of three male students in solving an equation in Tina Barsotti's mechanics of materials class at Clark College. Of the 28 students in the class, seven students — or 25 percent — are women.

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Conference aids families of special needs students

2:03 p.m. April 24
Prairie High senior has overcome several obstacles

Settling onto the living room sofa in rural Battle Ground, Andrew Bither rattles off his passions: cooking, video production and pottery. He presents two of his favorite pottery pieces and then retrieves his tablet to share three videos he’s produced.

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Q & U: A match made in alphabet soup

6 a.m. April 24
Washougal kindergartners learn their letters through a mock wedding ceremony

I, Q, take you, U, to be my beloved letter, in queasiness and in quality. There’s plenty of fish in the sea, and there’s plenty of letters in the alphabet, but Q and U manage to find each other time and time again.

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No Child sanction not good news for local school officials

By Lauren Dake April 24, 2014 9:48 p.m.

The loss of a waiver freeing the state from many of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law means local schools will lose the ability to boost reading and math programs for some of their lowest-achieving students, district officials said.

Closing the STEM gender gap

By Susan Parrish April 24, 2014 8:23 p.m.

Engineering student Veronique Johnson leads a group of three male students in solving an equation in Tina Barsotti's mechanics of materials class at Clark College. Of the 28 students in the class, seven students — or 25 percent — are women.

Conference aids families of special needs students

By Susan Parrish April 24, 2014 2:03 p.m.

Settling onto the living room sofa in rural Battle Ground, Andrew Bither rattles off his passions: cooking, video production and pottery. He presents two of his favorite pottery pieces and then retrieves his tablet to share three videos he’s produced.

Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press April 24, 2014 3:17 p.m.

SEATTLE — Washington state is losing its independence to decide the best way to spend about $40 million in federal dollars to improve how students perform in its public schools, education officials said Thursday.

Q & U: A match made in alphabet soup

By Stover E. Harger III April 24, 2014 6 a.m.

I, Q, take you, U, to be my beloved letter, in queasiness and in quality. There’s plenty of fish in the sea, and there’s plenty of letters in the alphabet, but Q and U manage to find each other time and time again.

Camas robotics team heads for national championship

By The Columbian April 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Camas — Team Mean Machine, the robotics engineering team based at Camas High School, was a Dean's List Finalist during the recent District Robotics Championship held at Portland's Memorial Coliseum.Battle Ground's 4-H CloverBots — a volunteer-driven team without the school resources and sponsorships of some of the others, they point out — and Vancouver's StormBots also competed in Portland. The Camas team will head for the national championships in St. Louis this coming weekend.

Ridgefield students delve into human nature

By The Columbian April 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Ridgefield — Ridgefield High School students learned the ins and outs of right and wrong during recent lessons in philosophy, perceptions of morality and the nature of humanity.

A special Earth Day for Camas school

By Justin Runquist April 22, 2014 9:27 p.m.

CAMAS — Hundreds of students gathered outside Skyridge Middle School on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day with the completion of a new native plant garden.

Camas middle school named Green School Leader

April 22, 2014 8:53 p.m.

Liberty Middle School in Camas is one of three schools in the state named a Green School Leader by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Music faculty recital to raise money for Clark College lessons

April 22, 2014 8:51 p.m.

The Clark College Music Department performs in a faculty recital at 3 p.m. May 10 in the Penguin Union Building, Room 161, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The recital is a free, public event, but donations will be accepted for the Music Lesson Scholarship Fund.

Vancouver school district wins sustainability award

April 22, 2014 8:44 p.m.

Vancouver Public Schools is one of only nine school districts nationwide to receive the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. The awards were announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mike Boots, acting chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Washougal student files tort claim against school district

By Paris Achen April 22, 2014 5:48 p.m.

A Washougal High School student has filed a tort claim alleging the Washougal School District failed to protect her and other students from a math teacher with a history of inappropriately touching students.

Vancouver school board to talk international studies

By The Columbian April 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Members of the board of directors of Vancouver Public Schools will meet at 4 p.m. today for a work session to discuss the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.

Eagle Scouts

By Mary Ricks April 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Three Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review in March and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Skills Center keeps 3,500 pounds of e-waste out of landfills

By The Columbian April 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Image: Clark County Skills Center students recently collected 3,500 pounds of electronic waste to be recycled rather than dumped in a landfill. The teens in the center's IT System, Service and Support program held a donation drive this year to bring in computers and other e-waste to be tested and dismantled before being recycled by Earth Friendly Recycling. The Skills Center plans to hold another electronics collection event in January.

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