Friendship blossoms at Clark College

7:19 p.m. April 17
Annual Sakura Festival celebrates the blooming of 100 cherry trees on campus and the relationship between Vancouver and its sister city in Japan

Rainy weather moved Clark College's ninth annual Sakura Festival inside to Gaiser Hall on Thursday afternoon.

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Woodland trap shooters giving it their best shot

6 a.m. April 17
Trap Club popular at high school

Trap shooting is the third largest sport at Woodland High School, behind football and track, said volunteer coach Ben Musgrove, a La Center resident whose son attends Woodland.

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Skills center seeks homeland security teacher

5:58 p.m. April 15
Program set to open this fall and prepare students for a spectrum of safety work

With increased security measures affecting airline passengers, computer users and many facets of daily life, the demand for trained security personnel is growing.

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More School News

Clark College hosts Children's Dental Health Day

By The Columbian April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Several area organizations are providing free dental care to children without insurance.

Film screening focuses on life of LGBT seniors

By The Columbian April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

At Your Place Senior Care is presenting a free screening of "Gen Silent" at 3 p.m. Monday at Washington State University Vancouver in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Parking in the blue lot is $3.

Connecting with speed networking

By Susan Parrish April 18, 2014 10:32 p.m.

Friday's STEM speed networking event at Skyview High School was a homecoming for Jake Smith, 28, an optical engineer and a 2004 Skyview graduate.

Friendship blossoms at Clark College  

By Susan Parrish April 17, 2014 7:19 p.m.

Rainy weather moved Clark College's ninth annual Sakura Festival inside to Gaiser Hall on Thursday afternoon.

Woodland Primary School principal arrested on suspicion of assault

By Justin Runquist April 17, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Police arrested Woodland Primary School Principal Mark Houk today following an investigation into allegations that he physically abused a mentally disabled third-grade student.

District: Camas kindergartner found with ammunition on bus

By Emily Gillespie April 17, 2014 11:06 a.m.

A kindergartner brought four rounds of ammunition onto a Camas school bus Tuesday, according to the Camas School District.

School district told to pay $1.3M in stabbing case

By Associated Press April 17, 2014 10:09 a.m.

SEATTLE — Jurors have told the Snohomish School District to pay $1.3 million for negligence in failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.

24 schools in area earn state achievement awards

By Susan Parrish April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Twenty-four area schools are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners.

VSAA students polish Silver Buckle Ranch

April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Cora DeBarber, above from left, Rebecca Hembree and Eliana Farber were among 30 students from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics who swapped their artist paintbrushes for larger brushes and rollers at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie on Wednesday, when they painted arena walls and fences. Libby Templeton, right foreground, also participated in the schoolwide community service project, called the Day of Caring. The project allows all VSAA students to help in various ways around Clark County. The Vancouver Lowe's store, 11413 N.E. 76th Ave., and Valspar donated 15 gallons of paint plus a gift card for brushes and rollers. Silver Buckle Ranch is a nonprofit organization that helps youth improve mental, emotional and physical health while nurturing personal growth in life skills by performing ranch work and riding horses. Learn more at

Tour Sacajawea and Fort Vancouver schools

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, will lead a patron tour of district schools from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2.

Battle Ground High trumpet player wins pair of soloist awards

By The Columbian April 16, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Battle Ground: A Battle Ground High School trumpet player won soloist awards at two recent jazz festivals. Sophomore Steve Montecucco won awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in California on March 30 and the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York City on Feb. 16. Montecucco and other students traveled to the competitions with the American Music Program Jazz Band. Other Battle Ground trumpet players who attended the competitions include: Battle Ground High School juniors Mandy Quinn and Matthias Tyni, and Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth-grader Tyler Barnes.

Evergreen Public Schools keeps earning Energy Stars

By The Columbian April 16, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Evergreen Public Schools — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the Evergreen school district a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year "Sustained Excellence" award winner. It recognizes continued leadership in protecting the environment through a long-term commitment to energy efficiency. Evergreen Public Schools has been an Energy Star partner since 2009. The Partner of the Year "Sustained Excellence" award is EPA's highest Energy Star honor.

Evergreen school directors will gather at SEH America

April 15, 2014 8 p.m.

Three or more members of the board of directors of Evergreen Public Schools plan to attend a 3 p.m. Thursday tour of SEH America, 4111 N.E. 112th Ave. No official action will be taken by the board.

Drug take-back events planned for April 26

April 15, 2014 7:54 p.m.

Local law enforcement agencies are inviting the public to discard old or unwanted medication safely at a drug take-back event.

Digital poetry exhibit will open with lecture at library

By The Columbian April 15, 2014 7:52 p.m.

Creative media and digital culture students at Washington State University Vancouver have curated a showcase of digital poetry, "Anthropoetry: Modern Expressions of the Human Condition," that will be exhibited April 23-26 at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

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