Braille skills put to the test

8:42 p.m. February 26
Washington State School for the Blind students compete in national Braille literacy contest

Sonja Steinbach stood quietly at the front of the room as a group of blind students hammered away at their Braille typewriters.

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Bits 'n' Pieces: STEM, art students team to make night lights

10 a.m. February 27

View Ridge Middle School teachers Michelle Hankins, Sheila Davis and Tylor Hankins met over the summer to discuss possible collaborative projects, and one idea clicked with all three like a — well — like a light bulb going on.

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Elementary school girls practice table manners

10:17 p.m. February 27

Washougal — A group of Hathaway Elementary School fifth-grade girls took a special lunch field trip last week to Hearth, where they learned about table manners as part of the Young Women in Action program.

Local schools collecting prom formal wear

By The Columbian February 24, 2015 6 a.m.

High school students who attend Vancouver Public Schools will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost new or gently used formal wear and accessories for their school prom at "Dreams Coming Alive" from noon to 2 p.m. March 21 in the Hudson's Bay High School commons area.

Local nonprofit donates grant to Clark College culinary program

By The Columbian February 22, 2015 11:29 p.m.

Central Park — The Wine and Food Society of Clark County funded a $1,000 grant to benefit the Clark College culinary program.

Campus hosts '500,000 voices' meeting Thursday

February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County — Last autumn, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington released initial results of a regional opinion survey it had commissioned.

Art teacher molds students with her can-do attitude  

By Susan Parrish February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Art teacher Tanya Bachman does not allow her students to throw away unfinished work and start over with a fresh piece of paper. Her reason reaches far deeper than stretching a tight art budget.

Washougal schools career and technical education director to retire

By The Columbian February 21, 2015 9:54 p.m.

Washougal — Washougal School District Career and Technical Education Director Marsha Spencer announced she will retire at the end of the school year, ending a 37-year career in education.

School receives grant for teacher leadership program

By The Columbian February 21, 2015 9:52 p.m.

Battle Ground — River HomeLink recently received a $5,000 grant from the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

Middle school students rise to math challenge

By The Columbian February 21, 2015 9:45 p.m.

Battle Ground — About 50 teams of middle school students competed Feb. 7 in the third annual Southwest Washington Math Challenge at Chief Umtuch Middle School.

Camas pianist will perform with orchestra

By The Columbian February 21, 2015 9:44 p.m.

Camas — Union High School senior Daniel Rodricks was named one of six MetroArts Inc.'s Young Artists last month and will perform in a debut concert on April 7 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland.

Success in Schools: Oregon teaching English faster

By BETSY HAMMOND, The Oregonian February 21, 2015 6:11 p.m.

PORTLAND — Over the past six years, Oregon schools have become dramatically more successful at helping students from other language backgrounds master English within five or six years.

County mock trial teams qualify for state

By The Columbian February 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Three teams from Clark County high schools are eligible to compete in the state mock trial tournament in Olympia in March after winning in the annual district competition earlier this week.

Common Core standards widely misunderstood, research finds

By Scott Clement and Emma Brown, The Washington Post February 20, 2015 10:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misconceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution.

WSU Vancouver offers Noche de Familia

By The Columbian February 20, 2015 6 a.m.

VANCOUVER — Spanish-speaking students interested in attending Washington State University Vancouver are invited to Noche de Familia from 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 in the Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Influential video games to be displayed at Nouspace

By The Columbian February 20, 2015 6 a.m.

VANCOUVER — Influential video games will be on view March 6 through 28 at Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge inside Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St.

Trust announces nominees for Marshall leadership awards

By The Columbian February 20, 2015 6 a.m.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has released the names of eight Clark County residents who have been nominated for the Gen. George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and 35 Clark County high school seniors who have been nominated for the Gen. George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.

Official: Students not sickened intentionally

By Patty Hastings February 18, 2015 8:18 p.m.

McLoughlin Middle School administrators found no intentional wrongdoing among the 10 students who were sickened by a spicy Mexican candy last week, according to Pat Nuzzo, spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Schools.