Ridgefield earns grant for female STEM students

5:59 a.m. April 29

Ridgefield — View Ridge Middle School science teacher Matthew Whitton worked with Vickei Hrdina, regional science coordinator for Educational Service District 112, to win a Math and Science Partnership grant provided by the state to encourage young girls to become more engaged in those subjects. The grant will look to increase girls' involvement in those classes, as well as in the science, technology, engineering and math program. Whitton surveyed teachers in the district to see how they thought girls participated in their classes, and the teachers themselves asked students for their thoughts on being females in the STEM program. State funding for the projects total $1.9 million, to be split among the seven grantees, and awards, which have not been determined yet, range from $500,000 to $1.5 million, and will be distributed during the course of the three-year grants.

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At some colleges, it's Brew Your Own Beer

6 a.m. May 1
Schools strive to help students find careers in craft brewing industry

POMONA, Calif. — A bachelor's in beer? A master's in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.

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Therapy dogs calm stressed Cougars at WSUV

6:26 p.m. April 28
Visit during week before final exams aimed at relieving stress

Albert lounged in the grass next to the quad at Washington State University Vancouver, panting as his tongue stretched out of his mouth.

Many 8th graders score poorly on U.S. history, civics exam

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press April 29, 2015 11:26 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Time for another history lesson.

Mountain View dance team performs at Disney

By The Columbian April 29, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Mountain View — The Mountain View High School dance team met Goofy and entertained guests when they traveled to Florida to participate in the Disney Performing Arts Program. The group performed on Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney, and participated in a "Disney Dancin' " workshop where a professional Disney dancer taught the students techniques to help maximize their rehearsal time and deliver a focused performance. This was Mountain View's fifth time participating in the program, and the band is directed by Betsy Schott.

Gause students celebrate Earth Day with science night

By The Columbian April 29, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Washougal — Gause Elementary School hosted Family Fun Science on April 22, turning the cafeteria and gym into science labs full of experiments and discovery. Different stations allowed students and parents to experiment with the forces of gravity, build and toss paper airplanes, construct paper skeletons, examine plastic human organs, learn about the ecosystem at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge and make Oobleck, a mix of water and cornstarch that acts as a liquid while being poured and as a solid when a force is acting on it. There was also an eruption of Mount Gause, a large model volcano. Wendy Morrill, a learning assistance program teacher, said it was the first Family Science Night Gause has hosted in several years, and that the school wanted to give students a hands-on way to celebrate Earth Day. "I overheard many students saying to their families, 'Science isn't as boring as I thought,' " Morrill said in a release from the school. "Families were having great conversations about making predictions or explaining why something happened in the activity."

New school official in Washougal

By The Columbian April 29, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Washougal — The Washougal School District hired Laura Miltenberger as its new curriculum director. Miltenberger will take over starting July 1, when the current director, David Tudor, takes over as principal of Hathaway Elementary School. Miltenberger is currently in charge of curriculum instruction and assessment for the Pendleton School District in Pendleton, Ore. In a release from the district, Miltenberger said it was hard to leave Pendleton, where she spent the last 30 years, but she was convinced to take the Washougal job after meeting people in the district during the interview process. "A strong sense collaboration centered around the importance of working together as a team to support the whole child was very evident," Miltenberger said of Washougal in the release. "It is clear that everyone in this district works as a strong team to achieve the best outcomes for all students."

Some local teachers' unions to vote on one-day walkout

By Susan Parrish April 28, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Fed up with inaction by state legislators to fully fund basic education, some teachers' unions in Clark County school districts are taking resolutions to their membership for a one-day walk out on May 13.

Sedro-Woolley School Board deems teacher's strike 'illegal'

By Associated Press April 28, 2015 11:19 a.m.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A northern Washington school district has declared a planned teachers union strike illegal, but that won't stop the planned rally.

Clark College celebrates Latino culture, literacy

By The Columbian April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark College invites the community to an evening of free, family activities celebrating Latino culture and the value of literacy from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Union High School students debate in N.Y.

By The Columbian April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Union High School students will compete for a $10,000 grand prize in a national debate competition in New York City on Saturday.

Hockinson High School alumnae in Nepal during quake

By Patty Hastings April 27, 2015 9:47 p.m.

A pair of friends with ties to Clark County were volunteering in Kathmandu, Nepal, when the magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck.

Proposed local charter school files notice

By The Columbian April 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver — The Washington State Charter School Commission has received eight notices of intent to apply from eight nonprofit organizations. One was from a proposed charter school in Clark County.

Gov. Jay Inslee, thousands of teachers rally at Capitol

By DERRICK NUNNALLY, Associated Press April 25, 2015 2:44 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Thousands of teachers and their supporters crowded the steps of the Washington state Capitol's legislative building for a rally Saturday morning to call for teacher pay raises, smaller class sizes and less standardized testing.

Proposed Vancouver charter school files notice

April 25, 2015 6 a.m.

VANCOUVER — The Washington State Charter School Commission has received eight notices of intent to apply from eight nonprofit organizations. One was from a proposed charter school in Clark County.

Fake bomb 'Promposal' gains national notoriety

By Justin Runquist April 23, 2015 9:07 p.m.

All Ibrahim Ahmad wanted was a date for the prom, but instead he found himself with a five-day suspension and national notoriety.