Jump Start program gives kids a head start on kindergarten

5:52 p.m. July 29
Vancouver Public Schools' initiative is free

Some kindergartners are more ready to start school than others. Some attended preschool and have interacted with other children in a classroom setting. Some kids can write their first and last names and recite and write the alphabet. But others are not up to speed. Kindergarten Jump Start gives incoming kindergartners extra help to be ready to start school.

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Archaeology field school uncovers artifacts

6 a.m. July 24
Sites of spruce mill, barrel-maker's shop give up history during summer program

Vancouver's World War I spruce mill was a massive undertaking, and a lot of artifacts remain just below the surface.

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Vancouver schools chief gets $6,000 bump in pay

9:46 p.m. July 14
Board also narrowly OKs $7,400 cost-of-living increase

Vancouver Public Schools board members on Tuesday narrowly approved giving Superintendent Steve Webb a $6,000 annual raise, plus a $7,398.78 cost-of-living adjustment.

Candidates for Clark County council races face off

By Kaitlin Gillespie July 15, 2015 10:35 p.m.

There was standing room only at the Ridgefield Community Center as the candidates for two Clark County council positions and the Battle Ground School Board faced off.

Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press July 15, 2015 3:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

Vancouver Police Activities League holds free camp for Orchards Elementary kids

By Susan Parrish July 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Dribbling the basketball down the court, a boy passed the ball, but his teammate didn't catch it. The ball bounced out of bounds.

Washougal senior elected governor in American Legion program

By The Columbian July 15, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Washougal — Keira Stogin was elected governor at the American Legion Auxiliary Evergreen Girls State program, held in Ellensburg on June 14. Stogin, who will be a senior at Washougal High School in the fall, was one of 10 selected to go to the program from the Fifth District, of which Cape Horn Post 122 and Auxiliary Unit 122 are members. She was the first member of the Fifth District elected governor at Evergreen in 27 years. As governor, she will attend the American Legion Convention in Spokane from July 14-19, open one of the sessions at the convention and be recognized at the state banquet.

High schoolers win scholarships at singing competition

By The Columbian July 15, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Hudson's Bay — CAM Academy's Tirza Meuljic won the Independence Day at Fort Vancouver's Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition thanks to her rendition of "Popular." Skyview High School's Hannah Wilson performed "Something's Got A Hold on Me" and finished second, and Cedar Tree Classical Christian School's Mia Josberger finished third for her performance of "Defying Gravity." The competition was judged by a panel of musicians. The first-place prize was a $1,000 college scholarship and trophy. The second- and third-place finishers received scholarships of $500 and $250, respectively. All 10 finalists in the competition received a DVD of the show.

WSU student earns award for paper on race relations in Oregon

By The Columbian July 15, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Mount Vista — Washington State University Vancouver student Samantha Rintoul received the 2015 Library Student Research Excellence Award and a cash prize of $300 for her paper "Railroaded: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Oregon." To look at race relations, she studied two murder cases, one in 1932 during the Great Depression and one in 1943 during World War II. "Most people, myself included, would have thought that the more modern era would have seen a fairer trial for a black defendant, but it was actually better for the man during the Depression," she said in a release. Rintoul spent two months researching her paper and race relations nationally and in Oregon, using WSU Vancouver library and online resources, as well as the Oregon Historical Library archives in Portland.

Tools stolen from Habitat for Humanity trailer

By Patty Hastings July 14, 2015 1:48 p.m.

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools were discovered stolen Saturday from an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity construction site in east Vancouver.

Evergreen teacher arraigned on two counts of voyeurism

By Jessica Prokop July 10, 2015 7:42 p.m.

An Evergreen High School teacher whose arraignment hearing was set over from Tuesday to Friday was instead arraigned Wednesday on two counts of voyeurism, according to Clark County Superior Court records.

Vancouver iTech Prep hailed for engagement

July 10, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Vancouver iTech Preparatory is the recipient of the 2015 Student Engagement Award presented by the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Clark to use grant for financial literacy coach

By The Columbian July 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark College Foundation received a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington for a full-time financial literacy coach within Clark's Career Services department. The grant provides the money to upgrade an existing literacy coach from part time to full time. The ultimate goal of the grant is to break generational cycles of poverty.

Few opt elementary children out of new state tests

By Associated Press July 9, 2015 1:59 p.m.

SEATTLE — Complaints about the new statewide tests based on the national Common Core curriculum have been heard loudly on social media.

Study: Oregon school-test standards average to below-average

By BETSY HAMMOND, The Oregonian July 9, 2015 9:54 a.m.

PORTLAND — Oregon set average to below-average standards for how well its elementary and middle school students should read and do math, a new study says.

Patty Murray introduces fix for No Child Left Behind

By John Higgins, The Seattle Times July 8, 2015 9:20 a.m.

The U.S. Senate opened debate Tuesday on the best shot in years at a bipartisan fix for No Child Left Behind, the nation's widely criticized education law.

Therapy dog helps first-graders learn to read

By The Columbian July 8, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Ridgefield — Stephanie Frasier's first grade students at Union Ridge Elementary School had a rather attentive and furry visitor to help them practice reading: Bruno, a Munsterlander dog who participates in the Columbia River Pet Partners program. The program is a Vancouver-based organization that uses therapy animals to enrich people's lives. Jason Winters, a disabled veteran, brought Bruno to Union Ridge each Friday, and students' names were picked out of a jar so each student had a chance to read to Bruno. The students also used Bruno's visit to learn about therapy dogs. "This has become such a great opportunity to teach our students about compassion for animals and help Jason give back and be a part of his community," Fraiser said. "Most importantly, Bruno's visits give teachers another tool to get our students excited about reading."