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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Washougal High to mark a century of schooling

6 a.m. April 15
Graduates from 1931, '58 reflect on their early days

The end of this school year marks a major milestone for Washougal High School: the 100th anniversary of the school's first commencement.

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Vancouver teacher, family, visit the president

6 a.m. April 10
He reads students' 'I will' statements

A Vancouver teacher and her family with West Wing connections met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on April 4.

19-year-old injured in fall at UW fraternity

By Associated Press April 8, 2014 9:55 a.m.

SEATTLE — A 19-year-old who apparently fell from a window at University of Washington fraternity was found by his friends bleeding in an alley.

Mock trial puts forest fire scenario to the test

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Ridgefield — Who is guilty of starting the forest fire? Not those two college students, it turns out. During a mock trial, elementary students in Ridgefield's Highly Capable Program took on the roles of judge, attorneys, courtroom bailiff, suspects and witnesses — including two youngsters who, properly interrogated, would have revealed that they sparked the — fictitious — fire by cooking pine cones in a leftover fire pit. Students from other classes were the jury. "The students act out each role, sometimes multiple roles, so this trial provides additional challenge by causing students to think about the perspectives of people from different walks of life," said teacher Ana Hochhalter. Sixth-grader Nate Scullard-Bender volunteered to be prosecutor because, he said, "I've been told by a lot of people that I'd be a great lawyer." Fifth-grader Claudie Miller, the defense attorney, retorted: "My favorite part of preparing for the trial was coming up with the questions and telling Nate he was going down." In the end the class couldn't quite determine the cause of fire, but failed to convict the two college students for lack of evidence.

Enrichment fair teaches variety of skills

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Hazel Dell: Hazel Dell Elementary School's Enrichment Fair on April 3 taught kids a variety of skills, including classes on panning gold, drawing pictures and making tortillas. More than 450 kids and 120 volunteers participated in the day of entertaining education that included 35 activities.

Community to salute military-bound seniors

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

The community will salute 275 high school seniors headed into military service at 1 p.m. April 26 at Skyview High School.

Clark College Sakura Festival is April 17

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College’s Sakura Festival on April 17 will honor the friendship between Vancouver and Joyo, Japan, Vancouver’s official sister city. The free, public festival will begin at 1 p.m. at the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden adjacent to the Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be in Gaiser Student Center.

PAL Patrol: Students enjoy face time with police

By Patty Hastings April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

"I think it's loaded," Vancouver police Detective Adam Millard said.

WSU Vancouver to host networking workshop

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Current Washington State University Vancouver students, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a Networking 101 workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Jemtegaard student wins run/walk logo contest

By The Columbian April 7, 2014 8:04 p.m.

A Jemtegaard Middle School girl's design skills helped her win a Washougal Schools Foundation art contest to find a logo for its annual fun run, the Student Stride for Education. Eighth-grader Taylor Grasseth's drawing of the Stride Cat mascot won her that honor, and she was honored at a March 28 assembly. Taylor is a student in Gabrielle Iverson's advanced art class. The Student Stride for Education, a 5K run/walk, will be held May 17 at Washougal High School's Fishback Stadium.

Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

By By JIM KUHNHENN April 7, 2014 1:03 p.m.

President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the “in-demand jobs of the future.”

Local sudents to give new test trial run

By Susan Parrish April 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? Try to solve this math problem: Five friends ordered 3 large sandwiches. James ate ¾ of a sandwich. Katya ate ¼ of a sandwich. Ramon ate ¾ of a sandwich. Sienna ate 2/4 of a sandwich. How much sandwich is left for Oscar?

Kindergarten sign-up in Battle Ground set April 14-17

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

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground School District primary schools are registering next year's kindergartners from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. April 14 to 17.

Evergreen schools recognized by EPA

By The Columbian April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

For the fifth consecutive year, Evergreen Public Schools has been awarded an Energy Star Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Sustained Excellence Award will be presented April 29 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Clark College celebrates Arbor Day with trees, tech

By The Columbian April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College will celebrate the natural and digital worlds at its Arbor Day event at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, just south of Cannell Library.

April 14-25 is sign-up for kindergarten class in La Center

By The Columbian April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

LA CENTER — Kindergarten registration for families living in the La Center School District is between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 14-25 at La Center Elementary, 700 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Climate, energy policy specialist at WSU Vancouver event

By The Columbian April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Eric de Place, policy director at Sightline Institute in Seattle, will address climate and energy policy from noon to 1:15 p.m. and again from 1:25 to 2:40 p.m. Thursday at Washington State University Vancouver.