Local "Green Eggs and Ham" event turns 20

5:15 p.m. February 25
Walnut Grove students dine on delicacy from Dr. Seuss book

First-graders at Walnut Grove Elementary donned striped Cat-in-the-Hat chapeaus and dined on a breakfast of green eggs and ham Wednesday morning during the annual breakfast celebrating Dr. Seuss, reading and family.

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All the right moves: La Center chess team wins league title

6 a.m. February 26

Calvin Tetzlaff isn't always comfortable jumping into conversations. There is at least one group, however, in which the La Center High School junior knows he can engage in a chat at any point, and that's on the school's chess team.

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Students sink their teeth into shark lesson

6:24 p.m. February 24
19-foot plastic replica part of presentation at Orchards Elementary

An enormous great white shark spotted in Orchards on Tuesday afternoon caused quite a ruckus.

Education fix could cost state $6 billion

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press February 17, 2015 10:06 p.m.

SEATTLE — The actual cost of the Washington Supreme Court's ruling on how the state pays for education could reach as much as $6 billion — double most estimates floating around the Legislature, lawmakers and state officials say.

Honor Bands to prepare concert for Saturday in Hockinson

February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

HOCKINSON — The Hockinson Band Program will host the Second Annual North County Honor Bands event Feb. 20 and 21 at Hockinson Middle School and Hockinson High School. The event will culminate with a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hockinson High School Auditorium, 16819 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie.

Clark College department, program name changed

By The Columbian February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver — Clark College has changed the name of an established business assistance program, saying the new name and program improvements reflect the college's desire to meet the better serve Southwest Washington businesses and "community learners."

Tour of McLoughlin, Jefferson schools set

By The Columbian February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Parents and community members can register for a free patron tour of McLoughlin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 13. Hosted by Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb, the tour begins and ends at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Road. Transportation is provided between schools.

Business After School: Students exposed to in-demand careers

By Susan Parrish February 16, 2015 9:38 p.m.

Many industries, including the rapidly expanding drone industry, will be woefully short of qualified engineers, machinists and other technical professionals in the next five to 10 years as older employees retire and labor needs outpace trained workers.

New charter school application season begins

By Associated Press February 16, 2015 12:42 p.m.

SEATTLE — A new application season has opened for charter schools in Washington state.

Ear buds, computers needed for new standardized tests

By KIMBERLY HEFLING and JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press Writers February 16, 2015 12:41 p.m.

STOCKPORT, Ohio — Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech savvy. She has a computer at home unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she'll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards.

Unified Sports: Authentic competition, plus lots of hugs

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 8:49 p.m.

Daniel Barich, 18, made a 3-point shot for Fort Vancouver High School's Special Olympics Unified basketball team. His mom, Trish Smith, captured it on video on her smartphone.

Washougal, Hockinson bond measures pass

By The Columbian February 13, 2015 6:48 p.m.

With the last outstanding votes from Tuesday's special election apparently counted, multimillion dollar construction bond measures for Washougal and Hockinson schools have passed.

White House denounces GOP schools bill

By Associated Press February 13, 2015 11:42 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday pushed back against House Republicans who want to limit the federal government's role in education.

Cougs to help at Habitat store improvement day

By The Columbian February 13, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Cougs in the Community, a volunteer group organized by Washington State University Vancouver, will join Habitat for Humanity for a store improvement day. Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 S.E. Second St. The cleanup ends at noon.

Washougal, Hockinson school bond measures passing in latest count

By The Columbian February 13, 2015 5:59 a.m.

After the latest vote count from this week's special election, multimillion-dollar construction bond measures for the Washougal and Hockinson school districts are passing, with few ballots left to process.

Sickened children return to McLoughlin Middle School

By Patty Hastings February 12, 2015 10:37 p.m.

Eight of the 10 McLoughlin Middle School students sickened by a spicy Mexican candy Wednesday returned to school Thursday.

Smarter Balanced tests demand more of students locally, statewide

By Susan Parrish February 12, 2015 10:24 p.m.

This spring, students throughout Clark County and across Washington will take a new standardized test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Eleventh-graders and students in third through eighth grade will take the new math and English language arts tests aligned to the Washington State Learning Standards.

Washougal leaders join together in opposing oil terminal

By Justin Runquist February 12, 2015 8:46 p.m.

Washougal's elected officials and school district leaders are presenting a united front against the increase of crude oil train traffic through the small city.