Schools

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.

Washington Legislature cuts state tuition by 15-20 percent

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press June 30, 2015 2:10 p.m.

SEATTLE — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state's public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.

Fireworks prohibited on Vancouver school grounds

June 30, 2015 2:03 p.m.

Fireworks are prohibited on Vancouver Public Schools' ground and parking lots because of the increased fire risk this summer.

Seton Catholic High seeks permanent home

By Susan Parrish June 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Seton Catholic College Preparatory High School plans to break ground on a new school this fall. The new building is scheduled to open fall 2016.

Trades offer opportunities in Clark County

By JACK HARROUN for The Columbian June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

At a time when countless college graduates find that they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for educators and policymakers to re-examine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success.

Battle Ground school district makes administrative changes

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

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools has announced more administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year. Ron Hutchison will be interim principal at Pleasant Valley Primary School. He will replace Melissa Mitchell, who recently resigned.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Union High senior project leaves behind pair of aquariums

By Ashley Swanson June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Students at Union High School will be able to daydream by a miniature ocean, thanks to graduating senior April Fisher. For her independent study, she pitched the idea of creating and installing two 180-gallon saltwater aquariums in the school's environmental science and engineering building. One tank features a variety of colorful saltwater fish, and the other features living coral.

Summer book sale 'like being in a candy store'

By Susan Parrish June 26, 2015 6:16 p.m.

Isaiah Tsikayi, 9, was so excited he wanted to set his alarm for 5:30 a.m. Friday so his family could arrive early.

Hundreds of bilingual graduates earn new state seal

By John Higgins, The Seattle Times June 26, 2015 10:28 a.m.

High-school graduates who speak more than one language can now prove it with diplomas bearing Washington state's new Seal of Biliteracy.

WorkSource opens site at Clark College

By The Columbian June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and Clark College have entered into an agreement to have a WorkSource employee on-site at the college.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Opus School spreads student jams to east county

By Scott Hewitt June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Rob Melton wanted so badly to be a rock star.

Clark College seeks outstanding alumni

By The Columbian June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

The Clark College Alumni Association is seeking alumni who have contributed exceptional service to the college and the community and who have attained personal and professional achievement.

Battle Ground schools urged to weigh facilities bond measure

By The Columbian June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

The board of directors at Battle Ground Public Schools should consider bringing a bond measure to voters as early as February.

Special monitor appointed for Corinthian student debt

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press June 25, 2015 3:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Education Department appointed a special monitor Thursday to help develop a debt relief program for students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges — a debt forgiveness plan that could cost billions of dollars.

WSUV program sets talk on business succession

By The Columbian June 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Paris Powell, a valuation expert and succession planning leader at Perkins & Co., will provide an overview of succession planning for businesses at the next informational session hosted by Washington State University Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance.

Summer meal programs feed hungry kids

By Susan Parrish June 25, 2015 6 a.m.

The Kalahan kids sat around a table in the Fruit Valley Elementary School cafeteria eating lunch Wednesday.

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