Middle schoolers' robotic arm design wins national competition

9:22 p.m. July 25

Lake Shore — The Jason Lee Middle School Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) team won first place at the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition.

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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.

Skyview students raise record total in annual Mr./Ms. Skyview Pageant

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Salmon Creek — The annual Mr./Ms. Skyview Pageant raised a record $94,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on April 25. The event signaled the completion of a three-month fundraising drive, where 30 students, split up into 15 teams of two, competed to raise money for the foundation. The pageant featured a talent portion, formal wear section and group performances. The $94,000 is the highest total raised in the history of the event, according to Sydney Miles, Skyview's senior class president and organizer of the event.

Spudders go for the gold at Olympics

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Ridgefield — Zombies and prisoners invaded the Ridgefield High School yard on June 5 for numerous vicious battles, duking it out in games of human bowling, dizzy T-ball and shaving cream shoot-off. It was all part of the school's annual Spudder Olympics, where students form teams and compete in a variety of games to celebrate the end of the school year. This year, a few teams coordinated outfits based on TV shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "The Walking Dead." The event is organized by the school's leadership class, and this year's event featured 200 students participating spread across 32 teams, according to a release from the school district.

Sen. Rivers takes school bus to Olympia with students

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Battle Ground — When Battle Ground Primary School fourth-graders hopped on their school bus to Olympia, there was an extra bus rider who knows the area pretty well: Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. On June 15, Rivers and the students traveled to Olympia so the students could tour the Capitol. In a release from her office, Rivers said she tries to meet with local students whenever they go to Olympia for a tour. "When I met with teacher Sandy Montecucco earlier this year, she asked if I'd like to come along on her fourth-grade class' field trip from start to finish," Rivers said in the release. "I was thrilled to have the opportunity today to see our state government and Capitol building with fresh eyes."

King's Way 6th-graders collect 771 books for shelter

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Hazel Dell — King's Way Christian School sixth-graders collected books from mid-April through May as part of a book drive for Open House Ministries, a family shelter in Vancouver. The students collected 771 books for toddlers up to teens, bringing some in from home, collecting from neighbors and even purchasing books to donate. On May 28, sixth-graders Sydney Agan, Ellie Dick, Sara Thudium and Stephanie Clark and their teacher Betsy Zoesch brought the books to Open House. "We were told that the books we gave to them will be added to the day care center in the shelter as well as the lending library, which is available for all the residents," Zoesch said in an email. "When the residents are ready to move into other housing, they will be able to take the books with them." She also added that this was the first time the sixth-graders have organized a book drive, and she hopes it becomes a yearly event, benefiting a different organization each year.

Peers help grad mourn father

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Shumway — Shane Lewis, a graduating senior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, got some special love and support from his peers and teachers on what was a great but terrible graduation day, June 11. That's because Lewis' father, also named Shane, died that morning — just a few hours before commencement — of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He was 42 years old. At graduation, "each kid gave my son a red rose and he got a standing ovation," grieving widow and proud mom Monika Lewis reported. "And the entire school is doing the ice bucket challenge" on its last day, she said. "They are being so supportive. VSAA is really an amazing community."

WSU medical school may be named for Floyd

By The Associated Press June 23, 2015 10:14 p.m.

Support is growing to name the new Washington State University medical school for Elson Floyd, the school president who died last weekend of complications from colon cancer.

Police: Images found on teacher's phone

By Jessica Prokop June 23, 2015 8:02 p.m.

An Evergreen High School teacher accused of inappropriately filming a student in class with his cellphone told police that he may have accidentally bumped the phone, activating its camera, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.

WSU med school may be named for Floyd

By Associated Press June 23, 2015 9:56 a.m.

SPOKANE — Support is growing to name the new Washington State University medical school for Elson Floyd, the school president who died last weekend of complications from colon cancer.

Evergreen High teacher arrested for alleged voyeurism

By Patty Hastings June 22, 2015 5:48 p.m.

An Evergreen High School teacher was arrested today for allegedly taking an inappropriate picture of a student with his phone.

WSU regents will soon begin process of replacing Floyd

By Associated Press June 22, 2015 11:26 a.m.

SPOKANE — The board of regents of Washington State University will soon begin the process of replacing school President Elson S. Floyd.

Clark Concert Band to play for Oakland A's

June 20, 2015 12 p.m.

The Clark College Concert Band, under the direction of Richard Inouye, will perform the national anthem at Sunday's baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. The first pitch will be thrown out at 1:05 p.m. at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Refugees, immigrants mark first graduating class from Seattle's World School

By Leah Todd, The Seattle Times June 20, 2015 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — Down a hot hallway in a mazelike brick building on Seattle's Capitol Hill, girls in full-length hijabs scurried past those in jean shorts and T-shirts. Outside, chalk messages scrawled in multiple languages celebrated the last day of class for 13 seniors who recently became the school's first-ever graduates.

Lunch Buddy trio, mentor break bread once more

By Susan Parrish June 19, 2015 7:56 p.m.

Steve Runyan and three old friends met Friday to talk over lunch at a reunion of sorts.

Campaign trail: Evergreen Schools

June 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Evergreen Public Schools director, Position 3: Victoria Bradford will have a campaign kickoff event at 6 p.m. Monday at the home of Shannon Beecher, 16004 N.E. Seventh St., Vancouver. School board members plan to attend the event.

Long road for single dad to Clark College degree

By Susan Parrish June 18, 2015 10:43 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — About 740 students crossed the stage to collect their diplomas at the 79th Clark College commencement ceremony Thursday night at the Clark County Events Center at the Fairgrounds.