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Susan Parrish

education reporter

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Recent Stories

Hands-On Instruction at HeLa High School

By Susan Parrish March 5, 2015 8:27 p.m.

While nursing student Chelsea Smith was taking her patient's blood pressure, she asked him, "Do you have any pain today?"

Local "Green Eggs and Ham" event turns 20

By Susan Parrish February 25, 2015 5:15 p.m.

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.

Students sink their teeth into shark lesson

By Susan Parrish February 24, 2015 6:24 p.m.

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

Art teacher molds students with her can-do attitude  

By Susan Parrish February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Art teacher Tanya Bachman does not allow her students to throw away unfinished work and start over with a fresh piece of paper. Her reason reaches far deeper than stretching a tight art budget.

Battle Ground students look skyward at paper lanterns

By Susan Parrish February 18, 2015 6:34 p.m.

BRUSH PRAIRIE — Battle Ground students stood in a field and looked skyward Wednesday morning. While one student held a paper Chinese lantern, another attached a paraffin wax block to the string underneath the lantern. Being careful to not catch the lantern on fire, the student ignited the wax with a lighter. As the lantern filled with hot air, it began to rise.

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.

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.

Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Clark County

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 7:34 p.m.

Children wearing silky red and yellow long tunics called ao dai beat cymbals, drums and gongs on the stage to begin the Lion Dance.

Two motorcyclists crash near Vancouver Lake

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 1:05 p.m.

A motorcycle crash at 10:24 a.m. today west of Vancouver Lake sent one man to a local hospital with a possible broken leg.

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.

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