Stories by Susan
After the last school bell of the year rang Tuesday at Daybreak Primary School in Battle Ground, doors were flung open and 620 gleeful students erupted, transforming the calm into jubilant chaos.
Program has one year left on five-year federal grant
Four years ago, the wetland below Gaiser Middle School was being choked by invasive plants and garbage carried by stormwater runoff.
Camas man has upgraded skills twice through college
Ken Hill knows how to turn adversity into an opportunity. In the recession-riddled economy, his skill at returning to college to learn new skills has served him well.
Senator visits Vancouver program, listens to stories of how efforts get children ready for school
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray touted the Ready to Learn Act and the importance of early childhood education Friday during a visit to Vancouver.
Second special session will cost Vancouver estimated $78,000
If state legislators don't pass an operating budget within the next week, their failure to do so will cost Vancouver Public Schools an estimated $78,000, the equivalent of one full-time teacher, said Steven Webb, the district's superintendent.
High schoolers must satisfy increasing number of requirement diploma
Thirteen days before his graduation from Heritage High School, senior Gabriel Morales, 17, was told he wouldn't be graduating, after all.
Battle Ground Public Schools board members announced they are likely to use a professional search firm to find a replacement for Shonny Bria, the superintendent who is retiring June 30.
Over the next two weeks, students in Clark County's 10 school districts will be released for almost every kid's favorite time of year: summer vacation. But there are at least a few days left -- check this list to be sure of how many.
Co-workers fete director of Clark County Skills Center and the school's outdoor challenge leader
Laughter echoed from the stand of evergreen trees behind the Clark County Skills Center early Thursday morning as staff members stood in a circle playing team-building games led by Paul Haack, the outdoor challenge course instructor. Standing in the circle and laughing along with his staff was Dennis Kampe, director of the Skills Center.
Marlene McPherson sees common thread among students over the years
After 44 years of teaching -- all of them at Walnut Grove Elementary School -- Marlene McPherson is retiring.
Rhona Sen Hoss will become the next executive director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools under an agreement between the foundation and Vancouver Public Schools. Her appointment is subject to approval by the boards of directors of both organizations. Sen Hoss will start the position July 1. She replaces Tara Taylor, who led the foundation for three years.
6 local teens take roads less traveled
There have been easier times for graduating high school seniors. College tuition is rising as career options are plateauing.
Software subscription costs are still unknown
Cloud innovation in computer software could soon force school districts and other educational institutions to pay a monthly subscription fee.
1,500 third-graders from Vancouver, Evergreen schools celebrate their heritage
Wearing an elaborate gold sarong with a sash, Gabi Koc, 8, a third-grader at Sifton Elementary School, celebrated her Laotian heritage Friday morning as she walked along Officers Row.
Students who aren't prepared to learn end up costing school districts $3,000 per year in special education and remedial work, according to the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Some kindergartners need a boost — a jump start — to be ready for school.
Budgets must stretch as Microsoft drops system
A decision by Microsoft is impacting educational institutions in Clark County, from kindergarten through college.
As the Hawaiian Chieftain pulled away from the Vancouver Landing dock for Saturday's battle sail, Addison Mosso, 2, dressed in a pirate costume, stood on deck with her mother, Valerie Horn. Addison --who choreographed a pirate jig for the occasion -- was the youngest person on board.
The Wendy Rose statue on the waterfront is headless again.
District received $9,585 in excess funding due to errors
A state audit has found fault in the way Evergreen Public Schools calculated and reported compliance with the national school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Lynn Hicks named interim deputy superintendent
The Battle Ground school board unanimously appointed Duane Rose as the district's interim superintendent while a successor for Shonny Bria is found. Bria is retiring June 30 after 15 years at the district's helm.
A caravan of Evergreen Public Schools buses lurched to a stop in the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in east Vancouver. When the doors opened, four classes of Crestline Elementary School kindergartners tumbled out, ready for the sneak preview of Dozer Day.
Students learn ins and outs of industry
"It's way more than a pair of pants."
Ensuring a Bright Future campaign launched; $17M already raised toward goal
Jan Oliva is a believer in the vital role Clark College plays in Clark County and Southwest Washington. The community volunteer is leading the college's $20 million fundraising campaign — the most ambitious in the school's 80-year history.
Pilot program supplies sixth-graders with tablets
The tools used by sixth-graders in Carolyn Conners' English/world studies classroom at Alki Middle School are a study in contrasts.
It failed to obtain required bids
A state audit has found fault in a Educational Service District 112 program that uses U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to pay for food and snacks served at its child care centers.
For the second time in 16 days, a Battle Ground Public Schools teacher has used abdominal thrusts to save a choking student.
Community Foundation board member, children donate $15,500 to provide supervised summer program at Orchards park for kids in need
After experiencing an "aha" moment, Candace Young felt called to action.
Tanner Roggenkamp, coping with a lifelong learning disability, is finishing college
Becki Roggenkamp knew something was wrong with her toddler. He couldn't carry a two-way conversation, and he made up words for objects. He was at the age to enter preschool, but he couldn't sing a nursery rhyme or say his ABCs.
Local schools 1 of 4 sites in nation picked to show technology in action
To the distinguished panel of observers, something in Katie McMullan's eighth-grade classroom at Discovery Middle School looked different.
Raised in Vancouver, she spent the past 15 years with district
BATTLE GROUND — Longtime Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Rochonne "Shonny" Bria, 65, announced her retirement at a special board meeting on Monday afternoon.
Captain Strong educator uses Heimlich maneuver on kindergartner
BATTLE GROUND — Painted in a hallway just steps from Toni Brammer's kindergarten classroom at Captain Strong Primary are these words: "If it is to be, it's up to me."
More than 500 ballots counted today
After more ballots were counted on Thursday for Tuesday's special elections, the Battle Ground district levy lead widened.
Brush Prairie teen's life with Asperger's syndrome is better since his mom found resources, understanding parents
A barefoot Andrew Price, 16, is hanging out in his Brush Prairie living room, waiting for a chance to play League of Legends on his gaming console. Wearing a "Prairie Wrestling" T-shirt that reads "Practice like a champion," he recently finished his second wrestling season and trimmed 45 pounds from his frame. He flexes his biceps to illustrate the result of his hard work.
Northwest Railroad Institute will prepare students for jobs in freight rail industry
The tooting of wood train whistles on Tuesday kicked off the announcement of a new freight railroad operations training program in Vancouver.
Cherry blooms, ties between Vancouver and Japan feted
Beneath a blossoming pink canopy of 100 Shirofugen cherry trees, the friendship between two cultures was celebrated Thursday in the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden at Clark College. Although gray clouds threatened rain, more than 100 people gathered for the eighth annual Sakura Festival.
At a special event Saturday, Girls from Vancouver school district high schools can get a gown for $5
Christina Chen is the fairy godmother of Hudson's Bay High School. Unlike Cinderella's fairy godmother, she doesn't wave her magic wand and chant "Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!" to transform ragged, sooty clothing into stunning ball gowns.
District would face major cuts, but wouldn't be dissolved
Some doomsayers have said that Battle Ground Public Schools will dissolve and its students will be absorbed by adjacent districts if its levy doesn't pass on its second try on April 23. But this is not true, say officials with the district and Educational Service District 112.
School officials craft who, what would be cut if measure fails at ballot box on April 23
Imagine being the sole administrator responsible for 825 middle school students plus staff. That was Linda Allen's reality the last time Battle Ground had a double-levy failure in 2006-2007.
Citizens for Responsible Taxation has history of opposing school-financing measures
A retired tire store owner and conservative activist from the Spokane area is bankrolling a mailing urging Battle Ground voters to reject an April 23 school levy. The fluorescent yellow fliers from his Citizens for Responsible Taxation group hit Battle Ground mailboxes this week.
Evergreen, SEH in talks for lease at former HP site
Building 2 of the former Hewlett-Packard campus, now owned by SEH America, most likely will become the temporary home to Crestline Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.
Some constituents concerned about district's finances
About eight weeks after voters in the Battle Ground School District failed to approve a four-year maintenance and operations levy, the district is again asking voters to replace a levy that expires in December. Ballots were mailed last week and are due April 23.
Both Anne Frank and Anneke Bloomfield were Jewish girls growing up in the Netherlands when World War II erupted and Nazi Germany invaded their country.
School board agenda says members will be asked to approve contract with owner SEH
Crestline students will apparently be moving to the old Hewlett-Packard campus at 18004 S.E. 34th St. next year, as workers rebuild their school that was destroyed in a Feb. 3 fire.
Donations from near and far help school's students, staff settle in at temporary sites
An African proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. When that child's school burns down, villages around the country respond.
4th-grader Payton Rush's sign of encouragement inspires governor, his budget
Wearing a red T-shirt emblazoned with the words "I love Crestline," Payton Rush looks like a regular 9-year-old boy looking forward to spring break.
Washington State University Vancouver marked Women's History Month Thursday at its fifth annual Women of Distinction event celebrating women who inspire, mentor and empower others.
Inslee addresses their resilience at budget press conference
Washington's new governor said his Thursday budget message was inspired by the resilience he witnessed at Crestline Elementary last week.
The FBI might have been denied a brilliant forensic scientist if not for Washington's College Bound Scholarship program.
Decision follows complaint by losing candidate; new election scheduled
The student body election at Washington State University Vancouver was invalidated Tuesday by the Judicial Board of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver.
Skyview High the latest to open food and clothing pantry
It's hard to concentrate on school work when you're hungry.