Joy Team's messages rising across Phoenix

By Susan Parrish January 30, 2015 6:53 p.m.

As local Seahawks fans drive to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Super Bowl on Sunday, they may see four enormous billboards reminding them to smile. Be joyful.

Vancouver Public Schools fills board vacancy

By Susan Parrish January 29, 2015 6:43 p.m.

The board of directors at Vancouver Public Schools has selected Nada Wheelock to fill the board seat vacated by Mari Greves' retirement.

Clark College division has new name, aim

By Susan Parrish January 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark College's Corporate and Continuing Education division has changed its name to Clark College Economic and Community Development. It's a move that Kevin Witte, associate vice president, says better reflects the college's evolving role in the community and the region.

Clark College biology students search for new lifesavers

By Susan Parrish January 28, 2015 10 a.m.

Wearing a white lab coat and blue nitrile gloves, Ryan Kustusch stood in the front of his biology lab Tuesday at Clark College and instructed his students as they prepared to research new antibiotics.

Financial aid form help available

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

Current and prospective college students who are applying for financial aid are invited to a free College Goal Washington event at Clark College at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vancouver chosen for school technology summit

By Susan Parrish January 21, 2015 10 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Education has chosen Vancouver to host one of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits scheduled across the nation in the coming months. The purpose of the summit is to help school district leaders use technology to improve teaching and student learning.

Program helps students hit the books in Yacolt

By Susan Parrish January 21, 2015 6 a.m.

YACOLT — Carrying a bag bulging with kids' books, Karen Homola, 31, and six of her children entered the library at Yacolt Primary School ready to choose more books.

Evergreen teachers achieve national board certification

By Susan Parrish January 16, 2015 9:51 p.m.

From the first moments of Kimberleigh Anderson's beginning creative movement class at Heritage High School, the students jumped, slid and danced. Facing a wall of mirrors, they moved together as Anderson counted and clapped out the beat.

Clark College president: 'Future is right now'

By Susan Parrish January 15, 2015 8:02 p.m.

During a packed State of the College address Thursday in the Gaiser Student Center, Clark College President Bob Knight gave a nod to the past but spoke with feeling about the college's future.

Vancouver Public Schools board to fill vacancy

By Susan Parrish January 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.

The board of Vancouver Public Schools is preparing to conduct interviews for the board position vacated by Mari Greves, whose last meeting was Tuesday.

Substitute shortage plagues local schools

By Susan Parrish January 13, 2015 8:58 p.m.

Here's a story problem common in Clark County schools: On Monday, 156 teachers at Battle Ground schools took the day off and requested a substitute teacher to cover their classes. After all possible substitutes were contracted from the substitute pool, 14 classrooms still did not have a teacher for the day.

Diversity in action at Fort Vancouver High School

By Susan Parrish January 8, 2015 6 a.m.

A family trip to Saipan helped Jonah Benavente appreciate the differences between his father's birthplace in the Northern Mariana Islands and the family's home in Vancouver.

Magnet school programs' application period to begin

By Susan Parrish January 6, 2015 6 a.m.

The application period for career-specific and college-readiness programs in Vancouver Public Schools will open at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 for the 2015-16 school year.

Students say parking still big problem at Clark College

By Susan Parrish January 5, 2015 10:43 p.m.

Monday was a typical first day of the quarter at Clark College. As a car vacated a parking space, a waiting car zipped into the space before another driver could grab it. Motorists lined up for precious parking spots in the popular two green lots north of Gaiser Hall.

Blind-deaf drummer beats physical hurdles  

By Susan Parrish January 1, 2015 7:41 p.m.

Some people achieve so much, despite the odds, that they inspire those around them. Vaughn Brown, a deaf-blind percussionist and music educator, is one of those inspiring people.

New Year's resolution: Clearing out the clutter

By Susan Parrish December 31, 2014 5:51 p.m.

After her divorce, Trish Palin had about six weeks to move her belongings from a three-story house to a 500-square-foot trailer. She had accumulated lots of stuff over the years. Her packed-to-the-rafters house was emptied by 22 trucks from Goodwill and other charities.

Vancouver boy, 9, Oregon Rail Heritage Center's youngest docent  

By Susan Parrish December 24, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Vancouver 9-year-old, who dreams of becoming train engineer, Oregon Rail Heritage Center's youngest docent

Immigrants practice conversation skills in Fort Vancouver Regional Library program

By Susan Parrish December 24, 2014 6 a.m.

When Judith Ramirez immigrated to Vancouver from Guadalajara, Mexico, in January, she couldn't speak English. Her husband, Javier Gaeta, who is fluent in English, suggested his family speak only English at home for Ramirez and their children to become comfortable speaking their new language.

Lions make holidays bright

By Susan Parrish December 18, 2014 8:35 p.m.

Service organization helps ensure Washington Elementary students, families have Christmas gifts

Students use mushrooms to grow recycling efforts

By Susan Parrish December 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Lifting the lid from a plastic container, Cedric Hitzeman broke off a chunk of waste cardboard and paper decomposing with the aid of mushrooms.

Man suspected of hitting cars, fleeing police

By Susan Parrish December 14, 2014 9:37 p.m.

A Clark County man was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of hitting three cars while trying to elude police in a stolen vehicle.

Christmas behind bars: Larch inmates celebrate with loved ones  

By Susan Parrish December 14, 2014 9:10 p.m.

YACOLT — At first glance, it seemed to be a typical Christmas party. A decorated tree in a corner and paper snowflakes hanging in the windows added a festive touch. Children painted pictures of snowmen and decorated sugar cookies. Wearing Santa hats, band members tuned their instruments and prepared to play Christmas music. Piles of wrapped gifts waited for children. Families waited in anticipation.

Clark College cooks up changes to culinary facilities

By Susan Parrish December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College is moving forward with plans to renovate its outdated culinary and baking facilities.

Amboy students try hands at computer coding

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 7:48 p.m.

AMBOY — Two weeks ago in the White House, President Barack Obama kicked off a global effort geared to help kids learn basic computer coding. With students coaching him on either side, he wrote his first-ever computer code, a single line of JavaScript: moveForward(100). His line of code drew a line to complete a square on the computer screen.

School board member Greves to retire

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Mari Greves, longtime school board member with Vancouver Public Schools, announced her retirement at Tuesday's school board meeting. She will step down after the Jan. 13 board meeting.

WSUV rally seeks justice for black lives

By Susan Parrish December 10, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Carrying hand-lettered signs that read "Black lives matter" and "We the people," about 75 students, staff and faculty gathered in front of the library at Washington State University Vancouver on Wednesday to speak out about police treatment of black men.

Battle Ground program puts students on health careers path

By Susan Parrish December 4, 2014 6 a.m.

"Is this blurry?" asked Anna Gurnik, 15, pointing to the eye chart while Matthew Matey, 6, who wears glasses, squinted at the chart and nodded. "Let's try the row above then," she said.

'Nutcracker' nirvana: A show for every taste

By Susan Parrish November 30, 2014 6 a.m.

It's Nutcracker season. Around Clark County, hundreds of young ballet dancers wearing tights and frothy tulle tutus are working long hours in dance studios perfecting leaps and arabesques to bring "The Nutcracker" to life.

Woman tackles college on the fly

By Susan Parrish November 26, 2014 12 p.m.

Although turbulence has threatened flight attendant Karin Chandler's college path, she has stayed on course.

Dreaming, working at VSAA

By Susan Parrish November 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Cole Hansell learned it pays to be persistent.

Clark College Legislative Breakfast: Spending priorities among big issues

By Susan Parrish November 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College officials met with legislators and legislators-elect at the second annual Clark College Legislative Breakfast on Monday morning at the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Clark College in the Gorge sets open house

By Susan Parrish November 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College in the Gorge will host an open house at its new campus to introduce the facility and its winter 2015 class offerings to Columbia River Gorge communities. The open house is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Clark College in the Gorge, 310 S. Larch St. in Bingen.

Local Everest College campus, others sell

By Susan Parrish November 20, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Students who attend Everest College in Vancouver will notice some welcome changes — including reduced tuition and more help finding a job — when the college is under new ownership and moves from for-profit to nonprofit status in January.

Skills Center cosmetology program gets a makeover

By Susan Parrish November 19, 2014 8:29 p.m.

Desi Scheu knew the dark hair on the mannequin would react to the bleach she applied to lighten it.

Crowded classrooms in growing Battle Ground district

By Susan Parrish November 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Shouts and squeals erupt from the busy playground at Daybreak Primary School during recess.

Gramma's Bazaar makes for crafty holiday season

By Susan Parrish November 15, 2014 8:41 p.m.

When Peggy Moore took a chocolate-making class at Clark College decades ago, she didn't imagine she would one day own a chocolate factory in a motor home behind her house.

Early 'Snowvember' was mostly a no-show

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish November 13, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Predictions of widespread snow in the metro area fizzled this morning after area schools announced delays or closures in anticipation of the threat.

State school board chief: New revenue essential to McCleary

By Susan Parrish November 12, 2014 8:30 p.m.

The Washington State Board of Education doesn't see a way to fully fund K-12 schools without finding new sources of state revenue, said its executive director, Ben Rarick.

Topper brings empathy to Vancouver schools position

By Susan Parrish November 12, 2014 7:09 p.m.

Alishia Topper knows what it's like to be a hungry student with no place to call home.

'Outlander' author learned characters have minds of their own

By Susan Parrish November 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Diana Gabaldon had never set foot on a heather-covered hillside in the Scottish Highlands when she wrote her first "Outlander" novel.

Family, school mourn 'awesome little girl'

By Paris Achen , Emily Gillespie , Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish November 3, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Grief counselors were at Orchards Elementary School on Monday after a second-grader who attended the school was killed Halloween night when a car struck four pedestrians.

Grief counselors at two Evergreen schools after three students die over the weekend

By Susan Parrish November 3, 2014 10:51 a.m.

Grief counselors are on site at two Evergreen district schools this morning after two unrelated accidents over the weekend that claimed the lives of three district students, said Gail Spolar, spokeswoman at Evergreen Public Schools.

Mock elections help students learn about good citizenship

By Susan Parrish November 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Sabrina Osman, 18, voted in her first election this month.

Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role

By Susan Parrish October 29, 2014 6 a.m.

As schools have stepped boldly into the 21st century, so have school librarians.

Living lab at Mount St. Helens

By Susan Parrish October 25, 2014 5:04 p.m.

CASCADE PEAKS, Mount St. Helens — A double rainbow emerged between Mount St. Helens and a group of students, teachers and scientists gathered to conduct field tests at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Ebola provides timely lesson for HeLa students

By Susan Parrish October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The minute that Susie Ridgway's epidemiology class at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School began Wednesday morning, it was clear her students had done their homework. They spent the entire class in an animated discussion of the Ebola virus that has been sweeping West Africa.

Vancouver Public Schools board to revisit policy

By Susan Parrish October 17, 2014 8:31 p.m.

The board of Vancouver Public Schools will reconsider its current policy of giving only the mandated 24-hour notice of special meetings and work sessions. Two board members made the request to reconsider the policy at Tuesday's board meeting.

Resource center big help at Silver Star Elementary

By Susan Parrish October 15, 2014 10:10 a.m.

When the family of a student at Silver Star Elementary was going to be homeless for two nights, Melanie Green called Jim Fitzpatrick, senior pastor at CrossPointe Baptist Church, about a mile from the school.

Security, aviation launch at Skills Center

By Susan Parrish October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

In a hangar at the Clark County Skills Center, students stood at tables calculating the wing size for the radio-controlled planes they were building. Made of inexpensive household materials — sheets of foam, sheet insulation and duct tape — these planes will soon fly. And, hopefully, so will the students' careers.

Vancouver school board meets with minimal public notice

By Susan Parrish October 13, 2014 7:54 p.m.

When Vancouver Public Schools called Monday's special board meeting to discuss communications, it was unusual in a number of ways.