Centers help VPS aid poor students

By Susan Parrish May 21, 2015 8:53 p.m.

When a group of students at Discovery Middle School consistently missed school, adult mentors met with the students to find out why the kids were absent.

Battle Ground teachers picket for better funding

By Susan Parrish May 20, 2015 7:51 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — About a dozen Battle Ground teachers picketed before and after school Wednesday to proclaim their unhappiness with state education funding.

Battle Ground teachers to picket

By Susan Parrish May 19, 2015 1:18 p.m.

Battle Ground teachers will wave signs and do informational picketing before and after school Wednesday.

Vancouver schools move managers for 2015-2016

By Susan Parrish May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver Public Schools has announced several administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year. Assignments are subject to school board approval.

Parade of Bands fills Hazel Dell with music, fun, families

By Susan Parrish May 16, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Families lined the streets of Hazel Dell on Saturday to partake in an annual tradition: the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. This year’s theme, the Wild, Wild West, was rendered with hay bales, cowboy hats and cowboy boots galore.

La Center teen identified in Hockinson fatality

By Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish May 16, 2015 2:12 p.m.

A 17-year-old boy killed in a single-vehicle crash south of Hockinson early Friday morning has been identified as Adam C. Karlsen of La Center. The cause of death was blunt head trauma, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

Teachers rally for funding around Clark County  

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist May 13, 2015 11:25 a.m.

Large groups of teachers are rallying around Clark County today in support of increased education funding and to vent their frustration with what they perceive as legislative inaction. The biggest rally of the day is taking place at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

Walkout by local teachers set for today

By Susan Parrish May 12, 2015 9:26 p.m.

Nearly 2,500 teachers in four Clark County school districts are participating in a one-day walkout today. As a result, school buildings will be shuttered for almost 38,000 students. That means almost half of the 80,000 K-12 students in the county's public schools won't be in school today.

Teachers poised for one-day walkout

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

The debate over school funding will hit home Wednesday when nearly 2,500 teachers walk off the job in a one-day protest that will shutter schools for about 38,000 students in the Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson and Washougal districts.

Mom earns two degrees while working full time as nurse

By Susan Parrish May 10, 2015 6 a.m.

If any mom deserves breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, it's Vancouver's Candace Hart.

Vancouver teachers won't join Wednesday walkout

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist May 8, 2015 9:22 p.m.

Vancouver teachers won't join a one-day walkout planned for Wednesday, the Vancouver Education Association announced Friday. Evergreen, Camas, Washougal and Hockinson teachers are planning to picket that day to pressure legislators for more education funding and smaller class sizes, as ordered by courts and approved by voters.

Art project makes salmon 'run' at Legacy High

By Susan Parrish May 8, 2015 8:11 p.m.

Chum salmon were running at Legacy High School on Friday. The large fish that have lately made a comeback in the Columbia River received help along their journey.

Vancouver Public Schools to sit out of walkout

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist May 8, 2015 3:56 p.m.

The Vancouver Education Association failed to muster enough support this week for Vancouver Public Schools to join a number of other local districts in a walkout.

Free event to help incoming kindergartners get prepared

By Susan Parrish May 7, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Families with children who will attend kindergarten in the fall can glean resources at a free kindergarten readiness event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at community libraries in Battle Ground, Cascade Park, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal.

Longtime pals to graduate from WSUV together

By Susan Parrish May 4, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Christina Hamilton and Breanna Shores have been inseparable since they were students at Prairie High School in 1998.

Critically injured in July, Jack's back at fire station

By Susan Parrish May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Jack Fletcher is the "Comeback Kid."

Evergreen district teachers approve one-day protest strike

By Susan Parrish May 1, 2015 9:58 p.m.

The 1,800-member Evergreen Education Association has voted to hold a one-day strike in Evergreen Public Schools on May 13, and teachers in several other districts are considering joining in.

Audit finds errors in Clark College accounting

By Susan Parrish April 30, 2015 6:54 p.m.

An audit report released Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office noted that Clark College's facilities department did not properly record capital assets, such as buildings, land and improvements, to the state.

Lawmakers react to possible walkout

By Lauren Dake and Susan Parrish April 29, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Local teacher unions are asking their members to weigh in on a potential one-day walkout May 13, with the goal of sending a clear message to lawmakers that it's time to fully fund education.

Some local teachers' unions to vote on one-day walkout

By Susan Parrish April 28, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Fed up with inaction by state legislators to fully fund basic education, some teachers' unions in Clark County school districts are taking resolutions to their membership for a one-day walk out on May 13.

Camas softball coach put on administrative leave

By Susan Parrish and Paul Valencia April 23, 2015 7:07 p.m.

A science teacher and varsity softball coach at Camas High School was placed on administrative leave Wednesday while Camas School District officials conduct an investigation.

Students big, small bond over books

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

BATTLE GROUND — Atticus Tatum, 26, settled into a short chair in the library at Captain Strong Primary in Battle Ground. Clutching library books, third-graders David Josephson and Ian Ebinger, both 9, sat in chairs across from him.

Community summit tackles college access

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

When Katherine Rodela told her high school counselor she planned to attend a four-year university, the counselor suggested she set her sights on community college instead. Her parents hadn't gone to college, the counselor said. She might not fit in on a university campus.

Clark College, Hudson's Bay locked down

By Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish April 20, 2015 2:37 p.m.

Police activity near Clark College and Hudson’s Bay High School briefly locked down both campuses Monday afternoon.

School districts transitioning to all-day kindergarten

By Susan Parrish April 20, 2015 6 a.m.

It's been a long time since kindergarten was synonymous with nap time, graham crackers, stories and playtime. Today's kindergarten classrooms are more academic than ever.

Friendship blossoms at Clark College Sakura Festival

By Susan Parrish April 16, 2015 9:12 p.m.

Vancouver celebrated the 10th annual Sakura Festival at Clark College under deep blue skies and pale pink cherry blossoms Thursday afternoon.

Skyview students go inside the noggin

By Susan Parrish April 16, 2015 7:23 p.m.

Angela Gonzalez experienced a homecoming at Skyview High School on Thursday morning.

20 area schools earn achievement awards

By Susan Parrish April 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Twenty Clark County schools have earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2014. The 401 recipients across the state are the highest performing schools based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index.

WSUV balloon project switches to Plan B

By Susan Parrish April 12, 2015 8:20 p.m.

Learning to "go with the flow" seems an appropriate lesson for electrical engineering students learning to design smooth-flowing electrical circuits.

Study helping scientists learn to mute drug memories

By Susan Parrish April 11, 2015 6 a.m.

One day, drug abuse may be less compulsive and users may be able to resist seeking another hit.

Nature area takes shape near Tukes Valley school

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

BATTLE GROUND — Less than a decade ago, the ground where the campus of Tukes Valley Middle School stands was farmland. Despite high-end homes being built on acreage near campus, the pastoral vibe remains. Cattle graze along the northwestern boundary.

Break up the boredom (the what?!) of spring break

By Susan Parrish April 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Spring break officially begins Monday in all 10 Clark County school districts. That means more than 80,000 students will be looking for something to do.

Hudson's Bay students win national award

By Susan Parrish April 1, 2015 8:36 p.m.

Students at Hudson's Bay High School have been named one of five national winners in the 2014-15 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for their project of growing mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste.

Former Vancouver couple sets off on sailing adventure

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

Dana Greyson and Wayne Seitz celebrated their eighth anniversary last week with cranberry mimosas, bacon and buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup. Although it sounds ordinary, it was hardly a common celebration.

Man surrenders after 9.5-hour standoff with SWAT team

By Mark Bowder , Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish March 27, 2015 10:35 p.m.

A Vancouver man who allegedly threatened firefighters with a firearm barricaded himself in his house for 9½ hours on Friday before surrendering to SWAT officers shortly before 10 p.m.

Technology giving every child a voice  

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

Standing in his living room, Bryce Smith told his son, Dylan: "Use your words. Tell me what you want."

Students gain knowledge as they release salmon into creek

By Susan Parrish March 19, 2015 9:30 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — Squatting on the bank of Gravel Point Creek, Andrew Swatosh, 10, released a scoop of tiny coho into the tributary of Salmon Creek.

Vancouver honors Irish pioneer at Paddy Hough Parade  

By Susan Parrish March 17, 2015 5:57 p.m.

Scarlett Heasley, 19 months, was too busy picking a bouquet of dandelions to notice the parade marching by her on Tuesday afternoon. Her mom, McKennah Heasley, waved at the marching students. Somewhere in the parade lineup was her son, Grant, who attend preschool programs at Hough Elementary.

'NERD Girls' burst into science with volcano project

By Susan Parrish March 9, 2015 7:26 p.m.

As they carried their clay volcanoes into a classroom, about 25 fourth- and fifth-graders talked excitedly about what would happen next at after-school science camp: volcanic eruptions.

Voice of experience opens eyes on poverty

By Susan Parrish March 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Donna Beegle spent her childhood as a migrant worker picking fruit alongside her parents and five brothers in fields from Central Washington to Arizona. She dropped out of school at 15.

Schools take on poverty

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

When a Clark County family with elementary school-aged children was living with no heat and broken windows, the school community pitched in to help.

Hudson's Bay class project mushrooms into elite standing

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

A Hudson's Bay High School horticulture teacher and his students, who have developed a process for growing mushrooms to break down the school's paper waste, have advanced to the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

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.