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.
By Susan Parrish December 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Clark College is moving forward with plans to renovate its outdated culinary and baking facilities.
By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 7:48 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Susan Parrish November 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Shouts and squeals erupt from the busy playground at Daybreak Primary School during recess.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Susan Parrish November 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Sabrina Osman, 18, voted in her first election this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver and Evergreen plan to put a device in the hands of each student — 49,000 in all.
By Susan Parrish October 8, 2014 10 a.m.
BRUSH PRAIRIE — Food science students at the Center for Agriculture, Science & Environmental Education harvested their quarter-acre cornfield Tuesday morning and piled the ears of corn into the bed of a pickup. Later they planned to shuck and cook the corn.
By Susan Parrish October 8, 2014 9:35 a.m.
Protesters carrying signs with graphic images of aborted fetuses are standing on the public sidewalk in front of Fort Vancouver High School today. They plan to be there all week.
By Susan Parrish October 5, 2014 6 a.m.
Battle Ground Public Schools is one of three Washington school districts to share in a $10 million Project AWARE grant to support student mental health and wellness over five years. The district was notified last week, but not the exact amount of its share.
A Fisher's Landing Elementary School student died after getting a brain injury, possibly on the playground at school.
By Susan Parrish October 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Heritage High School's marketing teacher, Shawn Perez, gave last-minute directions to her students as they prepared to celebrate Wednesday's grand opening of the new, improved menu in the student store, the Wolf Den Cafe. The healthier menu meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
By Susan Parrish September 22, 2014 8:02 p.m.
With leaden skies and cooler temperatures, autumn arrived in Clark County on Monday. It also was the first day of fall quarter at Clark College.
By Susan Parrish September 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Jemma Gonzales and her mom, Brynn Gonzales, stood in an aisle at the Clark College Bookstore, looking at the required textbook for the 18-year-old's German class.
The 'unauthorized school bus' reported to be offering rides to Battle Ground students last week was nothing more than a new bus driver and a trainer, according to a statement released by Battle Ground Police Department this afternoon.
By Susan Parrish September 6, 2014 8:37 p.m.
Elementary school children in Vancouver Public Schools are waiting for an adult Lunch Buddy mentor to meet them over a school lunch once a week.
By Susan Parrish September 4, 2014 10:07 p.m.
Jack Fletcher's life changed in an instant on the afternoon of July 30. Just beginning a promising career as a firefighter, the 18-year-old Prairie High School graduate was driving home to Battle Ground to surprise his family for a short visit.
By Susan Parrish September 4, 2014 5:24 p.m.
Construction crews from Skanska arrived at Clark College on Wednesday morning with heavy equipment and started preparation for a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility on a campus west of Fort Vancouver Way. The site formerly was a parking lot for the Clark College Foundation.