By Susan Parrish August 20, 2014 8:50 p.m.
Toting gallons of coffee and tea, dozens of Starbucks employees descended upon Crestline Elementary School on Wednesday to bring a welcome coffee break to the teachers and staff preparing the new school for opening day.
By Susan Parrish August 14, 2014 6 a.m.
On Wednesday, one of the dog days of summer, young readers waited their turn to read a book to Crunch, a golden retriever therapy dog at Vancouver Community Library.
By Susan Parrish August 11, 2014 10 a.m.
Certain vaccinations are required to attend school. Ensuring that children's immunizations are current is another back-to-school step for Clark County families. Health care professionals emphasize the importance of childhood immunizations to protect children's health.
By Susan Parrish August 5, 2014 7:10 p.m.
Even if you have a bright green thumb, don't try to grow Red Delicious apples in Clark County.
By Susan Parrish August 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Susie Ridgway, a teacher at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, has a new mission: to get her students to consider a career as an epidemiologist. The first hurdle will be educating them about what epidemiology is, she said.
By Susan Parrish July 24, 2014 7:12 p.m.
In the climate of shrinking budgets, not many public employees have received a 28 percent increase in total compensation over the past six years. But Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, has negotiated salary increases, additional cash outs and stipends to push his total compensation from $208,000 to more than $268,000 since starting the job in 2008.
By Susan Parrish July 21, 2014 6 a.m.
With access to a profusion of electronic communications devices, many school boards have not yet formulated policy allowing board members to participate in meetings via a state-of-the-art device — that is, state-of-the-art in 1876 — the telephone.
By Susan Parrish July 18, 2014 9:48 a.m.
Clark College is testing the waters to see whether the community is interested in a student-operated restaurant and brewery at The Academy in downtown Vancouver. The restaurant and brewery would open in two key outbuildings on the Academy campus: the laundry room and boiler room.
By Susan Parrish July 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Clark County families face more than seven lazy weeks stretching into the horizon before school begins in the fall. Many families fill their children's summer schedules with programmed camps and classes. But many don't have the money or the desire to do so.
By Susan Parrish July 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Three years ago, Chris MacMillan was working as a jack-of-all-trades in a coffee business, roasting beans, building coffee stands and setting up for events. But then the business sold, and he was laid off.
By Susan Parrish July 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Pioneer Elementary School in Evergreen Public Schools is the only school in Clark County to receive funds from a federal grant to provide an AmeriCorps reading tutor for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
By Susan Parrish July 2, 2014 6 a.m.
What a difference a year makes. Mark Hottowe began his first official day as superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools on Tuesday. The district that he's taking the reins of is a tamer, calmer animal than it was a year ago.
By Susan Parrish July 2, 2014 6 a.m.
It takes a village to organize the July 4th Felida Children's Parade.
By Susan Parrish June 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Stories told by former captives during the Vietnam War are still valuable today, four decades after the war ended.
By Susan Parrish June 26, 2014 8:05 p.m.
Alex Peterson, who pitched for Columbia River High School's baseball team, knows all about curveballs.
By Susan Parrish June 17, 2014 6 a.m.
On Thursday night, members of Clark College’s 78th graduating class will cross the stage at Sleep Country Amphitheater to receive their diplomas and to begin a new chapter in their lives. There is no cost to attend this public event. Parking is free.
By Susan Parrish June 16, 2014 6 a.m.
Although the school year is winding down, high school students and their parents should be aware of a June 26 registration deadline for a required state test. Missing the deadline — and failing to pass the test — can prevent a student from walking at graduation with their senior class.
By Susan Parrish June 12, 2014 10:38 p.m.
"Every single success story is built on failure," Gov. Jay Inslee told the graduating class at Washington School for the Deaf Thursday night.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2014 10:26 p.m.
The day before Monserrat Hernandez Garcia was slated to graduate from Hudson's Bay High School, her family was not planning a graduation party, but a funeral.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2014 8:23 p.m.
Paintbrush in hand, teacher Jeri Swatosh used black paint to cover screws on the Sacajawea panel Tuesday as a crane and bucket truck pulled onto the west lawn at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Those final brush strokes were the culmination of a decade of work for Swatosh.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Andrew Douglas, a fifth-grader at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School in Vancouver, advanced to the championship round Saturday at the National History Bee in Atlanta and took the National Elementary Runner Up title.
By Susan Parrish June 8, 2014 6 a.m.
With less than a week until graduation, parents of seniors at Fort Vancouver High School are scrambling to organize and raise money for the students’ drug- and alcohol-free party after their original party was cancelled last week. Graduation is Friday.
By Susan Parrish June 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt, Winter Quenelle, 7, grips a pen and carefully writes her name on the title page of her new book, "Disney's The Jungle Book." Then, she circles the tables in the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center's cafeteria.
By Susan Parrish June 2, 2014 6:29 p.m.
The State Auditor’s Office has investigated a November 2013 whistle-blower complaint asserting that Clark College President Bob Knight allowed a private company to lease the culinary arts kitchen for a nominal fee, resulting in a financial gain for the private company. The report found the college did lease the kitchen and could have charged more, but didn’t find any evidence Knight was involved in the lease.
The approach of high school graduation is a hectic time for high school seniors and their families. Months before graduation, students completed college applications, took college entrance exams, posed for senior portraits, and ordered graduation announcements, their cap and gown and tickets to the big event. Their parents filled out forms to determine how much financial aid their child can receive, and then pulled out their checkbooks.
By Susan Parrish May 28, 2014 5:27 p.m.
An audit report made public Tuesday by the Washington State Auditor’s Office noted that Evergreen Public Schools had conditions significant enough to report as findings. The audit was for the 2012-2013 school year.
By Susan Parrish May 23, 2014 6 a.m.
The Washington State Board of Education and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction have released the revised Achievement Index, which identifies high-performing schools for recognition and low-performing schools for support.For the first time, the index incorporates student growth data. Each school is given an index rating from 1-10 (one being the lowest) based on proficiency, growth and graduation rates.Schools are also given a classification based, in part, on the index rating, but also factoring in federal requirements.Classifications are exemplary, very good, good, fair, underperforming and lowest 5 percent.
By Susan Parrish May 22, 2014 10 a.m.
Molly MacGregor seems an unlikely name to pair with the title “frau.”
By Susan Parrish May 22, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Tim G. Merlino has been named the next superintendent/chief executive officer of Educational Service District 112, an educational organization with 600 employees serving six counties.
By Susan Parrish May 20, 2014 8:10 p.m.
Evergreen Public Schools is investigating two parent complaints about a third-grade teacher at Mill Plain Elementary School after two girls wet their pants in class May 16.
By Susan Parrish May 20, 2014 7:34 p.m.
A bus driver for Silver Star Elementary School in the Evergreen Public Schools system resigned for personal reasons Monday, said Gail Spolar, district spokeswoman.
By Susan Parrish May 16, 2014 8:14 p.m.
The family-friendly (and multiday) Dozer Day provides access to dump trucks, dozers, excavators, garbage trucks, fire engines, ambulances and more — all for kids to climb on, sit in and even move some dirt. Other activities include digging for gemstones and crawling through pipes and enormous heavy-equipment tires.