Starbucks workers give Crestline teachers coffee, a hand

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.

Aboriginal art comes with a view

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

DALLESPORT — From her perch high atop a basalt cliff, Tsagaglalal watches over the Columbia River with large, round eyes. Her mouth forms a circle, as if she's surprised.

Crestline rises from the ashes

By Susan Parrish August 14, 2014 7:42 p.m.

Although crews are putting finishing touches on the new Crestline Elementary, teachers and staff are moving into the new school only 18 months after it was destroyed by arson.

Children read to dog at Vancouver Community Library

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.

Young app-writers get with the programming, win

By Susan Parrish August 12, 2014 11 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, recognized four high school seniors Tuesday afternoon who likely are headed for careers in cutting-edge fields.

Several clinics offer free back-to-school vaccinations

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.

Native art for looking, learning

By Susan Parrish August 8, 2014 10 a.m.

Alta High Elk's fingers deftly wove thin cedar strips. Eventually, her work will yield a small cedar basket. Seated next to her, Caroline Underwood twisted a Western red cedar cordage handle for her cedar huckleberry basket.

Master Gardeners share their expertise at the fair

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.

HeLa teacher aims to excite her students to become disease detectives

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.

Woodworker's wagon built on memories

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

BATTLE GROUND — Mick Robins grew up playing in an abandoned Gypsy wagon. The round-topped horse-drawn wagon had been abandoned in a field near his family's home in Barwick, a village in southwest England.

Vancouver schools chief's compensation rises despite complaint

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.

Conference call: Can school board members phone it in?

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.

Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy

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.

Clark College expands efforts in Gorge

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

Less than a year after opening the Wind River Education Center in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility 18 miles east on Highway 14.

Evergreen district assigns administrators

By Susan Parrish July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

The Evergreen Public Schools board of directors has completed administrative hirings, changes and moves for the 2014-15 school year.

Seven weeks of summer fun on the cheap

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.

Grant will help Clark College job training efforts

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.

Grant keeps AmeriCorps reading tutor in place at Pioneer Elementary

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.

New superintendent takes over at Battle Ground school district

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.

Felida's Fun Fourth: Community embraces popular children's parade

By Susan Parrish July 2, 2014 6 a.m.

It takes a village to organize the July 4th Felida Children's Parade.

B.G. students' documentary places first nationally

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.

Columbia River grad credits summer school with helping him finish on time

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.

School's out: Clock says 'It's time to go'

By Susan Parrish June 20, 2014 8:35 p.m.

The kindergartners and first-graders in Nancy Lindsley's classroom were a tad antsy Friday morning, the last day of school before summer break.

Clark College graduation: Inspired to help

By Susan Parrish June 19, 2014 11:07 p.m.

In 2007, Turi Sado fled his homeland of Ethiopia and experienced a defining moment in a Kenyan refugee camp. He realized he wanted to become a nurse."

Man completes long journey to graduation

By Susan Parrish June 18, 2014 7:14 p.m.

Peter Smith will cross the stage Saturday at Clark College and collect his high school diploma — 30 years later than expected.

Teacher plans local charter school

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

An Evergreen Public Schools teacher is the first person to formally declare an intention to open a charter school in Clark County.

Journalist to address Clark College graduates

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.

HSPE retake deadline approaching

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.

Inslee tells School for Deaf grads about success, failure

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.

School, graduate honor mom's last wish

By Susan Parrish June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver mother Brenda Rainey's last wish was to see her youngest son, Jesse Rainey, graduate from college. But time was against her.

Family of girl killed by bus mourns loss of their 'star'

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.

10-year endeavor complete at VSAA

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.

Vancouver student runner-up at National History Bee in Atlanta

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.

School year draws to close in Clark County

By Susan Parrish June 9, 2014 6 a.m.

"School's out for the summer!" Are any words sweeter to a school kid's — or a teacher's — ears?

Senior parents hoping for party favors

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.

Goodwill program lets Fruit Valley kids choose free books

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.

Skyview coach on paid administrative leave

By Susan Parrish and Paul Valencia June 3, 2014 7:05 p.m.

Eric Estes, Skyview High School’s baseball coach and a social studies teacher, has been on paid administrative leave since Friday.

Audit finds Clark College leader had no part in lease

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.

Trio of local triplets to earn diplomas

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist June 1, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Audit finds fault with Evergreen school district

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.

Cadet in hot pursuit of firefighting training

By Susan Parrish May 28, 2014 6 a.m.

While some kids may play with fire, Jack Fletcher hopes to spend his career putting out fires.

Clark County Historical Museum turns 50

By Susan Parrish May 24, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Let us eat cake. That's the philosophy of Roman Wright, 3, whose family was visiting the Clark County Historical Museum to celebrate its 50th birthday Saturday.

State releases school performance data

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.

Lelooska Cultural Center captivates kids

By Susan Parrish May 22, 2014 9:57 p.m.

In the woods near Lake Merwin, yellow school buses pull up to a cedar house. The bus doors open, ejecting energetic third-graders who propel toward the house.

No discipline for teacher in bathroom break flap

By Susan Parrish May 22, 2014 7:25 p.m.

A teacher accused of denying third-graders potty breaks at Mill Plain Elementary School will not be disciplined following the outcome of one of two investigations, according to a teachers union representative.

Evergreen High teacher, students to visit, study in Germany

By Susan Parrish May 22, 2014 10 a.m.

Molly MacGregor seems an unlikely name to pair with the title “frau.”

ESD 112 taps agency veteran to be its new director

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.

Evergreen teacher draws ire over bathroom break system

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.

District: Evergreen school bus driver resigns for personal reasons

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.

Digging It: Kids dive in with enthusiasm at Dozer Day’s preview. Two more days follow  

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.