It’s unusual for a school board to be greeted by a round of applause for passing a motion, but that’s what happened when the Vancouver Public Schools board approved the 2015-2016 budget Thursday morning, paving the way for classes to begin on time Wednesday.
By Susan Parrish August 26, 2015 10 a.m.
A Tyrannosaurus rex waited patiently with its herd of plastic dinosaur buddies. Crayons stood at attention in plastic cups, waiting for chubby hands to create masterpieces. Primary-colored math links and cubes were ready to teach preschoolers about numbers. The childhood classics "Goodnight Moon" and "Is Your Mama a Llama?" stood by to enchant kids during storytime.
By Susan Parrish August 24, 2015 6 a.m.
MOUNT ST. HELENS — Mai Brodniak crouched on the bank of Coldwater Lake while Cynthia Gardner, a U.S. Geological Survey research geologist, showed her how to stack sieves with various sizes of screens to separate the lake's gravel by size.
By Susan Parrish August 20, 2015 7:25 p.m.
Digging through a plastic bag bulging with school supplies, Zaryn Hunt loaded her arms with colorful markers, walked down the school bus aisle and dropped them into a box of markers on a bus seat. Next, she gathered notebooks.
By Susan Parrish August 19, 2015 9:02 p.m.
Nellie Mae Mitchell, 6, an incoming first-grader at Minnehaha Elementary School, and her brother Cedric John Mitchell, 2, received free immunizations and haircuts at Wednesday's Go Ready Festival at Hudson's Bay High School.
By Susan Parrish August 19, 2015 8:59 p.m.
With only two weeks remaining until school starts, Vancouver Public Schools still does not have an operating budget and is no closer to having a fifth school board member. During a 2½-hour work session and special meeting Wednesday morning, the four school board members remained in gridlock.
By Susan Parrish August 17, 2015 8:46 p.m.
The results of most standardized testing were released by the state Monday. Statewide, about half of students from grades 3 to 8 were considered proficient in English language arts and math.
By Susan Parrish August 16, 2015 6 a.m.
It takes parents with deep pockets to pay for everything that children need to go back to school in September. Each school has a detailed list of required school supplies, divided by grade level. Although notebook paper and No. 2 pencils are still on the list, many students are required to buy scientific calculators, USB memory sticks and a stylus for an electronic tablet.
Local school superintendents said Thursday that the state Supreme Court's sanctions against the state over education funding are a call for legislators to quickly come up with a plan to fully fund basic education. However, local legislators said they doubt a special session on education funding will happen this year.
By Susan Parrish August 13, 2015 6 a.m.
CAMAS — Standing at the end of a dock, Kate Perkins and Matt Perry lowered what looked like a giant butterfly net into Lacamas Lake on Tuesday afternoon. The plankton net's mesh squares are so fine they can capture aquatic organisms measuring about 1 millimeter.
A vehicle fire on state Highway 14 near the border of Vancouver and Camas sparked a brush fire that burned uphill and disrupted traffic before it was extinguished shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.
By Susan Parrish August 8, 2015 6:58 p.m.
RIDGEFIELD — When Alex Taylor, 7, saw Captain America, he made his wheelchair fly toward him.
By Susan Parrish August 7, 2015 9:13 p.m.
When Woodland High School students enter their new school on Sept. 9, they will find multiple, welcoming places to gather both indoors and outdoors. In their old school, students congregated on the hallway floor by their lockers.
By Susan Parrish July 31, 2015 6 a.m.
Teachers, special education professionals and other education workers seeking jobs can find help at the Southwest Washington Education Job Fair organized by Educational Service District 112 from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the ESD 112 campus, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave.
By Susan Parrish July 31, 2015 6 a.m.
Dragons will descend onto Vancouver Lake this weekend, but don't be alarmed. They aren't fire-breathing, airborne mythical creatures, but dragon boats, part of a fast-growing sport that originated in China 2,000 years ago.
By Susan Parrish July 29, 2015 5:52 p.m.
Some kindergartners are more ready to start school than others. Some attended preschool and have interacted with other children in a classroom setting. Some kids can write their first and last names and recite and write the alphabet. But others are not up to speed. Kindergarten Jump Start gives incoming kindergartners extra help to be ready to start school.
By Susan Parrish July 19, 2015 6 a.m.
Focused on skating into the turn, I didn’t know she was behind me until it was too late. She shoved my back and skated past as my wheels flew out from underneath me. Sailing through the air, I landed on my rear on the concrete floor with a thud. The impact forced the air from my lungs.
By Susan Parrish July 18, 2015 6 a.m.
When Rose Bugel-Shunra visited Pompeii and gazed at the human remains entombed in the ash of Mount Vesuvius, she was hooked on history. But more than that, she had a revelation: She knew she wanted to become an osteoarchaeologist and study human remains from archaeological sites.
By Susan Parrish July 15, 2015 6 a.m.
Dribbling the basketball down the court, a boy passed the ball, but his teammate didn't catch it. The ball bounced out of bounds.
By Susan Parrish July 7, 2015 6 a.m.
CAMAS — Teeth gripping a plastic pipe fitting, Smokey Fritz climbed a ladder inside a house under construction. Fritz joined two lengths of flexible plastic pipe with the fitting, pulled a tool from her back pocket and crimped the pipe.
By Susan Parrish June 15, 2015 11:28 a.m.
A longtime biology teacher and football coach at Hudson’s Bay High School died over the weekend. Grief counselors will be available at the school Monday and Tuesday. Bill Brown, 52, had taught in Vancouver Public Schools since 1989. He first taught at Shumway Junior High. He began teaching at Hudson’s Bay in 1992.
By Susan Parrish June 15, 2015 6 a.m.
Former Seattle Seahawks running back and local businessman Curt Warner will share his inspiring message at the 79th Clark College commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. The free, public event does not require tickets. Parking is free.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2015 8:09 p.m.
GREEN MOUNTAIN — Clutching a snake in its talons, a red-tailed hawk rose above the Lewis River. Tall spikes of deep pink foxglove grew along the road, where a four-wheeler and an orange tractor pulling farm equipment were the lone vehicles. Two horses nibbled grass in a field. Farther down the road, another hawk lifted from its hunting perch on an enormous, round bale of hay.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2015 10 a.m.
The Vancouver Public Schools board approved a boundary adjustment Tuesday night that effectively will send 37 students from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School to the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center.
By Susan Parrish June 7, 2015 6 a.m.
YACOLT — When Bruce Music opened the hood of a gray sedan in the auto shop, students wearing khaki pants and shirts gathered around and peered under the hood. Music, a Clark College automotive instructor, talked about the significance of the serpentine belt.
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.
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.