By Susan Parrish December 1, 2013 6 a.m.
CAMAS — Woodburn Elementary School still smells new. Bathed in natural light from the two-story library, the hallway feels welcoming and gives students a glimpse of the books and other learning tools awaiting them inside.
By Susan Parrish November 29, 2013 6 a.m.
When Shae Cecka enters Ryan Larrabee's classroom at Endeavour Elementary, a student shouts: "It's art!"
By Susan Parrish November 14, 2013 9:54 p.m.
At a brainstorming session Thursday morning in the library at Amboy Middle School, seven people sat around a table discussing what qualifications they hoped for in the next superintendent of Battle Ground School District.
By Susan Parrish November 12, 2013 9:17 p.m.
A death threat written on the back of a bathroom stall door at Heritage High School was discovered by a staff member on Nov. 4, Gail Spolar, spokeswoman for Evergreen Public Schools, said. The threat identified two female students by name and said “you are going to die today.”
By Susan Parrish November 9, 2013 7:46 p.m.
Jeff Reynolds and his family were among the hundreds of people who gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday for a glimpse of the Washington tree destined to be the Capitol Christmas tree in the other Washington — D.C. — on the other side of the country.
Councilman Bill Turlay needs to win 3 out of 5 of remaining ballots to defeat Mayor Tim Leavitt, but he isn't ready to concede the race.
By Susan Parrish November 6, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Incumbents retained their seats in the Evergreen, Vancouver, Camas and Washougal school districts Tuesday.
By Susan Parrish November 5, 2013 4:09 p.m.
Grafitti was found Tuesday morning on the exterior of two buildings at Union High School, 6201 N.W. Friberg St., Camas.
By Susan Parrish November 5, 2013 6 a.m.
“If you have a dream of doing something, success comes in doing it,” said Judy Byron Schachner. “It doesn’t matter if you make a ton of money. Go for it.” Schachner’s lifelong dream was illustrating children’s picture books. But she was 40 before it came true.
By Susan Parrish November 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Students acting violently or threatening violence at school are making headlines around the country. It’s happening in Clark County, too. What occurs much more frequently, however, are instances of educators and community professionals identifying potential threats and getting help for kids before the situation escalates to the point of making the headlines.
By Susan Parrish November 4, 2013 6 a.m.
Architects must consider much more than bricks and glass when designing a school. That’s what seventh- and eighth-graders in Mady Wohl’s pre-engineering class at iTech Preparatory Middle School learned last week as they embarked on an international competition to design a school of the future.
By Susan Parrish October 31, 2013 9:20 p.m.
As Washington State University Vancouver expands its programs, will it add physical sciences or fine arts? Communication fields or education programs? Community service fields or advanced degrees in engineering disciplines? Or is there need and market demand for all of the above?
By Susan Parrish October 30, 2013 9:55 a.m.
Battle Ground High School is hosting a Community Resource Fair tonight, October 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the school's main entrance.
By Susan Parrish October 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Amber Heckelman began to understand the depth of poverty in the Philippines when the graduate student visited a massive garbage dump and saw peasant families scavenging for food and living in shacks they'd built on Smokey Mountain II Garbage Dumpsite. Many of them were displaced farmers.
By Susan Parrish October 22, 2013 9:13 p.m.
Ahmed Biladi, 18, knows about being stereotyped. When he flew from his home in Jeddah City, Saudi Arabia, to the U.S. to attend Clark College, he was "held up for interrogation at the airport. I have two passports stamped together," he said. "I travel a lot."
By Susan Parrish October 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Evergreen Public Schools, the largest school district in Clark County and the fifth largest in the state, experienced peaks and valleys in 2013.
By Susan Parrish September 24, 2013 8:21 p.m.
They hope to become foresters, conservationists, marine biologists and oceanographers. Once a week, these future scientists leave their classroom at the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education and head outside for a hands-on science lesson.
By Susan Parrish September 24, 2013 7:26 p.m.
His hands and work apron speckled with paint, Guy Wonder, 68, bent over a piece of student artwork, two hands sculpted from wire. He's preparing to hang an exhibit featuring artwork created by every student at the Washington School for the Deaf.
By Susan Parrish September 24, 2013 10:44 a.m.
A $250,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will provide modern dental equipment for students in the dental hygiene program at Clark College.
By Susan Parrish September 17, 2013 9:07 p.m.
News that Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb had a private shower installed in the bathroom near his office generated plenty of media attention Tuesday.
By Susan Parrish September 17, 2013 2:11 p.m.
The superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools had a shower installed in his office restroom over the summer at a cost of about $4,000 for labor and materials.
By Susan Parrish September 13, 2013 9:40 p.m.
Staff at Orchards Elementary School discovered a mutilated, gutted cat in an entryway before school started Thursday morning.
The 13-year-old Battle Ground boy who was arrested yesterday after threats closed five schools has received an emergency expulsion from Chief Umtuch Middle School, said Gregg Herrington, district spokesman.
Police have arrested a 13-year-old Chief Umtuch Middle School student for allegedly making threats that prompted officials to close five public schools and one private school in Battle Ground on Wednesday.
By Susan Parrish September 4, 2013 8:35 p.m.
Seven months and one day after their school burned, Crestline Elementary students and staff were together again under one roof for the first day of school today. After the Feb. 3 fire destroyed the school, classes had been divided by grade level and for the remainder of the year, hosted by five different elementary schools in the Evergreen School District.
By Susan Parrish September 3, 2013 8:54 p.m.
Seven months to the day that Crestline Elementary School was destroyed by a three-alarm fire on Feb. 3, the district officially broke ground on the new Crestline being built at the fire site. About 100 students, parents, teachers and community members turned out at the fire site for the Tuesday groundbreaking.
By Susan Parrish August 29, 2013 9:27 p.m.
Battle Ground school board members violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act when they voted behind closed doors in executive session to spend $400,000 to buy out the contract of the district superintendent, said one of the state's top advocates for open government.
By Susan Parrish August 28, 2013 9:23 p.m.
When school opens Wednesday, the Crestline Elementary School community will be reunited under one roof, seven months after a fire destroyed their school.
By Susan Parrish August 27, 2013 7:51 p.m.
The Battle Ground school board this morning acknowledged violating the public's trust in its handling of the departure of the district's former superintendent.
By Susan Parrish August 26, 2013 10:53 p.m.
Scores on standardized tests required of public school students showed a slight improvement in 2013 over 2012 statewide, according to the spring 2013 test results released Monday. Those trends are reflected in Clark County schools.
By Susan Parrish August 25, 2013 6 a.m.
During the summer, some Clark County residents recharge by traveling to other countries to gain a new perspective, see things in a new way. Many volunteer summer after summer, and say that they gain as much as they give. Some of these world travelers wrote posts for The Columbian's "Summer Journeys" blog. Here are their stories.
By Susan Parrish August 24, 2013 8:12 p.m.
As they moved in a circle, Tyese Arthur and other dancers chanted traditional American Indian songs at the base of the Vancouver Land Bridge to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the project's completion.
By Susan Parrish August 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Two Vancouver elementary schools, Sarah J. Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt, will have additional classrooms built in time for the 2014-15 school year. At its August 13 meeting, the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors approved construction of six additional classrooms at each school.
By Susan Parrish August 19, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Framed by a picture-perfect view of Mount St. Helens, Miranda Bierscheid, 18, stood with two friends near the Firstenburg Family Fountain on Monday morning, the first day of fall semester at Washington State University Vancouver.
By Susan Parrish August 13, 2013 10 a.m.
The seasonal back-to-school supplies aisles at the Target in Hazel Dell were buzzing with bargain-hunting parents and their reluctant kids on a recent afternoon.
By Susan Parrish August 12, 2013 7:59 p.m.
Following a lawsuit and a court order, it's been revealed that Shonny Bria, former superintendent in the Battle Ground School District, was one of four finalists considered for the superintendent position with the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.