Students re-enact Mary's journey

By Susan Parrish December 19, 2013 8:22 p.m.

Sixth-graders at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School walked through the exterior courtyard to the fourth-grade classroom. Mary Shamrell, a staff member, and Addie Lopez, mother of a student, played guitars and led them in singing.

Power restored at Battle Ground's Tukes Valley schools

By Susan Parrish December 16, 2013 3:47 p.m.

A power outage at Tukes Valley Primary School and Middle Schools cancelled school this morning. The outage occurred after middle school students already had arrived on campus and primary students were on their way to school. Parents were called. Most parents have picked up their children.

Northeast Hazel Dell Holiday Party delights excited kids, families

By Susan Parrish December 12, 2013 10:18 p.m.

Forty-one shiny new bikes, from a masculine black and red "Rock It" Huffy to a pink Huffy dotted with pink and purple flowers, lined the hallway at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary Thursday night. A helmet dangled from the handlebars of each bike.

Early admission programs encourage Fort Vancouver students to pursue higher ed dream

By Susan Parrish December 12, 2013 7:05 p.m.

Jessica Wheeler's parents dropped out of high school in 10th grade. She never considered college until seventh grade, when she was chosen for the district's AVID program that helps students succeed in school and plan for college.

Wrong late-start info spurs confusion

By Susan Parrish December 12, 2013 6:51 p.m.

Between 7 and 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the Columbian's website incorrectly reported Evergreen Public Schools would start two hours late and that hot lunch would not be served.

Evergreen Public Schools on time today

By Susan Parrish December 12, 2013 12:18 p.m.

Between 7 and 7:20 a.m. today, the Columbian’s website incorrectly reported Evergreen Public Schools would start two hours late and that hot lunch would not be served. That information actually was for Green Mountain School District.

More freezing fog possible Thursday

By Tyler Graf and Susan Parrish December 11, 2013 7:41 p.m.

Seven of the 10 school districts in Clark County were closed Wednesday due to a dense, freezing fog that made driving treacherous.

Weeklong cold snap begins to thaw

By Erik Hidle and Susan Parrish December 10, 2013 12:31 p.m.

Battle Ground, Green Mountain, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield and Washougal schools closed today

CAM Academy in Battle Ground closed due to weather-related issue

By Susan Parrish December 9, 2013 4:27 p.m.

CAM Academy in Battle Ground Public Schools is closed today due to a water pipe break in the sprinkler system and no heat in some of the classrooms.

Franklin Elementary heater unit freezes, causes water leak

By Susan Parrish December 9, 2013 10:41 a.m.

Franklin Elementary School is open today, despite a weather-related water leak in the school office. The water leak did not impact classrooms.

Union High School closes due to heating system issue

By Susan Parrish December 9, 2013 10:09 a.m.

Union High School closed this morning due to the school’s heating system failure to adequately heat all the buildings on the large campus. Students were being sent home at 10 a.m.

Mentors aid STEM push

By Susan Parrish December 8, 2013 6 a.m.

The demand for highly trained workers in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — has created a need for advanced STEM training in high school classrooms. But finding highly qualified teachers with real-world STEM experience is challenging. One key reason is that STEM salaries are considerably higher than teacher salaries.

Schools' snow days determined by districts

By Susan Parrish December 6, 2013 8:43 p.m.

Friday's snow and cold closed four Clark County school districts: Battle Ground, Hockinson, Camas and Washougal. Several districts have cancelled weekend activities.

VPS schools open despite robocall error

By Susan Parrish December 6, 2013 1:42 p.m.

Confusion over whether Vancouver Public Schools would have a snow day today was complicated when a robocall was accidentally sent out to some parents.

Tuition program helps students GET through college

By Susan Parrish December 5, 2013 6 a.m.

Unusual among college students, siblings Hannah Etengoff, 25, and Gabe Etengoff, 20, will complete their undergraduate degrees without accumulating any student loan debt.

Clark County's schools strive for safety

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.

Art Discovery program thrives in Evergreen Public Schools elementary classrooms

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!"

Church shows the love for needy with food boxes

By Susan Parrish November 27, 2013 6 a.m.

The reader board on the lawn at Vancouver First United Methodist Church proclaims: "We love our neighbors."

Forums seek input on Battle Ground superintendent

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.

Sen. Murray proposes preschool initiative

By Susan Parrish November 13, 2013 6:49 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about proposed legislation that would pay for high-quality preschool for children from low-to-moderate income families.

Death threat found in Heritage High bathroom

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.”

Parade salutes Veterans Day

By Susan Parrish November 9, 2013 10:26 p.m.

George Spencer, 71, and his wife, Sharon, stood along Officers Row watching the 27th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy on Saturday.

Capitol Christmas tree pauses on its journey

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.

Leavitt's lead dips slighty in Vancouver mayoral race

By Erin Middlewood and Susan Parrish November 6, 2013 6:46 p.m.

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.

Incumbents retain seats in majority of school board races

By Susan Parrish November 6, 2013 10:30 a.m.

Incumbents retained their seats in the Evergreen, Vancouver, Camas and Washougal school districts Tuesday.

Vandals spray graffiti on two buildings at Union High School

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.

Children’s author to speak at fundraiser for library

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.

Protocol helps identify student threats

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.

Architects help iTech Prep students prepare for design competition

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.

WSUV's future being shaped

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?

Battle Ground High School hosts Community Resource Fair

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.

Fast, clear connection at iTech Preparatory

By Susan Parrish October 26, 2013 1:02 a.m.

PORTLAND — Three years ago, Vancouver Public Schools studied models of science-oriented schools. This year, the district's new STEM school is the model.

WSUV grad student helping small farmers grow

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.

Saudi students at Clark have much to teach

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."

2 vie for Battle Ground schools seat

By Susan Parrish October 11, 2013 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground school board has been scrutinized since it released its $401,715 secret departure agreement with former superintendent Shonny Bria in late June.

Evergreen school district sees one contested board race

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.

Food carts fill the void at Clark College

By Susan Parrish October 10, 2013 9:22 p.m.

The lunchtime crowd at the two food carts in the center of the Clark College campus waxed and waned Wednesday, according to the rhythm of class schedules.

Vancouver school candidates differ on Common Core

By Susan Parrish October 9, 2013 8:07 p.m.

Kathy Gillespie and Lisa Phifer Ross will face each other for a seat on the Vancouver Public Schools board. Meanwhile, incumbent Mark F. Stoker is unopposed for re-election to his seat.

CASEE: 20 and growing strong (with video)

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.

Washington School for Deaf auditorium to reopen

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.

Murdock grant to buy dental equipment for Clark College

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.

Former Vancouver teacher finalist for state award

By Susan Parrish September 19, 2013 8:02 p.m.

KALAMA — Sheila Stuhlsatz stood at the front of her first-year Spanish class at Kalama High School, holding up plastic bananas to illustrate the lesson on gender and adjective word endings.

Media in a lather over Vancouver schools chief's shower

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.

Vancouver schools pays $4K to install private shower for superintendent

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.

Mutilated cat part of a series of vandalisms at Orchards Elementary School

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.

UPDATE: Battle Ground boy expelled after threats

By Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish September 12, 2013 4:19 p.m.

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.

Student, 13, arrested in B.G. school threats

By Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish September 11, 2013 8:21 p.m.

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.

Charter school weighed for Battle Ground

By Susan Parrish September 10, 2013 7:17 p.m.

Karl Johnson, a teacher at Summit View Middle School in Battle Ground, says he's committed to finding a better way to reach students who don't thrive in a regular classroom.

Crestline begins again, as school starts for thousands (with video)

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.

Crestline breaks ground on new school

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.