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West Linn beat Sheldon 23-14 to win the OSAA 6A State Football Championship, Westview downed North Salem 51-22 to win the inaugural 6A Columbia Cup, and Summit beat Wilsonville 35-28 to win the 5A championship, all three games played Friday at Hillsboro Stadium. On Saturday at the 4A title game, Hillsboro Stadium, Estacada downed Tillamook 32-8, 3A championship won by Cascade Christian (Medford) 41-6 over Kennedy (Mt. Angel) at Cottage Grove, 2A championship won by Oakland 46-32 over Weston-McEwen/Griswold, Hillsboro Stadium, and the 1A-8 player won by Lost River (Merrill/Malin) over St. Paul 43-0 also at Cottage Grove.
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Teachers, some in Southeast, say 'special education' is in crisis

One Westmoreland teacher appeared before the School Board to complain, and quit on the spot...By mid-October, Bianca Cohen hadn't had a proper lunch break since the start of the school year. This special education teacher spent many of her breaks tending to students who require supervision during meals. Llewellyn Elementary, the school in Westmoreland where she teaches, is one of several Portland schools that doesn't have enough special education support staff. Currently, Portland Public Schools is short thirty-two "paraeducators" — educational assistants, sometimes called classroom aides — who help teachers with students. The District started the year with 70 paraeducator...

Tillamook and Estacada face off for 4-A high school football title

HILLSBORO Ore. (KPTV) - Hillsboro stadium was the final destination in the 4-A classification. It’s a first final for sixth-seeded Tillamook Cheesemakers since 1977. And the fifth-seeded Estacada Rangers last made it this far way back in 1953, and neither had ever claimed a state title.

Can the West Linn-Wilsonville School District rebound from pandemic?

Latest report highlights graduation rate and hiring wins, chronic absences This article was updated from its original version. Based on recent data, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District is on an upward trend of students who are on track to graduate. But the district also saw a decline in attendance, matching a statewide trend. New data released by the Oregon Department of Education provides a snapshot of how schools are performing by comparing data from before, during and after distance learning. ODE officials stated that some data is skewed due to pandemic-related challenges. Population breakdown Data shows the...

A bittersweet farewell

Ever since kindergarten, Tara Foor thought she wanted to be a teacher. As a child, she would even line up her stuffed animals after school and teach them what she had learned that day. She was fascinated by the way her teacher would write things on the chalkboard and use it to teach them. It’s something her parents still make fun of her for, but it led her to what she is doing today.

De La Salle North Catholic High School Benefit Raises $645,000

Portland, OR. 250 guests celebrated 21 years of De La Salle North Catholic at its new campus. The benefit on October 21st raised $645,000 for financial aid at the school. Guests included Mal McAninch, Gretchen Johnson, Janeen McAninch, Mary Boyle, and Tom Doyle. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas) Attendees toured the...

North Marion welcomes new vice principal at K-5 schools

Michael Clutter is the new Interim Vice Principal for the Primary and Intermediate schoolsAn educator and administrator with 20 years of experience has left the Gladstone School District to come work for North Marion, starting Nov. 8. Longtime educator and administrator Michael Clutter joined North Marion this month as the Interim Vice Principal for the Primary and Intermediate schools. He fills in a vacancy that was first created when Allison Hunt left the role to replace Andy Kronser as the Primary School Principal. "I am humbled to serve as the Interim Vice Principal and look forward to getting to know...

Profound respect for students: Matt Reed’s Teacher Spotlight

Social studies teacher Matt Reed recently explored his passion for teaching, as he became an educator and discovered his care and admiration for students while working with them in a classroom. Matt began his career fighting for social justice for over a decade after his childhood in Ripon, California. Now,...

Following fast start, West Linn holds on for win over Sheldon in Class 6A football championship game

The West Linn Lions have been waiting six years to return to the 6A football championship game, and they made sure they didn’t squander the opportunity. Decked out in black jerseys on Black Friday, the Lions avenged their only loss of the season, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions and holding on from there to beat the Sheldon Irish 23-14 at Hillsboro Stadium to capture their second state football title.

What Can’t Be Learned in School (“Working on the World”)

Community Mending, Portland, OR. Katherine is pictured in the bottom left. Used with permission. Subsequent photos by authors. I realized in my last post that when campaigning for political or practical change, I was acting imagining how someone upright and decent would act. This was about appearances. Are classroom discussions and conversations among friends about appearances too–taking positions and making points that we think look good? Then if we’ve succeeded, we can head home to our dorms satisfied …

Students collect 770 pies to donate to local shelters

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Portland high school students team with Youth Charity League to collect pies for the needy.Just before Thanksgiving, more than a dozen charitable organizations and shelters were teeming with pies to serve. Portland teens and pre-teens collected more than 770 pies during two different donation drives held Nov. 18 and 19 at Lincoln and Jesuit high schools. The two high schools partnered with the Youth Charity League to collect pumpkin pie and other holiday pies that were then distributed to charities, churches and homeless shelters. "I think it's really nice to see high schoolers doing...
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How the West Linn-Wilsonville School District spent $7 million to amp up supportive services

The district uses annual funding from the Student Success Act to hire new staff, host mental health trainings and add learning specialists to schools. On Monday, Nov. 14, assistant superintendent Jennifer Spencer-Iiams outlined how the West Linn-Wilsonville School District spent over $7 million in state funding to uplift marginalized students and staff.Â

Fall Enrollment At Oregon Public Colleges And Universities Is Down Overall

Oregon Public Colleges And Universities: As the number of autumn enrollees at Oregon’s public universities drops, campuses are starting to look eerily deserted. The state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission notes that though enrollment has begun to stabilise, statewide enrollment is still lower than it was before the pandemic. And some institutions continue to observe a fall in student numbers.

PSU students navigate enrollment

When Xen Lapshin went to register for classes as an incoming freshman, they were surprised to find a limited number of options for credits which qualified for Portland State’s most recent general university requirement, race and ethnic studies. According to the new requirement, students entering PSU with less than 90 credits are required to take two classes which fall into this category. The issue is that right now there aren’t many options.