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OC students benefit from funding; CCC has top nursing program in state; NCSD boundary realignment planning underway; La Salle to host talk on reducing teen anxiety; Support sought for Cinco de Mayo celebration

Bear Necessities is a program for Oregon City High School students to raise funds for those in need in the OC community.

PHOTO COURTESY: MIKE LORD - Students or principals accept the checks from Oregon City High School during the Winter Formal assembly in which OCHS presented district elementary and middle schools with over $6,000 in money to help their students.To help other students and families, students raise money for one week in the fall and one week in December. This year, the school raised over $15,000 combined during these weeks.

At the Winter Formal assembly, OCHS presented district elementary and middle schools with over $6,000 in money to help their students.

CCC has top nursing program in state

Clackamas Community College has been recognized by the annual RegisteredNursing.org RN Program State Rankings as the No. 1-ranked RN program in Oregon.

"Clackamas Community College offers an excellent two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing," said Sally Worthington, outreach coordinator for RegisteredNursing.org. "Using interactive classroom learning and hands-on clinical experiences, this program fully prepares students for a rewarding health care career."

The website ranked the top 10 nursing schools in Oregon by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN "pass rates," meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 27 RN programs in the state.

For more information about the CCC program, visit clackamas.edu/academics/departments-programs/nursing.

NCSD boundary realignment planning underway

North Clackamas officials are gearing up to modify attendance boundaries within the current Clackamas High School feeder area.

The modifications will be necessary due to the 2016 passage of a capital construction bond, resulting in the creation of a new comprehensive high school and elementary school in the Happy Valley area.

An advisory committee will seek consensus regarding the boundary changes for consideration by the superintendent and School Board.

The Boundary Realignment committee will begin meeting weekly in March and is expected to complete its work by June.

Superintendent Matt Utterback has appointed a committee of 14 community members and nine district staff. The community membership represents each of the 10 schools in the Clackamas High attendance areas (Oregon Trail, Sunnyside, Duncan, Scouters Mountain, Spring Mountain, Happy Valley and Mount Scott elementary schools; Happy Valley and Rock Creek middle schools; and CHS), in addition to two community members at large (not from CHS/new high school feeder) and two school board members.

Pre-committee work includes land-use analysis, enrollment forecasting and community phone surveys. NCSD officials said that 400 people will receive a phone call asking about key priorities in the boundary realignment process.

In April, there will be public opportunities to review committee progress, ask questions and provide public input.

For more information, go to nclack.k12.or.us/district/page/boundary-realignment-process.

La Salle to host talk on reducing teen anxiety

La Salle Prep will host Kevin Ashworth on Feb. 15 for a free discussion on how to reduce teen anxiety. The talk, in the school's Hamersly Library, 11999 S.E. Fuller Road, unincorporated Milwaukie, will start at 7 p.m.

Ashworth is the co-founder, clinical director and senior clinician of the NW Anxiety Institute in Portland. He's a nationally recognized expert on adolescent anxiety who has spoken to school communities around the Portland area.

La Salle Vice Principal Brian Devine said the school is hosting Ashworth to help and support families.

"Like many school communities around the country, we have seen an increase in students experiencing anxiety and depression," DeVine said. "We are not sure what may be causing our students to feel this way. It may be an increase in social media use or kids being overscheduled, or political issues. ... No matter what, we know that many of our families are looking for ways to support their children in managing and moving past the anxiety and stress. ... The strategies and resources that Kevin will share can benefit all of our students and parents."

Support sought for Cinco de Mayo celebration

Jennings Lodge and Candy Lane elementary schools, home to the Oregon City School District's only dual-immersion program, are asking community partners to donate a service or an item to the schools' 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Auction.

About 65 percent of students at the schools qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches. Auction coordinators Jennifer Olszewski and Lauren Knox said money raised from the event will go to literacy and math programs in English and Spanish, equipment purchases, field trips, classroom supplies, schoolyard garden, nutrition education, physical education and more.

This year's event is scheduled for Friday, May 4, and fiesta organizers ask that gifts come in by Friday, April 27, so they can be used in the event program and marketing.

Any donor contributing something worth more than $250 will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. All donations are tax-deductable.

For more information, call 503-201-6504 or 971-221-5280.

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