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OCSD Transitions Fair; CCC creative-writing conference; Construction students build storage shed; NCSD teacher named to Circle of Excellence; law-enforcement scholarship;

Oregon City School District fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and their parents will attend the "Successful Changes Transitions Fair" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Ogden Middle School. The event is designed to help students prepare for moving from fifth grade to middle school and moving from middle school to high school.

Teachers, counselors, parents, community members, Oregon City Together board members, a school resource officer and older students will provide information and answer questions to help build the skills and knowledge necessary for success at the next grade level. Three 20-minute sessions will feature topics such as internet safety, how to use a locker, how to manage stress and homework, and how to prevent underage drinking and drug use. In addition, the event serves as an open house for fifth-graders heading to Ogden Middle School this fall. There will be tours of the school and opportunities to meet the teachers and staff.

Several freshmen involved with the Oregon City Together coalition will provide peer-to-peer support by hosting a question-and-answer booth for eighth-graders. Students in seventh and eighth grade will be doing the same for fifth-graders.

Creative writing conference scheduled

Explore the practices and professions of creative writing and publishing at Clackamas Community College's annual Compose Creative Writing Conference on Saturday, May 19.

Hosted by CCC's English Department, this year's event includes workshops in nonfiction, poetry, fiction, comics, publishing and more.

Featured writers, editors and publishers at this year's event include Jenny Forrester, Ed Skoog, Laura Stanfill, Justin Hocking, Susan DeFreitas and many more.

Compose begins with a welcome address by Kate Gray at 9:30 a.m. Workshops run 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 to 5 p.m. There will be a break for lunch and readings from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $20. To register, visit clackamas.edu/academics/departments-programs/english-department. In-person registration starts at 8:45 a.m. the day of the event on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

For more information, contact Rita Shaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-3254.

Construction students build storage shed

The Gladstone High robotics team joined forces with Nerds on the Go, a Milwaukie computer repair company. Together they helped with a Main Street cleanup in Milwaukie on Earth Day, April 22. Pictured are student Billy Siegle and Nerds on the Go owner Rory Dunnaback.Students in Mike Leone's Construction II course at Gladstone High School put their new skills to practical use, building a storage shed for the softball team.

"This new structure will be a useful addition to our athletic program for years to come," Leone said. "This project gave 20 students the opportunity to make a positive impact on our campus while learning real-world construction skills."

Key Club blood drive saves lives

A blood drive planned by the Gladstone High Key Club brought 58 units of blood to the Red Cross.

"Each pint donated can help up to three people," said club sponsor Lynnda Prom. "This student-led effort may help up to 174 individuals in need of surgery or battling disease."

NCSD teacher named to 'Circle of Excellence'

Angela Gausman, a sixth-grade teacher at Cascade Heights Public Charter School Angela Gausman, a sixth-grade teacher at Cascade Heights Public Charter School in the North Clackamas School District, was among the six teachers OnPoint Community Credit Union named to a Circle of Excellence. These educators will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and a $500 donation to their school.

The awards are part of the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. The annual contest honors local educators who work to inspire enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom and have made an impact on students and their families. Now in its ninth year, the campaign has awarded nearly $250,000 in prizes to 60 local educators and schools.

Interested in a law-enforcement career?

The Milwaukie American Legion is seeking qualified applicants for a Law Enforcement Career Camp for Oregon youth, established in cooperation with the Oregon State Police.

This Aug. 4-10 career camp provides the attendees hands-on exposure to many of the career disciplines associated with law enforcement such as criminal law, constitutional law, patrol procedures, investigation procedures, traffic crash investigation, evidence gathering, arrest techniques, firearms training, criminal forensics and other subjects.

Students will participate in scenarios to simulate the challenges and decision-making processes law-enforcement professionals face on a daily basis. The camp involves classroom work, lectures and hands-on activities to promote learning by doing.

Tuition for the camps is covered by American Legion posts and other community-minded individuals and organizations through full or partial tuition scholarships.

Students age 15-17 can apply at orlegion.org/law-enforcement-career-camp.html. Call 503-659-1149 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GHS student awarded scholarship

Gladstone High School senior Kyle AndersonSELCO Community Credit Union has awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 22 graduating high school seniors throughout Oregon, including one to Gladstone High School senior Kyle Anderson. The scholarships — each totaling $1,500 — provide assistance for college-related expenses and help fulfill SELCO's mission to aid member-owners in achieving their goals.

Scholarship recipients were chosen from applicants from all 26 Oregon counties that SELCO serves. Winners were selected based on criteria that include both academic performance and community involvement.

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