Centennial High science teacher earns accolades

OnPoint Community Credit Union has named its 2014 Educators of the Year.

Finalist Rachel Davison, a science teacher at Centennial High School, will receive $500 for herself and $500 for resources and supplies at Centennial.

The annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education recognizes exceptional teachers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington for “their ability to encourage creativity, inspire and positively impact their students.”

Hundreds of teachers are nominated for the OnPoint Prize every year by their peers, students, parents and communities.

Centennial joins Equal Opportunity project

Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) has selected the Centennial School District and Centennial High School for the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Equity & Excellence Project.

Centennial is one of 83 high schools across the country chosen this year for its commitment to helping historically underrepresented students in Advanced Placement programs succeed.

The selected districts and their high schools will join a national effort to open college-level courses to an additional 10,000 low-income students and students of color each year.

“We believe that students who take AP classes are often more engaged in instruction,” Centennial School District’s Superintendent Sam Breyer said in a news release. “Students who are engaged in their coursework tend to have better attendance, which seems to impact high school completion rates.”

In addition to being selected for the EOS project, Centennial High School has received the U.S. News and World Report Best High School Silver Award for the third year in a row. The school is ranked 21st within the state and was lauded for the school’s AP participation rate of 29 percent.

Springdale students read essays aloud

Twelve students at Springdale Job Corps Center and its satellite, PIVOT, held public readings through the Write Around Portland program Wednesday, May 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Portland.

The spring anthology, “A World Where the Rules Were My Own,” is the first of the two annual projects the organization releases. The anthologies collect the writings of young people and adults who participate in the writing workshops.

Job Corps students met with a facilitator once a week for 10 weeks, writing and reading their work out loud to get feedback from others in the workshop.

“I decided to join the workshop because it gave me an opportunity to sit down and focus on my writing, and to get feedback with no judgment attached,” said Kinisha Williams, Student Government Association president. “I love writing, and this was an chance to do it with a focus.”

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