In this round of school briefs, learn about the LOHS performance at We The People, the Foundation fundraisers, the Westridge auction, Nita Van Pelt's solo and more

SUBMITTED PHOTO: COURTESTY OF LOHS - Lake Oswego High School students took fourth in the state We The People competition.

LOHS takes fourth in 'We The People' event

Lake Oswego High School placed fourth in the statewide "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition on Jan. 21.

The event, held at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland, included more than 150 students from six Oregon high schools.

The Classroom Law Project, which organizes this simulation of a Congressional hearing and Mock Trial competitions, aims to further youth participation in democracy. For "We The People" — the first three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution — competitors broke into groups and readied speeches or prepped for questioning from community leaders. Oregon Chief Justice Tom Balmer joined Classroom Law Project Executive Director Marilyn Cover as the event hosts.

Other winners included Grant, Lincoln and Franklin high schools. Central Catholic and Cleveland high schools also participated.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE HAGEMAN FAMILY - The Hageman brothers, Kevin and Dan, worked so hard as screenwriters on "The Lego Movie" that they developed Lego alter egos.

Foundation fundraiser on tap Tuesday

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation's annual luncheon coming up on Tuesday sold out earlier this week. But there's another Foundation event that's also happening this Tuesday.

"The Lego Movie," written by Lakeridge High graduates Kevin and Dan Hageman, will be showing in the Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive. The event, which is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, includes a Q & A after the film with the Hageman brothers. Admission is free, but donations are suggested.

The event supports the Foundation, which pays for the salaries of many teachers in K-12 classrooms throughout the Lake Oswego School District. For more information, visit

Westridge fundraiser on tap soon

Westridge Elementary School is holding a happy hour, auction and casino night on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The event, which benefits Westridge, will include not only happy hour and a silent and live auction and casino, but also a Texas Hold 'em championship match, a plated dinner and dancing.

The fundraiser will help the school pay for tech equipment, the art literacy program and field trips.

The gala is scheduled from 5:30-11 p.m. at Langdon Farms Golf Course, 24377 Airport Road NE, No. 1, Aurora. Tickets are $75 per person. Space is limited is to 300 people. For advance tickets, visit

Brian Bice is the auctioneer, Ken Ackerman will emcee and the Julie Amici Trio will perform.

To donate, contact event co-chairman Stephen Malmros at 503-880-5668 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nita Van Pelt to solo

Former Lake Oswego School District orchestra conductor Nita Van Pelt, who retired at the end of the last school year, will perform a clarinet solo during a concert March 11 at Reed College.

Van Pelt is the principal clarinet of the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the group asked her to solo with them during a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. The concert will be held in Reed's Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for people 65 and older and $10 for students. Admission is free for children younger than 5.

For advance tickets, visit When purchasing a ticket through this website, your name will be added to a will-call list, but no physical or digital ticket will be issued. Online ticket sales close at noon on the day of a concert, but attendees can still purchase tickets at the door with cash, credit or debit card, or check.

Apply to video contest

Teens are invited to exercise their creativity and spread the message of workplace safety and health by using music, humor and creative special effects in the annual video contest, "Speak Up. Work Safe."

Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition organizes the contest, which is open to high school students across Oregon and is intended to increase awareness about on-the-job safety with a 90-second video. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $330-$500, while earning a matching amount for their school. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Submissions are judged on having an original health-and-safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators, as well as on overall production value and effective use of the theme "Speak Up. Work Safe."

For information, including tips, rules and entry forms, visit

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