Dodgeball raises money for Milwaukie High; Oregon City teachers awarded technology grants; Gladstone Education Foundation; Gladstone Outdoor School

Dodgeball raises money for MHS

Last month, the Rotary Club of Milwaukie was excited to send two teams to support the Milwaukie High School/SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Rotary Club team members meet with Portland Pickles Baseball mascot Dillon after the Milwaukie Cares week dodgeball tournament in Milwaukie. Milwaukie Academy of the Arts dodgeball tournament during Milwaukie Cares week. The fundraiser is hosted by the student government.

This year, Rotary Club teams hosted special guest players from Portland Pickles Baseball — coach Jeff Lahti and Dillon the Pickles' mascot. Rotarians fought hard in two games each but were not able to move forward in the bracket play.

Kraxberger musicians excel

The eighth-grade band from Kraxberger Middle School competed in the Baker Prairie Band Festival against performance groups from across the region, finishing in second place.

Teacher Seth Arnold directs Kraxberger Middle School's eighth-grade band, which took second place at the Baker Prairie Band Festival."I'm proud of our band for scoring three superior ratings and representing Gladstone so well," said band director Seth Arnold. "I'm looking forward to having them join the high school band next fall."

OC teachers awarded technology grants

Last month, Gaffney Lane Elementary School teachers Liz Wong and Danielle Butler were awarded technology grants from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation. The grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology.

The money being awarded to Butler will be used to purchase technology to assist students in the classroom. A few examples would be a tablet with special software used to allow a student without verbal skills the ability to communicate, or a computer with cutting edge speech-to-text and verbal editing capabilities that would allow a student to write rich stories using their voice.

"I am thrilled about getting this grant for our students," Butler said. "The $5,000 grant is going to provide a stable batch of laptops and tablets specifically for adaptive-use situations, and our students are thrilled."

In her third-grade class, Wong uses an iPad-based coding application that students use to create programs using a drag-and-drop interface. The $3,200 grant awarded to Wong will be used to purchase robotics that help bring the student programming to life beyond the screen.

"I was totally excited to learn that not one but two Gaffney Lane teachers applied for and had been awarded CenturyLink technology grants," said Gaffney Lane Principal Cyndi Borgmeier. "Our teachers want the most for our students and adding more adaptive technologies along with more opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math help push them to new heights."

Foundation plans golf, auction events

The Gladstone Education Foundation plans a summer golf tournament and a fall auction to support Gladstone schools and youth programs. Recently these events raised over $54,000 for Gladstone schools.

The golf tournament is set for noon Wednesday, July 26, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m., at Stone Creek Golf Course. Registration is $450 per foursome or $125 per single, including golf, golf cart, lunch, dinner and awards. The event also includes raffle prizes and a silent auction.

The auction is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the World of Speed. The event includes a silent auction, an oral auction and a dinner provided by Slick's Big Time Barbecue. Attendees also will have the opportunity to explore the car museum.

To register, to sponsor either event or to donate auction items, contact Tammy Tracy at 503-650-2777 or Terry Marsh at 503-798-7922.

Gladstone Outdoor School continues tradition

For 36 years, Outdoor School has been a rite of passage for Gladstone kids. Every sixth-grader from Kraxberger Middle School attends a full week of Outdoor School at Twin Rock Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach. For some students, this is their first camp experience.

Emily McClaflin, a senior at Gladstone High School who obtained a coveted spot as a counselor at Outdoor School, watches sixth-graders run to study dune ecosystems at Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast.The action-packed week includes environmental science lessons about ponds, plants, beaches, dunes and arthropods, as well as outdoor survival skills such as using a compass and how to build a shelter. Students create environmental art and also learn the importance of using sustainable practices.

The long-term impact of the program is evident in the Gladstone High School students who compete for coveted spots to serve as counselors for the program.

"Watching our campers having the time of their lives learning alongside these wonderful young adults is rewarding beyond words," said teacher Patti Bisenius, who has helped organize the program for several years.

CCC hosts creative writing conference

Explore the practice and profession of creative writing, publishing, playwriting and digital storytelling at Clackamas Community College's annual Compose Creative Writing Conference on Saturday, May 20, at the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Hosted by CCC's English Department, this year's event includes workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, publishing, comics and songwriting. Some of this year's workshops include "Making Meaning Through Metaphor," "Writing Poems From Memory: Our Stories as a Matter of Craft," "The Devil Is in the Details: Writing and Revising Short Fiction," "Finding Your Voice - and Selling Your Work" and "Writing Comics: Pages, Panels and the Space Between."

Featured writers, editors and publishers at this year's event include Rene Denfeld, Jay Ponteri, Diana Schutz, Daneen Bergland, Jeff Knorr, Claire Willett and many more.

Compose begins with a welcome address 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 In-person registration starts at 8:45 a.m. the day of the event.

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.

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