OCHS Homecoming Parade; new schools in Happy Valley; GHS athletes learn CPR; Alder Creek garden; Culture Crew at John Wetten; Wichita Center donations

You have been invited to participate in the 2017 Oregon City High School Homecoming Parade starting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Oregon City High School's marching band heads out for last year's homecoming parade, starting from Gardiner Middle School."Blast from the Past" is this year's OCHS homecoming theme. Freshmen will represent the 1990s, sophomores the '50s, juniors the '80s, seniors the '70s and staff the '60s.

According to Mike Lord, OCHS activities director, participants can take part in the theme or any other way. The parade starts at 5 p.m. at Gardiner Middle School, 180 Ethel St., and is expected to end at 6:15 p.m. at the old OCHS Jackson Campus, 1417 12th St.

"Please arrive at the middle school by 4:15 p.m. to line up for the parade," Lord said. "We will plan to start on time. At the end of the parade if you have a float or any type of props or decorations that you want to get rid of, please follow the line to the back of the high school by the softball fields, where a Dumpster will be located. We want to keep the streets and parking lots as clean as possible."

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Board OKs Happy Valley land purchase resolution

School board members in North Clackamas have unanimously approved a resolution to purchase land for new middle and elementary schools in the Happy Valley area.

On Sept. 14, the North Clackamas School Board approved a resolution to purchase approximately 2.4 acres of property for $230,000 at 17915 S.E. Vogel Road, Damascus, for a future elementary school.

NCSD purchased two other parcels on Vogel Road totaling 7.96 acres in 2008 using money from the prior bond. That year, district officials paid $1.1 million for 5 acres with a house and outbuildings and $480,000 for a neighboring 2.96 acres.

Construction on the new Vogel Road elementary school will take place from April 2018 to August 2019, according to Cindy Quintanilla, NCSD's executive director of community relations.

"We do not have a name for the school," Quintanilla said. "We will go through a community process in the next year."

On Oct. 12, the board will consider authorizing the district to draw up contracts for bond-funded design services exceeding $150,000.

A new middle school is in the pipeline for the Happy Valley area after the NCSD board on Sept. 14 approved the purchase of approximately 33.21 acres of property at 14941 S.E. 162nd Ave. for $6.45 million. Quintanilla said that the site eventually will become NCSD's fifth middle school.

"The purchase was part of the bond promises," Quintanilla said. "However, the money to build the school is not included in this bond. We know we will need an additional school in the future, but we were not able to get full community support from our pre-bond outreach to add this to the cost of the 2016 bond. Our community asked us to secure a site and then build one on a future bond."

Over the summer, construction began on a four-classroom addition at Mt. Scott Elementary School, a six-classroom addition at Happy Valley Middle School and a new student health center at Rex Putnam High School.

Design work has begun to convert Rock Creek Middle School into NCSD's fourth high school, where construction is expected to run from June 2019 to June 2020. Clackamas High School's East campus is being converted into a middle school as part of NCSD bond promises to the community when voters passed the $433 million bond in 2016, Quintanilla said.

The purchase of Hood View Park in Happy Valley will serve as the high school baseball, softball and additional soccer/football practice fields. Featuring an all-weather turf sports complex that sits adjacent to Rock Creek Middle School, Hood View Park was valued at $18.7 million as park of a land exchange between NCSD and Clackamas County's North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District.

"It was definitely an asset to be able to add this," Quintanilla said. "This purchase was in lieu of purchasing additional property and constructing the fields."

GHS athletes learn CPR

Kirk Stemple of the Gladstone Fire Department instructs Gladstone High School athletes on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.Last week, athletes from Gladstone High School gathered for hands-on CPR instruction from the Gladstone Fire Department. The goal of the effort is to ensure that each team has students trained to respond in the event of a medical emergency during practices or games.

"We teach a lot of life skills in Gladstone schools," said Athletic Director Ted Yates. "CPR could save a life, and it reminds our students that taking care of each other is one of the most important parts of true teamwork."

Alder Creek builds garden

Thanks to a $2,480 Teacher Grant from the North Clackamas Education Foundation, the Alder Creek Middle School courtyard was revamped into a hands-on vehicle to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to over 180 students.

Students researched and planned the garden, then got their hands dirty by applying compost and planting native plants. Science teacher Claudia Carle said the students involved felt empowered.

"The garden is definitely their space, designed and built by their efforts and creativity," Carle said.

Gladstone students gather donations

Fifth-grade teachers Julie Fox, left, and Serena Mullen load up donations gathered by students at John Wetten Elementary School.The auditorium was packed with dancing children, who thronged around the stage during a recent Culture Crew performance. The acoustic soul-pop band for John Wetten Elementary carried its message of love, happiness and acceptance.

Concert-goers filled a truck with donations of clothing and household items for the thrift shop Value Village, raising $500 for science and technology programs at the school.

Donate to Wichita Center

The Wichita Center for Family and Community has been giving out a lot of food to North Clackamas families and is in need of donations to help support this service. Here is a list of some items they are particularly low on:

? Canned vegetables

? Canned fruits

? Peanut butter

? Jelly

? Applesauce

? Pasta/grains/rice

? Tuna/canned meats

? Cereal/oatmeal

? Crackers/nuts/snacks

? Hearty vegetable/meat soups

? Baking items

Consider donating some of these much-needed items. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Wichita Center, 6031 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie.

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