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What's Inside: GHS's yearbook wins award, Have your say on school standards.

FILE PHOTO - Nadaka Nature Park.Camp Fire Columbia is expanding its summer camp program adding a camp at Gresham's Nadaka Nature Park. The Nadaka camp, which used to be a Camp Fire organization property, will run six sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 10 though Aug. 18. The daily rate is $65 and weekly rate is $255.

If families register before March 24, the rate is $230 per week. Before and after care is available starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. at 17615 N.E. Glisan St.

The camp is for kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall. Participants get 30 minutes of literacy activities daily and hands-on activities such as arts and crafts or cooking, plus the traditional camp games, sports and songs. There are also leadership opportunities for students entering sixth through ninth grades.

Pathways Fair date set

Families can learn more about Gresham-Barlow School District's multiple options for high school at the annual Pathways Fair. Families of district students in seventh and eighth grade who want to learn more can attend the fair from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Yoshida Event Center at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The popular Center for Advanced Learning, Metro East Web Academy and others will make presentations. There will be information sessions on Advanced Placement classes and the International Baccalaureate program. Counselors will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance.

Corbett looking for kindergartners

Corbett will hold its annual kindergarten roundup from 5:30-6:30 Thursday, Feb. 23, for families with a child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Resident families may register at this event and families outside the Corbett district can attend to get information. Out-of-district families need to apply before registering for kindergarten. Parents and caregivers can hear about programming and visit with staff.

Next year's kindergarten students will have a chance to play while parents learn about the kindergarten experience and fill out paperwork. And after the business, milk and cookies will be available, along with time for parents to meet each other.

To register, bring the child's state certified original birth certificate and immunization records. Siblings cannot be accommodated.

Reynolds Learning Academy fundraiser set

McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, will donate half of the proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the Power Station Pub from 5 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to the Reynolds Learning Academy. The funds will be used for the school's graduation ceremony and other school activities. Take out orders are included, just remember to tell the server your order should benefit the school. RLA is a small alternative high school in the Reynolds School District.

Register for seminar on special education

FACT Oregon is holding a free seminar to help families understand early childhood special education and why getting the right instruction and guidance early is important. FACT is a nonprofit group that helps families who are experiencing disabilities. The workshop will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Registration is required and can be completed at

MHCC forensics team honored

The Northwest Forensics Conference designated the Mt. Hood Community College Forensics (speech and debate) Team as the top community college program in the conference for the 2016-17 season.

The Saints earned the Division III Gold Medal. The NFC also awarded the team the Larry Dawkins Cup, for the top Division III debate program, and the Orv Iverson Cup, for the best individual events program.

Honors are distributed based on team performance and the cumulative team score, based on the points members earn in debate and individual speech competitions at NFC tournaments in October, November and January.

"This definitely gives our students a boost in morale and gets those competitive juices flowing as they prepare for the ultimate prize: a shot at a national title in debate or individual events," Valdivia said. Nationals season starts in March.

GHS's yearbook wins award

Gresham High School's 2016 yearbook is among 70 finalists in a competition sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association. Gresham High's book, "Munhinotu," is celebrating 100 years of archiving the school year. The yearbook, with its artful layout, features many historic photos from the past 100 years in Gresham and at the school. In the competition, each yearbook is analyzed and discussed by a team of four judges. The judges are all former and current award-winning high school yearbook advisers from six states. The finalists will be recognized and the "Pacemaker" award winners will be announced at the NSPA National High School Journalism Convention April 6-9 in Seattle.

Early childhood program open

Children from birth to age 5 are eligible for the Multnomah Early Childhood Program, which places children with special needs along with other students in small classes. The classes, sponsored by the David Douglas School District, are available four days per week either morning or afternoon. The program is held at Fairview, Kelly Creek and Sweetbrier elementary schools.

The district said "young children make friends while playing, painting, learning and laughing alongside children with special needs. Peers will learn diversity, tolerance and to appreciate the differences in every child." The cost is $32 per month, but there is free or reduced tuition for those families that qualify. Registration is open. For more information, call 503-261-5535.

Have your say on school standards

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which became federal law in 2015, requires states to develop a plan to support all students and create academic standards, among other mandates. Oregon has posted the first draft of its plan and invites people to read over it and take a survey and provide feedback. The state urges folks "to think big, be bold, and to innovate." The survey is open until Tuesday, March 14. It can be found at

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