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Student churn is high in local schools, MHCC graduates more students and other education tidbits

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Community College showed a 12% increase in credential completions in the 2018-19 school year despite a drop in the number of students. Student mobility is high in East County

In Centennial School District nearly 1-in-5 students enter or leave school during the school year. Centennial's 18% mobility rate is the highest in East Multnomah County, followed closely by the Reynolds School District at 17% and Gresham-Barlow School District at 16%. Tiny Corbett School District has far less churn with only 7% of students mobile during the 2018-19 school year. Statewide, the turnover rate is 11.5%.

Students who change schools are often behind academically because of missing school days and not having steady school routines and familiar curriculum. But mobility can also slow down learning for the rest of the class as educators take time to explain class routines or missed material to new students.

The districts with the highest mobility in the state were small Alsea School District East of Waldport, which had a 65% turnover and Mitchell School District, which is east of Bend in Central Oregon, at 67%.

MHCC improves student success

Mt. Hood Community College showed a 12% increase in credential completions in the 2018-19 school year. Certificates and degrees went from 2,500 to 2,851, despite a drop in the number of students. One-year certificates showed the biggest jump, a 26% increase and two-year certificates were up 12%.

In a message to the MHCC school board, college president Lisa Skari said "the data suggests we are being more successful in supporting students through completion. While the college will need to explore the data to determine root causes for the improvement, we should celebrate the hard work done leading to the increased student success."

Centennial hires new administrator

The Centennial School District tapped Tina Acker as the new director of curriculum and student learning, replacing Angela Hubbs, who left the district for a position with the Multnomah Education Service District.

Acker was most recently director of enhanced academic programs with Portland Public Schools. She focused on coordinating Advanced Placement testing, as well as supporting the District's 37 AVID schools.

For the seven years prior to that, Tina was principal of PPS's Vernon K-8 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme School.

Acker has a master's degree in Education, Administrative Licensure, and an undergraduate degree in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University. She is a former president of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and remains active in that organization.

Make a bat mobile

Artist Kathy Karbo will teach kids and their grownups how to use bamboo twigs, paper, wire and tools to make a spooky mobile to take home. The free workshop runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Kids can have an adventure

Columbia Gorge Outlets mall hosts a free adventure club for kids from 9-10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month. On Nov. 2, the theme will be "All About Transportation." Kiddos will meet characters, do fun activities, dress up, enjoy snacks and more. These events are best for kids up to 8 years old and are free. The mall is at 450 N.W. 257th Way, in Troutdale. Call 503-669-8060 for more information.


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