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Homeless grad rates flat, nominate your favorite teacher for a big prize, plus library hold special events

PMG FILE PHOTO - Unhoused students graduate at lower rates than other groups, but Barlow High School beat state averages for homless students getting a diploma.

Homeless students' grad rates remain flat

Unhoused students have among the worst graduation rates among different student groups broken out by the Oregon Department of Education, and the rates for homeless students did not improve much last year, recently released statistics show.

Statewide only 55.4% of unhoused students graduated in 2019, up slightly from the 54.1% in 2018.

Barlow High School had the best local performance, graduating 63.3% of unhoused students in 2019, up from 55.6% in 2018.

At Reynolds High School, 59.6% of homeless students graduated in 2019, a big drop from the 71.4% of unhoused students who earned a diploma the year before.

Gresham High School had an uptick to 56.2% of homeless students getting a diploma, up from 53.2% in 2018.

At Centennial High, the only local school that did not do better than state averages, fewer than half — 47.4% — of homeless students graduated in 2019, down from the 52.2% in 2018.

Know a great teacher?

OnPoint Community Credit Union is accepting nominations for its annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. The credit union will award up to $100,000 to outstanding public or private K-12 teachers and schools.

Two teachers, one in kindergarten through eighth grade and one from high schools, will have their mortgages paid for a year and $2,500 donated to their schools.

Two additional teachers from the two school levels will each receive a $5,000 cash award and $1,500 for their schools. Six additional teachers will be named to the Circle of Excellence and will each receive a $1,500 cash award and $1,000 for their schools.

In addition to the teacher awards, four schools will receive $2,000 for a special project of their choice. And, a fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive $5,000.

Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, April 14. To nominate a teacher, visit: Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 28.

OnPoint has awarded more than $370,000 in prizes to 260 local educators and schools since it began the Prize for Excellence in Education in 2009.

Teens can make bath bombs

Crafter and educator Megan Barella will lead teens making bath bombs with all-natural supplies in a free workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22. Bath bombs make wonderful gifts for yourself or your friends and family. The class is at the Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Troutdale Library will hold Native story hour

Karen Kitchen will host kids, families and adults for a free story hour featuring songs and books from Native cultures from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Children, families, elders, aunties and uncles — everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Call 503-988-5123 for more.

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