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Mabel Rush Elementary and high school have openings, decisions expected next week

With the departure of principal Troy Fisher planned for the end of the school year, Mabel Rush Elementary School is seeking a new principal for 2019-2020. The job was posted on the Newberg School District website and is open to apply.

Fisher has accepted the principal job at Joseph Gale Elementary School in Forest Grove. While he said he is excited for the next chapter in his career, he values the time he spent as a principal in Newberg at both Antonia Crater and Mabel RusH elementary schools.

"They are an amazing group of folks," Fisher said. "The staff here is unbelievably supportive and they are working like crazy for kids. Their hearts are all in the right spot and the parents are always stepping up."

Fisher plans to keep his kids in the Newberg School District despite his new job. He said the close-knit nature of the community is a big reason why.

His advice for the next principal to take on the job at Mabel Rush is to build a network of allies in the staff toward building a better school. Ultimately, he said, it is about making the best experience for the kids.

"You need a willingness to collaborate, be a servant leader and be a relational person," Fisher said. "For me, at least, everything stems from building positive relationships. Building those allows everyone to have a common vision."

The school district outlined its requirements and qualifications for the Mabel Rush position in a job posting, available at www.newberg.k12.or.us.

Candidates need an Oregon administrative license (or eligibility for one) along with a master's degree in education, five years teaching experience and – preferably – previous administrative experience in education. The job will begin in the late summer once Fisher departs for Forest Grove.

Mabel Rush isn't the only school in the area seeking a principal. Newberg High is looking to fill its principal position on a permanent basis and that process is much further along.

The search is underway and led by a committee of parents, teacher and classified representatives, and administrators, according to the district. Last week, the committee reviewed candidates who have already applied and decided whom to interview, with the interviews taking place March 7.

An announcement on the permanent NHS principal is expected Friday, after the new superintendent has a chance to interview top candidates. Information will be posted on the district website and on its Facebook page.

School briefs

Lifeguard training set at aquatic center

Strong swimmers age 15 and up can learn how to be a lifeguard at a training session set for March 25-29 in Newberg. The session teaches victim recognition, surveillance and equipment-based rescues and provides nationally recognized two-year certificate as an American Red Cross Lifeguard -- employing first-aid, CPR-PR and AED.

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during spring break at the Chehalem Aquatic Center. One-hundred-percent attendance is required for full certification. The cost of the entire week is $175 to $200, depending on age. For more information, visit www.cprdnewberg.org.

Kindergarten registration set for April in area

Newberg and Dundee elementary schools are hosting a kindergarten registration day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 10. Children who will be 5 years or older by Sept. 1 are eligible to enter kindergarten.

The required items to register a child include immunization records and proof of age. Those who don't have those items at the time of registration must submit them before the child starts school in the fall.

Further questions can be directed to individual elementary schools. Office phone numbers are available on www.Newberg.k12.or.us.

Spring break art camp for youths

The Chehalem Cultural Center is inviting children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to a spring break art camp March 25-27. Half-days for children age 3 to 6 will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 25 through March 27; full days for children in first through fifth grade will run from 9 until 3 p.m.

The camp is a "hands-on exploration of art" that includes work with clay, paint, reclaimed materials and more. A 10 percent discount is offered to CCC members and scholarships are available.

For more information, visit www.chehalemculturalcenter.org.

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