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HRVHS maintains high grad rates ranking

Deputy Supt. Rob Saxton announced last week that Oregon’s four-year graduation rate for 2013 was 68.7 percent, up only slightly from the previous year’s rate of 68.4 percent. The statewide four-year graduation rate has increased 2.5 percent over the past five years.

Sense of Place lecture series continues March 5

Gorge Owned invites the community to the next in its Sense of Place lecture series, “Mount Hood: Shaping the People and Places of the Pacific Northwest,” with Jon Bell. It will be held March 5 at Columbia Center for the Arts. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7.

Time to nominate a ‘Woman of Distinction’

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls.

HRV honors artists: Hanson, Echevarria win Scholastic Gold Key honors

Seniors Tove Hanson and Gisela Ayala Echevarria have won Gold Key awards in the Regional Scholastic Art competition. The students’ work was judged against students from other western states, and next they will be considered for national awards in New York later this spring.

Robotics takes Idaho

FTC Blackhawks ‘Inspire’ in Idaho

Black Hawks, the Hood River Valley High School First Tech Challenge robotics team — all seniors — won the Inspire Award at the Idaho State Championship Feb. 15.

CGCC hosts renewable energy technology career fair

Columbia Gorge Community College is hosting an annual Renewable Energy Technology Career Fair for enrolled students on April 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. This career fair attracts highly skilled RET students with experience in electrical systems, mechanical systems, and electronics with a focus on the renewable-energy industry.

Applications being accepted for CGCC Gorge Scholarships

Columbia Gorge Community College has just opened the gates for eligible high school students to apply for its best-kept secret: the Gorge Scholars program. Applications are being accepted until July 1 for this unique tuition-waiver program that awards students a chance to attend CGCC for up to two years and receive 18 college credits per term — for free.

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Schools count on students

The cramp of class size is one thing.

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HRMS musical opens: ‘Kid Next Door’ explores timely themes

“The Kid Next Door,” a community collaborative musical production, opens Friday at Hood River Middle School auditorium, presented by the Hood River Middle School Performing Arts Department.

Scholastic Writing: HRV writers Peterson, Miller, Sacre honored

Hunter Peterson and Danielle Miller, seniors at Hood River Valley High School and Cayla Sacre, a junior, won notable awards in 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, one of the most prestigious national recognition program for students in the U.S.

HRCSD budget committee members needed

There are four openings on the Hood River County School District budget committee for residents who live in the following zones:

District starts to take a close look at absenteeism

In Wednesday’s meeting, Hood River County School District Board of directors discussed a wide variety of topics and updates, including the dawning issue of student absenteeism.

HRV chapter observes National FFA Week

National FFA week is Feb. 15-22 this year and the Hood River Valley FFA Chapter has several activities planned at the local level.

Classes added to Community Ed schedule

Community Education has added some classes for first aid/CPR for February and March. Sign up at hrcommunityed.org then select “classes” from the left shortcut menu or call 541-387-5082 to register.