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It’s time to win the ‘Education Game’

I often wonder how many Oregonians understand they are players in an “Education Game,” and if they understood the game, could we finally win it?

Young Voices: Juniors subject to Smarter Balance ‘test run’

As a junior in high school, graduation requirements are on the mind. One thing that is very close at hand is the new standardized state test, Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium or SBAC for short.

ANOTHER VOICE: When it comes to words, ‘We are all invited to the Feast’

My husband and I enjoyed yet another year celebrating the Hood River Library and its role in our community March 7 during the Feast of Words fundraiser.

Young Voices: Julia Skwarczynski: Taking on the world, one language at a time

Every high school student has a talent, something interesting about them, or perhaps a little quirk to them. Some students are talented in math, some in science, but there are very few students who know and are learning more than four different languages. Whether she is up at the mountain skiing or in a classroom studying, sophomore Julia Skwarczynski is always trying her best to achieve the goals she has set for herself and have success in the future.

Young Voices: ‘I trained hard and was prepared for this moment’

Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport and is a test of the determination and toughness of its competitors.

YOUNG VOICES: Is the media killing our confidence?

From the time we are born, even before understanding what we are seeing, we are hit with a barrage of unrealistic and unattainable images. This is what is bred into our psyche in the media world we live in today.

Young Voices: HRVHS junior Payton Rigert starts as intern at the News

My name is Payton Rigert. I am a junior at Hood River Valley High School and currently participating in an internship at the Hood River News.

ANOTHER VOICE: Parent and teacher despairs over ‘out of control’ standardized tests

Mandated standardized state testing is now officially out of control.

ANOTHER VOICE: Assessing a new opportunity for improving Oregon education

As Chief Education Officer, one of my roles is to listen to feedback about what is working well and where there are opportunities to improve our systems to better support students. One of the concerns often voiced as I travel across the state is about over-testing.

It all makes sense to me!

I would like to extend an apology to Rep. Greg Walden and his wife, Mylene, for a tasteless joke I made at their expense in my last published column.

ANOTHER VOICE: Leos are 700,000 containers and counting

Two years ago, in this space, I was happy to report on the Leos first Saturday collection of deposit bottles and cans in the Rosauers’ parking lot. At that time, the project had collected 400,000 containers since its beginning in 2009. Now, two years later, I am happy to report that the Leos are still collecting beverage containers and those nickel deposits continue to add up. This month, the Leos surpassed 700,000 containers. That’s $35,000 worth of nickels — every dollar going back to local groups and activities in our community.

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Ten years after tragedy, fond memories endure

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago a horrible plane crash claimed the lives of three young men from the Hood River community: my husband Chris Jones, who owned Son-Rise Development, Paul Linck, the pilot of our plane, and Brook Campbell, who owned Rockin’ the Gorge, a local drywall company.

Every single soldier: looking for photos to help honor Vietnam fallen

My name is Janna Hoehn. I am a 25 year resident of Maui, Hawaii. Six years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Another Voice: Keystone XL and the Sherbet Rainbow

Last Tuesday morning, I read the news on Google. The new crop of House Representatives would be sworn in that day. Republicans are now the majority in both houses. I read the transcript of the speech of House Speaker John Boehner. He wasted no time mentioning the imminent battle for passage of the Keystone XL pipeline. He mentioned the 94,000 jobs that would be created. An impressive number, if you ignore that these would be temporary jobs. He brought up the “job killing” oppression of Obamacare. Much of the speech was dedicated to American jobs.

A step forward for Oregon: Common Core State Standards

ANOTHER VOICE

Imagine for a moment what our students would be learning if the expectations for them did not change with the times. Oregon first adopted educational standards in the early 1900s and since that time Oregonians have understood that our schools had to continually evolve to ensure our youth are prepared to compete and succeed in life after high school. Thankfully, as the knowledge and skills required for successful participation in society and the world economy have shifted, so have Oregon’s targets for student learning.

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