LEARNING LOG: Gresham-Barlow extends school year
The Gresham-Barlow School Board voted to add five days to the end of school year to make up for instructional time lost due to inclement weather closures. For 12th-grade students the school year will be extended by three days. School will be out for seniors on Wednesday, June 7. The last day for eighth-grade students will be Tuesday, June 20. Kindergarten through seventh-graders will be out Thursday, June 22, and ninth to 11th graders Friday, June 23. The school district had originally planned to make the decision in April. But the district wanted to give students, families, and staff time to plan for the change. Additional adjustments to the calendar may be needed if there are more snow days. The school board met Thursday, Feb. 2, and the next day, school was closed because of the icy road conditions.
Gonzaga announces honor roll
Gonzaga University, Spokane, announced the names of students who have earned a place on the dean's list for the fall semester of 2016. These local students earned a 3.5 to 3.84 grade point average and were included in the honor roll: Jefferson Bricker and Kamrin Sorensen, Damascus, Bethany Woodard, Fairview; Caylie Washburn and Matthew Williams, Gresham and Trevor Ruesch, Happy Valley.
Clear Creek teacher wins $25,000 in tech gear
Tom Erickson, a teacher at Clear Creek Middle School, won $25,000 in technology products for Clear Creek from the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program. He won for a project proposal for his students to design and build activities to help Alzheimer's patients. His proposal, which Samsung judged the best in Oregon, will have his students build adult manipulatives such as mazes for dementia patients. They will be used at the Lambert House, a care facility in Gresham, to practice skills and receive sensory input that help with memory. Erickson is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) teacher at the Gresham-Barlow district middle school. Students will use computer aided design and a 3D printer or other manufacturing techniques to create the products. Clear Creek's project will be considered for a national award, worth about $125,000.
Gresham-Barlow seeks superintendent
The Gresham-Barlow School District is in the beginning stages of searching for a superintendent after current leader Jim Schlachter announced he will leave the district at the end of the school year. The board selected, Ray and Associates, an Iowa-based education executive search firm, to manage the process. A draft timeline shows the job will be advertised and the recruitment started in mid-March and a new superintendent will be hired by June 8. The school board has agreed they would prefer a candidate from the Pacific Northwest and desire a bilingual candidate. A background other than education would be acceptable.
Speech educator honored
Rachel Wilczewski, the speech-debate coach and an English teacher and advisor at Sam Barlow High School, was selected as the 2017 speech educator of the year by the Oregon High School Speech League Coaches Association. Wilczewski attended University of Oregon and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She received a master's degree in education from Suffolk University, Boston.