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LEARNING LOG: Centennial, Reynolds make up snow days

What's Inside: Teens code with robots, Hear African stories at Troutdale Library

FILE PHOTO - Aidan Kelly, 11, dumps snow from a wheelbarrow in 2017.

The Centennial School Board approved a plan to make up the unusually large number of snow days in the 2016-17 school year. They added days to the end of the school year, making Friday, June 16, the last day of school. Friday, Feb. 17, which was to be a day off for students, will be a regualr school day. In addition, the board eliminated the late start times on Wednesday, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14, which will now be full school days. Some conference days are now regular school days.

Reynolds adds days to school year

The Reynolds School Board voted to add four days at the end of the school year and cancel the late starting times scheduled for June 5 and June 12 to partially make up for the 10 days students were not in school because of snow and ice thus far in the 2016-17 school year. The district also plans to apply for a wavier from the state that will allow schools to shorten required instructional time by 14 hours. Most Reynolds students will go to school through June 21.

Teens code with robots

Students in grades six though 12 can learn how to program colorful Sphero robots in a free workshop in the Rockwood Library's makerspace. Registrtion is required for the series of workshops, which will feature activities like robot dance parties, obstacle courses, light painting, bridge building, chariot challenges and more. This workshop runs from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The library is at 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Gonzaga announces local honor roll students

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.

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 executive search firm, to manage the process. A tentative 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.

Gresham student makes college honor roll

Madison Huff of Gresham earned a spot on the fall 2016 dean's list at Central Oregon Community College, Bend. To merit a spot on the list students must be enrolled in 12 or more graded credits and receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or better.

Hear African stories at Troutdale Library

Habiba Addo, a native of Ghana, will tell stories about African history in an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. Hear the compelling tales from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Call 503-98-5123 for more information.

Teens try light painting

Photographer and artist Elijah Hasan will teach teens a cool, new art technique. Teens should wear dark clothing and use a light source such as a flashlight or a bright phone and start painting. Paint your name or message using light as a brush. Capture a photograph of your own light paint image to take home and share. The free workshop runs from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.