School notes


Banks Junior High observes ‘Stomp Out Bullying Day’

In observance of “Stomp Out Bullying Day” Oct. 1, students at Banks Junior High School wore blue shirts to support the idea of eradicating bullying at their school, said Principal Shelley Mitchell. During the lunch period Monday, leadership students hosted tables offering information about “how to recognize gossiping and rumors, strategies to put an end to it,” Mitchell noted.

The idea was to encourage students to think about “how to see your role in a situation that might constitute bullying, such as being the victim, bystander or the bully,” she added. Seventh and eighth-graders also signed a big paper foot to signify their pledge to stomp out bullying. For information about the national movement, visit

FGHS students named National Merit semifinalists

Forest Grove High School seniors Peter Lommen and Paul Schot have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program, joining 16,000 students who scored in the top 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They’ll find out in February if they have been selected as finalists and eligible for National Merit Scholarships.

New Parent Advisory Council forms in Forest Grove

The Forest Grove School District is forming a new District Parent Advisory Council that will include representatives from every school, said district Chief of Staff Connie Potter. The new group, known as DPAC, brings under one umbrella parents whose children are involved in a broad cross-section of programs, including Talented and Gifted, Two-Way Immersion, athletics, music, vocational programs, English Language Learners and more.

The DPAC is “a forum for dialogue” with district leadership, including Superintendent Yvonne Curtis and school board members, Potter said. Membership will include two or more parents from every school, and “participants will set the agenda,” she noted. Monthly meetings begin Oct. 16 at the central administration office, 1728 Main St., and will rotate among the schools. Interested parents should contact their school principal for a DPAC application form. Also new is a Title Program Parent Advisory Council, known as TPAC, which will meet three times a year and include parents of students in the former Latino Parent Advisory Council and the Title I PAC. That group met Tuesday, Oct. 2 for the first time. For information about the DPAC or TPAC, contact Potter at 503-359-2420.