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Maplewood names new principal

MAPLEWOOD - Annie Tabshy has been selected as the new principal at Maplewood Elementary and will take the reins July 1.

Tabshy was chosen for the position through a selection process that judged candidates based on submitted writing samples, multiple in-person interviews and their performance in an assessment center, where they performed two hours of duties as principal with actors and assessors. Candidates also provided numerous references, were videotaped and rated on their educational beliefs and were interviewed by staff and parent representatives of Maplewood.

The deputy superintendents, human resources officer and former principal John Blanck, current chief academic officer, all agree that Tabshy is 'truly a great 'fit' for Maplewood,' Blanck said in a letter to the school community.

Serving for the last three years as assisant principal at Beverly Cleary K-8 school in Northeast Portland, Tabshy brings specialized experience with reading and literacy instruction to Maplewood. She has been a district Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment and a reading coach for the district and Boise-Eliot School. She also has classroom experience with most elementary school grade levels, including full-day kindergarten.

Tabshy will replace Joanne Mabbott, who has been acting as interim principal at Maplewood since December, when Blanck left to take his current position.

New principal named at Robert Gray

HILLSDALE - Starting in July, Beth Madison, the current principal at George Middle School in North Portland, will take over as principal at Southwest's Robert Gray Middle School.

She replaces Larry Dashiell, who was promoted in February to a position as regional administrator for the Roosevelt and Cleveland clusters.

Madison has been principal at George for seven years. Before that, she served as a school administrator in North Albany. Her teaching background is in Spanish, which she taught in Corvallis for nine years at the middle school, high school and university levels.

Madison said that working at Robert Gray will be significantly different from working at George, where 90 percent of students live below the poverty level and 75 percent are ethnic minorities.

She has spoken at numerous education conferences on a variety of subjects, including school reform, bullying, improving test performance and mentoring.

Vice Principal Seth Jones has been serving as acting principal at Robert Gray since March.

- Rick Seifert, Hillsdale News

Wilson senior honored at Young, Gifted and Black Tribute

HILLSDALE - Wilson High School senior Hibaq Adan was honored May 10 at the second annual Young, Gifted and Black Tribute, hosted by Portland Public Schools. The tribute recognizes students who break stereotypes, peer pressure and negative beliefs about their potential. Twenty-five student honorees were chosen from a pool of 130 nominations.

'Inside each young person is a story of promise and potential. Our Young, Gifted and Black Tribute celebrates black students whose sense of accomplishment and belief in themselves shines in their eyes and in their actions,' PPS Superintendent Carole Smith said.

'The tribute is a way of acknowledging that we do see race,' said Reiko Williams, PPS family engagement manager and creator of the tribute. 'It says to our young people, our families and our school communities that black students can and should be proud of all that they are.' Profiles and photos of each honoree are available online at www.pps.k12.or.us.

Senior honored as Female Athlete of the Year

HILLSDALE - Wilson High School senior Andrea Chin was honored May 2 at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's Dinner to honor high school seniors as the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

She has earned nine varsity letters in her four years at the school.

Capitol Hill, maplewood students tell tall tales

SOUTHWEST - Students from Capitol Hill and Maplewood elementary schools are among winners of a 'tall tale' writing contest about woodpeckers.

Given the prompt 'Why Woodpecker Must Make Holes,' more than 400 students from throughout Portland responded in an annual writing contest organized by the Friends of Tryon Creek.

Among the 19 award winners were Millie Polzin and Katisyn Sweeney of Capitol Hill, and Wyatt Murphy, Bridget Brown and Raven Wilson of Maplewood.

The Friends of Tryon Creek recognized the students at a celebration at the state park's Nature Center. During the May 15 event, students read their stories, made toy woodpeckers and joined a brass band parade.

High schools to adopt block schedules

PORTLAND - For years, most Portland Public Schools high schools have offered seven class periods a day and followed a block schedule two days a week. That changes this fall. By using an eight-period block schedule, high schools will be able to absorb cuts because of reduced state funding while maintaining manageable class sizes and current course offerings.

Under the new schedule, there will be longer classes every other day. Schools will have four double-length classes one day, and the other four the following day. A single class period will run approximately 92 minutes.

The schedule change follows an agreement with the Portland Association of Teachers.

For more information, visit www.pps.k12.or.us.

Donation drive begins for second In the Bag fundraiser

HILLSDALE - Following the success of its inaugural pop-up boutique purse sale, the Wilson Area Arts Council has begun accepting donations of new and lightly used designer, vintage and handmade purses. Bags can be dropped off at the office of Erica Meyer, Wilson High School's business manager, located at 1151 S.W. Vermont St.

All proceeds will benefit Wilson High School arts programs, including choir, orchestra, band, drama and the visual arts.

The free event, featuring student musicians and complimentary wine, will be held Sunday, Nov. 13.

For more information, visit www.wilsonarts.org.

Centennial planning kicks off a Capitol Hill Elementary

SOUTH BURLINGAME - Believe it or not, in 2013 Capitol Hill Elementary turns 100. Planning is just beginning, and if you are interested in becoming involved with the committee, email co-chairs Carol Lidberg and Krista Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organizers are inviting current and past Capitol Hill parents, alumni, staff and community members to be part of its committee. Volunteers will commit to involvement during a two-year period.

The goal is to host several events, for both current students and the community, and give a gift to the school. Help is needed to plan events, create a database of alumni students and staff and coordinate, communicate and execute the committee's goals.

The committee is seeking artists and graphic designers in the community to submit a logo design for the celebration. The design will be used on posters, banners, T-shirts and in print. It should have both a color (three-colors at most) and black and white options.

Please email the committee by June 15 to indicate your intention to submit. Submissions should be formatted as an electronic file (PDF preferred) and sent to the same email by July 29.

PSU offers summer intensive chinese language program

PORTLAND - Registration is now open for an intensive Chinese language summer course at Portland State University.

The class, open to those ages 15 and older, will begin either June 20 or 27 and run through Aug. 12, meeting for two hours a day, Mondays through Fridays. No prerequisites are required.

Using interactive, situational methods of teaching, the course will be headed by Professor Hao-Hsiang Liao from Ohio State University, who has taught Chinese at Harvard University and Williams College. Teacher-trainees from the PSU/ALLEX teacher training program will assist with instruction.

Students will receive four credits for the eight-week course, which costs $500 plus a $250 lab fee.

This program is sponsored by the department of World Languages and Literatures at PSU in collaboration with the Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX).

For more information or to get an application, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 607-218-2130.

Wilson summer basketball camps

HILLSDALE - Incoming fourth- through ninth-graders with hoop dreams can register now for summer basketball camps led by Wilson High School's basketball coaching staff.

The boys' camp will be held June 20 through 24. Fourth- through sixth-graders will practice from 8 to 10 a.m., and seventh- through ninth-graders will practice from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will work with staff to develop individual fundamentals and team offense and defense.

The girls' camp will be held June 27 through July 1, with fourth- through sixth-graders practicing 8 a.m. to noon and seventh- through ninth-graders practicing 1 to 5 p.m.

Coaches will work with campers to develop shooting, passing, rebounding, defensive and ball-handling skills as well as court awareness, footwork communication and screening fundamentals.

The cost of the boys' camp is $75; the cost of the girls' camp is $90. All players will receive a Wilson basketball T-shirt.

To register for the camps, visit http://wilsonyouthbasketball.com.

Wilson baseball alumni game

HILLSDALE - Wilson High School will host its annual alumni baseball game Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. After the game, alumni, family and friends are invited to a no-host social event to be held at the Cider Mill Restaurant.

Capitol Hill Elementary wins $15k toward playground improvement

SOUTH BURLINGAME - Capitol Hill Elementary will receive a long-awaited playground overhaul thanks in part to a $15,000 grant it received through a nationwide video contest.

With the help of videographers from Nike, parent volunteers created a video depicting Capitol Hill's schoolyard - which is currently covered with an acre of blacktop asphalt - as a prison yard and 20 of its students as prisoners. The clip was meant to demonstrate the need for a healthy natural environment in which children can engage in outdoor play.

The video was shown at the school's annual auction, raising $33,000 toward the playground improvement project, and then

entered in the Let's Play Video Contest sponsored by Kaboom, a nonprofit organization that improves play areas nationwide.

After being chosen as one of 10 finalists from 120 submissions, Capitol Hill received the most votes from visitors to Kaboom's contest site.

It will break ground on its playground renovation in July, replacing 3,000 square feet of asphalt with a turf field, tire swings, a reading circle, a chess board, a garden and creative spaces.

To view Capitol Hill Elementary's winning video, search YouTube.com for 'Capitol Hill ES Playground.'