OC kindergarten roundups; CHS responds to racial incident; Kraxberger visits Chinese garden

Oregon City School District is proud to offer full-day kindergarten programs at Beavercreek, Gaffney Lane, Holcomb, Jennings Lodge, John McLoughlin and Redland elementary schools.

All of the schools are excited to welcome families with children who will turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Kindergarten Connect registration meetings will take place between March 5 and 14.

Kindergarten Connect will offer school tours, teacher introductions and student registration on the following dates:

Beavercreek Elementary, 21944 S. Yeoman Road, Beavercreek; 503-785-8350; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8

Gaffney Lane Elementary, 13521 S. Gaffney Lane, Oregon City; 503-785-8600; 6 p.m. Monday, March 5

Holcomb Elementary,

14625 Holcomb Blvd., Oregon City; 503-785-8100; 5 p.m. Monday, March 5

Jennings Lodge Elementary, 18521 S.E. River Road, Jennings Lodge; 503-785-8035;

6 p.m.Wednesday, March 14

John McLoughlin Elementary, 19230 South End Road, Oregon City; 503-785-8650; 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8

Redland Elementary, 18131 S. Redland Road, Oregon City; 503-785-8500; 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8

Jennings Lodge, which hosts Oregon City's Spanish Dual Language Program, is open to all students, with transportation provided to district residents. Families who are interested in having their child's education enriched by learning a second language at school are encouraged to contact Jennings Lodge for more information.

For more information about Kindergarten Connect and what to bring for registration, visit

CHS responds to racial incident

KJ Horsley, a freshman on Clackamas High School's basketball team, said two of his teammates made a picture of his face in a Google search for the N-word.

About a month after his friend discovered the conversation on Snapchat, on Feb. 8, parents of CHS basketball players received an email saying, "The situation was quickly investigated [and] district discipline policy was followed."

As reported by KPTV, the players debated whether or not they'll get back on the court if they have to play with those two boys who directed the racial slur at Horsley. The two players reportedly were suspended from school for three days and were barred from the team during the monthlong investigation. Then the two players were included in a Feb. 8 team-building exercise and allowed to come back to playing basketball.

School officials say they're taking the incident very seriously and, as part of their restorative justice plan, are having the team participate in a service project. Officials said the racial incident indicates they have more work to do to prevent further incidents.

Students visit Chinese garden

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Chinese students Tristian Birchfield-Anttila and Carolin Zollin learned about the Lunar New Year tradition of wishing friends and family good luck and prosperity in the year ahead. Both students are eighth-graders at Kraxberger Middle School.Chinese language students from Gladstone's Kraxberger Middle School took a field trip to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland.

Students toured the garden and learned about Chinese New Year traditions. The trip was guided by their teacher Qianling Li, part of Portland State University's Confucius Classroom program.

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