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EHS teams advances in Battle of the Books

Estacada High School’s Oregon Battle of the Books team took first place at the event’s regional competition on Feb. 27.

The team consists of Lauren Herman, Megan Tuthill, Mariah Richards, Destiny Frederick and Hannah Sykes-Kirk.

During the competition, team members answered trivia questions about books selected for this year’s competition.

The team will attend the state battle on April 9 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Elementary school hosts fitness event

More than 125 guests participated in Clackamas River Elementary School’s Family Fitness Evening on Feb. 25.

Participants danced, did yoga and participated in a variety of other fitness activities.

District reaches out with ‘Kindergarten Connection’

Estacada elementary schools will soon host “Kindergarten Connection” meetings for all students (and their parents or guardians) who hope to attend Kindergarten in the Estacada School District.

Clackamas River Elementary school will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 14 in the school library, 301 N.E. Second Ave, and River Mill Elementary will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 21 in the school library, 850 N. Broadway St.

During the gatherings parents and students can meet teachers and fellow students, learn more about the kindergarten programs, get information about registration and take a school tour. Registration packets will be available.

Know a fabulous teacher? OnPoint Credit union wants to hear about them

OnPoint Community Credit Union is accepting nominations for its 2016 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education award. Two teachers will be named Educator of the Year, one in grades K-8 and the second for grades 9-12. The two winners will get their mortgage paid for a year and their schools will get $2,500 for supplies and resources.

Two runners up will get $2,500 cash prizes and $1,000 award for their schools. Any full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor or librarian of grades K-8 or 9-12 employed by a public, private or charter school in Clackamas County are eligible.

Teachers are judged on inspiring creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom, demonstrating exemplary teaching methods and style and having a significant impact on students, parents and peers.

Nominations are due by 5:30 p.m. April 8 and can be mailed to OnPoint Prize Selection Committee, P.O. Box 9750, Portland, OR 97208 or dropped off at any OnPoint branch. The nomination application can be downloaded at onpointprize.com.

Nominate an amazing teacher for annual Department of Education awards

The Oregon Department of Education is calling for nominations for it’s Oregon Teacher of the Year award.

Anyone can submit a fomentation, except the teachers themselves.

“Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers who have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. They should inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in their community and school, and be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers,” the ODE reported in a press release.

The winning teacher and his or her school each receive $5,000. Runners up get $2,000. Oregon Teacher of the Year moves on to the national competition and gets to travel and participate in special events such as International Space Camp.

Deadline for nominations is May 13.

To nominate a teacher visit www.oregonteacheroftheyear.org.