FGHS fall play

opens Friday

Forest Grove High School’s fall play, “I’m Sorry, the Bridge is Out, You’ll Have to Spend the Night,” opens Friday evening in Ellen Stevens Auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane.

Director Barry Berdahl called the production “a horror/comedy/musical” with a cast of classic monsters — including Frankenstein, Wolfman, The Mummy and Dracula — skulking around onstage. About 30 students are involved in the play, either as actors or crew members, Berdahl said.

Dates are Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3. Curtain is at 7 p.m.

Board OKs

achievement compact committee

The Forest Grove School Board earlier this month approved 14 district staffers as members of a committee that will work with similar groups statewide on “achievement compacts” between the Oregon Education Investment Board and local school boards.The compacts will determine measures of student progress through local target-setting, initiatives and strategies focused on school improvement.

Board-approved members include Superintendent Yvonne Curtis, Forest Grove Education Association president Jeff Matsumoto, Assistant Superintendent John O’Neill, Joseph Gale Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter, Tom McCall Upper Elementary School Principal Chandra Cooper, Tom McCall counselor Gwen Ashcraft, Neil Armstrong Middle School Principal Brandon Hundley, Neil Armstrong teacher Nichole Carter, Forest Grove High School Principal Karen Robinson, FGHS teacher Duane Anderson, English Language Learners Teacher on Special Assignment Leonard Terrible, Oregon School Employees Association President Pam Pierce and district Assessment Coordinator Brigetta Martell.

Gaston class sizes ‘envy’ of neighbors

Class sizes this fall are “the envy of all our neighboring districts,” Superintendent David Beasley wrote in the Gaston School District’s October newsletter.

Grades 1 and 2 are at an average of 20 students per class. Classes in grades 3 and 4 have about 26 students, grades 5 and 6 average 29 students per class and most junior and senior high classes are at “manageable sizes,” Beasley noted.

For the first time in years, he added, enrollment is up early in the 2012-13 academic year. Gaston’s student census stood at 480 in late September, compared to 468 last year.

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