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A bit of stage fright continues this weekend

Within a few days, the specter of trick-or-treaters will have faded into memory, but the spooky season will extend through the weekend as Forest Grove High School’s theater department stages “I’m Sorry the Bridge is Out, You’ll Have to Spend the Night.”

There’s more frivolity than fright in this campy, family-friendly musical, which features strong performances by Peter Lommen, Aubrey Van Dyke, Nate Kersey, Jeremiah Stephens, Chandler Fitzgerald, Malachi Skjeie, Rachel Schneider and (of course) “the draculettes.”

The play is directed by Barry Berhdahl and John Anderberg and his crew get credit for transforming the Ellen Stevens Auditorium stage into a creaking castle.

The last two shows are Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The high school is located at 1401 Nichols Lane.

Rodriguez picked for national academy

Echo Shaw Elementary School Principal Perla Rodriguez has been selected to participate in the 2012 Superintendent Leadership Academy presented by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. She is one of only 17 administrators nationwide chosen to participate in the academy.

The year-long leadership program, which commenced in August, focuses on providing the next generation of school administrators with the skills needed to close achievement gaps and specifically address the needs of English Language Learners.

Participants were selected based on their record of leadership and commitment to raising the level of student achievement for students of color and for ELL pupils.

Budget committee seeks applicants

Forest Grove School District is seeking applicants for two open positions on the Budget Committee, and also an alternate position. The Budget Committee is a 10-member group consisting of the school board and five appointed citizen members. It serves as an advisory group that makes budgetary recommendations to the school board. Applicants must be registered voters residing in the Forest Grove School District attendance area and cannot be employed by the district. Applications are available in the superintendent's office or can be downloaded from the district's website, fgsd.k12.or.us. The deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

School board reviews strategic plan draft

"Transforming learning" is the vision statement of a proposed new strategic plan for the Forest Grove School District. District administrators and school board members worked through the summer to draft the plan, which will guide district direction over the next five years. A key provision of the plan is quarterly monitoring and adjusting to make sure objectives are being achieved, said Chief of Staff Connie Potter. The plan will be on the school board's agenda for adoption at the Nov. 13 meeting.

Japanese students arrive today

The City of Forest Grove is preparing to welcome a student delegation from the town of Nyuzen, Japan, Forest Grove’s sister city. The 12-member student delegation will arrive today, Wednesday, Oct. 31 and its members are staying with host families. Mayor Peter Truax will formally welcome delegates at 5 p.m. today in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Early this year, Truax accepted an invitation from the mayor of Nyuzen, Masaaki Yonezawa, to visit Nyuzen in 2013, along with an adult delegation of 10 to 12 members, as the cities jointly participate in Nyuzen’s 60th anniversary celebration. Since 1987, the city has sent an adult delegation to Nyuzen every other year under the guidance and leadership of the mayor. Nyuzen reciprocates, sending an adult delegation every other year opposite of Forest Grove. Several hundred citizens, students and community leaders have participated in these exchange visits.

Forest Grove School District reciprocated by sending a junior and high school student delegation to Nyuzen each year under the leadership of Japanese language teacher Sandy Garcia. In 2011-12 the district eliminated Japanese classes at Forest Grove High, but Garcia led the first student delegation since the closing of the program to Nyuzen this summer.

For more information about the adult delegation visit in 2013 or Sister Cities Committee, contact Anna Ruggles, city recorder, at 503-992-3235 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..