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Longtime music teacher sets retirement party

A retirement celebration is planned at Montinore Estate from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, for Barbara Delegato, who taught music in the Forest Grove School District for 33 years.

The winery is located at 3663 S.W. Dilley Road. Delegato and Dilley Elementary School are co-hosting the event.

“My goal is to reach former students, because I would love to share some memories at my retirement celebration,” said Delegato, who taught in all the district’s grade schools.

Alumni and their families are encouraged to stop by and say hello.

Joseph Gale Elementary bursting with students

An enrollment report presented to the Forest Grove School Board last week shows that enrollment at Joseph Gale Elementary School was 239 after the first week of 2013-14, but that class sizes are pushing the envelope at 38 per teacher in third and fourth grades.

“We will be hiring an additional third-grade teacher at Joseph Gale because of the large class sizes at third and fourth grades,” said district Chief of Staff Connie Potter. “That will drop the student-teacher ratio from 38-to-1 to 28-to-1.”

District officials also decided to hire two four-hour instructional assistants at Harvey Clarke Elementary, which has a current enrollment of 394 students, and one four-hour instructional assistant at Dilley Elementary, which enrolled 200 students the first week.

Potter noted that enrollment numbers “fluctuate considerably” for the first few weeks of school. “We will be monitoring class sizes and making adjustments if needed.”

Gaston Elementary gets ADA sidewalk

At the Gaston School Board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 12, Paul Lewis Construction was awarded the new Americans with Disabilities Act-approved sidewalk project at Gaston Elementary. The sidewalk will run from the playground to the cafeteria, and will be funded by a $4,000 grant from the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

Banks soccer team holds can drive

Banks High School soccer players are collecting cans to help support costs related to their 2013 season.

Soccer is a non-funded sport. Students will be collecting cans through the end of September. Donors can bring cans to Pacific University’s Student Life Office in Forest Grove.