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Centennial offers a form to report bullying

Schools in the Centennial District have developed a complaint form parents or students can fill out to report incidents of bullying or harassment.

The form is intended to bring consistency to the reporting and investigation of bullying, along with preventing it all together.

For report purposes, bullying is defined as “unwanted aggressive beheavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance repeated over time.”

Reports will detail the date and location of an incident, the students involved and a description of what happened.

For more information, call the district at 503-760-7990.

Mt. Hood hosts swimming championships

For the 27th time, Mt. Hood Community College will host the OSAA High School Swimming Championships Feb. 15-16.

The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 students, coaches and spectators to the college’s 50-meter swimming pool.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and volunteers are needed to direct the large crowd and distribute shirts and other goods. To volunteer, call Katie Heilsberg, Steven Hula or Donna Ryan at 503-491-7421.

All pools will be closed to the public during the championships.

Let the saints tempt your palate

Attendees of this year’s 22nd annual Mt. Hood Community College Hospitality and Tourism Gala Dinner and Silent Auction can catch a flavor of The Big Easy.

The New Orleans-themed gala will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, in Town and Gown (Room AC2057), on the Gresham campus, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and a Creole cuisine dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help pay for an education-related trip for hospitality and tourism students, who plan, market, organize and run the event. Adam Higgs, executive chef and owner of Acadia Restaurant, will be this year’s guest chef.

Tickets are $70 and may be purchased by calling the Hospitality and Tourism Club at 503-491-7698, completing an RSVP form at mhcc.edu/galadinner or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find the fun in math

Number aficionados: The Dead Mathematicians’ Society has three presentations for you.

The Mt. Hood Community College group will host fun and entertaining lectures aimed to broaden your understanding of mathematics, science, technology and engineering.

• Birthday, Dice and New Cars — The Mathematics of Chance — 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Jon Spindor, a math instructor, will discuss chance and randomness.

• A Remarkable Sum of Leonhard Euler — 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Shu Masuda, a math instructor, will break down what he calls the elegant formula of Euler and explore even “wilder” and more exotic summers through the technique.

• Cut It Out, You Guys! The Mathematics of Paper Folding and Cutting — 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Nick Chura, a math instructor, will explore mathematical problems in origami and kirigami (folding and cutting paper), with scissors and paper provided.

The presentations, held in Room AC1575, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham, are free and open to the public

RENT comes to Mt. Hood’s stage

The popular Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Rent” will grace Mt. Hood Community College’s stage in February and March, directed by Jess Merz.

Based on Puccini’s opera “La Boheme,” the play features a group of young adults in the East Village of New York City in 1989 who grapple with AIDS, drugs, poverty and other struggles. Despite their challenges, the characters come together to create a community and celebrate friendship.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2; and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults and may be purchased at the box office from 2:30-6 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays and immediately before each performance.

For more information, call Merz at 503-491-6970.

A Phone-A-Thon for reading curriculum

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation will hold a Phone-A-Thon Feb. 25-28 to benefit the foundation’s 2013 reading campaign.

During the event, high school students in the district will call parents and community members asking for donations. Proceeds will benefit reading curriculum for struggling students in the district and high school student groups.

The Gresham Outlook, Key Bank of Troutdale, Gresham Sanitary and Gresham Ford are sponsoring the event. Individuals who donate $40 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate for service from Gresham Ford.

To make a pledge, visit gbefkids.org.

Reynolds offers education summit

The Reynolds School District invites the public to an education summit from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the multipurpose room at Reynolds High School, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

Rob Saxton, Oregon deputy superintendent of public instruction, will speak about current education reform efforts at the state level. Superintendent Linda Florence will talk about the strategic vision for the Reynolds School District.

The content will be available in English, Spanish and Russian. The room has a maximum capacity of 300. In order to support attendees in proving feedback and adequate translation services, pre-registration is advised at rsdedsummit.eventbrite.com.