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Showcase theater comes to Barlow

Barlow High School’s theater department is presenting its Theatre Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Barlow, 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave., Gresham.

The showcase contains various scenes, duos and monologues, including a one-act play. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Centennial seeks applicants for School Board positions

The Centennial School District has two school board positions open because of the resignations of Tim Cook, board position 5-Zone 3 and Brenda Clark, position 3-at large.

A person is eligible to serve as a board member if he or she is an elector of the district, or an individual 18 or older, registered to vote at least 20 calendar days immediately preceding any election and a resident within the district for one year immediately preceding the election or appointment.

Current employees of the district are not eligible to serve as a district board member. A person who is an employee of a public charter school may not serve as a member of the board of the district in which the public charter school is located.

Applications for both positions are due in the Centennial District Office no later than 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

The School Board will interview candidates at its June 18 meeting and swear in the chosen candidates at the July 9 school board meeting.

Application forms are available at the district office, 18135 S.E. Brooklyn St., Portland, and posted on the district’s website, www.centennial.k12.or.us/

College Possible expands, scores go up

College Possible, an organization working across the country to coach low-income students with college, has announced expansion to Parkrose High School for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, local students’ ACT scores have improved 19 percent since last fall.

College Possible Portland began serving its first group of 140 low-income students at four partner high schools, Gresham, Sam Barlow, David Douglas and Reynolds, during the 2013-14 school-year.

From the baseline test in October to the “real deal” test in April, College Possible students increased their scores by 19 percent.

Because of College Possible’s results, expansion into its fifth partner school, Parkrose High School, recently was confirmed for September.

College Possible celebrated the accomplishments of its Portland area students during Launch! 2014 on Saturday, May 31, at the David Douglas Performing Arts Center.

“We’re celebrating the dreams and diligence of our students at every critical milestone toward college graduation. We’re thrilled for each individual student and because our country needs every one of these bright, young minds at work,” said Suzanne Geary, executive director of College Possible Portland.