Centennial votes to opt out of 'school choice'

A new law taking effect this year allows school districts an additional method of admitting students from outside their boundaries. However, the Centennial School District Board recently voted against opening their schools in 2012-13 to non-residents.

The main reason for opting out of allowing 'school choice' to non-residents is that a capacity study of Centennial elementary schools indicates there was only space at one grade level in one school, based on current enrollment. Additionally, board members want to see how the law plays out in other districts, according to the district website.

Non-resident families will still be able to apply to Centennial through the existing inter-district transfer process. The system for inter-district transfers requires permission from both the resident district and the receiving district. Under the new law, permission is not required, although districts open to non-residents can set a maximum number by school and by grade.

Volunteer for a mock funeral

The Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College will hold its 16th annual Funeral Arrangement Exercise from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Town and Gown Room, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Second-year students will work with volunteers posing as bereaved family members to help them make mock funeral arrangements. Students will answer questions and discuss funeral service options, such as cremation versus burial, urn and casket selections and a range of other topics, including 'green' burial. Students will also offer mock arrangements for pet memorialization.

Volunteers are needed, so contact student Cindy Hosking at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-701-0740 to schedule a one-hour appointment or for more information.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

MHCC hosts jobs fair Feb. 23

The Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center is hosting the annual Summer Jobs and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the College Center Fireplace Lounge at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The fair offers students and community members the opportunity to meet with employers who are hiring for summer and seasonal positions, as well as ongoing opportunities. Employers scheduled to attend include Timberline Lodge, Clackamas County Parks, Mt. Hood Aquatic Center, Princess Tours, Oregon Department of Forestry, Home Depot and KOIN 6 Television.

For more information, visit or call 503-491-7432.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

Portland Lutheran to enter tourney

Fifth- through eighth-grade students at Portland Lutheran School, 740 S.E. 182nd Ave., will participate in the 50th Annual Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17, at Concordia University.

Students from throughout the Northwest and northern California will compete in basketball, swimming, knowledge bowl, drama, choir, band, individual vocal and instrumental music, chess, mathematics, science, art, dance and spelling.

All Portland Lutheran families are invited to attend. For more information, visit cu-portland.


The school will also host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. For more information, visit

Centennial qualifies for state drama

About 30 Centennial High School drama students competed at the Regional Acting Competition recently, and five of them qualified for a state competition. Tali Moss was named a regional finalist in solo acting; Zach Warner was named regional finalist in solo musical; and Moss and Merry Bishop, as well as Jessi Marlow and Meagan Gliebe, were state qualifiers in Duo Musical.

You can see many of the performances from regionals and a student-directed one-act play at the drama department's Showcase Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the auditorium, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave. Cost is $5 and proceeds will fund this year's musical, 'Oklahoma!'

The state competition is April 12.

Corbett hosts kindergarten signup Feb. 27

Corbett School District will host its kindergarten registration for 2012-13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Grade School, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Parents need to bring their child's birth certificate, immunization records and alternate emergency contact information. Bring only your student who will be registering for kindergarten.

For more information, call 503-261-4236.

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