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March Fourth Marching Band offers camps

Children and teens have an opportunity to learn circus arts and music through The Joy Now Arts Project, a nonprofit partner of March Fourth Marching Band.

Joy Now is offering summer camps, intensive workshops and after school programs for youths age 5-18 in the Portland area.

“We wanted to create something wild and original that would focus on cultivating creativity and artistic passion as much as it would help foster a greater sense of self-worth and confidence in the youth participating,” said director Ariel Brantley-Dalglish.

Students from the programs have paraded down Alberta Street during Last Thursday, performed at large city-sponsored events such as the Rose Festival and headlined with the band at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.

For more information or to register for a summer session, visit joynowproject.org.

Sandy Actors Theatre offers youth program

This year’s Sandy Actors Theatre Summer Youth program is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16-27, Required performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 26 and 27.

Participants should be 10-18, with a cost of $100 per child. Places are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Classes includes stage movement, easy choreography, history of musical theater, simple scenes from popular musicals, theater games and educational guest speakers.

This year Sandy Actors is including a talent workshop that teaches auditioning techniques, creating and building resumes and finding auditions.

The goal is for students to learn and grow in the theater experience, connect with other thespians and enjoy acting and musical theater.

Teachers for the program are Cheryl Rudarmel-Beam of Portland, Anne Anderson of Damascus and Susie Kinder of Welches.

Registration is online at sandyactorstheatre.org. Click on “Summer Youth Program” or call Susie Kinder at 403-832-4687 with questions.

Gresham-Barlow receives grant

The Gresham-Barlow School District has received a grant from the Oregon Department of Education to conduct an organizational assessment.

“Organizational assessments are conducted to assist school districts in determining the work we need to do to become a high-performing system,” Superintendent Jim Schlachter said in a news release.

During the assessment, a team of experts will conduct school and classroom visits, meet with stakeholders and gather and analyze district documents.

At the end of the assessment, Krenek Consulting will meet with district leaders to share strengths and opportunities for improvement.

The results of the assessment will be posted on the district website for staff and community members to review.

Learn about Common Core at Centennial

Centennial School District will hold an informational meeting for parents on Common Core Standards from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the auditorium at Centennial High School. Childcare, along with Russian and Spanish translation, will be provided.

Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and language arts, outlining what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted Common Core.

“Centennial School District teachers work hard to make sure that the lessons taught in our classrooms are rigorous and relevant to students’ futures,” Superintendent Sam Breyer said in a news release.

“In an effort to better prepare students for the future, our instructional staff has spent the last three years working hard to make sure our district curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.”

Parents are encouraged to come to the informational meeting to hear about ways they can support their children with Common Core.

Centennial High School is at 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham.

Foundation seeks to match $20,000 donation

The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation has received the commitment of a $20,000 donation for its 20th anniversary celebration.

The donation has been given as a matching gift, so the foundation needs to raise an additional $20,000 by April 2015 to receive the gift.

Over the past 20 years, the foundation has raised more than $3.9 million for classrooms. In honor of this accomplishment, the foundation has received the commitment of a matching gift of $20,000 toward the endowment.

The foundation’s goal is to have the endowment reach $1 million to expand opportunities for students within the district.

Contact Victoria Alley, foundation director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-766-0008 for more information or to make a donation. Additional information can be found at www.GBEFKids.org.

East County students accepted to Cornell

Cornell College, a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, has announced the students it has accepted for admission.

Angela Hahn of Gresham was accepted, and was awarded the Founders Scholarship and a Theatre Award; Jared Johnson of Gresham was accepted, and was awarded the Trustee PTK Scholarship; and Danielle Mund of Portland was accepted, and was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship.