WCHS lands $1M award

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded Westside Christian High School a $1 million program-related investment.

The funds will support the construction of the new Tigard campus near the intersection of Highways 217 and 99. School officials plan to begin the transition to the new site in January, and classes will begin as usual this fall in the Westside school building in Lake Oswego.

Group seeking students who love sweet sound

An opportunity for music-savvy high school juniors and seniors is coming up next week — and next school year.

Youth Music Project in West Linn is seeking local students who can serve as interns, assisting with music classes at the Taylor Swift Summer Camp to be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to 23.

YMP, a nonprofit music education organization, also is hiring for next school year, during which interns would work a maximum of 12 hours per week in the afternoons and on some Saturdays.

Interns come from local communities including Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville.

Applicants must have good academic standing, the ability to work with children and reliable transportation. Other requirements include great skill with piano, guitar, drums, bass or vocals; and an interest in rock, pop and country music. Pay is $10 per hour.

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Host families wanted

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families willing to host international high schools students.

Students are 15 to 18 and are conversant in English. The visitors would stay for a semester or a year, arriving shortly before school begins and leaving soon after classes are out.

Students are insured, have their own personal spending money and have been told they are expected to participate in household duties.

ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a nonprofit organization and U.S. Department of State-designated exchange visitor program that the Swedish Ministry of Education established.

For more information, call 1-800-733-2773 or visit

Oregon Connections Academy earns high marks

In a parent satisfaction survey in school year 2012-13, 90 percent of parents gave the online, tuition-free Oregon Connections Academy an A or B grade.

In addition, 93 percent of parents also recommended the school.

More than 3,400 students in grades kindergarten to 12th were enrolled in Oregon Connections Academy this past school year.

There are several free information sessions on the school, including one scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Starbucks at 8 Centerpointe Drive.

For more information, visit

Lewis & Clark lauded for eco-friendliness

Lewis & Clark College was among 22 schools to earn the best score possible on The Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll. The scoring scale is 60 to 99, and the publication details schools’ sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings. The Princeton Review gave green ratings to 832 colleges.

The honor roll assesses factors including whether students on campus have a healthy and sustainable quality of life and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

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