by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego High School sophomores Blake Peebles (Benedick), left, and Isabel Skene (Beatrice) rehearse for The Acting Clubs production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Local students perform Shakespearean comedy

Local students are starring in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” this weekend.

The Acting Club, based in Lake Oswego, has re-envisioned the classic characters of the Elizabethan era play as clowns at a circus. The cast for the comedy, directed and adapated by John Duffy, includes Lake Oswego High and Lake Oswego Junior High students.

Shows are at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday, and there is a preview at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The presentations will be in the multipurpose room of the technology building, at 2477 Country Club Road. The building is across from the pool on the LOHS campus.

The Acting Club offers theatrical activities year-round. For more information, visit

by: SUBMITTED FILE PHOTO - Westside Christian High School students has earned first place in the OSAA 3A division state choir competition for seven consecutive years.

Christmas concert coming up

Before Westside Christian High School moves to Tigard this winter, there will be one more red-and-green-themed concert in Lake Oswego.

Westside’s annual Christmas Concert and Winter Art Show is on tap this Monday at 4565 Carman Drive. The school choir, which earned its seventh consecutive state championship title last school year, will perform pieces including “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Baby, It's Cold Outside” and “Up On the Housetop.” Choir director Will Fox will lead three choral groups, and students from a Westside guitar class also will make music.

“I can’t think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit,” Fox said.

The art show, which features works from three art classes, opens at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

The show is free to attend.

School closures scheduled

Schools in the Lake Oswego School District will be closed for several days in December and in January.

For all students, there will be no school Dec. 23 to 27 and Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. There also will be no classes on Jan. 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For grades kindergarten to eighth, Lake Oswego Junior High will not have classes today (Thursday) and Friday. Grades kindergarten to fifth grade will have early dismissal on Friday. For grades ninth to 12th, there will be no school on Jan. 24.

New law school dean on her way

Jennifer J. Johnson has been chosen as Lewis & Clark Law School's new SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jennifer Johnson has been named as the next dean of the Lewis & Clark Law School.

Johnson steps into her new role on June 1 and has been a member of the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty since 1980. In 2011, she was named the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law, a position at Lewis & Clark created by an endowment. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1976, Johnson clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and she practiced law with the Stoel Rives firm in Portland before coming to Lewis & Clark.

Johnson succeeds Robert Klonoff, who served as dean of the law school for seven years and will return to teaching at Lewis & Clark after a one-year sabbatical.

PISA results released

United States students are improving slightly in math but on average still rank well below most of the other top economic powers in the world, test scores show.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organization aimed at improving the economics and social-well being of people across the globe, recently released the 2012 results from the Programme for International Student Assessment. The assessment offers data on the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students in 65 participating economic groupings (some countries were represented by multiple economies).

PISA is a two-hour, paper test measuring students’ skills in math, reading, science and problem solving. Participants from the United States in the test included Connecticut and Massachusetts but not Oregon, and the United States ranks 26th in math, 17th in reading and 21st in science. The United States spends more per student than most countries at $115,000 per student over his or her academic career, according to OECD. The Shanghai, China, group was ranked first in PISA. The lowest-scoring PISA economies were in Brazil. For more information, visit

Students can be 4 Way Tested

Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington officials recently announced that seventh- and eighth-graders may submit entries for the district’s video competition — a contest Lake Oswego students took first and second place in last SUBMITTED FILE PHOTO - Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington officials honored local videographers James Griffith, left, and Nolan Mayfield last year.

The 4 Way Test Contest challenges students to film three to four minutes of skits, songs, poems or dramatic pieces and upload them to YouTube or Vimeo. Entries must demonstrate the use of the 4 Way Test, which informs Rotarian behavior and decision-making: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Entries are due by April 1 and will be screened in May in Salem.

The prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third, and the sponsors for the prizes are Columbia Bank, Avamere Family of Companies and Kevin Costello with Hasson Company Realtors.

Last year, Nolan Mayfield of Lake Oswego and Dylan Rhoades took first place for a project they did together. Rhoades lived in Lake Oswego at the time but since has moved. James Griffith of Lake Oswego pocketed the second place prize. A group of students from Pendleton landed the third spot.

To enter the contest, send the video link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a signed publicity release — forms are available at

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