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LOSD makes national list

Lake Oswego School District claimed third place on a national list of top districts.

ZipRealty, a residential real estate brokerage and technology provider, this month released its first Best Places for Families to Live: Top School Districts With Most Affordable Housing report.

Rankings factored the median price per square foot and the ZipRealty School Score. The school score is calculated with student test score data and student-to-teacher ratios. At least 10 home sales must have closed in a school district in 2012 for it to be considered, according to a press release.

Lake Oswego had a score of 9.6, the same as the district on the top of the list, Westonka Public Schools, which is in the Minneapolis area. The median price per square foot in Lake Oswego was $167, and it is $112 per square foot for Westonka homes. Second on the list was the Geneva Community Unit School District 304 in the Chicago area.

Another Northwest school district snagged a spot on the list: Mercer Island School District 400 in the Seattle area was eighth.

Oak Creek honored

Oak Creek Elementary recently earned a major environmental honor.

The Lake Oswego School District school and Meriwether Lewis Elementary of Portland Public Schools were the co-winners of the 2013 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students and Staff.

The honor was one of four of the 2013 Oregon Sustainable School Awards.

The winners will receive their awards during a presentation on June 25 at West Linn’s Trillium Creek Primary School at the Sustainable Schools-Sustainable Solutions Conference.

Schools were recognized for addressing issues such as environmental impacts, student health and sustainability.Oregon Department of Education and the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative partner on the Oregon Sustainable School Awards.

Celebrating six decades

Oswego Playschool is inviting alumni, family and former teachers to celebrate its 60th birthday.

The party will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 516 Eighth St. The event will include an ice cream social, bike rally and children’s activities.

The school offers instruction to ages 2 to 5 through creative play-based curriculum.

For more information, visit oswegoplayschool.com or call 503-636-1345.

Learn more about Marylhurst

Marylhurst University will have an information session next week.

Prospective students can learn more about how to turn life and work experience into college credit through the private liberal arts school’s Prior Learning Assessment program. The event is 5 to 6 p.m. June 4 at the University Bookstore, Clark Commons, 17600 Pacific Highway.

Student wins award for video

A Lakeridge High School student was the runner-up in a security software company’s video contest in the United States and Canada.

Micah Bartel won a runner-up prize of $1,000 for best individual entry in Trend Micro’s fourth annual What’s Your Story? video contest. His video, “Lemonade,” shows how small-business owners can benefit from the Internet, said Tara Maylyn Frankel, a Trend Micro spokeswoman.

Bartel aimed to answer the contest’s question: “What does the good side of the Internet look like?”

District welcoming parents of children with special needs

Lake Oswego School District officials are inviting parents of children with special needs to access their services.

District employees will meet with parents to determine whether students are eligible for special education services and will provide developmental screenings, evaluations and services free of charge for children 5 to 21 years old, district spokeswoman Nancy Duin said.

For more information, contact a local school or the district’s Special Services Department at 503-534-2359.

For children younger than 5, call the Clackamas Education Service District at 503-675-4097.

Riverdale student wins scholarship

Oregon’s 2013 National Merit Scholarship winners included Riverdale High School student Chloe Anne Opdahl Larkin.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. gives the $2,500 scholarships to students with the best standardized test scores who also have top grades in challenging classes and meet other criteria.

Larkin plans to study economics, policy and ethics at Yale University this fall.

This year, there are 2,500 Merit Scholars in the nation and 27 scholarship winners in Oregon.

About 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which serves as an initial screening program for applicants.

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