News tidbits from Southwest Portland schools from the April edition

Last day of school at PPS now June 15 The Connection

Because of the snow days in December and January, the Portland Public Schools Board has voted to make up those instructional hours by canceling all upcoming late openings and early releases and extending the school year. April 7 will now be an instructional day instead of a planning day, and the new final day of school is Thursday, June 15. Staff is reviewing other calendar adjustments to address lost school days.

Wilson Robotics team made state

At the First Tech Challenge Super Qualifier tournament, which was held the weekend of Feb. 11, a Wilson High robotics team called Loose Screws finished in first place along with a Banks High School team named Team Dynamite.

On the weekend of March 10 in Tacoma, Loose Screws competed in the Western U.S. Regional Competition and finished 15th in their 36-team division, placing them in the top 3 percent of all teams in the U.S.

The Loose Screws team members are Captain Sam Johnson, Alissa Bergquist, Benjamin Carleton, Nathan Haight, Sean Harrington, Noah Koontz, Thomas Lemoine, Jake Makuch and Rispa Vranka Wafula.

Wilson receives Energy Star certification

Wilson High School has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving Energy Star certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy-efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Energy Star schools use an average of 35 percent less energy and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide.

Senior places third at state ski championship

Wilson High senior Natalie Hall is the Three Rivers League varsity champion in the Giant Slalom and the runner-up in overall points. Hall represented Wilson High in the Giant Slalom and Slalom events at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships, which were held March 1-3.

In the Slalom event on day two, Hall placed third overall in the state with a time of 43 seconds.

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