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Kelso principal Schweitzer selected as ASCD Emerging Leader

Kelso Elementary School Principal Katie Schweitzer was recently named one of the country’s 2016 50 Emerging Leaders by educational leadership organization ASCD. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice at the local and national levels.

“This year’s group of emerging leaders are the education rock stars of tomorrow,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD associate executive director, in a media release. “Each of these educators brings a special passion and commitment to ensuring all kids succeed.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Kelso Elementary School Principal Katie Schweitzer, left, was recently named one of the country's 2016 50 Emerging Leaders by educational leadership organization ASCD.

Schweitzer is the second Emerging Leader in Oregon. The first, Sandy Grade School Principal Rachael George, was chosen in 2015.

School district production center seeks summer volunteers

The Oregon Trail School District production center needs volunteers to help prepare books, documents and other materials for its schools. Duties include binding books, cutting laminated documents, and sorting and packaging materials. The time commitment is flexible. Volunteers may choose any day Monday to Friday during July and August, and any amount of time he or she is willing to give. Contact Kelly Tenenholz at 503-668-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gonzaga University announces local student honors

Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., recently announced that two students who hail from Sandy received top honors at the college for the spring semester. Richard Riley was named to the dean’s list, and Alexander McMichael was named to the president’s list. To be placed on the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 to 3.68 grade point average. For placement on the president’s list, students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade point average.

SHS takes top spots in safe driving art competition

Six students from Sandy High School were recognized for their artwork as part of Clackamas County’s Posters and Coasters Safe Driving Media Contests. The first and second prize winners are sophomores Alyssa Bigelow, who created the work “Texting While Driving is Like Being Blindfolded” and Ayla Nguyen, who created the piece “Don’t Be the Reason.” SHS students Savanna Castillo, Michaela Dorsey, Tana Eri and Chloe Hanson also received honorable mentions for their contest submissions. Nearly 150 Clackamas County high school students entered the competition, which was sponsored by the county’s safe driving Drive to Zero program. Students were invited to create artwork that focuses on risk factors such as speed, distracted driving or impaired driving, or on prevention strategies. The contest winners will be awarded cash prizes from State Farm Insurance.