Attend CREST camps

Students in fifth through seventh grade are invited to spend spring break participating in the Orcas Island Marine Biology Adventure Camp from March 25 to 29.

The trip will kick off with a stop at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. Next, students will travel by ferry to Orcas Island where they’ll spend the rest of the week at YMCA Camp Orkila learning about marine biology, hiking, doing high ropes courses and having campfires.

Registration fee is $350, which includes transportation costs, instruction, entrance and activity fees, insurance, food (except lunch on the first day) and lodging for five days. A discount of $325 is offered to families sending more than one child and parents can join their child on the trip for $250.

An informational meeting will be held Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at CREST, 11265 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville. For more information, call 503-673-7350 or 503-673-7010.

Oregon City approves open enrollment

Open enrollment of non-resident students was approved by the Oregon City School Board Jan. 14 as allowed under House Bill 3681.

Space is available for next year’s kindergartners through fifth-graders as well ninth- and 10th-graders at the following schools: Oregon City High School, Beavercreek Elementary, Jennings Lodge Elementary and Candy Lane Elementary. Open enrollment at the middle school level has not yet been decided.

To apply, complete the online form before the April 1 at

Submit a Rotary video

Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington invites seventh- and eighth-graders to submit entries to the annual 4 Way Test speech and essay contest by April 1.

Students can film and upload three- to four-minute skits, songs, poems or dramatic pieces to YouTube or Vimeo that demonstrate the use of the 4 Way Test that guides Rotarian behavior and decision making.

Winning videos will be selected and shown at the district conference on May 18. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third.

Submit the video links and signed publicity releases to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Publicity releases are available at

Host families needed

Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit educational exchange organization, seeks American families to host high school international exchange students for the 2013-2014 school year. These students come from Europe, Asia and South America.

The students have full medical insurance and pay for their own school and personal expenses. Host families provide free room and board and a nurturing and safe home for the foreign students.

For more information, call Kathie Simmons at 503-737-4131 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submit a safety video

High school students across Oregon are invited to enter the annual video contest “Speak up. Work Safe.” Teens have used special effects, humorous storylines and creative characters to promote young worker safety and health in past videos.

Submission deadline is Feb. 1. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and students will earn a matching amount for their schools. Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event to be announced in the spring and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of “Speak up. Work Safe.” Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to use humor, creativity and share the message “Speak up. Work shouldn’t cost you your future.”

For more information and guidelines, visit

Submit a poem

The Oregon Poetry Association is sponsoring the 15th annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest. All Oregon students, kindergarten through 12th grade, enrolled in public, private, parochial and alternative schools and home schooled, are invited to submit a poem.

There is no entry fee. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1. Ten winners each in four age categories receive cash prizes ranging from $5 for honorable mentions to $30 for first place.

All 40 winning poems will be published in “Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology.”

For more information, visit or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to P.O. Box 28230, Portland, OR 97228.

Sign up for CCC Skills Competition

The 35th annual CCC Skills Competition will be held Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clackamas Community College. This event is open to all high school students and promotes the transition from secondary to postsecondary education.

The event will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned in school. A variety of subjects offered include: art, automotive, business, broadcast journalism, foreign language and math.

For a complete list, including registration information, visit

Submit a story

The Friends of Tryon Creek kicked off its 18th annual Tall Tale Writing Contest for kindergarten through sixth-grade students. This year’s theme is “Why Crayfish Swims Backward.”

Awards will be given for first place, second place and honorable mention in each grade level. Prizes include gift certificates to the Tryon Creek Nature Center ranging from $5 to $25 and Friends of Tryon Creek camp discounts. The contest is free. Entries must be received by March 15.

Over the years the contest has grown, with nearly 400 students from Hillsboro to Clackamas participating in 2012. The contest continues to be an opportunity for children to hone their writing skills while tapping into their creativity and stimulating their innate interest in nature.

Complete contest guidelines can be found at For more information, contact Matthew Collins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enter Oregon Humane Society competition

The Oregon Humane Society’s Education Department seeks young artists and writers with a humane vision to enter the 64th annual Be Kind to Animals poster and photo/story contest. Oregon students grades first through 12th can enter.

Each grade has a specific theme illustrating a valuable humane lesson. Students can enter posters that illustrate the themes or a written story.

Information brochures and entry forms can be downloaded online at

All entries must be received by or postmarked no later than March 22. Send or deliver entries to: Oregon Humane Society, Education Department, P.O. Box 11364 (mail only) or 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. (delivery only) Portland, OR 97211.

Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners in each grade level. The grand prize and runner-up will be chosen from the first-place winner in each grade level. The grand prize winner will receive a laptop. The runner-up will receive an e-reader tablet. All winners will also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards.

For more information, call 503-416-5034 or visit

Sign up for Flash Alert system

Flash Alert is a system that the West Linn-Wilsonville School District uses to notify parents about inclement weather conditions that impact whether schools will be open. Parents can subscribe to the Flash Alert system to receive emails and/or text messages when such circumstances arise.

To do so, visit the district website ( and click the link at the top of the left column labeled “Inclement Weather Closure Status.”

This page shows the status of schools for the current date and also allows a subscription to text/email alerts or to renew existing subscriptions.

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