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Middle school musical tickets on sale

This year’s middle school musical, “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens April 11 at West Linn High School.

Show dates and times are April 11 (J cast), April 12 (N cast), April 13 (J cast), April 15 (J cast) and April 17 (N cast), all shows are at 7 p.m. There will also be a 1:30 p.m. matinee April 12 (N cast).

Tickets are $8.50 each and are currently available online at tix.com and at the door, beginning one hour prior to each show. You can also purchase tickets by picking up and turning in an order form to your middle school office.

Check the WLWV School District website (wlwv.k12.or.us/domain/754) for the latest information on the middle school musical.

ODE offers survey

Every year, Oregon’s Department of Education issues report cards on its community schools and districts. These report cards show how the state’s schools and districts are performing relative to others.

As part of a federal flexibility waiver, the Oregon Department of Education is now redesigning its report cards and needs residents’ help by participating in a special report card redesign survey.

Even if you participated in the previous survey on this topic, ODE wants participation as the survey concerns new report card prototypes based, in part, on feedback.

The survey is available through March 10 and will take about 15 minutes.

Visit oregonreportcard.org to take the survey.

Rose City Astronomers schedule monthly viewings

The Rose City Astronomers will offer monthly public sky viewings at the Haggart Observatory on the campus of Clackamas Community College. The viewings begin around sunset and continue until about 11 p.m., weather permitting.

The Haggart Observatory, located at the Environmental Learning Center at CCC, offers views of the night skies through 24-inch and 13-inch Newtonian reflector telescopes. Viewings are free during the astronomy club’s public nights.

The public night viewing schedule for 2013 is as follows: March 16, April 6, May 18, June 22, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 14. Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28.

Space in the observatory is limited and viewers may at times have to wait to look through the telescope. If the weather is uncertain during the day of the event, call 503-594-6044 after 3 p.m. for a recorded message announcing if the viewing will be held or canceled.

Soccer club offers scholarship

The Willamette United Soccer Club announced a new $1,000 college scholarship for 2013 high school graduates. The club strives to help all members become strong soccer players and exceptional people and is offering this scholarship as part of its leadership program.

Applicants must meet these minimum requirements:

Applicants must have played at least five years of soccer at Willamette United and must not have played for any other club for a longer period of time than they played at Willamette United. Classic and recreational players are eligible.

Three finalists will be chosen from all of the applicants and those three finalists will be interviewed by a scholarship committee. The committee will be comprised of Willamette United Board members, a school representative, a community member and a Willamette United coach. The winner will be chosen based on soccer career, academic excellence and community service.

Graduating seniors may find the scholarship application form online at wusc.net or on their schools’ websites. All applications must be returned to Willamette United Soccer Club by April 22.

Host an exchange student

World Heritage Student Exchange program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, Germany, Thailand, Norway, China, Russia, France, former Soviet Union countries, Denmark, Italy and Sweden.

Host families are asked to include the student as a member of their family. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to host. You can choose a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

For more information, call 1-800-888-9040, visit whhosts.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Doodle 4 Google contest seeking Oregon students

Throughout the year, Google releases Google doodles, the fun versions of the Google logo seen on Google’s homepage in celebration of special events and people.

Once a year, Google gives K-12 students across the U.S. the chance to display their own Google doodle through the Doodle 4 Google contest. In addition to seeing his or her doodle displayed on Google’s homepage, the winner also receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Students can submit doodles until March 22 and Google will announce a finalist from every state on May 1. The 2013 theme is: “My Best Day Ever.”

To learn more about entering the contest, visit google.com/doodle4google or go to the Doodle4Google blog post.

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 tryonfriends.org. 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 oregonhumane.org.

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 oregonhumane.org.

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.

For more information, call 503-673-7350 or 503-673-7010.

Submit a Rotary video

Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington invites seventh- and eighth-graders to submit entries to the annual Four-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 Four-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 rotaryd5100.org.

Apply for Goddard School scholarship

The Goddard School is now accepting applications for the 2013 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School’s pre-K or kindergarten program.

The AAMMS is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School franchise system, and is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated Martino’s work ethic, perseverance and commitment to the community.

“Tony Martino worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve great things for his family and community,” said Jennie Brawn, Clackamas The Goddard School owner. “At The Goddard School located in Clackamas, Martino’s spirit of hard work and creativity is instilled in every child and we’re excited to see the submissions from this year’s applicants.”

To apply for the AAMMS, eligible students must submit a completed scholarship application by March 27 along with a 30- to 120-second video essay about how their Goddard School experience influenced their career paths or education. Video essays should be mailed to 1016 W. Ninth Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406 - ATTN: Scholarship.

For more information about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, visit goddardschool.com/approach-to-education/scholarship. To learn more about The Goddard School, visit goddardschool.com.

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..

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 (wlwv.k12.or.us) 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.

Hunter education classes forming

Students interested in getting certified in hunter education by this fall’s hunting season should sign up for a class now. Classes are limited and most are scheduled from spring through late summer.

It’s easy to see what classes are available. Go to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s licensing sales website and click the “View all Classes/Workshops” link; then look at the “Hunter Ed Class” or “Hunter Ed Field Day” tabs.

Students may choose to take the hunter education course entirely in a classroom setting or by independent study (online or by workbook). Before getting certified, these independent study students must pass a required “Hunter Ed Field Day” that includes live fire exercises.

To register, students will need to purchase a $10 hunter education class application fee.

Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters under the age of 18 and recommended for any new hunter. The course covers topics like firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques and outdoor survival. The program certifies about 6,000 new hunters each year.

Classes are taught by ODFW’s network of volunteer hunter education instructors. With most hunting seasons over, these volunteers are back to teaching classes, rather than out in the field.

For more information on hunter education classes visit dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter or call 503-947-6028.