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Attend a free parent education night at Rosemont Ridge

Are your kids plugged in? Do you have questions about your kids' online behaviors? Rosemont Ridge is hosting a free Parent Education night April 24 at 7 p.m.

The event will explore the impact of technology on teen culture, relationships and brain development. Speaker Doreen Dodgen-Magee will speak about cyber-bullying, media safety, texting issues and monitoring technology use. Dodgen-Magee will share research regarding the impact of overuse of technology on brain, relationships and self-concept/function. She is a licensed psychologist with 20 years of experience working with adults and children.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sign up for ‘Improv’ at Rosemont Ridge Drama Club

Drama Club will be exploring improvisational acting this spring at Rosemont Ridge Middle School.

Improv is the art of acting without a script or any preparation, usually resulting in comedic scenes. Participants will learn a series of improv games throughout the session, which will culminate in a Comedy Sports competition in front of an audience.

The club will take place on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. and runs through May 21.

The class fee is $35, and scholarships are available.

Apply for Drake Edwards portrait sholarship

Nancy Steele of Picture This Photography is offering a portrait scholarship worth more than $750 in memory of Drake Edwards, West Linn High School class of 2011.

This scholarship is open to WLHS juniors, class of 2014.

The link to the scholarship application is ptpnancy.com/blog/drake-edwards-portrait-scholarship/

The scholarship deadline is June 1.

Lewis & Clark offers new master’s degree in environmental law

Lewis & Clark Law School has launched a new degree targeted at those who are passionate about the environment — a master of studies in environmental and natural resources law. This is the first program of its kind at an Oregon law school and one of only a few similar programs in the nation.

The new master’s degree was created for those interested in learning about environmental law, but not interested in practicing law or obtaining a law degree. Potential students include federal agency employees, teachers, elected officials, journalists and people pursuing careers in lobbying or nonprofit organizations, as well as those in business who want a better understanding of environmental regulations.

The first class of students will enter in fall 2013. The degree can be completed in two semesters, but students will have up to three years to complete coursework. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Apply for CCC scholarships

For seniors considering enrolling in Clackamas Community College this fall, the time to apply for scholarships is now. During open enrollment time, students can now apply online. The CCC Foundation is offering more than 275 scholarships to students for the 2013-14 school year, amounting to approximately $500,000. The scholarships are available for students taking six or more credits, with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. There are scholarships that are program specific, based on academic merit or need based.

The deadline is April 30. Students may apply online at clackamas.edu/scholarships.

If a West Linn High School senior is applying to the specific CCC scholarship, those applications need to be turned in to Sandie Yamauchi in the WLHS College and Career Center. Their applicatiosn will also be considered for any other CCC scholarships, in addition to the WLHS-specific scholarships.

Kindergarten registration open

Do you have a neighbor with a child who will be in kindergarten next year? If so, let them know that kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year has begun.

Pick up registration forms in school offices. Completed forms can be turned into the home school. An all-day kindergarten class will be provided at every primary school next year.

Admission to all-day classes depends on space availability. This continues to be a tuition-based class; monthly payments are $390. A deposit of $125 is required at the time of registration and applied to the first month’s payment.

For more information about kindergarten, contact your school office.

Take West Linn-Wilsonville home technology survey

The school district is attempting to gain an understanding of what technology students have access to at home and at school.

The survey can be found at wlwv.k12.or.us/it/wsg/TakeSurvey.php?id=8dad097d5f7a5d1.

A link to the survey can also be found on the district website at wlwv.k12.or.us. Look for “Home Technology Survey” down the left side.

If you have multiple children in the schools, complete the survey separately for each child.

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: 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:

They 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. .

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.



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