The Gladstone School District is considering the adoption of new math instructional materials for first grade and kindergarten and new English language arts instructional materials for kindergarten through fifth grade.

New books will help Gladstone elementary teachers implement the rigorous Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the new state exams that begin next year.

Parents and community members can view and comment on the textbooks being considered.

The curriculum will be available in the Gladstone School District Office, 17789 Webster Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 26.

Public comments will be considered before a final adoption recommendation is made to the school board at the May Gladstone School Board meeting.

The new curriculum will be used in classrooms beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

MHS celebrates Earth Day

Bring your broken electronics to Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

MHS is requesting a $10 donation, and EG Metals, based in Hillsboro, promises protection and safety in full destruction of personal information and recycling in environmentally responsible ways.

Almost any type of household plastic device, unwanted metal or electronic will be accepted to help locals clear out their homes in time for spring.

Gladstone schools honored at Children’s Institute event

Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart was honored as a front-runner among educators prioritizing early childhood education Thursday at the Children’s Institute’s annual Make It Your Business luncheon and award ceremony.

By establishing the Gladstone Center for Children & Families (GCCF), the Gladstone School District has led the way in providing early childhood education co-located with health care and social service wrap-around supports.

Now in its fifth year, the center houses the school district’s six kindergarten classes, also serving Head Start preschool classes, and the new Gladstone Teaching Preschool, which opens next week.

Partners at the GCCF include Clackamas Education Service District, Healthy Families, Family Stepping Stones Relief Nursery, Child Care Resource & Referral, Clackamas Community College’s Spanish GED classes, Early Head Start, Lifeworks Northwest, and Northwest Family Services.

“Our goal is that before kids walk through the door of kindergarten, we will know them. And not just know their name, but know something about their family,” Stewart said. “We want to really have a relationship with these kids.”

Locals are five of 15 top regional thespians

Five North Clackamas students were among the 15 regional finalists who performed at the August Wilson Monologue competition.

The thespians from Clackamas, Putnam and New Urban high schools performed before a stellar panel of judges, including stars from the TV show “Grimm” and the Portland theater scene.

Students who qualified for the competition included Blake Dunbar, Hailey Kilgore and Ryan Townsley from Clackamas, Jordan Henderson from Putnam, and Madeline Kitzmiller from New Urban. The event was sponsored by the August Wilson Red Door Project and was hosted by Portland Center Stage.

Gladstone school supporters seek donations for garage sale

If spring cleaning led to the discovery that you have too much stuff, consider donating clean, gently used household items, clothing, sports equipment, baby gear, books, furniture, office supplies, craft supplies and collectibles to the Gladstone Education Foundation garage sale.

For item drop-off or pick-up, call Corinne at 503-722-2284 or Kathy at 971-227-2655. All donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds will benefit students in Gladstone Schools. The garage sale will take place at Gladstone High School on June 12, 13 and 14.

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