After-school program hosts showcase

Forest Grove School District parents are invited to visit the Community Learning Center at Neil Armstrong Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 31 for the annual CLC Showcase. The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., offers an opportunity to see the different after-school activities, including performances by students in the dance programs. For more information, contact program director Thomas Sepulveda at 503-359-2465, Ext. 5217.

Workshop focuses on parent involvement

Parents can learn about the importance of involvement in their students' academic success at the Forest Grove School District's next Parent Academy monthly workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Set for 6 to 8 p.m. in the library at Joseph Gale Elementary School, the workshop is free and childcare will be provided. The session will be taught by Fern Hill Elementary School counselor Marinda Peters and will cover various topics, including understanding the school and district, how and who to contact in the schools, family characteristics of successful students, types of parent involvement activities, involvement from home and academic goals. For more information, contact district Chief of Staff Connie Potter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-359-2420.

FGHS hosts 'Jam the Gym'

Folks will get into the swing of things Friday night, Feb. 1 at Forest Grove High School during "Jam the Gym," an annual expression of school spirit. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by FGHS' Applied Business Club, the event occurs when varsity girls and varsity boys basketball teams both play at home on the same night.

This will be the sixth annual Jam the Gym, at which club members give away cash and prizes through sponsorships. For details, visit

Retired Banks official joins mission board

Marty Voge, a retired Banks School District administrator, has joined the Portland Rescue Mission's board of directors. Voge retired in 2006 after more than 30 years as a teacher, counselor and principal in Oregon.

Voge has volunteered at Portland Rescue Mission, the city’s largest provider of emergency shelter — since 2007. The mission served more than 262,000 meals in 2012 and provided 60,000 shelter nights. It also offers a free residential addiction recovery program including counseling, continuing education and job training. For more information, visit

Contest open to student writing, artwork

For the 13th year, the Honoring Our Rivers project — part of the Willamette Partnership, a nonprofit — is sponsoring a showcase of Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. Schools, teachers, academic advisors, community youth programs and home-schoolers are encouraged to promote student submissions before the project’s Jan. 31 postmark deadline.

Last year, 600 students submitted to the project, with more than 150 selected for publication and exhibition.

Student work in the Honoring Our Rivers anthology appears alongside submissions from Oregon’s leading writers. The 2012 anthology included work by Ursula Le Guin, Brian Doyle, Barry Lopez and Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen. The 2013 anthology will include writings by Jon Raymond, Gina Ochsner, Jane Kirkpatrick and Robert Michael Pyle, among others.

For more information, visit

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