Addressing bullying through film

Reynolds Middle School is holding an anti-bully awareness campaign featuring the documentary movie “Bully.”

Sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to watch the movie next week, with counselors visiting classrooms and leading discussions afterward. Counselors will help debrief the movie with students and discuss ways the school and broader community can effectively eliminate bullying.

Parents of Reynolds Middle School students will have the opportunity to watch the film at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the school library.

District announces new principals

The Gresham-Barlow School District has selected two new principals for its elementary schools.

Tracy Klinger, who has served as principal of East Gresham Elementary School for four years, will replace Tom Klansnic at North Gresham Elementary School. Before that, she was principal of West Gresham Elementary School.

Prior to becoming an administrator, Klinger taught second, third and fifth grades. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in teaching from Willamette University. She earned her administrator’s license from the University of Portland.

Henry Ramirez will become principal of East Gresham Elementary School. Ramirez serves as principal of the K-12 Arata Creek School in Troutdale, operated by the Multnomah Education Service District.

He was the assistant program director of the Northwest Regional Education Service District’s special student services department. He also has experience as a behavior consultant and mental health therapist.

Ramirez has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and social work and a master’s in social work. He earned his school administrator’s license from Concordia University.

Two East County schools named to list

Centennial and Corbett high schools were named to Newsweek’s list of the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation — those proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.

The Corbett school ranked 58th, while Centennial ranked 1,977th.

Newsweek’s list was based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores and the percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.

Head Start official earns award

The Head Start manager of Mt. Hood Community College has received the Lynn Angland Award, honoring her work in Oregon’s child care and early education system.

Roberta Recken is the education site coordinator for two MHCC Head Start programs, Russellville and Gateway, and has spent more than 35 years in the field.

Given by the Early Learning Council in memory of Angland, the award recognizes people and organizations who improve safety, quality, affordability and access to child care at state and local levels.

Along with her role at MHCC, Recken works with the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children and as a project coodinator of nine groups of child care directors who receive 60 hours of specialized management training.

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