Reynolds theater stages ‘Up the Down Staircase’

The Reynolds High School Theater Department will perform “Up the Down Staircase,” a play based on the book by Bev Kaufman, which was dramatized by Christopher Sergel.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 7-8. At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, the department will hold a matinee performance with a special admission option of donating three cans of food and paying $3. All donated food items will go to SnowCap Community Charities.

Thursday, Feb. 27, will feature a “pay what you will” admission for any student with valid student identification.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for students and senior citizens; and $6 for Reynolds students with ASB stickers. Group discounts are available.

This show is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company.

For more informaiton, call Reynolds at 503-667-3186, ext. 1109.

Volunteer through Reynolds’ ASPIRE program

Reynolds High School is seeking volunteers for ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone), a statewide mentorship program in its second year at the high school.

ASPIRE volunteers mentor students once a week during and after high school, connecting them with college and career resources.

Volunteers mentor Reynolds students from one to five hours a week. Each volunteer works with up to 10 students in 20- to 30-minute increments.

Along with offering college and financial aid resources, mentors help students explore careers and offer a career assessment. All volunteers must pass a background check and go through an ASPIRE training before mentoring students.

To begin the process of becoming an ASPIRE mentor, contact David Hopper at 503-667-3186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about ASPIRE, visit

Children’s author Elizabeth Rusch to visit West Gresham Elementary

Award-winning children’s author Elizabeth Rusch will visit Gresham-Barlow elementary school students at West Gresham Elementary on Friday, Feb. 28.

Rusch will speak at two assemblies in the afternoon, and she will lead hands-on, science-based activities for students at a family literacy event in the evening. The Gresham High School Robotics team also will participate in the evening event.

Rusch has published more than 100 articles in journals and magazines and 10 books for children, with two more books scheduled for publication this year.

More information about Elizabeth Rusch is available at

H.B. Lee teachers present at major conference

Colleagues from throughout the Northwest have recognized two H.B. Lee Middle School educators, Alyson Drain, instructional specialist, and Camille Whistler, reading teacher, as exemplary educators with much to teach others.

They are among presenters from more than 30 states and Canadian provinces at the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in Portland March 1-2. Drain and Whistler will present a method that helps all students master Common Core Standards.

MHCC presents ‘Footloose’

Mt. Hood Community College is staging the musical “Footloose” Feb. 21-23 and 28 and March 1-2 at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

For more information on times and ticket prices, visit Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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