Back Issues: March 28, 2017

Woodland High School teachers eliminate letter grades

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

imgresTwo Woodland High School English Language Arts teachers Aaron Blackwelder and Jason Cowley, have transformed the way students learn in their classrooms by eliminating letter grades and helping students take accountability for their own education by using collaborative individual meetings focused on skill development instead. “Grades and points rarely provide students with enough information to improve or grow their skills,” explains Cowley. “Does receiving a ‘B’ on an essay mean you can write without excellent analysis but use correct spelling, or does it mean the opposite?” The teachers developed the new approach to focus on students developing the skills and proficiencies throughout the course of the class instead of on a project-by-project basis. To help other teachers, Blackwelder started blogging in order to share his ideas about education. To read Blackwelder’s blog,


KXRW (99.9FM) is on the air, Launch Party April 13

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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The citizens of Vancouver have access to a new, independent nonprofit radio station as of March 1. KXRW (99.9FM) will stream content from Portland’s XRAY.FM, and will produce and broadcast some original media content focused specifically on local issues and events for the Vancouver and Greater Clark County.

Local content will include public affairs, business news, interviews, sports and entertainment. By partnering with XRAY, the station will also provide carefully curated independent music of all genres, including local talent.

As a community venture, the project needs community support. Monthly membership starts at $10 a month. Business underwriting or sponsorship is $150 per month and includes: on-air rotator audio spot and full inclusion in KXRW social media marketing. Audio spots will be heard throughout Vancouver, parts of Portland and surrounding areas.

The community is invited an official launch party on April 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Brickhouse Bar & Grill, 109 W 15th St. Live music by Lincoln’s Beard Band. Find further details on a Facebook event page, here.


Cascadia Tech teams up with Komen Foundation to benefit cancer patients

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Cosmetology Program at the Cascadia Tech Academy (formerly the Clark County Skills Center) are teaming up to help local breast cancer patients transition through the physical changes that accompany cancer treatments.

Thanks to a generous Komen Foundation grant, the program will offer patients an opportunity to receive a complimentary wig, head scarf and special wig brush, as well as beauty consultations. These services will be made available through appointments at the academy, located at 12200 NE 28th St. in Vancouver.

All appointments are on Fridays through May 19, and may be set by calling Carron Sager at 360-604-1050, ex 2104. Appointments are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Cascadia Tech Academy offers 15 free vocational training programs to Clark County high school sophomores and juniors.


Green Award winners announced

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Shareefah Hoover with Mark McCauley

At last Thursday night’s Green Awards celebration, County Manager Mark McCauley presented awards to six businesses and community members for their commitment to reduce harmful environmental impacts, educate others and give back to the community. The winners are pictured from left:

  • Steve Horton, Alki Middle School – Green Apple Award for a school employee
  • Shareefah Hoover – Green Neighbor Award for a resident who exemplifies a sustainable lifestyle
  • Richard Reiter – Green Volunteer Award
  • Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning – Green Business Product/Service Award
  • Simply Thyme Catering – Green Business Award (25 or fewer employees)
  • Cadet — Green Business Award (more than 25 employees)

Vancouver resident Joe Clifton of Clifton Metal Works created the awards using recycled metal and bocce balls. To learn more about Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach, visit