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Take precautions as air quality decreases

Wildfires are raging across the state and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and public health officials are urging residents to take precautions amid smoke.

HRCSD to close early Sept. 14

Just In: The Hood River County School District is releasing all students two hours early today, Thursday, Sept. 14, due to worsening air quality conditions.

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Siblings find summer a good place to start helping FISH food banks

When teachers ask what Leah and Ren Sandahl did over summer vacation, they’ll hear something a little different than the traditional tales of camps and trips.

Time for students to go back to school

What’s old is new in some schools as the 2017-18 year starts up.

Gorge kids do well at State Spelling

A girl from The Dalles won her division and a Hood River boy took second at the Oregon State Fair Spelling Championship.

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Smoke, fire disrupts start of new school year

“We had a unique first full day.”

‘Insurance 101’ sets workshop

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Health Insurance 101,” a free one-hour workshop on understanding health insurance in The Dalles.

‘ASPIRE’ program seeks volunteers

The ASPIRE program at Hood River Valley High School is seeking volunteers to help encourage all students to further their education, set goals and achieve career dreams.

Horizon hires Nellermoe, Marble

Horizon Christian School announces that Miriam (Mim) Nellermoe has been hired to teach for the 2017-18 academic year.

New teachers join Hood River County School District

Not pictured but also joining the HRCSD staff this school year are:

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‘The absolutely necessary teaching of empathy and humanity’

This is an edited version of Dan Goldman’s prepared speech at the Aug. 30 all-staff back-to-school assembly, in which he stressed both the need to embrace technology in learning and for teachers and other staff to engage in true relationships with each other and students, to make sure all students feel accepted where they are welcome to fully experience their learning environments. Included is a link to video featuring Hood River Middle School students expressing “I believe”:

‘Citizen Activism 101’ workshop Sept. 16

Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more during Donna Cohen’s workshop, “Citizen Activism 101.”

Three HR students head to Oregon Statewide Spelling Championships

Sean Counihan, Rhys Newton, and Lillian Ontiveros, all of Hood River, will be representing Hood River County this year at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.

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Last dance: Sandy Salazar retires after 32 years

Sandy Salazar, instructional assistant and Folklorico dance group instructor at Mid Valley Elementary, was honored Aug. 30 during the Hood River County School District’s teacher back-to-school assembly.

CGCC Nursing to join State consortium

Beginning next fall, the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College will begin using a statewide curriculum developed through the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This is in use by several OCNE partner schools as well as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.