Parkrose Cleanup today

by on May 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The Parkrose Neighborhood Association and Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors plan a joint community cleanup today, from 9 a.m. until noon, or until the dumpsters are full, at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Recycle unwanted electronics, appliances, metals and non-commercial tires, and responsibly dispose of non-toxic and non-hazardous bulky items that are too large to be collected curbside. First come, first served. The...
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Free concert debuts original works

by on Apr 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Parkrose High choirs will debut two original pieces created exclusively for them by composer Chris Lawry at its annual spring concert Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Parkrose High Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Choir director Lesley Bossert used funds from a Parkrose Educational Foundation Innovation Grant to commission two works by the British freelance composer. Lawry was tasked with creating something fun, quirky and rhythmical. The first...
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April Mid-county Memo posted online

by on Apr 5, 2014 | 0 comments

The April 2014 issue posted online last week, here are April’s feature stories and Departments: East Portland princesses–from Madison, Parkrose and David Douglas high schools–were picked last month. A new development is roiling neighbors in the outer Northeast Glenfair neighborhood. The Parkrose School district passes on putting a local option levy on May’s ballot. The Portland Development Commission spent $67,000 on a...
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East Portland princesses picked

by on Mar 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Spring in Portland means the Rose Festival is just around the corner. Princesses from Mid-county schools have been selected and will contend for the title of 100th Queen of Rosaria. Until then, these three accomplished candidates will experience a whirlwind of activities, personal appearances, parades and activities. The first to join the court from east Portland was Chazmyne Brown of Parkrose High. The 18-year-old senior looks to pursue a...
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December edition posted

by on Dec 9, 2013 | 0 comments

The December 2013 edition posted online last week. Feature stories include: Parkrose squatters make poor neighbors; Twenty-six facts about the 26th annual Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto; Parkrose Farmers’ market moves to a new home in Gateway; a report on the Synergies project community meeting. Synergies is a project tracking why Parkrose middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math...
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Singular job integrating new education standards

by on Dec 4, 2013 | 0 comments

In June 2010, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices released the new Common Core State Standards, the educational benchmarks for K-12 students that 45 states, including Oregon, have since adopted. The new standards establish knowledge and skill levels students are expected to achieve per grade level, which establishes achievement expectations for educators as well. While...
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November edition posted online

by on Nov 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Last week, the November 2013 edition posted online. Feature stories include the 411 on 211info, a non-profit that provides information on housing help and myriad social services; Is it end of the road for Parkrose bus drivers?; Longtime Russell neighborhood resident Ray Alexander celebrated his 100th birthday at Gateway Church, a congregation he helped found; construction updates on the new Parkrose Middle School and Glisan Commons, and the...
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October 2013 edition posted

by on Oct 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Last week, the October edition posted online. Feature stories include the proliferation of medical marijuana storefronts in Mid-County–“East Potlandia“; east Portland high school test score results; the Oregon legislature funds sidewalk construction projects in Parkrose; Senior Health Insurance Benefit Assistance program volunteers help new enrollees navigate Medicare paperwork; a neighborhood gentrification study is examined...
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East Portland high school scores up and down

by on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Except in writing, Reynolds High School achieved the highest state test scores of three Mid-county high schools. This is the second year Reynolds’s 11th graders took the state writing test by computer, online, instead of the old-fashioned way–with paper and pencil. The low score triggered Reynolds High School principal Susan McKinney to push for more “computer literacy” at her school, besides pumping up writing skills....
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Pepper festival flops

by on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Held in August at Parkrose High School Community Center, the “1st Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival” was memorable. The Native American-centric cultural event was memorable for the music. TheĀ four-day event, with free music during the day–paid admission at night–was memorable for the first reunion ever of the Free Spirits, the band credited by many with being the first jazz/rock fusion group and co-founded by Pepper...
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