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Free concert debuts original works

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.

PHS A ChoirChoir 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 piece, “Welcome to Choir” is described by Lawry as fun, energetic and lively.

The second piece, “On the Breath of the Wind,” will test the choir’s ability to work together, according to the composer.

April Mid-county Memo posted online

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The April 2014 issue posted online last week, here are April’s feature stories and Departments:

2014 Madison High School's Rose Festival court

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 series of workshops for Gateway property and business owners.

A round-up of results from Mid-county winter high school sports and activities.

Joe Rossi cancels the Barn Bash, his popular annual party in Parkrose.

East Portland princesses picked

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Spring in Portland means the Rose Festival is just around the corner.

Photo by BETH NAKAMURA/THE OREGONIAN—Parkrose High School’s Chazmyne Brown was named Rose Princess during an assembly at the school this month.

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 career in music and looks forward to playing in a professional orchestra. She is a member of the state championship Parkrose Elite dance team, National Honor Society, Leadership/Student Government, Treble Choir and A-Choir, participates in the Senior Adopt a Grandparent Program and is an American Legion Award Recipient. She is the daughter of Gerald Cunningham and Jessica Brown.

December edition posted

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The December 2013 edition posted online last week.

Earl Eggleson and the people living at 3728 N.E. 115th Avenue have no legal right to be there, say neighbors and police; however, since the owner is deceased and his heirs "gave" the property back to the bank—and they haven't foreclosed yet—only the owner can evict the occupants.

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 drops off; a roundup of the area’s fall high school athletic and scholastic achievement; looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Hazelwood Plaza developers; the latest county health inspectors report and ratings for east Portland restaurants; and, a new feature: area Oregon Lottery retailer monthly results.

Singular job integrating new education standards

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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.

Michael Lopes, pictured with son Mateo at a football game, is the new Director of School Improvement in the Parkrose School DistrictWhile individual states have traditionally dictated their own standards, teachers and researchers from across the nation and around the world collaborated in developing CCSS in the effort to prepare high school graduates for success in the new and very competitive global workplace.

November edition posted online

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Last week, the November 2013 edition posted online.

At the 211info call center in east Portland, Lead Information Specialist Raina Daniels monitors a call.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 latest Mid-County restaurant ratings.

Memo Departments–Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Letters to the Editor, Business Memos and the monthly Meals on Wheels People menu–teem with listings of events, reunions, activities, local business news, special events, fundraisers, achievements and milestones reached and passed.

October 2013 edition posted

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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 and the latest Mid-County restaurant ratings.

Cannabarista Chelsea Harvey shows an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient the selection at ReLeaf MM, a dispensary in outer southeast Portland.

East Portland high school scores up and down

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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. “Writing is going to be our main focus,” McKinney said.

Parkrose High School’s scores were up in all four subject areas: reading, writing, science and math. The school’s main strategy is employing AVID, the Advancement via Individual Determination program.

Pepper festival flops

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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.

Native American flute player performs at the “1st Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival.” Poor attendance got the show cancelled on day three of four.

The 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 in New York City in the mid-60s.

Parkrose High School student missing—again

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help locating a missing minor.

Dalia Mauro-Contreras, a 15-year-old Parkrose High School student, was reported missing on June 4 when she left school in the middle of the day and never returned, police said.

Dalia Mauro-Contreras, a 15-year-old Parkrose High School student, was reported missing on June 4 when she left school in the middle of the day and never returned.

The person who made the report told police the missing girl her left school work at home, but brought an extra set of clothes to school.