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Preschool filling up
There are a few openings in the Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool program for the upcoming school year. Preschool is in session from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays for four-year-olds and Tuesdays and Thursdays for three-year-olds. Extended hours are available through the Lunch Bunch program daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Karla Hills at 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.

Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool is located at 11560 S.E. Market St.

Free class for new MHCC students
Mt. Hood Community College is dedicated to the success of its students, and is offering a special course to help new students make the most of their college experience.

The class, “College Success” (HD100), is a one-credit class that will present tips on how to become a successful college student, how to manage time and how to develop new habits to ensure success. To encourage all students to enroll, MHCC is waiving the course fees.

For more information, call the Advising Center at 503-491-7315.

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

Back to school at Parkrose
First day of classes for Parkrose Elementary Schools grades one-five, sixth graders at the middle school and high school freshmen is Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Seventh and eight graders at the middle school and sophomores-seniors at the high school begin classes on Wednesday, Sept. 6. High school students will attend “A” day classes — periods one, three, five and seven. Pictures will be taken for those high school students who missed August registration and picture day.

Monday, Sept. 11 is the big day for most kindergarteners. Prescott parents should contact the school for kindergarten schedule.

Individual school calendars, as well as school supply lists and bus route information, are available at the new district Web site

Swim season begins with tryouts
The Parkrose Swim Club will begin its fall season on Monday, Sept. 11 at the Parkrose Community Center Pool, located at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Parkrose Swim Club is a competitive USA Swimming Club. It is a year-round program, with a certified and experienced coaching staff that has been part of the community for over 50 years. The club accepts swimmers ages five-eight that are water safe in shallow water and deep water, and swimmers ages nine and up with knowledge of the freestyle stroke and backstroke.

Scheduled practices are held nightly between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tryouts for new swimmers are held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 13.

If you have questions or need more information, please call John Billings, the head coach, at 503-869-9141 or 503-252-7547.

Grad night party planning begins
Parents of the Parkrose High School class of 2007 know this will be a big year for their kids. They also know that graduation night will be a big event in the lives of their kids. To help their graduates celebrate a successful high school career, parents are beginning now to plan the Senior All Night Party.

They need your help. Meetings will be the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the library at PHS, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Be there on Sept. 11 to lend a hand and show students you value their success.

To find out more, contact Janet Gardner at 503-254-1752.

New student orientation
Students planning to attend Mt. Hood Community College in the fall are invited to a new student orientation session. This half-day event is designed to teach new students how to get the most out of their college experience. The orientation session will provide opportunities to meet new and current students, tour the campus, meet with faculty and advisers, and learn about college resources.

Family members are also invited to attend a special session designed to explain what kind of support and understanding their student needs to succeed in school.

The new student orientation is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and orientation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free childcare will be provided during orientation. A free lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the session.

Orientation will be held in the gymnasium at Mt. Hood Community College at 26000 S.E. Stark St. To register online, visit and select New Student Orientation. To make reservations by phone, call 503-491-6965.

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

Back-to-School Night for high school parents
Principal Roy Reynolds invites families to the Parkrose High School campus, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., to meet their students’ teachers and counselors and to pick up course descriptions, calendars and schedules. Student class schedules will be available in the main lobby at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

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