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Forensics Workshop at Oregon City High School

"At a crime scene, witnesses may be untrustworthy, but 'blood spatter doesn’t lie.' These are the words that Sherry Fiester lives by, and words she shared with 70 students at Oregon City High School last week when she presented a three-day seminar, 'CSI: Forensics.' Fiester is a certified senior crime scene investigator and an expert in blood-spatter analysis in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida; she is now retired from police work, but continues to lecture and offer workshops in her field of expertise."

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Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences Team Win Robotics Tournament

Oregon City, Oregon – March 5, 2015 – The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences FIRST Robotics Team, Skynet 2550 in alliance with the Bowtie Brigade and Shockwave teams, won the District Tournament hosted this past weekend in Oregon City. For this years challenge 3000 teams from around the world received their supplies and instructions at the same time in early January. Recycle Rush was the name of this year's challenge.

Beyond winning the district tournament, the Skynet team also won the Quality Award for the robot they built. In the beginning, the Skynet robot was not responding, and it cost the team valuable points.

"After a disappointing start in the first two rounds, our students showed great perseverance and focus moving from 28th place to 2nd place when the qualifying rounds concluded," said Kyle Laier, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences' Principal. "We are most proud of our students conducting themselves with gracious professionalism throughout the tournament."

Oregon City School District to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

The Oregon City School Board voted to establish a District-wide full-day kindergarten program beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The implementation cost is an estimated $1.8 million to cover additional staffing, instructional materials, furniture and building adjustments. The improvement is made possible because the Oregon Legislature authorized school districts to claim full funding from the State School Fund for full-day kindergarten beginning next school year.

Later Than Usual Labor Day Prompts District to Start School in August

Oregon City, Oregon - February 9, 2015 – At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Oregon City School Board voted to approve the framework for the 2015-16 school calendar. For the first time in recent memory, the school year will start in August – on the 31st.

Each year families are anxious for the calendar to be approved so that events and vacations can be planned. Typically school starts after Labor Day. Since Labor Day comes later this year, it has forced many school districts to re-evaluate their calendars and consider an earlier start.

The district will begin classes on Monday, August 31st, although specific start dates will vary by school and grade. Schools will be closed on Friday September 4th and Labor Day, September 7th and classes will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

New Food Pantry at Oregon City High School

October 17, 2014

Oregon City High School staff was noticing that some students were stuffing their pockets with rolls, fruit and other food, especially on Fridays, so they would have something to eat over the weekend.

That really disturbed Ted Thonstad, the school district’s recently retired Director of Operations. “I got to thinking, we should do something about that, because no kid in America should go hungry.”

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