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Congratulations to the Young Poets

Congratulations to all of the young poets recently chosen as winners by the Oregon Poetry Association! List of Winners

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Spring bird walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

April 12, 9 – 11:30 AM. $6/person or $11/family. Bring binoculars or borrow some on site. During spring about 30 species of birds either migrate through Smith & Bybee Wetlands or join year-round resident birds to nest in the natural … Continue reading

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Khan Academy to Help With SATs

Big News Khan Academy has gotten a major partnership to help less-advantaged students study for their SAT tests just as thoroughly as wealthier ones. Khan Academy is one of the best “free education” websites around.

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Another Example of Why Zero Tolerance in Schools Is Bad.

While “zero tolerance” helps ensure that all kids are treated the same, thus taking prejudices out of the decision making process, the lack of thinking that it allows (enforces) is a major problem. For instance, this kid, who took a … Continue reading

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Books about Parenting Girls

Every once in a while, even BuzzFeed has a good article. Today, we found this list of books about the challenges of raising girls. Dear to my heart is the “Dads and Daughters” section with a great book by Joe … Continue reading

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Portland Teachers Vote to Strike

For the first time in Portland Teacher Union history, our teachers have voted to strike. Since there’s a mandated cooling-off period, this means that beginning February 20, Portland Teachers will be on strike. The question that caused a commotion in … Continue reading

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Monster Jam Roars Back Into Portland!

Monster Jam® retudns for more car-crushing Monster Truck Action! Next month, February 15 and 16th. Eight massive trucks will be part of the action this year at the Moda Center – you’ll see Metal Mulisha, Wolverine and the all-new New … Continue reading

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ZooLights!

The Oregon Zoo invites visitors to brighten their holiday nights at ZooLights, where sparkling lights and brilliant hues transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Presented by Toyota with support from The Boeing Company, the traditional holiday light show begins … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Ever After Has Opened

Disney On Ice, Rockin’ Ever After has opened and the opening show was sold out. Definitely recommend this show, the songs are great, the skating is great. Some old favorites and some new favorites (as you may imagine from the … Continue reading

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Mister Negative

Mr. Peate is an interesting mix of contradictions, which lends some great writing energy. He claims his children’s book series is his most accessible work, it starts with “Gentle Tara and the Butter-Fly Ride.” He lives in Oregon City, and … Continue reading

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