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‘The hardest fun you’ll ever have’ challenges students, mentors
As a middle schooler, Madison Snyder had little interest in engineering. Fast forward three years, and the Skyview High School sophomore, a student in the Science, Math, and Technology Magnet, is leading one of nine specialized units that are propelling the StormBots robotics team toward what they hope will be a winning 2014 season.

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Homecoming
To hear Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt tell it, the 2014 State of the City address began on an ominous note. The former Trapper arrived at Fort Vancouver High School and asked staff members where they wanted him to wait until the speech began. “They told me, ‘Mayor, you’re going straight to the vice principal’s office,’” said Leavitt with a chuckle.

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Fulbright Distinguished Teacher returns to Fort Vancouver
In 2012, Fort Vancouver High School teacher librarian Kate Burton received a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching. It was a dream come true for Burton. During the 2012-2013 school year, she spent six months studying at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England, a working-class city about 160 miles northwest of London.

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McLoughlin, Fort welcome Gov. and First Lady Inslee
Not even steady rain could dampen spirits at McLoughlin Middle School and Fort Vancouver High School as students and staff welcomed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, for their first official visit to Vancouver Public Schools.

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Welding project solders teamwork, confidence
Most teachers don’t need an 18-foot trailer to haul classroom supplies. Then again, most teachers aren’t David Richards, who coordinates the Welding/Fabrication Technology Program of Choice at Fort Vancouver High School.

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@ZionWard360 participates in #AfAmEdChat
Twitter has acted as an agent of foreign and domestic revolutions, announced earthquakes before they hit, and given non-celebrities direct access to the famous. But could it also be the vehicle for meaningful conversations, 140 characters at a time, about opportunity gaps in education?

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At Lewis and Clark, students chart their own paths
In the spirit of the school’s namesakes, students at Lewis and Clark High School are charting their own paths to success. Last fall, the school debuted a learning model that puts academic progress in their hands.

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Lessons in leadership
Leadership training is a hundred-billion-dollar enterprise. The capital and time poured into development suggests that leadership is a complex, difficult process. But does it need to be?

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Salmon Creek Huskybots battle nature’s fury in robotics showdown
The uptick in natural disasters over the last 30 years has challenged future scientists and engineers to develop ways to prepare for and manage the fallout from future incidents. But first they have to master their Legos.

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Literary culture thrives at Fort
A large figure stands atop a pile of blazing books in the English wing at Fort Vancouver High School. Nearby, the dark silhouette of Hamlet declaims to Yorick’s skull. George and Lennie sit quietly by the Salinas River, and Edgar Allen Poe stares at passersby.

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Hough community creates outdoor learning lab
“Remember your roots,” reads a tile placed along a gravel path behind Hough Elementary School. “Enjoy the view,” says another. Now, thanks to a community effort that transformed a section of the schoolyard into an outdoor learning lab, Hough students can do both without having to journey far.

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Fruit Valley to farm: 4th-graders harvest potatoes, fun
Conventional wisdom holds that living within your harvest is good practice. But planting and reaping the harvest? That’s even better, as 4th-graders from Fruit Valley Community Learning Center recently discovered.

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