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  • Sam Barlow High School prom, 'A Night Under the Stars' rocks out in Portland

    "A Night Under the Stars," Sam Barlow High School's prom, rocked out at Portland's Left Bank Annex.

    Sam Barlow High School celebrated "A Night Under the Stars," Saturday night. The students were dressed in their finest and the dance floor spilled into the entire room at the Left Bank Annex in Portland.

    There were too many photos for one gallery, so I created a second gallery with more images from Barlow's prom

    As the DJs spun dance tunes, pounding the room with music and light effects, students didn't take long to fill the floor, and then some. Tight parking space found students walking a couple blocks from the Rose Quarter garage to the Left Bank Annex. A few limos dropped partiers at the door, but most kids walked. But the pictures says it all, so enjoy the gallery and check out my Instagram videos at mikelloydviz.

    Last year, Barlow held their 2013 bash at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.

    The Stars theme must be on-trend, because the kids at Gaston High School kicked off our prom coverage last week with "A Night With the Stars".

    Parents, students and teachers can add their own photos via Twitter and Instagram using #ORprom. See all the photos with the #ORprom hashtag.

  • Portland Trail Glazers: Buttermilk bar/doughnut round-up (map)

    I ate every buttermilk bar doughnut I could get my hands on in the Portland metro area and put them into a round-up just for you! See where you can find this sweet, tangy treat (map included!).

    It's nearly impossible to say "Portland" and "doughnuts/donuts" in the same sentence without mentioning Voodoo Doughnut, home to the iconic, pink-boxed, sometimes naughty, crack snacks that have taken tourism by storm. 

    I'm convinced that's why Portland International Airport smells like vanilla; the dozens on dozens of Voodoo doughnuts that are being smuggled across the world are actually perfuming the air with their deep-fried, sugar coma odor. 
    But with the barrage of more unusual shapes and flavors -- "Tangfastic," topped with your favorite powdered space juice from the '50s and the Nyquil Glazed (R.I.P) -- nothing satisfies quite like the classic buttermilk bar. 
    And, you're in luck, because between Captain Crunch-topped fritters and the go-to bacon maple bar, even Voodoo Doughnut serves up a pretty tasty, lightly glazed, golden brown buttermilk bar. 

    Buttermilk bars are simple, timeless, elusive at times and wholly underrated. A cake doughnut with the addition of buttermilk in the batter gives these doughnuts a certain je ne sais quoi. They're light, fluffy, soft, slightly tangy, crunchy, sweet, complex, have a great crumb and are my personal favorite doughnut variety of all time.

    Unlike other doughnuts, buttermilk bars are quiet and shy, taking a back seat to the often tried-and-true chocolate glazed or the mysterious jelly-filled varieties (it's a surprise!). Grab one and a cup of coffee and you're about to have the best day ever. 

    And thanks to Portland's numerous doughnut outlets, they're pretty easy to find, too. 

    Annie's Donut Shop


    Floating amidst the hustle and bustle of the strange six- to eight-corner intersection (depending how you count) of Sandy meets Fremont meets 72nd in Northeast Portland is the isle of decadence otherwise known as Annie's Donut Shop. The small roadside atoll looks like a coffee shop straight out of the early days, waiting to be immortalized by a few brushstrokes from the late Edward Hopper, with its green corrugated roof, classic, retro sign and yellow fluorescent lighting. 

    Annie's buttermilk bars have a crisp exterior that melts away into a heavy vanilla, cakey center. Feeling adventurous? They also come in maple and chocolate varieties.

    Do they run out: Sometimes. Best bet to snagging one is going in the morning, but they occasionally don't make them every day.

    3449 N.E. 72nd Avenue, open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., Monday - Friday, 5 - 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Phone: (503) 284-2752

    Coco Donuts

    Coco Donuts
    This multi-locationed doughnut spot around Portland can bring a tear to your eye if you're on the hunt for a buttermilk bar. Their pillowy, light, slightly gooey and tangy glazed bars are hard to lock down, even for a super sleuth. After several tries at various hours, I struck out at their downtown location, but was victorious at the Northeast Broadway location on the first try.
    If you see one, order it. It won't be around for long. The lavender lattes are pretty good, too. 

    Do they run out: Yes. I was unable to get one from the downtown location. The Northeast Broadway spot, however, had several glistening on the top rack.

    2735 N.E. Broadway St., open Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, phone: (503) 477-9824; 814 S.W. 6th Ave., open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays, phone: (503) 505-4164; 709 S.W. 17th Ave., open Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays, phone: (503) 360-1456

    Delicious Donuts

    It's easy to walk/drive/bike/MAX right past this family-owned, strip mall doughnut shop on (barely) Southeast Grand. Tucked into a corner next to a Plaid Pantry, Delicious Donuts has been frying up breakfast and doughnuts when you really want them, serving up sweet, late-night, and very early morning bites, since 2005. The shop is nothing special to look at, but the service is friendly and the doughnuts are fresh. 

    With very early/late hours, I missed the window of snagging a buttermilk bar and ordered an old-fashioned, what would be considered its closest relative, instead. The cake was dense, with a light, lemon-y aftertaste and crispy exterior. Old-fashioneds lack the quintessential tang and complexity that comes with buttermilk bars, but the chewy cake inside and crisp crust outside make a satisfying doughnut, nonetheless.

    Do they run out: Yes. With very early (or are they late?) hours, securing a buttermilk bar from here might be better after a night out than for an early morning. 

    12 S.E. Grand Ave., open Monday - Friday, 3 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 3 - 11 a.m. Phone: (503) 233-1833

    Donut Day

    It's hard to argue with a doughnut shop whose slogan is, "Everyday is a donut day." You know what? You're absolutely right. Every day IS a doughnut day, and you can be sure that if you're doin' it up with a bomb-diggity doughnut, Donut Day has got you covered. Of all the doughnuts I ate, Donut Day's was the most atypical of all the buttermilk bars. Their very sweet bar offers more of a sugary crunch than the usual cakey chew, almost melting like a praline in your mouth.  

    Do they run out: A 7:45 a.m. phone call to the shop told me they had 28 bars left. An 8:30 a.m. arrival showed several less than earlier reported. Get in early, if you can. No guarantees for the later hours of the day. 

    18295 S. W. Tualatin Valley Hwy, Beaverton, OR. Open Monday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (503) 356-1089

    Donut Nook


    A nook is somewhere that makes you want to curl up with a cup of tea, a small snack and in the company of a good book. The Donut Nook, tucked into a corner on a one way street in the Minnehaha neighborhood of Vancouver, offers wood-paneled walls, lived-in sofas, a coffee counter with pleather seats and an eclectic collection of art that could make any case of doughnuts feel comfortable, especially with the company of one of their buttermilk bars. The soft, chewy and slightly gooey doughnuts aren't too much to look at, but paired with a cup of joe, can make anyone feel right at home. 

    Do they run out: Hard to say. I visited in the morning, around 8 a.m. on a Saturday and there were plenty left. Weekdays may be different.

    4403 N.E. St. Johns Rd., Vancouver, WA, 98661, open Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Phone: (360) 695-5775

    Donut World

    Inside a red, wooden, barn-like building on East Burnside in Gresham, Donut World is frying up simple sweet treats and breakfast bites in the glory of Mt. Hood (on a clear day). This eastern suburb doughnut shop is as straight forward as it gets -- quick and friendly service serves up their dense, vanilla buttermilk bars with a smile.

    Do they run out: At 11 a.m. on a weekday, there were still plenty left. As always, though, earlier the better for scoring the doughnut you want.

    720 N.E. Burnside Rd., Gresham, OR. Open Monday - Saturday, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (503) 665-3791

    Heavenly Donuts

    Varied clientele of all ages and background sit and enjoy a sweet bite, cup of coffee and the morning paper at this classic, far-east doughnut shop just off the corner of Glisan Street and 102nd Avenue. The buttermilk bars here are equally as classic -- slightly sponge-y with a touch of vanilla -- and available whenever you want them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Do they run out: Who can say? As one of the three 24-hour shops on this list, they're constantly being cranked out.

    504 N.E. 102nd Ave., open 24/7; 1915 N. Lombard St., open 24/7. Phone: (503) 253-4439

    Helen Bernhard Bakery

    Walking into Helen Bernhard Bakery feels a little bit like taking a step back in the 1920s, if the 1920s had modern electricity. Inside a quaint house on the corner of Northeast Broadway and 17th, the pastry cases of the bakery are filled with beautiful and timeless cakes, hand-decorated cookies and classic doughnuts. Chefs clad in white behind the counter busily prep and ice confections, taking a moment here and there to write special messages on cakes, if need be. 

    Among the old-fashioneds, crullers and sprinkle-topped cake doughnuts, the buttermilk bar was sadly not present. The lady behind the counter informed me that they are typically found in the case on Fridays, but not every Friday. I order an old-fashioned instead and was met with a pleasantly light, sponge cake-like and crisp doughnut. I can only assume the buttermilk bar would be equally delicious, as well.

    Do they run out: Yes. And they're also sporadically made. The woman behind the counter told me they make them on Fridays, but sometimes not every Friday. Keep your eyes peeled.

    1717 N.E. Broadway St., open Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 6 a.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Phone: (503) 287-1251

    Sesame Donuts

    Housed in what looks to be a former Dunkin Donuts, the S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway location of Sesame Donuts is still frying up sweet treats, but with a little more oomph. This multi-locationed doughnut shop offers all the classics with a couple more atypical flavors, too, namely, the sesame (of course they have one) and the chocolate honey dip. Their buttermilk bars are fairly standard -- gooey, rich, and chewy, with a hint of vanilla -- but still satisfying.

    Do they run out: Who can say? As one of the three 24-hour shops on this list, they're constantly being cranked out.

    6990 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR, 97225, open 24/7, phone: (503) 297-8175; 11945 Pacific Hwy, Tigard, OR, 97223, open 24/7, phone: (503) 430-1827; 2850 N.E. Brookwood Ave., Hillsboro, OR, 97123, open 24/7, phone: (503) 640-3818

    Tonalli's Donuts & Cream

    A dessert outpost on Northeast Alberta, Tonalli's Donuts & Cream offers not only cases filled with drool-worthy doughnuts, but over a dozen flavors of ice cream, shakes and blended drinks, as well. It's a parent's nightmare in real estate form.
    The buttermilk bar from Tonalli's is my favorite in Portland. It's borderline gooey, with a big crumb and slight coconut flavor. Order a cup of coffee, or a milk. You're gonna need it. It also comes plain, and maple and chocolate-glazed. 

    Do they run out: They haven't yet. After several visits at various times on different days, those babies should always be around. 

    2805 N.E. Alberta St., open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 12 a.m., phone: (503) 284-4510; 12321 N.E. 4th Plain Rd., Vancouver, WA, 98682, phone: (360) 944-7925

    Voodoo Doughnut

    Voodoo Doughnuts
    The best way to describe how the buttermilk bar from Voodoo Doughnut tastes is by walking into one of their locations and taking a deep breath through your schnoz. That's it! It's the edible version of how Portland's most famous doughnuteria smells. There's a hint of vanilla, a breath of fryer oil and then comes the wave of sugar. It's denser than some of the other doughnuts on this list, but still satisfying with a soft, glazed exterior and chewy, cake-y middle. It's pure Voodoo.

    Do they run out: Who can say? As one of the three 24-hour shops on this list, they're constantly being cranked out.  

    22 S.W. 3rd Ave., open 24/7, phone: (503) 241-4704; 1501 N.E. Davis St., open 24/7, phone: (503) 235-2666

    Looking for a buttermilk bar near you? Take a look at our map:

    -- Samantha Bakall

  • Suspension-riddled Central Catholic battles Centennial to the end before losing 11-9: Oregon baseball game recap

    The Rams had eight players serving a one-game suspension as a result of a benches-clearing incident at Jesuit last Thursday

    No. 7 Central Catholic paid the price Monday for its involvement during last week’s home-plate altercation against Jesuit when eight players were suspended for the Rams’ Mt. Hood Conference opener against Centennial.

    The result was game with wild swings of momentum, one where Centennial ultimately pulled out an 11-9 decision after scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning at Concordia University. Braden DuKart and Bobby Craswell delivered consecutive run-scoring extra-base hits to lead the Eagles’ seventh-inning rally.

    The Rams (8-3, 0-1 MHC) looked more relieved that their five-day roller coaster ride had ended, rather than despondent over a last-inning loss.

    “There’s always the next day,” said Central Catholic pitcher Cole Stringer, rocked for five runs during the first inning.

    Eight players served an automatic OSAA one-game suspension as a result of being ejected from last Thursday’s game against Jesuit. Although the OSAA allows suspended players to watch the game from the dugout wearing street clothes, Central Catholic doesn’t allow those suspended to participate or watch the game.

    Central Catholic’s starting lineup included five regulars and four players who typically play junior varsity.

    The dugout “was much quieter,” Rams coach Dan Floyd said. “We didn’t lose anything physically with our bottom four players. But we lost leaders. You can have young guys show up and play, but they’re not ready to lead. That’s the lesson we learned today.”

    The Rams’ first-time starters – Steven Erickson, Jeff Vinson, Carson Spitznagel and J.J. Chicoke – were arguably the team’s best hitters Monday. Combined with another rare bat in reliever Nick McAllister, the bottom part of Central Catholic’s order went 5 for 13 against three Centennial pitchers.

    Stringer, Central Catholic’s top pitcher, admitted he tried to do too much at the outset. Stringer walked four batters and hit another during the Eagles’ five-run first inning. Stringer eventually left the game after three innings, with the Rams trailing 7-2.

    “I definitely was overthrowing. I think not having all my normal guys behind me rattled me a little,” Stringer said.

    Central Catholic eventually pulled even at 7-7 with a four-run fifth inning, then tied the game again at 8-8 in the sixth. But Centennial (5-6, 1-0) didn’t flinch, as DuKart bashed a run-scoring triple to right, followed by Craswell’s double to left-center. The three-run hole was too much for the Rams to overcome in their half of the seventh.

    DuKart said despite all the suspensions, Centennial was ready for Central Catholic’s best shot.

    “We didn’t underestimate them. We were prepared. Even when we got up 5-0, I wanted to keep battling,” DuKart said.

    Central Catholic returns to full strength Wednesday when the Rams play the Eagles at Centennial, the second of a three-game series this week.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Liberty's Ryan Kaser throws a no-hitter in 7-0 win over Parkrose: Northwest Oregon Conference rundown (and other links)

    Northwest Oregon Conference action that's been in the news the last few days.

    Northwest Oregon Conference action that's been in the news the last few days:

    Liberty's Ryan Kaser is nominated as the Hillsboro Argus Athlete of the Week. Vote here for The Oregonian's high school athlete of the week for April 5-12.

    Jerry Ulmer writes that Milwaukie is closer to fundraising goal for hitting facility project.

    Liberty junior Ryan Kaser throws no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in 7-0 win over Parkrose.  Oregon baseball recap.

    Sandy bats come alive during the seventh inning in a 3-2 win over Central Catholic. Oregon softball game recap.

    Sunset shuts out Sherwood 5-0 in non-league finale. Oregon 6A softball recap. Photo gallery from Miles Vance.

    Wilsonville girls golf placed second, behind Liberty, in the the Northwest Oregon Conference tournament at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.

  • Best photos from Sam Barlow High School prom 2014

    The 2014 Oregon high school prom season continued Saturday night as Sam Barlow students celebrated prom at Portland's Left Bank Annex.

    The 2014 Oregon high school prom season continued Saturday night as Sam Barlow students celebrated prom at Portland's Left Bank Annex.

    Photographer Mike Lloyd was there to capture the festivities with more than 70 photos of students celebrating "A Night Under the Stars."

    Check out our favorite photos from Barlow's prom and stay with us for more coverage of Oregon high school proms over the next two months. Here's a full schedule of our prom coverage:

    Sam Barlow Prom 2014FULL GALLERY: View more photos from Barlow promPORTLAND, OREGON -- April 12, 2014 -- Sam Barlow High School's prom, "A Night Under the Stars," was a night of fun at the Left Bank Annex in Portland. Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian
    • Gaston High School, April 5 (photos, video)

    • Sam Barlow, April 12 (photos)

    • Rex Putnam, April 19

    • Franklin, April 26

    • Lincoln, April 26

    • Wilson, April 26

    • Beaverton, May 3

    • Lakeridge, May 3

    • Sunset, May 3

    • Aloha, May 10

    • Clackamas, May 10

    • Liberty, May 10

    • Sherwood, May 10

    • Tualatin, May 10

    • Westview, May 10

    • ACMA, May 17

    • La Salle, May 17

    • Milwaukie, May 17

    • Merlo Station, May 17

    • Grant, May 30

    • Century, May 31

    • Glencoe, May 31

    • International School of Beaverton, May 31

  • Cup stacking teen from Gresham heads to Junior Olympics, aims for 'unbeatable'

    Now 16, Joey Cooksey can claim to be the fastest cup stacker in Oregon, thanks to a second place finish behind a Washington girl at the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest Regional competition in Auburn, Wash., on March 8.

    Joey Cooksey was 3 or 4 when she told her mother that she wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    “You’ve got to figure out something you can do,” her mother responded, adding that Joey would have to be better or faster than the world.

    More than a decade later, the Gresham girl stumbled onto a YouTube video demonstrating an unusual sport: competitive cup stacking.

    “I think I found it,” she told her mother.

    Now 16, Joey can claim to be the fastest cup stacker in Oregon, thanks to a second place finish behind a Washington girl at the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest Regional competition in Auburn, Wash., on March 8. Her win earned her a spot at this summer’s Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Joey, a sophomore at Sam Barlow High School, doesn’t plan to stop there. In her quest for world domination in the sport, she practices obsessively — from two to five hours per day, she said.

    “I’ve always wanted to be known for something,” she said.

    Gallery preview

    Cup stacking, also known as sport stacking, requires speed and consistency. Competitors stack and unstack specially designed lightweight plastic cups in established sequences, various combinations of pyramids of three, six or 10 cups. Stacking happens on soft fabric mats laid atop tables. Timers built into the mats keep track of the seconds ticking by.

    If the sport sounds easy, it’s not. The goal is to stack the cups as fast as humanly possible without dropping or knocking over any cups, a misstep known as scratching. Cup stackers move their hands so quickly that videos of competitions sometimes appear to be stuck on fast forward.

    “Some of them, it’s just a blur of color,” Joey’s mother, Lynda, said.

    The Portland area has a track record of producing top cup stackers.

    Rachael Nedrow, a graduate of Oregon Episcopal School, shot to Internet fame a few years ago after posting a video on YouTube that showed her emotional response to setting a cup stacking personal record. The 2008 video — 7.00!!! OMG!! NEW PB! OMG!!! OMG!!! SO CLOSE TO SIX!! OOMMGG!!! — today has close to 4.5 million hits. Nedrow also appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

    Nedrow, now 18, has followed Joey’s budding career as a stacker.

    “She’s improved a lot,” Nedrow said.

    The pair met up at a Portland park last August after Joey reached out to Nedrow, who won the title of second fastest girl in the world in 2013.

    “I know she really loves it,” said Nedrow, who is a student at Duke University.

    Cup stacking isn’t only for young people, although the sport’s culture thrives on YouTube and other social media sites.

    John Ansotigue, 62, runs the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest United States tournament. He said the sport appeals to people of all ages and builds.

    “You don’t have to be tall,” he said. “You don’t have to be strong. You just have to have a desire to participate and be the best you can.”

    Will it last? Or will cup stacking have the same life span of other short-lived pursuits?

    “It’s going to go the way of the hula hoop,” Ansotigue said. “And you know what? The hula hoop is still around.”

    Joey, for one, is already hooked. She’s hoping to raise $1,500 to help pay for her trip to the Junior Olympics in Iowa. But she’ll keep practicing no matter what happens at the games, she said. She wants to keep getting better.

    “So I’d be unbeatable,” she said.

  • Multnomah County Monday roundup: Commissioners talk PERS, county candidates debate, Fairview considers police contract

    Good morning, Multnomah County readers. Here's what's on the agenda for the coming week.

    Good morning, Multnomah County readers. Here's what's on the agenda for the coming week.

    On Tuesday, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will receive a briefing on the anticipated effects of recently enacted reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System, or PERS. Last year, state legislators reformed the PERS system to reduce its costs to government employers.

    On Wednesday, Sheriff Dan Staton will visit the Fairview City Council to outline his proposal to contract the city's police functions out to the sheriff's office. As my colleague Eric Apalategui and I wrote earlier this month, Troutdale is also considering a contract with the sheriff. When Staton met with Troutdale's city council April 2 to reveal more details about his proposal, he estimated contracted police services could save the city $800,000 in the first year.

    On Thursday, commissioners will meet in their weekly voting meeting, where they'll decide whether to donate a tax foreclosed property to Community Vision, an affordable housing nonprofit. If the donation is approved, it will be the second property the county has donated to Community Visions in the past month. I wrote March 27 about the first one, a vacant lot in Lents.

    On Friday, candidates vying for the District 1 and District 2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will meet at a City Club-sponsored debate at the Sentinel Hotel, 641 S.W. 11th Ave. I wrote last week about the District 2 race, and I'll be publishing profiles of District 1 candidates Jules Bailey and Brian Wilson later this week.

    Do you think something's missing from the list? Know of anything else I should be covering this week? Email me at or comment below.

    --Kelly House

  • Mt. Hood Meadows adds two days to season: riding on Fridays in May

    Meadows has been named one of the top 10 Spring Ski Destinations according to the Ski Channel, and the resort's Spring Park, a collaborative effort with renown park builder Snow Park Technologies, has received rave reviews.

    The powder days like in this photo are likely long gone, but nevertheless the staff at Mt. Hood Meadows is not ready to see the ski season end.

    The resort is adding two days of operation, the first two Fridays of May. The ski area runs daily through April 27, then adds Friday to its planned Saturday and Sunday operation for the first two weeks of May.

    The resort lodge will also be open on Saturday, May 17, to host a Season’s End Festival.

    With 117 inches of snow in the base area, Meadows is primed to finish the season with spectacular spring riding conditions. Meadows has been named one of the top 10 spring ski destinations by the Ski Channel, and the resort’s Spring Park, a collaborative effort with park builder Snow Park Technologies, has received good reviews.

    For a lift operational schedule, conditions and events, visit

    The photo here was taken on March 28 at Mt. Hood Meadows by Hood River photographer Richard Hallman. Look for another of Hallman's photos from that day at this link.

    -- Terry Richard

  • Reynolds charter school trouble; De'Anthony Thomas visit; Gresham-Barlow Right Brain Initiative: East Multnomah County schools

    KNOVA Reynolds Public Charter School in Gresham will close school 11 days early this year because it does not have enough money to remain open for the full school year.

    Here’s what’s happening in east Portland and east Multnomah County schools this week.

    KNOVA Reynolds Public Charter School financial troubles

    KNOVA Reynolds Public Charter School in Gresham will close school 11 days early this year because it doesn’t have enough money to remain open for the full school year.

    The K-8 school serves about 400 students but has been plagued by financial problems since at least November 2013, when the Reynolds School District issued a notice to the charter school asserting it had breached its charter agreement.

    The charter school announced in January that it replaced its paid director with a volunteer. But problems continue, according to the district.

    Wednesday, the Reynolds School Board announced its intention to pull funding from the charter school’s program for teaching English language learners because district administrators are concerned that the charter school isn’t offering adequate instruction to non-native students. The plan is for the school district to take over the program.

    Reynolds students draw inspiration from former Oregon running back

    Former University of Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas visited Reynolds High School last week and regaled students with an inspirational talk about leadership, according to the Gresham Outlook.

    “You’ve always got to be a leader for yourself, and a role model to your friends,” Thomas said, according to the Outlook. “You’ve got to have the mindset to work hard at everything, whether it’s in the classroom or on the field. Trust me, one of these days it’s gonna pay off.”

    Self Enhancement Inc., a Portland nonprofit that works with at-risk youth, sponsored the visit. Self Enhancement recently expanded its programs into the Reynolds district, the Outlook reported.

    Centennial School District’s “equity audit” and budget hearing

    The Centennial School District has launched an ambitious effort to examine just how equitable its schools are. The “equity audit” is still underway. Look for a discussion of the results in a future roundup.

    Meanwhile, the school district is hosting a budget meeting Thursday, April 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the board room of the district’s main office at 18135 S.E. Brooklyn St.

    Superintendent Sam Breyer will be on hand to talk about proposals in his 2014-15 budget. For the first time since the 2007-08 school year, the district is considering additions to the budget.

    Arts instruction in the Gresham-Barlow District

    The Gresham-Barlow School District is the first in the Portland region to host the Right Brain Initiative, a program that weaves arts instruction into students’ core classes, in all of its elementary schools, according to the Gresham Outlook.

    The Right Brain Initiative currently serves 49 schools in and around Portland, including 11 in the Gresham-Barlow district. The program’s goal is to serve all K-5, K-6 and K-8 schools in the Portland region, said Rebecca Burrell, an outreach specialist for the initiative. There are about 250 such schools now, she said.

    David Douglas students create stop-motion animation

    Speaking of art, sixth-grade students at Floyd Light Middle School in the David Douglas School District recently created a 20-minute film about heroes with the help of an artist in residence, Sarah Nagy, who also runs a film school for kids in Portland.

    “Quilt of Heroes” had its premiere Thursday night at the middle school, but the film’s three panels are also available on YouTube.

    Quilt of Heroes--Panel One--Friends/Armed Services

    Quilt of Heroes--Panel Two--Family/First Responders

    Quilt of Heroes--Panel Three--Pets/Teachers

    -- Beth Slovic

  • Sam Barlow High School celebrates 'A Night Under the Stars' in Portland

    Prom season is officially underway and we're here as Sam Barlow High School celebrates "A Night Under the Stars." The students are dressed in red carpet-worthy looks and the dance floor is heating up for a night of fun at the Left Bank Annex in Portland.

    Prom season is officially underway and we're here as Sam Barlow High School celebrates "A Night Under the Stars." The students are dressed in red carpet-worthy looks and the dance floor is heating up for a night of fun at the Left Bank Annex in Portland.

    The photo here is just a sample of what will be captured during the memorable night. Come back to starting Sunday to see much more.

    Parents, students and teachers can add their own photos via Twitter and Instagram using #ORprom. See all the photos with the #ORprom hashtag.

    Last year, Barlow held their 2013 bash at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.

    The Stars theme must be on-trend, because the kids at Gaston High School kicked off our prom coverage last week with "A Night With the Stars".