Stories by Danielle Frost

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August 24, 2017
Frank Zahn, president of the Washougal Association of Educators (at podium) speaks to the School Board Tuesday.

Washougal school district, teachers in mediation

With a contract set to expire at the end of this month and the new school year just around the corner, the Washougal School District and its teachers’ union are still trying to come to an agreement over staffing levels, professional development and compensation.

August 17, 2017
Carver Ken Craig built much of his Washougal home himself, using reclaimed douglas fir and cedar boards. He describes it as a "work in progress." Placed beside his home are various carvings he has created over the years.  Craig turned his passion for carving into a career of sorts after moving to Washougal 10 years ago.

Coming of age

It’s not uncommon to change career paths as a millennial, but this trend isn’t limited to those from younger generations.

August 17, 2017
Columbia River Gorge Principal Tracey MacLachlan shows off the school's new mascot, Raymond the River Otter.

New school gets a new mascot

After 263 students and 30 staff members weighed in, Washougal’s newest elementary school has a mascot.

August 10, 2017
Tom West has been an artist since he was a small boy winning school coloring contests. He has a degree from the University of Missouri in graphic design, and has worked as a designer, art director, illustrator and gift product manager for 30 years.

It’s all about art in Washougal

Tom West was so talented at coloring contests in elementary school that teachers moved him into more challenging competitions so other students had the opportunity to win.

August 10, 2017
Soon to be sixth-graders recently participated in a week-long UPWARD camp at Liberty Middle School, to prepare them for the first days of school, including the often-dreaded ritual of opening a locker.

Middle school: The best years

The thought of opening a locker on the first day of school can strike fear into the heart of even the bravest 11-year-old, who has likely seen at least one television show or movie depicting middle school as a scary place where sixth-graders get bullied and stuffed into lockers.

August 3, 2017
Washougal School District Superintendent Mike Stromme greets students on the first day of the 2016-17 school year. (Post-Record file photo)

Back to school? Yes, it’s true

Although it seems like school just let out for the summer, local educators are already shifting their focus to the first day in September.