School notes for Oct. 22, 2013

Mount Pleasant sets fall carnival

Mount Pleasant Elementary School will host its annual fall carnival Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

It will include games and activities for the whole family. Tickets are four for $1. Mount Pleasant is located at 152 Marble Road, Washougal. For more information, contact 835-3371.

JMS book fair starts on Monday

Jemtegaard Middle School,35300 S.E. Evergreen Blvd., is having a scholastic book fair Monday through Thursday, Oct. 28 to 31.

It will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday will be family night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be drawings throughout the evening. The fair will be in the JMS library. All are encouraged to attend.

Eat a free lunch at WSU Thursday

The Garden Club at Washington State University Vancouver will present Food Day on Thursday. All events are free and open to the public.

It will begin at 10:30 a.m., with three documentaries about the health of the local and national food system shown in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129.

“Food, Inc.,” will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. It focuses on the nation’s food industry and about what we eat, how it is produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

“Dive!” will show from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets.

“King Corn,” from 12:50 to 2:20 p.m., tells the story of Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, who move to the “heartland” to learn where their food comes from. With the help of neighbors, genetically modified seeds and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises questions.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., the Café in the Dengerink Administration Building will serve a lunch created from local ingredients.

The Environmental Science and Sustainability Club will perform a waste audit from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the outdoor area between Firstenburg Student Commons and the Facilities Operations Building.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

National college fair planned in Portland

The Portland National College Fair will be held Friday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.

The fair, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and hosted by the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling.

Complete information can be found at:

This is an opportunity for students and parents to get college information at no cost. Attendees will have access to representatives from more than 250 colleges nationwide, as well as from the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, The College Board and the ACT. They can attend presentations about the application process, financial aid, applying for scholarships, and writing application essays.

Students who pre-register can print a bar coded confirmation to be used at the fair as an electronic ID, in lieu of filling out information cards. Registration is available at

There is no cost to attend, but organizers are seeking canned or other non-perishable food donations for the Oregon Food Bank.

Washougal resident earns scholarship

Natalie Hoyte, daughter of Saundra Weaver of Washougal, received a Oscar Edwin Olson Sciences Scholarship Endowment of $4,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

The scholarship is for children of single, divorced or windowed parents.

Hoyte expects to graduate from Western in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology.

She works as a nurse’s aide and as an orientation trip backpack leader.

Annual bat talk will dispel myths

Christine Portfors, associate professor of biological science and neuroscience at Washington State University Vancouver, will host her annual Bat Talk for children and families from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The talk is free and open to the public.

Every year near Halloween, Portfors gives a presentation during which she dispels popular folklore and teach about the beneficial roles bats play in the ecosystem, such as managing insect populations, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. Live bats from Portfors’ lab will available for viewing. Kids craft activities will round out the afternoon.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.