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With behavior outbursts on a constant rise, Oregon educators look toward solutions for creating safer and more effective learning environments.
Oregon’s rural university has partnered with a growing number of small-town high schools to take a new approach in solving the rural teacher shortage.
Out of 40 students competing in the finals of the Regeneron Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C., only 10 students received prizes. — and one of them is from Westview High School in Beaverton!
Shahir Rahman, a senior at Westview, invented microwave technology that heats different items on a plate to their respective ideal temperatures. He wowed the judges with his “smart” microwave that cooked chicken and rice to their desired temperature, while leaving the salad on the plate cool. Rahman also produced a smartphone application that gives the user the power to adjust their preferred temperatures for certain foods. For this innovative project, Rahman won fourth place and a cash prize of $100,000!
Rahman has been working on this project for the last three years, with the help of his father, an engineer at Intel. He plans to attend college at MIT this fall and hopes to continue to work on projects that will positively impact the world, he says. "Most of my projects are about ordinary ideas for ordinary people, but they have a great impact in the solution. It all starts with an idea."
Calling all 2018 graduates! Is there someone in your life that you’d like to thank for helping you reach your goal of getting that diploma? Now is the time to give them thanks and potentially win a $1,000 prize! The Promise of Oregon has announced the #GRADitudeOR video contest program for high school seniors who are on track to graduate. Students who wish to enter the contest must create a video that is two minutes or less in length and upload it to their social media accounts by May 26, 2018. The judges are looking for creativity and sincerity, and the winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit http://promiseoregon.org/graditude/.
On Wednesday, March 7, Senate Democrats held a hearing in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to keep gun violence out of schools.
Several high school students were in attendance, including one of the survivors of the recent Parkland, FL shooting, and Hood River Valley High School sophomore, Eva Jones. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden invited Jones to share her testimony after meeting her at a town hall in Hood River during the weeks following the mass shooting in February.
Jones asked Congress to take a tougher stance on gun legislation to keep students and educators out of harm’s way. She, like many other
students who have been vocal about a need for policy change, spoke about how difficult it is to focus on learning with constant fear of an attack. "In my math class, instead of learning integration techniques, we discussed the pros and cons of hiding under our desks like we were told or tackling the attacker," she said.
"But school-wide murder has been so normalized by gun culture that we approach these like a fire drill. This makes me sick…I am not content to allow my peers to try and learn in an environment like this any longer.” Jones also helped organize a walkout at her school on March 14 to garner support for the gun violence prevention movement.
Oregon students stood in solidarity with their peers from all over the country on March 14. At 10:00AM, thousands of students stood up, walked out of their classrooms and observed a 17-minute moment of silence — one minute for every student and teacher killed in the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL.
At some demonstrations, students called out the names of those who were killed, or read letters written by family members, or chanted together. Some participated to show students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School their support, others to express their discontent with legislators for their refusal to tighten up gun control laws, but almost all agreed: it’s time to do something. Students are no longer content to live in fear about being shot in school, and they are demanding action from our leaders.
Most school districts supported activities coordinated by students to honor those killed in the Parkland shooting, but the students took the lead in organizing and facilitating their own demonstrations.