Team LUX Science Works on Habitat Restoration Project

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This year, the 8th graders on team LUX took part in a Cedar Park neighborhood habitat restoration project. Students welcomed guest speakers and visitors from SOLVE, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, to teach about invasive species removal and habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest.

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Last January, Ms. Karper was awarded a grant by the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District to continue the invasive species removal work and to prepare the site for next year's replanting efforts. The students worked on a small forested plot near Cedar Park Middle School, on SW Park Way.

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“Thank you TSWCD!  With the funding we will purchase safety equipment and tools to more effectively remove the invasive blackberry and ivy from our conservation site. TSWCD has agreed to continue working with our students to learn how to identify plants and remove those not native to Oregon forests. We are very thankful for their partnership in our work,” says 8th grade science teacher, Kim Karper.

Once the invasive species are identified and removed, students next year will begin replanting the area with plant species that are endemic to this area, creating a more natural and healthier environment and will encourage the return of native insects and animals. 


YOUR MONEY AT WORK-- Winter Student Socials

Cedar Park's student body had some serious fun at last week's student socials, made possible by your generous 5K donation and this community's awesome volunteers. 

There were several activities, including a live dj, caricature artist and a face painter, along with karaoke and iPads/board games in the library and a photo booth. A food truck was also on hand to serve up some party food for these hungry hooligans.

HUGE THANKS to CPMS teacher, Liv Cruse, and her incredible team for organizing this awesome community-building event for our students. And of course, our donors and volunteers are everyday heroes as well.

Yearbook Photos Needed

Yearbook needs your photos of our community events, ESPECIALLY band and choir concerts and field trips! Email them to

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $15, and order forms are available in the Library and the Main Office. Orders can also be placed online, through the Online Payment system in ParentVUE. Before purchasing, be sure and check your account (under Purchase History) to see if you bought one in August!


CPMS Students Display Ideas at Science Expo

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Cedar Park's Science Expo took place on 2/1, with nine of the Science Enrichment elective classes participating. The expo covered a wide range of science and engineering topics-- including testing water quality, creating 3-D hands, building a portable charger, and creating a downspout generator.

BRAVO to all our curious & innovative young scientists out there (and to all the parents who supported them-- you know who you are!).

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Cedar Mill Library Presents "The Impact of Electronics on the Youth/Teen Brain" on 3/20

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Do you find it challenging to navigate the intricacies of social media, cell phone usage, and video games? Learn up-to-date information and statistics on the impact electronics have on the developing brain including sleep, academics, and physical health.

This program is for adults only. Wed, 3/20 from 6:30-8pm. Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road.

Presenter Shawn Marshall, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He specializes in working with teens and has expertise in depression, anxiety, attention deficit, academic challenges, and oppositional behaviors.

This event is part of Cedar Mill Library’s ongoing Parent Information Series. Find out more about the series here: