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March 1, 2011

Paz Ramos

Paz Ramos, Principal

Alder Elementary School

Membership LuncheonPaz 


Principal Jesus "Paz" Ramos will address members at the Hispanic Chamber's Membership luncheon in March. 


Paz Ramos has served as Principal at Alder Elementary School in the Reynolds School district since 2009.  Formerly, he worked for the Hillsboro School District, Nyssa School District, and Parma School District in Idaho. 


In 2010, Ramos instituted a "No Excuses" policy and created the expectation that his students would continue their education after high school graduation.  In August 2010, the state announced that Alder Elementary had met federal performance standards under the No Child Left Behind act.  It was the first time in four years that Alder had met the federal benchmarks for reading, math and attendance at the same time.  Alder Elementary has an enrollment of over 600 students K-5, with 63% being Hispanic. 


In October 2010, Alder Elementary was chosen as the nation's first Dreamer School.  As a "Dreamer School," Alder will receive tutoring, scholarships, and mentoring along with other support.  The aid will begin in the 2011-2012 school year and continue until the students have graduated college.  The program is sponsored by the I Have A Dream foundation Oregon. 


Paz received a BA in Physical Education from Linfield College in 1984.  He received a Masters in Administration from Northwest Nazarene College in 1994.


9th Annual Employment, Contracting & Promotional Trade 

Previous Trade Show

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232

Cost: Free to the Public!

Sponsor: American Family Insurance

American Family Insurance


For booth pricing & information, please e-mail Gale Castillo at:

TaxTax Credit for Families with Children in College

American Opportunity Credit
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more parents and students will qualify over the next two years for a tax credit to pay for college expenses. 
The new credit modifies the existing Hope Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010, making the Hope Credit available to a broader range of taxpayers, including many with higher incomes and those who owe no tax. 
It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. 
For more information about the American Opportunity Credit, please click here.
El Crédito de la Oportunidad Americana tiene un valor de hasta $2,500 del costo de matrícula y gastos relacionados.  Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.


March 10, 2011 - Workshop
"How to Apply for Federal Employment"
Presenter: Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and other federal agencies
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: Hispanic Chamber
333 SW 5th Ave, Ste. 100, Downstairs training room
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222.0280
Cost: None to Attendees
RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online.
March 24, 2011 - Workshop
"Your Business, Your Legacy"
An Insurance and Financial Resource for Business Owners
Presenter: Mr. HQ La, State Farm Insurance
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Place: Hispanic Chamber
333 SW 5th Ave., Ste. 100, Downstairs training room
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222.0280
Cost: None to Attendees
RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online.
March 29, 2011 - Membership Luncheon

Keynote speaker: Paz Ramos, Principal, Alder Elementary School

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Place: Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 222.0280
Cost: $25.00 Members/$30.00 Non-members
RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online
Corporate sponsor: Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
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