Evergreen Public Schools set to welcome students back September 2, 2015
Vancouver, Wash. - The 2015-2016 school year will begin Wednesday, September 2, for the more than 26,000 students in Evergreen Public Schools. The beginning of the year, always an exciting time for students and their families, will be marked by a variety of new programs and initiatives throughout the district.
The year was kicked off Monday, August 24, by district administrators who welcomed 150 new teachers to the district during the annual "New Teacher Induction." Following that induction, the school board unanimously passed the 2015-2016 budget at Tuesday's board meeting.
Students in the district's 21 elementary schools will notice a change on the very first day. In order to comply with new state regulations, the elementary school day will be extended by ten minutes. Schools will now release students at 3:00pm (early schools) and 3:45pm (late schools). Visit www.evergreenps.org
for a complete list of schools and hours.
The district continues to add support for families this year, opening Family and Community Resource Centers at an additional five elementary schools - Ellsworth, Endeavour, Image, Mill Plain and Sifton. The centers, now at ten schools, provide food, clothing, and other necessities to families in need. The district is committed to helping middle and high school students in need, as well. A new partnership with C-Tran and Vancouver Parks and Recreation will provide students in need with free bus passes that can be used anywhere in Clark County, and access to the Marshall and Firstenberg Community Centers.
Another new partnership for the district includes an expanded presence of the Southwest Washington Childcare Consortium (SWCCC). The SWCCC plans to offer before and after school care for students at Burnt Bridge Creek, Endeavour, Fircrest, Marrion and Sifton elementary schools. That's in addition to the programs already available at 11 other district schools.
Following the successful "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive and the "Write Start" program, the Evergreen School District Foundation (ESDF) is ready to start handing out school supplies. New this year, schools will directly disburse supplies from the Foundation. This change will help ensure that students in each school are getting the supplies they truly need.
Finally, employees at the district's Administrative Service Center (ASC) started a "Fresh Start Clothing Drive for Students in Transition Program" designed to provide students in need with new clothes and shoes.
For a complete list of upcoming events and news articles for Evergreen Public Schools, visit the district website (www.evergreenps.org) or follow the district on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Evergreen Public Schools
Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of more than 26,000 students. With just over 3,000 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.