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ESD 112 region schools receive state's highest honor - 04/18/17

Eleven schools in the ESD 112 region are 2016 Washington Achievement Award winners.
 
Given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the awards use the Washington State Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition. Priority and Focus schools are only eligible for Closing the Achievement Gap. Across the state, 280 schools received the award.
  
"I am proud to award nearly 300 schools with this honor," said Superintendent Chris Reykdal, "These schools help Washington lead the way in innovative education and access to high-quality learning opportunities. To all of those honored, thank you for your dedication to Washington students, families, and the future."

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories:
 
-Overall Excellence
-High Progress
-English Language Arts Growth
-Math Growth
-Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
-English Language Acquisition
-Achievement Gap
 
"I'm so pleased to see schools in our region being recognized for making progress and helping students prepare for their futures," said Tim Merlino, Superintendent, ESD 112. "These schools are among the top in the state in terms of achievement and it's important to celebrate the hard work by students and staff to achieve this success."

ESD 112 region schools receiving the award are:

Battle Ground School District--CAM Academy (Overall Excellence, High Progress) and Pleasant Valley Primary School (Math Growth).

Camas School District--Grass Valley Elementary School (High Progress, English Language Arts Growth); Liberty Middle School (Overall Excellence, Math Growth, English Language Arts Growth, Closing the Achievement Gap--Hispanic Students); Prune Hill Elementary School (High Progress); and Skyridge Middle School (Overall Excellence, High Progress, Math Growth).

Evergreen School District--Fisher's Landing Elementary School (High Progress, English Language Acquisition) and Harmony Elementary School (Closing the Achievement Gap--Low Income Students).

Longview School District--Mint Valley Elementary School (Closing the Achievement Gap--Students with Disabilities).

Ridgefield School District--South Ridge Elementary School (Overall Excellence, High Progress, English Language Arts Growth).

Vancouver School District--Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School (Closing the Achievement Gap--Students with Disabilities).

                                         
The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony May 3 at Olympic Middle School in Auburn School District.


More information
·         WAA criteria and list of winners: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement


ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

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Skamania School Board narrows search for new leader to two finalists - 04/12/17

The Skamania School District Board of Directors has selected two finalists to interview for the position of superintendent/principal. The selected candidate will succeed Sally Godwin who is retiring at the end of August.

Mr. Randy Bryant, Oregon City, OR.
Randy Bryant currently serves as the Executive Director for Human Resources in the Gresham Barlow School District (OR). He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Oregon University. Mr. Bryant has 11 years of principal experience in the Gresham Barlow SD and 5 years of Assistant Principal experience in the Gladstone SD. He also has 17 years of teaching experience.

Dr. Ralph Pruitt, Camas, WA
Ralph Pruitt currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, a Master of Education from the University of Oregon, and Bachelor of Science in Education from Brigham Young University. Dr. Pruitt has 14 years of administrative experience in roles such as Assistant Superintendent, School Director, Director of Special Services and Curriculum Director. Prior to moving to the central office, he spent 17 years as a principal in the Camas and South Lane (OR) School Districts. Dr. Pruitt also has 6 years of teaching experience.

The Board has hired search consultant Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) to assist them in the process. The finalists will visit Skamania School District on Friday, April 14th to meet district staff & students and to tour the school. The finalists will interview with the Board of Directors at a special board meeting scheduled for 11:30 on Saturday, April 15th.

Community members are invited to an open house breakfast to meet the candidates on Saturday, April 15th at the district from 9:00 -- 11:00.





ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to the child care network. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools and two state schools serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

ESD 112, WSSDA to host School Board Candidate Information Night - 04/11/17

Individuals who may be interested in running for a seat on their local school board are encouraged to attend an upcoming informational session.

Educational Service District 112, in partnership with the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), will host a School Board Candidate Information Night on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:30 -- 7:30 PM at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver. The meeting will be held in the ESD Conference and Institute Center.

The program will feature a presentation by Tim Garchow, Executive Director for WSSDA, who will talk about the roles and responsibilities of a school board member. After his remarks, a panel of current school board members will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with serving as a school director.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage with other board members at the event.

RSVP's are encouraged but are not required to attend the event. Please email wendy.niehaus@esd112.org to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Mary Ann Sturdivan was recognized by Principal John Shoup at a WHS school assembly.
Mary Ann Sturdivan was recognized by Principal John Shoup at a WHS school assembly.
Woodland School District employee is ESD 112 region Classified School Employee of the Year (Photo) - 04/10/17

A Woodland School District employee has been named 2017 Classified School Employee of the Year for the ESD 112 region. The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and recognizes an outstanding classified school employee in each ESD region of the state.

Mary Ann Sturdivan is a Career Counselor at Woodland High School. Initially, her job consisted primarily of coordinating the school's Senior Culminating Project, but her knack for identifying and meeting student needs has led to the implementation of new and efficient programs to serve the school's diverse student population.

Overseeing the Senior Project means ensuring that more than 150 seniors meet all requirements of the project, from completing 10-20 hours of service learning, tracking essays, scheduling presentations, and keeping tabs on job shadowing to help ensure that all students are on track for this important graduation requirement. This alone is a great responsibility, but Sturdivan recognized other areas that she could improve for students, including the development of an electronic scholarship application in partnership with other staff, the development of the Service Opportunities webpage, and organization of the first Woodland Community Career Fair and a student pantry.

Sturdivan was instrumental in developing the community job fair, which allowed Woodland High School seniors an opportunity to practice resume writing and job interviewing skills with local employers. At the end of the school day community members attended the job fair to learn about potential employment opportunities within the community.

Concerned about students with limited access to resources, Sturdivan started a school pantry which provides food, clothing, hygiene items and school supplies so that students can focus on academics and not worry about basic needs. She has also partnered with community organizations to collect formal dresses and suits so that students can have access to formal attire for school dances, breaking down the barrier between the haves and the have nots.

An online scholarship application system has resulted in a greater number of WHS students applying for college scholarships. A Service Opportunities Webpage has raised student awareness regarding need within the community and allowed students to have a direct positive impact. These are just a few examples of how Sturdivan is making a difference for students.

"I believe each student has a unique role in the world," said Sturdivan. "I encourage students to understand that their circumstances need not define them, that change can lead to personal growth, and there are countless educators supporting their efforts. Helping students achieve their goals is not a job but a gift."

"During Mary Ann's tenure, there has never been a student fail to graduate as a result of missing the mark on their culminating project," said Woodland High School Principal John Shoup. "This is a significant statistic and I am very proud of her work to help our students cross this rigorous educational milestone."

Shoup praises Sturdivan's "can do" attitude and ability to motivate others. "Students, staff, parents and the community love working with Mary Ann because she exhibits a caring and loving attitude with everyone and her light shines so brightly you can clearly see her vision and want to be a member of her team!"

"Mary Ann has an enormous impact on the success of our students," writes WHS Counselor Sarah Gray. "Within our counseling department, students know they can come to Mary Ann with both academic and social/emotional concerns and be treated respectfully with compassion and confidentiality."

"Whether it is through providing career readiness, mental health support, equitable support through personal items or establishing community supported relationships, students know I am their advocate," writes Sturdivan. "I am honored when a student is comfortable enough to ask for assistance, whether it be with their post-secondary plan, scholarships or items from the Student Pantry. As a result, each year I am rewarded by overseeing presentations of seniors who share their high school experiences and future plans. I am in awe as they discuss their community service, their successes and sometimes the struggles they have overcome. It is a privilege to witness their growth and maturity as well as participate in their education, goals and accomplishments."

Sturdivan will be recognized along with honorees from other regions of the state by Superintendent Chris Reykdal later this spring. Her application will be forwarded to the state level for consideration for the Washington State Classified Employee of the Year award.


ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

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