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ESD 112 region schools receive state's highest honor - 04/17/14
Thirty-one schools in the ESD 112 region are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state's Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of six categories:

* Overall Excellence
* High Progress
* Reading Growth
* Math Growth
* Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
* English Language Acquisition

State Superintendent Randy Dorn supports this collaboration. "So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids," he said. "These awards represent some of the best. It's an honor to recognize them and celebrate their success."

ESD 112 region schools receiving the award are:

Battle Ground School District--Battle Ground High School (High Progress), CAM Junior/Senior High School (Overall Excellence), Captain Strong Elementary School (High Progress).

Camas School District--Camas High School (High Progress), Grass Valley Elementary School (Special Recognition-Reading Growth), Helen Baller Elementary (Special Recognition-Reading Growth), Liberty Middle School (Overall Excellence, Special Recognition-Reading Growth), Skyridge Middle School (Overall Excellence).

Evergreen School District--Evergreen High School (Special Recognition-English Language Acquisition), Mill Plain Elementary (Special Recognition-Math Growth), Union High School (High Progress).

Green Mountain School District--Green Mountain School (Special Recognition-Math Growth).

Hockinson School District--Hockinson High School (Overall Excellence).

Kalama School District--Kalama Junior/Senior High School (Special Recognition-5-year Graduation Rate).

Kelso School District--Barnes Elementary School (High Progress), Carrolls Elementary School (Overall Excellence).

Longview School District--Mark Morris High School (Special Recognition-Math Growth).

Naselle-Grays River Valley School District--Naselle Elementary School (High Progress).

Ridgefield School District--Ridgefield High School (Overall Excellence, High Progress, Special Recognition-Reading Growth, Special Recognition-Math Growth), South Ridge Elementary School (High Progress, Special Recognition-Reading Growth), View Ridge Middle School (High Progress).

Stevenson-Carson School District--Stevenson High School (Overall Excellence).

Vancouver School District--Harney Elementary School (High Progress), Hough Elementary School (High Progress), Lake Shore Elementary School (High Progress), Skyview High School (High Progress), Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (Overall Excellence).

Washougal School District--Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School (High Progress), Washougal High School (High Progress).

White Salmon Valley School District--Columbia High School (Special Recognition-Reading Growth).

Woodland School District--Woodland Intermediate School (High Progress).

The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.

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WAA criteria and list of winners:

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.

Turn in extra medicine April 26 to protect families and the environment - 04/15/14
Dispose of unused or out-of-date medication safely at the Rx Take-back event, Saturday, April 26.

During last year's highly successful event, more than 500 people brought in over 1,000 pounds of unwanted medications for disposal by the Clark County Sheriff's Office. In addition, more than 300 pounds of paper, cardboard, glass and plastic containers were collected and recycled.

This year, unwanted medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Clark College's Purple Parking Lot No. 1 (by the soccer field), 1900 Fort Vancouver Way.

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clark County Sheriff's Office and Clark County Environmental Services and in partnership with Clark College and PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County.

Prescription (Rx) drug misuse and abuse is on the rise in our country. Two-thirds (65%) of teens who abuse pain reliever say they get them from family members and friends. Reducing the amount of un-used and out-of-date medications in our community reduces the risk of misuse and abuse as well as keeps these medications out of our local water supply and local landfill.

Proper drug disposal also is an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down the drain.

Unwanted medications also can be disposed of at several collection sites across Clark County. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to local participating pharmacies. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the April 26 collection event.

For more information on both types of disposal, visit "Medications" at

For more information about disposal or recycling options, call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352.