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2017 School of Distinction awards earned by six schools in the region - 11/07/17

Schools from six of the 30 districts in the Educational Service District 112 region received a School of Distinction (SOD) award on November 6th. Camas, Castle Rock, Longview, Lyle, Vancouver and Washougal districts each have one school being awarded for sustained improvement in English language arts (ELA), math, and graduation rates over the past five years.

Hayes Freedom High (Camas), Castle Rock Elementary (Castle Rock), RA Long High (Longview), Dallesport Elementary (Lyle), Benjamin Franklin Elementary (Vancouver), and Canyon Creek Middle (Washougal) are among the 98 schools in Washington State so honored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and their partner organizations for continuous and substantive improvement.

Of significant note are first-time honors for Dallesport Elementary and Hayes Freedom High. Dallesport Elementary, a school with 70% of its students living in poverty in Lyle, saw a 580% improvement (from 5th percentile to 34th) in ELA / math scores. Hayes Freedom, a school of choice in Camas, saw a 19% increase in graduation rates (from 72% to 86%) over the last five years. RA Long in Longview also showed a significant increase (38%) in graduation rates, jumping from 68% to 94%.

Castle Rock Elementary and RA Long High are both celebrating their third consecutive awards, each being a SOD school in 2015, 2016, and 2017. This is also the third award for Canyon Creek Middle, named a SOD in 2007, 2016, and 2017. Benjamin Franklin Elementary is celebrating its second consecutive win, having received the honor in 2016 and 2017.

"These awards are a testament to the hard work of staff and students," said Tim Merlino, Superintendent of Educational School District 112. "Our region is proud of their great accomplishments and we look forward to celebrating with them during local recognition events."

School of Distinction honorees are selected using OSPI reported data from the data downloads section of the state report card (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx). A school must have data in at least three of five years to be considered--one of which must be 2017. "Improvement" is defined as the slope of linear trend over the five years. For more information about selection criteria, the methodology brief can be found here: https://cee1.app.box.com/s/xafn28gy6iqe1sb7nn94hhfchklkn81s/file/243289154578 This is the 11th year School of Distinction awards have been given.

Attached Media Files: 2017-SOD-School_Examples_5.pdf
Drug Take Back Event Collects 3,549 Pounds of Pills - 10/30/17

On Saturday October 28th, 1,165 Clark County residents dropped off a total of 3,549 pounds of unused and unwanted medications with local law enforcement officers and volunteers. The drug disposal event was held at four locations throughout the county where a steady stream of cars waited to hand over medications and sharps. The busiest drop site was Cascade Park Kaiser Permanente, which served 518 participants that brought in 1,344 pounds of pills. All pills will be transported for incineration by the DEA.

The drug take back event is a community partnership that includes Clark County Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, Battle Ground Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, La Center United Prevent, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prevent Coalition would like to thank PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, Battle Ground Police Department, Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, and Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue for hosting the four event sites. Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for supplying all four sites with sharps containers to hand out to members of the public who turned in sharps at the event and to Clark County Green Neighbors for supplying the scales for weighing medications and large drums for proper disposal of sharps.

Unwanted medications can be disposed of year-round 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 and sharps can be taken to local participating transfer stations.

For more information on both types of disposal, visit "Medications" at RecyclingA-Z.com.
For more information about other disposal or recycling options, visit ClarkGreenNeighbors.org or call Clark County Green Neighbors at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352. Or call or email Prevent Coalition at 360-952-3461 or preventcoalition@esd112.org.

MEDIA ALERT: Drug Take-Back Event Collects Unwanted Medications on October 28 - 10/26/17

--WHAT--
Four drug take-back events are happening in Clark County on Saturday, October 28. Citizens can bring in unused and unwanted medications for free, no questions asked, disposal. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted.


--WHERE--
All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28th, at:
* PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd and Main St, Vancouver
* Kaiser Permanente-Cascade Park, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
* Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St, Battle Ground
* Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, 1220 A St, Washougal


--WHY--
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.  In Washington state, almost 11% of teens use medicines for non-medical reasons -- a rate that's among the highest in the nation. Safe medicine take-back programs, like those scheduled on October 28th, get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes.

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Most abusers of medicines, including teens, get the drugs from a friend or relative, often without their knowledge, rather than from a drug dealer. And about half of the 37,000 phone calls to the Washington Poison Center concern young children who have been poisoned by medicines found at home.

Proper drug disposal is also an environmental issue. Unused medications can contaminate our drinking water and should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. Drug Take Back programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).


--WHO--
The October 28th collection event is organized thanks to a community partnership including Clark County Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, Battle Ground Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, La Center United Prevent, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about the event, call Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or contact the Prevent Coalition at preventcoalition@esd112.org