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ESD 112 region schools make the list of most improved -- 2016 School of Distinction Awards announced - 09/29/16

Six schools in the ESD 112 region have been named School of Distinction for sustained improvement in English language arts and math over a five-year period. The schools are among the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington.

Across the state, 94 schools received the award, which is given by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD).

The following ESD 112 region schools will receive 2016 Schools of Distinction awards:

* Castle Rock Elementary, Castle Rock School District
* Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary, Evergreen Public Schools
* Rose Valley Elementary, Kelso School District
* R.A. Long High School, Longview Public Schools
* Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Vancouver Public Schools
* Canyon Creek Middle School, Washougal School District

Several schools in the ESD 112 region are repeat winners:
* Castle Rock Elementary: 2015 and 2016
* R.A. Long High School: 2015 and 2016
* Canyon Creek Middle School: 2007 and 2016

This represents the 10th annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington State.
Recipients will be recognized by ESD 112 beginning later this month. "I'm so pleased to be able to recognize these schools for their hard work to increase student achievement," said ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino. "Congratulations to students and staff who represent the many outstanding schools in our region."

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.

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Drug Take-Back Event Collects Unwanted Medications to Protect Families and Environment - 09/29/16

Last year, 92 million prescriptions were filled in the state of Washington. With two-thirds of prescribed medications going unused, the amount of medicine accumulating in households is substantial -- and dangerous. On October 22nd Clark County residents can safely dispose of all unused medications at three free collection events held in Vancouver and Battle Ground.

All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22nd, at:
* PeaceHealth Memorial Hospital, 33rd and Main St in Vancouver
* Kaiser Permanente-Cascade Park, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver
* Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St in Battle Ground

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse. More than half of people 12 or older who used pain relievers nonmedically report getting the drug from a friend or relative for free. Reducing access could lead to lower overdose death rates, which have increased nearly 140% since 2000. And overdose death rates involving opioid pain relievers and heroin have increased nearly 200% in that time.

Proper drug disposal is also an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash, as the medications can contaminate water systems. Drug Take Back programs like this one dispose of medications safely through the DEA.

The October 22nd collection event is organized thanks to a community partnership including Vancouver Police Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! Coalition of Clark County, Prevent Together Coalition, West Van for Youth, Unite Washougal, La Center United, Connect Evergreen, Kaiser Permanente, and PeaceHealth SW.

Similar events collected more than 3,400 pounds of medications from more than 1,700 participants last year.

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 and participating pharmacies. 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 October 22nd events. For more information on both types of disposal, visit "Medications" at RecyclingA-Z.com. For more information about other disposal or recycling options, visit RecyclingA-Z.com or call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or PREVENT! Coalition at (360) 952-3406 or www.preventclarkcounty.org.



About PREVENT!
Founded in 2006, PREVENT! is a group of diverse community members working together to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. PREVENT! uses an evidence-based framework working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations. PREVENT! is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. PREVENT! is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, ESD 112 and over 450 community members and organizations across Clark County.

Paper Tigers screening
Paper Tigers screening
Two Clark County Events Help Us Look at Kids Through a Trauma-Informed Lens (Photo) - 09/21/16

What we're learning about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is shaping a new conversation about how we perceive children's behavior. Two free events, a documentary screening and a presentation, in Clark County are leading public discussions about ACEs and how using a trauma-informed approach makes a world of difference. Each event is led by Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla who turned the school around by using a trauma-informed approach.

SCREENING: Paper Tigers
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
La Center High School commons
725 NE Highland Road, La Center WA 98629
Hosted by La Center Unite, sponsored by PREVENT!
 
Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the struggling rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma-Informed Communities -- a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of ACEs. Former principal of Lincoln High School, Jim Sporleder, will lead a 30-minute post-screening talk.
 

 
PRESENTATION: Catching Kids Before They Fall: A Paradigm Shift Responsive to Trauma
Friday, October 7, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Educational Services District 112 conference center
2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver WA 98661
Sponsored by PREVENT!
 
Jim Sporleder will discuss how traditional methods for discipline in schools have lost their impact, and he'll introduce a new trauma-informed approach that is backed by evidence-based research. Many of the disruptive behaviors we see in our schools stem from students impacted by trauma and toxic stress. The core of the trauma-informed model are caring adults and educators who understand that they play a major role in helping students change their life path to one that will bring them fulfillment and purpose.


Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Joy Lyons at 360-952-3397


About PREVENT!
Founded in 2006, PREVENT! is a group of diverse community members working together to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. PREVENT! uses an evidence-based framework working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations. PREVENT! is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. PREVENT! is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112 and over 440 community members and organizations across Clark County.

Free Preschool Spots Still Available Through ESD 112 - 09/01/16

Hundreds of Clark County kids benefit every year from free preschool provided by Educational Service District (ESD) 112. Enrollment is open now and there are slots available for eligible families in Battle Ground, Evergreen, Hockinson and Vancouver school districts. The Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a comprehensive preschool program that provides intensive support designed to help three and four-year old children hone the skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.

Children are accepted into ECEAP based on their age, family income, and other developmental or environmental risk factors. Parents can call 360-952-3470 to find out if they're eligible and apply for enrollment.

"ESD 112 is deeply committed to the continued success of our youngest learners throughout our region," said Jodi Wall, Executive Director of ESD 112's Early Care and Education department. "As our program continues to grow, we want to do everything possible to make sure parents know about this program and the support they have in assuring their children are ready for school," she added.


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.