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OSPI hosts forum on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at ESD 112; public invited to attend - 05/25/16
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will host a forum to provide an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on June 16, 6-8:00 p.m. at Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver. Join Dr. Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent of K--12 Education, and Gayle Pauley, Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs and Federal Accountability in an open discussion on ESSA and implementation considerations in Washington state.

Each forum is open to the public and will cover:
* Opportunities and challenges that lie ahead
* How ESSA is similar to and different from the No Child Left Behind Act
* Open discussion for the community to provide feedback

ESSA, signed into law in 2015, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

This is one of seven forums to be held across the state to provide an overview of ESSA on the following dates:
June 14, 6--8 pm, Everett Community Resource Center, Everett
June 15, 6--8 pm, Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup
June 16, 6--8 pm, Educational Service District 112, Vancouver
July 11, 6--8 pm, Educational Service District 105, Yakima
July 12, 6--8 pm, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee
July 13, 6--8 pm, West Valley High School, Spokane
July 19, 6--8 pm, Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien

There is no registration required. For questions about the forum in your area, contact Jami.Peterson@k12.wa.us


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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 region districts receive awards for outstanding communication - 05/06/16
Educational Service District 112 and several school districts in the region were recognized at an awards ceremony on April 28 for excellence in school communications. The awards were presented by the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) at its annual conference.

More than 253 entries in 13 categories were received by WSPRA from across the state. The awards recognize outstanding printed and digital publications, photographs, writing, social media, newsletters, websites, marketing and branding, and video programs. Winning entries are presented an Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or an Honorable Mention. "Best in Category," selected from all winning entries, is also awarded.

ESD 112 received 15 awards for work done on behalf of districts in the region and across Washington and Oregon in the following categories:
-Annual Report (Camas School District and Longview Public Schools)
-Electronic Newsletter (Longview School District -- Best in Category)
-Excellence in Writing (Camas School District and Longview Public Schools -- Best in Category)
-Finance Publication (Cosmopolis School District -- Best in Category)
-Marketing/Branding (White River School District -- Best in Category, Willamette Educational Service District)
-Photography (White River School District, Willamette Educational Service District)
-Special Purpose publications (Battle Ground Public Schools)
-Website (Chehalis School District)

The regional district awards include:

Battle Ground Public Schools received five awards in the following categories:
-Special Purpose Publications
-Print Newsletter
-Excellence in Writing
-Photography

Camas School District received two awards in the following categories:
-Excellence in Writing -- Best in Category
-Annual Report

Evergreen Public Schools received eight awards in the following categories:
-Video
-Social Media
-Photography

Longview Public Schools received four awards in the following categories:
-Electronic Newsletter -- Best in Category
-Excellence in Writing -- Best in Category
-Photography
-Annual Report

Vancouver Public Schools received one award in the following category:
-Finance Publication -- Best in Category (over 10,000 students)

For more information or to view the complete list of awards: visit wspra.com.
Prescription Drug Take Back Event Collects Over 1993 Pounds of Pills - 05/02/16
On Saturday, April 30th, 1,020 Clark County residents dropped off over 1993 pounds of medicine with local law enforcement officers and volunteers. The medicine disposal event was held at four locations throughout the county where a steady stream of cars waited to hand over prescription medicines and other medicines. The busiest location was Cascade Park Kaiser Permanente, serving 430 participants and bringing in almost 920 pounds of pills. All pills were separated from plastic containers where they will be transported for incineration. Plastics will be recycled.

The prescription drug disposal event is a biannual community partnership including Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department, La Center Police Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County, Kaiser Permanente, Clark College, and La Center United. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. The 2014 Washington State Healthy Survey found that 6% of high school seniors admitted misusing prescription drugs. Most teens get prescription drugs they abuse from friends and relatives, sometimes without the person knowing. Proper drug disposal also is an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down the drain.

PREVENT! would like to thank Kaiser Permanante for hosting two sites, as well as providing the vendor for the plastic recycling. Thank you to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for supplying prescription drug lock boxes (Pill pods) to each member of the public who turned in unused medications.

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.

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) 952-3397 or www.preventclarkcounty.org.