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Michaela Cloyd and Sameayah Pehlke
Michaela Cloyd and Sameayah Pehlke
ESD 112 announces winners of regional Poetry Out Loud contest (Photo) - 02/03/16
ESD 112 announces the winners of the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield School District and Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver School District. These students will advance to the state competition in March.
The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On February 2, nine high school students from high schools in our region participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at ESD 112.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school?wide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Some 365,000 students, 9,000 teachers, and 2,300 high schools nationwide took part in the 2014--2015 Poetry Out Loud program.

At ESD 112, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a standards?based Teacher's Guide, a website, a Learning Recitation DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well?known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove.

The ESD 112 winners will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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Poetry Out Loud logo
Poetry Out Loud logo
Educational Service District 112 announces regional Poetry Out Loud Contest (Photo) - 01/27/16
Educational Service District 112 announces the Southwest Washington regional competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

On February 2, nine students from nine regional high schools will participate in the Regional Poetry Out Loud school contest at ESD 112. The top two finishers in this competition will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest, which will be held in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

Students from the following schools will participate: Battle Ground High School, Camas High School, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, Hayes Freedom High School, Heritage High School, Ridgefield High School, Stevenson High School, Trout Lake School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 5--7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661

OTHER: This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information, call Kelly McPherson, Regional Coordinator, 360.952.3474



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ESD 112 receives grant to address youth marijuana prevention and education in Clark and Skamania counties - 01/21/16
ESD 112 and PREVENT! Coalition, in partnership with Clark County Public Heath, has received a $247,196 grant for marijuana education among youth in Clark and Skamania counties. Funded by the State Department of Health through a portion of the state's marijuana sales, the two-year grant will allow PREVENT! substance abuse prevention coalition to provide education and awareness programs about the impact of marijuana use.

A recent Healthy Youth survey showed that 8% of eighth graders, 18% of tenth graders, and 27% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the last 30 days. (Source: Washington State Healthy Youth Survey)

The recent legalization of marijuana among adults in Washington has raised questions for educators, businesses and parents.

"It's all so new and there's a lot of confusion around the dangers and consequences of marijuana use among youth," said PREVENT! Director Joy Lyons. "We have some great resources to help answer questions for youth and parents. Our amazing volunteers and partners are collaborating to make a big impact in these communities."

The grant will target the areas of highest needs in Clark and Skamania counties and bring resources to those communities, including toolkits, social media campaigns, school policy support, and retailer education.

ESD 112 received one of nine renewable grants in the state.

Suggested reading for parents: starttalkingnow.org or www.preventclarkcounty.org

For more information, contact Joy Lyons (360) 952-3397.

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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.