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Public invited to Student Showcase of Evergreen Public Schools Career and Technical Education Programs - 04/19/18

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Evergreen Public Schools invites the community to learn about the CTE experience at a Student Showcase on April 30, 2018. 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, 9105 NE 9th Street, Vancouver WA.

Evergreen Public Schools middle and high school students enrolled in CTE coursework will demonstrate, exhibit, and talk about the things they have been learning this school year. Projects in game design, architecture, photography, medical science, floral design, veterinary science, environmental science, robotics, manufacturing, and other subjects will be featured in an open-house format. There will be opportunities to tour some of the state-of-the art medical instruction classrooms at Henrietta Lacks High. Admission is free.

“This is the first time CTE has hosted a district-wide student showcase,” said College, Career, and Technical Education Director, Susan Dixon. “It should be a great way for parents and students to learn about the opportunities to engage in creative and technical subjects in high school that could prepare them for potential careers.” Dixon encourages middle school students and parents, especially, to attend.

About CTE:  CTE prepares learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. Over 125 CTE courses in Evergreen Public Schools allow students to explore high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers in emerging industries. Forty-nine of these courses also fulfill core requirements for graduation. Students have the opportunity to earn college credits while taking many of the courses offered in CTE. The 2016 graduation rate among Evergreen Public Schools CTE students was 90%. Nationally, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE pathways. To learn more, go to evergreenps.org/departments/CCTE.

Harlem Wizards to honor twins in advance of Wednesday game at Union High School - 04/16/18

The Harlem Wizards, a traveling basketball performing group, will be playing at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at Union High School, to benefit Harmony Elementary PTA.  However, two new special players will be “signed” by the team earlier in the day: a set of six year-old twins, Adrian and Declan Reagan

Adrian and Declan were scheduled to start Kindergarten at Harmony Elementary this past fall. But as the first day of school got closer, it was clear that only Adrian would be in class as Declan was recovering from a bone marrow transplant to fight off his second occurrence of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The July 2017 transplant appeared initially successful, but his cancer returned again in October 2017. This past January, he had another bone marrow transplant, but his cancer again returned and he is now in Hospice Care. 

The Wizards organization said it couldn’t stop thinking about the Reagan family once they heard the story, and arranged for the special presentation on Wednesday morning at 9:25 a.m. at Harmony Elementary. Declan will join Adrian, and Adrian’s entire Kindergarten class, as the Wizards players welcome their new “teammates,” sign them to player contracts, and present them with special team jerseys.  The Reagan family will also be special guests at the evening’s benefit basketball game.

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Members of the media are invited to attend the “signing “ ceremony which will begin at 9:25 a.m., Wednesday April 18,  (check in at 9:10 a.m. at the Main office) at Harmony Elementary (17404-A NE 18th Street, Vancouver, 98684).

PAL receives Firstenburg grant to expand summer programming - 04/05/18

The Firstenburg Foundation has awarded the Police Activities League of Vancouver (PAL) a grant for $105,000 to expand summer youth programming over the next three years.  The grant will be used to expand programs and the number of students able to participate in range of summer activities.

Operating at school and park sites throughout the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts, PAL will expand summer sports camps, mad science, STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, as well as the popular CSI experience. Teens will benefit from an expanded mentoring programs as well as multi-day backpacking experiences. By giving students productive and fun options during the summer, PAL notes that long-term, “Our programs are the key to helping break the cycles of crime and delinquency among at risk youth.”

PAL, a non-profit organization, includes volunteers from the City of Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s office to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities.

The Firstenburg Foundation, funded primarily by the E.W. Firstenburg estate that owned the former First Independent Bank, provides grants in southwest Washington.

For additional information, contact Jenny Thompson at 360/487-7487 or jenny.thompson@cityofvancouver.us