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New Elementary rendering
New Elementary rendering
Evergreen Public Schools breaks ground on new Sifton Elementary on 60th anniversary (Photo) - 04/18/19

Sixty years ago, the Sifton neighborhood celebrated the opening of a new school for its students. On April 24,, the neighborhood will have a new reason to celebrate, as Evergreen Public Schools breaks ground on a new school building on the same site. 

The new Sifton Elementary School (7301 NE 137th Ave, Vancouver) will be the first major construction project of the Facilities Bond passed by voters in 2018.   It will also be the first of six elementary schools to use a new “prototypical” design template that combines natural light and an open learning environment with modern safety and security features. The new school building is slated to open in the Fall of 2020 along with two other new elementary schools.

At 10:30 a.m., Sifton students will help lead the Groundbreaking ceremony. Later that day, the school will open its doors to families, community members, including former Sifton staff members, for a retrospect of the school’s history throughout the last six decades. Both events are open to the public, with limited parking at the school:

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.

Sifton Celebrates 60!

Wednesday, April 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

For more information about progress of all projects included in the 2018 Facilities Bond: www.evergreenps.org/envision

Attached Media Files: New Elementary rendering
Evergreen School Board appoints Mike Merlino as Superintendent (Photo) - 04/16/19

The Evergreen School Board unanimously selected Mike Merlino as Evergreen Public Schools’ next Superintendent at tonight’s (Tuesday, April 16) School Board meeting.  Merlino, who has worked in public education for more than 30 years, and at Evergreen since 2000, was appointed interim superintendent in late February following the resignation of John Steach.

Board members cited Merlino’s calm, thoughtful and collaborative leadership over the years, and in particular, the last several months, in tackling difficult and complex issues. “Mike’s common sense, practical approach to problem-solving and seeking thoughtful solutions from throughout the district will serve us well. He is committed to doing right by our students and staff.”

State and legislative leaders frequently call on Merlino’s expertise. Governor Christine Gregoire appointed him to the Washington Learns K-12 Advisory Committee. He served on the Washington State Legislative Joint Task Force on Local Effort Assistance and the Local Funding Work Group, and routinely advises state and federal officials on a wide range of education topics. Within Southwest Washington, he is a member of the Educational Service District 112 Workers’ Compensation Trust Executive Committee and Specialized Transportation Advisory Board.

Merlino’s long career in public education started in 1988 at Educational Service District 112 where he worked in various capacities including creating and overseeing the regional Business Services cooperative and as Assistant Fiscal Officer. In 2000, he moved to Evergreen serving as Director of Budget and Operations, then Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer.

Over his 19 years at Evergreen, Merlino has lead initiatives including processes to handle some of the highest enrollment growth rate in the state, offering the region’s first all-day tuition-free Kindergarten program, implementing a wide range of equity and inclusion programs in the face of growing family poverty, and passing the largest school construction bond in the state’s history.

During the recession years of 2007-10, Merlino guided the district through $26 million in budget reductions that left classroom resources intact, experience he notes, he continues to draw on as the district faces an upcoming budget shortfall next school year. “We recently completed a series of four Community Budget Forums where we heard ideas and suggestions from 500 people.”

“Evergreen has a long history of making collaborative decisions that are student-focused. That is the guiding principle we follow, and I will continue to champion as we move ahead on a number of issues and opportunities,” said Merlino. “This is one of the reasons I have enjoyed working in Evergreen for so many years- our talented employees never lose focus on why we are all here- it is our duty and our privilege to offer the best education to our students.”


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Graduating high school students entering military to be honored April 25 - 04/01/19

The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) would like to invite members of the press and the public to the eighth annual Our Community Salutes ceremony, recognizing high school seniors throughout the Vancouver/Clark County area who plan to enlist in the armed services after graduation. 


When:  Thursday, April 25, 2019

            6:00 p.m. doors open; 6:30 p.m. ceremony begins

            Refreshments to follow ceremony

Where:  Heritage High School Auditorium

             7825 NE 130th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98682

The event is truly an all-community effort, with a vocal performance by Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds and color guard presentation by Veterans of Foreign Wars.  We are also honored to welcome guest speakers Julie Bocanegra, Evergreen Public Schools Board President; Gary Medvigy, Clark County Councilor; Rhona Sen Hoss, SW Regional Representative to Governor Jay Inslee; and Ruth Zhang, Army Veteran of Afghanistan. Refreshments provided by Costco, follows the ceremony. The evening is being underwritten by MacKay and Sposito Inc., an energy, public works and land development consultant company with an office in Vancouver, WA.

There will be an opportunity to interview committee members, military representatives, guest speakers, and students and their families before and after the ceremony. 

CMAC is all-inclusive committee composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups and local governments.  Its objective is to preserve and promote military history; recognize veterans and military families for their contributions to our nation; assist and support veterans, deployed military and their families; recognize community and national events and make recommendations or take action on any other subject, pertaining to the well-being of veterans and military families.  For more information about CMAC or this event, please contact Sean Gibson (760-805-2407 or sean.gibson1775@gmail.com) or Retired Army Colonel Larry Smith (360-896-8656 or tiger@comcast.net">vancouvertiger@comcast.net).

Susan Mangin
Susan Mangin
Heritage High School teacher receives award (Photo) - 03/29/19

Susan Mangin, CTE teacher at Heritage High School, was the recipient of the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association (WITEA) Teacher of the Year Award in March.

Mangin, a registered architect, has taught for 16 years. She teaches architecture, engineering, and manufacturing classes at Heritage. Her classes are project-based, because she believes the best way to learn is by doing.

“Students love Susan’s classes because they know that they are going to do fun projects, with high rigor that are connected either to their future pathway, or to the betterment of their school or their community,” said CTE program manager, John Akers. “The projects Susan assigns in class give students an idea of the types of tasks they would asked to do on the job. Susan brings real world architecture into the classroom.”

Last year, Mangin’s manufacturing class project culminated in the mass production of 40 wooden toy trucks. The students donated 20 of them to the Clark County YWCA SafeChoice program for children in families affected by domestic violence.

Two teams of students from Mangin’s Architecture class were recently selected to present their work to professional architects in a citywide symposium. Earlier in March of this  year, six of her female students attended a Women Build clinic at Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, and three of them returned to volunteer for eight hours the following Saturday.

Susan is a leader among the CTE faculty members who teach STEM subjects. She always gives of her time to mentor new teachers as they come into the program.,” said Akers. “She has personally built programs in two of our high schools that currently offer dual credit. She is the lead that oversees all of our dual credit in Architecture.” Mangin was among the first teachers trained in the pre-engineering program. Integral pieces of her program have been duplicated at all four Evergreen School District high schools.

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.


Toni Wise
Evergreen Public Schools CTE
360.604.4068 X4168

Attached Media Files: Susan Mangin