Back Issues: March 14th, 2017
The Evergreen School District Foundation (ESDF) will hold its annual gala on Saturday, March 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Warehouse ’23 in Downtown Vancouver. Guests will be taken back in time to the early 1920s, to the setting of The Great Gatsby, a time that’s known as the Jazz Age and the Roaring 20’s. Bootlegger or fllapper attire strongly encouraged. The evening will feature silent auction, photo booth, complimentary wine on each table, games, live entertainment and more.
Additionally, Orchards Elementary Special Education Teacher, Shelly Waymire, will be recognized as ESDF Educator of the Year. Waymire’s Structured Learning Classroom serves students in kindergarten through fifth grades that have severe behaviors and have not responded to interventions in the general education classroom. Her commitment to reach, motivate, and impact the learning of students with disabilities makes her Educator of the Year.
Tickets to “The ESDF Great Gatsby Gala” start at $85 per person, with discounts available for couples, groups, and ESD employees. For more informaiton, to purchase tickets or to make a contribution to ESDF visit www.esdfgala.com.
After 36 years in public education, 29 years in the Camas School District and 10 years as the Operations Director, Bryan McGeachy will retire in August. In his time in the district, McGeachy saw enrollment grow from 3,000 to over 7,000 students. Current Camas High School Principal Steve Marshall will be moving into a redefined version of this position as Director of Educational Resources. In his new role, Marshall will oversee operations, as well as new duties related to community partnerships, and student/staff safety. He’ll be working closely with Community Education and Career and Technical Education to develop relationships with businesses and the greater community to expand opportunities for students.
Vancouver’s city center has another piece of public art, thanks to the partnership between Vancouver’s Downtown Association and the City of Vancouver. “Movie Madness” is a kinetic piece by local artist Paul Springer. Three original film reels from the Kiggins Theatre were built into the top piece which resembles a movie camera.
The film reels catch the breeze to cause the top to rotate. Designed to mimic the Kiggins’ art deco style, this installation tells the story of 12 original historic theaters in downtown Vancouver. The piece stands 13 feet tall, weighs 750 pounds, and sits on a base weighing 2000 pounds.
VDA Board Chair Linda Glover remarked at the unveiling on March 3, “Our area is so fortunate to have many great artists. It is especially wonderful to have another piece by a local artist who has literally grown up in our downtown.” Springer told the crowd that he had been a regular customer at the Kiggins. “Some of my favorite movies were seen on that big screen.”
Educational Service District 112 has been notified that it is the recipient of a $1.6 million federal grant to fund child care center-based Early Head Start services for families in the Vancouver, Evergreen, Ridgefield and Kalama school districts.
In partnership with the four school districts, the “Early Head Start Child Care Partnership” grant is funded by the Administration for Children and Families. It provides a total of 84 new slots designed to expand high quality early learning in Southwest Washington. Forty-eight new slots at Vancouver Public Schools will enhance services at existing centers and serve 24 infants/toddlers through the district’s teen parent program at Hudson Bay High School.
Evergreen will receive 12 slots at the Park Crest Early Learning Center; Ridgefield School District will receive 16 slots at South Ridge Early Learning Center, and Kalama School District in Cowlitz County was awarded eight slots to develop a new program. Districts will help with outreach and recruitment to identify eligible families and help meet enrollment numbers in all locations. An additional allotment will pay for staff training and program development.