Evergreen High Students Test-Drive Possible Careers in STC Dig Day
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) program at Evergreen High School helps students get a peek at, and even prepare for, a career after graduation. On a recent Thursday, about 100 CTE students got an even closer look at what a career in construction would be like.
The school held its first Skilled Trades Center Dig Day, giving students a chance to try out heavy construction equipment. Under the expert guidance of professionals from Tapani Construction, the students took turns operating such equipment as excavators, diggers, trenchers, dozers and scissors lifts, all of which are mainstays of the construction industry. Use of equipment was donated by C&E Rentals.
"I was interested in construction, so I was like, if I have a chance to go driving a machine, it's so interesting," said Milana Pechinka, a sophomore. "I like it!"
Evergreen CTE classes combine core subjects with technical teaching, such as the Geometry and Construction classes of veteran teacher Bill Culver. Dig Day gave students a real-world chance to practice what they learned.
"I took the geometry and construction class because I like doing hands-on learning. and it helped me learn a lot better," sophomore Rue Rollins said. "I signed up for today just to get a learning experience to hopefully talk to some cool people and get to know more about the industry."
The event was the brainchild of teacher Chandler Eby, who wanted a way to give students a more direct look at what a construction career might look like.
"We want to expose what career fields are possible for them," Eby said. "A lot of these young people, they don't understand what's an option, and how they can get to it. So we were thinking, well, let's bring it to them. So we've got the real world infused into our classroom."
The events and CTE classes also give companies a chance to help fill needed jobs in the future, including girls who could help diversify an often a male-dominated industry.
"It's exciting for me to come out here and to be able to show others what we do, and that they can actually do this, too," said Dave Barela, a general superintendent for Tapani who helped organized the company's participation.
Dig Day builds on the growth experienced by the Evergreen CTE program in the 2022-23 school year, when Culver won a grand prize in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools for Teaching Excellence awards, which came with a $100,000 award for the program. The year also saw the spring opening of Evergreen's Skilled Trades Center, a unique building that gives students the room and equipment to learn skills for future careers.
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EPS Artists Earn Prizes at Regional High School Art Show
Nine artists from Evergreen Public Schools were among the prize winners at the Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show hosted by ESD 112 on Wednesday.
Leading the way was Sam Angelo, a junior at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School (HeLa High), whose piece, "Stuffed," earned one of 15 Regional Awards, given to the pieces with the highest average score from the judges. Sam and the other regional winners will represent the Southwest region in the annual State Superintendent of Public Instruction Art Show in Olympia.
Three EPS artists were among the 17 winners of an ESD112 award:
Julianna Wolfram of Henrietta Lacks
Yana Yunikov of Heritage
Nikki Opryatova, Heritage
Also, five EPS artists earned honorable mention:
Vanessa Quintero, Evergreen
Mattilyn Reudink, Heritage
Thy Nguyen, Evergreen
Kimberlyn Aldous, Evergreen
Andrew Gordon, Heritage
Burton Elementary Welcomes Students into Brand-New Campus
Burton Elementary School became the latest school in Evergreen Public Schools to move into a brand-new, fully-modern campus.
On January 3, students returned from the holiday break and attended classes in their new campus for the first time. Their families and community members joined them and Burton staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 6.
"Burton Dragons, this space was created for you," Principal Becki Chase said at the ceremony. "You have always been shining stars, and now the building you're in is shining as well."
The new campus was funded by the Envision Evergreen bond that was passed by voters in 2018. The $695 million bond has allowed EPS to replace aging facilities throughout the district with modern buildings that will be able to serve students for decades.
I think you're here because your community loves you," Superintendent John Boyd said to students at the ceremony. "They love you so much that they voted to tax themselves to give money to be able to build this beautiful school for you."
Burton's new campus was built on the site of the old district offices, not far from the old 1970-era Burton campus.
A Celebration at Heritage High School
On a drizzly day on October 29, the rain showers paused just long enough for students, staff, families and alumni to celebrate the opening of a new addition to Heritage High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The newly-built 30,000-square-foot Mt. Adams building has a little bit of everything, from an industrial kitchen to a full weight room, along with added classrooms that will expand a school that, in 1999, was originally built for three grades of classes, but opened with freshmen, too.
"We are excited to see the learning that will happen here and the greatness that will come out of these new additions," Heritage principal Derek Garrison said.
The work, which was funded by the voter-approved Envision Evergreen bond in 2018, included updates to existing facilities and will allow the school to finally remove the portables that had been part of its landscapes since its opening.
"The Mt. Adams building and the add-ons to our current building is a new chapter for our current and future Heritage High School students to make memories, leave legacies and write our own stories," said Madison London, a Heritage junior.
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#EPSBack2School: A Look at the First Week at All 38 of Our Schools
September 9, 2022
The 2022-23 school year got started with eager students and inspired educators reunited for in-person learning, the first real "normal" start in three years!
What did the first week look like? The EPS Community Relations team, cameras in hand, branched out to all 38 of our schools to take a look. We saw Board members join principals in welcoming students on Day 1, and Superintendent John Boyd continue his personal tradition of riding a bus on the first day.
We saw students greeted warmly as they got off buses, and watched as they were expertly directed into buildings by student Safety Patrol members. We peeked into classrooms, checked out playgrounds and gyms, and gathered the snapshots. Check out our Facebook page for all 38 posts.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies Open New Campuses for Mountain View, Wy'east
August 29, 2022
The future arrived at two Evergreen Public Schools campuses, and it was glorious. Wy'east Middle School and Mountain View High School held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to commemorate the opening of their brand-new, fully-modern campuses.
"This is, objectively I would say, the most beautiful middle school facility I've ever seen," Kate DeWein, Wy'east Principal, said at the school's August 25 ceremony. "It's a privilege to be here to welcome our students and families."
The ceremony at Mountain View included rousing music from the school band and was followed by tours of the campus.
"It truly is amazing that our community felt we had to make sure that the education that's happening at Mountain View, that the building matches the education, and that's what we're seeing here," Mountain View Principal Charles Anthony said at his school's August 26 celebration. "We'll have high standards here, and we'll make sure that we're making out community proud."
Both campuses were made possible by voters approving the 2018 Envision Evergreen bond measure. See the Envision Evergreen webpage for more information on new campuses and other work made possible by the bond.
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Dr. Charlene Williams Joins EPS as Deputy Superintendent
August 17, 2022
Meet our newest district leader, Dr. Charlene Williams. She joined us in June as Deputy Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Equity. Dr. Williams brings a proven track record of leadership in equity and successfully improving student outcomes to her new role supporting Superintendent John Boyd.
Dr. Williams is no stranger to the EPS family, as her two children are Heritage High School graduates. She comes to us from Camas School District, where she has been the Assistant Superintendent since 2016. Dr. Williams led Camas' school improvement process and facilitated the district’s first equity policy. In addition, she supervised and supported secondary school principals.
Dr. Williams began her career as a high school math teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina, before moving to Portland. Dr. Williams spent several years with Portland’s Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) and Rosemary Anderson High School as a faculty member, principal and eventually Director of Education. She joined Portland Public Schools as a high school principal and served in that role for five years before becoming the district's Senior Director of School Performance.
Heritage's Christy Dunn Named Educator of the Year
Christy Dunn, a math teacher at Heritage High School, is the 2022 recipient of the Educator of the Year Award presented by the Evergreen School District Foundation.