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Beyond Paper Tigers
Beyond Paper Tigers
Waiting List Grows for Building Resilience (Photo) - 05/11/17

WALLA WALLA, WA -- The buzz phrase "youth mental health" is growing in popularity across the country. It's no surprise then that the 2017 trauma-informed care conference, "Beyond Paper Tigers," maxed out its registration numbers nearly two months before the June 28-29 event. Now parents, educators, mental health workers and law enforcement are clamoring to add their names to a growing waiting list for next year's conference.

While the 2017 Beyond Paper Tigers conference registration is now full, the Children's Resilience Initiative is proud to offer a free community event on the first evening of the conference. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, this year's conference keynote, will also present on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:30-8 PM at Cordiner Hall in Walla Walla. This public offering will provide strength-based strategies to build resilience and improve youth outcomes. Doors open at 6 PM, and Spanish translation and child care services will be provided for those in attendance.

Beyond Paper Tigers follows the renewed interest in chronic stress and trauma on childhood development after the success of the 2015 documentary "Paper Tigers," which was filmed in Walla Walla. Even with the continued attention on this national topic, those working with youth still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way which they can impact.

"Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them," notes Dr. Ginsburg. "They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative."

The public is encouraged to attend Dr. Ginsburg's free "Resilience" community event from 6:30-8 PM at 345 Boyer Ave. in Walla Walla. Conference information and directions on accessing the waiting list are available at www.beyondpapertigers.com. For questions, contact Rick Griffin at 509.749.2103 or rickg@jlacademy.org.

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Attached Media Files: Beyond Paper Tigers
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Miranda_Reisnauer.jpg
Five Local Students to Be Awarded at State Art Show (Photo) - 05/09/17

TRI-CITIES, WA -- Educational Service District 123 wishes to congratulate the five high school students who will be honored on May 19 at the 44th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show in Olympia. Beginning at 1 PM in the Old Capitol Building, the awards ceremony and reception will recognize extraordinary artists from across Washington State. Among these talented teens are Hailey Fisher (Southridge, Kennewick), Kyle Jones (Richland), Marivel Macias (Kennewick), Delaney McEuin (Richland), and Miranda Reisenauer (Hanford, Richland).

Each year, high school students from all nine of the state's educational service districts (ESDs) participate in a regional, juried art show. In the ESD 123 region, this exhibit is held at Columbia Basin College in late-February and early March. The 2017 regional art show in Pasco (the largest in the state) included over 500 pieces of artwork submitted by students in 15 high schools. Thirty-five pieces selected as "Judge's Choice" winners went on from our region to be judged in the statewide competition in Olympia. The five local students are receiving the following state awards:

* Delaney McEuin, Washington Association of School Administrators Award
* Hailey Fisher, Washington State School Directors' Association Award
* Kyle Jones, OSPI Staff Award
* Marivel Macias, Honorable Mention Award
* Miranda Reisenauer, Superintendent's Award

Images of the winning artwork can be found at http://bit.ly/2qnMaNK. State art show information can be found on the OSPI website at www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtShow. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, ESD 123 Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Attached Media Files: Miranda_Reisnauer.jpg
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MiraGobel.jpg
New Administrators to Impact Teachers & Students (Photo) - 05/01/17

PASCO, WA -- The administrative team at Educational Service District (ESD) 123 will have two new faces on July 1. At a recent board meeting, the ESD 123 Board of Directors approved the hiring of Lori Scott as uGrad / Transition Administrator, and Mira Gobel as Director of Teaching & Learning. Both Ms. Scott and Ms. Gobel will assume their positions at the ESD on July 1, 2017.

Part of the Open Doors Youth Re-engagement program, uGrad is brand new to ESD 123 this year. The program reengages disconnected youth (ages 16-21) who have opted-out of high school, or who have otherwise disengaged from the educational process, and gives them the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or GED online. The other component to this administrative position is a new Transition Services offering at ESD 123.

Transition Services are designed to help students with special needs continue their education, find a job, and/or live independently after graduation. With nearly 30 years of experience working with children with disabilities, Ms. Scott is a natural fit for the uGrad / Transition Administrator. Currently serving as Special Education Director in Othello School District, Ms. Scott will continue to work directly with school districts and special needs students in her new role at ESD 123.

For the ESD's Director of Teaching & Learning position, Ms. Gobel comes to the agency after serving as principal of Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla since 2011. The director position at ESD 123 will be responsible for the development and management of program services and professional learning opportunities to help transform school culture and influence student learning. A major focus of Ms. Gobel's position will be to create and organize regional and school-specific trainings and events for teachers and administrators.

Mr. Darcy Weisner, ESD 123 Superintendent, is proud of the agency's incoming talent. "ESD 123 is committed to hiring determined and inspiring leaders who have a proven track record of effective leadership and integrity," Weisner states. "We are eager for Ms. Scott and Ms. Gobel to join our team in empowering our educators and students."

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at mcurtiss@esd123.org or 509.544.5787.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Attached Media Files: MiraGobel.jpg , Lori Scott
Dance Poster
Dance Poster
Public Invited to "The Science of Dance" Performance on April 27 (Photo) - 04/23/17

RICHLAND, WA -- Thanks to "The Science of Dance" residency, students in the after-school program at Highlands Middle School in Kennewick are preparing for their first public dance performance, which portrays the understanding of gravitational waves through dance. Educational Service District 123's 21st Century Program, in partnership with Mid-Columbia Ballet and the LIGO Hanford Observatory, proudly invite the community to The Science of Dance performance on Thursday, April 27 from 5-7 PM at LIGO.

The 21st Century site at Highlands is one of three schools in a cohort served by a five-year grant that provides after-school enrichment activities. Megan Beaujon, Highlands Site Coordinator, was approached with the idea by Mid-Columbia Ballet and LIGO late last fall, and her school's twelve-week residency began March 6, 2017. Renee Adams of MCB and Amber Henry of LIGO have worked closely with Megan to provide these students with 2 days of dance practice and 2 days of science curriculum at the 21st Century site each week.

Of the 14 students participating in the dance residency (all female), only a few have previous dance experience. Megan says that the residency has pushed these students outside of their usual comfort zones.

"The Science of Dance residency with MCB and LIGO has opened the minds of our students to the connections between science and all aspects of learning, specifically the arts," says Megan. "Science often seems like an inaccessible part of education for so many students, particularly girls. They have been working so hard and are truly committed to being part of a team. I am so pleased to get to share all of their hard work with the community."

Highlands Middle School will be served by the 21st Century grant until August 2019, and coordinators are working to continue the dance residency throughout that time. Thursday's dance performance format includes four tours (at 5:00, 5:15, 6:30, and 6:45). An Event Brite page allows guests to register to attend for free at http://bit.ly/2pgQyNY. The LIGO Hanford Observatory is located at 127124 N. Rt. 10 in Richland. For more information, contact Site Coordinator, Megan Beaujon, at 509.492.0819 or mbeaujon@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Attached Media Files: Dance Poster