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Technology, language program and science class on display at tour of public schools

Patron Tour image for January 20, 2017

Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host the second patron tour of the 2016–2017 school year on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the award-winning Sarah J. Anderson Elementary and Gaiser Middle School.

At Anderson, which was named the state’s only Innovative School of 2015 by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, visitors will tour a kindergarten classroom and see the Spanish/English dual language program. They’ll also visit a fifth-grade classroom, where every student is using a take-home iPad to expand his or her learning.

Visitors will be treated to a video technology class at Gaiser Middle School, and discover how students there learn how to meet behavioral expectations. Also on the tour: an overview of the science offerings and environment-friendly practices that earned Gaiser the Green Ribbon School designation from the U.S. Department of Education in April 2016.

The free tour will begin and end at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. (next door to Roosevelt Elementary School). The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. After visiting Anderson and Gaiser, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $5 per person.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. To sign up, call Sue Knable at 360-313-4720, email susan.knable@vansd.org or sign up online.