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SARAH J. ANDERSON ELEMENTARY, VANCOUVER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Debra Hale, Principal
http://anderson.vansd.org

Grade level: K–5
Free and Reduced Meals: 61%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2012


In 2012, we began to move forward with our commitment to become a No Excuses University (NEU) school. This was a yearlong, collaborative endeavor focused on the Six Exceptional Systems of NEU: culture of universal achievement, collaboration, standards alignment, assessment, data management, and interventions. The overall theme of our school, college readiness, was embraced by staff, students and parents. We produced a video highlighting student, staff, and parent voices and built a strong foundation of understanding and commitment.

We officially became an NEU school in 2013 and continued our focus on curriculum with the implementation of Imagine Learning (IL), a software program that has helped us decrease the achievement gap with our English language learner students. We were a pilot site in our district for IL, and the only site to use it in both Spanish and English to support students in our Dual Language Program. We have hosted visitors from neighboring districts who are interested in our implementation and results and continue to be a resource for interested campus leaders and instructional staff.

As a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school, we have a consistent focus on positive approaches with students. Our students are recognized for their self-management, choices, and leadership. This is a whole-school commitment.

Our students are supported through generous resources provided through our Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and we are able to meet many needs as a result of community and staff giving throughout the year. We have been able to respond to families in need of warm clothing, emergency food or utility needs, and other supports. We have partnerships with churches and community groups that provide backpacks in August and gifts in December and a committed PTA that works to provide resources and events that meet social, emotional, and academic needs of students.

   Updated 4/21/2015

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