Vancouver’s not the only town boasting a gleaming tree and a visit from Santa. Clark County’s smaller cities are also getting ready to show off their merry-and-bright. Here’s the whole rundown of small-town holiday celebrations, first to last, throughout the month of December:
Battle Ground — Pleasant Valley Primary School third-graders in Talea Jones’ class learned how to create a healthy, protective habitat to attract endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies at their school grounds. The project was part of the yearly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math collaboration between the third grade classes at Pleasant Valley and student teachers at Washington State University Vancouver earning their K-8 masters in education degrees. The students learned to identify the native plants that serve as both food and shelter for the Pacific Northwest pollinators before heading outdoors to identify plants and make field observations in their project notebooks. In the classroom, they designed solutions that will help protect the butterflies throughout all stages of their life cycles. The students swapped notebooks and peer reviewed the work.
Five years before her arrest, Evergreen Public Schools officials knew that an associate principal had been interacting with students in ways that “undoubtedly could be perceived as ‘grooming’ behavior.”