Washington fifth-graders can apply for the student leadership team. The team of motivated girls and boys is responsible for daily school announcements and school spirit activities. The team, which meets daily at lunch, rotates three times each year to give more students an opportunity to serve.
This interactive after-school program meets once per week for eight weeks and includes topics such as self-defense, financial literacy and the transition to sixth grade. This program typically is offered each spring.
Athletics are a fun way for students to learn sportsmanship, develop skills and get exercise. Fourth- and fifth-graders can participate in volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring. Competitions between schools are held at the end of each season.
Each spring, Washington students participate in a school-wide dance performance of The Wizard of Oz. Through the rehearsal process, students learn choreography, practice stage directions and develop musical and storytelling skills. Fourth- and fifth-grade students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of roles in English and Spanish. Some of Washington’s very own teachers share the stage as the Wicked Witch, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and Glinda!
Washington fifth-graders have an opportunity to show their responsibility and leadership as members of the school’s safety patrol. Working with adults, the safety patrol helps students and parents safely cross nearby streets before and after school.
The Boys and Girls Club, which has a location at Washington, offers after-school and summer programs for students in first through fifth grades.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington seek to provide a positive environment, quality programs and lifelong learning skills for all school-age youth in Vancouver and its surrounding areas. At the club, trained professionals provide a safe, fun environment for kids; constructive programs that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits; and supportive relationships that help build young people’s self-esteem.