Nov. 25, 2019

Voters to consider supplemental levy in February 2020 special election

Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors approved a supplemental education and operations levy to appear on the ballot in the Feb. 11, 2020, special election. The board voted unanimously on a resolution at its Nov. 12 meeting.

If passed by voters, the supplemental levy for education and operations would benefit all schools in the district. It would pay for locally funded teacher positions that maintain smaller class sizes. The levy also would maintain current levels of programs and services in VPS and help schools continue to improve student achievement and graduation rates.

The projected rates per $1,000 of assessed property valuation are:

  • 43 cents in 2021
  • 41 cents in 2022
  • 40 cents in 2023
“Asking voters to approve a new tax measure is a request that Vancouver Public Schools takes very seriously,” said Mark Stoker, school board president. “The Vancouver community has demonstrated its support for children and public schools in many ways, including ongoing support for bonds and levies. We are grateful for this support and take seriously our obligation to handle taxpayer dollars responsibly.”

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Vancouver iTech educator is a finalist for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence

Dr. Erin Lark is one of five state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Dr. Lark is in her second year of teaching environmental and life sciences at Vancouver iTech Preparatory. She was the only Southwest Washington educator selected as a 2020 state finalist.

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Columbia River senior is in the running for U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship

Columbia River High School student Noel Simms has been selected as a nominee/alternate for the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship award. Simms is one of approximately 40 students selected during the Association of Washington Student Leaders leadership camps this summer. Simms now will go through an interview process for the opportunity to be one of two Washington students to receive a $10,000 scholarship and to represent Washington state this spring in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the November Excellence Award recipients!

The following employees were selected for the November 2019 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the Nov. 12 school board meeting. Pictured from left:

  • Emily Jinnah, elementary academic coach, Fir Grove
  • Elizabeth Tiegs, family-community resource coordinator, Roosevelt Elementary
  • Tawnya Clark, paraeducator, Fir Grove
  • Michael Hornback, instructional technology facilitator, ITS
  • Bill Niemeyer, data integration technician, assessment and performance management department

The Excellence Award is given to five employees and/or small teams from October to May each school year. Nominations are open to staff, students, parents and community members. Nominees are selected for recognition by a committee of their peers.

Read more about the November Excellence Award recipients.

VPS collaborates with community partners on discipline

Vancouver Public Schools is reaching out to staff and community members for input and guidance as part of its response to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office investigation of disproportionate discipline for special education, African American, Native American and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students.

A steering committee of 12-15 internal and external stakeholders including representatives of Vancouver’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and SW Washington’s League of United Latin American Citizens will convene in December to review the AGO’s report, the relevant discipline data and the work completed to date. Invitations also will be extended to Native American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and special education partners.

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Parents, partners and community members may contact the steering committee at

Community forums will gather information for new elementary school

The district will hold community forums at Anderson, Hazel Dell, Minnehaha, Eisenhower and Walnut Grove elementary schools this winter to share information and listen to community feedback on the need for a new elementary school, which was slated for construction on district-owned property at NE 25th Avenue. Those schools likely would be impacted by the NE 25th Avenue school project that is being considered for deferment to a future bond program.

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Don't forget!

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools benefits our students and families. Donate today to the 2019 annual campaign.

Students honored for fire safety posters

Students from five Vancouver schools competed in the Hazel Dell–Salmon Creek Business Association’s Fire Safety Poster Contest, a joint project with Clark County Fire District 6. From more than 100 entries, 15 were selected for recognition. Meet the grand prize winner, and see why her victory shouldn’t have come as a total surprise.

Community engagement coordinator named to Honor Roll

Vancouver Public Schools’ Carla Feltz has been selected for Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools’ 2019 Honor Roll. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that champion sustainable, healthy school environments. Feltz is one of 17 honorees.

In her role as community outreach and engagement coordinator, Feltz has supported 14 schools in promoting health and wellness efforts such as using healthy snacks or additional recesses to reward positive behavior.

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Creative force receives award from Vancouver Business Journal

Vancouver Public Schools' Tara Cox is a recipient of the 2019 Vancouver Business Journal's Accomplished and Under 40 award. Recipients of the award are recognized for their professional and community leadership. Cox is a creative multimedia force in the district's communications office and is an enthusiastic supporter of public education and the Vancouver community.

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New educators in VPS

VPS is pleased to welcome the following new educators to #TeamVPS!
  • Stacy Abdollmohammadi, nurse at Ogden Elementary and Vancouver iTech Preparatory
  • Jillian Bain, nurse at Truman Elementary
  • Linda Beale, science teacher at Columbia River High School
  • MariHa Casas, music teacher at Minnehaha, Fruit Valley, Lake Shore and Salmon Creek elementary schools
  • Trevor Cashmore, math teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School
There's more! Get the rest of the new team members.

Recap of the Nov. 12 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following at its Nov. 12 meeting:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Construction begins on new Walnut Grove Elementary

Ground is broken at the site of the new Walnut Grove Elementary School. Hear from students and staff on what the new building will mean for the school community.

Congratulations, retirees

Anne Flindt, a paraeducator at Alki Middle School, will retire Nov. 26 with 20 years of service.

Isabella Miller, a cafeteria assistant at Marshall Elementary, retired Oct. 31 with 29.8 years of service.


Dates to know

Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving break, no school

Dec. 2 –
40 minute early release, all schools

Dec. 9 – 40 minute early release, all schools

Dec. 16 – 40 minute early release, all schools

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Winter break

Jan. 6 – 40 minute early release, all schools

Jan. 13 – 40 minute early release, all schools

Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

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