March 29, 2019

Congratulations to the March Excellence Award recipients

The following employees were selected for the March 2019 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the March 26 school board meeting. Pictured from left:

  • Traicy Brent, secretary, Ogden Elementary
  • Sharon LaCroix, paraeducator, Hough Elementary
  • Becky Davis, mental health specialist, Fir Grove/Vista
  • Douglas Varenas, occupational therapist, Fir Grove/Vista
  • Not pictured but also an award recipient: Shannon Murphy, teacher, Sacajawea Elementary

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 Excellence Award recipients.

Design II Showcase: Instructional Quality


Leaning into skills for the workplace


Students in the Welding/Fabrication Technology program at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies experience the benefit of real-world job training without leaving the classroom. Thanks to a partnership with Northwest High Performance Enterprise Consortium—a group of more than 45 local manufacturing and STEM companies—welding students are learning skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. Beyond technical skills, students learn the value of collaboration, communication and efficiency. Developing these leadership skills and equipping students with tools for solving problems and improving processes will help them excel in any career.

From Vancouver to Kuwait: Kindness travels

Every Friday before school begins, students at Ogden Elementary meet for Kindness Club. Their acts of service include making teddy bears for kids who face difficult circumstances at home and paracord bracelets for military personnel. Watch this video to find out where one of the bracelets ended up and what the recipient had to say after he received it.

Watch the video.

2019-20 school calendar

NOTE: Every Monday from Sept. 9 to May 18 is a 40-minute early release, when school is in session, excluding holidays.

August 2019

Aug. 27 – First day of school

September 2019
Sept. 2 – Labor Day, no school

October 2019
Oct. 11 – In-service day, no school
Oct. 16 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – elementary schools only
Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – middle and high schools only
Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, no school – elementary schools only

Oct. 18 – Parent conference, no school – all schools

November 2019
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, no school
Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving break, no school

December 2019
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 – Winter break, no school

January 2020
Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Day, no school
Jan. 24 – Semester break, no school **

February 2020
Feb. 17 – Presidents Day, no school

March 2020
March 30 - April 3 – Spring break, no school

April 2020
April 16 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – all schools
April 17 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – elementary schools only
April 17 – Parent conferences, no school for middle and high school only

May 2020
May 25 – Memorial Day, no school

June 2020
June 9 – 2-hour early release**
June 10 – Last day of school, 2-hour early release**

** If schools are closed due to weather, the calendar may change. Snow make-up days, in priority order, are June 11, 12, 15 and Jan. 24.

Recap of the March 26 school board meeting

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Applications will be available on April 8 on the district and elementary school websites.

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Dates to know

April 1-5 – Spring break, no school

April 8 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

April 15 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

April 18 – Conferences, 2-hour early release, all students

April 19 – Conferences, 2-hour early release, elementary students only

April 19 – Conferences, no school, all middle and high school students

Get more calendar information.


Congratulations, retirees!


Dee Berisha, a teacher at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, will retire June 19 with 19.8 years of service.

Debra Fanning, a teacher at Discovery Middle School, will retire June 19 with 14 years of service.

Melissa Kraemer-Leonhardt, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, will retire June 19 with 21.5 years of service.

Elaine Malone, a teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, will retire June 19 with 11.7 years of service.

Charlyne Clark, secretary at Gaiser Middle School, will retire June 28 with 34.9 years of service.

Connie Langlois, a special programs clerk at the Jim Parsley Center, will retire Aug. 30 with 21.7 years of service.

Susan Tomlinson, a paraeducator at Salmon Creek Elementary School, will retire June 19 with 14.4 years of service.

Marla Wood, community services manager at the Jim Parsley Center, will retire Nov. 30 with 17.8 years of service.

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