April 25, 2019

Congratulations, April Excellence Award recipients!

The following employees were selected for the April 2019 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the April 23 school board meeting. Pictured from left:
  • Shannon Yount, teacher, Ogden Elementary
  • Erika Audette, paraeducator, Chinook Elementary
  • Sarah Moll, teacher, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Lauren Kotz, teacher, Alki Middle School
  • Wenwen Tian, teacher, Columbia River and Fort Vancouver high schools

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 April Excellence Award recipients.

Get your garden growing:
High school plant sales begin soon

Vancouver schools’ annual plant sales begin in April! Visit these sales for hanging baskets, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, native plants, houseplants, orchids, cacti, succulents and more. All proceeds support FFA and programs that teach kids work ethics and job skills!

Get the schedules.

Young historians advance to national contest

Vancouver students demonstrated their knowledge of the past at the 2019 Portland regional History Bee competition held at Columbia River High School in late March. Fifteen Vancouver students qualified for the National History Bee after battling through four rounds of history questions. Seven also qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

Find out how they did.

Register now for the Foundation for VPS luncheon

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools’ largest community fundraiser is May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th St.

Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will provide the keynote address. Elected in 2016 at the age of 35, Habib serves as president of the State Senate and acting governor whenever Governor Inslee leaves the state. A three-time cancer survivor, Lt. Governor Habib has been fully blind since age 8. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is the first and only Iranian-American to hold statewide elected office in the United States.

There is no cost to register for the luncheon. Guests will be asked for a suggested donation of $100. Thanks to sponsors, all funds raised at the event will directly benefit the students who attend Vancouver Public Schools.

Funds raised provide support for basic needs, early learning initiatives, enrichment activities and mentoring programs for students across all 37 Vancouver schools and programs.

Register now.

New Columbia River H.S. 500 wing

With funds from a bond measure that local voters approved in 2017, Columbia River High School is receiving several upgrades, including a new 500 wing that will, along with other improvements, expand the school’s capacity for an additional 200 students.

Read more.

Administrative changes announced for the 2019-20 school year

Several administrative changes will take place in August for the 2019-20 school year. These changes do not increase costs in the district’s administrative budget. Five central office administrative positions have been eliminated as part of next year's budget cuts. The responsibilities of three of those positions will be assigned to others. All personnel assignments are subject to final approval by the school board.

Jim Gray, principal at Skyview High School, will be executive director of teaching and learning for high schools. Gray’s position also will include oversight of district safety/security and athletics.

Andy Meyer, associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, will replace Gray as Skyview’s principal. Kirstin Kunisha, currently dean of students at Fort Vancouver, will fill Meyer’s position as associate principal at Fort.

Read more.

Recap of the April 23 school board meeting

The board of directors authorized the superintendent to initiate a process allowing VPS to sell to the Vancouver Housing Authority approximately 1.5 acres of property located at NE 20th Street and Norris Road. Proceeds from the sale of surplus land are required by statute to be deposited into the capital projects fund. Read the full recommendation.

A purchase agreement with Beresford Company in Seattle, Washington, was approved for carpet for the new Ogden Elementary School, which is currently under construction. Read the full purchase agreement.

A purchase agreement with NOR-PAC Seating in Enumclaw, Washington, was approved for bleacher removal and installation at Hudson's Bay High School. Read the full purchase agreement.

A second purchase agreement with NOR-PAC Seating in Enumclaw, Washington, was approved for bleacher removal and installation at Fort Vancouver High School. Read the full purchase agreement.
Design II Showcase: Instructional Quality

Vancouver is semifinalist in FAFSA Completion Challenge

Preparing for college, careers and the future is a journey that begins early in our students’ school years. Students need experiences to discover their interests and explore the opportunities available to them on college campuses and in emerging career fields. To help students, Vancouver Public Schools provides support for SAT preparation, career exploration, post-secondary planning and financial aid awareness.

This year, VPS launched a unified effort to help students apply for federal money that will benefit them after they graduate from high school. The effort has paid off. VPS received a $40,000 grant for being one of 25 organizations across the U.S. that boosted its high school seniors’ Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion rates by 5 percent or more.

Read more.

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Bay Way on Earth Day!

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Lincoln crossing guard selected for state honor

A student from Lincoln Elementary School is now a member of the AAA Washington School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame!

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Register now for kindergarten

Parents may register their children for kindergarten starting Tuesday, April 9. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019, is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Full-day kindergarten is offered districtwide in Vancouver Public Schools.

Learn more.

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Dates to know

April 29 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

May 6 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

May 13 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

May 18 – King Elementary closing event/open house, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 20 – Forty-minute early release, all schools

May 27 – Memorial Day, no school

Get more calendar information.


Congratulations to our retirees

Vernita Breshears, a clerk at Chinook Elementary, will retire June 19 with 22 years of service.

Eugene Camacho, building operator at Walnut Grove Elementary School, will retire June 28 with 21.8 years of service.

Marilyn King, a paraeducator at Sacajawea Elementary, will retire June 19 with 16.2 years of service.

Kathy Loberg, a cook at Washington Elementary, will retire June 19 with 15 years of service.

Paula Woodruff, a teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary, will retire June 19 with 19 years of service.

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Board of Directors: Rosemary Fryer, Michelle Giovannozzi, Dale Q. Rice, Wendy Smith, Mark Stoker

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