Dec. 12, 2019

CR girls take 2A state soccer championship

On Nov. 23, for the second time in four years, the Columbia River High School girls soccer team clinched the 2A championship, beating Hockinson for the state title.

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Student film earns national award

Four students from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics took third place in the 48-hour category of the 2019 National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Nathan Keldsen, junior; Timo Isreb, junior; Eli Gomez, senior; and Cassy Akimseu-Arnold, junior; wrote, shot and edited their three-minute film “Dreamcast” in one weekend based on the prompt “Generation Now.” The award was given at the 13th Annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth held in Seattle Oct. 24-27. Andy Berhow is the team’s teacher.

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All-State music accolades

Vancouver students recently earned spots among some of the state’s most talented youth musicians. The following students were named to the Washington Music Educators Association’s All-State bands, choirs and orchestras.

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Drum roll . . . the December Excellence Award recipients

The following employees were selected for the December 2019 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the Dec. 10 school board meeting. Pictured from left:

  • Jaymie Towne, teacher, Marshall Elementary
  • Jennifer Turkington, teacher, Ogden Elementary
  • Levi Harlan, paraeducator, Discovery Middle School
  • Salvador Madrigal, paraeducator/student advocate, Alki Middle School
  • Anne Bowling, teacher, Washington 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.

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Three new board members take the oath of office

Vancouver Public Schools welcomes three new members to the board of directors. Kyle Sproul, Tracie Barrows and Kathy Decker (pictured from left above) took the oath of office at the Dec. 10 school board meeting.

Read more about our newest board directors.

Supplemental levy will be on ballot in February

A supplemental education and operations levy will be on the Feb. 11, 2020, ballot.

If approved by voters, the supplemental levy for education and operations would continue current services and programs.

Recap of the Dec. 10 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following at its Dec. 10 meeting: No action was taken on a motion to approve the bid award for construction of a replacement school for Fir Grove.

Board director Kyle Sproul moved to suspend board policy 1210 in order to elect a new board president. The board of directors approved Wendy Smith as board president and Kathy Decker as vice president.

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Upgrades at Felida underway

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The power of books

Kids at Eisenhower Elementary earn a special reward for their positive behavior: a golden coin to operate the school's new book vending machine.

Congratulations, retirees

Kristin Bayless, a training specialist in ITS, will retire Dec. 31 with 23 years of service.

Thomas Clark, a drain technician in maintenance, will retire March 31 with 15.4 years of service.


Dates to know

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

Jan. 27 – 40 minute early release, all schools

Feb. 3 – 40 minute early release, all schools

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