June 28, 2019

School board selects name for new elementary school

It’s official: Vancouver Public Schools’ forthcoming elementary school now has a name. Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School was selected after students, staff members, families and community members made more than 800 suggestions over two weeks in May.

The final name was suggested by Vancouver eighth-grader Seneca Christie, who noted that the acronym, VITA, is the Latin word for “life.”

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Director will depart school board

At its June 25 meeting, Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors accepted Director Michelle Giovannozzi’s resignation, which will become effective on July 31, 2019.

Giovannozzi’s time on the board included many successes. Graduation rates rose to an all-time high of 85 percent. Every school in the district is being rebuilt or upgraded through a $458 million bond measure. Through levy funding, students continue to have access to individual technology tools that teach skills required for success in college and the workforce.

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Thank you, school board representatives!

The 2018-19 student school board representatives wrapped up a year of reporting the highlights and successes of their respective high schools. Pictured above left to right are: Michelle Giovannozzi, board director; Erika Vera, Fort Vancouver; Mark Stoker, board vice president; Rosemary Fryer, board president; Sophie Friauf, Skyview; Ulana Hoffman, Flex Academy; Hailey Parkinson, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics; Dale Rice, board director; Gabrielle Karber, iTech Preparatory; Fernanda Cerrillos Anzar, Hudson's Bay; Steve Webb, superintendent; Gabriela Ruiz Heras, Hudson's Bay; and Wendy Smith, board director. Not pictured is Keith Blau, Columbia River.

These students, supported by adviser Amy Haynes, a Skyview High School associate principal, did an amazing job of presenting to the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors. Thank you, students, for your time, commitment and talent!

Next year's student board representatives are Lucas Carter, Flex Academy; Dhamar Campos, Fort Vancouver; Corbett Langley and Hannah Homstad, Hudson's Bay; Emily Boatright, iTech Preparatory; Jacob Miller, Skyview; Jaden Lindsey, VSAA; and Isabella Ness, Columbia River.


Ceremony marks the start of construction at King

Students, staff and community guests officially kicked off the start of construction of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 14. During the 2019-20 school year, students and staff will occupy the old Ogden Elementary, which they have nicknamed King Cub University. The new King will open in fall 2020.

Recap of the June 25 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following actions at the June 25, 2019, school board meeting:
  • Bid No. 2019-034 for site preparation and power improvements for portable classroom relocations at Walnut Grove and Franklin elementary schools
  • Bid No. 2019-023 for the Eisenhower Elementary School classroom addition

Year in review

Dreaming big is the Vancouver way. Despite challenges we faced this year, we saw some enormous accomplishments. Voters once again reaffirmed their support for public schools, a sustained commitment that deserves our gratitude. On-time graduation rates continued on an upswing—a 21-point increase since 2010. New schools took shape. We celebrated kindness and individuality.

Vancouver schools are dynamic, diverse places. Take a look.

Felida is green and platinum

Only 12 schools in the state of Washington have achieved platinum status for conserving resources and implementing environment-friendly practices. Now, Felida Elementary is one of them!

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Coding painting party

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Goodbye, Ogden

On the last day of school, students and staff at Ogden Elementary said goodbye to their building as they prepared to move to the new one next door. Plus, we highlighted the best social media posts of the last day of school.

Congratulations, retirees!

Ivy Binkowski, technology support specialist at Alki Middle School, retired June 21 with 26.9 years of service.

Charyl Erickson, a teacher at Columbia River High School, retired June 16 with 15 years of service.

Paul Ewart, a bus driver, retired June 19 with 4.6 years of service.

Phillip Van Wagner, a bus driver, retired June 19 with 2.4 years of service.

Listen to audio recordings of board meetings.
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