Oct. 27, 2020

Discovery counselor is among top in the nation

After being named the Washington School Counselor of the Year, Megan Bledsoe is now one of five finalists for the 2021 National School Counselor of the Year. The Discovery Middle School counselor is the only finalist from the West Coast.

A review panel selected the finalists based on criteria including school counseling innovations, exemplary school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student outcomes. The award is given by the nonprofit American School Counselor Association.

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Researching the research

Diabetes, obesity and dementia

An estimated 120,000 Washington state residents ages 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, according to data included in a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association. That number is projected to increase 16.7% in the next five years. No FDA-approved pharmacologic treatments currently exist to prevent, slow or cure the disease.

But one Columbia River High School student has turned her longstanding interest in medicine, pathology and anatomy into a research project that is now drawing attention from the scientific community.

Inspired in part by her own family history, Bridgette focused her research on risk factors for developing dementia, specifically vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Board of directors approves equity resolution

The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution condemning racism and establishing policy directives on equity. Resolution 869, approved at the Oct. 13 school board meeting, outlines major features of the board’s commitment to the districtwide equity initiative.

The resolution calls for the creation of an equity work group, completion of an equity audit and future adoption of a district equity policy and procedure. Additionally, to support the board’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion, policies will be revised or developed in the areas of curriculum; instruction; recruitment, hiring and placement of staff; operations and school climate and culture.

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Suggestions for Columbia River High School mascot now being accepted

The community is invited to submit suggestions for a new mascot for Columbia River High School. The school’s Chieftain mascot was officially retired on Sept. 8 by the Vancouver Public Schools’ Board of Directors. The action to retire the Chieftain mascot was recommended by former students, community members, the Washington State Board of Education, the American Psychological Association and local tribal leaders who support the removal of Native American mascots.

Community members, parents and staff members are invited to submit suggestions. Current Columbia River students will receive a separate link for suggestions. The deadline for suggestions is Oct. 31.

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2020-21 budget update

Revenues for the 2020-21 budget are turning out to be below forecasted amounts. Enrollment is projected to be down by nearly 1,000 full-time students, resulting in a shortfall of nearly $10.8 million.

Savings from a hiring freeze, temporary furloughs and funds recouped due to remote instruction will help offset the shortfall by almost $9.3 million, which reduces the district shortfall to $1.5 million.

Looking ahead there are additional considerations that could affect the shortfall. Examples include the possibility of additional federal stimulus money or the loss of outside revenue in transportation and nutrition services.

Projections of the actual budget shortfall are difficult to predict. Budget updates will be provided as the situation evolves.

Grab-and-go meals available

Grab-and-go meals will be offered Monday through Friday when school is in session. Students, parents or guardians can pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
  • Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th
  • Fruit Valley Elementary, 3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
  • Ogden Elementary, 3200 NE 86th
  • Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Rd.
  • Washington Elementary, 2908 S. St.
  • Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th
  • Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 NW 9th
  • McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd.
All children 18 years old or younger are eligible for free meals through at least December 2020. We still encourage families to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Families must reapply every year.

Bond short takes:

Fruit Valley classroom additions

Revitalizing VPS - Fruit Valley Elementary 9/15/2020
Check out updates to Fruit Valley Elementary School, courtesy of the bond passed by voters!

Recap of the Oct. 13 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following at their Oct. 13 meeting:
Adoption of Resolution 869 condemning racism and establishing the policy directives on diversity, equity, inclusion and excellence in education

Agreement amendment with LSW Architects, P.C., for architectural and engineering services for Columbia River High School

Agreement Amendment with LSW Architects, P.C., for architectural and engineering services for Marshall Elementary and McLoughlin Middle School

Change order for hazardous materials abatement at the former Marshall Elementary as part of the modernization/renovations project. The renovation is for the relocation of Lieser Campus.

Read more about the Oct. 13 meeting.

Featured tweet:

Take care of yourself

See #VPSAmazing tweets from our staff

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Maker mobile goes to Washington

The district's Family-Community Resource Centers are teaming up with our IT department to put on small-group training sessions for parents. Learn more about them, and find out how to schedule one at your school!

Congratulations, retirees

The following retirements were approved at the Oct. 13 school board meeting.

• Scott Abels, a carpenter in maintenance, will retire Oct. 31 with 5.5 years of service. 
• Kimberly Austin, a paraeducator at Hudson's Bay High School, will retire Dec. 16 with 13.8 years of service.
• Daniel Cronin, building operator at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, will retire Nov. 30 with 38 years of service.
• Marianna Koveshnikova, media clerk at Salmon Creek Elementary and Jason Lee Middle School, retired Sept. 22 with 22 years of service.
• Colleen Wyche, accounting specialist at the Jim Parsley Center, will retire Jan. 31, 2021, with 31.2 years of service.

• Paula Colby, secretary at Fort Vancouver High School, was incorrectly listed in the Sept. 10 issue of Inside VPS e-news. Paula will retire Jan. 29, 2021, with 36.3 years of service.
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