Oct. 17, 2019

Students earn national recognition

Columbia River High School students Abby Kinney, Noel Sims and Elizabeth Zimmerman were named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists. They are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Seven students also earned special recognition as a result of their test scores.

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Hooray for the October Excellence Award recipients!

The following employees were selected for the October 2019 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the Oct. 8 school board meeting. Pictured from left:

  • Mary-Catherine McElroy, teacher librarian, Ogden Elementary
  • Brienne Schneider, creative movement teacher, Franklin Elementary
  • Vanessa Crowe, clerk, McLoughlin Middle School
  • LaNnae Pust, teacher, Lake Shore Elementary
  • Gina Gasser, counseling clerk, Columbia River High School

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 October Excellence Award recipients.

Join us to honor two school board members for their service to VPS

You're invited to say thank you to board directors Rosemary Fryer and Michelle Giovannozzi for their service to VPS. A reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4-6 p.m., at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Road. Remarks begin at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

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You're invited to a celebration for the new Ogden Elementary

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 4, for a dedication and open house at Ogden Elementary School. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and includes a presentation of the building, ribbon cutting and self-guided tours. The new school is located at 3200 NE 86th Ave., Vancouver. Tours and the open house will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The new Ogden Elementary opened to student on Aug. 27, 2019. The new 85,000 square-foot-building is two stories and has 35 classrooms. Staff members, students, families and community partners participated in the planning process. LSW Architects designed the building. Robinson Construction built the school. The new school was funded by a bond measure passed by voters in Feb. 2017.

Annual VPS staff campaign benefits students

The annual VPS staff campaign kicks off this week, inviting VPS teachers and staff to donate through payroll deduction or other methods to support the work of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, Citizens' Committee for Good Schools and United Way.
Buildings will run campaigns between now and Nov. 22. Campaign coordinators in every school and administrative building will distribute pledge forms and provide information on how to participate.
"Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations, the Foundation for VPS has removed barriers to learning associated with poverty for more than 30 years,” said Nada Wheelock, Executive Director of the Foundation for VPS. “Vancouver students are tremendously fortunate to be surrounded by those who care deeply about their well-being. Donations provide a sense of hope, investing in success for all students.”
Thank you to all VPS staff who make gifts through the staff campaign. Your contributions help build a brighter future for the students of Vancouver Public Schools and for others throughout our community.

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Recap of the Oct. 8 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following at its Oct. 8 meeting:

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Building King Elementary

See #VPSAmazing tweets from our staff

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Say hello

Students at Harney Elementary are getting to know each other by simply saying "hello." It's part of the Sandy Hook Promise campaign to encourage inclusiveness at school.

Sign up now for the Oct. 30 Visit VPS tour

Hop on the bus and join Superintendent Steve Webb for an insider's tour of Skyview High School and Salmon Creek Elementary School. The tour is Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour is free, but registration is required. You'll engage with staff and students, explore classrooms and programs and experience innovative learning all in real time!

Register now.

Congratulations, retiree

Mona Ellis, a paraeducator at Minnehaha, retired on Sept. 30 with 19 years of service.


Dates to know

Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release, middle and high schools only

Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, no school, elementary only

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

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, no school

Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving break, no school

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Superintendent: Dr. Steve Webb
Board of Directors: Rosemary Fryer, Dale Q. Rice, Wendy Smith, Mark Stoker

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