May 24, 2019

VSAA students earn arts awards

Pictured above from left: Jazy LiDrazzah, Christian Ramirez and Principal Lori Rotherham
Three students at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics were recognized for their outstanding artistic talent in two competitions.

Christian Ramirez, a double bass player, won a merit award in the 2019 YoungArts national competition sponsored by the National YoungArts Foundation. Ramirez is one of 710 winners who were selected from nearly 7,000 submissions from across the United States. Ramirez was recognized in the jazz category.

Jazy LiDrazzah, a sophomore at VSAA, received an Outstanding Interpretation in the photography category in the high school division of the
Washington State Parent Teacher Association’s 2018-19 Reflections cultural arts competition.

Senior Adrienne Paulu, a VSAA senior, received an Outstanding Interpretation in the dance choreography category in the high school division of the state Reflections competition. Paulu also was one of 20 students in the nation to earn an Award of Merit in the
national competition.

Pulling out all the stops

Amidst the morning bustle before the bell rings, safety patrollers in their neon-colored vests are an essential part of starting the school day off right. Students and staff members take on the important task of ushering pedestrians across streets. Their presence is a reminder to motorists to slow down and proceed with caution.

Crossing guard duties may be the most recognizable of a safety patroller’s responsibilities, but it’s far from the only one. For Audra Findley, a fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary, being in the safety patrol also is about making people feel welcome at her school. When she’s not stationed at an intersection, she greets people near the library in the morning and helps direct the school’s kindergartners before and after school.

Read more.

Go inside Ogden Elementary under construction

It's not done yet, but the new Ogden Elementary School is taking shape, and we have a tour of the new building.

Say goodbye to Ogden

When school ends this year on June 19, Ogden students and staff will go home for the summer. But they won't be returning to the 46-year-old school in the fall. They'll start the 2019-20 school year in their new school (watch video above).

Current and former students, parents and staff and community members are invited to say goodbye to Ogden on Thursday, June 6, at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorabilia and photos will be on display in the media center. There is no formal program.

Learn more about bond construction projects.

Closing Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

Students, families, friends and alumni came together at the closing activity and carnival at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on May 18. The carnival, organized by the Parent Teacher Organization, featured games, student performances and entertainment including a mariachi band and Ballet Folklorico. A slide show and photos and news articles featured nearly five decades of King people and memories.

King staff and students will occupy the old Ogden school during the 2019-20 school year as their building is demolished to make room for construction. The new school is projected to open in fall 2020.

Mark your calendar
A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the new King Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the school. The public is invited.

View more photos.

District receives clean audit report

Vancouver Public Schools received a clean audit report for the 13th consecutive year. The official audit released by the Washington State Auditor’s Office evaluates the integrity of district financial statements, internal controls and compliance with state and federal laws and grant funding requirements. There were no findings of deficiencies or management letters calling for significant improvement in any area.

“This report validates our diligence and responsible management of public tax dollars,” said Board President Rosemary Fryer. “We are grateful to this community for its continued trust in our public schools.”

Read more.

The X factor

The Skyview High School StormBots’ sport is a high-octane competition where students design, create and control cutting-edge robots that race against the clock to complete challenges. The team sometimes hears certain things about what they do.

Some people think only programmers can participate, or that the team is only for students in the school’s Science, Math and Technology program. Or that there are no girls are on the team.

Those things are false.

Read more.

Students medal at 2019 SkillsUSA

Almost 60 students from Vancouver Public Schools medaled in the 2019 SkillsUSA state competition, held April 25-27 in Yakima, Washington. The competition gave students from across Washington a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in 90 categories representing a variety of career and technical fields.

Get the full list here.

VPS high schools rank among best in Washington

U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 ranking placed five Vancouver high schools among the top 250 out of 656 schools that the organization evaluated in Washington state.

  • Vancouver iTech Preparatory is ranked 15th in Washington and 910th in the nation.
  • Vancouver School of Arts and Academics is ranked 25th in the state and 1,503rd in the nation.Skyview High School is ranked 87th in Washington and 4,308th in the nation.
  • Columbia River High School is ranked 100th in the state and 4,877th in the nation.
  • Hudson’s Bay High School is ranked 220th in the state and 10,362nd in the nation.

Read more.

Visit VPS!

You're invited to become an insider and take a tour of our schools!

We'll be visiting Hough Elementary and Eisenhower Elementary.
Wednesday, May 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You'll see:

  • A classroom for students with autism
  • Outdoor learning areas
  • Project-based learning activities
  • Flexible learning tools
  • Example of math and English lessons
  • Visit with a counselor and teacher librarian
Registration is required.

Recap of the May 14 school board meeting

The board of directors approved an agreement amendment for architectural design services with LSW Architects, P.C., for the remodel of Marshall Elementary School. The current Marshall will be remodeled for the programs currently located at Lieser Campus. LSW Architects designed the new Marshall and McLoughlin schools now under construction. Read more.

A bid was awarded to Advanced Excavation Specialists LLC remove the cinder running surface on the tracks at Gaiser and Jason Lee middle schools. Read more.

A purchase agreement was approved for the installation of new polyurethane surfacing and striping for the tracks at Gaiser and Jason Lee middle schools. Read more.

Note: The above projects are funded by the bond measure passed by voters in February 2017.  By law, bond dollars can only be used for facility upgrades and construction.

The board of directors awarded a bid to 2KG Contractors, Inc., for five new classrooms at Felida Elementary School. The classrooms are funded by the capital projects fund, K-3 class size reduction grant. Read more.

Apply now for girls' summer robotics camp

The Girls Lead the Way Summer Robotics Camp provides opportunities to program robots and work with other students on fun, technical projects. Students who will enter sixth through eighth grades in fall 2019 may apply.

  • When: Aug. 5-9, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Where: McLoughlin Middle School
  • Cost: Free
Learn more.

Featured tweet:

Foundation for VPS raises $300K!

See #VPSAmazing tweets from our staff

Featured video:

Cultural studies culminate with parade

The Children's Culture Parade filled Fort Vancouver National Historic Site with hundreds of third graders. Gov. Jay Inslee address the children during the closing ceremony at the Fort. Check out the highlights!

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Dates to know

May 27 – Memorial Day, no school

June 18 – Two-hour early release, all schools

June 19 – Two-hour early release, last day of school

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Congratulations to our retirees

Lynette Craig, media clerk at Sacajawea Elementary, will retire June 21 with 26.7 years of service.

Dawn Danielsen, application specialist in ITS, will retire July 26 with 6.9 years of service.

Holly Fourno, paraeducator at Marshall Elementary, will retire June 19 with 20.4 years of service.

Sherry Mowatt, bus driver, will retire June 19 with 17.6 years of service.

Nho Tran, custodial assistant at Skyview High School, will retire Aug. 30 with 18.5 years of service.

Diane Wisniewski, secretary at Hazel Dell Elementary, will retire June 21 with seven years of service.
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