Feb. 13, 2020

Thank you, Vancouver!

On Feb. 11, voters approved a supplemental levy that will support current levels of programs and services in Vancouver Public Schools and cover a budget shortage for three years. Early election results show the levy passing with 59.27% yes votes. A simple majority was required to pass the levy. The results will be certified on Feb. 21.

Congratulations, February Excellence Award recipients

The following employees were selected for the February 2020 Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the Feb. 11 school board meeting. Pictured from left:

  • Tai Bainter, teacher, Anderson Elementary
  • Todd Horenstein, assistant superintendent for facility support services, planning and facilities department
  • Michelle Steele, secretary, Gaiser Middle School
  • Katie Ronning, associate principal, Discovery Middle School
  • Diane Petersen, paraeducator, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center

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.

VPS and superintendent honored with national award

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will honor Vancouver Public Schools and Dr. Steve Webb for providing academic and non-academic support to all students, improving graduation rates and closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Along with the late Joe A. Hairston—former associate professor at Howard University and co-founder of the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy—VPS and Superintendent Webb will receive the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award at the AASA National Conference on Education later this month.

VSAA student advances to state Poetry Out Loud contest

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics senior Yeshi Berry is a regional champion in Southwest Washington’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition. Berry performed “How to Triumph Like a Girl,” by Ada Limón and “American Smooth” by Rita Dove.

On Jan. 22, eight regional competitors faced off at Educational Service District 112 after winning at their respective schools. Students recited works selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated the performers on voice, articulation, evidence of understanding and accuracy.

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Discovery student serves as legislative page

From left: William Clark and Rep. Monica Stonier. Photo by Washington State Legislative Support Services.

Eighth grader William Clark, a student at Discovery Middle School, recently served as a page in the Washington state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by Rep. Monica Stonier.

Pages’ responsibilities over their weeklong appointments include presenting the flags and distributing amendments on the House floor. They also support legislative operations, receive civics instruction, draft their own bills and participate in mock committee hearings.

Read more.

You have choices! Apply now for magnet programs

Now is the time to apply for the district's magnet programs. In this Quick Look, see what the different high school programs have to offer.

Apply now.

Recap of the Feb. 11 school board meeting

The board of directors approved the following at its Feb. 11 meeting:

Purchasing agreement number 2020-003 for projectors at McLoughlin Middle School and Marshall Elementary School

Purchasing agreement number 2020-005 for SofSURFACE rubberized tile and play equipment, including delivery and Installation, for Sacajawea and Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary schools

Bid number 2020-002 for kitchen equipment at McLoughlin Middle School and Marshall Elementary School

Purchasing agreement number 2020-006 for an energy services proposal to make HVAC improvements at Hazel Dell, Hough and Felida elementary schools through the Department of Enterprise Services

Read more about meeting agenda items.

Board of directors will review feedback on bond program options

After experiencing unprecedented inflationary costs in the construction market and examining new projections for student enrollment, Vancouver Public Schools is conducting a review of its bond projects.

Seven community forums have been held to provide information on various options for future school construction and renovation projects and to gather public input.

The board of directors will discuss the options and the public feedback at a Feb. 25 board work session.

Read about the options and provide input.

Winter isn't over yet

You never know when winter weather might hit. Be prepared.

There are several ways to get school closure information:
  • Go to the VPS homepage at vansd.org.
  • Download the free Vancouver Public Schools mobile app to your smartphone or tablet.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our school closure posts.
  • Call the district’s snow/closure info line at 360-313-1401 or general information at 360-313-1000.
  • Check radio, television and newspaper websites.
  • Automated phone calls will be made to families if schools are closed early during the school day, or if the decision to close is made the night before.
Learn more.

2020-21 district calendar

The 2020-21 school year calendar was approved by the board of directors at the Dec. 10 school board meeting. Excluding holidays, every Monday from Sept. 14 to May 24 is a 40-minute early release when school is in session.

Sept. 1: First day of school
Sept. 7: Labor Day, no school
Oct. 9: In-service day, no school
Oct. 14: Parent conferences, 2-hour early release–all schools
Oct. 15: Parent conferences, no school–elementary only
Oct. 15: Parent conferences, 2-hour early release–middle and high school only
Oct. 16: Parent conferences, no school–all schools
Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no school
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving break, no school
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break, no school
Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
Jan. 29: Semester break, no school–all schools**
Feb. 15: Presidents Day, no school
April 5-9: Spring break, no school
April 15: Parent conferences, 2-hour early release–all schools
April 16: Parent conferences, 2-hour early release–elementary only
April 16: Parent conferences, no school–middle and high school only
May 31: Memorial Day, no school
June 15: Two-hour early release**
June 16: Last day of school, two-hour early release**

** If schools are closed due to weather, the calendar may change. Snow make-up days in priority order are June 17, 18, 21 and Jan. 29.

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Congrats, Falcons!

See #VPSAmazing tweets from our staff

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Mariners hit home run at Harney Elementary

The Seattle Mariners visited Harney Elementary to share their DREAM program, which encourages kids to stay away from drugs and have a positive mental attitude.

Educators! Join #TeamVPS

Two career fairs are scheduled:
Feb. 27 – Specialists and elementary teachers
March 5 – Specialists and secondary teachers

Call to register: 360-313-1049

Congratulations, retirees


Sheree Fitzpatrick, a teacher at Columbia River High School, will retire June 10 with 10.9 years of service.

Delaney Apol, a bus driver, will retire March 27 with seven years of service.

Melodie Bertheau, secretary at the warehouse, will retire June 30 with 22 years of service.

Martha Moss, a cafeteria assistant at Sacajawea Elementary, retired Feb. 7 with 14.6 years of service.

Cathy Stewart, a bus driver, will retire March 31 with 13.8 years of service.

Loretta Stewart, a paraeducator at Walnut Grove Elementary, will retire Feb. 28 with 29 years of service.

Molly Zinda, secretary at McLoughlin Middle School, will retire Sept. 30 with 31 years of service.


Dates to know

Feb. 17 – Presidents Day, no school

Feb. 24 – 40 minute early release, all schools

March 2 – 40 minute early release, all schools

March 9 – 40 minute early release, all schools

March 16 – 40 minute early release, all schools

March 23 – 40 minute early release, all schools

March 30-April 3 – Spring break

Get more calendar information.

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Superintendent: Dr. Steve Webb
Board of Directors: Tracie Barrows, Kathy Decker, Wendy Smith, Kyle Sproul, Mark Stoker

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