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Interested candidates may apply for school board vacancy - 12/16/14
The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors invites interested community members to apply for the unexpired position of board member Mari Greves who will retire Jan. 13, 2015. An applicant will be appointed by the Board of Directors to fill Position No. 5 until the next general election in November 2015.

Applicants must live within Vancouver School District boundaries. Application materials are available on the district website at or at the administrative offices at 2901 Falk Road, Vancouver WA.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 12, 2015, at 5 p.m. For more information about the application process or materials, please call 360-313-1200.
Hudson's Bay teacher named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow state winner (Photo) - 12/15/14
After becoming one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, Hudson's Bay High School horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz recently was named the Washington state winner. The 30-year teaching veteran receives a technology package valued at $20,000 to create a video showcasing his solution.

Lorenz and his students in the school's Architecture, Construction and Environmental Sciences program and Future Farmers of America are working to reclaim paper and cardboard waste by inoculating it with mushroom mycelia. The mycelia will decompose the waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

From the state winners, 15 national finalists will be selected and will have their videos placed online for public voting. All national finalists receive a minimum of $35,000 in technology for their schools.

Finally, the 15 national finalists will be narrowed down to five national winners, who each will receive a $120,000 technology grant.

The Solve for Tomorrow contest honors teachers who inspire students; improve their communities; and foster science, technology, engineering and math education in their schools.
Attached Media Files: SteveLorenz.JPG
Longtime board member Mari Greves announces retirement (Photo) - 12/11/14
Vancouver school board member Mari Greves announced her retirement at the Dec. 9 school board meeting. Greves' last board meeting as a director will be Jan. 13, 2015.

During her 20-year tenure, Greves helped steer the school district through unprecedented change. Since 1995, she has served with three superintendents, has overseen two strategic plans and has been involved with three major construction phases. She has seen classroom technology evolve from computer labs in the 1990s to one-to-one mobile technology in the 21st century and watched the district rise to national acclaim as a leader in digital innovation.

Greves' leadership contributed to the board's two-time recognition as Board of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and to its being named a Special Merit winner in 2013 after five consecutive years as a Board of Distinction. The Washington State School Directors' Association conferred those honors.

An advocate for students, families and the community, Greves has been an influential supporter of early learning and family engagement, for which VPS also has earned national recognition. Full-day kindergarten is offered in all 21 elementary schools, and the district's Jump Start kindergarten-readiness program earned a 2014 Magna Award from the National School Boards Association. For its work in family engagement across its network of 13 Family-Community Resource Centers, District Administration magazine named VPS a 2014 District of Distinction.

Greves' service to the community includes extensive involvement on the Citizens' Committee for Good Schools in support of school levy and bond campaigns. She serves as an ex-officio board member on the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and also has served on boards for the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and the YWCA Clark County. In 2007, Greves was named a YWCA Clark County Woman of Achievement.

Even prior to being elected to the board, Greves was a longtime advocate for education. Beginning in 1980, Greves volunteered tirelessly in the schools of her three children.

"Mari leaves a legacy of leadership that will carry forward. I'm confident that our students are better equipped to be successful in the 21st century today because of her leadership on the board," said Superintendent Steven Webb.

Added Board President Mark Stoker, "Mari is a tireless champion for our students, families and employees. She has selflessly given her time to make this district worthy of pride, and those who have worked with her are fortunate. She is a role model."

Said Greves, "It's been a great privilege for me to serve on the board, and I'm enormously proud of all the work that's done every day on behalf of our students. Every time I walk into a classroom, I experience the excellence that's going on, and I'm reminded of our extraordinary staff's dedication and professionalism."

A celebration honoring Mari Greves for her years of service to Vancouver Public Schools will be planned for late January or early February. Details will be announced soon.
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Executive director of special services hired - 12/10/14
Brenda Martinek has been hired as executive director of special services for Vancouver Public Schools. The Board of directors approved her appointment at the December 9 school board meeting. Martinek, who has a 25-year career in special education, will begin her new role with VPS on Dec. 18. A transition period will allow Martinek to work with Sally Charuhas, current executive director of special services, until Jan. 30, 2015. At that time Charuhas will transition to a part-time leadership position until her retirement on June 30.

Martinek has been executive director of student services for Reynolds School District for the past two years. She began her career in special education as an autism assistant, working her way through college and becoming a special education teacher. She has been a special education administrator in Reynolds, Portland, and Evergreen school districts. Martinek received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah, and a master's degree in special education and an administrator's license from Portland State University.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics presents "Jazzy Nutcracker" - 12/02/14
In a World War II USO-style event, students from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics will present an evening of jazz dance set to the score of Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite," performed live by the school's student-musicians. Theater teacher Judy Goff will serve as the master of ceremonies. Proceeds benefit the Associated Student Body (ASB).

Jazzy Nutcracker
Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Show runs one hour with no intermission.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663
Admission: Students with ASB card $3, general public $4, seniors $3
Salmon Creek Elementary hosts robotics tournament Dec. 6 and 7 - 11/24/14
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams will tackle the future of learning at the "World Class" challenge on Dec. 6-7. The Intel Oregon FLL qualifying tournaments will be held at Salmon Creek Elementary School, 1601 NE 129th Street, Vancouver, 98685. The tournament will be held both days from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.

This fast-paced, energetic competition features hundreds of 9- to 14-year-olds from Washington and Oregon as they redesign how students gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Thirty teams will compete during the two-day competition, and eight will advance to the championship round held Jan. 17-18 in Hillsboro, Oregon.