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Student ambassadors from Africa to visit Skyview High School - 03/23/15
Skyview High School will host eight student ambassadors from five African countries on Wednesday, March 25. The visit, coordinated by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, is part of the U.S. State Department's Youth Ambassadors Program.

The students and two teachers will arrive at Skyview High School at approximately 10 a.m. on March 25. Their visit (schedule below) will include a tour of the school, lunch with Skyview's Model United Nations students, and classroom visits. The student ambassadors also will share presentations about themselves and their countries.

"We are excited for our Skyview community to have this opportunity to interact with visitors from Africa and possibly make some lasting connections," said Paula Winter, U.S. history and Contemporary World Problems teacher.

The Skyview visit is one part of an itinerary that includes Washington D.C., Chicago and Portland. The group includes a total of 17 students from Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria and Zambia. They are English speaking, 15-18 years old and were selected by the U.S. embassies in their countries.

Skyview tour schedule:
10 a.m. - Welcome
10:15 - Tour and lunch
11:20 - Presentations from student ambassadors
12:18 - Visit science, math and technology magnet program and classrooms
1:08 - Discussion of a piece of Nigerian literature with pre-AP English class
2:05 - Depart for Marshall House
March 30: Court of Appeals Division Two to Hear Arguments in Local Cases at Hudson's Bay High School - 03/19/15
Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments outside of their Tacoma courtroom during a community visit to Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, WA on Monday, March 30th.

"We are delighted for the opportunity to visit Hudson's Bay High School and welcome members of the public to join us," said Chief Judge Jill Johanson. "Court community visits are a wonderful way to learn more about the judicial branch of government up close and we would like to thank Hudson's Bay Principal Val Seeley and Hudson's Bay Foundation member Scott Horenstein for hosting us."

Commencing at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jill Johanson and Judges Rich Melnick and Lisa Worswick will hear oral arguments in the following local cases:
* 8:30 a.m. State v. Troy A. Fisher, an appeal from a murder conviction;
* 9:15 a.m. Riley v. Valaer, an appeal regarding land encroachment and property titles, and
* 10:00 a.m. Klickitat County v. Friends of White Salmon River, a land use appeal involving the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Vancouver Public Schools' high school students explore the judicial process in their U.S. history courses. The opportunity for them to sit in on the Court of Appeals proceedings at Hudson's Bay High School brings real world experience into the classroom.

"As a teacher, I'm always trying to connect what we're learning in our history class to real world issues. Now my students will be able to learn about the court system, watch it firsthand and then connect how our curriculum is relevant to their lives," said Spencer Williams, Hudson's Bay history teacher.

"Watching an appeals court in action is a wonderful opportunity for our juniors," added social studies teacher Laraine Triplett. "They have studied landmark Supreme Court cases in class, but being able to watch our court system up close brings those faraway cases to life."

Full case summaries are attached for further details. Each argument will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by a question and answer session with students and members of the public. Following the third case, the judges will attend a luncheon hosted by the Hudson's Bay Foundation.

Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals made its first community visit throughout its geographic area back in 1993 in an effort to educate students about the role of the judicial branch and answer any questions residents may have about the Court of Appeals.

The Court hears appeals from trial courts throughout Western Washington, Pierce County south to the Oregon border and the Olympic Peninsula, and has the authority to overrule, remand, modify or affirm decisions of the trial courts. For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts Web site at
Attached Media Files: Hudsons_Bay_Court_summaries.docx
Prom dreams come alive on March 21 - 03/17/15
Thanks to the Hudson's Bay High School National Honor Society's Dreams Come Alive event, students from all over Vancouver Public Schools will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost formalwear and accessories on Saturday, March 21. Dreams Come Alive will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Hudson's Bay High School commons area.

Any VPS high school student can purchase men's clothing, formal dresses in all sizes and colors, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The event will feature limited jewelry, makeup, shoes and a size 2 prom dress designed and donated by Project Runway and Project Runway: All-Stars winner Seth Aaron.

Image consultant Karen Desemple will be onsite to help students select items and create their prom look. All participants also will have the opportunity to enter raffles for goods and services provided by the Aveda Institute.

Hudson's Bay High School is located at 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Students who do not find shoes at Dreams Come Alive will also be able to attend an event at the Payless store in the Westfield Vancouver Mall on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Hudson's Bay National Honor Society will continue to accept donated new and/or gently used men's or women's formalwear, shoes and/or accessories for Dreams Come Alive. Students who make a donation will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, March 20, during school hours at Hudson's Bay, Fort Vancouver, Skyview and Columbia River high schools, as well as at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver Flex Academy and both locations of Vancouver iTech Preparatory. To drop off items outside of school hours, please contact Trish Piliado. Donated items will become the property of the Hudson's Bay NHS.
Kindergarten registration begins April 13 - 03/12/15
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will begin Monday, April 13, 2015. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2015, is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.

Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district's online boundary map at or calling the elementary education office at 360-313-1010 or communications office at 360-313-1230.

Parents should bring proof of their child's birth date, immunization records and emergency contact information to their neighborhood school to register their child. School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can take up to one hour.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered at all elementary schools during the 2015-16 school year.

Visitation schedules

Registered students and their families will be invited to visit their elementary school, meet teachers and learn more about the kindergarten program. Visitations typically last about one hour. The following dates/times are subject to change. Parents should confirm with the school.

Sarah J. Anderson, 2215 NE 104th St., 360-313-1500 May 21, 4:30 p.m.

Chinook, 1900 NW Bliss Rd., 360-313-1600 June 1, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Eisenhower, 9201 NW 9th Ave., 360-313-1700 June 3, 10 a.m.

Felida, 2700 NW 119th St., 360-313-1750 May 28, 8:45 a.m.

Franklin, 5206 Franklin St., 360-313-1850 June 4, 9 a.m.

Fruit Valley, 3410 Fruit Valley Rd., 360-313-1900 May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Harney, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd., 360-313-2000 June 3, 9 a.m., and June 4, 6 p.m.

Hazel Dell, 511 NE Anderson Rd., 360-313-2050 May 27, 9 a.m.

Hough, 1900 Daniels St., 360-313-2100 May 21, 9 a.m.

King, 4801 Idaho St., 360-313-2200 May 27, 9 a.m.

Lake Shore, 9300 NW 21st Ave., 360-313-2250 May 27, 1 p.m.

Lincoln, 4200 Daniels St., 360-313-2300 June 4, 6:30 p.m.

Marshall, 6400 MacArthur Blvd., 360-313-2400 June 4, 5:15 p.m.

Minnehaha, 2800 NE 54th St., 360-313-2500 May 21, 9:30 a.m.

Peter S. Ogden, 8100 NE 28th St., 360-313-2550 May 27, 9 a.m., and May 28, 6 p.m.

Roosevelt, 2921 Falk Rd., 360-313-2600 June 5, 9 a.m.

Sacajawea, 700 NE 112th St., 360-313-2750 June 4, 4 p.m.

Salmon Creek, 1601 NE 129th St., 360-313-2800 May 28, 1 p.m.

Truman, 4505 NE 42nd Ave., 360-313-2900 May 28, 4 p.m.

Walnut Grove, 6103 NE 72nd Ave., 360-313-3000 June 3, 1:15 p.m.

Washington, 2908 S St., 360-313-3050 May 21, 1:30 p.m.

Jump Start

Parents also are strongly encouraged to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on learning activities and receive opportunities to learn basic daily school routines and become familiar with school surroundings.

Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools:

Aug. 3-25:
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Ogden, Roosevelt and Washington

Aug. 10-21:
Minnehaha and Walnut Grove

Aug. 17-21:
Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman
Donation allows VPS to purchase additional life-saving devices - 03/10/15
As part of its ongoing effort to save lives, the Quinn Driscoll Foundation has given more than $16,000 dollars to Vancouver Public Schools to purchase 10 additional automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The district currently has one or more of the devices in every school.

The new AEDs will be located on five school buses that transport students identified as high risk, and in five roving district security vehicles to be readily available at schools and at after-school athletic activities. The district also will partner with PulsePoint to make these portable AEDs available for other emergencies.

The Quinn Driscoll Foundation, established to help prevent the deaths of young people through basic testing, education and parental awareness, donated $10,000 to VPS in 2012 for the purchase of 43 AEDs. The foundation is dedicated to the education and testing/screening of young people for issues surrounding Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the distribution of AEDs within the community.
Vancouver Public Schools seeks public input on facility needs - 03/09/15
As part of a comprehensive analysis of its facilities, Vancouver Public Schools is asking the community to give input about the condition of its school buildings. The survey will run March 10-24. It can be found on the district's website at

In response to staff and community input during the refresh of the district's strategic plan last year, district administrators began an extensive review of facility needs. The Design II, Chapter 2 strategic plan calls for integrating digital technology tools and modernizing facilities to ensure all students are prepared to thrive in the globally interdependent economy and community.

Planning so far has included an extensive study of facility needs including a six-year enrollment forecast, an analysis of the condition of every school, and a list of schools that could be candidates for replacement and/or remodeling.
Public input from the community survey will be included in the planning process in addition to a financial analysis, an elementary school-level design symposium, and a final recommendation for school projects.

"There will always be more need than resources," said Superintendent Steve Webb. "We'll have to prioritize potential candidate projects consistent with the criteria established by the school board. Any proposed measure must be affordable and responsive to our taxpayers."

If approved by the school board, a bond measure could be placed on the ballot as early as February 2016. To learn more about the school facilities needs assessment, please visit
Vancouver Public Schools technology director named an education tech leader to watch (Photo) - 03/09/15
Mark Ray, Vancouver Public Schools' director of instructional technology and library services, recently was named one of "20 to Watch" honorees for 2014-15 by the National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network. The honor recognizes education leaders from across the country for their work exploring and embracing innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students.

Ray, whose VPS career spans more than 20 years, is the only school district leader from Southwest Washington and one of just two leaders from Washington state to be selected.

A former teacher librarian at Skyview High School, Ray oversees library services and has been instrumental in transforming the librarian role into a proactive force for technological innovation in VPS schools. He also helps direct the district's one-to-one technology initiative, which through a community-supported levy expands learning opportunities by giving a digital device to every student in grades three through 12 by 2019.

The "20 to Watch" honor follows a Washington state Teacher of the Year Award for Ray in 2012. Ray also authors blogs and articles in Teacher Librarian and School Library Journal and is a frequent collaborator with thought leaders around innovation and change in education.

"This recognition validates teamwork and risk-taking. It is easy to do good things when you work with great educators, principals and district leaders and have the permission to try something different. Watch where we're going next. We're only getting started," said Ray.

Added Superintendent Steve Webb, "Vancouver Public Schools' nationally recognized successes in the use of educational technology are due to people like Mark who never stop asking questions. His leadership has been critical to our district's digital transformation that is helping students develop the college-, career- and life-ready skills they will need to thrive in a digitally connected, globally interdependent world."

Ray and this year's honorees will be recognized at the 2015 Consortium for School Networking conference on March 16 in Atlanta and at the Technology Leadership Network-hosted luncheon at the National School Boards Association's annual conference in Nashville in March.

The National School Boards Association, a leading advocate for public education and supporter of equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership, created its "20 to Watch" list in 2006.
Attached Media Files: MarkRay.jpg
Back-to-school-readiness festival earns national award - 03/05/15
The American School Board Journal's 2015 Magna Award winners have been announced, and among the five first-place winners in the over 20,000 enrollment category is Vancouver Public Schools' 2014 Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival.

The inaugural festival, organized by the district's Family-Community Resource Center team working in concert with community partners, was designed to help families prepare for the school year. Go Ready! provided more than 2,100 students and families representing all VPS schools with everything from backpacks and school supplies to shoes and haircuts. It also exposed families to the programs and services offered at the 13 school-based FCRCs all year long and, by extension, the wealth of food, housing, health, literacy and other resources offered in the Vancouver area.

A description of Go Ready! will appear in a special section of the April 2015 issue of American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state school board associations and local school board members. The annual awards recognize best practices in school district leadership.

VPS and the other Magna Award honorees will be recognized at the School Leaders Luncheon Saturday, March 21, in Nashville, Tennessee, during NSBA's annual conference.

"Removing barriers to learning is a top priority for the district and the VPS board of directors, and we're honored that NSBA has recognized the value of our efforts. We also hope that this recognition provides other school boards with ideas for providing similar wraparound support to their families," said Board President Mark Stoker.

VPS Superintendent Steve Webb added, "We thank the American School Board Journal and NSBA for recognizing Go Ready! as a best practice. We also thank our board of directors, staff and community partners for supporting the event. Go Ready! is a clear indication of the great outcomes of schools and communities working together to help families."

Details about the 2015 Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival will be announced later this year.
Hudson's Bay High School is Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist - 03/03/15
A unique solution to the problem of cardboard waste has catapulted Hudson's Bay High School first to the Washington state award and now into the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Hudson's Bay is one of the top 15 schools from across the country competing to earn a $120,000 technology grant for their work in science, technology, engineering and math. Hudson's Bay, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students in the school's Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services program, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

Each of the 15 national finalist schools created a video to promote their project. Hudson's Bay's video can be viewed at .

The public can support Hudson's Bay in the following ways:

* By voting daily for the Hudson's Bay video until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
* By using the hashtags #SolveTeamHBHS and #SamsungSolve in tweets and in posts on Facebook and Instagram until March 25, 2015. The school with the highest combined total of posts and tweets using those two hashtags will receive a special reward.

From the top 15, the field will be narrowed to five national winners. The number of votes on videos will decide one contestant; Samsung employees will select another; and a panel of judges will choose the other three during an in-person event where the 15 national finalists will present their projects.

All five national winners will each receive a $120,000 technology grant and be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.