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VSAA selected 2017-19 Exemplary School - 05/24/17

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics was designated a 2017-19 Exemplary School by the Arts Schools Network. The honor is given to Arts Schools Network members that meet principles of exemplary practice in strategically evaluating their purpose, operations and educational programs. VSAA's selection was based on the results of an extensive self-study of its program.

Said Principal Lori Rotherham, "Participating in the Exemplary School process gave us an opportunity to reflect on the work of our school based on criteria specifically established for an arts school environment."

Highlights of the VSAA program include:

  • School of choice for students in grades six through 12

  • Providing a balanced and challenging academic program that is integrated in the arts

  • Introduction of six art forms for all middle school students

  • In-depth instruction of art forms for high school students

  • Teachers as artists

  • Guest artist instruction

  • Performance and participation opportunities for students in a wide variety of competitions and shows

  • Rigorous academic and college credit opportunities


The Arts Schools Network (http://www.artsschoolsnetwork.org/) serves as a resource for arts educators. Members include colleges, universities, conservatories, school districts and organizations. VSAA will be recognized formally in October at the Arts Schools Network annual conference to be held in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

"To be recognized as a national arts school is a great honor," said Rotherham. "We look forward to opportunities for learning and growth for our school, our teachers and our students as a result of our connection with the Arts Schools Network."

Teams vie for command in Battle of the Books - 05/23/17

Fourth and fifth-graders from eight district elementary schools will test their literary comprehension on Saturday, June 3. The "City-wide Battle of the Books" will take place in the Community Room at the Vancouver Community Library branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library beginning at 10 a.m. The library is located at 901 C Street.

With hands poised over buzzers, students race to be the first to respond to questions based on 10 books in this Jeopardy-style contest. Selected books include Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, El Deafo by Cece Bell and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

In this double-elimination tournament, two teams compete at a time to see who will advance to the final battle. Participating elementary schools with one to two teams each are Eisenhower, Felida, Fruit Valley, Hazel Dell, Lincoln, Ogden, Salmon Creek and Truman. Kelsey Hudson, librarian at Fort Vancouver Regional Library organizes the event with assistance from teacher librarians at each of the participating schools.

NOTE: This event is not open to the public because of space constraints.

Diversity celebrated at International Family Night - 05/03/17

Student performances, displays of student work, speakers, foods representing different cultures and a free photo booth await guests at the upcoming International Family Night. The annual celebration of diversity is hosted by the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.

When: Thursday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fort Vancouver High School commons, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free and open to the public

Guests are encouraged to wear traditional clothing representing their culture.

Launched in fall 2015 after several years of planning, the Center for International Studies is a school-wide program located exclusively at Fort Vancouver High School. Students there actively learn about global issues and how they can positively impact the world.

The school is a member of the Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network of 30 schools throughout the United States committed to developing global competence in all students.

Visit http://fort.vansd.org/cis for more information.

Submit request to transfer into Vancouver Public Schools starting May 1 - 05/01/17

Any student who currently lives outside of Vancouver Public Schools' boundaries but wishes to attend a VPS school next year may request a transfer starting May 1.

To make a request:

1. Request a choice transfer request form from the home school district and get it stamped to be released.
2. Bring the stamped form to the student welfare and attendance office at the Jim Parsley Center, 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
3. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Approval or denial is typically based on space availability and discipline record. Special education student requests are forwarded to VPS' special services department for approval or denial. Requests will be approved for all students accepted into magnet and language programs.
4. Parent will be notified of the decision within 45 days.
5. If the student is accepted, the parent fills out registration paperwork for the new school when ready to enroll.

The request is valid for only one school year. A new choice transfer request form must be obtained from the home district and submitted to the VPS student welfare and attendance office in subsequent years if the student wishes to continue attending a VPS school.

VPS also is accepting requests to change schools from students who already live within the district's boundaries. This includes students who wish to transfer from one VPS school to another or to a school in a different district. Information on these requests can be found at http://vansd.org/student-welfare-attendance/boundaries .

Vancouver Public Schools receives clean audit report - 04/26/17

Vancouver Public Schools received a clean audit report for the 11th 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.

Said Board President Dale Rice, "Once again, this audit report is validation that we take seriously our responsibility to carefully manage state and federal funding as well as local tax dollars."

The audit period was from Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016.

"Our community has repeatedly entrusted us with tremendous support," said Brett Blechschmidt, chief fiscal officer. "Eleven consecutive years of clean audits demonstrates how focused all levels of our district are to living up to this high standard of trust. This work is not easy, with unfunded mandates and frequently changing regulatory standards, so we are particularly proud of all of our highly-skilled and conscientious staff that tend to this work on a daily basis."