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Superintendent Steve Webb to be guest at White House - 05/02/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb will be a guest of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, May 3. Webb was invited to the White House Great Educators Event to honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, state teachers of the year and other distinguished educators. Webb is the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to represent our students, staff and community as President Obama celebrates public education and our nation's educators. They are the true heroes who endeavor each and every day to transform student lives," said Webb. "This special recognition honors our community's vision for its schools and the remarkable progress being made together on behalf of our children."

In Vancouver, Webb has led efforts to increase program choices in grades K-12, expand school-community partnerships that meet the needs of poverty-affected children, and personalize education through the use of one-to-one technology. Since 2010, the four-year on-time graduation rate has risen from 64 percent to more than 80 percent.

In recognition of his work to develop community schools, Webb was named one of 13 Education Week Leaders to Learn From in 2016. He also received the National Coalition Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award for 2016, and was named a U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Leader.

Webb has provided national leadership through the American Association of School Administrators Digital Consortium, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, Coalition for Community Schools and U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Initiative.

"Steve is an outstanding voice for public education. His leadership throughout the district, at the national level and within the Washington Association of School Administrators comes at a time when we need strong advocates for our schools," said Dr. Bill Keim, WASA executive director.

Vancouver Public Schools enrolls approximately 24,000 students at 37 schools and specialized program sites. Webb first joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006 and was appointed to serve as superintendent in 2008.
Reception will celebrate Vancouver iTech students' virtual tour of Fort Vancouver - 04/28/16
The public is invited to an opening reception celebrating a virtual reality tour of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site created by Vancouver iTech Preparatory middle school students. The students teamed with National Park Service curators, interpreters and archeologists to create an interactive web-based experience that will enable people from around the world to virtually visit Fort Vancouver. The virtual tour is paired with narration written and performed by the students.

The free celebration will take place Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th Street, Vancouver 98661.
Vancouver Public Schools announces administrative changes for 2016-17 - 04/27/16
Administrative changes for 2016-17
Vancouver Public Schools has announced several administrative changes for the 2016-17 school year. Personnel assignments are subject to final approval by the school board.

End-of-year administrator retirements
- Debbie Elliott, principal, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center
- Jim O'Banion, principal, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
- Darcy Rourk, executive director, human resources
- Wendi Russell, director, Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Marianne Thompson, executive director, elementary and middle schools
- Karri Yank, principal, Roosevelt Elementary School

Jim Parsley Center changes
- Kathy Everidge, assistant superintendent, chief schools officer, will be named assistant superintendent, human resources. Travis Campbell, assistant superintendent, chief academic officer, will assume Everidge's duties with support from the executive directors of teaching and learning. The position of chief schools officer will be eliminated.
- Debra Hale, currently principal of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary, will be an executive director of teaching and learning.
- Mark Wreath, from Mt. Hood Community College, will take over as CTE director.
- Albert Alcantar will shift from interim director to director of athletics and safety.
- Carole Pemberton will move from interim supervisor to transportation supervisor.

Elementary school principal changes
- Katie Arkoosh, current associate principal, will become principal at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School.
- Matt Fechter, current associate principal at Chinook Elementary, will fill the principal position at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center.
- Megan Vickery, currently McLoughlin Middle School associate principal, will be principal at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.

Elementary associate principal changes
- Kevin Coffey, currently a teacher at Peter S. Ogden Elementary, will be associate principal at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary.
- Kirsten Copeland will move from associate principal at Minnehaha and Anderson elementary schools, to associate at Minnehaha and Hazel Dell elementary schools.
- Katie Ronning, associate principal at Hazel Dell and Felida elementary schools, will go full-time as associate principal at Felida.
- Patrice Woods, from Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, will be half-time associate principal at Truman Elementary.
- Donna Jeffries, associate principal at Columbia River High School, will become associate principal at Chinook Elementary.

Middle and high school principal moves
- Jody Videlco, principal at Vancouver Flex Academy, will fill the principal position at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, following the departure of Scott Parker, who is leaving the district at the end of the year.
- Lori Rotherham, current associate principal, will become principal of Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
- Steve Lindblom, current principal of Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy, will become principal at Vancouver Flex Academy.
- Deanna Hogan, current director of student attendance and welfare, will take over as principal at Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy.

Middle and high school associate principal moves
- Marji Ruzicka, currently associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School, will become associate principal at Columbia River High School.
- Allison Darke, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies coordinator, will become associate principal at Fort Vancouver.
- Jennifer Hockhalter, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics teacher, will become associate principal at VSAA.
- Zach Tautfest, current Skyview High School teacher, will fill a new associate principal position at Vancouver iTech Preparatory.
- Angie Gaub, currently a Positive Behaviors and Interventions Support coach at Jason Lee Middle School, will become associate principal at McLoughlin Middle School.
- Anita Chase, associate principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, will become the associate principal at Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy.
- Andrea Sperry will move from half-time associate principal at Truman Elementary to full-time associate principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Kindergarten registration begins April 11 - 04/11/16
Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year will begin Monday, April 11, 2016. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2016, 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.

Beginning on April 11, parents also may apply to have their children attend one of the district's three language programs: Spanish/English Dual Language ( ), Mandarin Immersion ( ) or Spanish Immersion ( ).

Full-day kindergarten will be offered at all elementary schools during the 2016-17 school year.

Visitation schedule
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 26, 4 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
May 18, 10 a.m.

Felida, 2700 NW 119th St., 360-313-1750
May 26, 9 a.m.

Franklin, 5206 Franklin St., 360-313-1850
June 1, 8:45 a.m.

Fruit Valley, 3410 Fruit Valley Rd., 360-313-1900
May 20, 9:30 a.m.

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

Hazel Dell, 511 NE Anderson Rd., 360-313-2050
June 2, 5 p.m.

Hough, 1900 Daniels St., 360-313-2100
May 26, 9 a.m.

King, 4801 Idaho St., 360-313-2200
May 25, 9 a.m.

Lake Shore, 9300 NW 21st Ave., 360-313-2250
May 19, 1 p.m.

Lincoln, 4200 Daniels St., 360-313-2300
June 9, 5:30 p.m.

Marshall, 6400 MacArthur Blvd., 360-313-2400
May 25, 5:30 p.m.

Minnehaha, 2800 NE 54th St., 360-313-2500
May 17, 6 p.m.

Peter S. Ogden, 8100 NE 28th St., 360-313-2550
May 25, 9 a.m., and May 26, 6 p.m.

Roosevelt, 2921 Falk Rd., 360-313-2600
June 3, 9 a.m.

Sacajawea, 700 NE 112th St., 360-313-2750
June 7, 4 p.m.

Salmon Creek, 1601 NE 129th St., 360-313-2800
May 25, 1 p.m.

Truman, 4505 NE 42nd Ave., 360-313-2900
May 26, 4 p.m.

Walnut Grove, 6103 NE 72nd Ave., 360-313-3000
May 25, 4:30 p.m.

Washington, 2908 S St., 360-313-3050
May 20, 1:30 p.m.

Kindergarten-prep text messages
Parents also can sign up to receive text messages from Vancouver Public Schools with short, practical advice on simple activities they can do with their child to get him or her ready for kindergarten. The GetSet4K! text messaging program will begin in summer 2016. Parents will receive three texts per week and can opt out at any time. Message and data rates may apply and will vary depending on the cell service carrier.

Parents may sign up at a kindergarten visitation or at beginning Monday, April 11, at 8 a.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; learn basic daily school routines; and become familiar with school surroundings.

Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools:

Aug. 1-23, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools

Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman elementary schools

Transportation is not provided. However, students will receive a free, nutritious snack daily.
Every incoming kindergartener is welcome to participate, even those who attended preschool and those who can attend only a portion of the program.

Parents should contact their child's school office to sign up for Jump Start. For more information about the program: .