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Roosevelt Elementary School celebrates International Friendship Day - 05/23/16
They hail from 47 different countries and speak 25 different languages, but they all have one thing in common--friendship. They are the students of Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, and they will celebrate International Friendship Day with an all-school assembly.

When: 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016

Where: Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Rd.

During this celebration, Roosevelt will honor students' diversity, cultures and friendships. Student performances will include dances from Mexico, Russia, Africa, Tahiti, South Korea and the United States. Flags from all 47 countries will be presented. The school will give out awards to students for building international friendships and being school ambassadors.

This event is free and open to the public.
Call for back-to-school event exhibitors - 05/18/16
Non-profit and government agencies that work with families and students of Vancouver Public Schools are invited to host a table at the 2016 GoReady! Back-to-School Festival.

The festival will be held Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Exhibitors should plan to arrive by 8 a.m. and stay for the entire event.

This is the third-annual GoReady! Back-to-School Festival, sponsored by Vancouver Public Schools, which connects parents and families to resources and services to support their children's success in school.

Interested agencies and organizations should contact Connie Sherrard, Family-Community Resource coordinator, at connie.sherrard@vansd.org by June 3.
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.