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Open house offers a preview of the new Peter S. Ogden Elementary design - 10/04/17

The new Peter S. Ogden Elementary won't open until fall 2019, but the public is invited to a preview of the future school. Preliminary architectural designs will be unveiled at an open house on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the architects, talk to the planning team and provide feedback. The event will be held at the school, 8100 NE 28th St.

The planning team, comprised of Ogden staff members and architects, has developed a design, which takes inspiration from a community symposium held last year. At the symposium, approximately 60 staff members, parents, students, partners and community patrons dreamed of what the new school could be.

The design incorporates the school community's collective vision including an indoor/outdoor learning space accessible through classrooms; a Family-Community Resource Center; and a do-it-yourself space where students gather to create, invent and learn (also known as a makerspace). Guests may discover a few more surprises in the child-friendly design.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and will continue through the 2018-19 school year, with the new school opening fall 2019. Students will continue to attend classes in the current building while their new school is being built on the northeast corner of the site.

Funding for the replacement Ogden comes from a bond measure passed by voters in February 2017. Bond dollars also will pay for seven other replacement schools, three new schools and major upgrades at five schools. Various improvements are being made at every other school in the district. A complete list can be found on the district's website at

Technology, language program and building construction class on display at tour of public schools - 10/04/17

Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host the first patron tour of the 2017- 2018 school year on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The tour will provide an in-depth look at Hudson's Bay High School and Harney Elementary School.

At Hudson's Bay, visitors will tour horticulture and building-construction classes. They also will explore classrooms where every student is using a take-home iPad to expand his or her learning. In the career and learning centers, visitors will see how staff members support academic success and help students plan for their futures.

Harney will show visitors its Spanish Immersion Program classrooms; outdoor learning spaces, which accommodate outside instruction and increase students' access to nature; and the school's Family-Community Resource Center, where families can receive support and be involved with their children's schools.

The free tour will begin and end at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. After visiting Hudson's Bay and Harney, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $5 per person.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. To sign up, call coordinator Sue Knable at 360-313-4720, email or sign up online:

New path connects Salmon Creek students to fitness and fun - 09/25/17

Thanks to its Parent-Teacher Association, the Salmon Creek Huskies have a new fitness path at their school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, will kick off the annual Husky Run, an event that takes students on a day-long trek to fitness, fun and fundraising.

The path has been the dream of PTA parent Tana Lander who coordinated years of fundraising efforts to make it a reality. Chris Robertson of Robertson Engineering donated time and expertise to design the path and see it through permitting and other county requirements.

This is the eighth year of the Salmon Creek Husky Run. Each year, students in every grade level challenge themselves to run or walk laps as they can to raise money in support of PTA-sponsored school programs and projects.