Survey will gather community’s input for 2019-20 budget reductions

Vancouver Public Schools has a projected budget shortfall next year that will necessitate reductions in staff and support. The overall deficit has been lessened thanks to a one-time addition of $6.5 million from the recently released state’s consensus budget. At this point, the district is anticipating an $8 million shortfall.

The district is asking for input from district families, staff and community members to prioritize the reductions. Participants will be asked to suggest preliminary/recommended reductions from a potential list identified over the past three months.

Survey timeline

  • The survey will be open May 6-14.
  • Results of the survey will be released May 20.
  • District advisory committee discussion will take place May 23.
  • Final budget recommendations, reflecting the survey results, will be made at the May 28 school board meeting.

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Iká pwe ke mochen epwe wor emén epwe ánea ngonuk masowen ei taropwe nón fóósun fénúomw ren ómw kopwe weweiti, en mei tongeni kéri Juanita Yasu, 360-771-5343.

New elementary school naming

In May 2019, students, staff members, families and community members suggested potential names for a new elementary school.

The final name will be announced in June.

Projected to open in fall 2021 behind the site of the current headquarters of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, the project-based learning school for approximately 500 students will focus on arts and innovation. Construction is funded through a bond measure that voters approved in 2017.

New technology coming fall 2019 | Español | Русский

As a result of feedback from students, parents and staff members and a review of different options, Vancouver Public Schools will provide Chromebooks instead of iPads to high school students starting fall 2019. We believe that these laptops, which use Google’s Chrome operating system, will better match the work products expected of students at the high school level.

Our goal is that by the 2020-21 school year, when an enhanced district network with more access points will be operational, students will have the option of using either Chromebooks or their own laptops. Schools also will continue to have some iPads available for students to use as needed for projects, and we will continue to provide iPads to students with specific needs that are best addressed by specific iOS applications.

Both students and parents again will be asked to sign an agreement on the safe, responsible use of technology. The same financial terms outlined in that agreement will apply for damaged or lost Chromebooks.

The cost of the Chromebooks is comparable to that of iPads and cases and will be met through the technology levy that voters authorized in February 2019. Those levy dollars can be used only for technology.

The move toward Chromebooks is an important step in our ongoing efforts to prepare students for college, trade schools, training programs and, ultimately, the workforce.

Iká pwe ke mochen epwe wor emén epwe ánea ngonuk masowen ei taropwe nón fóósun fénúomw ren ómw kopwe weweiti, en mei tongeni kéri Juanita Yasu, 360-771-5343.

Como resultado de los comentarios de estudiantes, padres y miembros del personal y una revisión de diferentes opciones, el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” proporcionará ordenadores portátiles, llamados “Chromebooks” en lugar de iPads a los estudiantes de la preparatoria a partir del otoño de 2019. Creemos que con estas computadoras portátiles, que utilizan el sistema operativo Chrome de Google, se podrán realizar mejor los productos de trabajo que se esperan de los estudiantes a nivel de la preparatoria.

Nuestro objetivo es que para el año escolar 2020-21, cuando una red mejorada del distrito con más puntos de acceso esté en operación, los estudiantes tendrán la opción de usar “Chromebooks” o sus propias computadoras portátiles. Las escuelas también continuarán teniendo algunos iPads disponibles para que los estudiantes los utilicen según sea necesario para los proyectos, y continuaremos proporcionando iPads a los estudiantes con necesidades específicas que se abordan mejor con aplicaciones iOS específicas.

Se les pedirá nuevamente a los estudiantes y padres que firmen un acuerdo sobre el uso seguro y responsable de la tecnología. Los mismos términos financieros descritos en ese acuerdo se aplicarán a los “Chromebooks” que sean dañados o perdidos.

El costo de los “Chromebooks” es comparable al de iPads y la cubierta protectora, y se cubrirá a través del impuesto a la tecnología que los votantes autorizaron en febrero de 2019. Estos dólares fiscales se pueden usar sólo para la tecnología.

El cambio al uso de “Chromebooks” es un paso importante en nuestros esfuerzos continuos para preparar a los estudiantes para la universidad, escuelas de comercio, programas de capacitación y, en última instancia, para la vida profesional.

Исходя из результатов опроса учащихся, родителей и сотрудников, а также после рассмотрения различных возможных вариантов Ванкуверские государственные школы, начиная с осени 2019 года, будут предоставлять учащимся старших школ лэптопы Chromebook вместо планшетов iPad. Мы считаем, что эти лэптопы, использующие операционную систему Google Chrome, лучше подойдут для выполнения работ на том уровне, который ожидается от учащихся в старшей школе.

Наша цель заключается в том, что, когда к 2020-21 учебному году в районе начнёт работать более мощная беспроводная сеть с большим количеством точек доступа, учащиеся смогут по своему выбору пользоваться лэптопами Chromebook или своими собственными лэптопами. Школы, по-прежнему, будут предоставлять ученикам планшеты iPad по мере необходимости для работы над проектами, кроме того, мы будем продолжать предоставлять планшеты iPad ученикам с особыми нуждами, поскольку специальные приложения iOS наилучшим образом соответствуют потребностям этих учеников.

Учеников и их родителей снова попросят подписать соглашение о безопасном и ответственном использовании компьютеров. Финансовые условия, описанные в этом соглашении, остаются прежними в отношении повреждённых или утерянных лэптопов Chromebook.

Цена Chromebook сопоставима с ценой iPad и футляров, и они будут приобретены за счёт налогов на компьютерные технологии, которые были одобрены избирателями в феврале 2019 года. Эти деньги могут быть истрачены только на компьютерные технологии.

Переход на Chromebook является важной ступенью в нашей постоянной работе над подготовкой учащихся к учёбе в колледже, профессионально-технических учебных заведениях, учебных программах и, в конечном итоге, к работе.

Technology for all students leads to recognition for Vancouver Public Schools

The Consortium for School Networking selected Vancouver Public Schools for its Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity, defined as access to devices and high-speed internet and the promotion of digital leadership.

Thanks to a two-time voter-approved technology levy, all VPS students in third through 12th grades have access to individual iPads or laptops. To support the use of those tools, the district installed Wi-Fi networks on school buses and secured a grant to cover the cost of hotspots for families who do not have internet at home. VPS also has developed programs and resources to empower staff and students in using technology for teaching and learning and to engage families and the community.

Said Superintendent Steve Webb, “Vancouver Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all students have equitable access to technology and the knowledge to integrate those tools into meaningful learning. We are continuing to fulfill the community’s direction to make technology part of our strategy for preparing students for college, careers and life. We are grateful that voters reaffirmed their support of this work by reauthorizing the technology levy last February. Future-ready learning tools produce future-ready graduates!”

VPS is the third recipient of the award, and the first recipient from Washington state. The district was honored in Portland, Oregon, in early April and received a $2,000 honorarium.

The Consortium for School Networking is a professional association for school system technology leaders.

Pictured above: A student uses an iPad in a coding program at Salmon Creek Elementary.

Vancouver Public Schools honored as one of best districts for music education

Vancouver Public Schools recently was honored with a Best Communities for Music Education award from the nonprofit National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The award recognizes commitment and dedication to music and the arts as part of a well-rounded education. VPS is one of 623 districts across the nation and one of just five in Washington state to be recognized.

VPS’ award-winning and nationally recognized staff leads comprehensive music programs across the district. Vancouver offers musical opportunities to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, including general music instruction, band, choir, orchestra, music recording, musical theater, extracurricular classes and programs and an arts school. Dedicated arts funding, district-level coordination, professional development for teachers, an instrument inventory, auditorium spaces and artist visits support and enrich the opportunities for students. VPS schools also benefit from strong community engagement in music education through support from music booster clubs, local colleges and performing groups and nonprofit organizations. While many districts cut arts programs during the Great Recession, VPS expanded arts access and opportunities.

“We consider arts part of the core curriculum, and music education is flourishing in Vancouver Public Schools,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “Thanks to the commitment of our students and their families, the dedication of our staff and the support from the community, music enriches learning and gives students unique opportunities for creativity and expression.”

The NAMM Foundation, supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants, advances active participation in music making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

Results from radon testing March 4-11, 2019

Radon testing was completed during the weeks of March 4 and March 11. Results showed no elevated radon levels at the following locations:

  • Discovery
  • Eisenhower
  • Franklin
  • Fruit Valley
  • Harney
  • Hazel Dell
  • Hough
  • Minnehaha
  • Washington
  • Sacajawea
  • Alki
  • Anderson
  • Chinook
  • Felida
  • Gaiser
  • Jason Lee
  • Jefferson
  • Lake Shore
  • River
  • Salmon Creek
  • Skyview

If you have any questions, please call 360-313-4777.

Information regarding disturbance at middle school basketball tournament

Vancouver Public Schools’ principals and administrators are investigating a disturbance at an all-district eighth-grade basketball tournament that resulted in nine students being arrested. The incident happened on Friday night at Gaiser Middle School and involved students from several district schools.

The disturbance began when a student was asked to leave the school gym because he was threatening another student. Other students then became involved in the conflict. They disrupted the tournament and refused to follow the direction of district staff and law enforcement personnel.

The students who were arrested were emergency expelled over the weekend. They are from multiple schools and are not allowed on any school campus. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing more specific details about those students. However, we will hold all the involved students accountable for their behavior, and we will respond with appropriate disciplinary actions.

We want to assure you that we are taking additional measures, including dispatching extra district resource officers to schools, to ensure the safety of our students in all of our schools. Providing safe and supportive schools is a top priority. We continue to work hard every day to maintain a respectful and nurturing environment, and we ask parents to be partners in this ongoing effort.

Radon testing March 11-March 15 | Español | Русский | Chuukese

During the week of March 11-March 15, 2019, Vancouver Public Schools’ facility support crews will begin routine testing for radon.

The testing will monitor radon levels in frequently occupied rooms including classrooms and offices that are in contact with the ground or are directly above unoccupied areas of a basement. Upon receipt of results, notification will be sent within 10 days of the district learning whether results require further action.

Detailed information about radon testing is available on the district environmental monitoring website and on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website.

Although testing is not required in Washington, Vancouver Public Schools has been testing for radon within schools since 2001 on a five-year schedule. Our goal is to ensure that our schools are safe for our students, staff and community members.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the testing process to 360-313-4777.

Español

Durante la semana del 11 de marzo-15 de marzo de 2019, el equipo de soporte de las instalaciones del Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” comenzará las pruebas de rutina para la detección de radón.

La prueba monitoreará los niveles de radón en los sitios frecuentemente ocupados, incluyendo salones de clases y oficinas que están en contacto con el suelo o que están directamente sobre las áreas desocupadas de un sótano. Una vez recibidos los resultados, se enviará una notificación dentro de los 10 días posteriores a que el distrito haya sido informado si los resultados requieren una acción adicional.

La información detallada sobre las pruebas de detección de radón está disponible en el sitio web de monitoreo ambiental del distrito y en el enlace del sitio web de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (EPA,por sus siglas en inglés).

Aun cuando las pruebas no son obligatorias en el Estado de Washington, el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” ha estado midiendo los niveles de radón en las escuelas cada cinco años desde el año 2001. Nuestro objetivo es asegurar que nuestras escuelas sean seguras para nuestros estudiantes, el personal y los miembros de la comunidad.

Favor de dirigir todas sus preguntas sobre el proceso de pruebas al 360-313-4777.

Русский 

В течение недели, которая начнётся 11 марта-15 марта 2019 года, бригады по обслуживанию помещений в Ванкуверских государственных школах начнут плановую проверку на наличие радона.

Тестирование определит уровень радона в часто используемых помещениях, включая классы и офисы, которые имеют контакт с почвой или находятся непосредственно над нерабочими подвальными помещениями. В течение 10 дней после получения районом результатов тестирования будет выслано уведомление о том, требуется ли на основании этих результатов предпринимать какие-либо дальнейшие действия.

Подробную информацию о тестировании на наличие радона можно получить на вебсайте школьного района, выйдя на ссылку с информацией о контроле за гигиеной окружающей среды (environmental monitoring)и на вебсайте Агентства по защите окружающей среды (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – EPA).

Хотя в штате Вашингтон не требуется проводить тестирование на наличие радона, Ванкуверские государственные школы проводят эти тесты во всех школах района каждые пять лет, начиная с 2001 года. Наша цель обеспечить безопасность в школах для учеников, сотрудников и представителей общественности.

Пожалуйста, наводите все справки по поводу тестирования по телефону 360-313-4777.

Chuukese

Iká pwe ke mochen epwe wor emén epwe ánea ngonuk masowen ei taropwe nón fóósun fénúomw ren ómw kopwe weweiti, en mei tongeni kéri Juanita Yasu, 360-771-5343.

Testing locations March 11–March 15, 2019

  • Alki
  • Anderson
  • Chinook
  • Felida
  • Gaiser
  • Jason Lee
  • Jefferson
  • Lake Shore
  • Columbia River
  • Salmon Creek
  • Skyview

Curt’s message for the Month – February 2019

Families,

On February 4, 2018 we will kick off our third installment of our One Book, One School initiative. This year we will be reading Slacker, a tale of a middle school boy whose ultimate life goal is to win a video game contest called Rule the World. Cameron Boxer spends every moment he is not in school, playing his video games in his basement console haven. His parents encourage him regularly to maybe find some other passions but their hand is ultimately forced when the dinner he was asked to remove from the oven, turned into a kitchen inferno as he continued to play his games. Ultimately, the fire department removes him from his daze as they break down the family’s front door to save the home. Cam’s parents then lay new ground rules that include him needing to “get involved in his school” before he will be allowed back to his console. A journey of self-discovery, often with humorous twists, commences. Slacker is different from our first two One Book, One School endeavors (Wonder and Fish is a tree) but it should be equally engaging and supportive to our goals: to continue to build a school wide culture of learning and a focus on helping students see how they can assist in the improvement of our overall school culture day by day.

In addition to One Book, One School, Mrs. Miller, teacher librarian at Jason Lee, has been coordinating our second Battle of the Books competition for students. This effort allows for teams of students to work together to read a number of selected books, sometimes everyone reading them all and sometimes splitting them up among the members. The “Battles” are undertaking in a quiz show format with students responding to questions, including buttons, buzzers, lights and all. The cool thing this year is that we will conduct our final Battles at a school wide assembly on February 1 with the two winning student teams going head to head and the victors taking on a team of teachers for one ultimate battle.

This is an exciting time for literacy efforts at our school. Our teacher teams are working diligently to increase the amount of reading, writing and discussion happening in all classrooms. Efforts like One Book, One School and The Battle of the books are just a part of the bigger puzzle.  If students are going to have doors opened up to them, then being able to read well, write well, and discuss what they have read and written is essential in our information society. Please encourage your children to be writing and reading at home. The more students do this, especially in good fit, choice books, the greater growth they will make. Middle School is an essential time to take reading skills and enjoyment to new levels, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help all our students grow each day.

Do a great month!!!

Curt

Curt’s Message of the Month – March

Families,

Last month I filled you in on our One Book, One School efforts for this year. Slacker seems to be a big hit. Since our kickoff in early February, students and staff have been engaging with the text and enjoying a variety of activities. They have been reading aloud, reading independently, engaging in Monday lessons and activities, having text base discussions, and even enjoying character visitations on the morning announcements (portrayed by different staff members). Certainly fun to engage with a text in so many different ways.

We will culminate our One Book, One School experience with a “Day of Service” on Friday, March 15.  The characters in Slacker discover the power and the pleasure that comes from helping others. We want our students to have an opportunity to experience this too. So on that day, we will turn our attention from learning that service is a positive thing to providing authentic opportunities for students to serve. Each student and staff member will have the chance to choose from a variety of engaging activities. These include: making fleece blankets to donate to Legacy Salmon Creek, helping prepare meals and care kits for homeless families, writing thank you cards to those serving in the military, local fire, police and emergency workers, baking bread/cookies for local nursing homes, making homemade laundry soap for distribution at Share House, helping seniors “write their story,” making water purification indicators for individuals in developing countries, working with elementary students at Eisenhower, cleaning and organizing the JLMS library and resource rooms, grounds beautification, painting rocks with supportive messages to be donated to Doernbecher Children’s hospital, making beaded bracelets for the non-profit Good Deeds with Beads, making friendship bracelets, an art project for a local retirement home, making cat and dog toys out of old t-shirts, kindness cards, and others. Should be an exciting day of giving back and helping others.

As we try to live our mission to “Open doors to student success by developing lifelong learners, responsible decision makers and caring and contributing members of society,” events like this help to provide real opportunities to put this vision into action. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with a group of individuals who are truly committed to doing their part to help in the learning and growing process for our youth. I love this school and this is another example of the continued efforts being put forth to make our daily work even more meaningful and impactful.

Finding our greatness

Curt