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Register now for kindergarten - 04/11/18

Kindergarten registrations are now being accepted in Vancouver Public Schools for the 2018-19 school year. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018, 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 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. Forms can be obtained in school offices.

Full-day kindergarten is offered at all VPS elementary schools.

Applications also are being accepted for the district’s Mandarin and Spanish Language Learning Programs and the Spanish/English Dual Language Program. Enrollment in these programs begins in kindergarten.

Applications are available on the district’s website (see above links) and in school offices. They are due by May 4. Each school also will hold an informational night for interested parents.

  • Mandarin Language Learning Program info night: April 11 at 4 p.m. and May 3 at 4 p.m. at Franklin Elementary, 5206 Franklin St.
  • Spanish Language Learning Program info night: April 12 at 4:30 p.m. (meeting in Spanish) and May 3 at 4:30 p.m. (meeting in English) at Harney Elementary, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.
  • Spanish/English Dual Language Program: April 19 at 4 p.m. and May 1 at 5 p.m. at Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th St.

Visitation schedules

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 17, 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 17, 10 a.m.
  • Felida, 2700 NW 119th St., 360-313-1750: May 23, 8:45 a.m.
  • Franklin, 5206 Franklin St., 360-313-1850: June 6, 9 a.m.
  • Fruit Valley, 3410 Fruit Valley Rd., 360-313-1900: May 30, 9:30 a.m.
  • Harney, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd., 360-313-2000: June 5, 6 p.m.
  • Hazel Dell, 511 NE Anderson Rd., 360-313-2050: May 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • Hough, 1900 Daniels St., 360-313-2100: May 24, 9 a.m.
  • King, 4801 Idaho St., 360-313-2200: May 31, 9 a.m.
  • Lake Shore, 9300 NW 21st Ave., 360-313-2250: May 24, 1 p.m.
  • Lincoln, 4200 Daniels St., 360-313-2300: June 7, 5:30 p.m.
  • Marshall, 6400 MacArthur Blvd., 360-313-2400: May 31, 5 p.m.
  • Minnehaha, 2800 NE 54th St., 360-313-2500: May 22, 5:30 p.m.
  • Ogden, 8100 NE 28th St., 360-313-2550: May 23, 9 a.m., and May 24, 6 p.m.
  • Roosevelt, 2921 Falk Rd., 360-313-2600: May 31, 6 p.m.
  • Sacajawea, 700 NE 112th St., 360-313-2750: June 7, 4:30 p.m.
  • Salmon Creek, 1601 NE 129th St., 360-313-2800: May 31, 1 p.m.
  • Truman, 4505 NE 42nd Ave., 360-313-2900: May 31, 4 p.m.
  • Walnut Grove, 6103 NE 72nd Ave., 360-313-3000: May 31, 4 p.m.
  • Washington, 2908 S St., 360-313-3050: May 23, 1:30 p.m.

Jump Start

Parents also are strongly encouraged to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a free school prep for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students will meet teachers and other kindergartners; learn routines; become familiar with school surroundings; and participate in math, literacy and hands-on learning activities.

Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools:

  • Monday through Friday, July 30 through Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, Hough, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Truman, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools
  • Monday through Friday, Aug. 13-17, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Lake Shore and Salmon Creek elementary schools

Parents should contact their child’s school to register.

Our Community Salutes celebrates high school seniors joining the military - 03/30/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Community Military Appreciation Committee, CMAC, will hold its annual Our Community Salutes event 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.

The event celebrates high school seniors throughout the county who plan to enlist into the military immediately after high school graduation. Light refreshments will be served at a reception following a presentation.

The event, held in partnership with Evergreen and Vancouver public schools, is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers will be Mayor Anne McEnerney-Ogle, city of Vancouver, Schuyler Hoss, Governor Inslee’s Southwest Washington representative and Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools.

Representatives with information regarding military life and services will have booths near the school auditorium foyer.

Our Community Salutes is a non-profit, all volunteer organization created in 2009 in New Jersey. CMAC began organizing annual Our Community Salutes events in Vancouver in 2011.

CMAC is a non-military community organization that plans events for holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It provides recognition and support for military families from all branches.

Learn more about CMAC online at

Neil Lomax to be named head football coach at Fort Vancouver High School - 03/23/18

Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies will hire Neil Lomax as head football coach. All personnel assignments are subject to school board approval.

Principal Jody ViDelco said Coach Lomax brings a love of football and a wealth of experience coaching youth and high school football to Fort CIS. Lomax's coaching goals align with Fort's school mission, vision and values. Lomax recognizes that building a solid high school football program for student athletes requires a strong academic focus toward graduation.

Lomax uses 3-Dimensional coaching as a strategic tool, focusing on mind, body and heart. His coaching philosophy and commitment to students has had a positive impact on a number of football programs and school communities including Lake Oswego, Tigard and Roosevelt High School. The Trapper athletes and the entire Fort CIS community will benefit from Lomax's vision to support every student athlete in developing their skills, strength, academics and talents to reach their full potential.

Lomax was a four-year starter at Portland State University, going from 5th string freshman quarterback on a partial scholarship, to emergency starter, to NCAA legend. He held over 90 NCAA Division 1 and 1-AA passing records, and still is the only quarterback to throw seven touchdowns in one quarter. Averaging over 3,000 yards per season, he compiled just over 13,000 yards and 110 TDs. He finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting, and was elected to the National Football College Hall of Fame in 1996.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, Lomax was drafted as the second quarterback overall by the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. He was voted to the NFL All Rookie team in '81 and earned All Pro Bowl honors in 1984 and 1988.The Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988 where Lomax finished his career in 1990 as the team's second all-time leading passer, and holding nearly all of their game, season and career passing records.