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Parents of kids who will be entering kindergarten this year are strongly encouraged to sign up their children for Kindergarten Jump Start, a free program that takes place a few weeks before school begins.
Jump Start participants engage in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on learning activities. They learn basic school routines and become familiar with school surroundings. Students also receive a free, nutritious snack daily.
Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools in 2016:
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Walnut Grove and Washington
Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at all schools. Full participation is encouraged, but not required. Transportation is not provided.
At Jump Start, parents will be asked to register their children for school if they have not already done so.
For more information, visit http://vansd.org/kindergarten/jump-start.
Current Chief Digital Officer Mark Ray recently earned a position as future ready librarians lead with the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC. The position supports the national Future Ready initiative to connect school libraries and librarians to innovative instructional practices. Ray will work half-time in this position. Vancouver Public Schools has been associated with Future Ready from its inception, hosting one of the first regional summits in 2015.
"I'm pleased that Mark Ray has been recognized as a thought leader in the area of national digital transformation," said VPS Superintendent Steven Webb. "His role with Alliance for Excellent Education will benefit public education both locally and nationally as we strive to provide all students with the transformative 21st-century learning skills to be future ready in a global world."
Ray will continue with VPS half-time as chief digital officer until Jan. 30, 2017. Christina Iremonger, current principal of Vancouver iTech Preparatory, will move to the position of chief digital officer Jan. 30. Hudson's Bay High School Associate Principal Darby Meade will move to iTech Preparatory as associate principal until Jan. 30 at which time he will become principal of the magnet school. Kevin Bryant, from the University of Idaho, will be associate principal at Hudson's Bay High School. Bryant was instructional program coordinator in the university's department of movement sciences.
In addition to his new role with Alliance for Excellent Education, Ray will continue half-time with VPS as director of innovation and library services. He will focus on classroom use of digital devices, content and services, student coding, maker-spaces and project-based learning, next generation instructional spaces and re-imagination of teacher librarian roles and library programs.
All personnel changes are subject to approval by the board of directors.
Due to fire risk and the presence of construction material and equipment at some schools, fireworks will not be permitted on Vancouver Public Schools' grounds and parking lots this summer. The public will not be allowed to access any school property to discharge or use fireworks. Increased security patrols will monitor activity.
"We are taking added precautions to help ensure safety at all of our school sites," said Mick Hoffman, chief of operations. This is the second year that the district has prohibited fireworks on its properties.
Hudson's Bay High School's parking lot will be open on July 4 for those attending the celebration activities at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. However, setting off fireworks in the lot will be prohibited.