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Back-to-school-readiness festival earns national award - 03/05/15
The American School Board Journal's 2015 Magna Award winners have been announced, and among the five first-place winners in the over 20,000 enrollment category is Vancouver Public Schools' 2014 Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival.

The inaugural festival, organized by the district's Family-Community Resource Center team working in concert with community partners, was designed to help families prepare for the school year. Go Ready! provided more than 2,100 students and families representing all VPS schools with everything from backpacks and school supplies to shoes and haircuts. It also exposed families to the programs and services offered at the 13 school-based FCRCs all year long and, by extension, the wealth of food, housing, health, literacy and other resources offered in the Vancouver area.

A description of Go Ready! will appear in a special section of the April 2015 issue of American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state school board associations and local school board members. The annual awards recognize best practices in school district leadership.

VPS and the other Magna Award honorees will be recognized at the School Leaders Luncheon Saturday, March 21, in Nashville, Tennessee, during NSBA's annual conference.

"Removing barriers to learning is a top priority for the district and the VPS board of directors, and we're honored that NSBA has recognized the value of our efforts. We also hope that this recognition provides other school boards with ideas for providing similar wraparound support to their families," said Board President Mark Stoker.

VPS Superintendent Steve Webb added, "We thank the American School Board Journal and NSBA for recognizing Go Ready! as a best practice. We also thank our board of directors, staff and community partners for supporting the event. Go Ready! is a clear indication of the great outcomes of schools and communities working together to help families."

Details about the 2015 Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival will be announced later this year.
Hudson's Bay High School is Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist - 03/03/15
A unique solution to the problem of cardboard waste has catapulted Hudson's Bay High School first to the Washington state award and now into the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Hudson's Bay is one of the top 15 schools from across the country competing to earn a $120,000 technology grant for their work in science, technology, engineering and math. Hudson's Bay, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students in the school's Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services program, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

Each of the 15 national finalist schools created a video to promote their project. Hudson's Bay's video can be viewed at .

The public can support Hudson's Bay in the following ways:

* By voting daily for the Hudson's Bay video until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
* By using the hashtags #SolveTeamHBHS and #SamsungSolve in tweets and in posts on Facebook and Instagram until March 25, 2015. The school with the highest combined total of posts and tweets using those two hashtags will receive a special reward.

From the top 15, the field will be narrowed to five national winners. The number of votes on videos will decide one contestant; Samsung employees will select another; and a panel of judges will choose the other three during an in-person event where the 15 national finalists will present their projects.

All five national winners will each receive a $120,000 technology grant and be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Hudson's Bay students, staff members to showcase talents - 02/24/15
Hudson's Bay High School students and staff will put their talents on display in an upcoming fundraiser for the school's Key Club and drama department.

Twenty talented acts will perform and compete for prizes as decided by a panel of community judges: Kevin Nettleingham from Nettleingham Audio, Dan Wyatt from Kiggins Theatre and Aram Arslanian from local band Lincoln's Beard and Kingsley Garden Studio. The student grand prize is two hours of recording time in a professional studio.

When: Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

Where: Hudson's Bay High School commons, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Cost: The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for adults and students without an Associated Student Body card; $4 for students with ASB cards; and $3 for seniors, veterans and children under 10. Tickets will be available in advance at the school and at the door on Feb. 27.
Donate formalwear and accessories to grant prom wishes - 02/23/15
This prom season, Vancouver Public Schools students have the opportunity to purchase low-cost new or gently used formalwear and accessories, thanks to the Hudson's Bay High School National Honor Society's Dreams Coming Alive event.

The event relies on generous donations from students, parents, staff members and the Vancouver community to make the prom dreams of students from across the district come true. In advance of the 2015 prom season, anyone may drop off items between today and Friday, March 20, at any of the following locations during these times:

* Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St.--Monday-Friday, 9:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m.
* Vancouver Flex Academy, 2901 General Anderson Ave.--Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m.
* Vancouver iTech Preparatory, 4100 Plomondon St. or 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. (Clark College Building at WSU Vancouver)--Monday-Friday, 9:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

To drop off items outside of school hours, please contact Trish Piliado at or 360-313-4400.

New and/or gently used men's and women's formalwear, shoes and/or accessories will be accepted. Donated items become the property of the Hudson's Bay NHS. Students who make a donation will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event.

Dreams Coming Alive will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Hudson's Bay High School commons area. Any VPS high school student can participate. All participants will have the opportunity to enter raffles for goods and services provided by the Aveda Institute.
Vancouver Public Schools' leadership team to participate in Future Ready Regional Summit - 02/17/15
Vancouver Public Schools will welcome school district leaders from across the country to Vancouver, Washington, Feb. 17-18, to participate in the second of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits ( ). The summits are designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education ( ) with Vancouver Public Schools at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

Superintendent Steve Webb and his district leadership team are furthering Vancouver Public Schools' commitment to becoming future-ready by engaging in a series of workshops that offer expert support to create or build upon an existing digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices; is implemented by highly trained teachers; and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

Said Superintendent Webb of using digital devices to further learning, "This isn't about the technology. It's about ensuring our graduates have the adaptive skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community. We're delighted to partner with the White House, DOE and Alliance for Excellent Education so that all students can benefit from this vision."

"Superintendents provide critical leadership to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with the skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life."

President Obama announced the regional summits at the ConnectED to the Future Convening ( ), hosted at the White House Nov. 19, 2014. The summits are an important step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative ( ) announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. The regional summits are expected to engage more than 1,300 district leaders nationwide.

"Future Ready is about helping district leaders leverage technology to empower teachers, engage students and close persistent equity gaps by creating a learning environment where all students have access to the tools and expertise they need to be prepared for the future," said Richard Culatta, director of the Education Department's Office of Educational Technology.

The summits are open to district leadership teams that have made a commitment to developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools by signing the Future Ready District Pledge ( ). Already, more than 1,500 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.

For more information about the OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit . #FutureReady
Patron tour to feature Thomas Jefferson, McLoughlin middle schools - 02/13/15
On Friday, March 13, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his last patron tour of the 2014-2015 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Thomas Jefferson and McLoughlin middle schools.

Both schools will showcase applications of the district's strategic plan, Design II, and commitment to preparing students for college, careers and life. Visitors will explore the technology-rich environment in which Jefferson and McLoughlin students are taught and learn using one-to-one iPads. They'll also see the schools' Gateway to Technology project-based science, math and technology classes and Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-readiness program.

The tour of McLoughlin will provide a glimpse of the school's Family-Community Resource Center and community partnerships. At Jefferson, tour-goers can discover Honors classes, as well as the school's commitment to teaching positive, respectful behaviors.

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 Thomas Jefferson and McLoughlin, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Visit or call 360-313-4720 to sign up.