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Washington FFA Foundation Awards CASE Curriculum Equipment and Technology Grants to Local School Districts - 06/14/18

Vancouver – Hudson’s Bay High School teacher Amy Carpenter has been awarded $12,000 for CASE curriculum equipment and technology to advance agriculture science education. CASE— Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education—is an instructional support program for classroom teachers. Carpenter teaches Natural Resources, a Career and Technical Education course.

Managed by the National Association of Agriculture Educators, CASE is an interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  In 2018, the Washington State Legislature prioritized $1.75 million for local school districts to buy CASE capital equipment and technology in an on-going effort to advance agriculture education courses. These grants are administered through the Washington FFA Foundation.

Said Carpenter, "The opportunity for students to help other students, and perhaps even their own families, combat hunger is extremely powerful.  Students will gain many educational skills through this project, but more importantly they will have the opportunity to demonstrate and practice compassion and empathy through community service."

At Hudson’s Bay High School, two courses benefit from CASE curriculum. Natural Resources and Advanced Natural Resources examine environmental, economic and social issues for soil, water, fish, wildlife, plants, timber and energy resources. Students in grades nine through 12 earn science or occupational education credits. Additionally, both of these classes are a part of the ACES (Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services) magnet program at Hudson’s Bay. Students also are encouraged to participate in FFA as an extension of their classroom learning and may participate in competitions, leadership events and community service projects. 

CASE-certified teachers participated in a competitive application process for the capital equipment grants. Grant funds will be issued at the annual Washington Association of Agriculture Educators summer conference in June.

Schools awarded grants have chosen to employ a CASE-certified instructor who has completed the national case training and certification. A CASE Institute is a professional development workshop to provide teachers training for the instruction related to a specific CASE course. Once a teacher has successfully completed 80 hours of intense professional development at a CASE Institute, the teacher is certified to teach the specific CASE course.

Administrative changes announced - 06/13/18

Changes in associate principal positions at three high schools have been announced for the 2018-19 school year. All personnel assignments are subject to final approval by the school board.

Ken Roberts, associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School will move to Columbia River High School to fill an open associate position vacated by Marji Ruzicka. Ruzicka has accepted a position at Tualatin High School, Oregon, for next year.

Andy Meyer, associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School, will fill the associate principal position at Fort Vancouver. Mike Meskel, dean of students at Hudson’s Bay, will move into the associate principal opening at Hudson’s Bay.

In addition, Tamara Shoup, director of Family Engagement and Family-Community Resource Centers, will fill the role of interim executive director, teaching and learning and school support. She will be filling in for Kym Tyelyn-Carlson. Shoup will continue to lead the Family-Engagement and FCRC work over the summer.

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Ceremony will celebrate beginning of construction phase for Marshall Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School (Photo) - 06/08/18

The public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking event to kick off construction of the new Marshall Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School.

The event will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15, on the school grounds on the east side of McLoughlin Middle School at 5802 MacArthur Blvd. Parking for the event will be at McLoughlin Middle School. The new schools, which will be connected by a common wall, will be built on the site between the existing schools.

The ceremony will include remarks by Principals Bobbi Geenty, Marshall, and Travis Boeh, McLoughlin, as well as Steve Webb, superintendent, and Rosemary Fryer, school board vice president. Several students from both schools will participate in the ceremony.

Marshall Elementary School is expected to open fall 2019, and McLoughlin Middle School is scheduled to open one year later in 2020. VPS plans to remodel the current Marshall building as a new location for the students and staff at Lieser School.

Construction contracts are subject to school board approval and funded by a bond measure approved by voters in February 2017.

Youngest learners benefit from donation of more than $500,000 - 06/06/18

Vancouver Public Schools’ early learning programs and elementary schools received a substantial boost thanks to a donation of $541,300. The money, donated to the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools by an anonymous donor, will benefit early learning programs in the district from 2017 to 2020. It is the largest single gift the foundation has received in its 30 years of operation.

“The depth of support from our community is impressive. Through the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, we can optimize this generous gift to have a strong impact on students at the local level. This significant investment in Vancouver students will impact our littlest learners and help set students and their families on a path for success,” said Nada Wheelock, executive director, Foundation for VPS.

The majority of the grant—$306,000—will directly grow the district’s preschool programs at schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

“This donation immediately allows us to expand our preschool program so children who otherwise might not have this learning opportunity can start kindergarten ready to learn on day one,” said Debra Hale, executive director of teaching and learning.

Research shows that readiness for kindergarten is tied to third-grade literacy and on-time graduation.

The district began offering an evening preschool program at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School two years ago. Based on the success of that pilot, the district ran evening preschools at four high-needs schools last year. This school year the evening program was expanded to nine schools and has served 170 students and their families. The goal is to expand it to 15 schools by the 2020-21 school year.

“This gift will be paid forward a thousand times by providing our community’s youngest students with the foundation they need to be successful for the rest of their lives. It benefits them, their siblings, their families and this community,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “We are grateful to the donor and to the Foundation for VPS for their ongoing partnership and support in improving the lives of our children and youth.”

The preschool program typically is offered one to two nights per week for five to six weeks. Schedules are flexible according to the needs of each school community. Most classes are taught by kindergarten teachers and serve students who will be incoming kindergarteners in the fall. Preschool teaches students social/emotional skills and builds self-confidence.

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools will use the remaining funds of the donation to provide direct support for elementary students at 11 high-needs schools. Funds will be used to remove barriers to learning, engage families in their children’s learning and provide enrichment and mentoring opportunities.

Open house tonight will feature designs of the new Truman Elementary - 06/01/18

The public is invited to see the final designs of Truman Elementary School at an open house tonight, June 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. The open house will be held in the cafeteria at 4505 NE 42nd Ave. Members of the school planning team will be available to answer questions.

Construction is scheduled to begin January 2019 and will continue through the 2019-20 school year, with the new school opening fall 2020. 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 Truman 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 http://vansd.org/reschools/.