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Fresh fruit and vegetable program returns to five VPS schools - 09/03/15
Mangos, blackberries, rainbow carrots, mini sweet peppers and star fruit are a sampling of the fresh fruits and vegetables students will be snacking on at five elementary schools in Vancouver Public Schools. VPS was awarded $120,350 by the United States Department of Agriculture for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

The program will be offered at Fruit Valley, Martin Luther King, Peter S. Ogden, Eleanor Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools beginning this month. Students will be offered a snack of a fresh fruit or vegetable in their classrooms four days a week.

This is the sixth year of the program in VPS. Since the 2010-11 school year, the district has received nearly $600,000 to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to all students enrolled in qualifying schools.

One goal of the program is to introduce students to fruits and vegetables they may not otherwise have an opportunity to try. The program also is considered an important catalyst in combatting childhood obesity by teaching healthful eating habits.
What's ahead for Vancouver Public Schools in 2015-16 - 09/01/15
Opening day
Vancouver Public Schools will begin the 2015-16 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Enrollment
The projected enrollment is 22,696 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This projection does not anticipate a significant change in enrollment from the number of full-time equivalent students during the 2014-15 school year.

New educators
Approximately 183 new teachers, counselors, psychologists and other certificated staff members are joining district schools this year. This represents an increase in hiring over the previous school year.

Technology
Vancouver Public Schools' rollout of one-to-one technology to students and instructional staff members will continue this fall as students at Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, Hudson's Bay and Skyview high schools begin using iPads. Fifth-grade teachers will receive devices to prepare for a deployment of one-to-one tech to their students in the 2016-17 school year. Secondary schools also will begin using Canvas, a learning management system.

Patron tours
Superintendent Steve Webb will host three free patron tours for anyone interested in learning more about the district and seeing schools firsthand. The tour on Oct. 30, 2015, will feature Walnut Grove and Marshall elementary schools. The Jan. 22, 2016, tour will take visitors to King Elementary School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. On March 25, 2016, visitors will have a chance to spend time at Columbia River High School and Discovery Middle School. Each tour is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes an optional $4 lunch prepared by culinary arts students from Fort Vancouver High School. For more information, go to http://vansd.org/visit-vps . Advance registration is required; call 360-313-4720 or email susan.knable@vansd.org .

Family-Community Resource Centers
The district's FCRCs provide services and information about community resources to address the broad range of student and family needs. Sarah J. Anderson, Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools will welcome new FCRCs in fall 2015, bringing the district total to 16.

The district also recently launched a mobile FCRC. The mobile FCRC will serve schools without onsite FCRCs, as well as travel around the city to provide support to kids and families at school events, at resource fairs and in underserved neighborhoods.

Bond and levy
If approved by the district's board of directors, a bond measure and levy could be on the ballot in early February 2016. The bond would fund school upgrades and replace several of the district's oldest schools in order to create an equitable learning environment where every child can prepare for a successful future. The levy would provide local funding for basic education and help maintain current programs and services. For more information, visit http://vansd.org/ourfuture .
Free festival to help kids, families get ready for school - 08/12/15
It's time to get ready to go back to school! To help students and families prepare, Vancouver Public Schools is hosting its second annual back-to-school-readiness festival.

Go Ready!
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663
This event is free and open to all VPS students and their families.

The festival will feature food; entertainment; family-friendly activities; and information about early learning, counseling, health care, housing and other resources. It also will provide free immunizations, haircuts and gently used clothing. Approximately 50 district partners from the community will be in attendance to provide information and materials.

Go Ready is organized by the district's network of Family-Community Resource Centers, which provides support for families all school year long. The event is designed to serve the district's growing number of students and families eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Eligibility for subsidized meals is one indicator of poverty, which can affect readiness to learn.

Learn more about the festival at http://vansd.org/events/goready .

Go Ready is a 2015 first-place Magna Award winner.