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									                               Fort Vancouver High School
                                       January 2009 Newsletter
                                             “Together We Make A Difference”


                             Focus ● Opportunity ● Responsibility ● Teamwork
                                     Letter from the administration




Trappers,

Well we are back at school and hoping for good weather. Our recent snow has provided us with some
interesting days lately. At the high school level we will be making up 1 missed school day due to snow.
The make-up date will be May 22.

Our focus at Fort is always on continuous improvement. Fort recently went through an accreditation
process that recognized some areas of strength and some opportunities for growth. As a staff we value
the time we have together in after school meetings and late starts to collaborate and find ways to support
your student. We appreciate the late start time provided to us by our community as we focus on trying
to help students achieve their dreams and make Fort the best school it can be.

We have a number of important activities starting. In February students will begin the process of
selecting classes for next year. Students will work with counselors, teachers and of course you to
determine the classes they need to graduate and meet their goals. Student Led Conferences will take
place March 12th and 13th. This conference is a great time to review students’ educational journey and
look ahead to the future. March also brings the start of state testing with the WASL. Students will be
taking the Reading & Writing WASL the week of March 16th with Math and Science to follow in April.

There’s a lot to keep everyone busy. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at
Fort.


Jeff Snell, Principal
 Student transfers for the 2009-10 school year

 Application forms for in-district student transfers will be available at school offices beginning January 6, 2009.

 Out-of-district student transfer procedures for 2009-10
 Please note: Application forms for out-of-district student transfers will be available after May 1. The process for out-of-district transfers is different than the in-district
 transfer process. Students who wish to transfer out of the Vancouver School District need to go to the Student Welfare and Attendance Office at the Jim Parsley
 Center, 2901 Falk Road. Students who live outside the Vancouver School District boundaries and wish to transfer to a school within the district need to begin the
 process at their resident district. Please call the Student Welfare and Attendance Office at 313-1330 for more information.

 In-district student transfer procedures for 2009-10
 Students who live in Vancouver School District attend the school that serves their residential area, except for those students who have requested an in-district
 student transfer and whose transfer has been approved.

 Why do families request an in-district student transfer?
 • The boundaries change and the student wants to stay at their current resident school as opposed to the new resident school.
 • The student wants to start or continue in a program unique to a school.
 • The student has a medical or special family-related need, such as child care.
 Athletic participation is not a valid reason to request a student transfer.

 Parents can submit transfer requests beginning January 6, 2009. Here’s the process:
 • Request the in-district student transfer from the resident school. Complete the form and return it intact to the resident school.
 • The staff will record the date and time on the application form when it is received by the school.
 • The resident principal will release the student and forward the form to the principal at the requested school.
 • The principal at the requested school will accept the transfer or deny it and mark the reason for denial.
 • The requested school will send copies of the form to the appropriate persons or schools.

 For 8th-grade students who want to attend a high school other than their resident high school, the process is:
 • Request the in-district student transfer form from the current middle school.
 • Return the completed form to the current middle school.
 • Staff will record the date and time on the application form when it is received by the school.
 • The deadline to turn in transfer request forms is February 23, 2009.

 Is the transfer guaranteed forever?
 No. Requests for student transfers must be approved each school year. A transfer approved one school year does not guarantee approval the following year. The
 exception is for students in magnet programs. Approval as they enter the magnet program extends for as long as they remain in that program, but they are still
 required to complete the form every school year.

 Who gets priority for in-district student transfers?
 Students who live in an attendance area are assured of enrollment at the school. Requests for transfers into a school are considered on a space-available basis
 within the grade level, class, or program requested. If no space is available, students are placed on a waiting list in the order of the date and time the request was
 received.

 State law requires schools to give priority to children of full-time school personnel (provided they live in Washington) at the school where the employee works or at
 the school that serves the student’s grade level within that boundary area. The district may reject applications if the staff member’s children would displace children
 who live in the district.

 Who transports students on in-district transfers?
 Transportation for transfer students is generally the responsibility of the parents, except for the high school magnet programs.




SENIOR PARENTS:

                                                                 PARTY TIME (for seniors) !!!!

        st                        th
Jan. 1 until March 30 - Pay $75.00
        th             th
March 30 until June 19 - depending on the fundraising up to $100.00!!!!!
Checks payable to: FVHS Senior Parents or call 903-7134 to make arrangements to pay by credit card.
DILLY BARS for YOU!!! We will be selling dilly bars most Fridays for a CHEAP $1.00 for your enjoyment. All
proceeds go toward the senior Drug/Alcohol Free Event!
AVID News

Attention, Freshmen! AVID, or Advancement via Individual Determination, is currently seeking new
enrollees within Fort Vancouver High School. AVID is for students who want to succeed in high school
and attend a four-year college, but who typically come from “the academic middle” – perhaps they have
the potential to earn As, but are earning Bs, Cs, or sometimes even Ds and falling short of their potential.
According to AVID’s website, “AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts
them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.”

Enrolled students receive support by way of the AVID elective class. For one period a day, students “learn
organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help
from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college
seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role
models for other students.” Interested? Ready and willing to put forth your best effort and succeed?
Please contact a counselor or call 313-4000 to inquire about the program.

In addition to inviting students to consider joining the AVID program, we would like to announce that we
have a new tutor, Saveena Ahmed. Thank you to all our current tutors for the hard work you do.

We also want to send out a reminder that a food drive will be taking place this month. The food drive will
serve as an opportunity for students to show citizenship by giving back to their school and their
community. The drive will involve many of the service clubs of the school: AVID, National Honors
Society, Key Club and Skills USA.




                                                  Running Start

If you are a current Sophomore or Junior and want to learn more about Running Start, then you and your
parent/guardian are invited to attend the Clark College Information night on Wednesday January 21. The meeting will
be held in the Clark College Gym (O'Connell Sports Complex) from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Free Dental Care for ages 2-18 without dental insurance.
Saturday, February 07, 2009, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. It is located at Clark College Dental Hygiene Clinic.
For appointments & information call 360-397-8020, 397-8010 or 397-8000 ext. 7371. It is sponsored by Clark County
Dental Society & other community partners.
                               News from the School Nurse:
      It’s the season so here is some information about Colds, Coughs, or Sore Throats:

          •   Your body will fight a cold on its own.
          •   Colds can last longer than 2 weeks.
          •   Most colds, coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses
          •   Antibiotics do not kill viruses.
          •   Using antibiotics when they are not needed may harm you or your child by creating stronger
              germs.
          •   Wash your hands often with soap and warm water to prevent the spread of colds.
          •   Drink plenty of fluids.
          •   Do not give aspirin or aspirin containing products to children under 18 years of age.
              Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen are OK.
          •   When using over the counter medicines, read the entire label about warnings and proper use
              before taking medication.
          •   Ask your pharmacist or health care provider about drug interactions if taking any other
              medicine or herbal product.
          •   Get immediate care for children with:
                  o Noisy, rapid or difficult breathing
                  o Neck pain or stiffness
                  o Blue or gray around lips, mouth or fingernails
                  o Will not wake up easily

          Don’t spread your germs:

          •   Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
                  o Cover with the inside of your elbow not your hand
                  o Dispose of used tissues right away and wash your hands
                  o If unable to use soap and water, antibacterial cleaner may be used
          •   Students who are running a temperature of 100 or higher, have frequent coughing, sneezing
              or a nose that “runs like a faucet” should stay home
          •   Send tissues with your student for their personal use
          •   Send cough drops, if needed, accompanied by a dated and signed parent note.

      Excerpted from materials from the Washington State Department of Health




New FVHS Sweatshirts and
Hooded sweatshirts are on sale.                   For those students needing extra help
Also, if you are interested in                    with homework, Miss Sophia is in room
joining the Booster Club, please                  177 every afternoon at 2:15.
call Nancy or Brazil Schreiber at
696-1042.
                  Sign up For Low-Cost And Free Health
                        Care Coverage For Kids!

         Thousands of Clark County kids are eligible for state funded low-cost
        or FREE health insurance. Your child could be one of them, even if you
              work! Families of 4 earning $53,000 or less per year could
                  be eligible for insurance coverage for their kids.
           Learn more about Washington Apple Health for Kids at one of our
                                    sign-up events!

                              IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING:
• Pay stubs for the last 30 days OR
• A letter from your employer giving your gross monthly income
                                        &
                                       FOR YOUR CHILD:
• Proof of citizenship– birth certificate plus state or school ID card.
• US passport, tribal membership card, or certificate of naturalization
  or US Citizenship
• Undocumented children qualify


Get Help filling out an application today at          For More Information
one of these enrollment events.                       Contact: Public Health:
                                                      360-397-8000 x 7308
                                                      www.parenthelp123.org


Rivers Edge Church       Harney Elementary              Jason Lee Middle        Center for Community
3801 Fruit Valley Rd.    3212 E Evergreen Blvd          School                  Health
Suites A & B             Vancouver, WA                  8500 NW 9th Ave         1601 E Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA            98661                          Vancouver WA            Blvd
98663                    January 27, 2009               98665                   3rd Floor
January 24, 2009         6-8pm                          January 29, 2009        Vancouver, WA 98666
10-2pm                                                  6-8 pm                  February 19, 2009
                                                                                4-7pm
                         La Center Evangelical Free     St. John’s
                         Church                         Evangelist
                         111 E 5th St.                  Catholic Church
                         La Center, WA 98629            8701 NE 119th Street
                                                        Vancouver, WA
                         February 28, 2009              98662
                         10-2pm                         March 29, 2009
                                                        2-5pm
                                     YEARBOOK—2008/09

Have you reserved your copy yet? The price is the same—only $40. You can buy your copy in
the Business Office to guarantee that you will be able to get one. They will be delivered in
June. Parents, buy your Senior Ads now. Contact Mrs. Rivard (bethany.rivard@vansd.org) for
more details?




Join Our Tour!
Friday, January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents, neighbors and community members are invited to join Superintendent Steven Webb on Friday,
January 23, for the fourth of his seven patron tours this school year.

This tour will focus on Columbia River and Hudson’s Bay high schools. Both schools showcase the
district’s plan to provide programs of choice to enhance learning opportunities. Other programs and
partnerships will be highlighted as well.

The tour will start at the Center for Educational Leadership with remarks by the superintendent. Guests
will visit programs that actively engage students in their learning, such as International Baccalaureate
(IB), Habitat Planning, Careers in Education, Careers in Technical Education (CTE), and AVID
(Advancment via Individual Determination). At the conclusion of the tour, a delicious lunch prepared by
Culinary Arts students will be available for $4.

Please contact Susan Knable, 313-4720, or e-mail WF_PatronTour@vansd.org to register for the tour.
Vancouver School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning, working and playing
environment for students, staff, families and users of district properties. To minimize potential risks in
using pesticides, the district employs techniques outlined in our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy
P3625 and Regulation R3625. This policy meets or exceeds the requirements of RCW 17.21 (Washington
Pesticide Application Act) as well as the school specific provisions mandated by the Children’s Pesticide
Right to Know Act of 2002. (WAC 16-228, General Pesticide Rules) Details of district policy and
accompanying regulation can be found on the Vancouver School District web site at www.vansd.org.

The IPM policy directs that the district use effective and economically responsible approaches to
controlling unwanted vegetation, noxious weeds and problem animal pest populations while protecting
school residents from unnecessary exposure to hazardous pesticides. Reports of pest problems are
submitted by the school building staff to the district Maintenance Department for corrective action.
Maintenance personnel provide guidance to building staff on non-toxic preventive measures that generally
will eliminate the problem. If the pest infestation persists, licensed pesticide applicators will use the least
toxic chemical to eliminate the pest.

During the 2008-2009 School Year, the district plans limited use of the following products as chemical
controls for plant & insect pests. Roundup PRO® herbicide will be used as a part of our ornamental bed
and hard surface (asphalt and concrete) maintenance program. Milestone™ herbicide is registered under the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative and will be introduced into the
Vancouver School District in the 2008/2009 school year as a broadleaf weed control in ornamental planting
beds, hard surfaces & limited application to recreational areas. EcoEXEMPT ™ IC is a 10% rosemary oil
formulation that has proven a safe, effective chemical control for wasps and bees when they present a
hazard in the school environment. These pesticides are not ‘high hazard” according to Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Chemical controls will be used as an option only when pest
management through environmental manipulation & mechanical devices is not feasible. If chemical use is
deemed necessary, application will be timed to minimize exposure to students and staff and to minimize the
effect on the environment.

 A warning of intended application of any herbicide, insecticide, or rodenticide will be made 48 hours in
advance by the posting of pesticide application warning signs. These signs will be yellow in color, 81/2 by
11 inches in size and located at all entrances to the school grounds or school building and in the immediate
vicinity of the application site. Additionally, telephone notification of persons listed by the Department of
Environmental Quality, as sensitive persons will be made as required by the State of Washington. Posting
a similar 8.5 by 11 inch sign at the time of application will serve as notification of actual application. The
notification sign will remain in place for one week following application.

Questions concerning implementation of the IPM policy should be directed to Mr. Gary Morrison,
Facilities Manager, 313-4777.
                                       NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND



Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as “No Child Left Behind,”
school districts are required to notify parents annually of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results for
their child’s school. In Washington State, AYP was measured in these ways for 2007-2008:

         1) Percentage of students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 meeting Washington        Assessment of
         Student Learning (WASL) standards in reading and mathematics
         2) Percent of students tested
         3) Rate of unexcused absences for elementary and middle schools
         4) On-time graduation rate for high school students

For each school, data must be analyzed for 37 categories, including race and ethnic groups, students who
have not yet learned English, students with disabilities, and low income students. To demonstrate AYP, a
school must meet the same high standards for each category.

For high schools, AYP was based on the percentage of students in grade 10 who met the reading and math
standards on the spring 2008 WASL. AYP was reported for subgroups of 30 or more students. (Prior to
this year, only groups of 40 or more students were reported for English Language Learners and Special
Education programs.) In Washington State, the “uniform bar” is raised every three years in order to meet
the federal government goal of having all students proficient in reading and math by the year 2014.
Because the uniform bar was raised this year, many more schools around the state did not make AYP, and
schools did not make AYP in more categories. Here are results for your child’s school:

Fort Vancouver High School met Adequate Yearly Progress in 24 of 37 categories. The school did not
make AYP in these categories: All Students in Math, Hispanic Students in Math, White Students in Math,
Limited English Students in Reading, Limited English Students in Math, Special Education Students in
Reading, Special Education Students in Math, Low Income Students in Reading, and Low Income Students
in Math for the Proficiency Categories. All Students in Math, Hispanic Students in Math, Limited English
Students in Math, and Low Income Students in Math for the Participation Categories. The school is in the
Step 5 stage of improvement.

School districts are expected to make AYP in 111 categories. In 2008 Vancouver School District did not
make AYP in 27 of the 111 categories. The district did not make AYP
for elementary schools in these categories: All Students in Reading, All Students in Math, Black Students
in Math, Hispanic Students in Reading, Hispanic Students in Math, White Students in Math, Limited
English Students in Reading, Limited English Students in
Math, Special Education Students in Reading, Special Education Students in Math, Low
Income Students in Reading, and Low Income Students in Math. The district did not make AYP for middle
schools in these categories: All Students in Math, Black Students in Reading, Black Students in Math,
Hispanic Students in Reading, Hispanic Students in Math, White Students in Math, Special Education
Students in Reading, Special Education Students in Math, Low Income Students in Reading, and Low
Income Students in Math. The district did not make AYP at the high school level in All Students in Math,
White Students in Math, Low Income Students in Reading, Low Income Students in Math, and Low
Income Students in Math Participation. Vancouver School District is in Step 2 of improvement. The
district must provide an improvement plan to the state and target 10 percent of our federal Title IA money
for professional development in the areas that did not make AYP. Vancouver is using that funding to hire
math coaches and to train employees.

Math test scores have been low throughout the state. Recently, the Office of Superinten-dent of Public
Instruction adopted new math standards, and our school district is aligning our curriculum with those
standards. We are confident that math scores will improve with clear directions.
      While standardized tests can help guide education, in Vancouver Public Schools we believe that education
      and assessments must be personalized and ongoing for each student. Students do not learn in the same
      ways or at the same time, but every student can succeed. We will continue to offer choices for learning,
      and we will continue to encourage community service and responsible citizenship. We are committed to
      preparing every student to be ready for college, career, and life.

      Sincerely,




      Steven Webb, Ed.D.
      Superintendent

      Detailed information about school performance and state and federal requirements is available on these
      websites: www.k12.wa.us and www.nochildleftbehind.gov. For more information, you also may contact
      your school principal, the Elementary Education Office at 313-1010, the Secondary Education Office at
      313-1011, or the Communications Office at 313-1230.



Information regarding Magnet and CTE Programs Survey

In alignment with the district's Design II strategic planning process, we are looking to get feedback on our current
Magnet and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs as it has been several years since we have extensively
evaluated and reviewed these instructional programs.

We have developed an online survey for students and parents that can be accessed from the district's webpage,
www.vansd.org.

Please take some time to access the survey and thoughtfully respond to the questions, so that we can set some
strategic goals that will enhance the learning experiences and opportunities for our students. We appreciate your
feedback!

The Magnet and CTE Programs in Vancouver Public Schools are:
Careers in Education Magnet at Hudson's Bay
Habitat Planning and Civil Engineering Magnet at Hudson's Bay
Legal Magnet at Fort Vancouver
Medical Magnet at Fort Vancouver
Science Math Technology Magnet at Skyview
Culinary Arts Half-Day Program of Choice at Fort Vancouver
Welding Half-Day Program of Choice at Fort Vancouver
Business Education
Marketing
Family and Consumer Sciences
Horticulture
Sign Language Interpreting
Graphic Design
Photography/Newspaper/Yearbook
Video Productions
Moving Image Arts at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Recording Arts and Sound Technology at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Technical Theatre at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
                           Safe Communities
                          Task Force presents:
               “What Kids Know and
              Parents Wish They Did”
                February 28, 2009 10:00 am-2:30 pm
            Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington
                      409 NE Anderson Road
                       Vancouver, WA 98665
            (next door to Hazel Dell Elementary School )

                              Workshops offered:

               •Drugs/Alcohol: What are kids using and seeing
                          •Healthy Relationships
                         •Talking with Your Kids
                         •Gangs: What to look for
                          •School/Credit Options

                        • Guest Speaker– Ossco Bolton:
          Mr. Bolton is a National Speaker and former gang leader who now works
          with law enforcement and community programs to combat the influence
                                         of gangs.



                            • Lunch provided • Raffle Prizes
                       • Spanish & Russian speaking interpreters


To register:
Call The Boys & Girls Club at                                                 Hosted by:
(360) 567-1152 between                                                        Safe
                                                                              Communities
8:00 a.m. and 2:00 M-F                                                        Task Force
(child care not provided)
                                                                                                              Nonprofit Organization
  Vancouver School District                                                                                    US Postage Paid
  Fort Vancouver High School                                                                                  Vancouver Washington
  5700 E 18th Street                                                                                           Permit No 233
  Vancouver, Washington 98661-6898




                                Fort Vancouver High School Information




            Important Dates for the 2008-2009 School Year
Jan. 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ML King Day . . . . . . . . . . . . No School
Jan. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Semester Break . . . . . . . . . . No School
Feb. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . School Improvement Day . . . 2 Hour Late Start (9:30 – 2:05)
Feb. 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Presidents’ Day . . . . . . . . . . No School
Feb. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th Grade Magnet . . . . . . . . . 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Mar. 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parent Conferences . . . . . . . . 2 Hour Early Release (7:30 – 12:05)
Mar. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parent Conferences . . . . . . . No School
Mar. 30-Apr. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . No School
May 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . School Improvement Day . . 2 Hour Late Start (9:30 – 2:05)
May 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day . . . . . . . . . . . No School




To contact us, Please use these DIRECT LINES:
Attendance – 313-4041 or 313-4040
Counseling Center – 313-4007
Main Office – 313-4000
Business /Athletic Office 313-4014 or 313-4013
Career Center – 313-4044

								
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