Skyview High School

October Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

  • Homecoming Dance 10/5 from 8:00-11:00 pm
  • Picture retake day 10/14
  • Fall Conferences 10/17 & 10/18
  • Cap, gown and announcement ordering during lunch 10-22 & 10/23
  • PSAT 10/30
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Homecoming Concert October 29th, 7pm

Join the amazing Skyview Choirs for a Fall-themed concert with music from around the world. This concert features the Skyview Treble Choir, Concert Choir, our flagship choir Chamber Choir, and the debut of our new jazz and pop group Tonal Eclipse. Entrance is free, but there will be concessions for purchase at intermission, so please bring a few dollars to support the arts. We hope to see you there!

Counselor Corner

PSAT TEST. The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) will be held at 7:30 am on October 30, 2019 at Skyview High School (or the Hazel Dell Bingo Hall). This is primarily for Sophomores students. Due to our limited availability, Home School or non-Skyview students will not be allowed to test.

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SAT and ACT TEST

To register for the SAT, visit www.collegeboard.com. The test dates for 2019-2020 are:

October 5, 2019……….deadline September 6, 2019

November 2, 2019…….deadline October 3, 2019

December , 2009…….deadline November 8, 2019

March 14, 2020……….deadline February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020…………...deadline April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020…………..deadline May 8, 2020

To register for the ACT, visit www.actstudent.org. The test dates for 2019-2020 are:

October 26, 2019…..…deadline September 20, 2019

December 14, 2019…..deadline November 8, 2019

February 8, 2020……..deadline January 10, 2020

April 4, 2020…………..deadline February 28, 2020

June 13, 2020…………deadline May 8, 2020

July 18, 2020…………deadline June 19, 2020

Please note the Skyview High School Code: 481-489

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS - Be sure to check on application deadlines for your desired college soon, and start assembling the various pieces required (the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation if needed, etc., etc). Deadlines can be earlier than you realize, and even state schools (like the UW) have deadlines as early as November!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - This begins October 1, and all items related to financing college (scholarships, grants, loans, work study, etc) all begin with the FAFSA. Be sure to visit www.fafsa.gov to start the process!

WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) is a financial aid program for students who are not eligible for federal aid due to their immigration status. Go to the following website: https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa-washington-application-state-financial-aid or simply Google “WASFA” for more information.

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FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION NIGHTS

WSU-Vancouver | College Goal Washington

● Help with FAFSA, WASFA, college apps, etc.

● October 3, 8, 16, 21, and 30

● 5:00-7:00 pm

WSU-Vancouver | A-Z Paying for College Workshops

● September 10, October 17, November 6, and December 10

● Dengerink Admin Building, Room 110

● 6:00 pm

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NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE - If your student plans to play college athletics, they will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be cleared to do so. You can complete this process by visiting their web-site at https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ or simply Google “NCAA Eligibility Center”.

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RUNNING START WINTER QUARTER - If you’re interested in Running Start for Winter Quarter, you can apply by going to www.clark.edu/apply to start the process. You must have a 2.75 grade point average to be eligible.

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September was suicide awareness month, but these resources for our students and community are always important! Remember to reach out to a counselor if you have any concerns about your student’s mental health.

● Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800-273-TALK

● (1800-273-8255)

● Crisis Textline: Text TALK to 741741

● 1-866-4-U-TREVOR: 1-866-488-7386

● Clark County Crisis:1800-626-8137 or 360-696-9560

● Teen Talk: 360-397-2428

● Crisischat.org

● Finding mental health options: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/healthcare-professionals/access-services/partnership-access-line/washingtons-mental-health-referral-service-children-teens/

Tardy Updates

We are partnering with Vancouver Public School’s district office and the other high schools in our district to establish consistent practices aimed at supporting our students to get to class on time every day. This new tardy policy adds an extra step of automated communication to parents to a system that has already been in practice at Skyview. Now, in addition to having our administrators meet with students and assign lunch detentions to students who have been tardy more than five times per week, VPS will send an email to parents of students informing them of excessive tardies and automatic consequences as well.

This policy is being updated in order to support student success at school. Student achievement and maximizing instructional minutes is a top priority at VPS. Punctuality and attendance are an important part of this effort. Tardies are a major disruption to the learning environment and student learning. Students miss the introduction to lessons when they are late. In addition, learning stops for everyone while the tardy student settles in.

If your student has multiple tardies within one week, the following disciplinary actions are taken:

For 5 periods tardy:

- The student is issued a warning; a letter and/or email is sent to you

For 6 to 10 periods tardy:

- The student is issued a lunch detention for the following week; a letter and/or email is sent to you

For 11 to 14 periods tardy:

- The student is issued an after school detention; a letter and/or email is sent to you

For 15 or more periods tardy:

- The student is issued an after school detention and will be referred to an attendance review board.

If your student is experiencing difficulties with punctuality and you would like to talk to us about it, please get in touch with the school so we can assist you and your student.

General Booster Meeting

October 23rd 6:30-7:30 in the Media Center followed by a concession stand orientation from 7:40-8:00. All are welcome.

Student Volunteer Opportunity

Felida Elementary is looking for student volunteers to help with their school carnival on October 25th. If your student is interested please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4fadaf2fa1fe3-costume4

News From the Food Court

Parents please continue to your student's lunch account. We have a lot of students with a negative balance and we can not refuse to feed them, so they can go farther into the negative than you may like.

Please call the manager Judy Amituanai at 313-4209 between 5:30 am to 1:30 pm with any questions you may have about your student's lunch account.

Future U

What's in your future?

Pollution prevention help needed!

We depend on clean streams, rivers and lakes for swimming, fishing and wildlife habitat. Today, the biggest threat to the health of our waterways comes from pollutants left outside that get picked up by stormwater. Many of these pollutants come from everyday activities such as lawn care, having pets, driving and home improvements.

Here are three easy things you can do at home to prevent pollution from reaching our streams, rivers and lakes.

Scoop it, bag it, trash it. Stormwater carries pet waste left on the ground to storm drains, which discharge to waterways, untreated. Fecal coliform is one of the top water pollutants in local streams, and pet waste left outside is a main contributor. Pet waste also harbors harmful organisms that can persist for months, such as E.coli, hookworms and giardia. Take the Canines for Clean Water pledge at www.cleanwaterdogs.com, and Clark County will send your pooch a free bandanna.

Don’t drip and drive. Fix that leak! Vehicle fluids are toxic to humans and fish, and even small drips matter. A study of Puget Sound found that more than 66 percent of oil pollution came from small vehicle leaks and drips. Every time it rains, those drips are carried to storm drains before emptying into our streams, rivers and lakes. Fixing leaks will keep your car running well and reduce water pollution. Get a free leak inspection and up to $50 off leak repairs at www.fixcarleaks.org

Practice earth-friendly yard care. Using fewer fertilizers and pesticides is good for your family, your pets and our waterways. When over-applied or spilled on hard surfaces, fertilizers and pesticides are carried by stormwater to our streams, rivers and lakes. Nutrients in fertilizers cause potentially toxic algae blooms that also deplete dissolved oxygen needed by fish. Always read the label and use only as directed. Sweep up spills rather than washing them away. Find more earth-friendly yard care tips at www.stormwaterpartners.com

“Only rain down the drain” begins at home; thank you for being part of the solution.