Skyview High School

November Newsletter

Upcoming Key Dates

  • November 7-Deadline to submit Senior portraits and quotes to the yearbook
  • November 11-No School Veterans Day
  • November 26- SMT Tech Day
  • November 27-29-No School Thanksgiving Break

November is Tobacco awareness month. Please take a moment and talk to your student about the dangers associated with nicotine and tobacco. Below are some statistics and talking points.

· Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence.

o Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26.

o Each day in the United States, more than 3,200 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers.

· Flavorings in tobacco products can make them more appealing to youth.

o In 2014, 73% of high school students and 56% of middle school students who used tobacco products in the past 30 days reported using a flavored tobacco product during that time.

  • 16 of every 100 high school students (16.0%) reported in 2015 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.
  • 6 of every 100 high school students (6.0%) reported current use of smokeless tobacco.

Factors associated with youth tobacco use include the following:

· Social and physical environments

o The way mass media show tobacco use as a normal activity can promote smoking among young people.

o Youth are more likely to use tobacco if they see that tobacco use is acceptable or normal among their peers.

o High school athletes are more likely to use smokeless tobacco than their peers who are non-athletes.

o Parental smoking may promote smoking among young people.

Vaping

Some brands contain chemicals including formaldehyde -- often used in building materials -- and another ingredient used in antifreeze that can cause cancer.

Flavors in e-cigs also raise red flags. Some use a buttery-tasting chemical called diacetyl, which is often added to foods like popcorn. When it's inhaled, it can be dangerous.

"Diacetyl is a well-known harmful chemical, which, among other things, causes a lung disease called 'popcorn lung,'" says Erika Sward, assistant vice president for national advocacy at the American Lung Association.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Donna Holland, at 360-313-1300 or by email Donna.Holland@vansd.org

We want to spread holiday cheer one PAW at a time!

ATTENDANCE POLICIES (P3122)

1. 1. You have 3 days to excuse an absence.

2. To Excuse – Bring a note to school, email Skyview.attendance@vansd.org

Call attendance line 360-313-4220, Skyward Family Access

3. Excusable Reasons - Health care appointment, Illness, Family matter,

Emergencies, Religious activities, Pre-arrange absence.

4. Inexcusable Reasons – Arrive to class 15 minutes late, Leaving Skyview

Without checking out.

5. Students who have been to ANY classes during the school day MUST

Check out before leaving Skyview. Failure to do so will result in an

Unexcused absence regardless of returning to school with a note.

Assembly Schedule – Because of the volume of absences on Assembly

Schedule dates, if your student needs to leave early you must submit

The request before 11:00 AM.

Announcement from the Care Closet:

With the weather turning colder we want to make sure everyone is warm and protected from the weather. The Care Closet has coats and sweatshirts that we can provide for your Skyview student.

Please remember we also have food, clothes, toiletries and school supplies to provide as well.

If your student would like to access anything in the Care Closet please print a form off from our SHS webpage under "Resources", or they can pick up an order form at any wing or the main office, then drop off at the Attendance office.


Please contact stephanie.mcgarvie@vansd.org with any questions.

News from the Counselors

Cap and Gown

Don’t forget to order your student’s cap and gown by December 13th for a reduced rate! The in school days to order graduation garb have already passed, but your student and you may order online at www.highschool.herffjones.com. Orders may also be sent in via mail to

Royal-T/Herff Jones

4018 NE 112th Ave. D-3

Vancouver, WA

98682

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SAT and ACT TEST

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


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:


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 | 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/

Senior Portraits/Quotes

Senior Portraits and Quotes are due November 7th to skyviewhsyearbook@gmail.com! Please see our website for full details: https://skyviewhsyearbook.weebly.com/

Senior Yearbook Ads

Senior yearbook ads are now available! Parents, acknowledge your senior's accomplishments with a special page in the yearbook. Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=6886 and enter job #6886 to get started! Prices range from $40-$170 depending on size. Ads will be available until Jan 20th, 2020 unless they sell out sooner (full-page ads sell out first). Thank you for your support!

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Yearbooks on Sale NOW!

Yearbooks are on sale now though the end of first semester! Reserve your copy for $50 in the Business Office! Last year we sold out - don't be left out of the fun!

SMT Tech Day - for SMT students

Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 7:30am

1300 Northwest 139th Street

Vancouver, WA

7:30 am - 2:05 pm

Parent Volunteers welcome, contact SMTBoosters@gmail.com for information.

Skyview Drama Club's Fall show! It's called "Under Pressure: an Evening of One-Act plays," and it runs November 21-23 at 7pm, with an additional 2pm matinee on the 23rd.

Skyview Girls Cross Country

The Girls Cross Country Team placed second at the GSHL district championship race and is headed to the regional race to be held at Chambers Bay golf course on Saturday, November 2nd for the fourth year in a row. The team has been led by captain Allison Yajko and sophomores Samantha Williams and Phoebe Abbruzzese. The team would like to thank the Skyview community for all of its support.

Skyview Speech and Debate

Skyview's speech and debate team has had a strong start to their season winning multiple prizes at Heritage High School's Timberwolf Invitational. Junior Ryan Welch won first place in varsity Congressional Debate, with freshman Austin Connor and sophomore Oliver Gibbons earning the second and third place finishes for JV Congressional Debate. Freshman Ryan Johnson won first place in JV Impromptu Speaking. Junior Natalie Dradi and sophomore Summer Cho won first and second places in JV Oratory Speaking. With our new and returning talent, our team is looking forward to an exciting season. If you would like more information about our team, please contact Ms. Annis.

Join the Peer Support Club

Meetings with be held on Thursday after school in the 800 wing.

Skyview Giving Tree

Please support our holiday gift drive to provide Christmas presents to Storm students and their siblings. A Giving Tree with tags will be up in the main office and in the 600 wing near room 610. Students, staff, and parents may take tags beginning Nov 18 and return unwrapped gifts to the 600 wing clerk desk by Dec 6. Any donations of boxes, bags, wrapping paper and gift tags would be most appreciated for our Wrapping Party on Saturday, Dec 7 at 8 am. If you have any questions, please contact Mahen Malixi (Mahenrika.Malixi@vansd.org)

Winter Sports

Winter Sports will be starting at Skyview in two weeks. Please visit www.familyid.com to clear for all sports. You can also visit the Skyview Business Office with any questions.