Fort Vancouver High School

Center for International Studies


Principal: Curt Scheidel

Luis Castro-Quintanilla, Associate principal
Kirstin Kunihisa, Associate principal
Tony Liberatore, Associate principal

James Ensley, Athletic Director

Kathleen Paradis, Dean of students

Allison Darke, International Studies Coordinator

Main office: 360.313.4000

Business office: 360.313.4013

Attendance office: 360.313.4040 or



We are globally aware and engaged citizens who are college -, career- and life-ready.


We are leaders who value diversity, and we empower lifelong learners who actively and positively contribute to our school, our community and our world.


It’s important for our students to be prepared to compete, connect and cooperate with others locally and globally. Being an international studies school helps us accomplish this goal by creating an environment where all students are learning to become globally competent.

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Fort Families,

We continue to work with families and students as we navigate the realities of COVID 19 and it’s impact on learning at our school. It was March 13, when we received notice that school was going to be closed for three weeks as plans were made for how our state was going to address the growing concerns about the impact of this virus on our everyday lives. We knew so little at that point and everything shut down in all parts of our area, state and world. The uncertainty was challenging for me and I know for many others.

We are now almost 7 months from that time and we continue to navigate this journey. I know that we have a better understanding of how the virus works and the best ways to mitigate it’s impacts. I also know that there are differing opinions on some of the approaches. That seems natural because there are so many factors that affect a specific course of action. Therefore, the fact that we haven’t returned to school makes sense because of the many voices that are being brought forward to consider.

I do know that at some point we will be returning to in person learning. When that will happen and what exactly that will look like, will be agreed to and worked toward. However, I also know that we will be prepared and we will have the best interest of students, staff and families at the heart of our preparation efforts. We will work diligently to ensure that we are ready and that the protocols help us move into whatever that new phase in the transition back will be. This will be true at the first stages and moving forward.

I do miss having students here every day. I miss seeing my colleagues and being able to connect with them. I miss being able to get out of my car on a crisp fall morning and not have to head back to my car because I forgot my mask. I miss seeing smiles. I miss the free flow of individuals and planning in ways that could be more spontaneous. I want to be able to say on a Saturday afternoon to my wife, let’s go to a movie. I miss the joy of just being and doing without the overhang of Covid-19. I miss the regular flow of a school day and the energy that brings.

However, our current reality is different so we must press forward with faith and optimism. Learning continues to go forward each day. Teachers are working diligently to prepare lessons and guide students toward gaining the skills needed when graduation comes. Despite the things we may miss right now, I know that there is great good being done everyday and we all work to make the best of a situation none of us chose to be in. I put my hope and resolution in the things we can control and know that with time the learnings of today will help guide the improvements for tomorrow.

Do a great day!!!


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Work Based Learning

To those students who are enrolled with Mrs. Barry in Work Based Learning, zero period (credit for working), please continue to email your pay stubs to her so she can confirm your work hours. Email pay stubs or questions to:
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If you are placed in the wrong level class or if you have a missing period in your schedule please contact your counselor. Otherwise no other schedule change requests will be taken. Here is the counselor breakdown and email contacts:

Mr. Dillman A - DAR

Mrs. Riordan DAS - JAC

Ms. Afu JAD - MORA

Mrs. Klassen MORB - SANTA

Ms. Gibbs SANTJ - Z


1. Canvas parent accounts: How to create an account (this is also on the WeLearn site under resources)

2. If parents do not have an email account: Need an email?

For your information:

1. The Responsible Use Policy: This Document is now digital and in Skyward for parents. Emails will be going out to families who have email accounts in Skyward. Paper copies will be available for families on-site for device pick up days.


Class of 2021! ­­

We would like to introduce you to our official Graduation vendor, Royal-T / Herff Jones. Royal-T has been servicing schools in our area for over 40 years and Fort Vancouver High School is proud to partner with them in creating a memorable graduation experience for every Senior. They will be providing caps & gowns and our official Fort Vancouver graduation announcement, as well as 2021 apparel and memorabilia to ensure that this much anticipated celebration is unforgettable.

This email is time sensitive and orders should be placed right away to ensure correct sizing and availability. Please take time to watch the virtual Senior meeting and read through this email carefully. This meeting will help answer any questions you may have and show you the benefits of ordering now. Contact Royal-T / Herff Jones with any of your questions.

Congratulations Class of 2021! My name is Scott Thompson and I am your graduation representative from Royal-T. We are excited for a great year and have created a Senior Meeting video for you to watch at home today.

CLICK HERE for a link directly to your Senior Meeting!

Graduation Timeline for Fort Vancouver High School

· Today is your Senior meeting release date! Click the above link to watch your Senior Meeting or check it out at

· Your two week ordering window begins right now. Place your order with a $60 down payment HERE. Fort Vancouver High School’s designated ordering window ends on October 11th, 2020. Our website will be open until the Spring, but this two week ordering window is how we can guarantee our best prices, early delivery, and precise sizing on your items.

· Delivery of apparel and all other early delivery items will happen on October 16th from 1pm-3pm in the Fort Vancouver High School parking lot.

· Final payments on all graduation orders are due on March 1st, 2021.

· Delivery of Cap & Gown and Graduation Announcement products Spring 2021.

Below you will find a graphic showcasing the important information for your school from our Senior Meeting that you have just watched. Please feel free to save this image, print it for the fridge, or share it with anyone who may need the information. We look forward to a great year! Do not hesitate to reach out to us at Royal-T / Herff Jones anytime for assistance at 360-254-7870 or through email at CLICK HERE to place your order today!!


In an effort to keep parents informed of the qualifications of teacher, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows parents to inquire at school whether their child(ren)’s teacher(s) have met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject taught. Parents may inquire whether a teacher is under emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and they may request information about undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration. Parents can also ask about paraprofessionals working with your child in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. We can tell you whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional and whether he/she meets state qualifications and/or licensing requirements.

Vancouver Public Schools annually conducts an audit of teacher assignments to assure that no teachers are assigned to areas for which they do not meet Washington State certification and/or endorsement requirements. Only on rare occasion does the District seek a wavier to certification. When this does occur, it is typically for a teacher who is within a few credits of completing the endorsement and is actively working on such completion.



We have moved all visits from colleges, trades, military, etc... to virtual visits!

You can register to meet with many of the top colleges, trades, military and Clark College/WSUV advising days. Bring your questions and meet the representatives.

· Most of them will be on Wednesday's during the student's work time/lunch.

· All visits have been added to our school calendar at


oYou can "click" on each calendar event and access the Zoom link to pre-register (yes you need to do this).

oOnce you pre-register, you will be sent an email with the link to the meeting.

oYou can also find a copy below


· I have also put together pre-recorded information session from the colleges here



Wednesday, Sept 30

WSU Pullman College Visit 8:30am-9:00am

Wednesday, Oct 7

Monthly Military 8:00am-9:00 am

Pacific University 10:30am -11:30am

Portland Community College 11:30am-12:30 pm

Oregon State University 1:30pm-2:00 pm

Thursday, Oct 8

Washington State University Advising (WSUV) 11:40 am-12:40 pm

Tuesday, Oct 13

Trade Tuesday: Electrical Apprenticeships 12:10pm-12:40pm

Wednesday, Oct 14

Gonzaga University 8:00am-9:00am

Whitworth College Visit 10:30am-11:30am

University of Portland 11:15am-12:00pm

Western Oregon University 1:30pm-2:00pm

Thursday, Oct 15

Clark College Advising 11:40am–12:40pm

Wednesday, Oct 21

Seattle University 8:30am-9:00am

Cal Lutheran College 10:30am-11:30am

Southern Oregon University 11:15am-12:00 pm

Azusa Pacific College 11:30pm-12:30 pm

Central Washington University 1:30pm-2:00pm

Wednesday, Oct 22

Washington State University Advising (WSUV) 11:40am-12:40pm

Wednesday, Oct 28

University of Oregon 8:30am-9:00 am

Grand Canyon College 10:30am-11:30am

Western Washington University 11:30am-12:30 pm

Thursday, Oct 29

Clark College Advising 11:40am–12:40pm

Eastern Oregon University 1:30pm-2:00pm

Wednesday, Nov 4

Monthly Military Visit 8:00am-9:00 am

Boise State University 10:30am–11:15am

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