Fort Vancouver High School
Center for International Studies
MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER
From OUR PRINCIPAL, Mr. Scheidel
In April we held an Honor Roll Assembly, the first in-person “Assembly” that we've had in over two years. Although this was not like the full-on spirit or color war assembly that greeted me in the fall of 2020 as Principal at Fort Vancouver High School, it did mark a turning point in the work that we are called to do. Comprehensive high schools should be places that provide a full experience for students. Our students need great learning opportunities every day. They need to have connections with others to help the learning take deeper root. They need culturally binding experiences, such as assemblies, activities and athletics, to help them discover other parts of who they are and could be.
A strong culture and climate is essential for a high performing school. The world too often tells students to seek for that which is easy, that work is not important, and that “just be me” is the way to go. Schools, in combination with families, can serve a central role in helping our students find a deeper sense of who they are and to find belonging in a greater community. The last two years made that a challenge for our school, families and students. We were not able to bring the full measures of our capabilities as a school to support our students in the work that is important in their lives. With this first “assembly” a new hope is brought forward in me. I know that the power of an exceptional school can serve for the community it serves. We will continue to take it slow as we navigate the realities and differences people have regarding the pandemic. In addition, I am grateful for opportunities being renewed that can help our students in their journeys.
The work each day is challenging. It will take more than a few months or assemblies to move us from the effects of the last two years. So much was taken away, so much was lost, and so much has changed. Yet, I know that the team at FVHS will do what is needed to help create the conditions where every student can find hope and opportunity through being a part of this community. Let’s continue to do what is needed and work together to make school improvement a reality for our young people.
NO Weapons Warning!
Dear Fort Families-
We want to make you aware of a recent TikTok trend among teens across the country. The trend involves the use of Splat R guns also known as Orbeez guns. The Orbeez Challenge involves shooting people with Orbeez pellets, which are gel-like pellets commonly used in toys. When soaked in water the pellets expand in size. Teens also freeze the pellets to make a stronger impact.
While it may seem like a relatively harmless prank, the consequences of bringing these guns to school is in violation of district policy. Students may be expelled for up to one year if they carry, possess, display, or use a weapon or any type of gun at school. The violation also may carry criminal charges.
Please have a conversation with your child regarding this serious issue. Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of our students and staff members.
Dates to Remember
From the COUNSELING CENTER
If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s schedule, high school planning, or other issues, please contact the Fort Vancouver Counseling Center. We serve students alphabetically based on their last name. A list of our counselors, their email addresses and phone numbers can be found below. You can also request an appointment by contacting our Counseling Clerk, Julie Foley, at 313-4007.
Students A-Dar : Mike Dillman
Students Das-Jac : Jennifer Riordan
Students Jad-M : Layla Afu
Students N-Santi : Jane Klaasen
Students Santj-Z : Jackie Nelson
OTG Specialist : Susan Holden
To be considered “on track” for graduation, students should have the following minimum number of credits entering the school year. If your student is below the minimum number, schedule a meeting with the appropriate counselor to discuss possible credit recovery options.
Freshman = 0 Credits Junior = 12.0 Credits
Sophomore = 6.0 Credits Senior = 18.0 Credits
Skyward is a great way for parents and guardians to access information regarding their student. From the Skyward app you can check attendance, student grades, even add money to your student’s lunch account. If you add the app and are uncertain how to login to the system, please contact our Counseling Clerk, Julie Foley, at (360) 313-4007 and she can provide you with login information.
From the CAREER CENTER
ALL GRADES – PLEASE READ!! Need to finish your Xello assignments? This is a graduation requirement! ALL GRADES need to finish Xello by the end of May. The Career Center staff are here to help!
TRIO Talent Search
"TRiO Talent Search is hosting an Open House on May 17th in the FVHS Commons and Career Center. For students who have already applied to the program, they will be able to meet other TRiO scholars, intereact with staff, and hear from a variety of community and school partners. The event is completely free and is open to both students and their parents/guardians.
Prom 2022 is Saturday, May 21, PLAN NOW!
"A Night In Central Park"
If you want to bring a non-Fort guest, they must be pre-approved by Admin using a GUEST PASS, BEFORE purchasing a ticket. Only one guest per student is allowed. Guest Passes must be turned in by Friday, May 13.This year's Prom location is Providence Park in Portland, from 7PM to 11PM.
Prom tickets will be for sale May 4th through second lunch on May 20th. Tickets will NOT be available after school on May 20th. Please plan on purchasing your tickets ahead of time. Tickets will be sold in the Business Office. The cost is $15.00 a person. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Only Juniors and Seniors can purchase tickets!
International Night at McLoughlin Middle School
Guest Speaker, Reyna Grande
REYNA GRANDE, award winning Latina book author, is coming to Fort on May 25th and 26th. Her motivational presentations focus on immigration, family separation, language trauma, and the price of the American Dream. Her books highlight her inspiring story as an undocumented child immigrant, a first generation college graduate, and her path to getting published.
Ms. Grande will be giving several presentations to our students, staff and district employees, both in English and Spanish during her two day visit.
For more information please, go to her website: www.reynagrande.com
From the BUSINESS OFFICE
Arrival & Dismissal Reminders:
- The warning bell rings at 7:25 am and classes start at 7:30 am
- Do your best to arrive or pick up students on time
- Dismissal time is at 2:05 pm
- Front of the school parking is the designated area for student drop-off/pick-up
All vehicles must have a FVHS parking permit or will be subject to tow. Students, please go to the Security/ADMIN ANNEX to get your parking passes.
The front (north) parking lot is for STAFF only. No students may park there. All students must park in the Student Parking lot on the EAST side of the school.
NO food deliveries are allowed for students from Uber Eats, Door Dash or any other such business.
From the FCRC
C-Tran YOP Passes: All FVHS students are eligible to receive a free C-Tran city bus pass & free access to Firstenberg & Marshall Community Centers! Passes are valid through August 31, 2021. Download the guardian consent form for find them in the FVHS front office. Click here: https://vansd.org/wpdm-package/ctran-youth-opportunity-pass-release-form/?wpdmdl=34220
Family Resources and Support:
Information regarding rental assistance, food resources, utility assistance, employment services, help to apply for SNAP or TANF, Know Your Rights, Free & Low Cost Internet, Community Crisis Lines: Click here: https://sites.google.com/vansd.net/covid-19-community-resources/home .
Human Services Council: Transportation to Essentials: Do you need help getting essentials during this COVID-19 crisis? The Human Services Council (HSC) can help with free transportation/delivery options. HSC can arrange deliver of pre-ordered/pre-paid groceries, prescriptions, and food boxes from local food pantries, or provide you with safe transportation to pick these items up yourself. Contact: 360-762-5292
SPRING SPORTS are happening!
Fees will be charged for sports and activities this year.
Fees include an annual, one-time, ASB charge of $35, PLUS an additional charge of $60 PER SPORT, or $40 PER ACTIVITY.
Activities include: Dance, Band, Orchestra, Drama & Choir
Outstanding Athletic/Activity fees must be paid before participation is approved.
Students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch status, by submitting a Meal Application to the District, will have all the fees waived. A new form must be completed EVERY school year. You can find the form online at this link: https://vansd.org/documents-forms/
For more Athletics info, contact the Coach
Baseball: Coach Brian Hansen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Soccer: Coach Juan Mendoza Rodriguez - email@example.com
Track: Coach Dennis Carline - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fastpitch Softball: Coach Erik Johnson - email@example.com
Girls Golf: Coach Mike Witkowski - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Tennis: Coach Cory Farr - email@example.com
Registration for Summer Sports opens May 16th. Please be sure to register on FamilyID at the following link and turn in a recent sports physical (within the last 2 yrs.).
Interested in Swim Team? Come to our Summer Workout Meeting!
Monday, May 23, 7pm at Propstra Aquatic Center
New & returning swimmers should come to this meeting to get the summer workout schedule. Parents welcome too.
Summer workouts run May 30-July 29. We will be swimming, lifting weights & fundraising over the summer. Summer training is optional, but is a great way to get in shape and get to know the team.
Questions? Email Coach Sarah Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Summer Sports Physicals
Vancouver Public School
Family Medicine of Southwest Washington
- Available to Vancouver Public School students entering 6th through 12th grades
These physicals are provided by volunteers and are meant to target those athletes with difficulty accessing care or who do not have health insurance. These exams are not meant to replace regular health visits with your primary care provider*. If you have access to primary care, please have your sports physical performed there.
*Students with known cardiac, asthma, diabetes and/or seizure related issues or other conditions of concern cannot be served. If an abnormality is found, you will be referred to your primary care provider before being cleared for your sport.
- August 11, 2022 @ Hudson’s Bay High School
1:00 – 2:30 pm last name starting with A – K
3:00 – 4:45 pm last name starting with L – Z
No appointment necessary
- August 18, 2022 @ Fort Vancouver High School
1:00 – 2:30 pm last name starting with A – K
3:00 – 4:45 pm last name starting with L – Z
No appointment necessary
- Students please bring:
· WIAA Sports Physical Form with you with the medical history portion completed before your physical.
· Wear loose fitting shorts and a t-shirt
· Signed permission slip IF NOT ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Forms are available at the school business office, and can be downloaded from our website at www.vansd.org
(Click on Athletics, scroll down to Forms and click on Physical form and/or Parent Consent form).
**Those experiencing symptoms of COVID, have had exposure to someone who had COVID within the previous 14 days, or have had a positive COVID test in the past 10 days will not be allowed to have a physical completed**
Your child may be eligible for free or low-cost medical, dental and vision coverage through Washington Apple Health for Kids. You can find out more information or apply at the sports physicals. If you would like to apply, please bring proof of all household income, birth certificates for your children, and picture ID for your children 16 years and older.
COME SUPPORT OUR ATHLETES!
Spring Season Family Pass - $40
Spring Season Individual Pass - $20
Hello Fort Students and Families!
As Fort Vancouver High School's Prevention/Intervention Specialist, I get to support and counsel students that are at risk of turning to substance use, those currently using substances and those struggling to cope with a friend or family member’s substance use issues. Just being in high school puts students at risk, so my services are available to all students here at Fort. I can also triage students struggling with other social-emotional issues and provide referrals to appropriate providers, as needed.
Substance use, during adolescence is the leading cause of preventable death and health issues in the United States. As the Prevention/Intervention Specialist my goal is to be a resource for all students to stop the cycle of addiction and to help all students reach their ultimate potential. Our youth are our future and the more support we can offer to increase their chances of success in life the better future we create, not only for them but, for our world. Frederick Douglass said it best when he stated “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Some of the services I offer here at Fort:
- Confidential individual counseling for all students, referral to ongoing mental health and substance use counseling if applicable, and a variety of support groups to teach students skills and provide ongoing support around a variety of issues/topics.
- I teach a prevention education series to freshmen and promote awareness on substance use related issues around the school through classroom and lunchroom related presentations and activities.
- I lead a prevention club and oversee a student led mentor group with community partners.
- I also oversee several programs put on by community partners and am always looking for new partners to meet the needs of students so if you have a need or idea that would benefit students feel free to reach out to me!
If you have any questions about the services I provide or would like to refer someone to meet with me please feel free to reach out to me at the contact information provided below.
Tabby Stokes MSW, SUDP, LMHCA
Fort Vancouver High School
5700 East 18th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone # 360-313-4131
Luis Castro-Quintanilla, Associate Principal
Kirstin Kunihisa, Associate Principal
Tony Liberatore, Associate Principal
James Ensley, Athletic Director
Jordan Massinger, Dean of Students
Allison Darke, Professional Development Specialist
District Parent Involvement Policy
Vancouver Public Schools
District Policy 4130: Title I – Parent Involvement
The board recognizes that parent and family engagement helps all students achieve academic standards, including those participating in Title I programs. To promote parent and family engagement, the board adopts the following policy, which describes how the district will involve all parents and family members of Title I students in developing and implementing the district’s Title I programs.
The policy can be found at: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/vpswa/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B36K244E4DB5#
Escuelas Públicas de Vancouver
Normativa 4130 del Distrito Escolar: Programa Federal “Título I” (parte de la Ley de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (ESEA) – Participación de los padres
La Junta Escolar reconoce que la participación de los padres y la familia ayuda a que todos los estudiantes logren alcanzar los estándares académicos, incluyendo aquellos que participan en el programa federal de “Título I”. Para fomentar la participación de los padres y las familias, la Junta Escolar está implementando la siguiente normativa, que describe cómo el Distrito Escolar involucrará a todos los padres y miembros de la familia de los estudiantes de “Título I” en el desarrollo e implementación de los programas de “Título I” del Distrito Escolar.
La normativa se puede encontrar en: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/vpswa/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B36K244E4DB5#
Ванкуверские государственные школы
Положение школьного района, номер 4130: Title I (Раздел I Законодательного акта о школьном образовании) – Участие родителей
Совет директоров признаёт, что участие родителей и членов семей в жизни школы помогает всем учащимся, включая тех, которые занимаются по программам Раздела I, достичь академических стандартов. С целью содействовать участию родителей и членов семей совет директоров утвердил следующее положение, в котором описано, как школьный район будет вовлекать всех родителей и членов семей учащихся, занимающихся по программам Раздела I, в процесс разработки и внедрения программ Раздела I в школьном районе.
Это положение можно найти на сайте:
District Performance Data
Vancouver Public Schools uses data to form a detailed profile of students, school and district performance; highlight successes; and identify opportunities for improvement. In addition, we report data to the state of Washington's K-12 public education agency, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and comply with federal mandates to demonstrate adequate yearly progress.
School and district reports are available at washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us. Printed copies are available upon request by calling 360-313-1266.