Fort Vancouver High School

Center for International Studies

DECEMBER 2021 Newsletter

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Click here for FVHS website

Main Office: 360.313.4000

Business Office: 360.313.4014

Attendance Office: 360.313.4040

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From Our Principal, Mr. Scheidel


I love being an educator. This is my 29th year in the profession and I continue to marvel at the resiliency of humankind. Being in the trenches every day, I see the effects that a struggling society has on families and individuals. We are in very difficult times. Political and economic unrest dots the globe. A global pandemic has exacerbated many challenges for our nation. Many families and students struggle every day with the realities that our current situation brings. And yet, I feel hope everyday for the resurgence of light and the evidence of goodness that exists.

November was the annual Student Chest Drive for the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools.FVHS CIS students and teachers scrimped pennies, collected spare coins, and deposited dollar bills in the effort to support the most struggling amongst us. The Foundation does great work in our schools and their efforts are helped significantly by the dollars the annual campaigns bring in. Owen Frazier and the ASB students led the student drive and Joanne Andrew and Jenn Patterson led the faculty drive. The FHVS CIS Community contributed nearly $7000 to provide support to students and families in our school district.

I marveled at these numbers. How easy would it be to point toward the economy, point toward uncertainty, look for reasons to hold back and say….maybe next year? However, despite the message to the contrary, I believe that people are generally good and that they want to help one another. We use that belief as we work to create a school culture that is primed for learning. I am so proud to be a part of a school that is trying to be kinder, trying to work harder, and trying to help one another. The spirit of unity and love that these contributions entail is something we all can take pride in.

Take care all!!!


From Our Counseling Center

If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s schedule, high school planning, or other issues, please contact us at the Fort Vancouver Counseling Center. We serve students alphabetically based on their last name. A list of our counselors, as well as 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



Junior and Senior students that are planning on attending four-year colleges or universities following high school may want to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. While colleges within our state are no longer requiring these tests for entrance, solid scores can be used to meet the graduation pathway for high school graduation and the scores may help to boost a student’s overall application. These tests are offered throughout the year and students can sign up online. Fee waivers are available through the Career Center for those students that qualify. Upcoming test dates are listed below.

SAT Test Date : November 6 Registration Deadline : October 8

ACT Test Date : December 11 Registration Deadline : November 5

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.

Intervention Specialist

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

Prevention/Intervention Specialist

Fort Vancouver High School

5700 East 18th Street

Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone # 360-313-4131

Career Center College Visits!

Please join us in the Career Center to hear about opportunities from the following Colleges. Sign-ups are in the Career Center or you may contact Mrs. Groves at Please note which College presentations you are interested in. Schools visiting in December are:

Pacific NW College of Art

Portland Community College

Washington State University - Vancouver

First Tuesday of the Month: Marines, National Guard, Air Force during lunches

Second Tuesday of the Month: Army, Navy, Coast Guard lunches

$$$$$ Not sure how to pay for college? Are you a College Bound student? The Career Center can help with your financial aid questions and how to pursue higher education.

Seniors! We challenge you to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (WA Application for State Financial Aid)!

· Complete your FAFSA or WASFA by February 1, 2022.

· Assistance is provided on Financial Aid Fridays. Sign up in the Career Center!

· You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Card!

*Please let the Career Center know if you have completed the WASFA so you can be entered into the drawing.


If you have not completed Xello, please make this a priority. Xello is a graduation requirement with lots of valuable information! Questions may be directed to the Career Center.

Sign up in the Career Center to take the ASVAB if interested! December 10th and March 8th.

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SENIORS! Cap and Gown Orders!

Need to order your cap/gown/and tassel? Order the package by December 31, 2020 to receive a price break!

If you have a sibling’s cap and gown, you can order an extra tassel. Orders will arrive early Spring. Remember to check your school e-mail!

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Student Parking

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.

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NO food deliveries are allowed for students from Uber Eats, Door Dash or any other such business.

From the Business Office - CLASS FEES

Art and Pottery classes have a $20 per semester fee. If you qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, please turn in the Consent To Share Form, in order to have the fee waived. The Free/Reduced lunch application must be renewed every year. The forms are in the Main Office or online here:

From the FCRC

" Miss Cindy, the Family Resource Coordinator has moved to Jason Lee Middle School and will be the new Family Resource Coordinator at that building. If you are in need of any resources and/or basic needs support, please reach out directly to your student's counselor. We will be introducing our new Resource Coordinator as soon as that person comes on board."

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:

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: .

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


Athletics/Activity fees

WINTER SPORTS registrations have already begun!

Fees will be charged for sports and activities this year.

Fees include an annual one-time ASB payment of $35, PLUS an additional charge of $60 PER SPORT, or $40 PER ACTIVITY.

Activities include: Dance, Band, Orchestra, Drama & Choir

All Sports, Dance and Band participants must be registered and cleared to participate on Registration must be completed prior to tryouts and practices.

Students who have renewed their free/reduced lunch status with a Meal Application sent 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:

Athletics Passes

FVHS Athletic event passes are available in the Business Office

All Season Family Pass - $120

Winter Season Family Pass - $60

All Season Individual Pass - $60

Winter Season Individual Pass - $30


Sponsored by

Vancouver Public Schools

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.

Limited Space


*February 28, 2022

*March 7, 2022

*3:00 – 4:45 pm @ Fort Vancouver HS

Students please bring:

· WIAA Sports Physical Form with the medical history portion completed before your physical.

· Wear loose fitting shorts and a t-shirt


Forms are available at the school business office, and can be downloaded from our website at

(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.

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The TALENT SHOW is returning in 2022! Auditions are in January. Questions? EMAIL or stop by room 207.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms not caused by another known condition or medication, please have them tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. See box below for when to return to school.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When to return to school

Students may return to school after their symptoms have been resolved for greater than 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, AND meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Negative test results for COVID-19
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began
  • Alternative diagnosis by a medical doctor
Principal: Curt Scheidel

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


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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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:


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:


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 date 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 Printed copies are available upon request by calling 360-313-1266.