Hudson's Bay Newsletter
Val Seeley, Principal
Amber Beardmore, Associate Principal
Greg Roberts, Associate Principal/A.D.
Eric Sakshaug, Interim Associate Principal
Spencer Williams, Dean of Students/Behavior Specialist
Robin Sonderland, ELL/Instructional
Megan Fullbright A - Cook (+ Lieser Branch)
Demetrick White Cop - Han
Kara Hecker Har - Mc
Lissa Potter Me - Sam
Ray Lions San - Z
Main Office Hours
Main Office hours are:
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Business Office hours are:
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
VPS 21-22 District Calendar
You can view "2021 2022 Vancouver Public Schools Board Approved Calendar January 2021 (5).pdf" at:
Hello Eagles! We are happy to be reporting on the fun and enriching activities that have taken place this year so far, as well as the events that will be coming up.
We had an enjoyable Holiday season filled with spirit weeks and planning for upcoming events. Unfortunately, we are needing to cancel this year's Winter Formal. COVID restrictions and current numbers are forcing us to cancel this dance. We will be monitoring COVID restrictions as we plan for future dances.
This Month, we have many fun activities going on at school. Please be aware of the following events and participate where you can.
The week of Jan 10th - 14th is Junior Focus week
Jan 10th 11th graders will get to hear from a motivational speaker with ties to Bay. Tyler Monk
Jan 12th our History classes will be visiting the Black History Mobile Museum during their class periods. This event will be held in the Aerobic Room
Jan 14th we will be presenting a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. This will be shown in your eagle time and run through Youtube.
Jan 18th Erin Jones will deliver a presentation via Zoom for the entire school to observe. She will present on the African American experience.
Jan 28th is semester break
Along with all this, we are excited about all of our school clubs. Please reach out to me if you’d like more information on those.
Things to look forward too:
AVANT and WIDA testing in Feb. Dates TBD
Sophomore FOcus week in Feb. Week of Feb 14
Theatre Performance on Feb 3rd
Please stay tuned as we will be updating this page monthly to inform you of all that's going on at HBHS!
School Credit for Students Who Are Working:
The Vancouver School District recognizes that work experience can be a valuable learning experience for a student. A student who is working at a real job and is at least 16 years of age, can get high school credit for their work hours. For every 180 hours of verified work experience, the student receives a .5 credit. This credit can replace any Elective or Occupational Ed. Credit that the student needs in order to graduate. The credit will also go on the student’s transcript and the grade will be an A – which will help increase the student’s overall G.P.A. score.
Students must be working at a real job and not paid under the table. They also must be at least 16 years of age in order to be enrolled in the Work Based Learning program.
Students may earn up to 2.0 credits of Work Based Learning for each school year.
Please see Mr. Griffiths (Tom.Griffiths@vansd.org) in office 318 to get signed up for the program.
Build Trades is Building!
Year 2/3 students Jackson Baer (So), Carl Steele (So), Kodie Pangelinan (Sr), & Jahmi Wilson (Sr) have worked tirelessly to excavate the site, and have broken ground on what will be a learning experience for all. Leaving their legacy through hard work and grit. Thanks to these students, the Port of Vancouver, CTE and Ms. Seeley for their support of this project and program :)
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE FREE!!!
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS DURING THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
Dear VPS Families,
Through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), school meals will be available to all VPS students at no cost. While each student will continue to have a food service account, students will not be required to enter their PIN (personal identification number) to access school meals. No cash, checks or online payments will be accepted by Nutrition Services Staff this school year since all meals are served at no cost to families.
Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to submit a Meal Application even though all school meals are available at no cost. Families qualifying for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for waived or reduced fees to participate in other school or community programs. The district also receives additional funding to meet our students’ needs, based on the number of eligible students confirmed by these applications. Meal Applications can be downloaded from the district website or are available in each school office. Additionally, families may complete a Meal Application online. Parents only need to complete one Meal Application for all students in their household.
For further information, please contact VPS Nutrition Services @ 360-313-1190 or email Nutrition.Services@vansd.org.
NEED TECH HELP!?
Hudson’s Bay Family- Community Resource Center
Dear Students & Families,
We are thinking of you and hope you’re doing well.
If you need any basic needs support (housing, food, mental/physical health, etc.) our Family-Community Resource Coordinator, Christie, is working and ready to support you!
Feel free to call or email.
Estimados Estudiantes y Familias,
Estamos pensando en usted y esperamos que se encuentre bien.
Si necesita algún apoyo con necesidades básicas (vivienda, alimentación, salud mental / física, etc.) nuestra Coordinadora de Recursos para la Familia y la Comunidad, Christie, está trabajando y lista para apoyarlo. No dude en llamar o enviar un correo electrónico.
Christie Chapin (she/her)
Family-Community Resource Coordinator
Bailee Cragun is a Student Assistance Professional working with Hudson’s Bay High School
students to prevent substance use and abuse in our school and in our community. Children and
teens who use alcohol and other drugs are at higher risk than adults for developing short and
long-term physical, developmental and emotional problems. This is because their brains are still
developing and more vulnerable to the effects of drugs. Bailee utilizes the research-based
Project SUCCESS model, which offers a combination of interventions designed to meet the
unique needs of Hudson’s Bay High Schools students. Bailee provides:
o Early alcohol and other drug education and prevention in classrooms and for
o Screening and early intervention services to students and their families
o Referrals to treatment providers
o Help with transitioning back to school for students who have had alcohol or
other drug problems
o Coordination CPWI West Van Coalition
Bailee provides a variety of support groups for students who have concerns or issues that may
interfere with their optimal academic progress. The groups focus on the development of skills
and self-confidence necessary for students to make positive choices in their lives related to:
school success, resolving conflicts, coping with grief, peer pressure, self-esteem, anger
management, and drug and alcohol use. The purpose of these time-limited groups is to help
students develop skills necessary to realize their academic and personal potentials
We are confident that this statewide program delivers high quality services specifically designed
to meet the unique needs of Hudson’s Bay students. If you have someone you want to refer or
have any questions contact Bailee.
VPS is Hiring!
Are you, or do you know someone who would be a great addition to our Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) team? Did you know that VPS hosts monthly Substitute and Classified Candidate Day interviews for qualified applicants?
Vancouver Public Schools is now hiring for full-time, part-time, substitute, and seasonal employees in the following areas:
Further information can be found HERE!
Vancouver Public Schools new program to offer!
Vancouver Public Schools has a new program to offer to the students and families of the district. The Office of the Education Ombuds works with students, families, schools, and the community through the discipline process to resolve conflicts, build supportive partnerships, and foster collaboration so that every student can engage in a valuable educational experience within Vancouver Public Schools. The ombuds will provide confidential and unbiased guidance, resources, information, and support when parents need assistance navigating the student discipline process or a conflict exists within a discipline matter.
If you have concerns about your child’s experience within the discipline process, please reach out to the Education Ombuds, Rachel Cason. The ombuds is here to help you navigate the district’s processes and procedures as well as provide you with the assistance you may need in resolving conflicts specific to student discipline.
The Education Ombuds, Rachel Cason, can be reached at email@example.com or 360-313-1340.
When you register though the program it keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member. You may then access your profile to register for future sports and activities.
"The Bay Way"
The mission of Hudson's Bay High School is to create lifelong learners and responsible, compassionate, literate citizens by melding the resources of students, staff, parents, and community.
Our Traits of Focus
Our Bay community developed five traits that align with our mission statement that we believe students and staff should strive to exhibit. We teach, recognize, and value the following:
All members of the school community- from staff to students - strive to exhibit the Bay Way Traits of Focus - Community, Ownership, Critical Thinking, Perseverance, and Empathy. Staff and students strive to exhibit these traits at Bay because doing so improves our school culture, the health and happiness of all members of the school community, and benefits students in both academic and non-academic ways.
Hudson's Bay FFA has been running a "FULL SERVICE FLORAL SHOP" since 1973! Please click above for the order form.
VPS 1:1 Technology
Responsible Use and Safety Agreement
The use of a district issued computing device and all accounts for the related services and applications are solely for educational purposes and users have no expectation of privacy because the district has a right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store information transmitted or received, at any time, without prior notice. If information is collected that indicates activity outside of the acceptable use, that information will be reviewed with the student and/or parent/guardian during normal school business hours.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Information obtained by school district officials, after school business hours, suggesting or indicating imminent danger to a person(s) will initiate a 911 report upon receiving that information. Building administration will contact the parents/guardians on the next school business day regarding the matter.
Vancouver families depend on clean rivers, streams and lakes for swimming, fishing and preserving habitat for future generations. You can help reduce one of the biggest threats to our waterways, pollution left behind from everyday activities that gets picked up by stormwater.
We all contribute to stormwater pollution, so we all need to be part of the solution. Here are three easy tips you can follow to reduce water pollution and help protect our rivers, streams and lakes.
Only rain down the drain. As simple as it sounds, this is the most important principle for reducing water pollution, and it should be taken literally. Whatever goes down the storm drain almost always ends up in our streams. Even if you’re not putting anything directly into a storm drain, be aware of what runoff can pick up from your home and yard. This includes grass clippings, car washing soap, fertilizers and pet waste, just to name a few.
“Natural” can still be pollution. It’s easy to overlook pollutants that seem “natural,” such as grass clippings, pet waste and organic fertilizers. In our developed communities, these are significant sources of pollution. Fecal coliform is one of the top pollutants found in streams, and much of it comes from pet owners who don’t pick their pet’s waste. Nutrients in yard debris and fertilizers feed potentially toxic algae that deplete water of oxygen needed by aquatic life.
Sweep it up, don’t hose if off. Using a hose to wash away a spill or clean the driveway is a sure way to send pollutants to our streams. Instead, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up pollutants, close them in a bag and put it in the garbage. For liquid spills, put down an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, and sweep it into a bag before disposing in the trash.
For more ideas, visit www.clark.wa.gov/cleanwater and thank you for being part of the solution.
School messages will now reach more families
VPS is always looking for ways to improve communication with all of our families including families with students who have multiple residences. In response to parent requests, these families now will receive auto calls and emails from their school. The following criteria must be in place:
The family must be listed as the “second” family on the school registration form.
The family must also be signed up for the district’s online Parent Access.
At this time, attendance messages will continue to go to the parent who has listed their phone number and email as the primary contact. Parents who do not wish to receive school messages can opt out from receiving emails and calls.
Instructions to opt out:
Opting out of auto calls: Call 855-502-7867 from the phone number that is receiving the phone calls you wish to stop.
Opting out of emails: Parents can click on the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the email to stop receiving emails.
Questions? Please call our school office at #360.313.4400
Los mensajes de la escuela les llegarán ahora a más familias
El Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” (VPS, por sus siglas en inglés) siempre está buscando formas de mejorar la comunicación con todas nuestras familias, incluyendo a las familias con estudiantes que tienen residencias múltiples. En respuesta a las solicitudes de los padres, estas familias ahora recibirán llamadas automatizadas y correos electrónicos de su escuela. Los siguientes criterios deberán darse:
La familia debe aparecer como “segunda” familia en la forma de inscripción de la escuela.
La familia también debe estar inscrita en el Acceso de Padres en línea del distrito. (“Parent Access”)
En este momento, los mensajes de asistencia seguirán siendo enviados al padre que haya anotado su número de teléfono y correo electrónico como contacto principal.
Los padres que no deseen recibir mensajes de la escuela pueden optar por no recibir correos electrónicos y llamadas.
Instrucciones para optar por no recibir correos electrónicos o llamadas:
Para no recibir llamadas automatizadas: llame al 855-502-7867 desde el número de teléfono en el que recibe las llamadas telefónicas que no desea recibir.
Optar por no recibir correos electrónicos: los padres pueden hacer clic en el enlace "cancelar suscripción" en la parte inferior del correo electrónico para dejar de recibir correos electrónicos.
¿Tiene preguntas? Por favor llame a la oficina de la escuela al 360-313-4400
Сообщения из школ теперь будут доходить до большего числа семей
Ванкуверские государственные школы (VPS) всегда ищут дополнительные пути улучшения поддержания контакта с семьями всех наших учеников, включая те случаи, когда учащиеся проживают не только в одной семье. По просьбам родителей эти семьи теперь будут получать из своих школ автоматизированные звонки и электронные письма. (email). Для этого должны быть выполнены следующие условия:
«Вторая» семья, желающая получать сообщения, должна быть указана в разделе «Non-custodial parent» на регистрационной форме.
Семья должна быть также зарегистрирована для получения информации онлайн по программе района, которая называется «Доступ для родителей - Parent Access».
В настоящее время сообщения о посещаемости и пропусках, по-прежнему, будут поступать на номер телефона и электронную почту родителя, который на регистрационной форме указан как основное лицо для контакта.
Родители, которые не хотят получать сообщения из школы, могут отказаться от получения электронных писем и звонков.
Инструкции для отказа от получения информации:
Отказ от автоматизированных звонков: Наберите 855-502-7867 с телефона, по которому вы получаете звонки, поступление которых вы хотели бы остановить.
Отказ от получения электронных писем: для того чтобы остановить получение электронных писем, родители должны щелкнуть на слово «unsubscribe» в нижней части электронного письма.
Вопросы? Звоните в школьный офис по телефону 360-313-4400
Family Communication Change information in Chuukese
en mei tongeni kéri Juanita Yasu, 360-771-5343.
Student Welfare and Attendance
USE OF CELL PHONES BY STUDENTS:
Possession of a cell phone by a student on school district property is a privilege which may be revoked if the student does not follow this district policy:
During classroom and instructional time, the cellular telephone must be “OFF & AWAY”. Text messaging is NOT allowed during classroom or instructional time. If a student uses his/her phone during instructional time and a staff member asks for it to be handed over to him/her, the student must relinquish the phone immediately or will be disciplined for failure to cooperate.
ANY STUDENT WHO POSSESSES A CELL PHONE ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS CARE. AT NO TIME IS THE DISTRICT RESPONSIBLE FOR PREVENTING THEFT, LOSS OR DAMAGE TO A CELL PHONE OR ANY ELECTRONIC DEVISE BROUGHT ONTO ITS PROPERTY OR TAKEN TO AN OFF CAMPUS SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT.
WHAT IS HBF?
The Hudson’s Bay Foundation (HBF) is a 501.3c non-profit school-wide Booster Club for Hudson’s Bay High School that was formed in February of 2010. HBF’s Mission is to ‘benefit the students of HBHS’, through various fundraising efforts and a unique Grant process. HBF’s Board is composed of parent volunteers, alumni, and retired faculty, coaches and administrators, all serving with the goal of assisting the students at Hudson’s Bay. Over the 10 years of this group’s existence, more than $156,800 has been given to a wide range of athletic, activity and academic programs, including assistance with payment of ASB and athletic fees which can prevent low income students from participating fully in all high school has to offer.
Two major fundraisers have been held each year prior to spring of 2020 - the March Madness Silent Auction and the August Golf Tournament at Lakeview. We hope to hold these events again in 2021 if the pandemic protocols allow large gatherings. In the meantime, HBF will be relying on donations which can be made in two ways: by mail to Hudson's Bay Foundation, P.O. Box 61804, Vancouver WA 98666 or by credit card on the HBF website "Donate" page. Donors can earmark their gift for a specific purpose or program, and a receipt with the HBF tax I.D. number will be provided.
Donations from HB alumni will be tallied as part of our “Soaring Eagles” competition. Alumni donations to date total over $156,000. Businesses also contribute by sponsoring components of our fundraisers, by purchasing advertising for athletics and by monetary donations.
Please join us in our efforts to help the Hudson’s Bay Students!
For more information and a detailed list of the Soaring Eagles alumni donations and Grants given to HBHS programs over the years, go to
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Sexual Harassment--Between Students information from VPS Regulation 3205
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying --Between Students information from VPS Regulation 3207
Vancouver Public Schools Non Discrimination Statement
Vancouver School District is an Equal Opportunity District in education programs, activities, services, and employment. The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, age, families with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal.
The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The district complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Older Worker Protection Act, and all other state, federal, and local equal opportunity laws. You may also contact any of the following people by writing to them at:
Vancouver School District, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, Washington 98668-8937 or by calling 360-313-1000.
ADA Kathy Everidge; Title VII, 504 Kym Tyelyn-Carlson; IDEA Daniel Bettis; Affirmative Action Kathy Everidge; Title IX Elementary Debra Hale, Doug Hood; Title IX Secondary Chris Olsen, Doug Hood; Athletic Equity Albert Alcantar.
This notification can be provided in the appropriate language for communities of national origin and minority persons with limited English language skills by contacting 360-313-1250
Notificación de No Discriminación
Уведомление об отсутствии дискриминации
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