VPS now: 1/26/23

2022-23 school year: Issue 11

In Our Own Words

Please meet Ashton a student at the Heights Campus. Hear what's important to Ashton and listen to many other VPS voices on our website.

Congratulations Sandra Zavala-Ortega!

On January 10, Sandra Zavala-Ortega began her role as the first Latina School Board President for VPS. Sandra’s path to serving as VPS School Board president is unique. She is a former student, a former VPS employee, and a parent of a current VPS student. VPS Superintendent Dr. Snell reflects, “While I was the Principal at Fort Vancouver High School, Sandra was a student. It’s amazing to see how her experience at the school prepared her for a commitment to our community. For Sandra, it was a very short path from student to the highly esteemed position of VPS Board President and I am proud of her accomplishments.”

Vancouver Public Schools and Superintendent Jeff Snell honored with Compass Award

On Monday, Jan. 16, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by iUrban Teen, VPS Superintendent Jeff Snell received the Compass Award in recognition of the district’s commitment to student equity and ensuring the success of each of our students.

In his remarks, he shared, “We have made progress, and we have so much work to do. Race, ethnicity, and poverty continue to be predictors of success in our school systems. We still have ugly examples of racism, prejudice, and hurt that contribute to our students not feeling welcomed and loved. Our district is committed to this work and we will continue to challenge ourselves to see our system through our students’ perspectives so that we can do better each day.”

We are grateful to see the community recognizing and celebrating these efforts through this award. Most importantly, VPS aims to embody the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. year-round as we work towards each child feeling love and belonging in our community.

Employee Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the January 2023 Excellence Awards!

Teresa Arden, EL Instructional Lead at Hudson’s Bay High School

Mary Calame, Paraeducator at Alki Middle School, SCP Program

Ariel Goldsworth, Teacher and Coach at Discovery Middle School and Brian Thomas, Building Operator and Coach at Discovery Middle School [team]

Renee Sutter, Behavior Interventionist at Harney Elementary School

Heather Robinson, Paraeducator at Marshall Elementary School

Learn about the recipients here. Nominations for the March 2023 Excellence Awards are open through January 27.

School Board Appreciation Month

We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our School Board and we celebrate their

service during School Board Recognition Month. Thank you to our board directors: Tracie

Barrows, Sandra Zavala-Ortega, Kathy Decker, Wendy Smith, and Kyle Sproul.

To read more about Tracie’s contributions as President and Sandra’s unique story, visit our website.

Mes de gratitud a la Junta Escolar School

Estamos agradecidos por el trabajo y dedicación de nuestra Junta Escolar y celebramos su servicio durante el Mes de Gratitud a la Junta Escolar. Gracias a nuestra Junta Directiva: Tracie Barrows, Sandra Zavala-Ortega, Kathy Decker, Wendy Smith, and Kyle Sproul.

Para más información sobre las contribuciones de Tracie y la excepcional historia de Sandra, visite nuestro sitio web: visit our website.

Месячник признания деятельности Совета директоров

Мы благодарим наш Совет директоров за их кропотливый труд и их приверженность делу, и мы воздаём должное их работе во время Месячника признания деятельности Совета директоров. Спасибо нашим членам Совета директоров: Tracie Barrows, Sandra Zavala-Ortega, Kathy Decker, Wendy Smith и Kyle Sproul.

Чтобы прочитать о вкладе Трейси и уникальную историю Сандры, выйдите на наш вебсайт visit our website.

Maram Sipwe Pwáranó Ach Kinisou Ngeni Ach Ewe School Board

Kich sia men kinisou fáániten ach we school board me fáán iten ar angang weires me achocho. Sia mochen pwáranó ach kinisou nón ei maram ren ar angang fáánitach. Kinisou ngeni néúch kewe director wón ach we board. Tracie Barrows, Sandra Zavala-Ortega, Kathy Decker, Wendy Smith, me Kyle Sproul.

Ren ómw kopwe áneani póróusan met Tracie mei aworato rech me ren póróusan Sandra, nó ngeni ei website.

January and February 2023 district calendar

January and February 2023

Jan. 27: Semester break, no school

Feb. 20: Presidents Day, no school

*If schools are closed due to weather, the calendar may change. Missed days must be made up. Makeup dates, in priority order, are June 16, 20, 21 and Jan. 27 (June 19 is a federal holiday and will not be used as a possible snow makeup day). Actual date(s) could change based on timing and number of snow days.

Enero y Febrero de 2023

27 de enero: Pausa entre semestres, no hay clases

20 de febrero: Día feriado; Día del Presidente, no hay clases

*Si las escuelas cierran debido al mal tiempo, puede que haya cambios en el calendario. Se deben reponer los días de clases cancelados. Las fechas para reponer los días de clases que se cancelaron por causa del mal tiempo, por orden de prioridad son el 16, 20, 21 de junio y 27 de enero (el 19 de junio es día feriado federal y no se usará como posible día para recuperar días de clases canceladas por la nieve). La(s) fecha(s) exacta(s) puede que cambie(n) dependiendo del mes y día en el que se cancelaron las clases por mal tiempo y el número de días cancelados. “VPS” considerará clases en línea como una opción.

Январь u Февраль 2023 года

27 января: Перерыв между семестрами, занятий нет* (Возможны изменения, если школы будут закрываться из-за неблагоприятных погодных условий)*

20 февраля: День Президентов, занятий нет

*Если школы будут закрыты в связи с неблагоприятными погодными условиями, в календарь могут быть внесены изменения. Пропущенные дни нужно будет отработать. Учебные дни взамен пропущенных дней перечислены в порядке предпочтения: 16 июня, 20 июня, 21 июня и 27 января. (19 июня является федеральным праздником, и в этот день не будут проводиться занятия взамен пропущенных «снежных» дней. Точная(-ые) дата(-ы) дополнительных дней могут измениться в зависимости от числа «снежных» дней. VPS будет рассматривать дистанционное обучение в качестве возможного варианта.

Sanéwéri me Fapéwéri 2023

Sanéwéri 27: Ese wor sukkun, asésén an a mwúúch en ewin semester

Fapéwéri 20: Ráánin Presiten, ese wor sukkun

*Iká pwe epwe kesip ekkei sukkun ren ngawen enienin ásepwán, ren rááningaw me púngúmwóngun sno, iwe epwe pwan siwin nón néúch kanantér. Epwe ne wor ekkesiwinin ekkewe ráán mei kesipinó sukkun iká ese wor sukkun. Mei wor fitu ekkei ráánin sukkun sia apachatá epwe fiis pwe ekkesiwinin ekkewe ráán ese wor sukkun nón ren púngúmwóngun sno. A iei ussun tettenin ekkei ráánin sukkun: Suun 16, 20, 21 me Sanéwéri 27 (Suun 19 esapw an mwuunap ráánin asésé me esapw pwan fiis pwe ekkesiwinin ekkewe ráán mei kesipinó sukkun iká ese wor sukkun ren pwúngúmwóngun sno. Mei tufich an epwe ekkesiwin ekkei ráán sia fen finanó nge epwe ne chék anóngónóng wón meni ráán e púng sno me fitu ráán e púng sno nón. VPS mei tongeni finatá an epwene chék fiis sukkun nón imw wón line.

Vancouver Public Schools

We serve 21,000 amazing students and their families in the great community of Vancouver, Washington!

Notice of nondiscrimination

Vancouver Public Schools 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 contact any of the following people at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA, 98661, or by writing to them at VPS, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, WA 98668-8937 or by calling 360-313-1000: ADA & Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator–jeff.fish@vansd.org; Civil Rights and Affirmative Action—janell.ephraim@vansd.org, Title VII, 504—steve.vance@vansd.org; IDEA—daniel.bettis@vansd.org; Athletic Equity & Title IX Elementary and Secondary—james.gray@vansd.org, kristie.lindholm@vansd.org and bill.oman@vansd.org. 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.