Skyview High School

September Newsletter

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Vancouver School District No. 37

1300 NW 139th St.

Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 313-4200



September 3, 2019

Dear Storm Families,

We have just wrapped up our first week of school. It has been wonderful to see our students back in the building and transitioning into the new school year! I have been impressed with both our students and staff. They are building community and engaging in academic rigor from the start. This aligns with our intentional focus on culture, climate and instruction.

This fall is going to be busy. We have a number of exciting events and activities taking place. Some of those activities include:

· Fall Sports Parent Night – September 3rd 6:30-7:30 at Skyview

· Monday 40 minute early release start Sept 9th – see our building webpage for bell schedule

· Curriculum Night – Sept 17th, 6:00 p.m. at Skyview

· Athletic contests start – see www.4AGSHL.com for schedules

· Homecoming Football Game – October 4th 7:00 p.m. at Kiggins Bowl

· Homecoming Dance – October 5th 8:00-11:00 p.m. at Skyview

· No School – October 11th

· Picture Re-takes – October 14th

· 2 Hour Early Release – October 16th and October 17th

· Parent Conferences – October 17th and 18th

· End of 1st Quarter – November 1st

We continue to let our core covenants of Trust, Integrity and Excellence be our guiding values. Skyview has so much to be proud of. We appreciate your help in continuing our legacy of excellence. You can support your student/s by being encouraging, reinforcing the importance of academics, and supporting healthy habits. I look forward to working with all of our students and families this year. If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Andy Meyer – Principal

Upcoming Key Dates-At a Glance

  • September 2: Labor Day, no school
  • September 3: Fall Sports Parent Night
  • September 17: Curriculum Night
  • September 20: SMT Blast Night
  • September 24: AVID Night
  • October 5: Homecoming
  • October 11: In-service day, no school
  • October 14: Picture make-up day
  • October 16: Parent Conferences, 2-hour early release-all schools
  • October 17: Parent Conferences, 2-hour early release-MS/HS only. ES only-no school
  • October 18: Parent Conferences, no school-all schools

DID YOU KNOW…

STUDENTS CAN JOIN GROUPS OR RECEIVE ONE ON ONE SERVICES HERE AT SKYVIEW

GROUPS INCLUDE:


  • Recovery Group: Students who are in recovery from substance abuse.
  • Intervention Group: For students who are currently using substances and would like support.
  • Affected Others: For students who are affected by a loved one's substance use.
  • Senior Group: A group just for seniors.
  • New Comers Group: A group for students who are new to the school.
  • Harm Reduction Group: Self-harm awareness and new coping skills.

You can email Donna Holland at Donna.Holland@vansd.org, or call – (360) 313-1300


Drug and alcohol quick facts:

  • 68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol.
  • 37% have drank in the last month.
  • 24% of 10th grades have used alcohol in the last month.
  • 21% of students said they had binge drank in the last month.
  • 22% said they rode in a car with someone who had been drinking.
  • 10% drove after drinking.
  • 31% of 12th graders have used marijuana in the past year.
  • 21% said they had used marijuana in the last month.
  • 17% of 10th graders have used marijuana in the last 30 days.
  • 6% of seniors use marijuana every day.
  • 81% say it is easy to get
  • Only 32% say regular use of marijuana is harmful.

According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future study, the next most commonly used substances among high school seniors are (in descending order)

  • Amphetamines
  • Adderall
  • Opioid painkillers
  • Synthetic Marijuana
  • Tranquilizers
  • Cough medicine
  • Vicodin
  • Hallucinogens
  • OxyContin
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Sedatives
  • Cocaine
  • inhalants
  • Salvia

Food Court News

Parents please check your student's lunch account. Students that had a negative balance at the end of last school year, started out with those negative balances this Fall. Please feel free to send in payments a little at a time to help bring your student's account to a positive balance.

Skyview Care Closet

What is it the Care Closet?

We provide food, clothes, shoes, school supplies and toiletries to Skyview students who are in need. We can help once or multiple times.

How do students access the Care Closet?

Order forms are available online and at the Attendance Office window, wing clerk desks and counselors offices. Students check off what items they need, return the forms to the Attendance Office, and the items are delivered.

Is it private?

Yes! Only student numbers are used—no names. The bags are also delivered to the location of the student’s choosing.

How can I help?

As of September 2019 we have all we need. Gift cards to Fred Meyer or Walmart a great way to help us to purchase specific items that may run low. We have plenty of clothes and do not need any other clothing or shoe donations.

Please contact stephanie.mcgarvie@vansd.org for more information!

Thank you!!!

Where is my Bus Number?

The number next to the bus door is where you should look for your correct bus number. This is done so that if we have to use a spare bus, it will have the same bus number that you are used to.
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Be a Part of the Solution

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.