Skyview High School

February Newsletter

Parent know-how: Get text message updates

  1. Sign into your Skyward account. If you cannot access your account, please call your child’s school’s office.
  2. Visit the “Student info” tab (on a mobile device, click on the “+” to display menu). In the upper right corner, click “Request Changes for student,” then select “Family information” from the dropdown.
  3. In the pop-up window, select “Cell” and enter a valid cellphone number for each guardian. Click the “Save” button.

Please note that it may take up to 24 hours to begin receiving text messages.

If T-Mobile is your cell carrier, you must also opt in to receive text messages. This can be accomplished by doing one of the following:

  • Go to T-mobile.com > Privacy Center > Privacy Choices tab > Opt-out Form > there is an option here to opt in to toll-free SMS > complete and submit.
  • Call 800-937-8997 and have them submit this form for you.
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Attendance

Why being in school matters


When it comes to learning, every single school day counts. Research shows that attendance plays an important role in academic success, which affects success in life. Simply put, students must attend school in order to benefit from it.

Just two missed days of school every month, for any reason, can cause a child to suffer academically and decrease the chances that he or she will graduate. Absences add up—and subtract from learning.


If you need to report an absence or tardy

Call the attendance office at 360-313-4220, send an email to the attendance clerk at skyview.attendance@vansd.org, enter the absence into Skyward Family Access or send a written note to the attendance office.

Excused absences and tardies are time spent out of school for:

  • Illness—a doctor’s note is required if a student is ill for five or more days in a month, unless the principal, for good cause, waives the requirement
  • Health care appointments
  • Emergencies, including but not limited to a death or illness in the family
  • Religious or cultural activities, including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction
  • Participation in a district- or school-approved activity or instructional program as approved by the principal
  • Deployment activities of an active duty military parent or guardian
  • Prearranged absences that the principal (or designee) and parent agree upon. The school cannot excuse absences for trips taken by students unless these trips involve direct supervision by the school or the family.

Absences must be excused by a parent within three days. It is the responsibility of the student or parent to arrange for any makeup work.

Unexcused absences do not meet the above criteria for an excused absence and carry the following consequences:

  • Students with unexcused absences for skipping class will meet with the school to enter an attendance agreement. Attendance in class is crucial to students making academic progress, and unexcused absences may be met with disciplinary consequences.
  • After five unexcused absences, school officials will enter into an attendance agreement and plan with the student and parent.
  • After seven unexcused absences in a month, or 10 in a year, the student will be referred to the district’s student welfare and attendance office, which is required to file a petition in juvenile court alleging a violation of Washington state’s mandatory attendance law.

If an absence/tardy is not called in, the student must check in with the attendance office upon arrival and bring a note by the following day or he/she will be considered truant. Truancy is missing class or school without permission.

Tardy policy
A student is tardy when he or she enters the classroom after the tardy bell and within the first 15 minutes of class time. If a students arrives to class more than 15 minutes late or leaves class early without permission, teachers will mark a “V” in the attendance for that student to indicate that the student was very late. Teachers will address tardies with students, and students who are tardy to classes five or more times in one week will meet with school officials to create an attendance agreement and may receive disciplinary consequences.

Leaving Early

Skyview High School is a closed campus. This means once a student arrives on campus, he or she may not leave without first giving written parental permission to the attendance office in the morning. This includes students leaving campus after being dropped off by buses or parents in the morning.

Parents/guardians should check in at the office and sign out their children when taking them out of school early. Failure to do so will result in truancy, regardless of later returning to school with a note from a parent/guardian. If the child returns during the school day, the parent/guardian should sign them in again at the office.

Senior Information

Transcript Request, Important Dates, Gradparty and Fundraisers

Skyview Drama Club's Winter Musical is Coming Up!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

February 13th-15th at Skyview Auditorium

7pm, with an additional 2pm matinee on the 15th

Tickets are $5, or $4 with an ASB card

Upcoming SMT Blast Night for SMT Students

  • February 7th @ 7:00-11:00 pm
  • $5 entry fee for food and drinks
  • Enter through Ms. Malixi's door
  • Sign up non SMT friends starting February 3rd at 600 wing desk

SMT Magnet Applications

Applications will be accepted through February 21st. A link to the application will be on Skyview's webpage and the VPS District webpage.

Did you know February is Marijuana awareness month?

Marijuana has been linked to school failure. It can negatively affect attention, memory and learning abilities which can last for weeks and even months. Compared to students who do not use marijuana, student who do tend to get lower grades and have a higher chance of dropping out of high school. Research even shows it can lower IQ if used regularly. Long term marijuana users report lower life satisfaction, more memory and relationship problems, poorer mental and physical health, lower salaries and career success.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Donna Holland, at 360-313-1300 ex5984 or by email Donna.Holland@vansd.org

Honor Roll Breakfast

9th & 10th graders: 2/18

11th & 12th graders: 2/25

February/March Assessment Dates:

ASVAB (2/4/20):

Seniors who have not met ELA/Math standard(s) or plan to enter military

Periods 1 -3, Career Center


ELPA21 (2/11-2/12 with makeups 2/13-2/14):

All grades - students who have received/are receiving EL services

Morning and afternoon groups to swap on day 2


AVANT (2/25-2/26 with makeups 2/27-2/28):

All grades - students who choose to test towards a diploma dual-literacy seal.

Morning and afternoon groups to swap on day 2


SAT (3/4):

All juniors - School Day SAT

Periods 1-4 (should return during 5th period)

Attention all Juniors! SAT's are coming up on March 4th. Please check your email regularly in the next few weeks for SAT information.

News from the Counselors

ASVAB TESTING - 2/4/2020

We use this test for Seniors who have not met ELA/Math standard(s) or plan to enter military

Periods 1 -3, in the Career Center. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.

AVANT TESTING - 2/25-2/26 with makeups 2/27-2/28

We use this test to help students gain high school credit from being bilingual. All students are allowed to test, if your student is interested have them contact their counselor.

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Cap and Gown

The in school days to order graduation garb have already passed, but your student and you may order online at www.highschool.herffjones.com. Orders may also be sent in via mail to

Royal-T/Herff Jones

4018 NE 112th Ave. D-3

Vancouver, WA

98682

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SAT and ACT TEST

To register for the SAT, visit www.collegeboard.com. The test dates for 2019-2020 are:

March 14, 2020……….deadline February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020…………...deadline April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020…………..deadline May 8, 2020

To register for the ACT, visit www.actstudent.org. The test dates for 2019-2020 are:

February 8, 2020……..deadline January 10, 2020

April 4, 2020…………..deadline February 28, 2020

June 13, 2020…………deadline May 8, 2020

July 18, 2020…………deadline June 19, 2020

Please note the Skyview High School Code: 481-489

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS - Be sure to check on application deadlines for your desired college soon, and start assembling the various pieces required (the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation if needed, etc., etc). Deadlines can be earlier than you realize, and even state schools (like the UW) have deadlines as early as November!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - This begins October 1, and all items related to financing college (scholarships, grants, loans, work study, etc) all begin with the FAFSA. Be sure to visit www.fafsa.gov to start the process!

WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) is a financial aid program for students who are not eligible for federal aid due to their immigration status. Go to the following website: https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa-washington-application-state-financial-aid or simply Google “WASFA” for more information.

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NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE - If your student plans to play college athletics, they will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be cleared to do so. You can complete this process by visiting their web-site at https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ or simply Google “NCAA Eligibility Center”.

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RUNNING START SPRING QUARTER - If you’re interested in Running Start for Spring Quarter, you can apply by going to www.clark.edu/apply to start the process. You must have a 2.75 grade point average to be eligible.

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September was suicide awareness month, but these resources for our students and community are always important! Remember to reach out to a counselor if you have any concerns about your student’s mental health.

● Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800-273-TALK

● (1800-273-8255)

● Crisis Textline: Text TALK to 741741

● 1-866-4-U-TREVOR: 1-866-488-7386

● Clark County Crisis:1800-626-8137 or 360-696-9560

● Teen Talk: 360-397-2428

● Crisischat.org

● Finding mental health options: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/healthcare-professionals/access-services/partnership-access-line/washingtons-mental-health-referral-service-children-teens/

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