Skyview High School

March Newsletter

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Vancouver School District No. 37

1300 NW 139th St.

Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 313-4200


March 2, 2020


Dear Storm Families,


This month will be a busy one as we enter the assessment season and students start to forecast classes for the 2020-21 school year. This week, March 4th, we will be providing the CollegeBoard, SAT assessment free of charge to all juniors. This is a great opportunity for our students, and we are lucky to have a community and district that recognize and support the value of this option for students. Below is a list of some additional assessments your child may be taking part in through the end of this school year:

· Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Assessment

· Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment

· Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

· Advanced Placement Exams

· Off Grade-level Smarter Balanced Exams

On March 16th our students will start to forecast for their 2020-21 courses. Students must take this process seriously and make wise selections. We will take the students’ requests and start to build our master schedule for next year. We then hire and staff teachers for the entire school year based on this schedule. Therefore, we cannot accommodate schedule changes in the fall due to teacher or course preferences. Again, students need to choose wisely. We will have a curriculum fair on March 12th so students can explore courses they might be interested in. Please have a conversation with your child about the courses they are planning on signing up for. If you have specific questions about forecasting you can contact your child’s counselor.

The spring will bring a lot of new academic, athletic and arts events and competitions. I look forward to the opportunities our students will engage in to enrich their educational experiences and live our core values of Trust, Integrity and a Commitment to Excellence. As the year progresses, I am continually reminded of how great the Storm Community is and appreciate the opportunity to be working with your children, their teachers’ and the people who support them. If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact me.


Sincerely,

Andy Meyer – Principal

Thank you Voters!


A three-year supplemental levy that will maintain current levels of programs and services in Vancouver Public Schools was recently approved by Vancouver voters with 60.51% yes votes. The levy will make up a multimillion budget shortage due to changes in state funding for education.

“I am extremely grateful to this community for providing more than 55 years of continuous financial support for our students and schools,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “This election shows the value our voters hold for the education of our children and youth.”

For information about the levy, please visit vansd.org/levy.

Russian:

Спасибо, избиратели!

Трёхгодичный дополнительный налоговый сбор, который сохранит программы и услуги на уровне, предоставляемом Ванкуверским школьным районом в настоящее время, был недавно одобрен избирателями Ванкувера, при этом в поддержку налога проголосовало 60.51% избирателей. Эти средства восполнят многомиллионный дефицит бюджета, который возник в результате изменения предоставляемого штатом финансирования школьного образования.

«Я чрезвычайно благодарен жителям нашего района за то, что в течение 55 лет они предоставляют постоянную финансовую поддержку нашим учащимся и школам», - сказал Управляющий Ванкуверским школьным районом Steve Webb. - «Эти выборы продемонстрировали большое значение, которое наши избиратели придают получению образования нашими детьми и молодежью».

Spanish:

¡Gracias, votantes!

Un impuesto suplementario de tres años que mantendrá los niveles actuales de programas y servicios en el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” fue aprobado recientemente por los votantes de Vancouver con un 60.51% de votos a favor. El impuesto suplementario cubrirá un déficit multimillonario en el presupuesto debido a cambios en la financiación estatal de la educación.

“Le estoy extremadamente agradecido a nuestra comunidad por su continuo apoyo financiero para nuestros estudiantes y escuelas,” dijo el Superintendente Sr. Steve Webb. “Esta elección demuestra el valor que la educación de nuestros niños y jóvenes tiene para nuestros votantes.”

Para más información sobre la recaudación fiscal, visite vansd.org/levy.

Chuukese:

Ach kapasen kinisou ngeni meinisin ekkewe aramas re útút!

A wor úkkúkkún 60.51% aramas rá útút wón ewe mwonien takises an epwe sópwenó ne ánisi ekkei prokrám me áninisin pekin sukkun me VPS nón ekkei 3 ier sipwe tonong nón. Ei mwonien takises epwe ne awora ewe fite minion mwonien sukkun kich mei nafangaw wón mwúrin an mwuun a awora eóch/ewe ekkesiwin ngeni mwonien sukkun.

Meinapen ewe Vancouver Public School ren Superintendent Steve Webb e apasa pwe “Ngang úwa men unusen kinisou ngeni aramasen iká chóóchóón nón neniach kei ren ar sópwenó ne awora áninisin mwoni ngeni ach kei sukkun me néúch kei chon sukkun non úkkúkkún 55 ier.” A pwan apasa pwe “Pwúngunón ei útút mi pwáranó ach aúcheani néúch kewe semirit me ar sukkun.”

Ren tichikin póróusan ekkei mwonien takises, ouse mochen nó ngeni ach ewe website ren vansd.org/levy.

Graduation Pathways Feedback

The Washington Board of Education (SBE) is looking for feedback regarding new graduation pathway requirements that went into effect for the graduating Class of 2020. The feedback is intended to inform future decisions on whether the pathway options are adequate and what changes, if any, the state should make. These new graduation pathway options replaced the previous requirement that a student needed to pass the state assessment in order to graduate. If you completed a survey in November of 2019, thank you! SBE used data from the preliminary to inform a final, comprehensive "Stakeholder Survey.” SBE would like to get as many diverse views as possible. Please find the Stakeholder Survey (it takes 10-15 minutes or less to complete) linked here (it closes March 8): WA Graduation Pathway Options Stakeholder Feedback Survey.

Talk Saves Lives

Monday, April 20th, 7pm

1300 Northwest 139th Street

Vancouver, WA

DECA

DECA will be attending the State Competition in Bellevue March 5 - 7.

Speech and Debate

Skyview's Speech and Debate team finished our regular season strong, with three qualifications for state competition. Alejandra Anderson, Cameron Nielson, and Ryan Welch will represent the Storm in Congress Debate at the state tournament in March at University of Puget Sound. Great work!

SMT Applications

Applications for next year will re-open on March 9th until June 1st!

Drug Prevention & Awareness

Xanex is among the most prescribed benzodiazepine drugs in the U.S. and is among the benzodiazepines most often found in the illegal market, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The top 5 most prescribed benzodiazepines are:

Alprazolam (including Xanax).

Lorazepam (including Ativan).

Clonazepam (including Klonopin).

Diazepam (including Valium).

Temazepam (including Restoril)

Side Effects

Common side effects of Xanax include: ataxia, cognitive dysfunction, and constipation, difficulty in micturition, drowsiness, dysarthria, fatigue, memory impairment, skin rash, weight gain, weight loss, anxiety, blurred vision, diarrhea, insomnia, decreased libido, increased appetite, and decreased appetite. Other side effects include: hypotension, sexual disorder, muscle twitching, and increased libido. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects

Some of the serious possible side effects of Xanax include

· Slow and/or shallow breathing, Seizures, Suicidality, Dependency on Xanax, Increased heart rate, Fainting, Swelling, Liver damage.

The risk of side effects can be increased by mixing Xanax with other drugs, especially other depressants like alcohol or opioids. This can increase the risk of potentially fatal breathing issues, sedation, or coma. Because of this, using alcohol or illegal drugs while taking any benzodiazepine is never recommended, and any other medications should be cleared by a medical provider

Withdrawal Symptoms

Suddenly stopping Xanax or suddenly decreasing the dose significantly can lead to withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms could be life-threatening. The risk of withdrawal should always be considered before stopping or decreasing Xanax use, especially in those who've taken a benzodiazepine for any considerable length of time.4 Individuals should not stop or decrease their benzodiazepine use without consulting a medical provider.

Symptoms of withdrawal can include:

• Insomnia, Headache, Sensitivity to noise or light, Difficulty concentrating, Blurred vision, Muscle cramps, Paresthesia or numbness/tingling in the extremities, Digestive upset, Sweating, Depression, Anxiety, Tremors, Seizures.

OVERDOSE

Overdose can occur when someone takes more than their prescribed dose, takes the prescribed dose more frequently than scheduled, or takes the drug with another drug like alcohol. Signs of alprazolam overdose can include:

· Sleepiness, Confusion, Problems with coordination, impaired reflexes, Coma

When you see the signs of an overdose, don't wait—call 911 immediately.

Please make sure to be aware of all prescriptions in your home and discard any unfinished pain medication

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Donna Holland, at 360-313-5984 or by email Donna.Holland@vansd.org

Senior Grad Updates

Upcoming fundraisers

Thursday, March 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Salmon Creek Burgerville Night Come enjoy some burgers, shakes, waffle fries, and more.

Friday, March 13th Bingo Night in the commons. 6:00 to 9:00pm

Puravida bracelets are still on sale! They are $10 each, anyone can get one, they are blue, and black, check the Senior Table for samples.

We have 2020 Senior decals at our Senior Table for just $3 each.

Did you know? The all-night senior grad party tickets are already on sale? Just for the month of March they are $85 each, get them soon because the price goes up in April. Get them at the Senior Table on Fridays, we take cash, check, or we are on Venmo @skyviewstorm2020

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook:

Skyview Storm Class of 2020 Grad Party

And also, on Instagram:

Skyviewgradparty2020

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