December Newsletter

Skyview High School

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Dear Storm families,

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou


As we make our way to the Winter Holiday break, I hope you will each take a moment to read and reflect the words of Maya Angelou. We are each given amazing talents and gifts that we often overlook due to external causes or expectations. As I walk through the halls and spaces of Storm Headquarters, I am amazed by the talents and gifts of our students. Scientists, artists, poets, mathematicians are abound throughout.

The New Year will provide a new beginning for each of us to make the very best “me”. My hope is that we can all take hold of the belief that we are in control of our own destinies, challenge ourselves to push boundaries and continue to achieve excellence each day. This is the legacy of Skyview High School.

I hope each and every one of you enjoys the Winter Break time and comes back to us with a renewed passion to be the best “me” that we can be.

Thank you,

Jim Gray

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The Skyview Care Closet

The Care Closet has winter coats available for Skyview students.

If your student is in need please contact stephanie.mcgarvie@vansd.org.

She will reach out to your student and set them up with a coat.

For more information on the Skyview Care Closet please see the Skyview website, under the Resources tab.

https://skyview.vansd.org/care-closet/

Dear Families of SHS

Did you know December is intoxicated driving awareness month?

*Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S.

*Most teen crashes occur on the weekends, when teens are too busy having fun to pay attention to their driving.

*Eight teens die every day in DUI crashes.

Parents and family have the greatest influence over a teen’s substance use. Studies show teens who live in households with strong boundaries and rules surrounding substance use are less likely to use illicit substances.

Talk to your teen and talk often!

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

Attendance – TOP 5 List

1 – You have 3 days to excuse an absence.

2 - To excuse – Bring a note to school or call 360-313-4220 or email skyview.attendance@vansd.org

3 - Excusable Reasons – Health care appointment, Illness, Family activity, Family emergency, Pre-arranged Absence

*If a student has missed more than 5 days in a month a doctors note is required to excuse those absences.

4 – Unexcused Absence – Arrive to class 15 minutes late, Leaving Skyview without checking out, Oversleeping, Car/transportation. These reasons will not be excused.

7 unexcused absences in a month=Truancy

10 unexcused absences in a year= Truancy

*The State of Washington mandates school districts report to the juvenile court any student that is truant.

5 – Students who have been to ANY classes during the school day MUST check out before leaving Skyview. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. Regardless of later returning to school with a note from parent.

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.

Skyview Yearbook

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Once you are in the ad website, please use their customer service line for any questions or help.
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Bus Safety

If your student needs to ride a different bus home for the day please write him or her a note. Please include a phone number that you can be reached at. Have your student bring the note to the main office in the morning as we call and verify the note with the parent.

Please do not email or call the school regarding bus notes.

Parents Please Check Your Student's Lunch Account

We have a lot of negative balances.

We have information in different languages to sign up for parent access.

It's a great way to see if your student is buying more than one lunch or coffee in the morning.

You can reach Judy Amituanai, Kitchen Manager between 5:00 am until 2:00 pm for more information at 360-313-4209 or Nutritional Services at 360-313-1190.

Knowledge Bowl

The Knowledge Bowl Team is off to a great start! The team did super well at the recent competition at Mt. View High School on November 7th. The team meets every Monday after school in the 600 wing theater.

Drop in and have some fun learning about a variety of topics including history, literature, current events, science, math and grammar.

Join Skyview Performing Arts for our amazing production of Suessical!

This family-friendly show is great fun for everyone! Tickets are available online and all proceeds go directly to benefit students in arts education. Get yours before they are gone! https://skyviewseussical.bpt.me

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Join a Skyview Club

Skyview Full Club List



Club descriptions

3D Printing Club Students sharing their passion for 3D printing as well as engineering topics pertaining to 3D printing.

ANIME CLUB The discussion and learning of Japanese Culture and Anime.

AISIAN CULTURE CLUB To educate students who are interested in Asian cultures, trying new foods and volunteering for Chinese New Year celebration.

ASL Explores the world of American Sign Language, socialization in ASL with other AL students, and helps out by signing at various school events.

Black Student Union (BSU) Exists to create a community in which students can safely engage in discussions about race, marginalization, culture, society and other topics

Creative Writing Club The purpose of this club is hone writing skills, grow comfortable with sharing writing and create connections through similar interests.

DECA Provides students with hands on experiences in the fields of marketing, business and entrepreneurship. DECA enhances the classroom experience by providing conferences and competitions that mold high school students into character driven leaders.

DivCom Skyview’s Diversity committee, DivCom, encourages a safe and inclusive school community by acknowledging our similarities and celebrating our differences. Members strive to provide opportunities for open dialogue about social and cultural topics that impact the school and surrounding community.

Drama Members work on projects in every area of theater production. Students have the opportunity to act, sing, dance, work on visual, sound and light design, and work in publicity and community outreach projects and have a good time with friendly, supportive students and teachers.

Dungeons and Dragons Club Bring together students who enjoy playing D & D and other role playing games.

Fellowship of Christian Students The goal for FCS is to provide a safe outlet for students to share their faith in a judgement free environment. Meetings may consist of worship, scripture reading, devotionals, prayer, games and other activities, some that may occur outside of school.

French Club Open to all students interested in learning more about and celebrating French culture.

Hip Hop Club Come Rap and learn about the culture behind it.

JAWA (Joy at Weekends Arrival) The purpose of this club is to provide a positive environment for students with similar interests. Activities will include playing games and watching movies.

Key Club All students interested in community service can join this group. They help with events like the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

Knowledge Bowl Competes against other schools on general knowledge of subjects like literature, history, math and science similar to the game show Jeopardy.

Lacrosse Club To gather and introduce students to the game and history of Lacrosse. It will help promote growth of the sport.

Math Team (Mu Alpha Theta) Students challenge themselves on tough problems and practicing problem solving strategies. The goal is to foster an environment that encourages listening, thinking and speaking to join in intellectual living.

MEChA This after school club is dedicated to promoting higher education, culture and the history of Chicano students.

Model United Nations Learn about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation, research and fine tuning your writing. MUN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

Music Theory Club Learn about music theory to enhance your understanding of the music we play. Preparation of AP music theory exam is optional.

National Honor Society Recognition and commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community service.

Natural Helpers Welcomes and includes foreign exchange students to the Skyview community to exchange ideas and customs on an international level.

Prevention Club Focused on living and promoting healthy lives free of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance abuse among youth.

Red Cross Club Responsible for organizing student blood drives and relief efforts that take place throughout the year.

Robotics The purpose of this club is for students to apply skills learned in the classroom in a hands on environment working with adult mentors. The club operates a small business students managing all aspects creating a robot along with marketing the club to other FIRST teams and the community. They also competes as a FIRST Robotics Competition Team and attends other competitive events. See www.stormbots.com for more information.

Skills USA A national leadership and technical skills organization for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses. Visit www.skillsusa.org for more information.

Speech and Debate Students compete in an individual or team debate, individual humorous, dramatic or expository presentation or partner skits.

Womens Club This club will create an environment for women to find new friends, spread positivity through the female population, as well as provide new opportunities for leadership.

Visual Art Club Intends to build a community of students interested in visual art where students can learn to provide accurate critique as well as learn to take criticism.

In-District Boundary Exceptions

In-District Boundary Exceptions for students NEW to Skyview in the fall of 2019 will be accepted Jan 8-Feb 28, 2019.

The form can be found at:

https://vansd.org/wpdm-package/in-district-choice-transfer-form/?wpdmdl=36570&refresh=5bff046f105a71543439471

If your student is accepted to Skyview, they will be able to forecast for classes in March of 2019.

Should the Feb 28th date be missed, your Boundary Exception will be added to the group that will be processed May 1.

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Join the VPS team!

We are currently seeking substitute and permanent applicants for Paraeducator, Bus Driver, Nutrition Services, and Custodial. To view a complete job posting and apply, visit the district website; https://vansd.org and select VPS Jobs. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.


If you need assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department (hrdesk@vansd.org or 360-313-1080).