Fort Vancouver High School
Center for International Studies
October 2021 Newsletter
From Our Principal, Mr. Scheidel
It is wonderful that we are just finishing our fifth week of school with all students in attendance and we are continuing to move forward. Having spent 17 months limping along with the effects of COVID keeping us at less than full capacity, I am grateful for full hallways and classrooms. We are not free from the focus on mitigation strategies and COVID-related protocols. Yet, it is very nice to see learning happening at a greater pace and students figuring out what high school is like.
High School is such a wonderful time of self discovery and exploration. Students get to take classes that are aimed at piquing their interests and lighting the fire of imagination. At our school, we have many opportunities for “hands on” and “real world application” courses. Multiple magnet programs are available to students as soon as they start in grade 9. Often the spark is lit in an English, math, or science class that begins to move a student to chase a new passion. Other interests are spurred on through one of our elective offerings in art, photography, video, music, and languages. A comprehensive high school is just that, working to provide a well-rounded set of offerings for students as they build skills in moving toward graduation. As we continue in the improvement work school-wide, the building culture and academic offerings align in that process.
I am so thankful for the great work students do each day to grow as learners and to seek ways to make their learning apply to their lives. I appreciate our teachers who plan lessons that invite students' entire selves into the learning process and allow them to find new avenues for learning and reflection, and who work diligently to create classrooms that inspire and build skills. I'm grateful we have parents who sacrifice every day to allow their children to find success and to seek for new understandings. As we head into October, I see momentum building and students enjoying the renewed connections that being in school full time brings.
Take care all!!!
Please click here to request an interpreter for parent teacher conferences or simply indicate your preferred language in the ‘optional comments’ when you make appointments on the MyConferenceTime website (link coming next week).
Haga clic aquí para solicitar un intérprete para la conferencia de maestros y padres o simplemente indique su idioma preferido en la casilla para comentarios opcionales “optional comments” cuando programe las citas para las conferencias en la página web “MyConferenceTime” (el enlace se enviará la semana próxima).
Пожалуйста, нажмите здесь, чтобы запросить переводчика для родительских конференций с учителями, или, когда Вы будете назначать встречу на вебсайте “MyConferenceTime”(ссылка будет отправлена на следующей неделе) в колонке ‘optional comments’ укажите, на каком языке Вы предпочитаете общаться с учителями.
PSAT for Sophomores - October 26
At this time we are hosting the PSAT for sophomores (and some juniors) on October 26th. To help with social distancing we will use Fort's main gym and the gym at the Jim Parsley Center.
The PSAT is free for all sophomores. We will send more info to student district email accounts including where they will take the test the week of Oct 11th.
FROM OUR COUNSELING CENTER
If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s schedule, high school planning, or other issues, please contact us at the Fort Vancouver Counseling Center. We serve students alphabetically based on their last name. A list of our counselors, as well as their email addresses and phone numbers can be found below. You can also request an appointment by contacting our Counseling Clerk, Julie Foley, at 313-4007.
Students A-Dar : Mike Dillman
Students Das-Jac : Jennifer Riordan
Students Jad-M : Layla Afu
Students N-Santi : Jane Klaasen
Students Santj-Z : Jackie Nelson
OTG Specialist : Susan Holden
Junior and Senior students that are planning on attending four-year colleges or universities following high school may want to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. While colleges within our state are no longer requiring these tests for entrance, solid scores can be used to meet the graduation pathway for high school graduation and the scores may help to boost a student’s overall application. These tests are offered throughout the year and students can sign up online. Fee waivers are available through the Career Center for those students that qualify. Upcoming test dates are listed below.
SAT Test Date : November 6 Registration Deadline : October 8
ACT Test Date : December 11 Registration Deadline : November 5
Fort Vancouver will be offering the PSAT on October 26, 2021. The Vancouver School District is paying for all Sophomores to take the test. Please contact the Business Office at 313-4015 if you have any questions.
To be considered “on track” for graduation, students should have the following minimum number of credits entering the school year. If your student is below the minimum number, schedule a meeting with the appropriate counselor to discuss possible credit recovery options.
Freshman = 0 Credits Junior = 12.0 Credits
Sophomore = 6.0 Credits Senior = 18.0 Credits
Skyward is a great way for parents and guardians to access information regarding their student. From the Skyward app you can check attendance, student grades, even add money to your student’s lunch account. If you add the app and are uncertain how to login to the system, please contact our Counseling Clerk, Julie Foley, at (360) 313-4007 and she can provide you with login information.
Hello Fort Students and Families!
I would like to make sure to introduce myself as Fort Vancouver High School’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Intervention Specialist. As the Prevention/Intervention Specialist, I get to support and counsel students that are at risk of turning to substance use, those currently using substances and those struggling to cope with a friend or family member’s substance use issues. Just being in high school puts students at risk, so my services are available to all students here at Fort. I can also triage students struggling with other social-emotional issues and provide referrals to appropriate providers, as needed.
Substance use, during adolescence is the leading cause of preventable death and health issues in the United States. As the Prevention/Intervention Specialist my goal is to be a resource for all students to stop the cycle of addiction and to help all students reach their ultimate potential. Our youth are our future and the more support we can offer to increase their chances of success in life the better future we create, not only for them but, for our world. Frederick Douglass said it best when he stated “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Some of the services I offer here at Fort:
- Confidential individual counseling for all students, referral to ongoing mental health and substance use counseling if applicable, and a variety of support groups to teach students skills and provide ongoing support around a variety of issues/topics.
- I teach a prevention education series to freshmen and promote awareness on substance use related issues around the school through classroom and lunchroom related presentations and activities.
- I lead a prevention club and oversee a student led mentor group with community partners.
- I also oversee several programs put on by community partners and am always looking for new partners to meet the needs of students so if you have a need or idea that would benefit students feel free to reach out to me!
If you have any questions about the services I provide or would like to refer someone to meet with me please feel free to reach out to me at the contact information provided below.
Tabby Stokes MSW, SUDP, LMHCA
Fort Vancouver High School
5700 East 18th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone # 360-313-4131
It’s time to start thinking about the next step in Education! Please join us in the Career Center to hear about opportunities from the following Colleges. Sign-ups are in the Career Center or you may contact Mrs. Groves at Angele.Groves@vansd.org. Please note which College presentations you are interested in. Schools visiting in October are:
Linn-Benton Community College
Oregon State University
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Portland
University of Washington - Seattle
Washington State University – Pullman/Vancouver
Western Washington University
$$$$$ Not sure how to pay for college? Are you a College Bound student? The Career Center can help with your financial aid questions and how to pursue higher education.
All vehicles must have a FVHS parking permit or will be subject to tow. Students, please go to the Security/ADMIN ANNEX to get your parking passes.
The front (north) parking lot is for STAFF only. No students may park there. All students must park in the Student Parking lot on the East side of the school.
NO food deliveries are allowed for students from Uber Eats, Door Dash or any other such business.
From the Business Office
Art and Pottery classes have a $20 per semester fee. If you qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, please turn in the Consent To Share Form, in order to have the fee waived. The Free/Reduced lunch application must be renewed every year. The forms are in the Main Office.
From the FCRC
Family Resource Center News: For Further Information Contact Miss Cindy room 171, ph: 360-313-4179, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Resource Center Hygiene Closet: If you are in need of basic hygiene items and/or household cleaning items, all FVHS families are welcome to visit the Family Resource Center.
Need Basic School Supplies? Any student if FVHS who is in need of basic school supplies is welcome to visit the Family Resource Center.
C-Tran YOP Passes: All FVHS students are eligible to receive a free C-Tran city bus pass & free access to Firstenberg & Marshall Community Centers! Passes are valid through August 31, 2021. Download the guardian consent form for find them in the FVHS front office. Click here: https://vansd.org/wpdm-package/ctran-youth-opportunity-pass-release-form/?wpdmdl=34220
Family Resources and Support:
Information regarding rental assistance, food resources, utility assistance, employment services, help to apply for SNAP or TANF, Know Your Rights, Free & Low Cost Internet, Community Crisis Lines: Click here: https://sites.google.com/vansd.net/covid-19-community-resources/home Or Contact: Miss Cindy.
Human Services Council: Transportation to Essentials: Do you need help getting essentials during this COVID-19 crisis? The Human Services Council (HSC) can help with free transportation/delivery options. HSC can arrange deliver of pre-ordered/pre-paid groceries, prescriptions, and food boxes from local food pantries, or provide you with safe transportation to pick these items up yourself. Contact: 360-762-5292
ATHLETICS FEES 2021/22
FALL SPORTS have already begun!
Fees will be charged for sports and activities this year.
Fees include an annual time ASB payment of $35, PLUS an additional charge of $60 PER SPORT, or $40 PER ACTIVITY.
Activities include: Dance, Band, Orchestra, Drama & Choir
All Sports, Dance and Band participants must be registered and cleared to participate on FamilyID.com. Registration must be completed prior to tryouts and practices.
Students who have renewed their free/reduced lunch status with a completed form sent to the District will have all the fees waived. A new form must be completed each school year. You can find the form online at this link: https://vansd.org/documents-forms/
Individual and Family Athletics Passes
All Season Family Pass - $120
Fall Season Family Pass - $80
All Season Individual Pass - $60
Fall Season Individual Pass - $40
FREE Sports Physicals
Vancouver Public Schools
Family Medicine of Southwest Washington
Available to Vancouver Public School students entering 6th through 12th grades
These physicals are provided by volunteers and are meant to target those athletes with difficulty accessing care or who do not have health insurance. These exams are not meant to replace regular health visits with your primary care provider*. If you have access to primary care, please have your sports physical performed there.
*Students with known cardiac, asthma, diabetes and/or seizure related issues or other conditions of concern cannot be served. If an abnormality is found, you will be referred to your primary care provider before being cleared for your sport.
You must sign up in the Business Office of your school
Sports physical staff will facilitate a referral to a primary care provider
October 29, 2021
November 5, 2021
2:15 – 3:45 pm @ Fort Vancouver HS
*February 28, 2022
*March 7, 2022
*3:00 – 4:45 pm @ Fort Vancouver HS
Students please bring:
· WIAA Sports Physical Form with the medical history portion completed before your physical.
· Wear loose fitting shorts and a t-shirt
· Signed permission slip IF NOT ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Forms are available at the school business office, and can be downloaded from our website at www.vansd.org
(Click on Athletics, scroll down to Forms and click on Physical form and/or Parent Consent form).
**Those experiencing symptoms of COVID, have had exposure to someone who had COVID within the previous 14 days, or have had a positive COVID test in the past 10 days will not be allowed to have a physical completed**
Your child may be eligible for free or low-cost medical, dental and vision coverage through Washington Apple Health for Kids. You can find out more information or apply at the sports physicals. If you would like to apply, please bring proof of all household income, birth certificates for your children, and picture ID for your children 16 years and older.
Join the Journalism Club!
Have you ever wanted to write and see your work in a newspaper? Have you ever read a newspaper or magazine and wondered how they all get put together? If so, join the Trapper Journalism Club.
We'll meet every Thursday from 2:05 to 3:05 starting October 7th. You'll have the opportunity to create a list of stories, help research and write those stories, and learn how to put it all together so the students and staff can read it.
Sports Medical Insurance
If your child has any of the following symptoms not caused by another known condition or medication, please have them tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. See box below for when to return to school.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
When to return to school
Students may return to school after their symptoms have been resolved for greater than 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, AND meeting one of the following requirements:
- Negative test results for COVID-19
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began
- Alternative diagnosis by a medical doctor
Luis Castro-Quintanilla, Associate Principal
Kirstin Kunihisa, Associate Principal
Tony Liberatore, Associate Principal
James Ensley, Athletic Director
Jordan Massinger, Dean of Students
Allison Darke, Professional Development Specialist
We would love for you to join for only $5! Sign up here:
We also greatly appreciate donations!
You can donate here:
We are always looking for volunteers to help support our cause. If you like to volunteer please email email@example.com
Get your new Fort Spirit Gear Here: Store Closes September 12th! Orders will arrive at the school in 2 or 3 weeks
Stay in the know about what is happening in Boosters:
Our First Meeting of the New School Year will be Wednesday September 15th at 6 pm outside the gym. Bring a lawn chair!
Thanks for supporting your Trappers!
$12 Haircuts for Students
GNG is a New Barbershop in Vancouver
As a welcome back to school they are offering $12 on regular haircuts for all students. (Must show proof of picture school ID)
Located @ 9317 NE Highway 99 ste L, Vancouver, WA 98665
Please call to schedule your appointment @ 360)718-7736