Fort Vancouver High School

Center for International Studies

JUNE 2021 Newsletter

Principal: Curt Scheidel

Luis Castro-Quintanilla, Associate Principal
Kirstin Kunihisa, Associate Principal
Tony Liberatore, Associate Principal

James Ensley, Athletic Director

Kathleen Paradis, Dean of Students

Allison Darke, International Studies Coordinator

Click here for FVHS website

Main Office: 360.313.4000

Business Office: 360.313.4014

Attendance Office: 360.313.4040


We are globally aware and engaged citizens who are college, career and life ready.


We are leaders who value diversity, and we empower lifelong learners who actively and positively contribute to our school, our community and our world.


It’s important for our students to be prepared to compete, connect and cooperate with others locally and globally. Being an international studies school helps us accomplish this goal by creating an environment where all students are learning to become globally competent.
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FVHS CIS Families,

As we come to the conclusion of the school year, I wanted to thank the Fort Vancouver community for making my second year as principal a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The work of teaching and learning is essential to the functioning of a democratic society and I am so thankful to help in that work with all of you. As we continue to focus on creating a school that has high quality instruction focused on the results of student learning and establishes a culture and climate supporting and fostering that, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies will become a model for transformative schools. My goal as principal has been to help create the conditions where everyone (parents, students, and staff) works united, in order that our students are able to meet all measures of student learning placed before them. We are having success to that end.

I believe that we must embrace this journey and break down barriers to a united effort. As principal, I want a school where everyone feels they can be a part. Whether parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or concerned citizen, you can find a place to be welcome and to contribute to this effort. We have so many people who are engaged in their child’s learning. Whether it is coming to school to volunteer, checking grades to ensure their child is on track in their studies, attending events, responding to calls or emails from teachers, or checking in every day to make sure their learner is doing alright. Our children need our active participation in their journey and because so many people are doing what they can, good things are happening at our school.

As Grandma Bowen so sagely stated before her passing a couple years ago, “Many hands make light work.” This is great advice for picking up chairs at the conclusion of an event, and even greater wisdom when helping to transform a school. The vision is to create an army of engaged people, aligned with and focused on the improvement work, who will continue to help affect change in our school. There are avenues for each person to make a difference. If you have a desire for the work, we encourage you to get engaged and busy. I just want you all to know that you are welcome and encouraged to join this exciting journey because we are just getting started in the improvement work.

Enjoy the summer!!!


From Mr. Liberatore

As we end a very trying and strange school year, I just wanted to say "Thank You" to the Fort Vancouver community, families, and students. Enjoy the summer and Go Trappers!.

Tony Liberatore

Associate Principal

Graduation Questions Answered Here!


Our graduation practice time has changed to 9:30am on Wednesday June 9th (the day didn't change), due to the participant capacity in zoom meetings. It will now be a zoom webinar. The new link is


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 and their contact info can be found below. You can also request an appointment by contacting our Counseling Clerk, Cheri Chavers, at 313-4007.

Students A-Dar : Mike Dillman


Students Das-Jac : Jennifer Riordan


Students Jad-Mora : Layla Afu


Students Morb-Santi : Jane Klaasen


Students Santj-Z : Jackie Nelson


OTG Specialist : Susan Holden



There are a few educational opportunities that open to students beginning their Junior year, but students must meet certain requirements in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Cascadia Tech is a technical/vocational school that offers half-day programs in a number of different disciplines (Auto Tech, Aviation Tech, Cosmetology, Information Technology Systems, etc.). Running Start is a state funded program that allows students to take college courses at Clark College while meeting high school graduation requirements. Cascadia Tech has attendance and credit requirements to gain acceptance and a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 is required for students to access Running Start. Contact the Counseling Center if you have questions about these or other programs.



Tabby Stokes

Prevention/Intervention Specialist at

Fort Vancouver High School:

503-343-5576 or

From the Library

All students need to take the Mandatory Student Chromebook Survey. The link for this is:

From the Career Guidance Center



Congratulations! You are getting close to the finish line! Xello is a graduation requirement that must be completed. Please read your school emails on how to complete Xello if you have not done so! Contact the Career Center if you need assistance.

From the Business Office

Seniors, all fines must be paid before you can receive your diploma!

NO CHECKS will be accepted for payments during the month of June! We will accept cash and credit cards only.

You can also make outstanding fine payments and other purchases through Skyward at,

2020/21 Yearbooks are for sale in the Fort Business Office or online at Yearbooks are $30 and are first come first serve, at this point. Get your yearbook now before they are all gone!

If you purchased a 2019/20 Yearbook and have not picked it up, please come by the Business Office and do so. We still have some available for $50, if you did not pre-purchase one.


Senior Party 2021 Tickets on sale now! Need assistance with payment contact

Learn all the details here:

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Student Appreciation Day

This month we celebrate Student Appreciation Day to honor the hard work our Fort students have done. If you want to give a shout out to students, please do so on this link:

From the FCRC

Family Resource Center News: For Further Information Contact Miss Cindy room 171, ph: 360-313-4179,

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:

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: 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



Coed Cheer and Stunt Tryouts will be June 21st, 23rd, and 25th at FVHS.
Applicants must be registered and approved with a valid sports physical on by June 21st.

For more information, email coach at


DM on Instagram @fvhs_cheerleading


Come Join Forts Dance Team 2021-2022

You like to Dance? Want to preform at games and assemblies? Like to have fun and make lasting memories? If so come and join the dance team.

For more information about the team, camps and practices contact: Coach Kassie

Summer Sports

If you have questions about any other athletic activities happening over the summer, please contact the coach or our Athletic Director, James Ensley at 360-313-4000.
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From the Nurse

END Of YEAR: At the end of the year, medication at school must be picked up in the office by parents. Any unused medication not retrieved by the parents at the end the school day on June 18th will be destroyed.


Medication orders must be renewed every school year.
To renew medication orders:

*Have your child’s physician complete the Medication in School form.

*The clinic can fax the orders directly to the school at 360-313-4070 if you have signed the bottom of the form.

* Bring in your child’s medication and orders (if not faxed) before school starts. * Please bring them in a week before school starts.

* If this medication is for a life-threatening condition, the medication, orders, and health plan MUST be in the school office.

BEFORE your child can start school!

*Please call the office at 360-313-4000 or email the school nurse,
Valerie Hunt, RN at if you have questions.

Life Threatening Conditions:



Asthma (Some students)

Seizures (Some students)

Talk with your school nurse if you are unsure if your child’s condition is considered ‘life threatening’.

School Starts again:

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Coronavirus Pandemic – Answering Your Questions What can teens expect when getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Are you excited to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Maybe a bit nervous? People have different feelings about getting vaccines — and individuals even sometimes have different feelings about different vaccines. An array of feelings is normal, but sometimes it helps knowing what to expect.

Teen vaccine eligibility

As of March 2021, three COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in the United States — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. Of these, only the Pfizer vaccine can be given to teens ages 16 and older. The other two vaccines are approved for ages 18 and older. This means currently only some teens are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. However, clinical trials are underway for younger teens and children.

People ages 12 and over can get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Youth who are 12 to 17 years of age may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated. Check with the vaccine clinic about their requirements for showing proof of parental consent or legal emancipation.

Preparing to get the vaccine

Most immunization sites require appointments though some may have “walk-in” hours for eligible people to get vaccinated. This varies widely from state to state, so you should check how things are being done in your area if you are now eligible to be vaccinated.

A few other considerations are important before going for a COVID-19 vaccine:

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions (i.e., you carry an “epi pen”), a compromised immune system, or a health condition that might interfere with getting the vaccine, check with your healthcare provider to figure out if you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. You may be able to get it, but need to take special precautions. For example, some people are recommended to wait for 30 minutes of observation instead of 15 minutes after getting the vaccine.

· The CDC recommends waiting at least 14 days between receipt of a COVID-19 and a non-COVID-19vaccine.

· Unless you regularly take a pain-relieving medication prescribed by your doctor, it is not recommended to take a pain reliever (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen) before vaccination. These types of medications may affect how well the vaccine works. However, it is important not to stop taking a medication prescribed by your doctor before getting the vaccine without first checking that it would be safe to do so.

What to expect when getting the vaccine

If you are going to get a COVID-19 vaccine, here is an idea of what you may experience:

· Before you go to the immunization site, remember to wear a mask and plan to social distance the same way you would in any other public space during the pandemic. Wear clothing that makes it easy to access your upper arm without removing your shirt. Take any appointment confirmation, identification, or other items requested by the site. You may also want to take a book or your phone to pass time spent waiting. In some cases, you may be asked to read information about the vaccine and complete a form on the computer before you go to the appointment.

· When you arrive, you will most likely be asked to sign in or confirm your appointment and eligibility. The health care professionals at the site will probably ask you and your parent or guardian a few questions before you get the vaccine. For example, they may ask if you have any history of severe allergic reaction, if you are allergic to certain things, or if you have had a vaccine in the last two weeks.

· After you are signed in, you may need to wait for your turn to get vaccinated. Waiting areas should be set up with

social distancing measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

· When it is your turn, the person giving the vaccine may ask you a few more questions. For example, they might confirm your name, ask in which arm you want the vaccine, or repeat questions about allergies or other vaccines. This repetition helps ensure that people are safely and appropriately vaccinated. It is particularly important at vaccination clinics where many people are coming and going.

· When the vaccine is administered, it does not take long and usually feels like a pinch. Many people find it helpful to distract themselves during the shot by looking at something across the room or talking to someone. If you feel nervous about getting the vaccine, you could also try listening to music or playing with an app to distract yourself. Other ways to decrease your nervousness and the “pinch” include taking a few slow, deep breaths as the vaccine is given, or ask for an alcohol pad to be rubbed on your opposite wrist shortly before the vaccine is administered. As the vaccine is given, blow on the area with the alcohol; you will feel the cool temperature of the alcohol evaporating more than the shot.

· After the shot is complete, you will most likely be asked to go to a waiting area. While the risk of an allergic reaction from a COVID-19 vaccine is very low, it makes sense for everyone to be observed after the injection as a safety precaution. People are asked to wait 15 to 30 minutes in case they have any allergic reactions to the vaccine. Although rare, these reactions typically occur soon after getting the vaccine, which is why people are asked to wait.

· At some point during the appointment, you should receive a vaccination card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received and the date you received it. Some people immediately take a picture of this card, so if it is misplaced, they still have the information. While it may be tempting to post a picture of your vaccination card on social media, it is not recommended to do so as the card may have personal information that should not be made public. Some vaccination sites have selfie stations or offer stickers that provide alternative ways to share your vaccination experience with your followers.

· You may also be asked to sign up for a second appointment if you are getting a two-dose vaccine, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The site will let you know the correct timing for your second injection. Many sites do the second appointment scheduling during the post-vaccine observation period.

What to expect after getting the vaccine

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is similar to other immunizations. Some people have side effects while others do not. Side effects are a sign that your body is responding to the vaccine, but don’t worry if you don’t have side effects — it doesn’t mean the vaccine didn’t work. People’s immune systems respond differently. The most common side effects are pain, redness or swelling at the injection site or tiredness, low-grade fever, or muscle aches for a day or two after getting the vaccine. For the mRNA vaccines, these side effects tend to be more common after the second dose.

Immune responses develop a couple of weeks after getting the last dose. Right now, we know that people who completed the full course of coronavirus vaccine are unlikely to get sick from COVID-19. However, we don’t yet have enough data to say how long protection lasts. We also aren’t sure whether someone who received the vaccine can still spread COVID-19 to unvaccinated people. For those reasons, people should still wear masks and social distance when in public, even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As scientists continue to learn more about the force of this pandemic, these recommendations may change. For example, recently, the CDC indicated that fully vaccinated people can get together in small groups in homes or non-public places without wearing masks.

Related resources

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment, CDC, Age Groups and Vaccines: Teens/College, VEC, center/age-groups-and-vaccines/teens-college-students

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 vaccines, VEC,

This article, and other questions from “The Coronavirus Pandemic – Answering Your Questions” series, can be accessed


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