There is still time to sign up for the first PTSA sponsored end of the school year "Tailgate" BBQ! The event happens this Saturday at Leverich Park from 12-4pm! There will be hot dogs provided by your PTSA, chips, sides, desserts and more provided by each grade (see VolunteerSpot info below). We encourage you to wear your favorite sportswear to support our "tailgate" theme.
Schedule: 12-1:30pm - It's time to eat! 1:30pm - PTSA General Membership Meeting 2:30-4:00pm - Games 4-5pm - Clean up
Please see the VolunteerSpot information below where you can "RSVP"andsign up to bring an item, help with set up or clean up, even bring a fun game to share. Can't wait to see YOU there!
Please sign up for iTech end of year BBQ - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
Students interested in taking Early College classes next year can take the COMPASS test on May 22nd at 2:00pm in CCW 104. There are 3 sections: Reading, Writing, and Math. More info about the test can be found here. It's a good idea to take a practice test through Clark College's website!
To take the test, students must apply online to Clark College, pay the $20 fee, and get their student ID #. They must turn in the form below.
* At the end of the school year, any left-over medication must be picked up by or on the last day of school. All left-over medication not picked up by a parent/guardian will be taken for disposal the next day.
*Medication Authorization forms for the upcoming school year are available in the office.
Important Health Information for Parents
State law and VSD policy require that all students who have a significant health condition (examples include, but are not limited to: bee sting allergies, nut/peanut allergies, severe asthma or unstable diabetes), must have a Health Care Plan in place before they may attend school. This plan is developed by the School Nurse, working with parents and health care providers as needed. It provides critical information for the school staff in the event of a health crisis during the school day. The plan outlines individual details about the student’s condition, symptoms to watch for, any medications prescribed and appropriate actions for the staff to take.
Parents play a very important role in this process. Your assistance in promptly completing and returning the necessary paperwork, obtaining the required authorizations/medications and working closely with the School Nurse allows sufficient time for the nurse to in-service and train staff before the start of school. This helps to insure the health and safety of your student. You will receive all the necessary forms from the nurse. Please call if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation in this important health matter.
Please be prepared for school closures due to bad weather or other emergency situations. Depending on the circumstances, schools could be closed for one day or several days. Schools could open two hours later than usual or close earlier than scheduled.
To find out if schools are closed:
• Check "Emergency Closure Information" on the district website: www.vansd.org.
• Check the Flash Alert website: www.flashalert.net (select Portland/Vancouver area, then Clark County Schools, then Vancouver School District).
• Sign up for free Flash Alert text and/or email messages. You must renew this service each year. Both websites listed above will take you to the Emergency Messages page for Vancouver School District. Find "Emergency Alerts," click "Subscribe" and follow directions.
• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our school closure posts: www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicSchools and https://twitter.com/VancouverSD.
• Listen to your local radio and television stations.
• Call the School Closure Information Line at 313-1401.
If schools are closed, the main school phone numbers will allow you to connect to the School Closure Information Line.
The decision to close or delay the opening of school due to snow or icy roads usually is made early in the morning of that school day. If weather becomes threatening during the school day, schools may close early. If schools are closed, all after-school and evening school activities are canceled for that day.
Snow/ice routes may be used for some school bus routes. Families that would be impacted by altered bus routes need to look on the Snow/ice route information posted on our school website.
Schools in Washington State must, by law, provide 180 days of instruction each year. These days have been designated as make-up days in case scheduled school days are canceled: January 29, June 18, June 19, and June 20, 2014. If school must be closed more than four days, additional make-up days may be added.
Snow Bus Routes
Snow bus routes have been developed for some school buses that serve our school.These alternate routes will be used when icy or snowy conditions exist on some of the school district’s most difficult roads.Snow bus routes are safer during bad weather conditions.
When snow bus routes are announced, there will be no service to some bus stops.Alternate bus stops will be used.
We encourage students to ride school buses to and from school during adverse weather conditions.School buses are a safe and reliable form of transportation.
Here are the snow/ice routes for our school.These snow routes will also be posted in our school office and available on the school district website, www.vansd.org.
weLearn Tech Shows 2014
2014 weLearn Tech Shows
Vancouver Public Schools 2014 weLearn Tech Shows are about students and teachers using technology to engage, empower and enhance learning. This year, weLearn will go
‘‘on the road’’ and feature three separate evening events at McLoughlin Middle School (February 20) Alki Middle School (February 25), and Vancouver iTech Preparatory at the Jim Parsley Education, Family and Community Center (March 4). All shows will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The 2014 weLearn Tech Shows will highlight some of our first 1:1 iPad sites (McLoughlin and Alki), the continued successes of iTech Prep
’’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, and a snapshot of additional ways in which technology is preparing students for success both now and in their future.
Thanks to the support of our community, VPS has begun implementing 1:1 programs, which will eventually impact every school in the district. Next year, students at Discovery, Gaiser, Jason Lee, and Jefferson middle schools will receive iPads. Teachers at those schools already are learning how they will use iPads in their classrooms next fall.
While our students and teachers are only beginning to explore the opportunities of everywhere, everytime access to technology, we already have stories of success to share. Students, parents and teachers who want a sneak peek of this technology should visit either the Feb. 20 McLoughlin tech show or the Feb. 25 Alki tech show.
Science, technology, engineering and math have always been a priority of VPS. This is evident in the programs of choice offered at each high school, not to mention the dedicated STEM program at iTech Preparatory. On March 4, iTech and other district STEM programs will be showcased at the iTech campus at the Jim Parsley Center.
The 2014 weLearn Tech Shows offer you an opportunity to see, hear and learn how students are using iPads and laptops to take ownership of their learning to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically. Join us!
Simple Machines and Mechanical Advantage - click here to see pictures iTech Preparatory extends a sincere thank you to Fire Fighter Dunlap of Clark County Fire District 6 for volunteering his time at our middle school to teach our students about the mechanical advantage of pulley systems. It was so engaging that our science teacher, Mr. Kelley, was swept off his feet - or more accurately pulled off his feet by our middle school students.
Thank you Fire District 6 for your dedication and commitment to our community.
The iTech Staff and Students