Stories and updates about Vancouver Public School’s strategic plan. Learn more about the plan.

Feb 2016

7 innovations from the iTech Demonstration of Learning

February 8th, 2016|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: iTech, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

What do robots, Thanksgiving, bottle rockets and philosophy have in common? They’re all subjects that Vancouver iTech Preparatory students showcased at their Demonstration of Learning on Jan. 21.

Jan 2016

Facts about the replacement educational maintenance and operations levy

January 12th, 2016|Categories: Bond and levy updates, Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Project: Columbia River, Project: Fir Grove, Project: iTech, Project: King, Project: Lieser, Project: Marshall, Project: McLoughlin, Project: Peter S. Ogden, Project: Truman, Project: VSAA, Project: Walnut Grove, Safe and supportive, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: |

Get the facts about Vancouver Public Schools' replacement educational maintenance and operations levy.

Jan 2016

Patron tour to feature Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), VPS press releases|Tags: , |

On Friday, Jan. 22, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his second patron tour of the 2015–2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Vancouver [...]

Dec 2015

Vancouver iTech Preparatory students support Marshall Elementary

December 16th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Family-Community Resource Center, Project: iTech, Project: Marshall, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

Students from iTech Prep adopted the Marshall Elementary School Family-Community Resource Center over the holidays. They collected food, shoes, clothing and hygiene items worth a total of $500 for Marshall students and families!

Dec 2015

Working together to feed hungry families

December 15th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Family-Community Resource Center, Partnerships, Project: Peter S. Ogden, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

Three community organizations joined Gaiser Middle School, Peter S. Ogden Elementary School and the VPS mobile FCRC to feed hungry families on Dec. 11.

Dec 2015

VPS featured in U.S. Department of Education professional learning videos

December 14th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Project: iTech, Project: McLoughlin, Staff, Supt news, VPS achievements, VPS in the news, VPS press releases, weLearn1:1|Tags: , , , , |

Vancouver Public Schools is one of eight Future Ready districts featured in a set of professional learning resources recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dec 2015

Cultivating creative schools

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Supt news, VPS in the news|Tags: , , , , , , |

Original source: School Administrator, December 2015 Arts are integral to our curriculum, which is why we engage students in arts-centric learning experiences and give them opportunities to select options that meet their needs and interests. Learn [...]

Nov 2015

Meeting the emergent needs of our school community

November 9th, 2015|Categories: Design II showcase, Design II strategic plan, Family-Community Resource Center|Tags: |

The growing needs of families directly affects our students. The role of Family-Community Resource Centers, now at 16 district schools, has always been to remove barriers to learning so all students can be successful. But [...]

Nov 2015

STEM school lands national award for Vancouver Public Schools

November 1st, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Programs of Choice, Project: iTech, Secondary schools (6-12), VPS achievements, VPS press releases, weLearn1:1|Tags: , , |

Vancouver Public Schools is one of 30 districts nationwide and one of just three Washington districts to receive District Administration magazine’s District of Distinction award.

Oct 2015

Ready to learn

October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Family-Community Resource Center, Get ready for school, Partnerships, Secondary schools (6-12), Summer|Tags: , |

Nearly 1,750 kids and adults attended the second annual Go Ready, a free festival designed to help VPS families with their back-to-school needs so that all students are prepared to begin learning on the first day of school.

Oct 2015

Learning in a digital world

October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Project: Columbia River, Project: iTech, Project: McLoughlin, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff, weLearn1:1|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This year, VPS students in sixth through 12th grades are using iPads or laptops, thanks to a 2013 community-approved technology levy.

Aug 2015

Festival ensures Vancouver students Go Ready to school [Video]

August 21st, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Family-Community Resource Center, Partnerships, Secondary schools (6-12), Videos, VPS in the news|Tags: , |

More than 1,700 students and families attended our second annual Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival.

Jul 2015

Student engagement at iTech Prep earns state award

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Partnerships, Programs of Choice, Project: iTech, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff, weLearn1:1|Tags: , |

Vancouver iTech Preparatory has received the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Student Engagement Award for 2015.

Jun 2015

National educational spotlight shines on Vancouver Public Schools

June 18th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Elementary schools, Project: iTech, Project: McLoughlin, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Supt news, VPS achievements, weLearn1:1|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In April, 150 education leaders from across the nation converged in Vancouver to learn about the district’s weLearn 1:1 technology initiative. The conference, hosted by the nonprofit Digital Promise’s elite League of Innovative Schools, featured [...]

Jun 2015

Recycling reimagined: Project mushrooms into national win

June 17th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Programs of Choice, Secondary schools (6-12), VPS achievements|Tags: , , |

First photo above, from left: Brittney Hauff, Cedric Hitzeman and Kasandra Wielenbeck show their mushrooms. Second photo: Wielenbeck, Hitzeman, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, teacher Steve Lorenz and Hauff receive their award in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy [...]

Jun 2015

Mobile FCRC will roll to support students, families

June 15th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Family-Community Resource Center|Tags: |

Beginning this summer, Vancouver Public Schools will have a new mode of transportation: a mobile Family-Community Resource Center. Instead of students though, the Dodge Ram ProMaster will transport a coordinator, resources and supplies for families [...]

Jun 2015

Missing link: AVID ties students’ futures to college

June 12th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: Columbia River, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , |

When Dan Larson was a student at Hudson’s Bay High School, he had little formalized guidance through the labyrinth of applying to colleges, securing financial aid and getting set up for freshman year.

Jun 2015

Fired up: Historic culinary feat ignites Fort Vancouver grad’s career

June 12th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Graduate success, Programs of Choice, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , |

Even if he’d stayed in Seattle, cooking at up-and-coming restaurants, Skylar Stover would have been notable among graduates of Fort Vancouver High School’s Culinary Arts program of choice.

Jun 2015

District’s “old school” schools need 21st-century updates

June 11th, 2015|Categories: Bond and levy updates, Design II strategic plan, Project: iTech, Project: Peter S. Ogden|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In March, the district conducted an informal online survey about district facilities needs. More than 1,500 respondents—parents, students, staff members and the community—told VPS how its buildings could be improved. King Elementary School, built [...]

Jun 2015

Standing up to disrespect: Positive approaches alter school culture

June 11th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Safe and supportive|Tags: |

You can find a bully anywhere. It’s hard to stop them. It’s even harder to change a school’s culture. But students and staff members at Minnehaha Elementary School are working to do both. Helping set [...]

Jun 2015

From baby steps to big strides: Language programs are off and running

June 11th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, Project: McLoughlin, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , , , , , |

Wen-Shun Chen’s Franklin Elementary classroom looks like many other elementary classrooms in Vancouver Public Schools.

Jun 2015

Beyond STEM: iTech Prep students’ artwork on display

June 8th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: iTech, Secondary schools (6-12), VPS press releases|Tags: , , |

Science, technology, engineering and math are prominent at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, but the students there also have opportunities to pursue non-STEM interests. This Thursday, their work in the arts will be on display in a [...]

May 2015

Community symposium will address facility needs in Vancouver Public Schools

May 21st, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Elementary schools, VPS press releases|Tags: , , |

Vancouver Public Schools will hold a community design symposium on May 27. Approximately 70 people including students, parents, teachers, principals, district administrators and community partners will participate in the one-day symposium. Their task: examine current [...]

May 2015

‘Things are a little different here’: Students imagine a new iTech Prep

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: iTech, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

Pictured above, from left: Gabrielle Karber, Sophia Zabell, Zamantha Guevara and Ricardo Acevedo-Alonso If Zamantha Guevara, Ricardo Acevedo-Alonso, Gabrielle Karber and Sophia Zabell had it their way, Vancouver iTech Preparatory would have a two-level, octogonal [...]

May 2015

Vancouver Housing Authority–Vancouver Public Schools partnership receives national recognition

May 12th, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Design II timeline, Family-Community Resource Center, VPS achievements, VPS in the news, VPS press releases|Tags: |

Case study released as VHA board votes to target Section 8 opening to families with children and health-burdened households The study explores collaboration between public housing authorities and education service providers in three U.S. cities. [...]

Apr 2015

Hudson’s Bay High School is one of five Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national winners

April 1st, 2015|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff, VPS achievements, VPS press releases|Tags: , , |

Pictured above, from left: Kassie Wielenback, Cedric Hitzeman, Brittney Hauff and teacher Steve Lorenz. After rising above their Washington state competitors and 14 other schools from across the country, Hudson’s Bay High School recently clinched one [...]

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