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Oct 2017

Episode 58: You make attendance matter

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Webb eNews|

Sometimes, a missed day of school is inevitable. But as every educator knows, the reasons can sometimes be preventable. Just ask Trish Piliado. “Students would go get their hair done. Some would go spend [...]

Mar 2017

Episode 55: Resilience

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Webb eNews|Tags: |

We know that life tragedies can and do happen. Things that can irrevocably alter one’s circumstances. Especially if no support is available.

Feb 2016

Episode 48: Learning on the road

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Webb eNews|Tags: |

With the sound of pins falling, it’s time for the Skyview High School bowling team to begin another tournament. As the team prepares for its last match before districts, there’s one thing these student-athletes can strike from their to-do lists: schoolwork.

Jun 2015

Episode 45: Cultivating hope

June 10th, 2015|Categories: Webb eNews|

Graduation season. A chance to celebrate our seniors; acknowledge their accomplishments; and send them off to college, careers and life. A chance to reflect on the struggles and successes, the long nights, the early mornings [...]

May 2015

Episode 44: Believing in big ideas

May 5th, 2015|Categories: Webb eNews|

In Vancouver, we believe in big ideas. Always have, always will. After all, one of the first schools in the state was established here in 1832. In 1929, we were among the first districts in [...]

Feb 2015

Episode 42: Oh, the places she’s gone

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Webb eNews|

The year was 1995. A new search engine called Yahoo! had recently launched. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl, and Forrest Gump took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. [...]

Jun 2014

Episode 39: As one chapter ends, another begins

June 11th, 2014|Categories: Webb eNews|

Once again it’s graduation season, and once again we say goodbye to our seniors. This year’s graduating class is a remarkable group that includes four National Merit Scholars, two Washington Scholars, one Scholar Alternate, and [...]

Jun 2014

Episode 38: All I really need to know

June 5th, 2014|Categories: Webb eNews|

You may not learn everything you need to know in kindergarten, but you certainly do learn a lot. That was the case for me a few weeks ago, when I visited Chinook Elementary. Every year [...]

Feb 2014

Episode 36: New technology tools

February 26th, 2014|Categories: Webb eNews|

This month, Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) hosted weLearn Tech Shows at McLoughlin and Alki middle schools. As in years past, these events gave the community a chance to see some of the district’s innovations. As [...]

Dec 2013

Episode 34: The giving spirit

December 18th, 2013|Categories: Webb eNews|

It was a toy high chair that caught the mother's eye. She'd pedaled up the hill to King Elementary on her bicycle, her only means of transportation, to visit the school's holiday shop, where she [...]

Oct 2013

Episode 32: Storytelling

October 15th, 2013|Categories: Webb eNews|

Lately I’ve been thinking about storytelling. Not just the stories in these podcasts, but the stories that are told all over the district. Since 2008, we’ve worked together to shape the narrative of our strategic [...]

Jan 2013

Episode 28: New year’s resolutions

January 16th, 2013|Categories: Webb eNews|

Each January we tend to think about our personal accomplishments of the past year. We look at what we might improve and make resolutions. Some we keep, some we don't, but at least we've made [...]

Oct 2012

Episode 27: Being present

October 24th, 2012|Categories: Webb eNews|

Sixth grade is a make-or-break year. According to research, most middle grade students develop their off-track indicators in sixth grade. Students who show indications of falling off the graduation path in the sixth grade have [...]

Jun 2012

Episode 26: Fortitude

June 6th, 2012|Categories: Webb eNews|

I’d like to introduce you to Kianna Carter. She graduates from Lakes High School near Tacoma on June 18. Next fall, Kianna will attend Washington State University Vancouver. She plans to major in human development [...]

Feb 2012

Episode 23: Wrestling against the odds

February 1st, 2012|Categories: Webb eNews|

Survival Skills by Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate Here is the virtue in not looking up: you will be the one who finds the overhang out of the sun and something for a cup. You will [...]

Dec 2011

Episode 22: Graduation…The key to a better life

December 15th, 2011|Categories: Webb eNews|

I’d like to introduce you to a group of personal “life coaches” in our schools. These men and women are LAP/Grad Advocates whose responsibilities include guiding a group of selected high school students to ensure [...]