Mar 2016

Episode 49: Arts are core

March 30th, 2016|Categories: Inside VPS podcast, Project: VSAA|Tags: , , |

Art is not a thing; it’s a way. That’s what writer Elbert Hubbard believed, and the same could be send of an arts education: It’s a way of learning—a lesson in how to look at and think critically about the world. The arts are vital to educating the whole child.

Mar 2016

Student artwork celebrated in ESD 112 show

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , , |

Educational Service District 112 recently announced in a press release that artwork by students from throughout the six-county region will be recognized at the 2016 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show.

Mar 2016

Medellin named Outstanding Music Educator

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Design II strategic plan, Programs of Choice, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , |

Congratulations to Ann Medellin, who recently was named the 2016 Outstanding Music Educator by the Washington state chapter of the American String Teachers Association!

Mar 2016

A day in the life: Students make music on the Lennon bus

March 4th, 2016|Categories: Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

With a little help from their friends—and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus—students at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics recently came together to record and film an original song and music video, all in one day.

Mar 2016

Young dancers leap into 19th annual Dance Festival

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Elementary schools, Project: King, Project: Marshall, Project: McLoughlin, Project: Peter S. Ogden, Project: Truman, Project: Walnut Grove, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With a flick of a scarf and a do-si-do, hundreds of elementary and middle school students took the stage on Feb. 16 for Vancouver Public Schools' 19th annual Dance Festival.

Jan 2016

Mural showcases heritage, future at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Elementary schools, Staff|Tags: , |

Drumbeats pounded through Fruit Valley Community Learning Center’s gym on Jan. 14. The entire school was gathered to witness the unveiling of a student-created mural.

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

Musical talent crescendos as students join renowned groups

November 19th, 2015|Categories: Project: Columbia River, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , |

Students from all over the district have earned spots in the Washington Music Educators Association’s annually appointed Junior All-State and All-State groups and the American Choral Directors' Association's All-NW Men's Honor Choir.

Nov 2015

Donation will provide new theatre seating at VSAA

November 17th, 2015|Categories: Partnerships, Project: VSAA|Tags: , , , |

Community patron Leslie Durst was honored at the Nov. 10 school board meeting for her generous donation to purchase new seating for the Royal Durst Theatre at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Durst is a [...]

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 [...]

Mar 2015

Student artwork celebrated in regional show

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , , , |

Southwest Washington student artists, including several from VPS schools, were recognized for their outstanding artwork at the 2015 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show, sponsored and hosted by Educational Service District 112. Now it [...]

Mar 2015

Pehlke represents Clark County in statewide Poetry Out Loud competition

March 13th, 2015|Categories: Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , |

Congratulations to Vancouver School of Arts and Academics’ Sameayah Pehlke! In February, Pehlke, pictured above on left, nabbed one of two top places in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition. On March 7, she again [...]

Feb 2015

Sameayah Pehlke rises to top of Poetry Out Loud competition

February 6th, 2015|Categories: Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , |

Sameayah Pehlke (pictured above on left), a student at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, and Emelie Pennington-Davis of Trout Lake School, Trout Lake School District, claimed the top two regional spots in the Feb. 3 Poetry Out [...]

Jan 2015

Youthful expressions of hope displayed in art show

January 21st, 2015|Categories: Programs of Choice, Project: Columbia River, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , |

Emily Dickinson called it “the thing with feathers.” Shakespeare said it was the only medicine for the miserable. It came to symbolize President Obama’s 2008 campaign. And now hope figures prominently in works created by [...]

Nov 2014

Young musicians invited to join All-State, All-Northwest honor groups

November 25th, 2014|Categories: Project: Columbia River, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pictured above, from left: Kimberly Claassen, Emily Liu, Donald William Higgins, Eva Stoumbos, Lauren Clark, Brent Hall, Jason Anderson, Dave Chartrey, Spencer Reid-Rice, Mason McCloud, Philip Denton, David Conditt and James O'Banion. Not pictured: Halie [...]

Aug 2014

Music, art boost reading and writing at Summer Literacy Academy

August 18th, 2014|Categories: Elementary schools|Tags: , |

The students assembled on a colorful rug in a Hazel Dell Elementary classroom have learned that songs have forms—verses, choruses and sometimes bridges and interludes. They’ve learned about rhythms and tempos. Now it’s time to [...]

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