May 2020

Construction update: Spring 2020

May 21st, 2020|Categories: Bond and levy updates, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Work continues on school bond projects. Here's the latest on all of the projects to date.

Apr 2019

Young historians advance to national contest

April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Fifteen Vancouver students qualified for the National History Bee. Seven also qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

Apr 2019

Families invited to participate in travel survey | Encuesta de Viajes Estudiantiles

April 8th, 2019|Categories: Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Families of students from 11 schools may be contacted.

May 2018

Students display historical knowledge

May 9th, 2018|Categories: Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Approximately 60 elementary and middle school students from Vancouver Public Schools made the cut for the National History Bee.

Jan 2018

Technology, coding, math and family resources on display at tour of public schools

January 31st, 2018|Categories: Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12), Supt news, VPS press releases|Tags: , |

You are invited to visit Felida Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle School!

Dec 2017

Student musicians named to top performance groups

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Students were selected from McLoughlin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools; Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, Hudson's Bay and Skyview high schools; and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

May 2017

Summer 2017 bond projects

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Bond and levy updates, Elementary schools, Facility support, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Construction and repair projects for summer 2017 have been scheduled, with funding provided by the bond measure that local voters approved in February 2017.

Apr 2017

Young historians put their knowledge of the past to the test

April 24th, 2017|Categories: Elementary schools, Project: Marshall, Project: Walnut Grove, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Seventeen elementary and middle school students from Vancouver Public Schools competed in the regional History Bee held at Columbia River High School.

May 2016

Schools wrap up collection challenge

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Elementary schools, Project: Columbia River, Project: Peter S. Ogden, Project: Walnut Grove, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By collecting thousands of pounds of plastic film wrap, Vancouver schools learned about recycling in Clark County's 2016 Trex Plastic Wrap Collection Challenge.

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

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

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

Snow makeup day is June 16

January 7th, 2016|Categories: Breaking news, Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As a result of Vancouver Public Schools’ weather-related closure on Jan. 4, the following changes are in effect for the current school year: June 16 has been designated as a makeup day and now is [...]

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.

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.

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

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 [...]

May 2015

Artists make their mark

May 14th, 2015|Categories: Elementary schools, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , , |

Pictured above, from left: Elijah Maxwell Thomas, Cristal Hernandez-Patiño and Joymae Capps' winning bookmark designs Three VPS students received grand prizes in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District's 2015 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest. Congratulations to Elijah Maxwell Thomas, [...]

Jan 2015

Professional learning communities improve student learning

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Design II showcase, Design II strategic plan|Tags: , |

Design II Showcase Goal Area: Instructional quality Chris Olsen, executive director of teaching and learning, introduced Thomas Jefferson Middle School Principal Tom Adams. “You’re about to hear about one school’s journey as they sought to [...]

Jan 2015

#VPSsuccess: Michelle Bryne, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

January 21st, 2015|Categories: Secondary schools (6-12), VPSsuccess|Tags: |

Michelle Bryne began her teaching career at Thomas Jefferson Middle School when it opened 11 years ago. The 7th-grade Honors English and AVID elective teacher is known for her high expectations and rigor. Students also [...]

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 [...]

Oct 2014

Athletic Team of the Month: Thomas Jefferson girls’ cross-country

October 30th, 2014|Categories: Athletics and activities, Project: VSAA, Secondary schools (6-12)|Tags: , |

September/October 2014 Several runners for Thomas Jefferson made big improvements over the course of the season (from "back of the pack" at the start of the season to "front of the pack" by the district meet). The [...]

Jan 2014

January 2014 Employee Excellence Awards

January 28th, 2014|Categories: Elementary schools, Employee Excellence Awards, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , |

Four employees were selected for the January 2014 recognition. They were honored at the Jan. 28 school board meeting. Pictured left to right are: • Nicole Halstead, teacher, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center • Karen [...]

Dec 2013

December 2013 Employee Excellence Awards

December 11th, 2013|Categories: Elementary schools, Employee Excellence Awards, Secondary schools (6-12), Staff|Tags: , , , |

Four employees were selected for the December 2013 recognition. They were honored at the Dec. 10 school board meeting. Pictured left to right are: • Jeff McCoy, custodian, Felida Elementary School • Erica Nicewonger, teacher, [...]

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