Congratulations to Stevenson Elementary Principal, Karen Douglass, for being selected by her colleagues as a Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal. Karen was selected from the Columbia River Region.
Candidates for Distinguished Principal’s recognition are selected on their contributions to professional growth and development, educational excellence, community relations and humanitarian activities.
Karen will be recognized for the Distinguished Principals award at the AWSP Fall Conference in October.
From OSPI: Four schools in Washington state have been recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced December 30, 2013.
Madison Elementary (Everett School District) and Neah Bay Elementary (Cape Flattery School District) each won National Title I, Part A Distinguished School awards. In addition, Oakwood Elementary (Clover Park School District) and Stevenson Elementary (Stevenson-Carson School District) each won the same awards at the state level.
With Debbie Robison’s direction, CES Hi Cap students designed, planned and painted an entry for the PIR Winter Wonderland and Holiday Lights display. Different schools paint winter scenes, and drivers get to vote for their favorite(s). So, if you’re in Portland before Christmas, cruise through PIR and vote for CES! The PIR Winter Wonderland opened on Thanksgiving.
At Stevenson-Carson School District, our top priority is student safety. With winter weather nearly upon us, it’s time to think about snow bus routes and road conditions. In the event that weather conditions make bus transportation hazardous, Stevenson-Carson School District may decide to use limited bus routes as an option to total school closure. The Stevenson-Carson School District will work closely with the Skamania County Road Division to makes sure that roads that we travel will be safe for the buses and students. The Maintenance Level 1 roads are our main SNOW ROUTES with a couple of roads Maintenance Level 2. In the event of a major weather event, we may need to reduce our routes even further to SEVERE SNOW ROUTES that will travel only on Maintenance Level 1 roads or less.
The levy maintains daily operations of the Stevenson-Carson School District, and provides about 8-12% local funding for our schools for three years. What is not covered by year one levy dollars comes out of the reserve, and is not funded by the State. Only half of the slated levy funds were received in year one, which is why year two estimated costs are higher. The tax rate (per $1,000 of assessed property value) does not change over the three years.
Fire Safety week was October 7th – 11th. At Stevenson Elementary, each teacher taught about fire safety, with the theme being, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Students learned that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. They also learned about the importance of crawling when there is smoke and to get out of the house, fast! The students drew a poster to illustrate a fire safety lesson learned. One child from each classroom was selected to ride to school on a fire truck for drawing the best illustration. All students gathered in the gym for an assembly done by our local fire fighters and EMS workers. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the many people who volunteered to make this a success!
The mission of the Columbia Gorge School is to provide individualized education offerings, along with support, resources and professional consultation, in a safe, student/parent-partnered and professional environment.
Columbia Gorge HomeLink & SCI (Student Centered Instruction) Program:
Columbia Gorge School is a multi-faceted program operating not only as a Parent Partnership, but as an Alternative Learning Experience as well. Both are programs in the public school system designed to support families and students who have chosen to educate their children either in a homeschool setting or with other non-traditional methods. HomeLink offers support, guidance and resources to parents who are their children’s primary educators. SCI supports those students who need reinforcement, enrichment, or who need a different approach to learning than the traditional schools provide. Whether in one subject area or more, Columbia Gorge School Campus will support all of these students.
For more information on Stevenson-Carson School District's Columbia Gorge School, please see the school website.
Beginning September 23, residents of the Columbia River Gorge will have new access to higher education, as Clark College begins offering for-credit, college-level classes at the Wind River Education Center in Carson, Washington.
The expansion comes as a response to an increasing demand from local businesses and residents for a highly trained workforce and accessible education. This past winter, college representatives met with prospective students, business leaders, educators and economic development advocates to gauge interest in offering college-level classes to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge. Clark College is following through with its commitment to provide the classes; future course offerings will depend on enrollment levels being able to support the investment long-term.
The state department of transportation is going to be replacing a culvert under State Route 14 by Ice House (Bridge of the Gods) the week of Tuesday, September 3 through Friday, September 6. They will have single lane closures during daylight hours. So there are the possibilities of 10-20 minute delays.
Berry and Apple AM routes could experience delays so be at your bus stop at the regular time but please be patient for the bus to arrive. The schools are aware of this possibility and will excuse your child.