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New Forest Youth Success Program Coordinator Hired

FYS CoordinatorHeidi Schmidgall has been named the new Forest Youth Success Program Coordinator.

Forest Youth Success is a summer work program for Skamania County teens. Participants complete outdoor work projects such as trail work, native plant restoration, and campsite improvement for the United States Forestry Service and other public agencies. The program has a focus on role modeling work ethic and professional behavior, teaching natural resource management and forest ecology, and encouraging the development of life skills like teamwork and communication through the use of WSU Extension 4-H portable ropes initiatives.

The position is under the general supervision of the Superintendent of the Stevenson-Carson School District and the Washington State University Skamania County Extension Office with strong collaboration from Mt. Adams Institute.

“Ms. Schmidgall comes to Forest Youth Success with a unique and diverse combination of experience, skills and talents. Schmidgall has a demonstrated commitment to youth education, natural resources, and the Columbia River Gorge. We believe she has the skills and passion to lead the Forest Youth Success Program to continued success and we are excited to work with her,” said Hannah Brause, WSU Extension Director of Skamania and Klickitat Counties.

“My involvement with outdoor programs has given me various opportunities of working with federal and state public land and resource management agencies,” Schmidgall said. “I have worked on trial crews in Boulder County, Colorado and have organized service learning trail projects for students while working for Bold Earth, an adventure travel company and Pacific Quest, a Hawaiian wilderness therapy program. I worked as an AmeriCorp intern for Cascade Mountain School, which allowed me to understand the dynamic partnership between public agencies, including Non Profits, the Forest Service, Public Lands, School Boards, and community organizations. My knowledge and experience with these programs will allow for a successful and smooth transition as the Forest Youth Success Coordinator. I am excited to be working with Skamania County and all of the people involved in this amazing program.”
Schmidgall is a graduate of Portland State University, where in 20015 she earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with Specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education with an Environmental Studies Focus.

Schmidgall began her new duties April 10th and has begun recruitment of adult crew leaders and youth workers. These positions are full time from June 19th-August 11th.

Heidi Schmidgall can be contacted by phone at: (360) 772-6370 or e-mail at:

For information about open employment opportunities please visit the website at:




Family Engagement

Family Engagement

2017 Levy Information

Dear SCSD Residents,

Community support is the key to quality schools. In turn, quality schools are essential in building a strong community. Your support provides our students with the educational opportunities and learning environments that are safe, secure and successful.

Our children deserve no less than our best efforts to equip them with the skills and abilities, tools and facilities to compete and collaborate in a continually changing global economy. In April, you will have the opportunity to vote on an important M & O replacement levy measure that will have an impact on the future of our students, schools and our community. This funding is critical, because as you know, our district no longer receives federal forest funds that were designed to supplant local funding. This puts the district at a significant disadvantage. Your investment truly matters to the future of our children.

Highly Capable Referral Procedures Currently Underway

Stevenson-Carson School District
Highly Capable Program



Notice to parents and community members regarding students within the Stevenson-Carson School District: The district’s Highly Capable referral procedures are currently underway for students who are now in grades K-11. The Highly Capable program serves students in grades K-12. Referrals may be made by teachers, parents, students, or any other interested party. Referral packets are available at the district office and all schools beginning on Monday, March 13, 2017 and are due by Friday, March 31,2017 at 4:00 p.m.. This notice is in accordance with WAC 392-170-042 and Chapter 28A.185.

Publish weeks of March 13, 20, and 27, 2017


Aviso a los padres y miembros de la comunidad con respecto a los estudiantes que están dentro del Distrito Escolar de Stevenson-Carson. Los procedimientos de recomendación están en curso para los estudiantes que actualmente están en los grados K-11. El programa Highly Capable (altamente capacitados) sirve a todos los grados desde K hasta 12. Los estudiantes pueden ser seleccionados a través de los maestros, padres de familia, estudiantes o cualquier otra parte interesada. Los paquetes de recomendación están disponibles en la oficina del distrito y en todas las escuelas a partir del 13 de marzo de 2017 y se vence el 31 de marzo a las 4:00 de la tarde. El presente aviso está en conformidad con WAC 392-170-042 y el Capítulo 28A.185

School District to Make a SPLASH!

The Stevenson-Carson School District, along with a handful of passionate volunteers, has continued to explore the opportunities around reopening the swimming pool. The City of Stevenson and Skamania County** have partnered with the school district by making financial contributions. These two generous donations provided the additional funding needed for some of our “one time” reopening expenses. The district is grateful for these partnerships and their understanding of the importance of a COMMUNITY POOL!

The school district is working with an aquatic specialist/consultant on this project to create a “new” business plan. This plan will intentionally focus on increasing revenues by providing the type of programs desired by our community, while reducing expenses by purposefully monitoring every aspect.

The pool was closed in November of 2011. It was “mothballed” in a way that would allow the district to reopen it in the future. This “mothball” closing means the pool has been full of water for the last 5 years, the water has been circulating, heated enough to prevent freezing and damages, chlorine has been added weekly, and critical equipment has been maintained. The closed cost provides our community NO BENEFITS, yet annually costs the school district $25,000+ each year. The school district is attempting to reopen the pool, with an improved operating plan, that will cost the district not much more than the cost paid for the last five years while it was closed. It is believed that with the expertise our pool consultant brings to the table, and with creating some unique and special partnerships, this can be done!

The target for opening the pool is sometime in late spring. During the next several weeks the aquatic specialist, Mr. JP Moss, will be organizing and overseeing several work projects around the reopening the pool. He will also be gathering additional input from our community about the types of programs the community would like to see offered when the pool reopens. JP will also train our pool manager and lifeguards to ensure that we have the staff necessary to operate a fun and safe swimming pool.

Please do three things to assist us in these reopening efforts:

(1) Complete the survey. This survey will assist our consultant in planning a schedule and programs designed to specifically match our community’s desires. Survey:

(2) Email Karen Douglass at if you would like to volunteer with upcoming projects: cleaning, painting, promoting, repairs, etc. If you e-mail please put REOPEN POOL in the subject line. If you have other expertise that you think would be helpful in this project, please include that in your e-mail.

(3) If you, or someone you know, would be interested in a part time job as a lifeguard or a full time job as a pool manager, keep an eye of our district website. These positions will be posted sometime before March 4th.

Thank you very much for your input and support!

**The Skamania County’s donation was funded by .09 Skamania County Project Development fund. These funds are generated by Sales and Use Tax and are specifically set aside for projects that will provide economic development and provide future jobs. The swimming pool, when opened, will employ one full time manager and many lifeguards. 

Revised Calendar Proposal


This calendar will be recommended to the school board on Thursday, February 23rd for approval. The calendar includes additional instructional time for our students because of the time lost due to inclement weather.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Winter Weather


Dear Guardians:

Growing up in the Columbia Gorge, I am accustomed to inclement weather, especially during the winter. I’ve seen the Stevenson area receive 6’ of snow in early 1980 and have seen years when we just hoped for snow. Winter five years ago gave us a good reminder of how ice can impact our ability to conduct school (and other activities) as planned.

Before deciding to close schools, we consult with our staff members and Skamania County road crews who are out driving the streets of our communities beginning in the early hours of the morning. As needed, we would contact other agencies for additional information such as the PUD supervisor and the Sheriff’s office. Our school district covers a large region with remote areas and steep terrain in places. While roads may be passable in town, conditions may be very different just a few miles away. Before we close schools, we want answers to the questions below:

* Can we ensure that buses will navigate streets safely?

* Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving or walking to school?

* What are the predicted weather conditions later in the school day so we can also ensure students a safe return home?

* If we start school late (two-hour late start), will conditions be substantially improved?

* Will we have heat and lights in our schools?

* Will opening the schools impact or hamper other agencies needing to provide essential services?

Once we do make the decision to close schools, we try a number of ways to ensure the word reaches parents, students and staff. Our first step will be to send out an automated phone message through our School Messenger system. We use electronic means to notify media outlets, which also immediately posts the information to our web site: These are the fastest and most accurate way to track school closure information. Most of the Portland television and radio stations also provide school closure lists in their reports and on their web sites as well. Reports over the TV and radio will identify our school district as Stevenson-Carson School District NOT Skamania (a separate school district). For those of you without Internet access, you may call the district information line at 427-5676 after 6:00 a.m. each morning.

If it is necessary to open schools late, breakfast will not be served and morning pre-school classes will be canceled, and any scheduled early release will be canceled providing students as much instructional time as possible that day.

One of the reasons we live and raise our children in the Columbia Gorge is its ever-changing climate. If we prepare and consider all the possibilities, we can ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff during extreme weather conditions. Having made my career in this school district for 28 years – I have experienced some school closures that were “spot on” and I’ve experienced some that “missed the mark.” Trust me, I’ll likely do both as superintendent of our school district. Please know I will do my best and provide me a little understanding if I miss the mark! Thank you for your partnership in this matter.


Karen Douglass



A Letter From Superintendent Douglass

Dear SCSD Community,

There are two questions that I continue to be asked, over and over again. The most common question: Do you like your job? And a close second: Why did you apply to be the superintendent? YES -- I "like" my job. Most of the time, I actually love my job. I applied to be the superintendent because the people who make up this community are generous, supportive, caring and kind. More importantly, the students here are incredible and I believe they deserve the very best our school system can give them. I am here because I care about our students and our community and hope to positively impact our school district.

Since the presidential election, and the subsequent negative and hurtful things that have followed even in areas close to us, my love for this school district has been reaffirmed. Just like every other community, school or otherwise, some are celebrating the outcome and others are on a continuum from disappointed to downright outraged. But I'm so proud of our school district! Staff come each day, from all walks of life, and are respectful and kind to one another and students. Staff act professionally and deliver amazing lessons, regardless of their personal feelings. Our students are coming to school, learning to have disagreements and debates in appropriate and respectful ways, and continue to be kind and respectful to one another. I am so proud of our district.

Our school district has a culture that is in continual improvement. All things are not perfect -- but we are making great strides. We cannot control what is going on in the world beyond us, but we can define our own school and our own community. We will continue to provide a safe, nurturing and respectful learning environment for all students. For ALL students. We will intercede on behalf of any student who does not feel safe, respected or welcomed in our schools. Regardless of the ebbs and flows in our national climate, be assured that we will continue to focus on the academic growth and social growth of our students. Our direction, our priorities and our vision hasn't changed. These students are THE FUTURE and we will do our very best in helping them achieve even more than their wildest dreams. Who knows, maybe a future president will be a Stevenson High School graduate!


Karen Douglass

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