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Board Member Dan Mitchell Elected to WSSDA Legislative Committee

Stevenson-Carson School Board member Dan Mitchell was elected to serve on the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) Legislative Committee during the annual WSSDA conference in Bellevue.

“I’m looking forward to working with WSSDA members as well as our elected officials in Olympia to address the challenges facing Stevenson-Carson and other small communities,” said Dan Mitchell.

The Legislative Committee helps establish the annual WSSDA Legislative Agenda by voting on proposals submitted by school boards and school directors. The Agenda outlines the positions and priorities for WSSDA members, leadership and staff as they work with elected officials on education issues.

School Board Members Attend Annual WSSDA Conference on Creating "Boundless Potential"

Stevenson-Carson School Board members recently attended the annual Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) conference in Bellevue. The theme of this year’s conference was “boundless potential.”

The annual conference brings together education policy makers from across the state and is the largest gathering of its kind. Representing SCSD were Superintendent Karen Douglass, Board members Brad Liedtke, Callae Van Pelt, Dan Mitchell, Sandy Vigil, and student representative Ari Morris.

“The conference provides us with a time to get to know each other and learn how to work together,” said Board member Dan Mitchell.

“It also provides us with the opportunity to learn how to be better at our jobs and learn how other districts are solving some of the challenges we are facing here in Stevenson-Carson. During the conference we are brought up to speed on methods and innovations in education which helps us provide the right type of education services for the kids,” continued Mitchell.

Scheduled Activities and Weather Closure Information

If school has a late start – there will be no events or practices before school. This includes clubs that may have had a meeting scheduled before school and zero period Band. ALL before school activities will be canceled.

If school has an early out – there will be no events or practices after school.

Rep. Johnson Visits SCSD

Earlier this week Superintendent Karen Douglass and School Board Member Dan Mitchell met with Representative Norm Johnson at the District office.

“Representative Johnson started the meeting with the ‘simple’ question ‘how are your schools doing?’” recalled Douglass.

After providing Rep. Johnson with some demographic information about the district and sharing some of her experience as a first time superintendent, Douglass shifted her focus to the importance of funding education at the state level.

“A priority for me and the district is making sure that our elected officials are complying with their paramount duty of funding education,” said Douglass.

“I encouraged him to advocate for the immediate implementation of McCleary and that now is the time to provide comprehensive and sustainable funding for K-12 public education,” continued Douglass.

Letter Regarding Inclement Weather

November 17, 2015

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 four years ago gave us a good reminder of how ice can impact our ability to conduct school (and other activities) as planned.

Thank You Veterans

From kindergarten to 12th grade, students have been learning about the importance of Veterans Day and how today isn’t just a day off of school, but a day to honor and thank the men and women who are serving and have served in the military.

At Stevenson Elementary, students learned poems, patriotic songs, and did art work to say thank you to our veterans. Mrs. Acker’s 1st grade class learned about honor and how our service men and women help keep us safe. They created a bulletin board with the poem “Poppy Poppy” to honor veterans. Mrs. Stump’s 2nd grade class learned and recited a poem by long time SES teacher Patty Neely on Tuesday, before doing a Veterans Day word search.

SHS and WRMS Partner with Sheriff Department and One Prevention Alliance on Drug Prevention Efforts

In cooperation with the Skamania County Sheriff department and One Prevention Alliance (OPA), WRMS will be implementing the LifeSkills Training prevention program this school year. In addition to prevention efforts the use of a detection K9 has also been approved in an effort to provide students with a safe and drug free education environment.

Earlier this year, following a presentation by Deputy Lyle and WRMS principal Brian Morris, the SCSD school board approved the incorporation of the LifeSkills Training substance abuse prevention program beginning with WRMS this year and rolling up into the SHS curriculum in the 17-18 school year.

Family Fun Night!

Over 135 families attended the free Family Fun Night held at SHS on September 28th. Attendees were able to choose from 18 activities, games, information booths and educational opportunities as they celebrated the beginning of an amazing school year.

SCSD staff and administrators ran activities that included a bean bag toss, human Hungry, Hungry, Hippos, bowling, relay races, juggling lessons and swing dance lessons - just to name a few. The SHS fall cheerleaders and football players also helped, running stations where younger students could learn cheers, how to throw a spiral, kick a field goal or play a game a game of 500.

“I saw so many kids of all ages running from one game to another. Laughter and fun was all over the high school,” said Cheryl Wright in a Facebook post following the event.

District Seeks a Replacement Levy for 2016 and 2017

The Stevenson-Carson School District Board of Directors approved Resolution 14-15/13 requesting voter approval of a replacement levy of $800,000. Passage of Proposition No. 1 (on the November 3rd ballot) would allow the levy of property taxes over a two-year period to support educational programs and school operations costs not being adequately funded by the State. The total amount to be collected for each year will be $800,000 and estimated levy rates each year per $1,000 of assessed value will be $1.08 for both 2016 and 2017 collections. This would replace the higher 2012 three-year $1,500,000 levy currently in place. Levy taxes would decrease for 2016-2017.

Please see the links below for levy information. Expect a levy fact sheet in your mailbox soon! If you have questions, please contact the District office at (509) 427-5674 or Superintendent Karen Douglass.

Replacement Levy Fact Sheet

Replacement Levy Video Presentation

Replacement Levy Information Sessions

Over the next couple weeks, Superintendent Karen Douglass will be presenting levy facts around the community at Levy Information Sessions. Please plan on attending one of the sessions to get answers to your questions and learn valuable information about the replacement levy.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. - Little Church in the Valley in Stabler

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. - Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Stevenson

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Levy Lunch Hour at Wind River Education Center in Carson  (Bring your own lunch, if you wish)

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. - Rock Cove Assisted Living Center in Stevenson

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 8:30-9:30 a.m. - District Administration Office in Stevenson 

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. - Skamania County PUD in Carson

Call the District Office (427-5674) with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb. 5th

CES AR Assembly: 3rd and 4th - 9:00 am

Friday, Feb. 5th

CES AR Assembly: 5th and 6th - 9:45 am

Monday, Feb. 15th

No School - Presidents' Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16th

School Board Meeting - 6:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 18th

SHS Blood Drive - SHS Library

Thursday, Feb. 25th

School Board Work Session - 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 10th

School Board Meeting - 6:00 pm

Friday, March 18th

WRMS Band Concert - 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 24th

School Board Work Session - 6:00 pm

Friday, March 25th

SHS Band Concert - 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 31st

CES Band Concert - 7:00 pm