Superintendent Karen Douglass is hoping to start the 2016-17 school year off with fresh faces and new direction for the Wind River Middle School and Stevenson High School.
After learning that Brian Morris would be leaving, Douglass began the process of assessing the administrative needs of the District.
“Whenever there is an opening in the District it’s an opportunity to check our systems and make sure we have the best systems and people in place to create an environment that students and staff will thrive in,” said Douglass.
“When Brian told me he was going to accept the offer to be the Assistant Principal at CHS I was happy for him, but knew that it was going to be a challenge to fill his shoes. He has been an integral part of the transition of WRMS from Carson to Stevenson,” added Douglass.
After assessing the needs of the two schools, meeting with staff members, speaking with the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), and discussion options with the current administration Douglass has decided to pursue a co-principal model for WRMS and SHS.
“When we merged the two schools we recognized that the middle school has a unique culture and climate and we want to keep that alive,” said Douglass.
The job posting describes the positions as such: “The Co-Principal position would serve Wind River Middle School and Stevenson High School in our 7-12 secondary building, with an emphasis on middle school. The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader who will collaborate with existing administration to continue to develop a vision of excellent education within a positive culture in our secondary schools.”
SHS Principal Sarah Marino is looking forward to the partnership.
“I think the idea of co-principal could be one of the best things for WRMS and SHS, and us as a building. I think it will help bring staff together and give the two principals the opportunity to develop relationships and work directly with all the students. It will also continue to give both schools their own identity, but help build a sense of community and a positive environment,” said Sarah Marino.
"I have had several conversations that included Gary Kipp (Executive Director of AWSP) as well as current and former superintendents and co-principal members. We are encouraged by the feedback we've received," added Douglass.
In an email to Douglass, Gary Kipp congratulated her on “thinking outside the norm, because sometimes that’s where we find nuggets of success.” He also offered her his support as the District moves forward.
“We will be working with AWSP moving forward to develop a long term partnership between our co-principals that utilizes their strengths and areas of expertise,” said Douglass.
“I’m looking to the future with this partnership,” continued Douglass. “It’s my hope that we will find someone who will be committed to our community and our students. The culture of WRMS and SHS has attracted dedicated staff and administrators for years and I believe the combination of the unique attributes of the two schools will attract great applicants.”
Columbia Gorge School student, Sawyer Schroeder recently attended Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s First Youth Leadership Summit at WSU Vancouver on April 11. Over one hundred high school students from all over Southwest Washington attended the summit.
The students attending the summit were identified by school faculty as having strong leadership potential. The goal of the event was to help them maximize that potential by introducing them to leaders from all walks of life and giving students the chance to hear their wisdom and inspiring stories. Our guest speakers were Ernie Kent, Head Coach of WSU Men's Basketball; Mason Walker, President of Audigy Group; and Kristi Kingma, former UW Women's Basketball star. The speakers shared stories about their own paths to success, and left the students with words of advice.
Students also participated in Q&A sessions with two panels made up of local leaders. The “Life After High School” panel featured Steve Valenta of The Mighty Bowl food trucks, Sgt. Alex Schoening of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Melia Stewart of Clark College, Max Ault of the CREDC, and Sean McClain of AbSci.
The “Impacting Global Community” panel included Lisa Scott Gilliam of Shared Hope International, Bola Majekobaje of WSU Vancouver, Dr. Jonathan Purnell of the Bob and Charlee More Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, and Sam and Sharnessa Sanden from the ONE Campaign.
Applications for the 2016 Forest Youth Success summer program are available today! Students can pickup the application packet in the WRMS / SHS office, the Columbia Gorge School, and online. Applications are due April 22nd!
Please encourage your student or students you know to apply for this amazing summer employment opportunity. Participants will learn valuable employment skills, complete projects they can be proud of, help improve Skamania County, work alongside land and resource management professionals, develop interpersonal skills, play games, have fun, and earn high school credit.
If you have any questions you can contact the FYS program director at 360-772-6370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stevenson-Carson School District Highly Capable Program LEGAL NOTICE
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 and are due by April 29, 2016 at 4:00. This notice is in accordance with WAC 392-170-042 and Chapter 28A.185.
Publish weeks of April 11, 18, and 25, 2016
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; se vence el 29 de abril de 2016 a las 4:00 de la tarde. El presente aviso está en conformidad con WAC 392-170-042 y el Capítulo 28A.185
Tuesday, March 29th at 5:15 p.m.
Monday, April 18th at 6:00 p.m
Stevenson Elementary School
If your child is five or will be five before August 31st, please plan to attend. If you know
someone who has a child this age, please tell them about registration!
• Child’s birth certificate
• Child’s immunization records
This registration is to deal with the paperwork of enrolling your child. Your child does not need to attend…and would probably prefer doing something more fun!
If you have any question, please call Kali Stump at 427-5672.
Every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm you'll find families in the Stevenson Elementary library dancing, singing, doing crafts, and listening as books are read out loud. The monthly event is known as "Learn and Play" and is put on by volunteers from the Gorge Early Learning Coalition, Washington Reading Corps., the Stevenson branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and Stevenson Elementary.
"Learn and Play is a great time for kids to do fun crafts, dance, read, and learn with other kids and their parents," said Stevenson Elementary Washington Reading Corps. member Marie Wells.
“While we (Washington Reading Corps.) spend most of our time working with school age children on reading and writing skills we also organize and promote events that promote early childhood literacy. Learn and Play is a great way of bringing families together and promoting literacy in the community," added Wells.
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.
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.
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.
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.