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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.

District Hosts Family Fun Night

Highly Capable Program Accepting Referrals

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-12. The Highly Capable program serves students in grades K-12. Nominations 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 September 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. This notice is in accordance with WAC 392-170-042 and Chapter 28A.185.

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-12. 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 18 de septiembre de 2015 a las 4:00 de la tarde. El presente aviso está en conformidad con WAC 392-170-042 y el Capítulo 28A.185.

Forest Youth Success Completes 2015 Season

This summer 24 Skamania County youth, 21 of whom will be attending Stevenson High School next year, participated in the Forest Youth Success program.

Over that last six weeks, the Trail Busters, Timber Tigers, Baller Bobcats, and Daisy Chain Gang have been hard at work completing projects throughout Skamania County. Some of the projects that have been completed are the installation of turnpikes (raised sections of trail) on the Pacific Crest Trail, installation of culverts, clearing and widening of trails, as well as pruning over 100 acres of white pine trees.

The final week of projects took the crews to Cougar, WA where they camped for three nights and four days. Crews were dispatched to projects on the northern Gifford Pinchot forest as well as the Mount St. Helens National Monument. They also picked up trash while exploring the Ape Cave.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Nov. 19th

SES Learn and Play - 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Friday, Nov. 20th

SHS / WRMS Concert @ WREC - 7:00pm

Tuesday, Nov. 24th

SHS Band Tour

Wednesday, Nov. 25th

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, Dec. 3rd

Community Event: Paper Tigers 4:30 and 6:30 pm @ Hegewald Center

Tuesday, Dec. 8th

SES Winter Program - 6:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10th

School Board Meeting - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 15th

CES Winter Program - 6:30 pm @ WREC

Monday, Dec. 21st

No School - Winter Break

Tuesday, Jan. 4th

First School Day of 2016