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Common Core Parent Night

On Wednesday, November 19th parents and community members are invited to learn about the upcoming Common Core standards from expert Rob Siegel.

“My hope is that after attending, parents will have a better understanding of the new standards that will be going into effect and how they (parents) can partner with the schools to help their students be successful,” said Superintendent Dan Read.

SCSD Technology Updates

During summer vacation the maintenance and IT departments were hard at work preparing classrooms, libraries, and common areas for the new school year.

District IT Director Anthony Winstead, along with the help of a few students, installed PC’s and thin clients in new labs across the district. They also updated every computer to run the latest software and security to ensure students and staff are up-to-date.

EV-D68 Information

Dear Parents / Guardians:

As we are getting into the cold and flu season we want to keep you informed on various illnesses that are in the news and show up in our schools. One of those is the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

We have received confirmation that a student at Carson Elementary has EV-D68. It has many of the same symptoms of a common cold with the coughing, sneezing, and fever. The virus affects everyone a little differently but children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms.

Please read the fact sheet from the CDC “What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68” for more information. If you have further questions please contact your physician or the health department.

You can learn more here:


Highly Capable Nominations Now Open for Grades K-2 and 10-12

The district’s Highly Capable referral procedures are currently underway for students who are now in grades K-2 and 10-12. Nominations may be made by teachers, parents, students, or any other interested party. For consideration this year, referral packets are due by Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 and are available at the district office, Stevenson Elementary and Stevenson High School.

In a nutshell, Hi Cap is Stevenson-Carson School District’s program for meeting the unique academic, social and emotional needs of highly capable students in grades K-12. In order to thrive, students who demonstrate characteristics of being highly capable often need a faster pace and greater depth and complexity of material than is offered through the standard curriculum, as well as interactions with their intellectual peers. Qualified students are placed in the program, with customized options designed for their unique needs. Please contact the Hi Cap Coordinator at Carson Elementary with any questions.

Chickenpox: Know the Facts

There has been a doctor confirmed case of chickenpox (varicella) in the area. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease, which can be spread directly from person to person, or indirectly from contaminated articles. It can also be spread through coughing or sneezing.

If you have not had your child vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to have your child receive the appropriate vaccination.

Please watch your child for signs of this rash. Some children may have a fever and feel ill. Do not give aspirin for fever, as this has been associated with Reyes Syndrome. If your child is sick, do not send him/her to school.

Chickenpox rash starts with red bumps that change to blisters. The rash is itchy and the blisters break open and form scabs. The rash is usually most prominent on the chest or back, but may be spread over the entire body, including the mouth, throat, eyes and scalp. Persons with chickenpox can be contagious for up to five days before and five days after the rash appears.

Although chickenpox is usually a mild childhood illness, it can be serious for children who are immunosuppressed, for newborn infants, and for adults (pregnant women especially). Watch for signs of pneumonia and for signs of infection in the blisters. If your child has these complications or is very ill please contact your health care provider. If you have questions about the chickenpox vaccine, please consult with your provider or Skamania County Health Department.

2014-2015 Budget Summary

On Thursday, July 10th the Stevenson-Carson School District met to adopt operating budgets (General Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and Transportation Vehicle Fund) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Based upon a projected student enrollment of 862 students and 34 ALE Columbia Gorge School students, apportionment for the school year will be approximately $11,053,812. This amount includes general apportionment, state and federal categorical funding, local levy support, and federal forest funds.

Progress Report - Summer of 2014

The 2013-2014 school year was exciting and productive. We implemented full-day kindergarten, focused on making sure we have the right tools for a new, rigorous curriculum and the Common Core Standards, and began our new teacher/principal evaluation process.

As we approach the 2014-2015 school year, we have much more work to do. We will be adopting new K-12 math and language arts curriculums, preparing for the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, and will continue to focus on analyzing data to inform and improve instruction. Additionally, we will continue to work hard to ensure the District’s financial stability while providing a quality educational program for all students by continuing to explore and implement District-wide cost savings measures and revenue producing initiatives. This will provide the best opportunity for the District to prosper in the future and withstand the challenging economic conditions we are currently experiencing.

SCSD wishes everyone a safe and restful summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

SHS Recognized for Overall Excellence

Stevenson High School receives Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence.

“We are so excited to be honored with the Overall Excellence award this year,” said SHS principal Sarah Marino. “Staff work hard every day to help students make academic gains and prepare for life beyond high school. Our students at SHS are amazing too; they put a lot of effort into their exams,” continued Marino.

Forest Youth Applications Due May 16th

Stevenson High School and Wind River Middle School students age 14-17 are eligible for summer employment with Forest Youth Success. 

Applications are available at the SHS / WRMS office and can be downloaded here. Applications are due Friday, May 16th. Late applications will not be accepted.

This employment opportunity is available to all Skamania County residents that meet the age requirements.

2014 - 2015 Highly Capable Legal Notice

The SCSD Highly Capable Program is now accepting nominations for students currently in grades 2-8. Nominations may be made by anyone: Parents, students, or any other interested party. School secretaries have the nomination packets. To be considered for the 2014-2015 school year, completed nomination packets must be received by Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Employment Opportunities

Night Custodian

Life Guard

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Para Educators

Substitute Office Staff

Substitute Bus Mechanic

Substitute Kitchen Staff


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