Congratulations Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!


                  

Always remember Mrs. Douglass' words: Be Nice, Be Yourself, Get Up, Work Hard, and Have Fun! If you do those things everything will turn out fine. We are proud of you and here for you if you need us! We are looking forward to watching you make your mark on the world.

                     

The Class of 2016 have ambitious goals for their future. Their intentions include: 68% of them plan to go on to a 2 or 4 year college/university, 6% will pursue vocational training and apprenticeship, 10% will join the military, and 16% will enter the workforce.

          

Our community has generously contributed nearly $100,000 in scholarships to this year’s graduates. This total does not include the numerous scholarships our graduates were awarded from their respective colleges. On behalf of the Stevenson-Carson School District, Students and Families we would like to express our gratitude to this community for their generous scholarship contributions. We are grateful for the support you offer our students in pursuing higher education and preparing themselves for the future.

          

 

SHS Graduation Inside

          

The weather forecast is calling for Gorge Showers over the next 3-days. We are moving graduation and practice inside this year. Come “shower” the Class of 2016 with your best wishes for their future on Saturday, June 11th at 5:00 in the high school gym.

SCSD Hires Joe Randall as WRMS and SHS Co-Principal


After a full day of interviews with staff, students, administrators, and the community, Joe
Randall was offered the position of co-principal of WRMS and SHS.

Randall, along with two other candidates, spent Monday morning rotating between a student interview panel, student lead tour of campus, and time with a few key players from the secondary schools.

“He was very interested in the school during the tour and wanted to hear what Emma and I were involved in and what we thought,” said SHS junior Nick Heuker. “I think he is going to be a good fit with Ms. Marino.”

Randall brings a variety of experiences with him to the District, including classroom experience at the middle school, high school, and university level. He also started and ran the math and science tutoring center at the WSU Vancouver campus for six years. He has been an administrative intern at Coweeman Middle School in Kelso and will be completing the WSU administration program this spring.

“I really liked him a lot and I was kind of hoping for him. They all would have done a great job, but there was something about him,” said 8th grader Emma Penner. “I think he’ll bring new experiences and new ideas that will help make the school better.”

During his time as the dean of students at Kelso High School and Coweeman Middle School, Randall has experienced the positive outcomes of the PBIS system, and has developed relationships with students, staff, and parents to create an environment and culture that helps students learn and grow.

“Four years ago when I was starting my admin classes, my wife and I were in Stevenson and we could see ourselves in the community. We even drove around and looked at houses,” recalled Randall. “I remember saying to her that this is the place I would like to start my new career as an administrator.”


“During the tour I was really impressed by the kids and how nice and respectful they were. You could really tell they loved their school,” continued Randall. “I’m looking forward to joining the community and starting to build relationships and continuing to make students feel that they have an important role to play in their school.”

Starting in 1988 Randall has been working in small communities and small schools. Throughout his 28 year teaching career he has helped develop programs that have allowed students to earn college credits while still in high school, coached football and baseball, served on safety and scheduling committees, mentored teachers, and received training in a variety of classroom management and discipline strategies.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into a small community. I really enjoy the small school feel and the relationships that you can build with students at that size. I’m ready to get started,” said Randall.


Current SHS principal and future co-principal of WRMS and SHS Sarah Marino shared Joe’s excitement for the future saying, “after a full day of interviews and seeing him interact with staff and students it was clear he would be a great fit for the staff, students, and myself.”

“He brings diverse experiences to the position that will definitely benefit the staff and students. One of the things that stood out, and that I was looking for, was how much he really wants to be a part of the community and a part of the school,” added Marino.

“I’m very happy with the selection we’ve made. We were looking for someone who would be invested in the community, will build positive relationships with staff and students, and who can be an instructional leader for staff. After gathering feedback yesterday and checking references, I am confident we have a great fit for WRMS and SHS,” said Superintendent Karen Douglass. 

 

   

SCSD Seeking Secondary Co-principals


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.”

 

   

Secondary Schools to Adopt 7-Period Day for the 2016/2017 School Year

Stevenson High School and Wind River Middle School will adopt a 7-period day for the upcoming school year. After the State implemented the new Career and College Ready Graduation Requirements (also know as Core 24) it was noticed by counseling and administration at the high school that an increasing number of students were having difficulty scheduling the classes they wanted and needed.


We have been transitioning to the new College Ready Graduation Requirements the last few years with full implementation required for the class of 2019. Our current schedule offers students 24 regular class credits, plus 2 credits from ADVO. This does not leave any flexibility in a student’s schedule to take additional classes in areas of interest or should a student fail a class there is little opportunity to recover the credit.


Many people, including staff, administration, and parents, were involved in exploring options and giving input into how to help support our students in getting the credits the want and need for graduation. It was determined the best way to give students more options and flexibility in their schedule was to add another period to the day.


Starting next year, SHS and WRMS will be on a 7-period schedule. This will allow students greater flexibility in their schedule to get the classes they want and need. Band will be offered during the regular day schedule instead of as a zero period. High School students will have an easier time achieving the College Ready Graduation Requirements and middle students more options for in their exploratory classes and lunch a little later in the day.


The schedule for next year will be as follows:

SHS
 8:20-8:50 ADVO
8:55-9:40 1st Period
9:45-10:30 2nd Period
10:35-11:20 3rd Period
11:25-12:10 4th Period
12:10-12:40 Lunch
12:45-1:30 5th Period
1:35-2:20 6th Period
2:25-3:10 7th Period
 
WRMS
8:20-8:50 ADVO
8:55-9:40 1st Period
9:45-10:30 2nd Period
10:35-11:20 3rd Period
11:20-11:50 Lunch
11:55-12:40 4th period
12:45-1:30 5th Period
1:35-2:20 6th Period
2:25-3:10 7th Period
 

Wednesday

SHS
8:20—8:53 1st Period
8:58-9:31 2nd Period
9:36-10:09 3rd Period
10:14-10:47 4th Period
10:52-11:25 5th Period
11:25-11:55 Lunch
11:59-12:32 6th Period
12:37-1:10 7th Period
 
WRMS
8:20—8:53 1st Period
8:58-9:31 2nd Period
9:36-10:09 3rd Period
10:14-10:47 4th Period
10:47-11:17 Lunch
11:23-11:55 5th Period
11:59-12:32 6th Period
12:37-1:10 7th Period
 

 

Stand Up 4 Teens in Olympia

On Monday January 18th, 2016 One Prevention Alliance took some local students from Stevenson High School to meet with their legislators in Olympia as part of Prevention Policy Day activities.


          

Prevention Policy Day Events at the Capitol included rallies, speeches, and meetings with our State Representatives and State Senator. The event was sponsored by Together! of Thurston County. The Lt. Gov., Brad Owen, spoke to the students about the importance of standing up for what is right. Representatives Norm Johnson and Gina McCabe met with students in their offices and discussed important prevention issues. Representative Johnson impressed the students by telling them how important it was for peers to hear positive messages from peers. While Representative McCabe actively recruited students to become Pages for the House and Senate. Senator Curtis King also met with the students and talked about the importance of teaching life skills to the younger generation. Each Senator and Representative was invited by the students to attend the Stand Up 4 Teens Prevention Summit on February 26th, 2016 at the Skamania Lodge.  

College Bound Dreams!

Recently, Mr. Berry’s Advocacy class was recognized for being the first WRMS ADVO to submit 100% of their College Bound Scholarship (CBS) applications. Some WRMS students and their parents may be seeing information from the Washington Student Achievement Council about the College Bound Scholarship program in their mailboxes and at conferences for the first time. So what is the big deal, anyway?


The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the College Bound pledge. This program encourages students who might not consider college due to the cost to dream big and continue their education beyond high school. Students must apply in their 7th or 8th grade year and meet certain income eligibility requirements to be College Bound.


College Bound students pledge to graduate from a Washington State high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, be a good citizen in their community and stay crime free, apply to an eligible college, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a timely manner.


This scholarship, along with other state financial aid, covers the average tuition (at comparable public college rates), some fees, and a small book allowance. It can be used at one of Washington’s many eligible institutions, which include public community and technical colleges, public four-year colleges and universities, independent colleges and universities, and private career colleges. A full list of eligible Washington State institutions is available at www.collegebound.wa.gov.


Because students are only eligible to apply during their 7th and 8th grade years, and because income eligibility is a private matter, students and their parents are encouraged to complete the signature pages that are sent home with your student or arriving in your mailbox, regardless of eligibility. If a family is not eligible, they can mark the not eligible box on the front of the form, sign the back, and no further information is required. These forms can be returned to the school or mailed directly to College Bound Scholarship, PO Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Students and parents can also apply online at www.collegebound.wa.gov.
 

Be Safe Online!

Dear Stevenson High School & Wind River Middle School Families,


Social media is a way of life for teens today. At school we try to foster an environment where we teach students how to use technology in responsible ways, that there is a time and place to connect with peers online, and there is a way to engage in positive interactions online. Unfortunately, the Internet and social media can be a place where students encounter safety and security issues, as well as become victims or participants in harassment or bullying.


It has come to the attention of administration that a new App called “After School” is quickly rising in popularity with teens. “After School” allows students to post anonymously to a message board about their school. The App’s creators designed it as a way for teens to talk about issues. Unfortunately, students are posting negative and hurtful things. The site claims there is a zero tolerance policy on bullying, but reporting and removal of inappropriate statements to this site, or any other social media site, takes time and rarely happens before significant numbers of students see the posts that cause damage and drama.


Parent involvement is the best way to prevent cyber bullying and teach your child about appropriate behaviors online and on social media. Talk to your child regularly about who they interact with online, what they talk about and post, and how to be safe. If your child encounters inappropriate content online, work with him/her to report and delete it. If a social media site has frequent inappropriate content have your child delete the App. If certain individuals consistently post drama or hurtful messages have your child delete/block that person from being a friend. Share with your child that becoming involved in the drama, even to defend a friend, does not help when it comes to social media.


There are many resources available to parents and teens on how to stay safe online. Below are a few websites with helpful information. School administration and counselors are available to talk to you and your child if cyber bullying or drama is impacting your student. If there is a situation where a child has encountered a severe threat or safety concern, please contact local law enforcement.


http://www.netsmartz.org/ 
https://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/parent-resources 

 

Thank you for helping us keep our community’s children safe.


Sincerely,


Sarah Marino           Brian Morris                  Chris Pollard
SHS Principal           WRMS Principal             SHS Vice Principal & HIB Compliance
 

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

In cooperation with the Skamania County Sherriff 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.

The “research-validated substance abuse prevention program (is) proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors,” says the LifeSkills Training website.

“The program is designed to be taught over a three-year period starting in the 7th grade,” said WRMS principal Brian Morris.

“This year’s 7th graders have begun the LifeSkills Training in their social studies classes, will continue them next year and complete the program during their freshman year. This will continue each year with incoming 7th grade students starting the program at WRMS and completing it their freshman year at SHS,” continued Morris, “we are committed to working with OPA and the Sheriff department to help our students make healthy choices.”

Deputy Lyle and Intervention and Prevention Specialist Riley Hershberger are delivering the lessons to the students under the supervision of WRMS teaching staff.

Riley Hershberger echoed Morris’s statements saying, “It’s a great program. By building on itself over multiple years it provides students with continued education, skills and tools for making safe and healthy choices.”

Along with the LifeSkills Training program SHS and WRMS will also be partnering with the Sherriff department to conduct random detection sweeps using local K9 team, Rocket and Deputy Scheyer.

“The goal of the detection partnership is to provide all of our students and staff with a safe and drug free learning environment,” said SHS principal Sarah Marino.

“We aren’t out to ‘get’ students,” continued Marino, “we want to encourage students to make healthy choices and focus on learning when they are at school and by taking steps to detect and prevent illegal substances from coming on campus, and removing them if they do, we hope to build a culture that discourages substance abuse and encourages healthy choices.”

“Before any detection sweeps take place we plan on having the Sherriff’s office come and do an all school assembly to demonstrate how the K9 teams function, build awareness, and encourage students to keep their school substance free,” added Marino.

The SCSD school board approved the addition of a K9 team to the prevention and detection efforts following a review of district policies and procedures during spring 2015 board meetings. 

Homecoming 2015

Hollywood Magic!

 

Homecoming kicks off this Friday, October 16, 2015 with Color Wars.  Seniors wear Black, Juniors wear White, Sophomores wear Purple, and Freshman wear Blue.  Spirit dress themes are:

  • Monday = Musicals


  • Tuesday = Horror


  • Thursday = Comedy


  • Friday = Spirit Day


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Mission

The mission of Stevenson High School is:

  • To expect, encourage, and empower students and staff to achieve personal and educational excellence.

  • To foster responsible contributing citizens.

  • To provide a safe and healthy environment where learning and individuals are respected and valued.