State Board of Education Visits

On Tuesday, September 13 members of the Washington State School Board visited Wind River Middle School and Stevenson High School. During their time on campus Board members were given tours by students, sat in on the Lewis and Clark class, and participated in a Q&A session with co-principals Sarah Marino and Joe Randall.


The Washington State School Board were in Stevenson earlier this week for a retreat at Skamania Lodge and took the opportunity to visit the local middle and high school.

Upon arriving, board members were greeted by WRMS and SHS co-principals Marino and Randall. As they entered the school several board members remarked cheerfully that the school was “welcoming” and “open” before making their way to the library.

The library was occupied by the 70 student strong Lewis and Clark class, but they made room for their guests before continuing to watch the slideshow from the 2015 trip down the Columbia.

Board members then received a brief overview of the class and an invitation to join the expedition from teacher Bill LaCombe; before receiving and update from Marino and Randall about the progress being made by WRMS. The middle school was designated a priority school in 2014.

After the short presentation, students provided guided tours of the school and answered questions about what a day at WRMS/SHS is like.


Board members returned to the library where they engaged Marino and Randall in a Q&A session about the goals and vision the school had as well as some of the challenges facing the school and District. Marino and Randall both stressed their desire to see the culture of the school continue to improve and highlighted the new programs, professional development, and student engagement strategies that are in place and how they are seeing positive results already this year.

“It was an honor to have the Board come and visit us,” said co-principal Sarah Marino.

“The staff and students made our guests feel at home and I think they saw a little piece of what makes this school a great place to come learn or work,” added Randall.


New Co-principal Organization

Sarah and Joe welcome you to a new year!

We look forward to serving the staff, students and families of Stevenson- Carson School District!

School Supply List

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:

 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
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


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
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

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

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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.