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

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. 


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


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

Math Success!

How can you help your student in math?


The staff at SHS and WRMS are excited to implement our new math curriculum, College Preparatory Math (CPM).  We are seeing a number of positive things about this new curriculum and want to share this information, as well as how you can support your student in math.


Why are we excited about CPM?

  • Builds in-depth mathematical understanding
  • Develops skills through mathematical context including inquiry, experimentation, and simulated real-life problems
  • Creates excitement, engagement, and problem solving in the classroom

Follows an Integrated approach to Course Sequencing

  • More natural
  • Helps students advance to the next course more smoothly, less forgetting of concepts used in previous courses

CPM helps students build transferrable skills beyond math that will help in all they do.

  • Problem solving
    Logic and reasoning



Supporting your student

  • Expect your student to have a few homework problems each night. These are generally review problems from activities they have done recently or in a previous year to help prepare them for the next day’s lesson.
  • Instill in them the idea that they can learn mathematics.
  • Discuss with your children the importance of mathematics for their future.
  • Encourage your children to study and take notes.
  • Ask questions about what they are doing in class.
  • Be aware of current research on learning mathematics.
  • Ask your student to read every night, for fun! Developing good reading skills and stamina will benefit them in all classes, including math.


 If your student gets stuck...

  • Ask them to take a look at their Math Notebook. They should have notes and some example problems to refer to.
  • Read the question aloud. Hearing it can give you a new perspective.
  • Download the Parent Guide: to stay connected what your child is learning. You can preview or review the lessons with your child using the Parent Guide.
  • If your son or daughter asks for help, ask them questions that will lead to their figuring out how to do the problem themselves.
  • Find Homework help at and
  • Take a break for 10-15 minutes or longer and start again with a fresh perspective.
  • Wednesday after school there is free math support.
  • Have your student come in for help with the teacher during office hours listed on the class syllabus.


What is PBIS?

PBIS is a culture shift!


PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. PBIS is a cultural system where we are intentional about teaching students the behaviors we want to see, acknowledging and rewarding them when they are doing the expected behaviors, and reteaching them when they are not.


Our school-wide expectations are based on RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and SAFETY.

Around the campus staff and students following PBIS will be doing things that are Safe, Respectful, and Responsible.  What that looks like is defined in our common areas, as well as individual classrooms.  As part of our New School year Orientation, students learned about our PBIS expectations, had opportunities to participate in some fun team building activities facilitated by community partners, and got to build relationships in their ADVO.  PBIS is part of building a positive school culture.  We agree to practice Respect, Responsibility, and Safety Everywhere on our campus.



Students who are practicing being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible can earn PRIDE slips from staff members.  Students turn in their PRIDE slips to the office for a chance at winning some cool prizes or participating in some fun activities.  At the end of Orientation students were able to participate in our first PRIDE assembly.  It was a fun time!  Student PRIDE slip drawings for participation in activities and prizes occurred.  In addition to drawings for individual prizes the whole school can earn a reward.  Our first school-wide reward will happen when students earn 2000 PRIDE slips.


Meet Our New Staff

SHS & WRMS Welcomes Four New Teachers!



David Watanabe is joining our team as our new Business Teacher. Dave has experience both in industry as well as the classroom. He is looking forward to helping us build a brand new program that may have connections to our pool in the future.








Shawn Friese is our new 8th grade and Junior English teacher. He comes to us with a number of years of experience in South Bend. His wife and brand new baby girl are excited to move to the Gorge.  







Wayne Duvall will be teaching high school math. He is an enthusiastic educator who has been working for the last few years in Wilson Creek. His wife and daughters will be welcoming a son into the family this fall.  








Todd Futter is a familiar face around our school, as he has been a substitute teacher for a number of years. We are excited that he is joining our staff full time this year as a Special Education teacher.






Free Sports Physicals

Fall Sports Practice Begins Soon!


Attention Bulldogs and Royals: Get ready for fall sports with a free sports physical at Stevenson High School on Wednesday, August 12th from 8:00 am - Noon. No appointment is necessary, it is first come, first serve!


Alumni Banquet 2015

Stevenson High School Alumni Banquet 2015


On Saturday, June 27, the Stevenson High School Alumni Association held their 50th annual banquet. Alumni and guests were present to celebrate the anniversary of their graduation from Stevenson High School. The class of 1965 were the honored guests at their 50th year reunion. There were also several alums from the class of 1945 celebrating an amazing 70 years.

The Stevenson High School Alumni Association Banquet is a wonderful way for SHS grads to reconnect with former classmates. The banquet also helps to raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship. This year, Savannah O'Mahoney and Jace Hogg received scholarships to attend college in the fall.

Many dedicated people volunteer their time to help make this dinner and fund raiser a success.  Stevenson High School would like to thank the Alumni Association for support our students!

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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.