Principal’s corner 2020-21

Principal Lori Rotherham

Principal’s corner 2020-212020-10-07T12:00:00-07:00
Jim Gray, principal

Having been an educator for 27 years, and a student for most of my life before that, I am accustomed to the rhythm of a school year. Fall is always a time of excitement, anticipation, and new beginnings.  And, despite our circumstances, this is still true.

I know we will be facing some challenges, and school and learning may look different for us this year. However, I have faith in our students, parents, community and staff. I know we will support one another, be patient with each other and ourselves. And I know we will continue to find joy in the arts.

Our mission and traditions will continue to be at the center of all our work.  This includes our yearly theme, and classroom lessons and activities connected to it.  Our amazing theme team has revised this year’s theme to better fit with this year’s circumstances and mode of learning.  The theme is:

The Artist’s Journey: How We Got to Now and How to Keep Going. (An Interdisciplinary Surprise)

The Aesthetic Principle is: Motivation: Where do you find your Energy?

I look forward to hearing you play your instruments, watching you dance and act, seeing your artwork, reading your poems, and, most of all, seeing you interact with one another in our amazing community. Whether virtual, or in-person it is a privilege to be part of this focused learning community where arts are at the center.

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”

Joseph Campbell

2020-21: Principal’s letters to parents

November 30, 20202020-11-24T11:11:48-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
11/30 Monday: A day
12/1 Tuesday: B day
12/2 Wednesday: 30-minute office hours for all classes.
12/3 Thursday: A day
12/4 Friday: B day
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)
Coming Soon: Winter break December 21-January 1.

Focus Groups
While it is our hope to return to school in a hybrid model as soon as we can safely do so, we would like an opportunity to check in with students and parents for feedback regarding what is going well, what could be better, and what students and parents need from us.

If you are willing to participate in a focus group, please email Lori.rotherham@vansd.org.

We are hoping to convene these in December before we leave for break. Each group will include 3-5 students or parents who will participate in a one-hour conversation via Zoom about remote learning. We will collect this feedback and share with staff (anonymously.)

2020-21 Theme
The 2020-21 theme team has created a presentation for students and parents outlining this year’s theme and the work that will guide our collective theme journey this year. Please click on this link to view the slide show.

Update your Skyward Contact information
Please check your contact information in Skyward to make sure it is current. This includes email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts. Updating this information is always important as we want to be able to connect with you in an emergency. with remote learning, email and phone are an important means to communicate with you.
You may find this Skyward quick reference helpful. If you are not signed up for Skyward Family Access, please email annamarie.blair@vansd.org or malissa.sharp@vansd.org.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

November 23, 20202020-11-24T11:17:21-08:00

No letter this week, happy Thanksgiving!

November 16, 20202020-11-13T13:48:18-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
11/16 Monday: A day
11/17 Tuesday: B day
11/18 Wednesday: All class office hours
11/19 Thursday: A day
11/20 Friday: B day
11/23 Monday: A day
11/24 Tuesday: B day
11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Break: No School
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)

Hey Parents!
Has your student participated in a Showcase so far this year? Since all of this is happening at home, our yearbook staff is hoping you’ve taken some photos of your student during the filming of their part in any showcase! If so, we’d love to include them in our book this year!
Submit them to: vsaayearbook@gmail.com
Use the following google form: https://forms.gle/bcXBr1rNUGqAcKYy9
or submit directly to our book interface: http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=vsaa

Progress Reports
The progress report grading period ended on November 4th, and progress reports should be available to students and parents by November 16th. This seems like a short time between progress reports. This is due to the technical issues at the state level in the grading system that delayed reporting for the last progress report. Please note, we only mail these if students have F grades on their progress report. All others will need to view in Skyward.

Update your Skyward Contact information
The progress report grading period ended on November 4th, and progress reports should be available to students and parents by November 16th.
This seems like a short time between progress reports. This is due to the technical issues at the state level in the grading system that delayed reporting for the last progress report.
Please note, we only mail these if students have F grades on their progress report. All others will need to view in Skyward.
Please check your contact information in Skyward to make sure it is current. This includes email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts. Updating this information is always important as we want to be able to connect with you in an emergency. with remote learning, email and phone are an important means to communicate with you.
You may find this Skyward quick reference helpful. If you are not signed up for Skyward Family Access, please email annamarie.blair@vansd.org or malissa.sharp@vansd.org.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

November 9, 20202020-11-13T13:51:59-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
11/9 Monday: A day Senior parent Night 6:30 PM
Here is the link to this event
Meeting ID: 839 9018 9877
Passcode: n7VhK9
11/10 Tuesday: B day
11/11 Wednesday: No School Veteran’s Day
11/12 Thursday: A day
11/13 Friday: B day
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)

FVRL
Vancouver Public Schools and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success, and it is with these shared goals in mind that we are working together to ensure that VPS students will have access to the electronic resources found at their public library.  Click to read more and access opt out form

Progress Reports
The next progress report grading period ends on November 4th, and progress reports should be available to students and parents by November 16th. This seems like a short time between progress reports. This is due to the technical issues at the state level in the grading system that delayed reporting for the last progress report.

Update your Skyward Contact Information
Please check your contact information in Skyward to make sure it is current. This includes email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts. Updating this information is always important as we want to be able to connect with you in an emergency. with remote learning, email and phone are an important means to communicate with you. You may find this Skyward quick reference helpful. If you are not signed up for Skyward Family Access, view the Skyward Parenet Access instructions at the lefthand side of our Tech Hub or email annamarie.blair@vansd.org or malissa.sharp@vansd.org.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

November 2, 20202020-11-06T15:02:04-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
11/2 Monday: A day
11/3 Tuesday: B day
11/24 Wednesday: all classes
11/5 Thursday: A day
11/6 Friday: B day
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)
Coming up: 11/11/20 No School: Veteran’s Day

Help for students who struggle
If your students is struggling in one or more classes, click this link:How can students get extra help at VSAA for information about available support.

Progress reports
The next progress report grading period ends on November 4th, and progress reports should be available to students and parents by November 16th.
This seems like a short time between progress reports. This is due to the technical issues at the state level in the grading system that delayed reporting for the last progress report.

Student grades
While we know many of our students are working hard to improve their grades, we also want to recognize how hard all of our students are working to continue with their learning despite our challenging circumstances. On the recent progress report 285 of our students earned a collective total of 1,661 A grades and 292 B grades. For those students working to bring their grades up, 70 F grades have moved up to passing! Nice work VSAA students! Thanks for your effort and resilience.

All high school students & parents: Check out FutureMe on VSAA or VPS sites. You’ll find a plethora of information on careers, internships, jobs, college visits, FAFSA, etc. VSAA also has a new Career Center site. Senior parents, also check out the new VSAA 12th College & Careers Course on Canvas.
If you need held with FAFSA completion, consider attending this FAFSA help event.
Senior Parent Info Night: Choose to attend either Monday, November 9th at 6:30, or Thursday, November 19th at 6:30
Junior Parents – Coming soon: VSAA Grade 11 College & Careers on Canvas.
Junior Parent Career and College Night: Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

October 26, 20202020-11-06T15:02:19-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
10/26 Monday: A day
10/27 Tuesday: B day
10/28 Wednesday: all classes
10/29 Thursday: A day
10/30 Friday: B day
Virtual “Artists Steppin Up”
Students should see the email from Mr. Duke for details.
Virtual Showcase period 8
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)

Vocal Informance
If you missed last night’s vocal concert, you can view it on Youtube. This first concert was an “informance.” Please see below, choir director Joel Thoreson’s description.
“This concert will “inform” you about how the “virtual” concerts you will enjoy this year are typically put together. At the end of the concert, you will have a better idea of the work that goes into these concerts and the dedication it takes for students to engage and create the product that they do. You will also become aware of the many of the unusual and, frankly, unnatural ways that this method of creating music is challenging when compared with live choir rehearsal and performance…”

Progress Reports 
Progress reports are now available on Skyward. If you need help accessing them, please let us know. If your student has any D’s or F’s, we will assign them to attend the Wednesday small-group session with the corresponding teacher. Parents will receive an email with details. Please click this link for information regarding how students can get extra help at VSAA.

Grade improvement
If your current grade is not a C or better in one or more classes, you may find this template helpful for organizing your missing work and/or retakes and revisions. Grade Improvement Template

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori.Rotherham@vansd.org or Jennifer.Hockhalter@vansd.org and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

October 19, 20202020-11-06T15:02:34-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
10/19 Monday: A day
10/20 Tuesday: B day
10/21 Wednesday: all classes
10/22 Thursday: A day
10/23 Friday: B day
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)

Anti-Racism Group
As part of our equity pledge, VSAA would like to convene a group of students, parents, and staff members to examine our practices, uncover bias, and develop a plan and strategies for a more inclusive school. If you are interested in joining us, please complete this interest form.

Progress Reports
Progress reports are now available on Skyward. If you need help accessing them, please let us know. If your student has any D’s or F’s, we will assign them to attend the Wednesday small-group session with the corresponding teacher. Parents will receive an email with details. Please click this link for information regarding how students can get extra help at VSAA.

Grade Improvement
If your current grade is not a C or better in one or more classes, you may find this template helpful for organizing your missing work and/or retakes and revisions. Grade Improvement Template

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori.Rotherham@vansd.org or Jennifer.Hockhalter@vansd.org and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

October 12, 20202020-11-06T15:02:50-08:00

Our Schedule this week:

10/12 Monday: A day
10/13 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
10/14 Wednesday: all classes Early Release
10/15 Thursday: A day Early Release/Parent
10/16 Parent Conferences: No School
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)
Please note: Early release 10/14 & 10/15
Early release schedule for October 14th & 15th

Parent Conferences

There’s still time to sign up for parent conferences. We will be holding our fall parent conferences virtually on October 15th from 5-9 PM and October 16th from 8-11 AM. Please use this link to sign up for conferences with your student’s teachers.

Please note: If your student has a teacher for more than one period, please sign up for just one conference with the teacher. A conference organizer with teacher links can be found by clicking this link

Library Book Checkout

Students can now check out books from our library. To access them, go here and look for “Checking out books in the time of COVID.” This features a link to the catalog, as well as a link to a Google Form. Books will be quarantined for a week upon return for student and staff safety.

Seniors and Senior Parents

Please check your email regularly for information regarding careers, internships, scholarships, financial aid and more. In addition, there is now a Canvas page for each grade level. So be sure to
check that out as well.

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Progress reports should available on Skyward next week. Please let us know if you need any help accessing them.

Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori.Rotherham@vansd.org or Jennifer.Hockhalter@vansd.org and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

October 5, 20202020-11-06T15:03:07-08:00

Our Schedule this week:
10/5 Monday: A day
10/6 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
10/7 Wednesday: all classes
10/8 Thursday: A day
10/9 Teacher Inservice Day: No School
Weekly bell schedule (posted on VPS website)
Please note: Early release 10/14 & 10/15
Early release schedule for October 14th & 15th

Parent Conferences

There’s still time to sign up for parent conferences. We will be holding our fall parent conferences virtually on October 15th from 5-9 PM and October 16th from 8-11 AM. Please use this link to sign up for conferences with your student’s teachers.

Please note: If your student has a teacher for more than one period, please sign up for just one conference with the teacher. A conference organizer with teacher links can be found by clicking this link

Guided Enrichment

The progress grading period ended on Wednesday, 9/30, and grades are due from teachers the following week. Progress reports will be distributed shortly thereafter.

It has been our practice to assign “guided enrichment” to students who have D’s or F’s on their progress report, indicating a need for additional support. As our remote bell schedule includes 30-minute small group help sessions for all classes on Wednesdays, we will be assigning students to attend those sessions for classes in which their progress report grade indicates a need for more support. In addition, students can always arrange for support during scheduled.

Teacher office hours

Students and parents will receive an individual email with their assigned Wednesday support classes and times. Please contact Lori.Rotherham@vansd.org with questions.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori.Rotherham@vansd.org or Jennifer.Hockhalter@vansd.org and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

September 28, 20202020-10-02T15:59:43-07:00

Our Schedule this week:
9/28 Monday: A day
9/29 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
9/30 Wednesday: all classes
10/1 Thursday: A day
10/2 Friday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)

Weekly bell schedule

Parent Conferences
We will be holding our fall parent conferences virtually on October 15th from 5-9 PM and October 16th from 8-11 AM. Please use this link to sign up for conferences with your student’s teachers. Please note: If your student has a teacher for more than one period, please sign up for just one conference with the teacher.

VSAA Expansion

Work is expected to begin soon on the construction for our remodel and expansion. VSAA will increase our enrollment from the current 600 students, to a maximum of 800 in the next several years.

The plans include a multi-purpose, flexible space for PE and showcases, a new black box, 4 science classrooms, including 2 full chemistry labs. We will also enclose the courtyard for additional safety and security. The science classrooms are adjacent to an outdoor learning space.

A new health room and gallery at the entrance, and expanded parking are included as well. If you haven’t seen the plans for our addition, please check out this slide show!

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori Rotherham or Jennifer Hockhalter and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

September 21, 20202020-09-23T14:01:21-07:00

Our Schedule this week:
9/21 Monday: A day
9/22 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
9/23vWednesday: all classes
9/24 Thursday: A day
9/25 Friday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)

Weekly bell schedule

Parent Conferences
We will be holding our fall parent conferences virtually on October 15th from 5-9 PM and October 16th from 8-11 AM. Please use this link to sign up for conferences with your student’s teachers. Please note: If your student has a teacher for more than one period, please sign up for just one conference with the teacher.

Progress Reports

The first progress grading period ends on September 30th. Progress grades are finalized a week later, and progress reports will be distributed the following week.
This progress grading period will give us an opportunity to see how students are doing in their classes so far.
While this is just a snapshot of student progress, it will allow us to discover which students may be struggling in their classes so we can provide additional support as appropriate.

These grades will provide a starting point for conversations in parent conferences.

Lunch Hangouts

Lunch hangouts are beginning in the next 2 weeks. Student leaders will be planning them under the supervision of our high school counselor, Renee Foran.
This is an opportunity for students to connect with one another under the supervision of a VSAA staff member over Zoom.
Please email Renee Foran if you have questions.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

We would like an opportunity for a brief (15 minute) check-in with each of our new students and their parents. We want to see how the transition to our school is going for your student. Please use this link to sign up for a check-in with Lori Rotherham (all grade levels,) Jennifer Hockhalter (all grade levels,) or Lisa Madar (middle school students only.)

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori Rotherham or Jennifer Hockhalter and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

September 14, 20202020-09-23T14:01:12-07:00

Our Schedule this week:
9/14 Monday: A day
9/15 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
9/16 Wednesday: all classes
9/17 Thursday: A day
9/18 Friday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
Weekly bell schedule

Lunch Hangouts
Lunch hangouts will begin soon. These are opportunities for students to connect with peers over Zoom with adult supervision. They are organized and facilitated by our high school counselor, Renee Foran, and supported by teachers, administrators and classified staff. Students should receive information about them soon. If you have any questions, please email Renee Foran.

Clubs and Activities
Clubs and activities are beginning soon. We offer a variety of opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities. These range from ensembles, to interest clubs. Click this link to view before and after-school clubs and activities and their advisors. Students should contact the advisor listed if they are interested in participating.

Convocation

Convocation is our student government. Each week, our Associate Student Body officers meet with representatives from every advocacy to discuss ASB business, make budgetary and governance decisions, and promote school activities and initiatives.

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Would you like to compliment a VSAA staff member and/or share your appreciation for a job well-done? Please take a moment to complete a VSAA Shout Out. We will pass on your compliment to the appropriate staff member/members.

We would like an opportunity for a brief (15 minute) check-in with each of our new students and their parents. We want to see how the transition to our school is going for your student. Please use this link to sign up for a check-in with Lori Rotherham (all grade levels,) Jennifer Hockhalter (all grade levels,) or Lisa Madar (middle school students only.)

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with VSAA administrators, just email Lori Rotherham or Jennifer Hockhalter and we will respond with a link as soon as we are able.

September 8, 20202020-09-23T14:01:26-07:00

Thanks for a great first week of school!

Our Schedule this week:
9/8 Tuesday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)
9/9 Wednesday: all classes
9/10 Thursday: A day
9/11 Friday: B day (period 8 is Advocacy)

Weekly bell schedule

2020-21 Theme
Each year, VSAA faculty select a theme for the year. Each art form is responsible for one year’s theme, and every 7th year an interdisciplinary theme encompasses all the art forms. For this
year, the theatre team had created a wonderful theme centered around “The World of Play.” However, as live theatre was an important component, they have decided to delay this theme for a year.
They have, instead, created an interdisciplinary theme entitled The “Artist’s Journey; How We Got to Now and How We Keep Going.”
Here is a link to a slideshow from our teacher professional development for your reference: 2020-21 Theme Slide Show

Wednesday Expectations

Wednesday’s class schedule is comprised of 30-minute sessions for all 8 periods. The purpose of these 30-minute sessions is to provide opportunities for small group help for those students who need it. However, we are required by the state to take attendance for all periods, and students are expected to continue with their school work on Wednesdays. This week, each teacher shared with their students their expectations of students on Wednesdays. For all classes, students must do one of the following as directed by their teacher:
• Log onto the Zoom and check-in and/or receive assistance.
• Log onto the Zoom and participate in ensemble work (band, orchestra, choir, theatre and dance may require this)
• Complete an exit ticket or other electronic means of communicating their work plan and completion on Wednesday. This may be a Google form, Canvas exit ticket or discussion, etc.
If you have any questions regarding Wednesday expectations for a specific class, please contact the individual teacher.

We have provided hard copy planners for students to organize their work. However, you may find it helpful to use the electronic schedule template, and insert the Zoom Links for your classes.
Optional A/B day Planning Template
Optional One day at a time Planning Template
Optional Weekly Planning Template

We would like an opportunity for a brief (15 minute) check-in with each of our new students
and their parents. We want to see how the transition to our school is going for your student.
Please use this link to sign up for a check-in with Lori Rotherham (all grade levels),
Jennifer Hockhalter (all grade levels) or Lisa Madar (middle school students only).

For the month of September, we will have an open Zoom for students or parents to drop in each Wednesday, between 11 am – 1 pm. Either the principal, associate, or both will be available for student or parent questions and/or concerns. Please use the link below:
Click this link to zoom with VSAA admin
We will have a main office Zoom available all day the first 2 weeks of school so that you can see a friendly face and ask a question or get help.
Click this link to zoom with main office

September 1, 20202020-08-25T13:00:56-07:00

VSAA | The Coming Week for Students and Parents

Welcome Back! We are excited to welcome you back to school today, September 1st, 2020

Our Schedule this week is here:

Please note, period 8 is advocacy. (It may appear as period 9 on your schedule)

We will be holding a Virtual Curriculum Night on September 3rd. Students will complete a schedule document with Zoom links during advocacy class. Click here to access the link in the electronic document

 

Message from the Principal

We, the VSAA teachers, administrators, counselors, and staff, are eagerly awaiting the beginning of school. While we may begin virtually, it is our intention to do verything we can to maintain our sense of community, artistry, and the palpable joy that can usually be felt when we walk through the doors of our school. To that end, we will have advocacy, concerts, performances, and clubs and activities, though they will be virtual, at least for now. We will have theme activities, and ASB is planning virtual spirit days and other ways to keep us engaged and connected.

Please be flexible, patient with us and yourself, and let us know your needs and suggestions. We will also continue with our academic support. This will include teacher office hours and enrichment. We have also added some communication tools, including drop in Zooms with administrators and office staff. It is our hope that our students will find joy in the arts, connection in our community, and confidence in themselves as we all rise to meet this challenging time.

 

We are providing hard copy planners for students to organize their work. However, you may find it helpful to use the electronic schedule template, and insert the Zoom Links for
your classes.

Click here to access the link in the electronic document

Optional Planning Template click here in electronic document

Optional Weekly Planning Template

For the month of September, we will have an open Zoom for students or parents to drop in each Wednesday, between 11 and 1. Either the principal, associate, or both will be available
for student or parent questions and/or concerns. Please use the following link below. We will utilize the waiting room feature in Zoom when questions or concerns are confidential.
If you log onto the zoom and are in the waiting room for a period of time, it is likely the result of this. We will make every effort to limit time in the waiting room.

Click this link in the electronic document to zoom with VSAA admin

We will also have a main office Zoom available all day the first 2 weeks of school so that you can see a friendly face and ask a question or get help.

Click this link to visit the main office zoom in the electronic document
You can also call the school at (360) 313-4600 for immediate assistance during school hours.
Other helpful links: https://arts.vansd.org/library       https://arts.vansd.org/family-resources
There’s a new Tech Hub with information for parents and students: https://arts.vansd.org/tech

 

August 12, 20202020-08-22T12:12:58-07:00

VSAA Students and Families:

Welcome back for the 2020-21 school year! School will begin on Tuesday, September 1st. I know last spring presented some challenges, and the end of our school year was not quite the joyful celebration we are accustomed to. Therefore, as you can imagine, we are very excited to begin a new school year. While we may not all be together in person yet, we look forward to the opportunity as soon as it is an option.

  • VSAA is welcoming several new staff members:
  • Tiffany Morrisey will officially join us this year as a middle school science and math teacher. She served as Kelsey Hudson’s long-term sub last year.
  • Victor Johnson is also back. He will be teaching middle school and high school social studies. Victor was Jody Adams’ long-term sub and then took over for Jason Welch during his deployment.
  • Sheyla Mattos will be teaching 3 periods of dance. Sheyla previously worked at VSAA, is the parent of an alumnus, and also teaches elementary creative movement.

To help get all of our students off to a positive start to the year, we are offering online orientations for all students and their parents on August 20, 21, or 24. Please sign up for a date and time here. During this orientation, we will share our plans for remote learning as well as in-person classes when they resume, some tips to staying on track, and answer questions you may have. We will send you a Zoom link prior to the orientation.

We are holding a translated orientation with our Spanish-speaking families on August 20th from 4:00-5:00 PM. You will receive a link and information from Stephanie Ongtooguk, our translator.

We are holding a translated orientation with our Russian-speaking families on August 21st from 4:00-5:00 PM. You will receive a link and information from Viktoriya Krasovskaya, our translator.

In addition, we will be doing our schedule pickup differently. Please see below for specific details on our socially-distanced plan (please remember to wear a mask and limit 1 adult to accompany any student):

• All students in GRADES 6-11 should sign up for a 10 minute appointment on either August 25th or 26th during which they will get their school photo taken, turn in any materials still in their possession from last year, pick up a yearbook from last year if one was ordered, receive a planner and class schedule, and any additional materials available. We are using the conference time tool for this as well.

• NEW STUDENTS should also sign up for a “device swap” or “device pickup” appointment on August 21st. At this time, students new to the district will pick up their Chromebook. Students who attended a VPS elementary or middle school will turn in their iPad and receive a Chromebook.

• In addition, new students should sign up for a device/technology virtual orientation on August 31st.

• SENIORS should sign up for an appointment on August 24th. We will not be doing photos for seniors on this day, but will work with seniors on an alternative to our whimsical senior photos in the near future.

Click here for the link to sign up for orientation, schedule pickup, device swap/pickup and device orientation.

Below is the URL for our webpage, as well as the URL for our Remote Learning portal.
https://arts.vansd.org/
https://arts.vansd.org/remote-learning-portal/
(This is currently being updated to reflect the 2020-21 school year)
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Parents should sign up for a Canvas account here.
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Click here for the free and reduced lunch application form. We encourage all families to complete these forms, as we want all students who are eligible to access nutritious school meals. In addition, students on free and reduced lunch are eligible for programs such as the College Bound Scholarship, etc. Completed forms should be returned to VSAA, either at schedule pickup, or any weekday during school hours.

Click here for the Youth Opportunity Pass application. This pass offers access to C-Tran and City of Vancouver recreational facilities. Completed forms can be emailed to Jennifer.hockhalter@vansd.org or Lori.rotherham@vansd.org or can be returned on schedule pickup day or any day thereafter during school hours.

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” Malcom Gladwell

Sincerely,
Lori Rotherham
Principal

VSAA Bell Schedule
3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663 • (360) 313-4600 • Attendance / Information Line (360) 313-1472 • Fax (360) 313-4601

Questions or comments?

Lori Rotherham, principal

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 

—Thomas Merton

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