This morning we faced inclement weather and Vancouver Public Schools determined the best course of action was to keep students and staff home to avoid the slick roads. Nevertheless, a morning like this leads to a productive day in the office for River’s Administrative Team and our office staff. A dozen or so teachers have made it in and are diligently planning and getting caught up on grading. A couple hours at my desk gives me a chance to write up the February Newsletter and Blog.

We have great news to share about students accomplishments over the recent weeks. As we are wrapping up the winter athletic season and I encourage you to take a look at our student’s achievements. Please take a look at our website to get the all the updates.

wide variety of accolades were earned in music, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Video Productions (CRTV) and multiple athletic teams and athletes earned post season opportunities. River’s first state title of the year was earned by our Bowling Team who won the Academic State Championship last week. Congratulations to all who participated and have given us so much to celebrate so far this year.

High School & Beyond

Our second semester started last Friday, and this means we have begun our eighth and final semester with the Class of 2019. As these Seniors make their plans for next steps, I want to highlight the abundance of post-secondary planning tools Vancouver Public Schools has put together for students and families. This is coming in the form of the VPS Family Newsletter. In the attempt to simplify and streamline critical information for students regarding high school and beyond, these newsletters are further broken down by high school grade level. I encourage you all to take a look and click the links to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (https://studentaid.ed.gov) and research the cost of attendance resource calculator from the US Department of Education ( https://collegecost.ed.gov).

Updates on Attendance

In the coming months we will continue our school -wide effort to improve on time daily attendance. You have seen the “25” signs around the building, encouraging students to “arrive at 25”. (Arriving and 7:25 would be five minutes early for period 1). student leaders have been at the doors greeting our students early and we will be celebrating on time, improved and perfect attendance over the next several weeks. Columbia River’s Annual Performance Score Card category of “Climate and Culture” shows students at or above the goal of 90% attendance rate increasing 7% from the 2015-16 school year to the 2017-18 school year.

We still have lots of work to do. In June, 2018 we ended at 75%. This means we have room for improvement and there is no better time than right now.

Thank you for your support and have a great start to the semester!