Regular Board Meeting Notice - Thursday, March 23
The Vashon Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, March 23, starting at 5:30 pm. This board meeting will be conducted in person in the District Office Conference Room #302, located on the 3rd floor in the Chautauqua Elementary School building, 9309 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon, Washington 98070. If you would like to attend the board meeting in-person and are in need of language interpretation services, please contact Peter Woodbrook. We do require no less than 48 hours notice prior to the meeting to accommodate language services. VISD School Board Meetings will be LIVE streamed on the VISD YouTube Channel . For language interpretation on YouTube, follow these steps: YouTube will auto-translate captions into many languages. Select Video Click on the Settings Wheel on the bottom navigation bar Click on Subtitles Click on Subtitles -English (auto-generated) Click on Auto Translate Cursor down the list and select Language for Translation The selected language will now be auto-translated in closed caption. The Vashon Island School Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for addressing the board during regular board meetings. Public comment is not taken during board work sessions or special meetings. The agenda limits the public comment period to 15 minutes. Community members who wish to make a public comment must complete the sign-in sheet upon arrival and will be called to speak for the allotted three minutes in the order they sign in. As a matter of practice, the Board will listen to all comments, however, will not respond to comments or engage in dialogue at the meeting. In accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act, any individual who has difficulty attending an in-person meeting by reason of disability, limited mobility, or for any other reason that makes physical attendance at a meeting difficult, may request an opportunity to provide verbal comment remotely. Please click here if you would like to provide comment remotely. Remote requests must be submitted by 12:00 pm, the day of the board meeting. The Board also encourages community input at any time on educational issues. The public is welcomed and encouraged to provide community input by email to the VISD School Board at email@example.com . Click here to access the agenda and board packet documents in BoardDocs . For questions regarding VISD's use of BoardDocs or access to the meeting, please contact Peter Woodbrook, 206.463.8627 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday, Mar 21 2023
John Erickson selected as Vashon High School Principal
Interim Principal John Erickson has been selected to step fully into the role of Principal at Vashon High School. “Great things happen when we start from the heart,” said Superintendent Dr. Slade McSheehy. “I’ve experienced this both personally and professionally. I'm also very excited about the partnership that has begun to flourish between John and Sabrina and how this leadership team will provide the continuity necessary to ensure we are fulfilling our Vashon Promise.” Principal Erickson temporarily stepped into the role of interim principal following the mid-year departure of former Principal Danny Rock, who left the District to embark on a mid-year transition into a new career. The District formally opened the principal position in January. The hiring process involved a rigorous day of interviewing, in which each final candidate spent an entire day on campus meeting with teachers, students, and parents. “First and foremost, I'd like to thank the entire community for their engagement and support with the principal selection process,” said Principal Erickson. “As a participant myself, I can tell you that the strengths of our community were on full display from start to finish. Our VHS community is unique, creative, hard working, and above all, always ready and willing to show up 110% for our students and one another.” Principal Erickson joined VHS at the start of the 2021-22 school year. Prior to arriving at the District, he worked for nine years in the Highline School District as an elementary school principal and middle school assistant principal.
Monday, Mar 20 2023
Last Day of 2022-23 School Year Reminder and 2023-24...
Hello Vashon Families, Now that the threat of potential snowy weather is past us, a quick reminder that the 2022-23 School Year will now end on Friday, June 16, to make up for the snow day on December 1, 2022. Please note: The last day of school will still be an early release day instead of the standard Friday late start . The District is also releasing the 2023-24 school year calendar, which is attached to this message and available on our website. This document details the school year start and end dates, as well as breaks and other no school days.
Friday, Mar 17 2023
March 10 VISD Community Update
Hello hello Vashon Families, "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." - Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut During the month of March, we celebrate national Women’s History Month. Throughout the month, our schools and classrooms will honor the contributions women have made throughout history. I am proud to work at a District featuring amazing women in a variety of roles, from instructional support to teachers and administrators, to back office staff and facilities crew. As we close out this week of learning, I’d like to bring attention to a few things happening around our fantastic schools. Third Grade Pen Pals with Island Elders VARSA Awareness Night VISD Mariners Game Cherry Tree Ceremony Third Grade Pen Pals with Island Elders I had the pleasure today of stepping into Ms. Butcher’s third game classroom and watching our students immerse themselves in their social activism project. The year-long project was chosen by the students themselves and you can read more about the project in this Beachcomber article . Students have established pen pals with Island elders and just received their first responses. It is great to see this generational interaction between our students and our community. VARSA Substance-use Risk Awareness Night A big thank you to our partners at VARSA for organizing Tuesday night’s event about helping parents understand the substance-use risks facing our students. An extra big thanks to the presenters, Mary Segawa, M.S., the Public Health Education Liaison at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and Sara Ross Viles, M.P.H., from Public Health-Seattle & King County, for taking the time out of their busy schedules for presenting to our community. VISD Night Out at the Ballpark - Ticket deadline is today! We had so much fun at T-Mobile Park last season we are doing it all again this year. For $20, you can get a ticket to the game on April 14 vs. the Colorado Rockies. That price includes ferry/transportation to and from the stadium. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found here . Cherry Trees Dedication Ceremony Finally, we invite all of our community to the Vashon High School campus for a dedication and ceremony to honor the cherry trees, on March 26, at 1:30 pm. This community presentation is made possible by our friends at the Vashon Heritage Museum, Mukai Farm & Garden, and the Vashon Fruit Club. This ceremony commemorates the 100 cherry trees that were gifted to Vashon High School by Vashon’s Japanese-American Community back in 1932. Local artist and VHM alum Chantal Uto created a beautiful sign which celebrates the lives of the Japanese-American students on Vashon who were forcibly removed and incarcerated during WWII. The afternoon will feature original haikus by VHS and their sister school Himeji-Minami High School, plus more. To learn more about the trees, the sign, and everything our community organizations have been involved in, you can read more here . That is it for now. Don’t forget to move the clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time this weekend! You can get six tips to help with the transition at this NPR Link . Slade McSheehy, Ed.D. Superintendent, Vashon Island School District Phone: (206) 463-8534 Mailing: PO Box 547, Vashon WA 98070 Office: 9309 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon WA 98070 www.vashonsd.org Instagram: vashonislandsd Facebook: VashonIslandSD
Friday, Mar 10 2023
VHS Theatre Production of "Alice" Opens Tonight!
The VHS Drama Program's inventive production of Alice in Wonderland opens tonight and continues through next weekend. A troupe of 16 actors and two musicians started with three weeks of workshops. With Lewis Carroll's timeless stories as a starting point, the students devised a script loaded with slapstick, nonsense, wordplay, and mystery. Performances are at 7:00 pm, tonight (March 10) and Saturday (March 11), and at 1:00 pm, on Sunday, March 12. The show continues with 7:00 pm shows on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. No advance sales; cash only.
Friday, Mar 10 2023