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  • Welcome to Vashon’s Award-Winning Public Schools!

    Many of our parents and graduates describe the Vashon Island public school system as having the attributes of a private school education.  We offer high quality academic programs and a wide range of opportunities in the arts, sports, music, and travel both in the classroom and through co-curricular clubs and activities. Our schools reflect the commitment of our faculty and staff, the participation and dedication of our parents and families, and the contributions of our vibrant community partner organizations.

    Our mission, “to equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world,” guides our commitment to the success of every student. Our joy is to know every student as an individual and to provide each student with the tools and learning opportunities they need to prepare for college or a career, and ultimately to lead productive lives as citizens.

    The culture within each of our three public schools is built upon a deep compassion and caring for one another. Our teachers and staff are renowned for their experience, qualifications and commitment. They work together both within departments and across grade levels to ensure continuity of curriculum and support for students.

    Our public schools thrive because of our community of support. Our curriculum is greatly enhanced by contributions of funding from Vashon Partners in Education, Vashon PTSA, and Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation, among others. Thanks to partnerships with Vashon Youth and Family Services and Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse, our learning community has access to education and resources directed towards mental and physical health.We look forward to extending you a warm welcome.

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Superintendent's Message

  • VISD Logo Dr. Slade McSheehy

     

     

     

     

    VISD Superintendent’s January 2019 Message

    As we approach the halfway point of the 2018-19 school year, my hope is that the past four months will serve as a springboard for 2019. I also hope that everyone found some time during the holidays to spend with family and friends. My family took a few days to visit with my parents and sister’s family in the Portland area. It wasn’t a surprise when our boys wanted to drive through the old neighborhood and eat at Vinnie’s pizza. Even though it was a great visit, I will admit we were all eager to get back to the island and relax the last week of the break.

    Our district’s mission,  “Equipping every student to engage, thrive, and contribute in an ever-changing world,” continues to be front and center for everything we do. During the past four months, I have witnessed first-hand several times how this mission helps all of us in our call to serve and support all of our students. At the beginning of a new year, I would like to reflect and share a few ways in which our dedicated staff are working to “Engage… by loving” and create relationships with students. These experiences are part of what make Vashon such a special place for so many.

    As I visit schools, I have seen over and over again the work that VHS does to support our students with special needs. One highlight is the collaborative work between Ms. Miller, general education math teacher, Ms. Solan, special services teacher, and the many paras (Mr. Barker, Ms. Reeves, Colby) that support our students. Together, they work to provide individualized services and experiences for students that I’ve never seen in a school before. This work is a great example of thinking outside the box and a result of great will and innovation. As a result, students with special needs have the same access to curriculum and are getting the kind of help they really need to make their own next steps.  

    Sometimes the work of engaging with students is subtle and not always in a typical classroom setting. Most recently, I was retrieving some items from our boardroom and walked in on our CES after school math club. Mr. Wahlen, 3rd grade teacher, leads this group of learners on Mondays. For about five minutes, I was listening and watching students work through math scenarios and play math focused games. From time to time, students were also working together to figure out the simple things like, “who goes first?” Mr. Wahlen was surrounded by three or four students all wanting to share. It’s often the small connections for kids that create a deeper belonging for students and I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face when leaving.  

    Also connected to our mission and during each January, we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his incredible efforts in the name of civil rights and humanity. Each building has a team of educators who have collaborated on ways to celebrate and recognize his legacy and the lasting impacts on our community. In light of the many challenges we face as a society, I am reminded by one of Dr. King’s quotes, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This thinking resonates deep with me and I connect it to our district’s commitment to “Engage… by Loving.”

    We have a little over five months left in the school year to create schools where every student feels like they belong and can’t wait to come to school. I’m confident that we are guided by our “why” and are making progress each day. I would like to encourage everyone, fellow educators, families, students, and our community to join in our common mission and celebrate 2019 as a year of promise, light, love, and kindness.

    Dr. McSheehy


    Mensaje del Superintendente del VISD de enero de 2019          

    A medida que nos acercamos a la mitad del ciclo escolar 2018-2019, mi esperanza es que los últimos cuatro meses sirvan de plataforma para 2019. También espero que todos hayan encontrado tiempo durante las vacaciones para compartir con la familia y los amigos. Mi familia y yo nos tomamos unos días para visitar a la familia de mis padres y de mi hermana en el área de Portland. No fue sorpresa cuando nuestros niños quisieron pasar por el antiguo vecindario y comer en Vinnie’s Pizza. A pesar de que fue una gran visita, debo admitir que todos estábamos ansiosos por volver a la isla y relajarnos la última semana de vacaciones. 

    La misión de nuestro distrito, “Equipar a cada estudiante para que participe, prospere y contribuya en un mundo en constante cambio”, sigue siendo el centro de atención de todo lo que hacemos. Durante los últimos cuatro meses, he visto de cerca varias veces cómo esta misión nos ayuda a todos en nuestro llamado a servir y apoyar a todos nuestros estudiantes. Al comienzo de un nuevo año, me gustaría reflexionar y compartir algunas formas en las que nuestro dedicado personal está trabajando para "Participar ... amando" y desarrollar buenas relaciones con los estudiantes. Estas experiencias son parte de lo que hace que Vashon sea un lugar tan especial para tantas personas. 

    Cuando visito las escuelas, veo una y otra vez el trabajo que la Escuela Secundaria Vashon [VHS] realiza para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Un aspecto destacado es el trabajo colaborativo entre la Sra. Miller, maestra de matemáticas de educación general, la Sra. Solan, maestra de servicios especiales y los diversos paradocentes (Sr. Barker, Sra. Reeves, Colby) que ofrecen apoyo a nuestros estudiantes. Juntos, trabajan para brindar servicios y experiencias individualizadas para estudiantes que nunca antes había visto en una escuela. Este trabajo es un gran ejemplo de un pensamiento distinto y un resultado de gran voluntad e innovación. Como consecuencia, los estudiantes con necesidades especiales tienen el mismo acceso al plan de estudios y reciben el tipo de ayuda que realmente necesitan para llevar a cabo sus futuros pasos.  

    En ocasiones, el trabajo con los estudiantes es sutil y no siempre en un aula típica. Recientemente, estaba sacando algunos artículos de nuestra sala de juntas y entré en nuestro club de matemáticas de CES después de clases. El Sr. Wahlen, maestro de 3er grado, dirige este grupo de estudiantes los lunes. Durante aproximadamente cinco minutos, estuve escuchando y viendo a los estudiantes trabajar en hipótesis matemáticas y jugar juegos enfocados en las matemáticas. De vez en cuando, los estudiantes también trabajaban juntos para descubrir cosas simples como "¿quién va primero?" El Sr. Wahlen estaba rodeado de tres o cuatro estudiantes que querían compartir con él. A menudo son las pequeñas conexiones que se tienen con los niños las que crean un sentido de pertenencia más profundo en los estudiantes y no pude evitar salir de la habitación con una sonrisa.  

    También conectados a nuestra misión y durante cada enero, observamos el día de Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. por sus increíbles esfuerzos en nombre de los derechos civiles y la humanidad. Cada edificio cuenta con un equipo de educadores que han colaborado de diversas formas para celebrar y reconocer su legado y los impactos duraderos en nuestra comunidad. A la luz de los muchos desafíos que enfrentamos como sociedad, me viene a la memoria una de las citas del Dr. King: “La oscuridad no puede expulsar la oscuridad; Sólo la luz puede hacerlo. El odio no puede expulsar al odio; Sólo el amor puede hacerlo”. Este pensamiento resuena profundamente en mí y lo conecto con el compromiso de nuestro distrito por “Participar ... amando”. 

    Nos queda un poco más de cinco meses del ciclo escolar para crear escuelas donde todos los estudiantes tengan un sentido de pertenencia y deseos de asistir a la escuela. Estoy seguro de que nos guiamos por nuestro “por qué” y estamos progresando cada día. Me gustaría motivar a todos; colegas educadores, familias, estudiantes y a nuestra comunidad en general, a unirse a nuestra misión común y celebrar el 2019 como un año de promesa, luz, amor y bondad.

    Dr. McSheehy

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