Congratulations to several outstanding student musicians from the Camas School District who received top honors by being selected to participate in state and national ensembles this school year.
These auditioned ensembles of only 150 students worked with a nationally known conductor and performed for the All-Northwest Music Educators Conference on February 16 in both Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Students who were selected for an All-State ensemble represent a select group of students from the state of Washington. Students who were selected for an All-Northwest ensemble represent a select group of students from the six states who will participate in the music conference.
Also, over 3,600 singers from across the country auditioned for the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choirs. We have several students representing the Camas School District in the National Honor Choir at the ACDA conference in Dallas, Texas on March 13-16. These students are among 300 students selected to participate from across the country.
Congratulations to the following students:
Dorothy Fox Elementary:
Annie Colvin – Junior All-State, Grade 5, Soprano
Grass Valley Elementary:
Sydney Moses – Junior All-State, Grade 5, Soprano
Sydney Moses – Natl. Youth Choir, Grade 5, Soprano 1
Chase Fossen – Youth Choir, Grade 4, Soprano 2
Prune Hill Elementary:
Abbigale Hayes – Junior All-State Grade 5, Alto
Grant Bane – Natl. Honor Youth Choir, Grade 5, Alto 1
Liberty Middle School:
Abigail Lightfoot – Junior All-State Grade 8, Soprano
Skyridge Middle School:
Tara Larsen – Junior All-State, Grade 6, Soprano
Tara Larsen – Natl. Middle School Choir, Grade 6, Soprano
Hannah Upkes – Junior All-State, Grade 6, Soprano
Janessa Wilson – Junior All-State, Grade 6, Alto
Janessa Wilson – Middle School Choir, Grade 6, Alto
Jacqueline Muri – Junior All-State, Grade 6, Alto
Jacqueline Muri – Middle School Choir, Grade 6, Alto
Camas High School:
Blake Dunn – Washington All-State Mixed Choir, Sophomore, Tenor 2
Erica Abrahamsen – All-Northwest Band, Senior , Alto Saxophone
Isaac Hodapp – Washington All-State Symphony Orchestra, Freshman, Trumpet
Haley Sawyer – All-Northwest Mixed Choir, Senior, Soprano 1
Triton Pitassi – All-Northwest Mixed Choir, Senior, Tenor 2
Matt McCormick – Washington All-State Mixed Choir, Junior, Bass 1
Grass Valley Elementary students make cactus fly refrigerator magnets out of recycled phone wires, straws and pipe cleaners.
Every year, Mariah Acton meets fourth-graders who have never been on a hike or seen a blue heron.
And every year, the Columbia River Watershed Festival seeks to change that, and give students a new perspective.
Acton, events and volunteer coordinator for the non-profit, helps organize the festival, which is held in a Clark County park every year. This year, it was held in Capt. William Clark Park in Washougal. It also rotates with visits to Klineline Pond, Vancouver Lake and Lewisville State Park.
The goal is to teach as many fourth-graders as possible about environmental stewardship and conservation, and having fun while learning about it.
On Thursday and Friday, approximately 1,000 kids, including those from Camas and Washougal, participated in the event. They made their way through 16 rotating stations, which ranged from environmental storytelling to conservation to searching for evidence of animal activity along the beach.
“They don’t get these kinds of activities anywhere else in school these days,” Acton said. “There have been so many cuts to field trips and outdoor school.
“We really try to reach out to all of the schools.”
Columbia Springs has been organizing the two-day program since 1997, in partnership with the Clark County Department of Environmental Services, City of Vancouver, Clark Public Utilities, and other funding partners.
Local schools do not pay to attend the event.
“Fourth-graders tend to be at a good age to learn about conservation,” Acton said. “We try to get them active in understanding local watersheds.”
Anna Hovanas, who teaches fourth-grade at Prune Hill Elementary, said the students had been very engaged in the event throughout the day, and especially enjoyed going to the beach area to search for clues of animals, industry and human recreation.
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Science Olympiad Team of Educators
Our Camas School District has distinguished itself by involving over 250 students this year in Science Olympiad after-school programs. The following are just a few of the milestones set by the district SO program:
- The CSD is the only district in the state with all of its elementary schools participating in SO;
- For the first time ever, both middle school teams qualified for state competition;
- The CSD was the only district with two middle school teams competing at state; and
- CHS SO won every tournament this year including a first and second place finish in our region and the state high school championship over all WIAA classifications combined;
Additionally, the SO program demonstrated the success of project-based learning at nearly all grade levels across the district. This team also introduced/modeled the “flipped” classroom to many staff members district wide. This engagement in the process of continuous learning qualifies the Science Olympiad team as a CSD Dream Team.
Non-District Coaches & Leads: Rick Grote; Jana Grote; Wendi Billington; Hans Wachlin; Yvonne Bintz; Warren Shoemaker; Ellen Burton
Sponsor Donors: Wafertech; Underwriters Laboratories; VESI; WEA Riverside; Camas-Washougal Rotary; Shin-Etsu; Linear Technology; SeaAlaska Timber; Camas Educational Foundation
Pictured left to right: Laura Teames, Laura Langdale, Janessa Wilson, Aristia McLaughlin, Tara Larsen, and Catherine Lomprey.
Six outstanding music students from the Camas elementary schools received top honors by being selected to participate in the annual WMEA All-State Youth Honor Chorus.
These outstanding vocalists attended the WMEA All-State Youth Honor Chorus on February 18, 2012. They rehearsed together under the direction of a nationally known conductor and presented a final concert that afternoon. The students were selected through auditions to participate in this exciting event, which is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association.
The students listed below joined 150 other young performers in Yakima for this gala event.
Dorothy Fox Pack
Laura Teames – 5th Grade, alto voice
Grass Valley VOCAL JAZZ
Laura Langdale -5th Grade, alto voice
Tara Larsen – 5th Grade, alto voice
Catherine Lomprey – 5th Grade, alto voice
Janessa Wilson – 5th Grade, soprano voice
Prune Hill Penguin Choir
Aristia McLaughlin – 5th Grade, soprano voice
The Dorothy Fox Pack, Helen Baller Musiking, and the Prune Hill Penguin Choir performed at the second annual “Music in Our Schools Month Concert” on March 29th at Camas High School. It was a wonderful evening of singing and celebration for the music we make with our students.
Enjoy an ensemble piece below.
More videos of the evening can be found at Ms. Adams’ website.
The Prune Hill Book Fair brought in nearly $4,000 to help purchase new library books, classroom book collections, and bring in a guest author to present to students. Thanks to all the parents, volunteers, and staff members who helped make the Prune Hill Book Fair such a success!