CHS Drama Department presents A Christmas Carol

Doreen McKercher : October 14, 2014 10:55 AM : News

Christmas-Carol-post“If I had my way, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” –Ebenezer Scrooge

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” tells the classic story of a mean-spirited, miserly and rich old man, a poor but optimistic clerk, and three visiting ghosts each with a unique message about the meaning of Christmas. The story was immensely popular when it was printed in 1843, and remains popular more than 170 years later.

The Camas High School Drama Department presents this timeless tale, adapted by  Romulus Linney, over two weekends in November.

Performance Dates:
  • November 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7 PM
  • November 15 at 2 PM (ASL interpreted)
Tickets Prices:
  • Adults and students without ASB – $7
  • Students with ASB, Honored Citizens, – $6
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Guermali brothers have Camas cross country cruising

Doreen McKercher : October 10, 2014 2:32 PM : News
Ex-Union runner finds new home with Papermakers

There were no angry glances or furious sprints as the two leading runners headed shoulder-to-shoulder into the homestretch.

For Said and Yacine Guermali, Tuesday’s cross country race at Pacific Park wasn’t unlike countless runs they’ve done together.

Only Tuesday, the brothers wore matching Camas High School singlets as they crossed the finish line of the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 45 seconds.

Rewind one year, much was different. Said was one of the top runners for Union, which Camas faced along with Mountain View on Tuesday.

The senior now runs for Camas because of what he called a family decision. In the moments before the race started, he exchanged handshakes and joked with his former Union teammates.

“It was really bittersweet because I made some great relationships with Union,” Said Guermali said. “The whole team, I still love them today. I still hang out with a lot of them. The coaching at Union was exceptional. But just personal reasons involving moving to other houses made it harder for us to stay at Union.”

Also last year, Yacine would never have been in the lead pack of a varsity race. The sophomore hadn’t broken 19 minutes until this season. Tuesday, he stuck with his older brother as they pulled away from Union’s Tristan Robins and Jordan Moore over the second half of the race.

“He’s like a role model,” Yacine Guermali said. “Having him there to push me, I don’t give up.”

Read the full story at the Columbian.

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District seeks health committee members

Doreen McKercher : October 9, 2014 3:31 PM : News

The Camas School District is seeking individuals to serve on the district’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

Ideally volunteers would have a background/interest in one of the following areas: comprehensive school health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological or social work, health promotion for staff, and/or family/community experience. Committee members will also serve as a representative/liaison for a specific school building – elementary, middle or high school. Parents, teachers, and community members are encouraged to apply.

SHAC consists of about 20 school district stakeholders who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of health and fitness issues. Four meetings are held during the school year. SHAC members serve a three-year term.

Interested citizens are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to Molly Ndoloum, RN, MSN, at 1612 NE Garfield Street, Camas, WA 98607 or to by October 20, 2014.

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Love for volleyball grows

Doreen McKercher : October 9, 2014 2:48 PM : News

Camas volleyball players, coaches and fans celebrate after the Papermakers beat Battle Ground Sept. 30, at Camas High School.

Camas volleyball players, coaches and fans celebrate after the Papermakers beat Battle Ground Sept. 30, at Camas High School.

Papermakers beat Battle Ground in five-set thriller

Playing in front of a packed warehouse at Camas High School propelled the Papermakers to a five-set victory against Battle Ground Sept. 30.

“It was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at a volleyball game before,” said senior outside hitter Lauren Harris. “Once the final point was scored, I’ll never forget how the crowd just filled the court.”

Harris paired 20 kills with 28 digs and 2 blocks to help Camas defeat Battle Ground 23-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-10. Carly Banks added 25 kills and 2 blocks. Christina Elliott earned 58 assists, 18 digs and 2 aces. Sophi Jacobson delivered 13 kills, 7 digs, 5 blocks and 2 aces. Anna Roche contributed 7 blocks and 4 kills.

“Hard work pays off, and it really did when we had to go five with them,” Banks said. “Having that huge student section to play in front of is something we’ve always wanted. All of us fed off that excitement and it gave us more energy to play.”

Head coach Julie Nidick said the Papermakers trailed by 10 points in the third set before getting a second wind.

“The tenacity they showed was pretty special,” Nidick said. “They believed they were the better team. They didn’t want to let all those fans down.”

Read the full story at the Post Record.

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Elementary Conference Week: October 27-31, 2014

Doreen McKercher : October 8, 2014 2:22 PM : News

This year, the Camas School District is providing a full week of early release days dedicated to elementary conferencing with families.  During the week of October 27-31, 2014, all elementary schools will operate on an early release schedule (9:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.).  Kindergarten students will attend school on a rotating schedule of every other day of school during this week.

  • PM Kindergarten students will attend school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during conference week.  They will not attend Tuesday or Thursday.
  • AM Kindergarten students will attend kindergarten on Tuesday and Thursday of conference week.  They will not attend Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

If your child’s dismissal plan will differ from his/her regular plan due to the early release schedule, please let your school office know.

Please note: Camas Extended Day and the Jack, Will, Rob Center will be open early for participants during conference week. Camas Community Ed after-school classes for students are cancelled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of conference week.

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Bringing cultures together

Doreen McKercher : October 8, 2014 12:46 PM : News
CHS students, teachers travel to Poland to teach conversational English

When Stephen Baranowksi graduated from Camas High School in 2006, he had a unique opportunity to be a student volunteer at the city’s first conversational English Language Camp in Poland.

Eight years later Baranowski, now dean of students at Liberty Middle School, went back to Poland as the team leader of a group of several student and teacher volunteers. The 23-day trip included a teachers’ workshop in Zabierzow and annual high school English Language Camp in Morawica, with more than 40 Polish students in attendance.

Additionally, the group went on numerous tours and excursions all over Poland so they could learn more about the culture and history of the country.

The trip is organized through the Camas Sister City Organization, which has sister cities in Krapowice, Morawica and Zabierzow.

“I had an opportunity to be a student volunteer on the second Sister City exchange to Poland and had my eyes opened to what a tremendous program this is for participants on both sides,” Baranowski recalled. “Having had this experience, it made it an easy choice when speaking with Lloyd Halverson about the possibility of being part of a team of teachers to make the trip this last summer. We put together a great team, full of energy and enthusiasm for the students, and created a program that we felt made a real impact on both the teachers and students we worked with in Poland.”

Read the full story at the Post Record.

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Camas wins round one of soccer rivalry

Doreen McKercher : October 7, 2014 4:35 PM : News

Camas soccer shuts out Union

Anyssa DeVera, Perri Belzer and Maddy Belzer watch Camas goalkeeper Lauren Rood punch the soccer ball away from the Union Titans Thursday, at Doc Harris Stadium.Photo: Dan Trujillo.

With throbbing legs and thumping hearts, the Camas High School girls soccer players remained bound and determined until the final whistle.

“Our goal was to go out and play with heart and play with passion,” said goalkeeper Lauren Rood. “It comes down to who’s going to fight to get the ball in the net and who’s going to fight to keep the ball out of the net. Games like this show that we really are a sisterhood. We are a team. We are a family.”

The Papermakers bested the Union Titans 1-0 Thursday, at Doc Harris Stadium, to move up to first place in the 4A Greater St. Helens League. Anyssa DeVera delivered a powerful goal in the 44th minute.

“I was going for a cross, but it curved. I was thinking, ‘please go in,’ the whole time,” DeVera said. “We all wanted it. Just getting that goal was a huge lift.”

Camas stepped up as a unit on defense. Rood jumped up and dove across the net to make five saves. Mason Minder and Maddy Belzer anchored the backline. Alyssa Tomasini, Perri Belzer and DeVera didn’t give the Titans much wiggle room to attack.

Union gave everything it had during the final two minutes and extra time. Minder cleared a ball out in the open, but the Titans came back up with it and earned a corner kick. Rood leaped into the pack of potential shooters and defenders and punched the ball away. Minder made one more clear before the referee blew the final whistle.

“The only thing going through my mind was get the ball up and don’t let them through,” Minder said. “I got chills. It was the best feeling after a game this year.”

Read more at the Post Record

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Big Learning, Little Learners

Doreen McKercher : October 1, 2014 11:42 AM : News


Please join us for an evening of family-focused learning activities to support early learning and school readiness skills. This program is open to young learners, ages 3-6 in the Camas School District, and their parents. We will focus on early literacy and math skills and provide free materials for you to take home and use to continue the learning at home. Emphasis on kindergarten readiness skills.

Space is limited to the first 40 families to register!

Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

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Healthy Youth Survey provides important information about adolescents

Doreen McKercher : September 25, 2014 2:32 PM : News

hys-postThe Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Department of Commerce, and the Liquor Control Board.

The survey provides important information about youth in Washington. County prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policy and programs that serve youth. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey can be used to identify trends in the patterns of behavior over time. In October 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 answered questions about safety and violence, physical activity and diet, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and related risk and protective factors.

The Camas School District will administer the Healthy Youth Survey to sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students during the week of October 13-17, 2014. This year, the HYS will include optional questions regarding sexual behaviors, orientation, and abuse. Information about the enhanced survey can be found here.  Additionally, the HYS Question and Answer Fact Sheet found here is very informative.

The district uses the data collected from the survey to make informed decisions around safety and student growth. Parents who wish to opt-out of participation of this survey may do so by contacting your student’s school office.  If you have questions, please contact Glenn Hartman, Intervention Specialist, at 360-335-3000 ext. 78407.

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State of the Community: Camas officials celebrate year of growth

Doreen McKercher : September 24, 2014 3:56 PM : News

Updates from city, school district, port point to positive signs

Construction is thriving again in Camas after stalling during the Great Recession, but Mayor Scott Higgins says some longtime residents think the city’s growing too fast.

Higgins defended the city’s growth in business and housing in his State of the Community speech Tuesday night, making his case for a prosperous future for the small city of about 20,000 residents.

“What’s happened over the last 10 years is, Camas grew, and I would say it grew smart,” he said. “We care about getting this right.”

Higgins shared the stage at Camas High School’s theater with Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland and Port of Camas-Washougal Executive Director David Ripp. Each took a turn highlighting some positive signs for business, housing and the city’s schools as the end of 2014 approaches.

Read the full story at the Columbian.

 One Voice, One Vision, One Community


Presentations from the event

City of Camas

Port of Camas-Washougal

Camas School District

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Geiger’s efforts lands her in Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame

Doreen McKercher : September 22, 2014 11:23 AM : News


University president Dr. Chuck Staben on the left and Athletics Director Dr. Rob Spear on the right pictured with Sherrie Geiger. (University of Idaho photo)

When a letter arrived in June from the University of Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame, Sherrie Crang Geiger and her husband Tom joked that it was probably a request for a donation.

Instead, the letter was about her contribution to Vandals sports. A national champion and Idaho record-holder in the 5,000 meters, Geiger was inducted on Sept. 12 into the Vandals Hall of Fame.

“It was a shock and an honor,” she said. “I was not expecting it at all.”

Geiger’s place in Idaho sports lore includes a record that stood for three decades and national championship. She competed in cross country and track and field between 1981 and 1985.

As Sherrie Crang, she did not win a state championship at Hudson’s Bay High School — her best finish at a state meet was second in the 2-mile. But in 1982, as a freshman at Idaho, she won the AIAW Division II national championship at 3,000 meters. That effort helped the Vandals finish second as a team.

The NCAA took on women’s sports in her sophomore year, and Geiger twice qualified for the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, running the 5,000 meters in 1983 and the 3,000 meters in 1984 at Eugene.

Read the full story at The Columbian.

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Camas teacher is finalist for Presidential Award

Doreen McKercher : September 18, 2014 5:00 PM : News

Tara-Obermiller-postState Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that five teachers from Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The finalists were selected over the summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers. Their nominations were recently confirmed by the national PAEMST program.

About Tara Obermiller
Tara is in her sixth year of teaching. She currently teaches third grade at Woodburn. Tara’s classroom is alive with hands-on instructional tools including manipulatives, iPad apps, visual models, whiteboards, fraction strips and more. She has embraced technology and integrated it into her daily lessons. These tools aren’t just props. They kindle a classroom culture full of vibrant discussions and risk-taking. Tara is also an expert at using data to guide instruction. Her efforts have recently led to the creation of a Wednesday math intervention time that engages volunteers to work with specific students on the specific skills they are struggling with. Tara’s skill as a communicator and her dedication to the profession also make her a standout. One parent observes, “I cannot think of any other who so full exemplifies dedication to and excellence in teaching. Being a teacher isn’t just something Tara does; it is who she is.”

“What makes these five teachers so great is the hands-on learning that’s happening every day in their classrooms,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “Under the guidance of Deborah, Tara, Sadie, Lorianne and Meredith, students are solving real-life problems, collecting scientific evidence and presenting their findings to each other and the communities. That’s how we build a new generation of scientists and engineers, and I’m proud to call each one of these amazing individuals Washington teachers.”

The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award winning educators.

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Student starts charitable closet at Liberty Middle School

Doreen McKercher : September 11, 2014 10:57 AM : News


Liberty Middle School student Gared Skorick, 13, got a taste of need — and generosity — when family troubles landed him in Anacortes with next to no possessions for a couple of months.

“It was a very rough time,” he said, but the school staff there was incredibly nice and helpful.

Once things settled down and he got back to Camas, Skorick said, he started noticing how needy some of his own peers are. So he launched the Liberty Community Closet — a clearinghouse of clothes, shoes and personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes and shampoo for students who “need help like I needed help,” he said.

Donations of clothes, supplies and cash are always welcome at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St.; call 360-833-5850.

Story published by The Columbian.

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District seeks Citizens Advisory Committee members

Doreen McKercher : September 8, 2014 2:14 PM : News


The Camas School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee. The CAC consists of 18-25 school district patrons who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of issues. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during the school year from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Applications for appointment to the CAC can be downloaded online at the links below or by contacting Gail Gast via e-mail at or phone at 360-833-5412. All completed applications should be returned to the Camas School District Administration Center, attention Gail Gast, no later than Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Recommendations for appointment will be forwarded to the School Board for appointment at the October 13 board meeting.

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit the next CAC meeting on October 6, 2014, at the Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, in the Dennison Board Room, at 5:30 p.m.

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Rotary Club of Camas-Washougal donates backpacks and supplies

Doreen McKercher : September 5, 2014 2:47 PM : News
New supplies help students-in-need start the school year right

The start of the school year just got a little easier for many school children and their parents.

Backpacks filled with school supplies—including pencils, erasers, paper, rulers, crayons, glue, and more—have been delivered to elementary schools in Camas and Washougal.

rotary-postThis year the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club’s annual Backpack Project provided enough backpacks and supplies for 220 children in need. The donation was split evenly between Camas and Washougal schools and will help bridge the gap for families struggling to purchase school supplies.

Washougal School District Superintendent Dawn Tarzian and Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland, presented the backpacks to school administrators who make sure that the students who need them, receive them. Both superintendents stressed how important it is for children to feel like every other child on the first day of school. Part of this is having the tools needed to get off to a good start.

“The program began nine years ago with 25 backpacks, this year more than $4,500 worth of backpacks and school supplies were donated.” said Club President Molly Coston. “Our hope is to continue to grow the program and increase the number of families served.”

Rotary International is a service organization with over 1.2 million members in more than 160 countries. The Camas-Washougal Rotary meets at 7 am on Thursdays at Orchard Hills Golf & Country Club, 605 39th St., Washougal, WA. For more club information visit

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Camas HS first to use high-tech helmets

Doreen McKercher : September 4, 2014 8:06 AM : News

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Local students post modest gains on state tests

Doreen McKercher : September 3, 2014 3:52 PM : News

Camas and Washougal districts focus on individual student growth

Students in Camas continue to score well above average on all parts of the state tests, while Washougal students posted gains in science and reading.

Last week, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released the Washington State Report Card, which included the Measure of Student Progress, end-of-course exams and High School Proficiency Exam.

“(The scores) are a credit to the amazing students who work hard, receive strong parent support at home and our talented teachers and support staff,” said Jeff Snell, Camas School District deputy superintendent. “Even though the state assessments are important, they aren’t our primary focus. We have a collective focus on growth for each student. That focus carries over into our state assessment scores. We are very fortunate to have the resources our community provides to support amazing learning opportunities for students.”

Read the full story at The Post Record.

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Substitute bus drivers wanted

Doreen McKercher : September 3, 2014 11:47 AM : News

Learn to drive a bus!

Become a school bus driver!

Looking for a fun and exciting part time position? Camas School District needs substitute bus drivers! Working in a substitute driver position is a great way to help students, learn some new skills, learn about our schools and their programs, and earn some extra money!

  • Do you like to drive?
  • Do you relate well to children?
  • Would you like a competitive wage?
  • Do you have a clean driving record?

If so, consider becoming a Camas school bus driver today! Click here to apply for job number 1269 under Classified Job Openings. Questions? Call the Camas School District Transportation Department at 360-833-5585.

Training will be provided for qualified applicants. Positions are available immediately.

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