Washington Achievement Award combines state’s Accountability Index and federal accountability criteria.
Grass Valley Elementary, Helen Baller Elementary, Liberty Middle School, Skyridge Middle School and Camas High School were all honored today as 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners. Winners were notified Monday via email from State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer.
The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.
“It is important that we use the revised Achievement Index to not only provide feedback to schools and districts on their progress, but also to identify schools with exemplary student performance,” said Mayer. “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington.”
Schools are recognized as top performers in one of six categories. Liberty Middle School was honored in two:
- Overall Excellence: Liberty Middle School and Skyridge Middle School
- High Progress: Camas High School
- Reading Growth: Grass Valley Elementary, Helen Baller Elementary, and Liberty Middle School
Dorn supports this collaboration. “So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids,” he said. “These awards represent some of the best. It’s an honor to recognize them and celebrate their success.”
- WAA criteria and list of winners: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement
With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island Jr. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The original Broadway production of Once on This Island garnered eight Tony nominations, including nods for Best Musical, Book and Score!
This full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death.
Camas High School Theatre
26900 SE 15th Street, Camas, WA 98607
Tickets are on sale at the Skyridge Middle School Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or at the event. Adults: $7; students ages 5-18: $5; children under 5: free.
Next stop: the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Orlando.
Camas High School’s Science Olympiad teams hit a new record on Saturday with a first place win at the State Science Olympiad Tournament for the fourth year in a row. This on the heels of third and fourth place state-level wins earlier in March for Liberty Middle School and Skyridge Middle School respectively.
The tournament was held at Eastern Washington University and featured 24 different science-related events in which students competed. Teams battled for event medals, with CHS taking home 17 and earning one of the best scores in tournament history.
It was not smooth sailing during the tournament. Two of the events, Bungee Drop and Scrambler, were ultimately dropped from scoring due to mishaps in event setup and scoring. However, calamities which would shake most students didn’t trip up the Papermakers.
“Perseverance and preparation really paid off for the team,” said team coach and CHS math teacher Matt Chase. “When adversity struck, our students knew how to handle themselves and refocus for the next event. They showed a remarkable level of maturity due, in part, to the overall experience of the team,” he added.
“Thanks to leading, innovative teaching staff and the support of our community and parents, Camas enjoys very strong science programs from elementary through high school,” commented Superintendent Mike Nerland.
Team members include students in ninth through twelfth grades:
- Ninth: Rachel Duquette – 1st in Disease Detectives, Melody Holler, Erik Johnson, Jason Kim, Bilal Manzer – 1st in Hydrogeology, Chemay Shola – 1st in Hydrogeology, Phebus Tsai
- Tenth: Kurtis Shibata
- Eleventh: Jon Bartlett, Jonathan Ho – 1st in Boomilever and Mission Possible, Levi Holscher – 1st in Compound Machines, Kevin Hsu – 1st in Compound Machines, Erica Lee – 1st in Technical Problem Solving, Isabel Lee – 1st in Technical Problem Solving, Arya Pathak, Reese Pathak – 1st in Disease Detectives, Sophie Shoemaker, Yun Teng – 1st in Material Science
- Twefth: Parker Liebe, and Yushuan Peng – 1st in Material Science
The team is now setting their sights on the national title at the upcoming tournament in Orlando, Florida, May 16-17. The trip will be funded by a combination of funds including family contributions, donations, and Associated Student Body funds.
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Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, creating a passion for learning science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, professional development workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, national and international tournaments.
The National Science Education Standards hails Science Olympiad as an example that “illustrates the close relationship between teaching and assessment. The assessment tasks are developmentally appropriate for young children, including recognition of students’ physical skills and cognitive abilities” (NRC, 1996, p 39).
Take a peek behind the scenes days before the CHS spring choir performance. Just a Girl in Camas Alicia King spotlights director Ethan Chessin during a rehearsal.
For the past six weeks, more than 200 sixth-graders at the school have pulled together their research to finish an ancient history project. The project is a highlight of the sixth grade at the school, though it underwent significant changes this year as the school looked for ways to integrate Common Core into the curriculum, said James Dewey, a sixth-grade history and language arts teacher.
“We’ve really tried to incorporate those ideas from Common Core about how do you use evidence, how do you cite evidence and gain the critical-thinking aspects,” Dewey said. “We’ve been trying to think, ‘How can we get more historical thinking rather than just regurgitation of facts?’?”
Common Core standards for math and language arts will be fully implemented in all Washington schools in the 2014-2015 school year. The transition means teachers across the state are focusing on assigning more challenging reading material, research assignments and narrative writing prompts, Dewey said.
Students put their projects on display in the school’s library Thursday. From wall to wall, the room was filled with research papers, three-dimensional models of historical landmarks and figures and fictional letters written by the students from the perspectives of people living in ancient civilizations.
Read the full story at The Columbian.
At the American Choral Director’s Association Northwest Regional Conference this last weekend in Seattle, students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming came together to form various choirs. The students from Camas were members of the Northwest American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Children’s Honor Choir (Grades 5-7) and Youth Honor Choir (Grades 7-9).
Camas students had around 13 hours of rehearsals across 3 days before their concert Sunday afternoon at Seattle First Presbyterian Church. The students were selected from an online, audio audition process which began in October. Students received their music with access to rehearsal recordings and were expected to have it learned (preferably memorized) prior to arriving in Seattle. The rehearsals were intense and focused on making music, rather than teaching notes and rhythms. Participating students must have a director who is a professional member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Skyridge 6th grade Sydney Moses was selected to sing one of three solos following an audition of 68 students during rehearsal!
The large number of participating students from Camas was also acknowledged by the Children’s Honor Choir director Fred Meads.
Something interesting… The guest conductor/clinician for the ACDA Children’s Choir this year was Fred Meads from the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. He is the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman in the upcoming movie, “Boychoir” set to be released in December.
Grass Valley Elementary Students
Prune Hill Elementary Students
Skyridge Middle School Students
*Members of the Youth Choir. All others were members of the Children’s Choir.
March 17-21, 2014
Camas School District offers an elementary program for highly capable students in grades three through five. You have an opportunity to nominate your child for consideration for the High Cap Program for next fall. Please review this information to 1) understand the new guidelines for Highly Capable Education in our state; 2) learn about the nomination process; and 3) find out what actions you need to take by March 21 if you would like to referral your child for this process.
1) What is Highly Capable?
Highly Capable or “High Cap” in the state of Washington is similar to “Gifted” programs in other states. The state of Washington has changed the laws about providing highly capable education services in our state this year. The following is the new definition of Highly Capable for our Camas students.
WAC 392-170-055 Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.
Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.
These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.
Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:
- Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
- Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
- Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
- Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; &
- Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
In our Camas elementary schools, we serve High Cap students in a school-wide cluster grouping model at grades 3, 4, and 5. Qualifying students have the option of being in a “cluster group” of similar students within a classroom at their grade level. Below are additional characteristics of this model:
- At each grade level in each elementary school, a teacher is identified as the “cluster” teacher of High Cap students ranging in group size up to 8 students per class.
- These cluster teachers are experienced in differentiation strategies and receive training in modifying the curriculum content, pace, process, and/or products as needed.
- Identified highly capable students are placed in this classroom along with other students of all abilities.
2) What is the nomination process?
We will solicit nominations about students who are showing characteristics of Highly Capable behaviors from several sources. Some students might be nominated by their parents, while others may be nominated by school personnel. All students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) test during the school day in their local elementary school during the week before Spring Break on one of the following dates: March 31, April 1 or 2. Additional information will be collected about each student through a parent and teacher survey in addition to past report cards and available test scores. This information will be reviewed by Highly Capable Committee of qualified district teachers, administrators, and school psychologists. You will be notified by May 15 whether or not your child qualified for highly capable services.
This process has changed slightly to align to the new laws from past years’ practice. The goal is to use multiple criteria for qualification and to make sure all kids have access to the nomination process. Students who miss the CogAT test will be given an opportunity to make up the test after Spring Break (date to be determined). If your child was tested for this program last year and did not meet qualifications, re-testing is an option that is open to you.
3) I think my child is a good match. What do I do to nominate a child?
Parents who feel their child would be a likely candidate for this program are encouraged to complete the attached Permission to Test form and Parent Survey. These forms are available by clicking on the links below or in any elementary school office. The application/permission to test form must be completed and returned to your student’s school office by March 21.
Parent Notification (PDF)
Questions about testing, logistics, process, etc. should be direct to Doreen McKercher, ext. 78220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about our highly capable programming should be directed to Dr. Cathy Sork, ext. 78961, or email@example.com.
Saturday Liberty’s Science Olympiad team competed in their Regional Tournament in Longview and barely edged out Skyridge for a 3rd place finish! Competition was tough, but their hard work paid off–way to go, team!
1st place winners: Branigan Kerls, Nathaniel Maszak (Solar System); Mark Kovalenko, Josh Randolph (Wheeled Vehicle); Alexis Howard, Hailei Polka (Write It, Do It)
2nd place: Alexis Howard, Hailei Polka (Can’t Judge a Powder); Branigan Kerls, Zack Shafer, Shile Wen (Experimental Design); Zack Shafer, Nathaniel Maszak (Meteorology); Geovanni Reyes; Shile Wen (Metric Mastery); Josh Randolph, Nathaniel Maszak (Robo Cross)
3rd place: Alexis Howard, Grace Janku (Boomilever); Alexis Howard, Hailei Polka (Entomology); Branigan Kerls, Zack Shafer (Road Scholar); Mark Kovalenko, Tyler Toedtli (Rocks & Minerals); Alexis Howard, Hailei Polka (Rotor Egg Drop); Branigan Kerls, Josh Randolph (Sounds of Music)
4th place: Nathaniel Maszak, Josh Randolph (Crime Busters); Grace Janku, Charlotte Siroshton (Heredity); Tyler Toedtli (Water Quality)
It is time for the 2014 Camas High School Hall of Fame awards. Every two years, the school honors past athletes who have participated in Varsity sports; the first inductees, in 2008, were the 1937 CHS football team members. The school also has a Hall of Honor for non-athletes who have had major contributions to local athletics.
The Camas Athletics Booster Club is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline is April 15, 2014. All nominees must have graduated in 2004 or before. Click here for the form.
Camas High School Future Business Leaders of America members had a great showing at the organization’s Regional Leadership Conference in January at Kalama High School. Teacher Suzie Downs brought 19 students to the event; 13 will move on to the state conference in Seattle on April 18.
Congratulations to the two teams who placed first in their events:
Banking and Financial Systems: Jarrod Crumpacker, Jacob Evans and Ryan Tellez
Entrepreneurship: Urbano Zea, Jace Bolton and Jordan Karlous
If you missed the premier last weekend, don’t despair! There are still three shows this coming weekend of the CHS production of Grease. Shows occur March 14 and 15 at 7 PM as well as March 15 at 2 PM. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $7 for students with ASB and senior citizens.
It is time for Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year! Listed below are the dates for registration and orientation events for each school. The purpose of orientation is to meet teachers and staff, learn about the kindergarten curriculum, and take a ride on a real school bus! If you are not sure which school your child will attend, or would like to make a registration appointment, please call 360-833-5410 to speak with Shanna Nielson and Becky Stauffer, district registrars. They will also be onsite at the orientations for your convenience. You may access registration paperwork online at www.camas.wednet.edu/registration.
Please note that in addition to the registration forms you will need to submit the following paperwork:
- State-issued birth certificate
- Immunization information. Students must be fully immunized including “kindergarten shots” or an exemption needs to be on file in order for your child to be registered.
- Proof of residency (2 items), i.e., driver’s license, utility bill, etc.
Please let us know if you plan to attend the kindergarten orientation. And if you know of any future Camas kindergarten students in your neighborhood, preschool, etc., please share this information with them.
2623 NW Sierra Street
Date: May 21
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Grass Valley Elementary
Helen Baller Elementary
|Lacamas Heights Elementary
4600 NE Garfield Street
Date: May 28
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM
Prune Hill Elementary
In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, recently announced Alexa Efraimson of Camas High School (Camas, Wash.) as its 2013-14 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Efraimson was surprised with the news at school by American record holder in the 5,000 meters and nine time All-American Molly Huddle.
“It was exciting for me to be able to surprise Alexa with the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award because she is such a deserving winner,” said Huddle. “Alexa is a well-rounded individual who has already accomplished so much on and off the course, so it’s an honor for me to welcome her into the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year family.”
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the course, distinguishes Efraimson as the nation’s best high school girls cross country runner. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Efraimson from nearly 215,000 high school girls cross country runners nationwide. Efraimson is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special evening ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The 5-foot-8 junior raced to the national title at the Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season, breaking the tape with a course-record time of 16:50.1. The 2012-13 Gatorade Washington Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Efraimson also captured the Class 4A individual state cross country championship with a course-record time of 17:01.1, leading the Papermakers to second place as a team. She also won the Nike Pre-Nationals, the Nike BorderClash and the Bill Dellinger Invitational, and finished first at the NXN Northwest Regional championships in 17:27.1.
Efraimson has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom. A member of DECA and the National Honor Society, Efraimson has volunteered locally as a youth soccer referee and has served meals to the needy at the Zion Lutheran Church’s Lost and Found Cafe.
“In a state that has produced some extraordinary distance runners over the past decade, Alexa seems to be the best of them all,” said Doug Binder, Editor-in-Chief of Dyestat.com. “She has tremendous physical ability and combines that with fierce competitive instincts. She came into the cross country season fresh off a bronze medal performance in the 1,500 meters at the World Youth Championships in the Ukraine and that result gave her a lot of confidence. After that, I think we all believed she was capable of doing anything she set her mind to.”
Efraimson will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
“Without question, Alexa is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school girls cross country runner based on her statistics on the course and the impact her accomplishments have had on Camas’ success,” said Gatorade Vice President, Global & Sports Marketing Andrea Fairchild. “But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:
- Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
- Four-time gold medalist Allyson Felix
- WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
- Kansas City Royals Cy Young award-winner Zach Grienke
For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at visit www.gatorade.com/poy, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.
Come to the Information Meeting for the Integrated Arts and Academics program on February 25 at 6:30-7:15, in the North Commons at Camas High School. Then, enjoy the Camas District Choir Festival which follows the meeting at 7:30.
CHS is proud to announce the beginning of a new program, Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) that will start with the 9th Grade in the 2014-15 school year. Current 8th graders who are interested in active learning with arts as an integral part of their academic learning are invited to enroll for the 2014-15 school year during the forecasting process at their schools in February and March. Each subsequent year, an additional grade level will be added, growing into a full 9-12 program at Camas High School.
The purpose of CHS IAA is to meet the academic needs of students whose learning style is best served by an arts-integrated curriculum that is centered on meaningful, standards-based and arts-based projects as well as to provide students with in-depth and varied arts experiences
Calling all 8th Graders who love the arts!
What will it be like? Students will be in a scheduled block consisting of three class periods that fulfills their academic requirements for 9th Grade in Pre-AP English, Physical Science, and Fine Art (visual and performing). The classwork will emphasize shared concepts and themes among these subjects as well as Common Core Standards. Students will feel supported in a non-competitive, creative environment as their teachers help them adjust to the newness of high school. In the IAA program, students are assured of having opportunities to use their hands, minds, and creativity: They will combine their academic studies and growing arts skills for activities such as sketches, painting, poetry, acting, screen writing, film, music, art technology, movement or dance, etc. (to name a few). The program is inclusive of all students who benefit from this way of learning, and they will be taught the same learning standards as all CHS students. Whether a student wants to be a doctor, a marine biologist, or musician, for examples, IAA supports students’ learning styles and future career aspirations. The arts enhance every aspect of education including deeper learning, critical thinking, relationships, creativity, and motivation. Outside of the block, students’ remaining daily schedule includes Math, Health (semester), Fitness (semester), Freshman Focus (semester), plus one more semester elective. However, if a student wants a year-long elective course such as band, choir, or drama, there can be flexibility in the schedule to allow for that.
For more information, pick up a brochure at any middle or high school or click on the link here: Integrated Arts and Academics Web Blog.
A Camas High School junior who aspires to one day run for public office recently spent time as a page in the state senate.
Jonathan Grall, 16, worked as a page for 18th District Sen. Ann Rivers, Jan. 27 through 31, by participating in the Senate Page Program. He was one of 18 students ages 14 to 16 who took part in the program during the third week of the 2014 legislative session.
Pages deliver mail, run errands, present the flag and learn parliamentary procedure. Students also work to draft a bill and engage in a mock session.
Read more at the Post-Record.
Camas boys win district swim meet by 100 points
The Papermakers rode the waves they created to win the district title by 100 points Saturday, at Kelso High School.
“Once that buzzer goes off, you give it your all and come back the next day for finals and do it all over again,” said junior Lucas Ulmer. “I’m glad we had so many kids push through and help us with the meet. Without them, we wouldn’t have these relays and the meet records.”
Kasey Calwell, Tom Utas, Ulmer and John Utas kicked things off with a meet and school record time of 1 minute, 39.67 seconds in the 200-meter medley relay.
John Utas, Ulmer, Jeff Fadlovich and Calwell finished the day with a meet record time of 3:21.52 in the 400 freestyle relay.
“A lot of these guys started out as first-year swimmers, and at the end of the year, they’re up a team trophy,” Calwell said. “We have big goals for state. We can’t wait to go up there and achieve them.”
Camas won the five-team challenge with 414 points. Union was way back in second place with 314 points. Skyview took third with 156 points.
“We took 18 kids to districts and 16 of them contributed to our team score,” said head coach Mike Bemis. “You don’t get that kind of production very often. I’m just really proud of this group.”
Read the full story at the Post Record.
Recent CHS Math Science Technology Magnet graduate Eden Pollock helped design a study whose results were recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience, Presynaptic Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease. Pollock attends University of Washington. Congratulations, Eden!
“Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies are associated with abnormal neuronal aggregation of α-synuclein. However, the mechanisms of aggregation and their relationship to disease are poorly understood. We developed an in vivo multiphoton imaging paradigm to study α-synuclein aggregation in mouse cortex with subcellular resolution. We used a green fluorescent protein-tagged human α-synuclein mouse line that has moderate overexpression levels mimicking human disease …”
Read the article at The Journal of Neuroscience.