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.
Ten CHS athletes are off to college
Ten Papermakers put pen to paper toward their future destinations after graduation on National College Signing Day Wednesday.
“I’m excited to play football and not have my parents tell me to clean my room,” said Drew Clarkson after signing with Oregon State University.
It has been a crazy road up to this point in Clarkson’s life. Eleven months ago, he found out that he had stage 2 testicular cancer. Though surgery, rest and recuperation, Clarkson never lost sight of his goal. He was going to play football during his senior year.
Clarkson returned to the front line without losing a step. He helped the Papermakers become league champions again, return to the Tacoma Dome for the third year in a row and play for the state championship.
Five Camas football players confirmed their college destinations. Zach Eagle and Reilly Hennessey are both going to Eastern Washington University. Jorden Payne is on his way to Eastern Oregon and Jason Vailea will play for Western Oregon.
Read the full story at the Post-Record.
Skyridge eighth-grader has won two years in a row
Skyridge Middle School recently hosted its building level National Geographic Bee competition. The winner is Korrie MacIntyre, who claimed her second consecutive title and the chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
The eighth-grader will now advance to a written examination, which determines state competitors. The state-level competition will be held on April 4, followed by the national-level in Washington D.C., May 19 to 21.
The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
Read the full story at the Post-Record
CHS bowler brings home eighth place medal from state
Shelby Chartrand crashed pins with the best bowlers in the state and walked away with an eighth-place medal Friday, at Tacoma Narrows Plaza Bowl.
The 14-year-old Camas High School freshman rose above 61 other bowlers with a 1,120 series. She rolled games of 168, 170, 180, 187, 192 and 223.
“Every single game, she improved up to that 223,” said coach Doug Huegli. “As the day progressed, she just got stronger and bowled with confidence. It was fun to watch.”
Chartrand also snagged seventh place at the district tournament Jan. 30, at Allen’s Crosley Lanes in Vancouver. She bowled games of 170, 174 and 183 for a 527 series.
Camas finished in fifth place at districts with a combined total of 3,424 points. Battle Ground won the six-team scramble with 4,104 points.
Once her ticket to state had been punched, Chartrand enjoyed the rest of the day rotating frames with her teammates during the seven baker games. Shelby tossed her third strike in a row for a “turkey,” right after her sister Porsche threw a strike.
“It was a long day, and that was a nice way to end it,” Shelby said.
The only way the day could have ended better is if both Shelby and Porsche qualified for state together. Porsche missed her opportunity by five pins.
Read the full story at the Post-Record.
Longtime Camas science teacher will retire this year
“Like my car…
“Some days I am exhausted.
…“It is time for me to be re-tired.”
Puns are something that long-time science teacher Dale Croswell is famous for among his colleagues and students. Therefore, it was only fitting that when “Cros,” as he is known, sent staff members at Camas High School an e-mail announcing his pending retirement, he ended it with a pun.
“I have known Dale for 16 years, and (one of) my fondest memories are of the puns he can tell at the drop of a hat,” said Ellise Anderson, science department supervisor.
Added Steve Marshall, principal, “What I will remember about Dale is his positive outlook and sense of humor.”
Croswell, 61, has been teaching science at CHS since 1974, when the school was located at the site which is now Liberty Middle School. Getting the job was a bit of a fluke, however.
“I didn’t even apply to Camas because the district had just had a double levy failure,” he said. “Then I saw a flyer on campus at Western Washington University that there were openings here and I applied.”
The primary motivation for applying was to be closer to home. Croswell, a 1970 Washougal High School graduate, and wife Darlene, wanted to move back to the area.
Croswell was hired on a one-year contract to teach physics.
He never left.
“The timing of things in life is so important sometimes,” he said. “I tell my students, you never know when an opportunity will come, so be ready for it.”
Read the full story in the Post-Record.
Camas basketball teams defend home court against Union
The Camas girls basketball team finished the deal with Union Friday, but the boys ended up digesting another bitter pill.
Senior Night started off right for the Papermakers when Rachel Rice, the only senior on the Camas girls team, delivered the first basket of the game.
Rice also served Brenna Khaw and Nikki Corbett passes on a silver platter to help the Papermakers put the finishing touches on a 37-30 victory against the Titans.
Although the Camas girls beat Union 52-35 on Jan. 14, this win solidified second place for the Papermakers in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.
“It felt even better this time, even though it was a closer game,” Rice said. “We didn’t come out as hard as we should have in the second half, but we calmed down, played good defense and we pulled it out.”
Read the full story at the Post-Record.
What began in the district just six short years ago as an after-school robotics club has blossomed into the district’s initial foray in computer coding and robotics classes thanks to the vision of Camas High School teachers Ron Wright, Hank Midles, and Brianna Abraham, and the enthusiasm and energy of dedicated students, local businesses, and volunteers. They had a vision for a comprehensive robotics curriculum; one that would begin in a student’s earliest years. Now the after-school club has grown into a district-wide phenomenon.
The F.I.R.S.T. Robotics club at Camas High School began in the 2007-08 school year with just five students, some parent volunteers, and a shoestring budget. The team entered their first competition and came in at 24th place; a worthy standing for their first year of competition. Last spring, Team Mean Machine took the state championships in both Oregon and Washington. The team has nearly 30 members who work collaboratively among themselves as well as with some very dedicated industry mentors and parents.
Today, robotics clubs exist for all grade levels throughout the district; but it doesn’t end there. Birthed from the electrical currents of our robotics clubs, the Robotics Engineering Program of Study (REPoS) is gaining popularity and momentum as it is integrated into curriculum. The program was launched this year as a pilot and is designed to introduce students to robotics through project-based learning utilizing both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Selected classrooms at each elementary school will have the opportunity to work through robotics curriculum utilizing LEGO WeDo (grades 1-3) or LEGO EV3 (grades 4-5) hardware and software. Pictured below, elementary teams add “arms” to prebuilt robot base models. They then write program code to get the robots to perform specified tasks.
“Students love this program simply because of how fun it is,” commented CEF Major Grants Chair Chad Stewart. “The hands-on, engaging nature of robotics is unlike any other program.”
Camas High School is offering two courses for the math/science-minded student who may not necessarily be in the MST Magnet Program: An AP Computer Science class designed to match college-level introductory computer science courses where students design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running and debugging computer programs; and two sections of Robotics and Programming where students learn to build, program, and control robots using a variety of hardware and software in a project-based, team environment.
These classes are also open to interested Hayes Freedom High School students.
“Through forecasting, we anticipated about a dozen students would take the computer science class and 37 students would take the robotics class,” commented Career and Educational Technology Director Derek Jaques. “However, the excitement from students began to grow. These classes launched with 24 and 49 students respectively,” Jaques added.
Liberty Middle School is offering robotics and programming within the structure of their current technology class where students are utilizing LEGO EV3 robots and Scratch coding technologies. Liberty is also home to a robotics club which is open to all middle school students. Plans are in the works to create similar offerings at Skyridge Middle School next year.
The REPoS program is made possible through a variety of sources including:
- Career and Technical Education program funds
- Technology levy funds
- Camas Educational Foundation grants
- Local levy funds
Of note, the Camas Educational Foundation has funded more than $25,000 in robotics equipment and laptop computers since 2011.
Robotics, a growing movement in schools
Robotics is a tool being used by thousands of schools worldwide to motivate and excite students about math and science. It inspires students to make connections across several disciplines rather than learning topics in isolation as it combines mechanical, electronic, electrical, and programming skills. Students are motivated to learn by creating their own robotic devices, often in team environments, while gaining a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary fields of study. Additionally, robotics appeals to a broad range of students and allows multiple points of access to science and technology for a variety of learners.
The benefits of robotics education are impressive; it teaches through discovery allowing students a deeper understanding through cause and effect learning. “It gives students a visual grasp of math and science while building logical thinking. Robotics study helps to develop teamwork, problem-solving skills, and self-management,” commented Wright.
Local music teacher receives regional, national accolades
Natalie Wilson is definitely not singing the blues.
The Grass Valley Elementary School music teacher and vocal jazz instructor has received regional and national accolades for her work.
She was named the Outstanding Music Educator for the Lower Columbia River Music Education Association and will be honored at the state conference in Yakima.
“It’s exciting and I’m super humbled by this because I received the honor two times in a row,” Wilson said. “I know there are other teachers just as worthy. To receive it twice is amazing.”
But that’s just the start.
After presenting a Vocal Jazz Concepts lesson at a national Jazz Education Network conference in January, Wilson was approached by Sharon Burch, director of the education committee. She asked her to serve as kindergarten through eight-grade chairperson.
“I was so honored and humbled,” she said. “There’s always a part that knows I’ve worked really hard, but at the same time I think, ‘Why me?’ This is really a collaboration with the kids, supportive parents, school and community.”
Read the full story at the Camas-Washougal Post Record
Camas High School family and consumer science teacher Meredith Studdard proudly announced that a team of five freshmen won first place at the Sodexo cooking competition at Battle Ground High School last weekend. Ellie Echeverio, Hannah Taie, Kendra Horvath, Luke Moravitz, Colin Kuhta competed against five other teams in a Street Tacos challenge.
“Although we were the only team comprised solely of freshman, we ended up winning the Grand Prize for the ‘Best Street Taco and Side Dish!’” commented Studdard. The students prepared homemade tortillas with chipotle chicken, pickled cabbage, tomatillo salsa, and a sour cream/lime sauce accompanied by a jicama salad. The team prepared a marketing plan and made a presentation to the judges. “They really put in a lot of effort and extra time; I couldn’t be more proud,” added Studdard.
Camas boys swimming team beats East County
The Papermakers earned their watermarks Wednesday, at LaCamas Swim & Sport.
Kasey Calwell, Lucas Ulmer and John Utas won all four of their events to help the Camas boys beat Union, 155-130, Mountain View, 183-94, Evergreen, 211-36, and Heritage, 212-25.
The victory against Union secures the league championship for the Papermakers. Their second in row since moving up to the 4A classification.
“Some meets you win by a lot. And some meets you have to grind it out,” Calwell said. “Today was one of those grind it out days. We needed every point.”
Camas won nine events and Prairie took the other two. Swimmers from these two schools train and compete together as part of the North County program with Hockinson and Woodland. Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union are all in the East County program. Which makes this meet huge for bragging rights.
“Competition drives us better than anything else,” Ulmer said. “Union wanted this meet as much as we did. I’m glad our team pushed through and showed who we are as Camas.”
Read the full story at the Post-Record
“The future depends on what you do today.”These words once spoken by Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi were the inspiration for the winning Voice of Democracy essay written by Camas High School student Amanda Felipe.
Felipe and 14 other winners of the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 competitions were recognized during an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, at the Camas Community Center.
Entries submitted by high school students in the Voice of Democracy essay contest responded to the theme: “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.”
Felipe argued that improvements are being made in a variety of areas. She provided examples that ranged from schools offering male and female students more opportunities to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities and sports to advances in technology that have allowed citizens to engage in their government at a higher level.
“The United States is heading in the right direction,” she said, reading her essay to the crowd. “With improvements being made in employment and academic requirements, the increasing extra-curricular activities and the advances in technology being made, I see a bright future for our country.
Read the full story at the Camas-Washougal Post Record.
Papermakers glad to have longtime coach back
CAMAS — Hannah Marquis was 5 years old when she first started gymnastics. She has fond memories of her coach, Carol Willson, back in those early days.
“I remember being able to trust her easily,” said Marquis, now a freshman gymnast for Camas High School. “It’s definitely a big part of the sport. They’re the ones who keep you safe. It’s just really big to be able to trust your coach.”
Today, Marquis and her teammates have a coach they can still trust.
Willson has taken over the Camas program this season, coaching many of the girls she taught when they were newcomers to the sport.
“I was on the edge of doing gymnastics or not,” freshman Emily Karkanen said. “When she said she was going to be the coach, I was in for sure. She is one of the best coaches ever and a great person.”
Junior Hope Richter had taken three years off of gymnastics, to let her body recover from the demands of the sport. She had heard Willson was returning, and that many of her former teammates from club gymnastics were going to compete for the high school program.
“It couldn’t have been a more perfect situation. For me, personally, it was just the right time,” Richter said. “Carol was my coach when I first started out. She was just an amazing person. When I heard she was going to be the coach, it was icing on the cake.”
Camas Middle Schools are gearing up to send students to Poland this summer through our Sister City Exchange Program. Our first informational meeting will be held Thursday, February 6, at Liberty Middle School. Students and families are encouraged to join us in the library at 7:00 p.m. to hear more about this unique opportunity.
The Sister City Exchange Program has been active in Camas for over 30 years! We have a rich cultural relationship with our Sister Cities in both Japan and more recently Poland. This year, we are excited to take 10-12 students, along with district and parent chaperones, to the southern part of Poland near Krakow. This 10 day exchange will provide a rich educational and cultural experience that will not only build positive relationships, but provide a life-changing experience for our participating middle school students.
The tentative dates for this year’s exchange are June 18-28. Information regarding trip expenses, travel details, and our agenda will be discussed at our February 6 meeting.
We look forward to providing this amazing opportunity for our students and sharing more about this rich experience!
David White-Espin, Dean of Students
Liberty Middle School
Ann Hofmann, Technology and Leadership Teacher
Skyridge Middle School