Camas School District Transportation Director Laura Nowland announce the following Safety Poster contestant won at the regional level:
- Division #1 – Grades K-2 1st Place Winner – Shalaka Deshpande – 1st Grade – Grass Valley Elementary
As the regional division winner Shalaka will be awarded $50.00, and her poster will move on to compete at the state competition later this month.
Things Kids Should Know About School Bus Safety:
- The bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 feet to the bus. Stay out of the danger zone!
- If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
- While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
- When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
- Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
- When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to CROSS IN FRONT of the bus.
- Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
- Some school buses now have seat belts.
If you have seat belts on your school bus, be sure to learn to use the seat belt correctly.
Schroeder bounces back from illness to shine for Camas softball
She was supposed to be the 2 in the 1-2 punch of Camas softball last year, one of the top pitchers in the region even if another one was a senior on her team.
Katie Schroeder’s junior season turned into a punch alright — a knockout punch.
“Last year, when I got sick, it wiped everything out of me,” Schroeder said. “I pretty much had to start at ground zero.”
Pneumonia led to a four-day stay at a hospital last spring, and she would not regain her strength for the rest of the high school season.
A year later, she knew she had to be the ace for the Papermakers.
A year later, Katie Schroeder is The Columbian’s All-Region softball player of the year.
The ace in the pitching circle. The big bat in the lineup. She did it all for the Papermakers.
“I spent all last summer and offseason working to get better,” Schroeder said. “I knew I had to step up and be better than I’d ever been before just because I knew I had a big load to carry.”
Schroeder threw a one-hitter while striking out 12 in the first game of the season, then recorded a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in the second game. She also homered in both games.
“Maybe I’m not really just this good this week,” she said. “Maybe I actually did get a lot better.”
You be the judge: Schroeder finished the season 22-4 from the circle with a 0.95 ERA and 261 strikeouts in 170 innings. From the batter’s box, she led the team with a .474 average, 33 RBIs, and four home runs.
Read the full story at The Columbian.
Lewis, Gianan defend 4A title by topping Union duo
RICHLAND — Camas vs. Union.
A state championship on the line.
For the second year in a row.
For Jenn Lewis, it was almost too much.
“Oh my gosh it was so intense. My heart was like a rock in my chest. I didn’t know what to feel. I was so excited and so scared at the same time,” said Lewis, a senior from Camas.
By the end of the match Saturday at Richland High School, she and teammate Hannah Gianan felt like champions. They know that feeling well.
Lewis and Gianan won the Class 4A state girls tennis doubles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Union’s Sydney Wallace and McKenzie Schreiner. Last year, the Camas duo topped Wallace and then-senior Jelena Vidovic.
“There was more pressure this year,” Gianan said. “Last year, it was just see what we could do, and we won.”
“Higher expectations this year,” Lewis said.
The Titans gave the Papermakers a battle.
Camas took a 4-1 lead in the first set, but Union rallied to tie 5-5. The Papermakers held serve, then broke the Titans for the first set. Camas never trailed in the second set, but most of the games were close.
“I didn’t feel like we were winning,” Lewis said. “They were always right with us. They’re such good girls, and they played really well. They pushed us.”
“I think we played fairly well,” Wallace, a junior, said. “I think we played to our potential. Some things here and there, of course. The match could have gone three sets. We’re right there with Hannah and Jenn.”
Wallace, by the way, had to leave soon after the match because she is a drum major with the Union band and was scheduled to perform at the Starlight Parade. But it is possible she and Schreiner will return to state next year.
“It was definitely enjoyable,” Schreiner said of her first experience of high school tennis. “I got to know my teammates. They’ve been the best role models. A great season.”
Read the full story at The Columbian.
As participants in the the Watershed Monitoring Network, students from Dorothy Fox Elementary and Prune Hill Elementary conduct water quality testing each month at their nearby bio-swales–filtering sites where runoff water is collected. Students run a series of tests to find out how “healthy” the water is and they investigate the types of plant life and animal life which surrounds the bio-swale. At the end of the year, a group of students are selected to take part in Watershed Congress at WSU Vancouver.
In 1997, the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver worked with a local educator to initiate the Watershed Monitoring Network, which trains students and teachers to monitor water quality and habitat in a Clark County stream, lake, river or wetlands. Since that time, the Network has greatly expanded.
More than 1,000 students, from kindergarteners through high school students, collect water quality and habitat data during the school year.
Beginning monitors may ask questions such as: What lives in the water? How cold is the water? More experienced monitors may seek to find the answers to questions such as: What makes the water cloudy and warm? What upstream activities have caused the impact downstream?
These students submit the data to the NatureMapping water quality database supported by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington. About 200 of the student monitors gather each year to share their findings with each other and the community.
Volunteer monitors contribute hundreds of hours to understanding and protecting one of the community’s biggest assets: surface water. Monitoring often leads to action projects that protect the watershed and promote stewardship.
The Watershed Monitoring Network is aligned with Washington’s Grade Level Expectations and helps prepare students for the annual assessment, known as the Washington Academic Learning Requirements. The Network is supported by both the City of Vancouver and Clark County Environmental Services Clean Water Program.
Congratulations to sophomore Sydney Burres who won the Clark County Magna Carta’s essay contest for Camas High School. Click here to read her essay. The event honors the 800th anniversary of this historic document.
Clark County high school golf fans once again had a lot to be proud of as the state championships concluded Friday.
• Fort Vancouver’s Spencer Tibbits rallied on the back nine of the 3A state tournament in Kennewick to place second a year after winning the state title.
• Woodland’s Faith Udy shot a 75 on Thursday to place third in the 2A girls tournament in Spokane.
• The Hockinson girls golf team placed second at the 2A tournament.
• Clayton Rajewich of King’s Way Christian placed fifth in the 1A boys tournament in Pasco.
• Diego De La Torre of Hockinson placed third in the 2A boys tournament in Spokane.
But the proudest moment among local golfers may have occurred by what one golfer did to lose.
I had the pleasure of covering Camas’ Brian Humphreys when he was a freshman and won the 4A state title at Camas Meadows. And I covered him again last year when he rebounded from a bumpy first round to place second at state, again at Camas Meadows.
This year, Humphreys was in the hunt for another state title when he teed off Thursday at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.
On the second hole, Humphreys was addressing the ball for a putt.
“When I set my putter down on No. 2, I nudged the ball forward a little bit and then just tapped it in,” Humphreys said. “Since I accidentally hit it and didn’t replace it, it was a two-shot penalty.”
Humphreys called the penalty on himself, even though he may have been the only one to see it.
“I guess it didn’t move enough for the people in the gallery to see, but I know it moved forward,” Humphreys said.
Camas coach Ed Givens said no one, not even Humphreys’ playing partners, saw the ball move.
Read the full story at The Columbian.
Camas High School’s musical production, Cabaret has been recognized in an amazing 10 categories at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards Honoring High School musical theatre! Given the extraordinary challenge of this piece of theatre, the drama department is incredibly excited to be counted among the strongest performances in the state of Washington for this school year. Below is the list of categories for which our production has received nominations:
- Outstanding Overall Production
- Outstanding Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role: Andrew Henson
- Outstanding Direction
- Outstanding Scenic Design
- Outstanding Lighting Design
- Outstanding Choreography (Honorable Mention)
- Outstanding Orchestra
- Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design
- Special Honors: Educational Impact
- Special Honors: Student Achievement: Bethany Burton
A nomination in the category of Outstanding Overall Production means the entire cast will be performing on the 5th Avenue Theatre Stage in front of all 104 schools that participated in the awards this year. This is an unique opportunity for them to share their hard work with their peers. A nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role means Andrew will perform a piece from the show for the audience as well.
“If you see any of our cast members, please congratulate them on their hard-earned success! To be listed among our fellow artists is a huge honor,” commented director Sean Kelly. “We will be attending the awards ceremony in Seattle on June 8th to see what we can bring home to Camas.”
Girls Learn International is hosting fundraising event
A human-rights focused club at Camas High School is hosting its first-ever event to promote advocacy and awareness.
The Girls Learn International Chapter will show the “Girls Rising,” documentary at the CHS theater Saturday, June 6. There will be homemade desserts for sale.
The club was started by juniors Corrine Bintz and Kris Ahn in January.
“My cousin started the first chapter five or six years ago at a different school, and I thought it would be a good idea to begin one here,” Bintz said. “We didn’t really have any human-rights focused clubs at CHS.”
According to the Girls Learn International website, it is designed to educate and energize U.S. students in the global movement for girls access to education, and pairs chapters in middle and high schools with partner schools in developing nations.
“GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change,” it states.
The CHS chapter has 20 members, which includes a mix of girls and boys.
Read the full story at The Post Record.
2014 Magnet/CHS Alumna Carly Marshall has been working hard all year long with the student group Divest UW to convince the UW Board of Regents to “divest” from its investments in coal. Her efforts have paid off with the following announcement and Board action this past week: “The University of Washington (UW) will divest roughly $2 million of its endowment from coal companies, citing ‘the seriousness of the climate change problem,’ after a vote by the school’s board of regents Thursday night [03/14/15]“ (Common Dreams).
Read the full story at the MST Magnet website.
Gunther, Davis sweep their events
The Class 4A District 4 track and field meet is the last step before the state meet.
The best athletes Tuesday at McKenzie Stadium will be doing the Tacoma two-step, having qualified in multiple events.
And Camas hurdlers Ryan Gunther and Jordan Davis three-stepped their way toward the sunset of successful high school careers.
The seniors went out in style at their last district meet. They swept the hurdle events, in which the fastest runners take just three steps between leaps in the shorter races.
Gunther won the 110 hurdles in 14.71 seconds to repeat as district champion.
About 30 minutes later, he won his third district title in the 300 hurdles, in which he finished second in state last year.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to come out here and see all the hard work pay off,” Gunther said. “It gives me a lot of confidence heading into state.”
Davis also has state in her sights. She won her third consecutive district title in the 100 hurdles.
She then repeated as district champ in the 300 hurdles, winning by nearly two seconds in 44.54. Davis, who placed fourth at state last year, owns the third-fastest 300 hurdles time in Class 4A this year.
“Today, I ran the fastest time I could so I could get a good lane for state,” she said. “It’s going to be hard up there. I used this meet to prepare for it, for sure.”
Before moving on to the state meet May 28-30 in Tacoma, Gunther paused to reflect on a district meet in which he’s had so much success.
“Track has always been a big part of my life,” Gunther said. “Being able to close the sixth-through-twelfth grade chapter like this is a really good feeling.”
Read the full story at The Columbian.
Twenty-six Camas High School students traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete at the annual DECA International Career Development Conference. Competitors ranged from all 50 States, Canada, and Spain. Of the 26 Camas Students, competition was split between research projects and role-play mock business scenarios.
Seven Camas DECA members, Shannon Ahearn, Nataley Dormier, Satya Hariharan, Noah White, Louie Avino, Areeb Ahsan, and Cameron Vega qualified for the final rounds of competition, automatically placing them in the top 18 competitors worldwide in their respective events. From there, Nataley Dormier and Shannon Ahearn placed in the top ten worldwide for their work on a Financial Literacy Research Project and Cameron Vega placed second in the world for his Automotive Service Marketing event. The 26 student group was the largest Camas has ever sent to ICDC and included five first year DECA members.
Unified Sports, an emerging athletic program in Clark County partnered with Special Olympics, has debuted in Camas. Through this opportunity, special needs students participate in athletics and represent their school. Unified Sports combines special needs students, the athletes, with general education students, the partners. The students play together on a 5 vs. 5 modified field which includes 3 athletes and 2 partners playing together wearing Camas uniforms against other schools in Clark County.
The Camas Unified team competed in a district tournament over the weekend with all the Clark County Schools and qualified for the state tournament later this month! They practice Friday mornings at CHS, and they play their contests Saturday mornings at Kiggins Field in Vancouver.
“This is an amazing program which has been embraced by the Camas High School community,” commented Athletic Director Rory Oster. “We are the only school in the county with enough participants to field two teams, and I have never witnessed a program that brings so many smiles and so much positive energy to CHS students.”
Recently, the entire boys varsity soccer team traveled to Vancouver to watch and support the Unified team and it has been quite the buzz around the building. The Unified soccer players returned the favor at the District Championship varsity soccer match at Doc Harris in support of the team.
“It is our hope that we will field a unified basketball team next school year as well,” Oster added.
Skyridge Middle School students are preparing to take audiences out of this world with a comic-book, come-to-life production of Starmites Lite May 15th and 16th.
About 34 students have been practicing four to five days a week since February for the musical, with lyrics by Barry Keating and a book by Stuart Ross.
Starmites opened on Broadway on April 27, 1989, when it ran for 60 performances. Although it received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, it didn’t win.
Starmites Lite is a junior version of Starmites that’s intended for middle-school performances.
The show centers around a shy teenager, Eleanor, who creates a fantasy world with science-fiction characters from her comic-book collection. She imagines herself as a super-heroine, becoming involved in a conflict between the evil Shak Graa and the Starmites who are guardian angels of Innerspace.
Showtimes for Starmites are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 15th and 16th and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16th.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at Skyridge Middle School during regular school hours and cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may also be purchased at the door at the Camas High School Theater.
Camas parents, guardians, and community members are invited to an informational meeting about teens and eating disorders. It takes place on Wednesday, May 20, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Hayes Freedom High School. Guest speaker Tamara Duarte, licensed mental health counselor associate specializing in adolescent and pre-adolescent eating disorders, will provide information surrounding this important health issue.
Topics addressed will include:
- signs and symptoms
- when to be nervous
- when to be afraid
- what the parents can do
- ways to seek out help
- what help may look like
- Q&A time
This event is free—we hope you can join us!
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!
Dear Camas Families,
I’m sure by now most of you have heard of the teacher walkouts held by some teacher associations throughout our state–a movement designed to influence lawmakers into adequately funding our schools. Today, I was notified by Camas Education Association (CEA) leadership, our local teachers union, that they will join other school districts in Clark County to hold a walkout on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
The CEA has made it clear this is not a work stoppage directed against the School Board, staff, students, or patrons of the Camas School District. The decision to walk out was made by CEA, at the encouragement of the Washington Education Association, in an effort to influence the Legislature to fully fund K-12 education. The School Board and administration agree that lawmakers have failed to fully fund K-12 education for too many years; however, we don’t believe pulling all teachers out of classrooms for a day is the way to convey this message to our legislators. We apologize for the challenge this presents to our students, families, community, and staff.
The district does not have the capacity to serve our students without our certified teaching staff and will, therefore, not hold regular classes on Wednesday, May 13. The only activities which will take place are:
- Nationally scheduled Advanced Placement (AP) tests;
- High school athletic games scheduled with other schools; and
- Evening parent meetings and facility use scheduled by outside organizations.
There will be no Extended Day before- and after-school child care; athletic practices, kindergarten orientation, extracurricular meetings, rehearsals, middle school cooking contest or regular student classes and activities through Community Education*. If you have questions about your child(ren)’s school or activities, you will find a list of specific cancellations on our district web calendar (DynaCal) under Parent Corner or you may contact your school directly.
The walkout on May 13 will cause the district to extend the school year by one day. State law requires that students attend school 180 days. Students must be present for a certain number of hours each day in order for it to count as a school day. When school is closed, missed days must be made up. State law does not currently allow school districts to add minutes onto each school day to make up missed time to meet the state requirement of 180 school days. As a result, the last day of school in the Camas School District has been changed from Monday, June 15, to Tuesday, June 16.
We appreciate the support our community has given public schools. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please know that we always try to do what is best for student learning, even when things like politics present challenges.
*Community Education will offer a one-day camp at JDZ for families in need of child care–see the attached flyer.
Make sure your vaccinations are up to date!
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious illness, and the number of people getting sick in Clark County is growing. Whooping cough can be especially severe in infants. To reduce the chances that babies will catch whooping cough, everyone, especially pregnant moms, should get their whooping cough shot for the best protection. Learn more about the vaccine and whooping cough activity and surveillance in Clark County.
If you have questions, please call your healthcare provider or Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-8182.
CHS senior creates apparel company to benefit at-risk youth in Portland
Nitin Beri didn’t want to have a run-of-the-mill senior project.
So, Beri, 18, combined his interests in clothing and non-profit organizations to form an apparel brand, Live Love Northwest, with all proceeds benefitting programs for homeless youth.
“I really liked the idea of running a non-profit and didn’t want to do a generic senior project,” he said.
He had the help of mentor Nitasha Kumar, who founded the “Focus on Kids” nonprofit lab guild associated with Seattle Children’s Hospital. It directly supports the department of laboratories.
Beri formed his non-profit, created a website and started designing Northwest related clothing logos for tank tops, T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Funds raised support New Avenues for Youth, a Portland organization that seeks to help hungry, homeless and at-risk youth.
“I looked at some of the bigger foundations, but since this is a Northwest-themed apparel brand, I wanted to benefit a charity closer to home,” Beri said. “New Avenues for Youth does after school mentoring programs as well as helps homeless youth. I thought it was a good way to give back to kids who don’t have all the advantages we do in Camas.”
Read the full story at the Post Record.