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School bells are back again

Doreen McKercher : July 10, 2014 10:19 AM : News

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Local family makes donation to Camas School District

Hearing the bell ring to signify the start of the school day was a time honored tradition in local schools.

Before the days of cell phones with alarms and inexpensive wristwatches, it was the way children were summoned to begin the day.

Now, a local man and his family are giving back a piece of that history to the Camas School District.

Lonie and Cynthia Lougheed are donating the bells once used in Forest Home Elementary and Central Elementary schools.

Forest Home Elementary is now the home of Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy on Northwest 10th Avenue, and Central was located on the site of what is now Prestige Care and Rehabilitation on Northeast Dallas Street.

The cast iron bells, 2- and 3-feet in diameter, have been sitting at the Lougheed home for several years, ever since Lonie’s father, Skip, brought them home decades ago.

Read the full story at The Post Record.

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Staff Awards, Part I

Doreen McKercher : July 9, 2014 3:45 PM : News
Join us this summer as we spotlight our 2014 Staff Award winners each week. In our first post, we honor two award winners from Camas High School.
 

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Leontina Liebe – Award of Excellence

Leontina definitely fits into the category of “the unsung hero.” She is a positive support and works to promote positive recognition to others. For example, she willingly and enthusiastically volunteered to help with the college/career night, on target planning, and foyer theme projects for the main entrance.

Whether it is an inspirational email, flowers, or a card of support, she goes out of her way to make other staff feel appreciated and supported by doing special things to brighten their days. She goes above and beyond her call of duty and is passionate about educating and supporting others.

 

Joan Haugaard – Award of Excellence

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Joan is always looking for new ways to become a more effective school nurse. An example of this is her collaboration with administrators and teachers to create protocols and systems that
are more efficient for the school and in the best interest of our students.

As is the case with many employees in the CSD, the sc

ope of Joan Haugaard’s responsibilities has increased with enrollment. However, she meets this challenge head on and still provides each student with a high level of service, support, and care.

Joan’s work ethic and compassionate style enable her to successfully handle some very difficult and sensitive situations. She works successfully with our Papermaker pre-schoolers, our students, and also our staff members. That is a wide range of people with a wide range of health issues!

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2013-14 Highlights

Doreen McKercher : June 17, 2014 9:28 AM : News

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Hayes Freedom High School Graduation

Doreen McKercher : June 17, 2014 8:46 AM : News

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Camas High School Graduation

Doreen McKercher : June 16, 2014 3:23 PM : News

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School Bus Safety Poster Contest winner announced

Doreen McKercher : June 9, 2014 11:53 AM : News

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We are pleased to announce the following winners of our School Bus Safety Poster Contest:

  • Division #1 – Grades K-2               1st Place Winner – Shalaka Deshpande – 1st Grade – Grass Valley Elementary
  • Division #2 – Grades 3-5                1st Place Winner – Kandai Shimada – 5th Grade – Grass Valley Elementary
  • Division #3 – Grade 6-8                  1st Place Winner – Brandon Armstrong – 7th Grade – Skyridge Middle School

These winning posters will be advanced to the next level of competition.  Each regional and state division winner will receive $50, and will be entered into the national competition for an opportunity to win a savings bond valued at up to $1,000, and to have their poster displayed during the 2014 School Bus Safety Week. Congratulations Shalaka, Kandai, and Brandon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this important event!

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Girls track second at State; highest finish in Camas history

Doreen McKercher : June 5, 2014 3:20 PM : News

trackThe Papermakers enjoyed a fine meet at State last weekend at Mt Tahoma. The ladies finished second overall in the 4A Championships behind Federal Way by only 24 points. The boys placed nineteenth overall. Camas High School set 1 national record, 2 state records, and 5 school records and earned 16 medals in total. Here are the highlights from Coach Wise:

  • Alexa Efraimson – won the 1600m run in 4:33.29 setting a new school record, a new meet record, a new State record and a new National High School 1600m record set in 2008!
  • Alexa Efraimson – won the 800m run in 2:04.01 setting a new school record and a new State record!
  • Nikki Corbett – took 2nd in the ladies discus with a distance of 137-11 also setting a new school record!
  • Caleigh Lofsted – took 3rd in the pole vault with a height of 11-9 which matches her own personal best and school record!
  • Jordan Davis – took 4th in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.89, which is a big personal best and also a new school record!
  • Jordan Davis – took 8th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.45
  • Alissa Pudlitzke – took 6th in the 3200m run with a time of 10:57.69
  • Alissa Pudlitzke – also placed 11th in the 1600m run with a time of 5:01.96
  • Camas ladies 4 x 400m relay took 4th place with a time of 3:58.90 – Savanna Joyce, Jordan Davis, Megan Finley and Alexa Efraimson. This was a season best time for them!
  • Ryan Gunther took second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 38.68, just .04 off the school record!
  • Boys 4 x 100m relay team placed 5th in a time of 43.06 – Hunter Brittain, Josh Ryan, Ryan Gunther and Cole Zarcone – just .07 off of the school record which they already own!
  •  Reilly Hein placed 11th overall in the 3200m run with a time of 9:33.74.
  • Both the girls 4 x 200m relay and our boys 4 x 400m relays just missed qualifying for finals by a place/under a second.

Congratulations to the ladies on their second-place finish, which is the highest finish for girls track in Camas history! Congrats to both teams on a successful season!

 

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2014 CHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Doreen McKercher : June 4, 2014 8:42 AM : News

The Camas High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has selected the inductees for the Class of 2014.  The induction ceremonies will take place on September 26 and 27, 2014.  The inductees are: 

  • 1972 Football Team.   Coached by Rich Hilty, the 1972 Football Team posted a 9-1 record while competing in the Blackhills AA League.  The team scored 230 points and gave up only 91 points.  They became the first Papermaker Team to win nine games in a season since the 1937 team.
  • 1997-1998 Girls’ Volleyball Team.  The 1997-1998 Girls’ Volleyball Teams were Rivers League Champions in both 1997 and 1998, and became the first girls’ volleyball team to qualify for State in 1998 when they won the District IV Title.  The Women in Black were an inspiration to the girls’ volleyball teams of the next decade.
  • 1960 Men’s Mile Relay Team.  Jack Fillman, Dave Anderson, Jim Ludwig, and Larry Ford set a state record in the mile relay with a time of 3:30 while winning the district meet.  Their state record time was broken later that season at the state track meet, where they finished fifth with a time of 3:28.9, which was the CHS record for over 50 years.
  • Coach Rich Hilty.   Rich Hilty coached football at Camas High School for seven seasons from 1968 to 1974.  In an era where Camas was the smallest school in the conference by a considerable margin, Coach Hilty compiled a winning record of 33 wins, 29 losses, and 4 ties.  His teams included the 1969 football team and the 1972 football team, both of which have been inducted into the Camas High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Lisa Hogan Nelson – Scholar Athlete.  Lisa Hogan played soccer from 2000 to 2003.  She was First Team Greater St. Helens League all four years, and was selected to the Columbian All Regional Team all four years.   She is the all time leading scorer with 81 goals, and holds the record for career assists with 47.  Lisa served as a class officer, was elected ASB Vice-President her senior year, and represented Clark County on the Washington Associated of Student Council’s Board.  Lisa was also a member of the scholastic honorary, the National Honor Society.
  • Daniel Carlson.  Daniel played soccer and football from 2000 to 2004.  In soccer he was All League as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was the Columbian All Region MVP as a junior.  He holds the CHS career record for most goals scored (95), and most assists (46).  In 2003 he led the football team in rushing with 1,523 yards, in scoring with 126 points, and in total yards with 2,175.
  • Chol An.   Chol An wrestled for Camas from 1983 to 1986.  In 1986 he finished fourth at State; in 1985 he finished first in State at the 122 pound weight classification.  While in college, he won the NAIA National Championship in 1990 in the 126 pound weight class.  He also finished third in the Olympic Trials for South Korea.
  • Dave Bartkowski.   Dave was a three sport athlete from 1974 to 1976.  He won the state wrestling championship in the unlimited classification in 1976, cumulating a season in which he went 26-0 with 19 pins.  In track he set a CHS record in the shot-put with a throw of 53’10.5″.  That record lasted almost 40 years.  Dave was also a standout football player for the Papermakers.
  • Julie Perry Bailey.  Julie Perry ran cross-country and track and also played basketball.  She set CHS individual records for girls in the 400, 800, and 1600, and a team record in the 1600 relay.  Her individual records lasted for 30 years before they were broken.  In addition she was a member of the 1978 girls’ basketball team that qualified for state.
  • Dan Macaya.  Dan played soccer from 1999 to 2003.  He scored 69 goals and had 33 assists during his career, and Camas went to state all four of those years.  He won numerous individual honors including Seattle Times All State Team, the All Tournament Team at State, and the Columbian All Regional Team.
  • Traci Mattson Mantz.  Traci competed in basketball, tennis, softball and track from 1976 to 1979.   She was the leading scorer in basketball in 1979 with an average of 18.6 points per game, and was named to the Columbian All Regional Team.  Traci competed collegiately in basketball for Clark College and for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where she set a school record for assists.

Dickerson Family—Hall of Honor.  The Dickerson Family has been a long-time supporter of Camas athletics.  They have made generous financial contributions that have benefited Papermaker programs, and have contributed countless volunteer hours to the Camas Boosters.

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Three Camas Schools Compete in Robotics Invite

Doreen McKercher : June 4, 2014 7:26 AM : News

Robotics Invite Drag RacersMission: to design, build and program a robot “dragster” to race down a narrow lane and accurately stop when it “sees” the finish line. Sound impossible? Not for the Robotics students of Camas High School, Hayes Freedom High School, and Liberty Middle School!

The students competed with their Dragsters, SumoBots, and Line Racers at the Fifth Annual South Sound STEM Robotics Invitational in Olympia last week. This was the first time for any of the Camas schools to attend, and the results were truly amazing.

Ten high school teams competed with Camas students earning, many of the top awards:

  • Dragster, 1st:  Seth Downey and Lucas Bell (builders) and Alex Wolfe (driver) – CHS
  • Dragster, 2nd: Austin Schmunk, Tyler Allen – Hayes Freedom
  • Line Racer, 1st: Ian Pinch, Roberto Palma, Nathaniel Maszak – Liberty
  • Line Racer, 2nd: Michael Boyle, Nathan Chilian (builders), Lacy Dunlop (driver)  - CHS
  • SumoBot, 1st: Kris Cocks, Ryan Wessel – CHS

The high school with the best overall team score was CHS, and was awarded a plaque as well!  Hayes Freedom placed 5th overall and Liberty placed 6th overall.

In addition to the students above, other students helping generate the high team scores and standings at the tournament included:

  • Camas HS Team – Justin Flint, Jeffery Liao, Brandon Cady, Justin Ang, Bryant Wilson, Lucas Wickizer, Sabastian Shideler
  • Hayes Freedom HS Team – Hunter Rukstad, Kyl Krecklow, Cassie Russell, Jeremy McCall
  • Liberty MS Team – Joseph Marugg, Alex Breuer

The teams wish to thank coaches Ron Wright, Kelly Williams, and Skyler Gillespie for their incredible leadership and continual encouragement!  Helping the team members to “embrace the confusion” as they learned how the tournament worked were seniors Robbie Bruce and Jon Ausherman.  Finally, especially, the teams would like to thanks the many CSD students who helped push these students to excel, but who couldn’t attend – 82 students in 4 classrooms at Liberty MS, Hayes Freedom HS, and Camas HS.

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Parent Perception Survey

Doreen McKercher : May 30, 2014 10:52 AM : News

Survey open until June 11, 2014

Each year our school board and administration members set goals to improve instruction in the Camas School District. One very important piece of the process is parent/guardian input. Below is a link to a survey for parents and guardians to take and share perspectives. This information is extremely valuable and helps us set deliberate, strategic goals in our schools and district.

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Of course this is just one opportunity to communicate with us. Our hope is that you always feel there is an open invitation to speak with us about your questions or concerns or simply to connect and get to know one another.

Thank you in advance for your time in taking this survey and sharing with us how we can make our great school even better.

Click the this link to begin.

Survey Tips

  • The survey usually takes about 8-10 minutes to complete.
  • This survey will be open through June 11, 2014.
  • Please complete the survey for the building where your child currently attends. If you wish, you make take the survey multiple times to give feedback for separate schools.
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District to accept credit and debit card payments

Doreen McKercher : May 27, 2014 4:59 PM : News

creditcard-smInitial rollout will take place at Community Education; secondary schools will follow this fall.

Registering for a class and making payments to Camas Community Education just got a little simpler because the Camas School District is now accepting credit card payments online.

Parents and staff members will be able to use their Skyward Family Access credentials to log into the system, while patrons will be able to create accounts online for Community Ed classes. Transactions are secure, and no data is stored on district servers.

“This is a service we have wanted to provide for quite some time,” said Donna Gregg, business services director. “We are proud to have found a way to offer the convenience of credit/debit card transactions in a system that protects the security of those paying online.”

Parents will still be able to make online deposits in meal accounts through MealtimeOnline.

A link to the secure payment site is available under Parent Corner on the district website at www.camas.wednet.edu. Online payment options are expected to grow in the following months and years, as the system becomes more familiar to staff and families.

Coming Soon
Credit and debit card payments will be accepted online for families with students at Camas High School and both middle schools this fall. Parents will be able to utilize this service for student fees, yearbook purchases, athletic fees, and more.

“We are working to make sure that we are ready to accept payments at both middle schools and Camas High School next school year,” Gregg said. “This initial rollout through Community Education will help ensure a smooth launch at the school level this fall.”

Online payments will be charged a 3.5% convenience fee, which will be added to each transaction at the time of checkout. This fee was approved in May by the Camas School Board to help cover the transaction fees that the district is charged by the credit card service provider. No fee is added to payments made by cash, check, or money order.

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Spring Signing Day, seniors accept scholarships

Doreen McKercher : May 22, 2014 9:26 AM : News
Six CHS seniors signed letters of intent to play sports for colleges across the nation.

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Cassidy Bailie, Braeden Campbell, Austin Cassity, Porsche Chartrand, Brandon Kang, and Nicholas MacAfee

CASSIDY BAILIE has already signed with Faulkner University to play on their Women’s Volleyball Team.  Cassie plans on pursuing Education and has earned 100% tuition.  This 2013 season, Cassie led the volleyball team to a GSHL 4A League Championship, District IV 4A Championship and a 6th place finish in the WIAA 4A State Volleyball Tournament.  She is a 1st Team GSHL All League winner and 2nd team All Region Volleyball Player.  Cassie was honored by her teammates and coaches with the 2013 Leadership Award along with being named Team Captain. Cassie has earned the Greater St. Helens All-League Academic Award and carries a 3.0 GPA.

BRAEDEN CAMPBELL will be heading to Bellevue, WA as he will compete on the Men’s’ Golf Team at Bellevue College.  Brady is a four-year letterman as a varsity golfer.  Brady is a four-time state qualifier and helped lead his teammates to a 4th Place finish in the 2013 WIAA 4A State Golf Tournament.  Brady was named as the Team Captain in 2011, 2012 as well as this year.  He has two hole-in-ones and shares the school record with his teammate with a 31 at Camas Meadows.  Brady will compete in the State Golf Tournament next week.  He carries a cumulative GPA of 3.2.

AUSTIN CASSITY will be moving to the east side as he has committed to play soccer at Whitworth University.  Austin has lettered three years as a varsity soccer player.  As a senior, Austin earned First Team All-League honors and was nominated as a team captain.  Since his sophomore year, Austin has been named a GSHL Academic All-League award winner every year.  He carries a 3.91 GPA and plans to study medicine.  Austin has helped his team reach the quarterfinals of the WIAA State Soccer Tournament every year since his sophomore year and has done it again this year.

PORSCHE CHARTRAND has committed to the Women’s’ Bowling Team at the Calumet College of St. Joseph.  Porsche was instrumental in the startup of the girls’ bowling program at Camas High School her sophomore year.  She has earned three varsity bowling letters.  Porsche has earned GSHL All-League honors all three years.  As a junior, Porsche won the WIAA District IV 4A championship and later placed 8th at the WIAA State 4A Bowling Tournament as an individual.  Porsche will pursue a degree in Education and wants to work at the elementary level.

BRANDON KANG will be returning to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii Hilo.  Brandon has earned a partial scholarship to play tennis for the Vulcans and pursue his major in marine biology.  Brandon is a one year letterman in tennis for Camas High School as a 9th grader.  Brandon has competed in Junior Nationals twice.  He has earned his highest ranking of #4 for the state of Washington and a high of #11 for the Pacific Northwest through the United States Tennis Association.  Brandon completed his last semester and earned a 3.06 GPA.

NICHOLAS MCAFEE has signed with the United States Military Academy at West Point to compete on their Men’s’ Gymnastics team on a full scholarship. In 2013, Nick was the Blackjack National All-Around Champion, Parallel Bar and High Bar NW Regional Champion and a member of the team that placed 2nd at the Washington State Men’s’ Gymnastics Championships.  He is also a 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympic National qualifier.  As a student, Nick was a 2010 recipient of the CHS Pride Inside Award and was awarded a Certificate of Academic Achievement.  Nick is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 3.88 GPA.

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HFHS application window open

Doreen McKercher : May 19, 2014 4:20 PM : News

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Did you know that Hayes Freedom High School is an innovative school of choice for ninth-twelfth grade students? Indeed it is!

Hayes Freedom High School was founded on the principle that not all students thrive in a large, comprehensive high school environment. If your student may benefit from any of the following hallmarks of HFHS, she or he might want to get to know us!

Hayes Freedom High School offers:

  • Small class sizes; usually about 20 students per class.
  • Longer, intensely focused classes; students take three 1:40 core classes with a 30 minute advisory each day. This allows students more time with teachers, time to work on projects in class, and a deeper understanding of material.
  • Intentional, project-based learning; Hayes students are encouraged by teachers to approach assignments and projects in creative ways focusing on the learning styles of individual students.
  • Strong relationships; with only 150 students and eight teachers, students will have the same teachers for several subjects over time. This cultivates a tight-knit community where students know teachers and teachers know students. Attending Hayes is like joining a family “where everybody knows your name.”

You are invited to come find out what Hayes Freedom High School, a school of choice, has to offer.   Parents and potential incoming students seeking admission for fall 2014 are encouraged to apply by completing this application. Do you have questions? Would you like a tour? Contact Kristi Thomas at 360-833-5602.

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Teacher of the Year Mike Brasch

Doreen McKercher : May 19, 2014 4:09 PM : News

Hayes Freedom High School teacher Mike Brasch has been named Teacher of the Year by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce.  An eight-year veteran of the Camas School District, Brasch is recognized as a consummate professional whose warm, caring personality strengthens his teaching practice and his relationships with students. According to Principal Amy Holmes, “Mike is everything teaching should be about: keeping the focus on doing what is right and best for kids so they can learn and grow in all kinds of ways. He teaches them skills for successful lives.”

As an educator, Brasch underscores his lessons with authenticity, beginning with the Hayes Freedom motto: Be Kind, Be Proud, Be Fearless. To that motto, Brasch adds: “Be genuine—kids can spot a phony. Be prepared and ready for the day—kids can tell when you don’t know what you are doing or talking about.”

Brasch-MikeBrasch spent much of his career teaching in the Clark County area. In 2008, he joined the Camas staff at Dorothy Fox Elementary. Brasch moved to Hayes Freedom High School 2009. He quickly found this micro-learning community to be a fantastic place to work and teach. “I am a lucky man to have been allowed to finish my teaching career in Camas at Hayes Freedom High School. We have a terrific leader, Amy Holmes, and a great group of teachers, support staff, and kids. We are a team. When we all do a little, a lot gets done,” he said.

“In teaching, I realized that if I paid attention, I could learn how best to teach the kids I was working with. They may not have been able to tell me, but if I observed them and watched carefully I would be able to craft lessons to match the ways they learned best,” said Brash.

The early years

Mike Brasch was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and is the oldest of seven children. His mother was a registered nurse and his father was a masonry contractor.  Mike attended Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley High before moving to Ellensburg to attend Central Washington State College (now Central Washington University). His extra-curricular activities included baseball, football, tennis, and a stint as the basketball team manager/statistician. He was also president of the Letterman’s Club and student body vice-president.

Brasch’s first jobs were labor intensive as he assisted his father with masonry jobs. He also worked in the irrigation and tile industries. After college, his first teaching job was in the Hockinson School District as a second grade teacher.

Growing up, Brasch never had a clear picture of what he planned to be as an adult and considered following in his father’s footsteps. The decision to become a teacher was made in college when a friend suggested he consider the teaching program. A professor in the program made an instant connection with Brasch, and he found a real fellowship with students studying to become educators. These factors combined, minting the desire to become a teacher himself.  Generations later, he still loves the vocation.

“After 41 years, I still like getting up and going to work. I feel connected to the kids and staff I work with,” commented Brasch. He finds that education is a life-long journey. “When you are green you grow, when you are ripe you rot. I am still green,” he added.

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CHS teacher receives call from US Secretary of Education

Doreen McKercher : May 14, 2014 4:02 PM : News

Camas High School teacher Mark Gardner is currently in a hybrid role teaching in the classroom half time and working half time as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the Camas School District. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan surprised Mark, and his fourth period algebra students, with a phone call to commend him on his teacher/leader role.

Duncan later tweeted about the event:

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Mark has a particular passion for Professional Learning Communities as they relate to the new teacher and principal evaluation system. At Camas High School, Mark is an English teacher and leader of the school’s Freshman Success Academy. He is a Nationally Board Certified teacher who writes regularly on a blog for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (http://www.storiesfromschool.org/mark.html).

Mark has served as a “Framework Feedback Specialist” for the state of Washington where he has taught principals how to evaluate teachers using the state-adopted Marzano Instructional Framework and helped pilot video observation protocols for teachers to use in conversations about aligning their classroom instruction with instructional best practices known from the field. He is currently developing a teacher leadership academy in Camas School District to help build the leadership capacity of teachers across the district.

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Willy Wonka, Jr., premiers May 15

Doreen McKercher : May 14, 2014 12:21 PM : News

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The curtain is rising on Liberty Middle School’s musical theater presentation of “Willy Wonka, Jr.”  this Thursday. You’ll want to be there as the drama unfolds on Charlie and his adventures in Mr. Wonka’s splender-if-ous chocolate factory!  Never met a singing and dancing Oompa-Loompa?!  Well, this is your chance!  

  • Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.
  • Camas High School Theatre
  • Tickets available at the door ($7 adult, $5 student/senior, no charge 5 and under)

Invite your friends and family – live musical theater is a great experience!

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Students receive honorable mention in national competition

Doreen McKercher : May 9, 2014 4:18 PM : News

Two Liberty Middle School students won honorable mention in the 5th Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest this week. Ariel Russell and Raj Shergill, students of teacher Keri Tomasetti, placed in the single-pane and triple-pane categories respectively. This national competition recognizes one winner and five honorable mentions for each of the two categories. Great work Lions!

Ariel R Raj Shergill

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Camas students surpass goals

Doreen McKercher : May 7, 2014 8:27 AM : News

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District wide students raised $25K for Jump Rope for Heart

The annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser was held last week at four Camas schools to raise money to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to create healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Leading up to the event, students learned the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, increased their knowledge of how the heart works and learned that being physically active can be fun.

School and top fundraiser totals were, respectively, Lacamas Heights Elementary, $12,954; Grass Valley Elementary, $9,792; Prune Hill Elementary, $1,430; and Liberty Middle School, $1,260.

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