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Dear Camas Patrons:

Spring is approaching (at last!) and baseball season is in full swing. No doubt, that the all-American pastime has a rich history, rife with terminology that can also be used to describe the work we’re doing throughout the Camas School District.

Most important is our mission to stay ahead of the curve ball when it comes to implementing mandatory state and federal education initiatives. Our team of administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents are stepping up to the plate in a big way to ensure we are ahead of the game in meeting these demands.

Let’s take the Common Core State Standards as an example. While full implementation is not required in this state until the 2014-15 school year, Camas has already made tremendous progress.

Our students won’t be standing out in left field when all students are expected to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in the spring of 2015. Our educators have faced the challenge of teaching and nurturing our students while they themselves are learning the new educational frameworks, a new evaluation system, and the implementation of new assessments and educational standards. We’ve amply engaged our teachers in “spring training” of sorts, where intense professional development is providing them the tools and knowledge they need to ensure students are well-prepared for the “big leagues,” the 21st century workplace. We’ve spent months out in the schools and community talking to parent groups about the impacts of the standards and how they can help and support their children through the transitions.

We are also way ahead of the game implementing the requirements of the new Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) to assure education’s best teaching and leadership practices are part of the district’s daily regimen. Camas participated in a Regional Implementation Grant (RIG) that gave us a head start and a voice in implementing this new evaluation system.

It may seem like we are asking our teachers to do a lot, but they won’t have to go it alone. They have great supporters on their side. We know that strong partnerships provide greater opportunities for student growth and achievement. We feel fortunate to live in a community that values education and makes it a priority for our children. With such a supportive community on our team – we’re certain to have all the bases covered!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 360-833-5412.

Mike Nerland, Superintendent

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