Mike Nerland 2 x 3Dear Camas Families and Community Members,

The 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start! Our 6,200+ students in grades K-12 are already deeply engaged in learning. This Report to Our Community provides information from the past year about our student population, test scores, financial information, and highlights from some of our programs. Thank you for taking time to review how your Camas Schools are performing!

The demands of the 21st century require a different approach to education to fully prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. Our goal, every single day, is to ensure every student in every classroom is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That’s a tall order and one we can only fulfill in shared collaboration with students, families and community. By working together, we have built a whole-child approach to education that includes not
only a solid foundation in core subjects such as language arts, math and science, but also opportunities to explore the arts, technology, leadership and career pathways.

We are focused on increasing the depth of our student’s academic learning through the Common Core standards which require practical, real-life application of knowledge. I continue to receive positive feedback from our community leaders in support of our mission and praise for the level at which our graduates are prepared for the next step, whether that is continuing their education or entering the world of work. We partner with local businesses to give students real-world opportunities and experiences prior to graduation. I believe our schools are a source of pride in our community and that is a tradition that will carry on for generations to come.

Speaking of community pride and partnership, I am pleased to report that Woodburn Elementary has just received the Community Pride Design Award from Clark County Community Development. The award recognizes outstanding projects that enhance the livability of the neighborhood and demonstrate quality development throughout Clark County. Good design is a collaborative effort involving many diverse perspectives including developers, architects, builders and community members.

Finally, I want to acknowledge our incredible staff who go above and beyond every day for students and their families. Our teachers and support staff ensure that each student receives the highest quality education, and that they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Thanks to programs that support and encourage responsibility and positive behavior our students arrive focused and ready to learn. And after all, that’s why we’re here in the first place.

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

Mike Nerland, Superintendent

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