Dear Camas Patrons,
As I write this letter, it’s a beautiful, sunny day and kids of all ages are outside enjoying the sports fields, parks, playgrounds, and wonderful amenities that make Camas a great place to live, learn, work, and play. I want you to know that inside our schools, our 6,500+ students have thrived this year and we can celebrate a very positive and productive 2014-2015 school year.
This month marks my 10th year as your Superintendent, and I believe I have one of the best jobs in the world. Although it’s not always been easy, together we tackle challenges, face obstacles, and garner successes. In 10 years on the job, I’ve talked a lot about community – and that’s what I love most about Camas. Our education community extends far beyond the classroom walls and into offices, churches, homes, and businesses. Everywhere I see daily visual reminders that it takes all of us to make a difference in the lives of our students. It takes parents, families, teachers, custodians, bus drivers and food service workers. It takes para-educators and office staff, school board members, leaders, citizens, and business representatives. It takes personal relationships, determination and sacrifices. And Camas gives its best to its students – every day.
As the Class of 2015 takes the next step in life’s journey, I hope these graduates will think fondly of their time in Camas Schools and never forget this incredible community that helped shape them. Our graduates will become doctors, researchers, journalists, artists, actors, educators, technicians, and musicians. They will be business owners and accountants. They will serve our country and raise our next generation. No matter what they do, they will have one thing in common – they were part of the Camas community.
How do we continue to assure Camas remains the best? This issue of the Camas Flyer focuses on “Our 2020 Vision,” a comprehensive strategic plan that took all of us to create. And it will take all of us to fulfill the aggressive goals and objectives it contains, to make our great schools even better in the future. Indeed, it takes a community to educate, nurture and serve our students. And I’m honored to be part of this wonderful Camas community.
Mike Nerland, Superintendent