Monday, April 26, 2010

Two Opportunities for Budget Input

The School Board will be making a decision on possibly altering the kindergarten schedule for next school year at its regular meeting tonight, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the JDZ Administration Center. The decision to alter or retain the current kindergarten schedule will be made tonight in order to relay accurate information to parents at kindergarten registration events which begin next week.

Additionally, the Board will be taking input on other possible areas for budget reductions at a listening post at Grass Valley Elementary tomorrow, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. No board decision or action will take place at this event. Topics will include:

  • Reductions in athletics;
  • Implementation of half-mile or one mile walk zones;
  • Reductions in administration;
  • Reductions in teaching staff;
  • Reductions in support staff; and
  • Reductions in elementary music.

Please join us and share your thoughts about areas for budget reductions. If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail your ideas to the entire school board at

Friday, April 23, 2010

Calling All Youth Bands

The 2010 Camtown Youth Festival will be once again offer a performance site at the event to feature local youth “garage” bands. Twenty-minute performance slots are open to local youth band performers under the age of 18. All sound equipment plus a drum set will be available for your use – just bring your own instruments. Performance slots are available by reservation only and space is limited. Lyrics and attire need to be approved and deemed appropriate for both school and families. Call Krista Bashaw with Camas Parks and Recreation at 360-834-5307 to reserve your spot or for more information. Reservation deadline is June 4.

Friday, April 16, 2010

2010-11 Budget Listening Post

The state concluded its session this week solidifying reductions in the area of public education funding for the coming year. Now the work to firm our budget figures begins. The School Board would like to hear your thoughts on possible budget cuts for next year. If you would like to express your thoughts, join us on April 27 at Grass Valley Elementary from at 7:00 in the commons.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Knowledge Bowl Team Takes State

For the first time in ten years, Camas High School was not the host site of the Knowledge Bowl State Championship. So it is a bit ironic that they not only qualified two teams to state for the first time ever, but also that one of the teams earned the first CHS state championship in Knowledge Bowl.
“It was fun to travel with the team to Richland, and it was especially nice for me to not be trying to run the meet while my kids were competing,” commented Dale Croswell, Knowledge Bowl coach for the last 25 years.

Camas Varsity #1 -- consisting of senior Devynne Barret, juniors Jacob Freedman, Connor Sullivan, and Keira Alkema, and sophomores James Marsh and William Sarchet -- competed very well at state, finishing in 11th place out of 18 teams, but falling short of the top 9 which would have advanced them to the final rounds.

Camas Varsity #2 -- consisting of juniors Ryan Gompertz, Chris Emmet, Chris Grote, Nicholas Lim, and Alec Maier -- won their preliminary division and advanced to the Semi-Final and Championship rounds, a first ever for a Camas HS Knowledge Bowl team.

At the end of their Semi-Final Oral Round, the team was tied with North Thurston, forcing a tie-breaker session. They were still tied at the end of the first tie-breaker set, and the end of the next tie-breaker found the two teams tied even still. However, the Camas team decided to officially challenge one of the questions in which their answer had been ruled incorrect. Their challenge was accepted and their point was granted, which earned them the right to advance to the championship oral round.

In the Championship Oral Round, three very good teams -- Camas, Charles Wright Academy, and Port Angeles -- were engaged in a close match to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd final places. At question 40 out of 50, the teams were all tied up at 10 points apiece. By question 45, Port Angeles had forged ahead, but the Camas team was able to tie it up with one question remaining. As the last question was read aloud by the reader/judge, a moment came when the teams seemed to recognize the answer all at once, and they buzzed in. The Camas team got in first, discussed it, offered their correct answer, and won the state championship.

“I have been coaching Knowledge Bowl at Camas HS since 1986, and the state coordinator since 1999. This is the first time I can recall that both the 4A state championship (Skyview HS) and the 3A state championship (Camas HS) were earned by teams from Clark County in the same year,” remarked Croswell. “That is fantastic, and speaks to the strength of the schools and knowledge bowl teams in our area.”

Osprey Return to Their Doc Harris Home

They’re back! The pair of osprey who’ve made the stadium lights at Doc Harris their home for several years are back in town and have apparently embraced their new digs.

When planning for the new Doc Harris stadium, there was much concern for the wellbeing of this pair of birds who would arrive for the 2010 nesting season to find the old stadium lights missing. In fact, it became a condition of the building permits that a new nesting place be created for the birds.

The Doc Harris design team from DOWA, Inc., tapped the expertise at Clark Public Utilities to design the nests. TEAM Construction, the contractor for the project, then built the extensions on existing poles. In order be attractive to the birds, the nests were designed to be higher than the new stadium lights will be when Doc Harris is completed this summer. Twigs and nesting material from the ospreys’ previous nests were also placed in the nests.

“It was a thoughtful, concerted effort of those involved,” commented capital program manager Heidi Rosenberg. “We’re thrilled to see the birds return.”

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Skyridge Haiti Relief Efforts

The Skyridge Hawks have been busy and quite creative in seeking funds for Haiti relief. Recently, teacher Jeanette Manwell’s Service Learning class partnered with the Mercy Corps, creating a link on the Mercy Corps web site where the Camas community could electronically donate money. A container where students and staff could deposit cash donations was also implemented in the Skyridge library.

The Associated Student Body hosted a student social on March 19 to round out the Hawks fundraising efforts. Live music was performed by Spam Finger, a band of comprised of teachers from both Skyridge and Liberty Middle Schools. They played a hit list of songs for the students in the main gym. Afterwards, a DJ spun contemporary music while students in the next gym played basketball, ping pong, and participated in other games. In the cafeteria, students enjoyed concession stands with pizza, soda and juice, giant cookies, and snack bars.

These combined efforts totaled more than $1,300 in donations for Haiti relief. Thanks to the students, staff, and the community, Skyridge made a difference to a community in desperate need. Great job!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kindergarten Orientation Events Scheduled

It is time for Kindergarten registration for the 2010-11 school year! Listed below are the dates for registration and orientation events for each school. The purpose of orientation is to meet teachers and staff, learn about the kindergarten curriculum, and take a ride on a real school bus! If you are not sure which school your child will attend, please call the transportation department at (360) 833-5585. The district registrar, Shanna Anderson, will be on site at each event to register your child. You may access registration packets and requirements for entrance on the district web site. If you are unable to attend kindergarten orientation, please contact Shanna Anderson at 360-833-5410 to schedule a registration appointment.

Please be aware that in addition to the registration forms, you will need to submit the following paperwork:

State-issued birth certificate

Immunization information Students must be fully immunized (doctors refer to this as “5-year-old” or “kindergarten shots” or an exemption needs to be on file in order for your child to be registered.

Proof of residency, i.e., driver's license, utility bill, purchase agreement, renter's agreement

If you are aware of or know any future Camas kindergarten students in your neighborhood, preschool, etc., please let them know about kindergarten orientation and encourage them to attend!

Dorothy Fox Elementary
2623 NW Sierra St., (360) 833-5700
Date: May 19
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: Gymnasium

Grass Valley Elementary
3000 NW Grass Valley Drive
(360) 833-5710
Date: May 26
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Place: Library

Helen Baller Elementary
1954 NE Garfield Street
(360) 833-5720
Date: May 19
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Place: Cafeteria

Lacamas Heights Elementary
4600 NE Garfield Street
(360) 833-5740
Date: May 12
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Gymnasium

Prune Hill Elementary
1601 NW Tidland St.
(360) 833-5730
Date: May 5
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Location: Library

Camas Iron Chef

Come see Jerry Moss, retiring Helen Baller Principal, battle Steve Marshall, CHS Principal, in a first-time ever Camas Iron Chef event! Both teams will include a professional chef and our own variety of local celebrities. This Camas Educational Foundation fundraiser will take place in downtown Camas at Around the Table on April 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets directly from the CEF web site.