Monday, March 28, 2011

Mock Trial Success at State

Bumped up a bracket and still contenders.

CHS Mock Trial team who, despite being bumped up to a more challenging bracket where they were seeded with the nations’ fourth place winner from last year, proved their merit by placing 11th in state competition last week. Also, great job to our students nominated for Best Attorney: Hannah Tweed, Sam Svilar, and Deborah Lubanga. Nominated for Best Witness: Jacqueline Harms, Derek Hood, Jason Jay, Ben Gibson, and Garrett Wilgus. Great job!

FIRST Robotics Takes State (again)

It wasn't enough for Team Mean Machine to power through the state championship in Seattle last weekend--they had to take Oregon too.

FIRST Robotics once again showed their strength at the Portland Regional competition this past weekend. Competing against 59 teams, they became regional winners for the second time in two weekends. They will travel to St. Louis for World Championships on April 27. Wish them luck!

Update: The team was just informed of a mistake in the scoring from the Seattle Regional Competition. They actually won the cooperation award for best demonstrating the ability to help their opponents compete. This award is granted to the team that earns the most Cooperation Bonus points during the competition. So they actually won two awards and the first place trophy from Seattle as well as first place trophy from Portland. Great job, team!

K-Bowl Wins State Title

For the second year in a row, Camas High School has claimed the 3A state title in Knowledge Bowl for the state of Washington.
Left to Right: Jacob Freedman, Chris Grote,
Captain Ryan Gompertz, Nicholas Lim,
Alec Maier, and Chris Emmet

The team members truly represented themselves, our school, and our community very well. They won their preliminary bracket, then stormed through the semi and championship rounds to emerge with the trophy.
The team members include Jacob Freedman, Chris Grote, Captain Ryan Gompertz, Nicholas Lim, Alec Maier, and Chris Emmet.

"It was another great tournament. This group of seniors will certainly be missed by me (but probably not so much by Charles Wright Academy, whose teams lost to ours in the final rounds both this year and last," commented Knowledge Bowl coach Dale Croswell. "Thanks for the continued support," he added.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Camtown: Calling all student artists!

The 2011 Camtown Youth Festival is just around the corner, and you can have your best artwork displayed at the Camtown-Forgey Art Show! Simply bring your favorite, original artwork (limit five) to Scout Hall at Crown Park on June 10 between 4:30-6:00 PM with an official entry form. All art will be on display during Camtown the following day. Individual entries will be judged and winners will be announced. Good luck!
Click here for camtown_forgey_entry_form.pdf

“Bird of Paradise”
CamTown Art Festival 2007
Hsuan-Hsuan Dai, Grade 11,
Camas High School

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

FIRST Robotics Takes State

Team Mean Machine dominated the competition in Seattle over the weekend winning eight of nine matches.

The FIRST Robotics Team 2471 (a.k.a. Team Mean Machine) reigned over the competition  last weekend at the FIRST Robotics Regional in Seattle. They won eight of nine matches which ranked the team in first place throughout the event. This win will take them to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis at the end of April.

The Mean Machine team consists of students from four area high schools: Camas, Hayes Freedom, Washougal and Hockinson.

If you can't make it to St. Louis next month and want to witness the spectacle that is a robotics competition, you have the chance to watch the team, and their mean machine, strut their stuff at the Portland Regional Competition this weekend. They will be at the Memorial Coliseum on both Friday and Saturday (3/25 - 3/26) from about 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You won't be disappointed!

They also were awarded by the judges the industrial design for engineering award sponsored by General Motors which "celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively achieves the game challenge." If you seen any of our FIRST Robotics team members, be sure to congratulate them!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Seniors Place at Symposium

Camas MST Magnet students earn distinction in first-time entry in the WJSHS. 
Three Camas seniors represented Camas High School at the 49th annual Washington Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (WJSHS) last weekend:  Jacob Freedman, Carolyn Foster and Nicholas Lim.  These students presented their senior research projects in juried presentations settings. Nicholas earned a sixth place in oral presentations and an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego for the national event!  Carolyn earned a ribbon as a second-runner-up in the poster presentations competition.   Please congratulate all three on excellent presentations and representing Camas so well on our first-ever participation in this event. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Everything in Art

High school artists featured in downtown art event.
Three students from the Camas High School Everything in Art classes participated in the second annual “Arts and Letters” (student art and local authors) First Friday event in March in downtown Camas. It was such a successful event in 2010 that students were asked to participate again. Carrie Schulstad, owner of The Uncommon Gift and Board Member of the Downtown Camas Association said, “The event is such a great way to connect the schools with downtown as well as provide a venue for student expression and development of the love of the arts.” Gina Mariotti Shapard, the teacher of the Everything in Art classes was excited about the opportunity to showcase her students’ art saying, “Students stretched their creative thinking by using a synectic (a tool for generating creative ideas) to show their paper mache’ animals in a new light. I think students ‘get’ that art has meaning and it can go beyond decoration.” Students reported that synectics helped them experiment with ideas as well as the elements and principles of art.

Students who participated in the First Friday were: Noah Shannon “The Mighty Butterfrog,” a colorful hybrid of butterfly and frog; Gabrielle Curtis “Octosushi,” a parody of a purple octopus who made his own sushi; and Alexis Wallen “Johnny,” a snappy alligator morphing into a Converse shoe.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kindergarten Orientation Events Scheduled

It is time for Kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 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, and learn about the kindergarten curriculum. If you are not sure which school your child will attend, please call the transportation department at (360) 833-5585. The district registrar, Shanna Nielson, 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 Nielson 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 11
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Grass Valley Elementary
3000 NW Grass Valley Drive
(360) 833-5710
Date: May 5
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM

Helen Baller Elementary
1954 NE Garfield Street
(360) 833-5720
Date: May 11
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Lacamas Heights Elementary
4600 NE Garfield Street
(360) 833-5740
Date: May 18
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM

Prune Hill Elementary
1601 NW Tidland St.
(360) 833-5730
Date: May 11
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Papermaker Preschool Enrollment for 2011-12 Opens March 28

Papermaker Preschool 
Camas High School’s Papermaker Preschool is open to children who are four years of age by August 31, 2011. The morning session runs 8:45-11:15 a.m. and the afternoon session runs 12:45-3:15 p.m. The full-time preschool hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuition is $230 per month, pro-rated September through May, for part-time preschoolers and $690 per month for full-time (nine-hour maximum/day) preschoolers. Our integrated, developmental preschool follows the Camas School District Calendar.

If you have any questions regarding our program or would like to schedule a visit, please call the Career & Technical Education Office at 833-7258.

If you would like to register your child, please call Shanna Nielsen at 833-5410 to schedule a registration appointment. Registration materials are available online at the CSD website. Registration applications are also available for pick up at the District Office, located at 841 NE 22nd Ave.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Benefit Concert for Camas Schools Music Programs

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is opening its doors again and kicking things off as the host for a three-day movie and concert event to benefit the Camas Schools Music Program. The events are organized by the Camas Educational Foundation and the Downtown Camas Association.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the events begin on Thursday, March 17, with a 6:00 PM showing of the 1959 Walt Disney Classic “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.” Tickets for the movie are $2.

On Friday, March, 18, come join in the fun with the sing-a-long version of “Grease”! Showtimes are at 5:30 and 8:00 PM for this event and tickets are still only $2!

Starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, come see great talent from across the Camas School District as well as local musicians donating their time and musical talent. Performances showcased during this event will include the Liberty Middle School Choir, talent from Hayes Freedom High School, and two bands comprised of CHS students: Julia’s Misfortune and Storm Runner. Entertainment will also be provided by Jon Hecox, James Kerridge, The Go project, and Social Gravy. An All Day pass (4 – 10 PM) will cost $5 which includes specials at participating downtown business.

The following links will provide more information about the events, how to purchase tickets, or make a donation to give all kids an opportunity to learn music.

Camas Educational Foundation
Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 NE 4th Ave., Camas, and can be reached at 360-859-9555.

Friday, March 4, 2011

K-Bowl Teams Bowl the Competition

Did you hear? One of our Camas HS Knowledge Bowl teams qualified for state by taking first place at the SW WA (ESD 112) Regional tournament this past Monday. This dynamic Varsity team consists of these members: Chris Grote, Chris Emmet, Ryan Gompertz, Alec Maier, and Nick Lim. These five Papermakers are the returning state triple A champions in Washington, and will get the chance to defend that title on March 26  at the state tournament in Richland. This is also the group that traveled to DC last spring to compete in a national tournament. They will be joined at state this year by another teammate Jacob Freedman.

We had four varsity teams compete, and out of 12 triple A teams in our region, we finished in first, sixth, seventh, and ninth. Not a bad tourney!

We also had three teams compete at the Junior Varsity level where the top nine out of all 39 JV teams in our region competed. They finished second, fifth, and sixth, which is fantastic! The team members of the second place team  include these freshmen: Kyle Binder, Xinyang Chen, Rachel Fadlovich, Shicon Wen, Lindsay Weinberg, and Tim Liu.

If you see any of these champions of knowledge, tell them congratulations!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

State could cut levy equalization funds for property-poor school districts

Our state is facing a $4.6 billion shortfall for 2011-13, and public education is not immune to significant cuts that will impact students, staff and communities. While Washington’s “paramount duty” is to provide full funding for education, less than 70 percent of a school district’s budget is covered by the state. In the current budget crisis, state support for basic programs and services are at risk.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Inclement Weather: Open, Late, or Closed?

Today marks the fourth day of school we’ve missed this year due to inclement weather in the Camas School District. On a day like today, where there is well over a foot of snow in some areas in Camas and trace amounts in others, I thought it would be a good time to cover the process involved in determining a school closure day due to inclement weather.

On a morning when the threat of hazardous conditions exists, district staff members begin driving bus routes around 4:00 a.m. to examine road conditions. We consider weather-related situations that students and staff will face as well as the forecast for later in the day. We also monitor the road conditions through our county’s web site. Our school district covers a large region with remote areas and steep terrain in places. While roads may be passable in town, conditions may be very different just a few miles away—in fact, the elevation within the district boundaries varies from 50 to 2,500 feet. Before we close schools or delay start times, we seek answers to the questions below:
  • Can we ensure that buses are able to navigate streets safely?
  • Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving, or walking to school?
  • What are the predicted weather conditions later in the school day so we can also ensure students a safe return home?
  • If we start school late (e.g. two-hour late start), will conditions be substantially improved?