Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Science Olympiad Team Set for Nationals

Our Science Olympiad team won state and will now move on to the National tournament in Wisconsin on May 18-22. The team hopes to raise funds to contribute to the cost of the trip. The CHS Cheer Team is holding a fundraiser at Big Al’s on Sunday, May 15, to build an endowment fund for Camas students to attend extra-curricular activities like Science Olympiad Nationals. CEF has provided an online donation page at their website.

Please help our Magnet students by taking a quick survey on energy!

Students from the CHS Magnet Program are working on a project for an upcoming symposium, and they need input from the community. They have created a survey to assess general public opinion on transparent solar panels and organic LEDs. If you are 18 or older, please take the survey. Thank you for supporting the Camas Magnet Program!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

District Seeks Health Committee Members

The Camas School District is seeking individuals to serve on the district’s “Student Health Advisory Council” (SHAC) beginning 2011-12 school year. Ideally the volunteers would have a background in one of the following areas:  comprehensive school health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological or social work, or health promotion for staff and/or family/community experience. Committee members will also act as a representative/liaison for a specific school building. Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to apply.

SHAC consists of about 20 school district stakeholders who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of health and fitness issues. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month during the school year. SHAC members serve a three year term.

Interested citizens are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to Kathy Tomei at 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, WA 98607 or kathy.tomei@camas.wednet.edu by June 1, 2011. 

Interest Form Now Available for Advanced Middle School Classes

The Camas School District offers a Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) program for Language Arts and Social Studies (LA/SS) and Advanced Math at the middle-school level. Both programs reflect high academic expectations and are available for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Click the link below to read more and complete the interest form.

Pre-AP and Advanced Math Interest Form

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Parent Education Night

What will be covered? Our parent education night will focus on:
  1. Current drug and alcohol trends and issues affecting Camas kids 
  2. Results from the Fall 2010 Healthy Youth Survey 
  3. District drug & alcohol curriculum and tobacco prevention program 
  4. Resources available to Camas parents 
… and featuring the following presenters:

  • Glenn Hartman and Linda Hutchins, CSD Drug and Alcohol Intervention Specialists 
  • Sherrie Geiger, Skyridge MS Health Teacher 
  • Rachel Williams, CHS Health Teacher 
  • Detective from the Clark County Drug Task Force 
  • Students involved in the CHS Prevention Club 
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Professionals 

Who should attend? Any CSD Parent or member of community member who is interested in protecting the health of Camas youth should attend.

When is it? Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Where will it take place? CHS Library

We hope you are able to attend this year’s Parent Education Night. This will be an informative evening that both students and parents will find relevant and useful. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Senior Project: Style-Your-Sole

Help out a Camas High School senior project and give a pair of shoes to someone in need! CHS student Amanda Rutter’s senior project is to learn and help companies that give back to their communities. Her focus is TOMS shoes. If you aren’t familiar with TOMS, their company purpose is to provide shoes to men, women, and children who have to go without. For every pair of shoes that is purchased a pair is given to people around the world.

Amanda is hosting an event called Style-Your-Sole on May 7 at Crown Park from 1-4 p.m. People from around the community (like you!) can pre-order TOMS from Amanda by contacting her by April 20. At the event, the shoe orders will be available for pick up and there will be fabric paint, stencils, markers, etc. for everyone who would like to decorate their new TOMS!

There will also be a viewing of the award-winning documentary, For Tomorrow: The TOMS Shoes Story, so their story is shared and that everyone gets to learn about their great cause! Order any kind you like but in order to decorate your TOMS it is suggested that you buy their basic canvas shoe but the color is up to you!

If you would like to place your order for TOMS, the deadline to do so is fast approaching! All orders must be in by Wednesday, April 20. In order to place an order, Amanda will need the quantity of shoes you’re going to purchase, shoe size(s), shoe style name(s), and a cash or check for the amount of the shoe(s) order plus $5 for each pair for shipping (ALL PRICES AND STYLES ARE ON THE TOMS’ WEBSITE!). If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Amanda at anytime at amandamekenzi@gmail.com!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Penguins for Puppies

Prune Hill students recently donated supplies to help out the local animal shelters in conjunction with the completion of the book study “Because of Winn Dixie.” They collected 7 boxes of supplies and $119 in cash. Great job, Penguins!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Key Club Students Earn Honors

Over the weekend 26 CHS Key Clubbers attended their District Convention in Seattle along with about 1,500 other Key Clubbers. The Pacific Northwest Key Club district runs from Alaska to northern California, including northern Idaho. There are about 350 Key Clubs in the district. The CHS Key Club, led by president Nick Jaech, came home with six awards and honors--more than any other club!
  1. Best Key Club Video--created by Kelly Wourms; 
  2. Best Club Scrapbook--created by Mikayla  Lindstrom; 
  3. Most Service Hours by the Top 6 Club Volunteers--CHS's top six volunteers had a total over 1,000 hours of volunteer; 
  4. Outstanding Club Advisor - Mrs. Rosemary Knapp; 
  5. Convention Spirit Award for enthusiasm and leadership; and
  6. Sophomore Ariel Orasud was elected District Treasurer. 
It was a great weekend to be a CHS Key Clubber!

CEF Phone-a-thon success!

The Camas Educational Foundation hosted the 10th annual Phone-a-thon the first week of March. With the help of students from Liberty, Skyridge and the CHS Key Club, CEF raised well over $14,000. Due to the snow days during the event, students may have been unable to reach you. If you would like to support CEF with a donation, you may do so securely on the CEF website

CEF is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that raises money to support curriculum in all Camas schools through teacher grants. Over $25,000 was awarded throughout the schools this February in mini-grants and another $25,000 will be awarded this May in major grants. All thanks to the generosity of people like you.

Chldfind Screening

The next Childfind screening will occur on April 20 from 1:30-4:30 PM at Grass Valley Elementary.

The district conducts Childfind activities for the purpose of locating, evaluating, and identifying students with a suspected disability who are residing within district boundaries. Childfind activities apply to children who are not currently receiving special education and related services. Parents having concerns about their child’s health, hearing, intellectual functioning, language, learning, movement, serious behavioral needs, speech, or vision can call the district’s special services department at 833-5570 for an appointment.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Last Day of School

Now that our rocky winter is behind us, the official last day of school will be Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

In case you are wondering, the 2011-12 District Calendar school year includes two possible inclement weather makeup dates: February 17 and May 25, 2012.

Camas Iron Chef

It is the Battle of the Middle School Principals!

Come see Aaron Smith, Skyridge Principal, take on Marilyn Boerke, Liberty Principal, in the second annual 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 at Camas Meadows on April 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and seating is limited. Register online at the CEF web site.

Save the Date for The Big Deal

Mark your calendars for The Big Deal: a fundraiser set for Saturday, May 21.

Camas Athletics Booster Club is proud to announce The Big Deal: a social evening with casino-type games and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the student athletes in the Camas School District. More information will be posted soon at the Camas Athletics Booster web site!