Schools

CSD students shine at state science fair

Students from Dorothy Fox, Prune Hill, Skyridge, and Camas High School fared well at the recent Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. The 57th annual fair, held in Bremerton, features students in grades one through 12, competing for more than $1.8 million in trophies, prizes, scholarships, and an opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The state fair is sponsored by several colleges and industries including Boeing, NASA, Bonneville Power, Helix, Go Daddy, Johns Hopkins and the City of Bremerton.

School notes for May 6, 2014

Daniels earns master’s degree Katie Ann Daniels, a 2009 Washougal High School graduate, received her master’s degree in teaching from Concordia University April 26. She also earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in graduate studies.

Establishing balance in their classroom

Fourth-grade students in Alice Yang’s class at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary are learning balance, specifically, with stability balls. “I researched ways to help students who had difficulties sitting still and learned about the advantages of using stability balls in the classroom,” Yang said. “So a few months ago, I posted a project on DonorsChoose.org for a class set of stability balls to replace chairs.”

Sharing their love of music

Two Washougal High School seniors had the opportunity to perform with professional musicians in a benefit show for children recently. T. Walker Anderson and Mikayla Harris participated in the Ten Grands for Kids event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland on Friday, April 18. It is a free, 75 minute matinee created by Michael Allen Harrison, a well-known professional pianist who lives in Portland. The goal of the event is to have a show that inspires students to follow their dreams and exposes them to music “at a very high level of proficiency.”

School notes for April 29, 2014

Garden Club offering scholarships The Community Garden Club of Camas-Washougal is awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the local community. The club supports furthering education in earth sciences and envirnomental stewardship, according to a press release.

CHS students perform at state solo contest

On Saturday, April 25, five musicians from Camas High School competed in this year’s state instrumental and vocal music solo contest, held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Each student earned the right to compete by winning their category at the Lower Columbia River Music Educators regional competition at Union High School on Feb. 22.

WHS student files tort claim against district

A Washougal High School sophomore has filed a tort claim against the school district, seeking $50,000 in damages, for allegedly failing to protect her and other students from inappropriate touching by math teacher Jay Jenkins.

School notes for April 22, 2014

Be the Match potential donor event set On Thursday, potential bone marrow donors will have the opportunity to register at Camas Fire Department Station 42, 4321 N.W. Parker St. The event is being organized by Camas High School senior Zane Sharif as part of his senior project.

Community connections

Nearly every Thursday, volunteers from Columbia Ridge Senior Living board a van and make a quick trip to Woodburn Elementary School, a mile away. There, they spend the next hour or so reading with second-grade students. It’s a partnership that works well for all involved. “It’s a real benefit for both the students and the volunteers,” said Melissa Dolan, school counselor. “The kids love the one-on-one attention and the volunteers feel appreciated.”

CHS Science Olympiad wins state

Winning state once? Awesome. Twice? Fantastic. Three times? Almost never. But Camas High School’s Science Olympiad teams hit a new record April 12, taking first-place at the State Science Olympiad Tournament for the fourth year in a row. This comes on the heels of third- and fourth-place state-level wins earlier in March for Liberty Middle School and Skyridge Middle School, respectively.