School notes for March 18, 2014

Preschool ‘Childfind’ screening set There will be free screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who reside within the Camas School District boundaries on Wednesday, March 26. The screening tests children in hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development, and lasts approximately one hour.

Redefining beauty

With scantily clad, perfectly toned models on magazine covers, pop music stars with skin that appears flawless and television shows dedicated to exploring which “hot” woman will snag the even-hotter bachelor, it’s tough to be a girl these days. However, students in Jennifer Bohn-Snapp’s classes at Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal aren’t letting these images define beauty for them. Instead, they are reshaping it, along with the help of their mothers and modern technology. Inspired by Dove’s Real Beauty campaign and its documentary “Selfie,” which features real mothers and daughters talking about how they feel about their appearance, Bohn-Snapp challenged her students to use their cell phones to take an “honest” self-portrait, known as a “selfie,” with no filters or editing. She asked their mothers, or other influential female figures, to set an example by doing the same.

School notes for March 11, 2014

Rice makes dean’s list Zachary M. Rice of Camas has been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the fall semester. Each school and college at Boston University has its own criterion for the dean’s list, but students generally must earn a 3.5 GPA or better, or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as take a full course load as a full-time student.

Young musicians fare well at state conference

Several Papermakers and Panthers put their musical talents to work at the Washington Music Educators Association conference recently. The event, held Feb. 14 to 16 in Yakima, included a 300-voice symphonic choir, 200-piece concert band, 250-piece symphony orchestra and 65-piece chamber orchestra. Students were selected to perform in the all-state groups based on auditions, which included thousands of entries.

Exploring their futures

Jemtegaard Middle School students were given the opportunity to explore a variety of possible careers at a recent career fair. “The 29 presenters included many Washougal residents and businesses,” said David Cooke, principal. “Each student took part in three, half-hour presentations. The students picked two of their choices and we picked the other to expand their horizons.” Some of the jobs included Secret Service agent, chiropractor, cosmetologist, pilot, detective, nurse, firefighter, movie director, videographer and surgical technician.

School notes for March 4, 2014

Applications sought for scholarships The Corrine Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to qualified candidates either currently enrolled in a Christian college or those planning to attend one next fall. It is offered through local churches and spearheaded by Gateway Community Church in Washougal. The fund offers $10,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 and $3,000 per person.

WHS student to intern with Boeing

As a senior at Washougal High School, Bobby Jacobs is ahead of the curve in knowing what type of career and education he’ll pursue after graduation. He is one of 12 students in Clark County to be selected for Boeing’s TechPrep program, a paid summer internship with hands-on experience in machining and manufacturing, as well as job application skills and work experience. This summer, he will work as part of a team to produce a rocket boat.

CHS to offer new arts program

Camas High School is hosting an informational session at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the north commons for a new program beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Integrated arts and academics is a new program starting with ninth-grade students in the fall. The purpose is to meet the academic needs of students whose learning style is best served by an arts-integrated curriculum centered on standards and arts based projects, and to provide students with varied experiences. For more information, visit

WHS and CHS receive 10k in cash for schools program

When Camas High School won $10,000 in a Cash for Schools contest, the students could have easily held onto the money.Instead, they decided to share some of it with Rosa Parks Elementary in Portland. The school is starting up an orchestra program, and was in need of funds. It also has one of the highest free- and reduced-price lunch rates in the area. Cash for Schools is a contest sponsored by McLoughlin Jeep in partnership with KATU News. The contest asked schools to bring the most Facebook “Likes” to McLoughlin Jeep in a given week. CHS was the first school to win, and the students were given the check by anchors Carl Click and Natali Marmion.

School notes for Feb. 25, 2014

Grass Valley Vocal Jazz to perform Grass Valley Vocal Jazz will perform Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the Grass Valley Elementary School stage, 3000 N.W. Grass Valley Drive.