School notes for April 15, 2014

WSD sets town hall facilities review meeting Local residents are invited to help shape the future of the Washougal School District. There will be a town-hall style meeting to discuss the district’s long range facilities plans. The meeting is set for Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Washougal High School Commons, 1201 39th St.

School notes for April 8, 2014

Book cover design contest open Think you have what it takes to design an award-winning book of Oregon historical fiction? Enter the Oregon Historical Society, The Oregon Encyclopedia and Ooligan Press Book cover design contest.

Library sets its second ‘Screen Reads’ session

The Camas Public Library has set its second “Screen Reads” session. The program was created in order to encourage more adults in their 20s and 30s to use the library, although all 18 and older are welcome to participate.

Granting a birthday wish

When Julie Bristol, Gause Elementary School social worker, told students that her only birthday wish was for enough food donations to last the Weekend Backpack Program for the rest of the school year, she got that and then some. “The goal was to bring in 2,400 food and personal items,” Bristol said. “The students and families exceeded that goal and brought in more than 4,200.”

WHS to celebrate 100th commencement

The Washougal School District, along with the Washougal Old Timers, are making plans to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Washougal High School’s first commencement in 1914. “It is a historic milestone and we want to take this opportunity to reconnect with alumni and share in our community’s pride of our high school,” said Dawn Tarzian, Washougal School District superintendent. To help commemorate the occasion, all former Washougal students and staff from the far and near past are being invited to share their favorite memories via a survey.

JMS eighth-grader wins Student Stride art contest

Taylor Grasseth, a spunky red-haired eighth-grader from Jemtegaard Middle School, was honored in front of her student peers and faculty during an assembly Friday morning. Grasseth’s artwork, a colorful cat holding a banner, was chosen as the winner of the Washougal Schools Foundation art contest and will be the face of the organization’s signature event, The Student Stride for Education. “It’s wonderful and I’m super psyched about it,” was Grasseth’s response when asked how she feels about her artwork being chosen as the logo for the event.

School notes for April 1, 2014

CHS students takes part in ‘Ten Grands’ concert Two Camas High School students will play piano at the “Ten Grands” Seattle Concert Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. JJ Guo and Johnathan Liao are among three dozen young musicians from 11 high schools who will perform at Benaroya Hall during the evening’s showcase of talent that benefits music education.

A nose for diabetes

Wherever Andrew Ziegler goes, Luna will be two steps behind while her nose stays two steps ahead. “When I’m out with her, I’m never alone,” Ziegler said. “It’s like a missing part of me has been filled. I couldn’t imagine life without her.” The 20-month-old trained diabetes alert service black labrador retriever from Pieces of the Universe follows the 16-year-old Camas High School sophomore to his classes and band practices. She also keeps a cautious eye on his blood sugar level while he sleeps. Ziegler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old and has been on an insulin pump since he was 5. Constantly living in fear for her son’s life, Sharon would wake him up in the middle of the night to check his blood sugar. Now she can rest comfortably knowing that Luna is always on guard.

School notes for March 25, 2014

Students of the month named at Hathaway Hathaway Elementary School recently named its February students of the month.

CHS student presents work at professional science conference

Meghal Sheth’s research about hearing loss has allowed her to do things most high school students only dream about. The Camas High School junior presented her findings with mentor Dr. Allison Coffin at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology conference in San Diego last month. The invite came about after Coffin asked Sheth to join her and co-present their research on BPA (Bisphenol-A). “She wanted me to experience going to a big conference and she also wanted me to be able to showcase my research project as first author,“ Sheth said. “We’ve spent a lot of time together working on the project and she said that since I did a lot of the work, I should be able to present it.”