Local Schools

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.

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.”

Advocating for a cure

Paige Maas may only be 10 years old, but the petite fourth-grader is making a big impact in the fight against diabetes. Paige, a Washougal resident, has Type 1 diabetes, which requires that she check her blood sugar several times a day and carefully monitor her food and fluid intake. She was diagnosed three years ago.

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.