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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students of the month named at Hathaway Hathaway Elementary School recently named its February students of the month.
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.”
When Tami Grant headed into the offices of Sorenson Communications on March 6, she was expecting a routine staff meeting. But that day was anything but routine. Grant, who works as an American Sign Language interpreter, found out she had been named Sorenson Communications 2013 Interpreter of the Year for the Western Region. Grant is also a full-time American Sign Language teacher at Washougal High School. “I walked into the room, and they announced that someone in our center had won, and that it was me,” she said. “There was a lot of emotion. I was totally in shock because I work with some really fantastic interpreters. Being nominated by my peers was awesome.”
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.