Local Schools

Dedicated learners and educators

A special education teacher with a passion for his craft, along with a fifth-grade teacher who supports both students and colleagues, are being recognized for their efforts. Mike Brasch and Marie Klemmer are being recognized as Teachers of the Year by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. They will be honored at a banquet on June 4. Brash is a special education teacher at Hayes Freedom High School in Camas, while Klemmer teaches fifth-grade at Gause Elementary School in Washougal.

School notes for May 20, 2014

Student honored by Scholars Recognition Program Inga Opalinska, an 18-year-old exchange student from Poland, was recently honored by the Hudson’s Bay Branch of American Association of University Women for her achievements in technology. She attends Washougal High School.

Remembering Mrs. Champion

Hathaway Elementary School has lost a beloved teacher. Susan Champion, 59, passed away from cancer on Friday, May 9. Principal Laura Bolt describes the third-grade teacher as “vibrant and energetic,” even in her final months. She was in the classroom until winter break.

School notes for May 13, 2014

Local student studies abroad Maggie Loghry of Camas is among 48 Linfield College students participating this spring in a Linfield study abroad program. Loghry, a junior, is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Diane and Jerry Loghry of Camas.

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.