Local Schools

MacIntyre wins building level geography bee

Skyridge Middle School recently hosted its building level National Geographic Bee competition. The winner is Korrie MacIntyre, who claimed her second consecutive title and the chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The eighth-grader will now advance to a written examination, which determines state competitors. The state-level competition will be held on April 4, followed by the national-level in Washington D.C., May 19 to 21.

They’re promoting playground peace

Taylor Vincent walks carefully between the lines of excited, energetic kindergartners coming in from recess.From time to time, she’ll gently remind the young students to stay in line and keep their voices down. Vincent, a Hathaway Elementary fifth-grader, is a member of the Peacemakers program, designed to help decrease playground conflicts among younger students and promote positive behavior. “It’s also an opportunity for our older students to pay it forward,” commented Molly Hayes, school social worker. “They’re learning to problem solve and in turn, help the younger kids resolve their own conflicts.”

Piano with a master

Camas resident Natalie Burton was one of four students who participated in Portland Piano International’s “Up Close with the Masters,” last month. The master was Vladimir Feltsman, one of the best known concert pianists in the world. Feltsman was in the area to play sold-out recitals for Portland Piano International. His style of music encompasses everything from Baroque to 21st-century composers. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras and at musical stages and festivals worldwide. “Up Close with the Masters” are work sessions to promote music education. They are offered to the public free by Portland Piano International and provide an opportunity to see and hear a “master” teach and the student learn.”

School notes for Feb. 4, 2014

Camas School District sets Childfind screening There will be free screenings for all children ages 3 to 5 living in the boundaries of the Camas School District on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The screenings test children in hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development, and last approximately one hour. Results are confidential and shared with parents only. Call the Special Services Department at 833-5570 for an appointment.

Entertaining and inspiring students

When some of your book subjects include ghosts, Big Foot and aliens, fact checking and reliable sources are very important aspect of the research process. Author Kelly Milner Halls writes non-fiction, science based children’s books, several of which deal with these topics. Recently, she spent a day at Dorothy Fox Elementary School in Camas. A highlight was the author’s lunch, which included fourth- and fifth-grade students. Her book, “The Tales of the Cryptids,” is currently one of the most popular choices in the school library. “I don’t tell you for sure Big Foot is real, I don’t tell you for sure aliens are real. I don’t tell you for sure ghosts are real. I give you the evidence that I found through years of research, and I leave it for you guys to decide,” she said. “You have to control the rest of your lives what you believe. You’re smart. People forget how smarts kids are. You can take that information and you can make a decision for yourself, or you and your parents can sit down and you can say ‘Hey, Mom and Dad, look at this book, what do you think’?”

School notes for Jan. 21, 2014

College planning events helps with financial aid, includes workshops Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver will again team up to host College Goal Washington.

Locals qualify for honor roll

Several local students have been named to the Warner Pacific College dean’s list for the Fall 2013 academic term. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and achieve a 3.5 or greater grade point average.

Local student fundraising for Habitat for Humanity project

Gabrielle Roscher, a pre-med student, is raising funds for a March 2014 trip to Malawi, Africa, through Habitat for Humanity. The 21-year-old Washougal resident attends Clark College and is the vice president of student government. Her career goal is to specialize as an OB/GYN and work in Third World countries. “Participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program has been a dream of mine for years, and I finally built up the courage to apply,“ she said. “This trip is a perfect fit for me because it’s during my spring break and we will be working with their Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project.”

A legacy of inspiration

William Leamer loved coaching basketball.And for many of the athletes he mentored at Canyon Creek Middle School, it was their first real introduction to the sport. “Coach Leamer did more than coach our athletes in basketball, he also coached them in life,” said Sandi Christensen, principal. “He always modeled polite and respectful behavior, and he expected his athletes to act the same on and off the court. He was very supportive of academics and helped school staff send the message about the importance of learning and school.” Leamer, a Washougal resident, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Day, at the age of 46. “He was like Santa Claus,” recalled his wife, Suzanne. “He loved to give people gifts and just got the biggest kick out of it. I think he chose Christmas Day because he knows I’m terrible with dates and it would be the day I remember because of what it meant to him.” An account for the Leamer family has been set up at Riverview Community Bank under William Leamer. To donate, visit any branch.

School notes for Jan. 7, 2014

WSU Vancouver to host Scholarships 101 information night Washington State University Vancouver will hold a “Scholarships 101” information night for students interested in learning how scholarships can help them pay for college. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, and is free and open to the public.