Local Schools

CHS musician to perform at nationals

Isaac Hodapp is making quite a name for himself in the arts. The Camas High School sophomore was recently selected as a member of the 2013 All-National Symphonic Band by the National Association for Music Education. As a freshman, he made all-state symphony orchestra, and won the district solo and ensemble contest in the trumpet solo category. Hodapp, 15, will travel to Nashville, Tenn. and join more than 670 of the most musically talented high school students in the country Oct. 27 to 30.

School notes for Oct. 15, 2013

Great ShakeOut set Thursday at schools At 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, students at Camas and Washougal schools will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drills.

Community Foundation awards $415,000 in scholarships

With school back in session, The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently concluded its annual scholarship cycle for 2013.

School notes for Oct. 15, 2013

Childfind screening set There will be free screenings for all children ages 3 to 5 years old who live within the Camas School District boundary.

Local teens team up to stop diabetes

This time of year, most 14-year-olds are busy playing sports, participating in activities and getting back into the routine of school. Two Camas residents and friends Ka’iulani Warren and Luke Bruno, are doing all of that and raising money for diabetes research. Warren and Bruno, both 14, organized a team for the recent Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Vancouver Landing. Although the weather was stormy throughout the walk, it did little to dampen their spirits.

Sport-a-Thon raises more than $6,000

Cape Horn-Skye Elementary students were jumping, running, tossing and throwing to earn money for their school recently as a part of the Booster Club’s annual Sport-a-Thon fund raiser.

School notes for Oct. 1, 2013

Letters about Literature begins Now in its ninth year in Washington, the Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for children in fourth- through 12th grade.

Elevating the arts

Over the past 15 years, the Camas Educational Foundation has given more than $1 million to local schools.The organization is hoping to continue that tradition with its annual auction on Saturday, Oct. 19. “CEF on Broadway” is a celebration of the arts in any form, whether written, performed, drawn or otherwise experienced, said Mandy Huth, auction chair. “Our special appeal this year, in line with the theme, is to ‘Elevate the Arts,’ giving voice to our students’ stories,” she said. “The arts are a crucial aspect of children’s education that we want to support this year. We will have some very special performers from our very own Camas High School. It is a show you don’t want to miss.” Registration for the auction is available online at www.cefcamas.org or by calling 335-3000, Ext. 79915. Information and registration fees can also be mailed to CEF at 841 N.E. 22nd Ave, Camas, WA 98607.

Colleagues, friends and students remember Tom Hays

“What we do for ourselves, dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains, immortal.” This quote by Albert Pine sums up the man Tom Hays was during his time on earth, Washougal High School Principal Aaron Hansen said. Hays, 59, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Jemtegaard Middle School history teacher was a longtime coach and community volunteer, along with a “tireless” advocate for using technology in education. Hays also served as a building representative for the Washougal Association of Educators, and was a longtime member of the Washougal Lions Club. “You are here today because Tom was in your life in some way,” Hansen said during a memorial service at Washburn Performing Arts Center Thursday. “Maybe he taught you, maybe you grew up with him or played football in college with him. Whatever he was to you, thank you for being here.”

School notes for Sept. 24, 2013

Search underway for top youth volunteers of 2014