School notes for May 12, 2015

Library seeking summer reading volunteers

The Camas Public Library is seeking volunteers for its summer reading programs.

Applications must be turned into the library by Friday, May 29. Qualifications include having an active email address, being able to quickly learn the library computer program and attending a 90 minute training.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. The commitment is four hours per week from June 6 to Aug. 15.

For more information, contact Ellen Miles at 834-4692 or

Camas students named to Biola U dean’s list

Brianne Irons and Tatum Schroeder of Camas were named to Biola University’s fall 2014 dean’s list for academic excellence.

To make the list, students must earn at least a 3.6 GPA, take 12 or more credits and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.2. This past fall, 38 percent of Biola students achieved this academic goal.

Biola University is located in La Mirada, Calif.

Camas student completes police cadet program

Albert Osario-Jamies, a Camas student in the Clark County Skills Center Criminal Justice Program, has completed the Portland Police Cadet Academy.

He is a participant in the first year program and will be working with the Cadet Program as part of an internship next fall.

Six locals earn online degrees

Six Camas students have earned degrees from online university WGU Washington.

The commencement ceremony was held Saturday, May 2 at the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash.

They include John Greer, Master of Science in curriculum and instruction; Rachel Barber, Bachelor of Science in nursing; Matthew Fontaine, B.S. in nursing; Irina Kolychev, B.S. in nursing; Alex Thomas, B.S. in information technology.

The 2015 graduating class is roughly 70 percent larger than last year’s class of 1,055 graduates.

Washougal School District offers summer food program

The Washougal School District will be sponsoring a summer food service program July through August. Free hot lunches and sack lunches will be offered for all children ages 1 to 18.

This is a USDA program offered by communities across the country to ensure that children, who otherwise may go hungry, have access to a hot lunch during the summer. Meals must be consumed on site and there will be no supervision outside of the service hours.

The location of service will be Hathaway Elementary school, 630 24th St. from Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, Aug. 13. Breakfast will be served from 8:10 to 8:40 a.m. and lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Excelsior High names student of the month

Mahaylley Jones has been named as the student of the month for April at Excelsior High School.

“She has worked very hard this year to finish her courses and keep her grades up,” a press release stated. “Mahaylley has exhibited much determination and it has been evident to staff and her peers.”

Jones will not only reach her goal of graduation, but has readied herself to attain future goals.

Benson earns degree from WSU

Austin Benson, son of Randy and Laura Benson of Camas, has earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and military science from Washington State University.

He is a 2010 graduate of Camas High School, where he was active in football and wrestling.

Benson has also been commissioned as a second lieutenant aviation officer on active duty, the first active duty aviation officer to graduate from WSU in nine years.

Benson will attend flight school for two years in Alabama beginning in mid-May.

WSD preschool registration open

Registration for Washougal School District 2015-16 preschool, for students 3 to 5 years old, is now open. Preschools are located at each elementary school site. Bussing may be available to and from school.

Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with morning and afternoon sessions. Students can attend two or four days a week.

Curriculum addresses social, emotional and academic learning. Kindergarten and preschool teachers work closely together, according to a press release.

Fee and registration information is available at or by contacting Lisa Young at 954-3895 or

Locals land on dean’s list

Two Washougal students were named to the winter dean’s list at Spokane Falls Community College.

They are David Fiore and Jennifer Campen. Students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA to be named to the list.