School notes for Nov. 10, 2015

Bailey Berten

‘Student on Fire’ named

Excelsior High School in Washougal has named its ‘Student on Fire’ for the month of October.

Bailey Berten has been attending the school for three years.

“She has shown great improvement in her academics and she inspires others with her motivation,” stated a press release. “As a senior, she demonstrates what hard work can accomplish.”

‘Business After School,’ registration open

Young adults interested in visiting local businesses and learning about careers surrounding technology have until Tuesday, Dec. 1, to register for Business After School technology week.

It will run Monday through Thursday, Dec. 7 to 11, and it is open to young adults, ages 16 to 24.

Sponsoring companies are PLEXSYS Interface Products of Camas and Rebound Orthopedic & Neurosurgery of Vancouver.

The companies are hosting two-hour events at their locations and will be providing tours, hands-on activities and discussions of the necessary education, training, skills and future job prospects.

Event times are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec., 8 at PLEXSYS Interface Products and Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Rebound.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and space is limited.

Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum 10 students to one chaperone. Participants must arrange their own transportation.

For additional information and to register to attend an event, go to

Highly Capable referrals open

The referral window for the Camas School District’s Highly Capable Program is open through Dec. 15.

The definition and characteristics of students who are highly capable include:

  • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations.
  • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers.
  • Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength.
  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
  • Students referred for selection may be screened prior to any formal assessment process.

    This screening process will include a review of recent student assessment data, grades and reports, and may include a short test.

    Based on current evidence and data, students who do not qualify for eligibility may be removed from the selection process.

    Parents who have nominated their children will be notified if this is the case.

    Students who are referred by Dec. 15 will be assessed in mid-February during the regular school day for potential placement in the program the following school year.

    Parents may refer students online via the HCP referral form.

    Paper forms are also available in the main office at each elementary and middle school.

    For more information, contact Maria Klein at 335-3000, Ext. 78371 or