School notes for Nov. 10, 2016

Elementary Science Olympiad camp set

There will be an Elementary Science Olympiad day camp Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Camas High School commons, 26900 S.E. 15th St. The cost is $69. It is designed to help participants succeed at the upcoming ESO district tournament.

The camp is led by members of the Camas High School Science Olympiad team and designed specifically for all elementary students interested in science.

In addition to developing teamwork and problem solving skills, students will be led through the same events being used at the district tournament, and receive design help, review, test practice, competition strategies, study materials, and more.

For more information, e-mail or Camas Community Education at 833-5544.

CHS drama department to perform

The Camas High School drama department will perform William Shakespeare’s, “Twelfth Night,” at the CHS auditorium, 26900 S.E. 15th St.

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

WSU hosts Preview Day

Prospective Washington State University Vancouver students are invited to Preview Day at 1 p.m. Nov. 19.

Guests will learn about WSU Vancouver’s academic programs, the application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life and more. There will also be campus tours beginning at noon for freshmen, and 12:15 p.m. for transfer students. Tours will meet at the Firstenburg Family Fountain.

An admissions seminar will provide a campus overview, as well as admissions requirements and how to apply. Representatives from student organizations will share information about recreational and co-curricular activities, and student ambassadors will give insight into campus life, academics and student support services. Members of WSU Vancouver’s staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

This event is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, visit

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

CEF sets annual phone-a-thon

Camas Educational Foundation will host its annual phone-a-thon from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 15 to 17.

Camas School District students will be calling homes to ask for donations. The phone-a-thon is one of two of the non-profit’s major annual fundraisers. The other is an auction and dinner in the spring.

To date, this event has raised more than $260,000 for Camas kids. Donations fund curriculum and special programs that are not covered by regular school budgets, and range from Science Olympiad to Poetry Alive.

For more information, visit

Camas School Board earns statewide honor

The Camas School Board was among 24 in Washington named as “Boards of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

This is the largest number of boards in the eight-year history of the program, according to a press release.

Washington state has 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members.

“The increase in the number of Boards of Distinction reflects the rise in expertise on boards across the state to improve the quality of public education for each and every child,” said Chris Nation, WSSDA president. “This program gives us a chance to acknowledge that commitment to their students and communities.”

The program honors those that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, which, “promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement, and help close the opportunity gap.”

Award applicants submitted essays and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice, and also discussed specific decisions their boards had made and evidence on how they were working to help close the opportunity gap. The applications were evaluated by an independent review panel.

The boards will be honored Thursday, Nov. 17 during the 2016 WSSDA Annual Conference in Spokane. At that time, the association will also announce 2016 Boards of the Year winners.

Read to the Dog at Camas library

Cooper, a certified therapy dog, will return to the Camas Public Library so that children can read to him.

Each reading session will be 15 minutes, and advance sign up is required.

Cooper will be at the library every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.

The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.

For more information, call 834-4692.

Teen Read Cafe at Camas library

The next Teen Read Cafe will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 for seventh through 12th grade students.

Participants borrow a copy of the book from the Camas Public Library, read it, and come to the meeting, which includes snacks and activities. Attendees get to keep the book. Sign-up is required.

The next book is “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans.

For more information, call the library at 834-4692. It is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.