School notes for May 25, 2017

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New therapy dog, Paz, comes to Camas Library

Paz, a certified therapy dog, will be at the Camas Public Library for children to read to every Monday between 4 and 5 p.m. Each reading session will last 15 minutes, and advance sign-ups are needed.

For more information, call 360-834-4692. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Four Camas schools wins state achievement awards

Eleven schools in the ESD 112 region are 2016 Washington Achievement Award winners, including four in Camas.

Given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the awards use the Washington State Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data from the three previous years.

The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools must have at least 95-percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition. Schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories: overall excellence, high progress, English language arts growth, math growth, extended graduation rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools), English language acquisition and achievement gap.

“I’m so pleased to see schools in our region being recognized for making progress and helping students prepare for their futures,” says ESD Superintendent Tim Merlino. “These schools are among the top in the state in terms of achievement and it’s important to celebrate the hard work by students and staff to achieve this success.”

Camas schools that earned top honors include: Grass Valley Elementary (high progress, English language arts growth); Liberty Middle School (overall excellence, math growth, English language arts growth, closing the achievement gap); Prune Hill Elementary (high progress); and Skyridge Middle School (overall excellence, high progress, math growth).

WSD preschool registration opens

The Washougal School District preschool registration for the 2017-18 school year is open.

Space is limited.

Preschool options include a community education model, developmental preschool and Head Start preschool.

All options are for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more information on the community education preschool, contact Lisa Young at 360-954-3895 or

For information on the developmental preschool, contact Diane Shortt at 360-954-3020 or For information on Head Start, call 360-567-2720 or visit