Upcoming Events
Energy Star Certified
Hayes Freedom High School is the newest member of the District’s Energy Star family. Hayes earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for 2012, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

The 13th Annual Camas Educational Foundation Phone-a-thon

November 10-13, 2014
Join the fun and raise some funds for Camas schools.
The annual phone-a-thon gives middle & high school students a chance to volunteer
their time and make scripted, professional calls to Camas families to ask for donations.
Each year over 100 students and adults “man the phones” for three nights at Zellerbach
Administrative Center to “dial in” support. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000.

For the Kids
Will you support our cause? Please make a pledge when our student volunteers call. A pledge of any amount makes a difference. Credit and debit cards are welcome and if we miss you, please visit our website to donate by clicking on
the “Donate Now” tab.

CEF is a non-profit volunteer group of parents, educators and community members dedicated to
supporting and enhancing the education of all Camas students. CEF is registered 501c (3) organization.
Learn more about CEF at www.cefcamas.org. Want to Volunteer? Please contact us at (360) 335-3000 ext 79915
or cefcamas@gmail.com

Washington Council College Fair

Wednesday, November 19th
5:30-7:30 pm

Clark College - Gaiser Student Center
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

This event is open to high school juniors & seniors and their parents. 
There will be representatives from nearly all Washington State colleges and universities.

Healthy Youth Survey provides important information about adolescents

The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Department of Commerce, and the Liquor Control Board.

The survey provides important information about youth in Washington. County prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policy and programs that serve youth. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey can be used to identify trends in the patterns of behavior over time. In October 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 answered questions about safety and violence, physical activity and diet, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and related risk and protective factors.

The Camas School District will administer the Healthy Youth Survey to sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students during the week of October 13-17, 2014. This year, the HYS will include optional questions regarding sexual behaviors, orientation, and abuse. Information about the enhanced survey can be found here.  Additionally, the HYS Question and Answer Fact Sheet found here is very informative.

The district uses the data collected from the survey to make informed decisions around safety and student growth. Parents who wish to opt-out of participation of this survey may do so by contacting your student’s school office.  If you have questions, please contact Glenn Hartman, Intervention Specialist, at 360-335-3000 ext. 78407.

Picture Day – Updated Information

It’s Not Too Late, Parents Can Still Order!

Did anyone forget to order their pictures before Picture Day? That’s okay.

Click on the link below. No order code is needed and if your order is placed within 24 hours of Picture Day (September 18), your picture package will still ship free to the school. Go to this website to order now!

Make up picture day will be November 3rd

Renegade Yearbook Pre-Sale

You are welcome to pre-order your HFHS 2015 yearbook anytime at the Picaboo website.

Hardcover is $25, softcover is $15 – all will be full color & fabulous!

You can even personalize 4 pages for FREE until April.
Yearbooks will be available to pick up the last week of classes.

**SENIORS : Please submit an electronic copy of your Senior portrait as soon as possible to be included in the yearbook.

See Mrs. Spencer in room 106 with any questions or concerns.

Calling all Renegades!

Welcome letters will be arriving soon in mailboxes but in the meantime we are inviting you to drop in at
Hayes Freedom High School on
Thursday, August 28, anytime between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

During that time you will be able to :

  • Pick up a schedule
  • Visit with the principal, staff, teachers, counselors
  • Purchase your parking pass, ASB card, yearbook, spirit gear

Items can be purchased online through the district’s secure, online payment site. You may also bring a check payable to HFHS.

We look forward to seeing you!

Parents save time in line, purchase goods online

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Paying for student fees, yearbook purchases, athletic fees, and more just got a little simpler! The Camas School District is now accepting credit card payments online for all of its secondary schools (Liberty Middle School, Skyridge Middle School, Camas High School, and Hayes Freedom High School).

Parents use their Skyward Family Access credentials to log into the system; they then select a student, add items to their shopping cart, and complete their purchase. Transactions are secure, and no data is stored on district servers.

Online deposits to student meal accounts is still accessed through MealtimeOnline.

A link to the secure payment site is available under Parent Corner on the district website at www.camas.wednet.edu and at each school site. Online payments will be charged a 3.5% convenience fee, which will be added to each transaction at the time of checkout. This fee was approved in May 2014 by the Camas School Board to help cover the transaction fees the district is charged by service providers. No fee is added to traditional payments made by cash, check, or money order.

Summer hours and back-to-school events

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Robotic Renegade Pride

Hayes Freedom’s new Robotics class taught by Ron Wright sent some Renegades to participate in the South Sound STEM Robotics Invite last week in Olympia.

The HFHS team placed 5th overall, with students Austin Schmunk & Tyler Allen placing 2nd with their Dragster.

See the article at Camas-Washougal Post-Record’s website for more details about the event and other participating teams.

Camas students, including students from the new HFHS Robotics class, are all smiles after faring well at their first-ever robotics “dragster” invitational at the South Sound STEM Robotics Invite in Olympia.

Camas students, including students from the new HFHS Robotics class, are all smiles after faring well at their first-ever robotics “dragster” invitational at the South Sound STEM Robotics Invite in Olympia.

Teacher of the Year Mike Brasch

Hayes Freedom High School teacher Mike Brasch has been named Teacher of the Year by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce.  An eight-year veteran of the Camas School District, Brasch is recognized as a consummate professional whose warm, caring personality strengthens his teaching practice and his relationships with students. According to Principal Amy Holmes, “Mike is everything teaching should be about: keeping the focus on doing what is right and best for kids so they can learn and grow in all kinds of ways. He teaches them skills for successful lives.”

As an educator, Brasch underscores his lessons with authenticity, beginning with the Hayes Freedom motto: Be Kind, Be Proud, Be Fearless. To that motto, Brasch adds: “Be genuine—kids can spot a phony. Be prepared and ready for the day—kids can tell when you don’t know what you are doing or talking about.”

Brasch-MikeBrasch spent much of his career teaching in the Clark County area. In 2008, he joined the Camas staff at Dorothy Fox Elementary. Brasch moved to Hayes Freedom High School 2009. He quickly found this micro-learning community to be a fantastic place to work and teach. “I am a lucky man to have been allowed to finish my teaching career in Camas at Hayes Freedom High School. We have a terrific leader, Amy Holmes, and a great group of teachers, support staff, and kids. We are a team. When we all do a little, a lot gets done,” he said.

“In teaching, I realized that if I paid attention, I could learn how best to teach the kids I was working with. They may not have been able to tell me, but if I observed them and watched carefully I would be able to craft lessons to match the ways they learned best,” said Brash.

The early years

Mike Brasch was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and is the oldest of seven children. His mother was a registered nurse and his father was a masonry contractor.  Mike attended Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley High before moving to Ellensburg to attend Central Washington State College (now Central Washington University). His extra-curricular activities included baseball, football, tennis, and a stint as the basketball team manager/statistician. He was also president of the Letterman’s Club and student body vice-president.

Brasch’s first jobs were labor intensive as he assisted his father with masonry jobs. He also worked in the irrigation and tile industries. After college, his first teaching job was in the Hockinson School District as a second grade teacher.

Growing up, Brasch never had a clear picture of what he planned to be as an adult and considered following in his father’s footsteps. The decision to become a teacher was made in college when a friend suggested he consider the teaching program. A professor in the program made an instant connection with Brasch, and he found a real fellowship with students studying to become educators. These factors combined, minting the desire to become a teacher himself.  Generations later, he still loves the vocation.

“After 41 years, I still like getting up and going to work. I feel connected to the kids and staff I work with,” commented Brasch. He finds that education is a life-long journey. “When you are green you grow, when you are ripe you rot. I am still green,” he added.

Students of the Month

Be Kind~Be Proud~Be Fearless


Each month, teachers will choose one girl & one boy to be recognized as Students of the Month. These Renegades represent the qualities we look for every day - kindness, pride, fearlessness - in an outstanding manner, throughout their classes. These students are individuals who are consistently striving to do their best despite any obstacles and, in the process, inspiring others.
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We celebrate our Renegade Students of the Month with a display in our Commons. Please stop by to read the remarks of nominating teachers and to find out what being a Renegade means to these students.

Renegade Pride

"Being a Renegade means being in a place where people can help me." ~ Ian Hewling

"I had started to feel like a failure. Now, that's changed." ~ Kyler Jackson

"I am respected for what I can do and helped with what I can't do." ~ Jessica Personett