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.
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 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.
Check out the sidebar titled Scholarships & Financial Aid to find a source of college funding right for you!
Many applications are due in the next month so act fast.
See Ms. Ross in the Counseling Center for more information or help with applying.
Students & families are now able to order HFHS yearbooks online through our publisher Picaboo.
Once you have paid $25 for your pre-order at the website, you will be allowed to personalize up to 4 pages AND the back cover free of charge! The website will direct you with instructions on how to do this.
If you have already ordered & paid for a yearbook this year, we will email a credit code that will allow you to make personalizations. Contact Yearbook advisor Mrs. Spencer for details.
Pre-orders must be completed by Friday, April 25
in order for the Yearbook staff to get our shipment by the beginning of June.
Use the Picaboo link to order & begin personalizing your yearbook!
Please email Mrs. Spencer at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
HFHS junior Phoebe Jud won the school-level Poetry Out Loud competition in January and went on to compete among many county high schools at the Southwest Washington Regional competition. The video below is a recording of the entire event, but you can find Phoebe at 16:40 and again at 33:55. Great work Phoebe! Go Renegades!
Find out what Hayes Freedom High School has to offer
We are having an informational meeting for parents and potential incoming students seeking admission for fall 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
If you have any questions or would like more information and are not able to attend,
call Kristi Thomas at 360-833-5602.
Hayes Freedom HS – 1919 NE Ione Street
It takes strong schools like Hayes Freedom HS to build a strong community, and our school board members devote many hours making sure all of the Camas schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. They spend time studying important issues in education in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.
Please take a moment to show your appreciation to our five wonderful school board members this month.
This contest asks students to write an essay of no more than 500 words discussing the relationship between the liberal arts and democratic principles.
Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) will award scholarships to the top three essays submitted. The 1st place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, a list of which can be viewed on their home page. The 2nd place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, and the 3rd place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution.
Essays must be submitted at the WaCLA website by January 31, 2014. No late entries will be accepted. Essays cannot be more than 500 words. Your submission must be double-spaced and entered as either a .pdf or Word document.
It’s that simple!
Contest winners will be announced in mid-March.