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.

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


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


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.

Renegades : Take This Survey!

Please take a few minutes to honestly respond
to the survey at this link.

We appreciate your input!

New Scholarship Opportunities – Apply Now!

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.

Pre-Order Your HFHS Yearbook!

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 stephanie.spencer@camas.wednet.edu with any questions or concerns.

Congrats to Poetry Out Loud winner Phoebe Jud!


Phoebe Jud and HFHS teacher Stephanie Spencer


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!



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.
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