Sep 22

All’s Well That Ends Well: Ashland Recap

Well, Ashland 2015 is in the can, so to speak. We returned to CHS about 6:15 PM Saturday after a whirlwind, 36 hour journey to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We packed in two plays (Guys and Dolls, Much Ado about Nothing), a prologue, an interactive discussion with actors from Guys and Dolls, and we even managed to hit the newly minted In-N-Out in Medford. A special thanks to the chaperones, students, and staff who worked together to make this yet another memorable trip.


Sep 17

Final Reminders/Tips for Ashland

Good Morning, Ashland Crew!

We are less than 24 hours away from our departure.  I’ve recently updated the itinerary to reflect a little earlier of a departure time from Ashland on Saturday morning. The most recent/final version is here:  Also, we still have a need for donations of breakfast/snack items for the trip.  If you’d like to chip in, sign up here:

Important Reminders:

  • We load at 5:15 AM; we roll out of CHS at 5:30. Quite literally, if you snooze, you lose!
  • Bring a sleeping bag and towels as needed (possibly an extra pillow)
  • Pack light; we have limited room on the bus.
  • Wear good walking shoes for the 20 minute walks back and forth to Ashland Commons.
  • Have money on hand for the 3-4 meals we’ll eat out.
  • Make a plan ahead of time for pick up at CHS on Saturday (return time approximately 5-6 PM)
  • If you’d like reminders during the trip via email and/or text that I’ll push out, don’t forget to sign up for the Remind service for Ashland here:

What say’st thou?  Art thou pumped for a great trip?!?!

Sep 04

Ashland Itinerary Finalized

Ashland Shakespeare Field Trip

What: Field trip to see productions of Guys and Dolls and Much Ado about Nothing, participate in a “prologue” workshop for Much Ado and another workshop the following morning covering the plays we see.

Where:  Ashland, Oregon, site of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  We have booked the entire Ashland Commons youth hostel for Thursday night’s lodging.

Who:  53 freshmen through senior year Magnet students, and 3-4 faculty/parent chaperones

When:  Depart on Camas School District bus Friday, 9/18 at 5:30 AM (loading at 5:15 AM); return to CHS on Saturday 9/19 by approximately 5-6:00 PM.

Costs/Spending Money:

  • To cover the cost of lodging, transportation, plays, and workshops, each participant has paid $145
  • Additional spending money for food (approximately 3-4 other meals) and incidentals should be budgeted.  Most students should count on spending, as a general guideline, about 10 dollars per meal.
  • Saturday morning’s breakfast will hopefully be provided by parent donations for a light, continental style breakfast at the hostel.  Visit this link to sign up for donations: Snack and Breakfast Donations

Miscellaneous:  To further reduce costs, students must bring their own sleeping bag and towels as needed.  Pillows and extra quilts and blankets are provided, but some students may possibly wish to bring a favorite pillow or blanket, if so desired.  Some students may wish to dress up for the theater performances, but there is no special requirement for this other than the CHS dress code.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

  • Students meet at the CHS flagpole bus loading area at 5:15 AM with sleeping bags, bags, and donated breakfast/snack items
  • Bus departs from Camas High School by 5:30 AM
    • Students have snacks and bathroom break en route.
  • Arrive at the Ashland Commons in Ashland, Oregon between 11:00-11:30 AM.
    • We will walk from this location to the festival (20 minutes each way) several times during the trip, so please be prepared for walking.

437 Williamson Way
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-6753

  • Lunch on your own with buddy system in downtown Ashland, 12:00-1:00 PM
    • Students will be given several choices in the downtown theater area they can choose from.
  • 1:30 PM showing of Guys and Dolls
  • Dinner on your own with buddy system in downtown Ashland, 5:30-6:45 PM
    • Students will be given several choices in the downtown theater area they can choose from.
  • 7:00 PM “prologue” with OSF actors to go over Much Ado about Nothing
  • 8:00 PM showing of Much Ado about Nothing
  • Return to Ashland Commons.  Lights out by 11:30 PM.

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

  • Up by 7:30 AM for breakfast and showers as needed/desired and cleaning of Ashland Commons.
  • Store bags at Ashland Commons
  •  “Workshop” with OSF actors and staff, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Meet bus driver around 10:45-11:30 AM near theater area, return for bags (TBD), then load bus/head home.
    • Lunch on your own with buddy system in either downtown Ashland OR on the road home (TBD)
  • Arrive in Camas between 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Students will call en route to solidify arrival time once we’re on the road and closer to home.  

Please have a plan in place for carpooling/transportation home upon our arrival at CHS

Aug 27

Freshmen Orientation

Last night we welcomed the incoming class of 33 freshmen Magnet students at our annual orientation.  Students worked through ice breakers and various welcoming activities, including establishing logons, getting their lockers, etc. Congrats to the”Ninja” team who won the games competition for the evening!  This team consisted of freshmen Monica C., Andrew B., Shivank S., Yeh Seo J., Christopher X.  We wrapped up the night with a family BBQ.  Thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone and beginning your journey with us last night.  We look forward to working with you and your families.  Welcome, class of 2019!


Jun 29

Admissions Timeline for 2016 Published

The timeline for the 2016 MST admissions has been set and published. For a detailed overview of the admissions process, please visit the Admissions Portal:


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