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Doreen McKercher

Call for Entries: Student Film Festival

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the Camas School District website and screened at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re excited to announce the first-ever Camas School District Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the Liberty Theatre. Finalist videos may also be featured on the District website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.


Contest ends February 4, 2015. Click here to download the Official Rules.

Healthy Youth Survey provides important information about adolescents

hys-postThe 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.

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 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.

Hi Cap notice for incoming 6th grade students

ms-advanced-apps-smDear Incoming 6th Grade Parents:

Due to changes in Washington State law and our desire to better meet the needs of all of our students, the Camas School District will be implementing some changes to our advanced class offerings and highly capable programs for sixth grade students in the fall of 2014. Click the links below for more information and to apply.

6th grade Letter to Parents

Highly capable parent application and permission to test form

Advanced math parent-student interest form

Middle school highly capable overview

Pre-AP/Ad. Math notice for incoming 7th and 8th grade students

Dear incoming 7th and 8th grade Parents:

ms-advanced-apps-smThe Camas School District offers a Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) program for Language Arts and Social Studies (LA/SS) and Advanced Math for 7th and 8th grade students. Both programs reflect high academic expectations and are available for seventh and eighth grade students. Click the links below for more information and to apply.

7th and 8th grade Letter to Parents

7th and 8th grade Application 2014

A special Earth Day for Camas school

Skyridge marks completion of new native plant garden

Hundreds of students gathered outside Skyridge Middle School on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day with the completion of a new native plant garden.

It was a festive scene just after 2 p.m. outside the school library as the Skyridge Jazz Band played upbeat tunes, the Skyhawk mascot peered over the rooftop to greet everyone, and students clapped and cheered. Principal Aaron Smith took a moment to speak about the history of a particularly significant native plant — the camas lily — before he and Associate Principal Clint Williams knelt to plant the last two camas lilies in the Skyridge Lewis and Clark native plant garden.

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The ceremony marked the end of a project two years in the making that involved more than 150 students, said Gayle Cooper, a seventh-grade language arts and social studies teacher. Some students put plants and boulders directly into the soil, and many participated in the process of selecting just the right plant species for the spot.

Where a plain patch of grass once stood outside the school’s library, now beds of rhododendrons, trillium, vine maples and other native plants line a new zig-zag gravel pathway. Cooper also plans to add a couple of rustic arbors, benches, some birdhouses and perhaps an owl or bat house to the garden, she said.

Read more at The Columbian.

Skyridge MS certified Level 3 Washington Green School

Washington Green Schools honored Skyridge Middle School with a Level 3 Washington Green School certification at Skyridge Middle School in Clark County at on April 22.

To achieve certification at Level 3, the Skyridge Green Team conducted a rigorous assessment of Healthy School Building practices. Their results indicated that the school community needed stronger education on healthy measures, and that the academic community could be sanitary and environmentally friendly.

As a result of this investigation, the Green Team began an educational campaign and replaced all of their antibacterial spray with an all-natural, environmentally responsible alternative. The Green Team also continues to maintain the changes that they have achieved in past certifications through the  implementation of recycling programs, no-idling zones, and student-led efforts to lessen Skyridge’s environmental footprint. Thanks to their efforts, Skyridge is now a healthier, more sustainable place!

The Skyridge Jazz Band kicked off the ceremony with a few snappy pieces.

“The beauty of this program is that it is the students who embrace it. Because of what they believe about being environmentally responsible, the school SOS station puts their philosophy into practice, daily,” said Skyridge teacher and Green Team leader Gayle Cooper. “These habits are then brought home. A Green Team kid’s parent said to me the other day, ‘We recycle at home because it was imposed on us by our son.’ Now that’s what we are about : changing the world one kid, one family, one piece of garbage at a time,” added Cooper.