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Doreen McKercher

Inclement weather makeup day

This  is a reminder that February 17, 2012, is a built-in inclement weather makeup day on our district calendar. Since January 18 was declared a snow day, students will attend school on February 17. For kindergarteners, this will be a regular AM/PM Friday.

In the event that we experience another closure due to inclement weather, the next scheduled makeup day would be May 25. Any additional days inclement weather makeup days would occur at the end of the school year.

Join the Knowledge Bowl team!

Knowledge Bowl will begin practice on February 6, 2012. All participants need to have their paperwork turned in by Friday, February 3, 2012. Knowledge Bowl requires an ASB card, but you are not required to pay a participation fee.

Are you interested in traveling to Poland this summer?

Camas Middle Schools are gearing up to send students to Poland this summer through our Sister City Exchange Program. Our first informational meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21 at Liberty Middle School. Students and families are encouraged to join us in the library at 7:00 PM to hear more about this unique opportunity.

The Sister City Exchange Program has been active in Camas for over 30 years! We have a rich cultural relationship with our Sister Cities in both Japan and more recently Poland. This year, we are excited to take 10-12 students, along with district and parent chaperones, to the southern part of Poland near Krakow. This ten day exchange will provide a rich educational and cultural experience that will not only build positive relationships, but provide a life changing experience for our participating middle school students.

The tentative dates for this year’s exchange are June 21 through July 1. Information regarding trip expenses, travel details and our agenda will be discussed at our February 21 meeting.

We look forward to providing this amazing experience for our students and sharing more about this rich experience!

Liberty and Skyridge Middle School Athletic Update

Our first season is complete and both schools did a great job on the field as well as in the class room.  The Skyridge 8th grade football team went undefeated in league and also took top honors at the league football extravaganza.  In Girls Cross Country Skyridge and Liberty finished 2nd and 3rd in the District meet.  Liberty had the District champion in the 6th grade race and Skyridge the champion in the 7th grade race.

We had 55 girls compete in Cross Country at Skyridge and they maintained a GPA of 3.51.  34 girls competed at Liberty with a GPA of 3.48.  In football 27 Liberty boys competed with a GPA of 3.02.  At Skyridge 26 players had a GPA of 3.0.

Overall, 142 student athletes competed at Skyridge and Liberty during the first season.  They had a combined GPA of 3.36.

Second season is underway and it looks like we will have large numbers again in volleyball and wrestling.

Individual Highlights

–Marley Lafore went undefeated in league and won the Cross Country 7th grade District title for Skyridge

  • Emma Jenkins won the Cross Country District Championship for Liberty in the 6th grade division
  • Maddie Woodson set a Liberty school record of 8:58:18 and was the league’s best runner in the 8th grade division.
  • Skyridge Cross Country had a team GPA of 3.51 and is leading in the race for the Athletic Academic Award.

CEF Auction Tickets Available Now!

The annual Camas Educational Foundation Auction will take place on Saturday, October 15, at Camas’ own Fairgate Inn, right behind Dorothy Fox Elementary. The event includes a silent and live auction as well as live entertainment. You can register for the Auction at If you can’t attend, but would like to buy a raffle ticket or make a donation, you can that there as well. More information and a link to the CEF site can be found from the Camas School District homepage.

Summer Projects

This year we are excited with the response from students and families for our Language Arts/Social Studies Pre-AP Class offerings. All students who have met the qualifications and received their notification letter, which will be mailed by the end of June, are required to complete a summer project by the first day of school, September 6, 2011. No late work will be accepted.

Summer projects are a fantastic way for students and their teachers to start the year off ready to discuss and learn together. The Pre-AP Language Arts/Social Studies class is structured to be an integrated learning environment, meaning students will practice and improve reading and writing skills through the content of history and social studies. The Summer Project is designed to prepare students for their first unit of study. Required reading is available at the public library, local bookstores and via the internet. Have a fantastic summer, we look forward to seeing some great Summer Projects September 6!


Sixth Grade Pre-AP Language Arts/Social Studies Project

Seventh Grade Pre-AP Language Arts/Social Studies Project

Eighth Grade Pre-AP Language Arts/Social Studies Project

CEF Fun Run June 11

The Camas Educational Foundation is holding its second annual Fun Run on Saturday, June 11. This little corner of paradise is just one of many beautiful sites to see as you make your way around the Round Lake Trails.

Join the fun, experience Pacific Northwest natural landscapes, and get some exercise all in the name of supporting Camas kids!

Registration and details are available at the CEF website.