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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.

VFW Patriot’s Pen

Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.  The top 46 national winners all receive at least $500. The first-place national award is $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.  Completed entries must be submitted to the school by October 31.

VFW Patriots Pen – Entry Form (2014-15)

Skyridge 7th and 8th Grade Parent Curriculum Evening

Please reserve Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, for our Skyridge 7th and 8th Grade Parent Curriculum Evening. Our teachers are looking forward to sharing with you what our Skyhawks will be learning and experiencing this year. There will be a planned schedule, so we encourage you to set aside the full 1 ½ hours to join us here at Skyridge. Due to limited space, this is a parent only event and carpooling is encouraged.

Late Starts

This is a reminder that Wednesday and Thursday this week are our first scheduled late starts for Skyridge Middle School. Students should arrive at bus stops 2 hours and fifteen minutes later than their regularly scheduled time. All classes begin at 10:15 AM. Late starts allow teachers the time to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities. Thank you and have a great day.

8th Grade Mt. St. Helens Field Trips

8th Grade Mt. St. Helens field trips are scheduled.  Please return student permission forms and field trip fee ($17) as soon as possible.  If you are hoping to chaperone on this very fun trip, be sure to get your Volunteer Application into the office.  Once cleared, volunteer status is good for 2 years but it may take a day or two to process.  Applications can be found under the Parents tab/District Forms on the Skyridge website.

October 6th and 8th – Hunting

October 13th – Holbrook and Smith

October 15th – Smith

6th Grade Curriculum Night – September 22

Please reserve Monday, September 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, for our Skyridge 6th Grade Parent Curriculum Evening. Our teachers are looking forward to sharing with you what our newest Skyhawks will be learning and experiencing this year. There will be a planned schedule, so we encourage you to set aside the full 1 ½ hours to join us here at Skyridge. Due to limited space, this is a parent only event and carpooling is encouraged.

Transportation – AS NEEDED Bus Notes

Transportation Request

For those of you who might be interested in obtaining an “AS NEEDED” bus note, there is now a form that needs to be filled out and returned to the bus barn!  The main office can no longer just give you a bus note for the rest of the year for another bus stop other than your assigned one.

If you are considering going to the Jack, Will, Rob Center or need to go to an after school sitter on a regular basis, you will need to have this filled out IN ADVANCE.  It may take as long as two weeks before approval will be given.  Forms may be obtained in the main office or online through the TRANSPORTATION section on the Camas School website or by clicking the link “Transportation Request” at the top of this post.  If you have any questions, see Mrs. Crews or Mrs. Button in the main office.

Skyridge Season One Sports Schedule

8th Grade Boys Football

Coaches: Jesse Parbon, Joe Edwards, John Constien

August 18 – Gear Checkout – 9:00-10:00 AM

August 18 – First Practice – 10:00-12:00 AM

Sept. 11 @Covington 3:45

Sept. 16 PICTURES 3:00

Sept. 18 (H)Wy’East 3:45

Sept. 25 (H)Frontier 3:45

Sept. 30 @Liberty 6:00

Paper Cup @ Doc Harris

Oct. 02 @Shahala 3:45

Oct. 07 (H)Pacific 3:45

Oct. 14 Cascade 3:45

@Doc Harris Stadium

Oct. 18 Football Extravaganza Doc Harris Stadium Games at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00

Dates and times subject to change

6th, 7th, 8th Girls Cross Country

Coaches: Rick Houston, John Condon

Aug. 18- First Day of Practice 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Sept. 12 @Liberty 3:45

Sept. 16 @Covington 3:45

Sept. 17 PICTURES 3:00

Sept. 19 (H)Wy’East 3:45

Sept. 23 (H)Frontier 3:45

Sept. 26 @Shahala 3:45

Sept. 30 (H)Pacific 3:45

Oct. 3 (H)Cascade 3:45

Oct. 9 District Meet@Harmony Field 3:00

Dates and times subject to change




Frequently asked questions at the beginning of the school year

Who do I talk to if I have questions regarding my child’s schedule?

  • Our Skyridge school counselors – Mrs. Loren (students’ last names A-K) and Mrs. Thielbar (students’ last names L-Z)
  • Student schedule changes can be made during the first 5 days of each trimester, if room is available and your child qualifies to be in a requested class.

When do I get my locker?

  • Sixth grade students will receive their locker assignment at the new student orientation.
  • Seventh and 8th grade students will receive their locker assignments from their core class teacher during the first week of school.
  • Due to our growing population, not all students will receive locker assignments.  If your student would like to share or forego using a locker for the school year, please inform you teacher.

When should I pay for all my child’s supplies and materials?

  • Avoid lines at our New Student Orientation! School purchases can now be made in the Skyridge main office starting August 18 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed from 12:30-1 pm for lunch.- ASB $25.00, Fitness Clothing $17.00, Student Planner $6.00, and Yearbook for 2014-15 – $25.00, Middle School Athletic User Fee $30.00 per sport.
  • New to middle schools this year, school purchases and fees may be paid for online under the “Parent” tab on the district’s website using your Skyward login and password.
  • Add funds to your student’s meal account online.  Find the MealTime Online link on the main page of the school’s website.

When is the first day of school for Camas students?

  • Camas students begin school on Tuesday, September 2nd.
  • Skyridge school day is 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

How do I find my bus schedule?

  • On the Camas School District website you will find “Transportation” tab under the “Parent Corner” tab.
  •  Once you have been redirected to the Transportation website, locate the “Routes” tab and click on “E-Link (Bus Stop Search)”.
  • Type in all appropriate information and hit Find.


What do I do with my school supplies?

  • New student orientation is for picking up schedules, finding your classrooms, meeting teachers and practicing with hallway lockers.  Keep school supplies at home that night.
  • Team school supplies may be brought into your core classroom starting the first week of school.
  • Personal school supplies will be yours to carry in your backpack or stored in your locker.

 When is picture day?

  • Tuesday, September 9