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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.

Skyridge Received the Washington State Academic Achievement Award – 5th Consecutive Year

Skyridge Middle School staff and students are very pleased to receive the Washington State Academic Achievement Award for the fifth consecutive year! This award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington,” said Dr. Kristina Mayer, State Board of Education Chair. Other schools within our Camas School District also be recognized include Camas High School, Liberty Middle School, Grass Valley Elementary and Helen Baller Elementary. Go Camas!

Camas Athletic Boosters “Cinco de Casino” Night

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 3 – it’s time for “Cinco de Casino!” Grab your sombrero and maracas and head to “Casa de Westlie” in Washougal for one of Camas Athletic Booster Club’s incredible annual fundraisers. Doors open at 6 PM with a silent auction and appetizers (no-host beverages will be available). Gaming fun will begin at 6:30 PM and  continue throughout the evening with on-going tournaments. A live auction and raffle prizes will close out the evening of festivities. This will be a really fun event and all proceeds will help fund our student athlete programs.

LEWIS AND CLARK RAIN GARDEN

Did you know that a special garden has been “in the works” at Skyridge for almost a year? The final stages of construction are now happening and it will be dedicated on Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22, at 2:10 PM. At that time Skyridge Middle School will also be presented with a Washington State Green School Level 3 Award.

If you would like to help put the final touches on our Lewis and Clark Rain Garden, please join other volunteers this Saturday, April 19 at 9 AM. The garden is located in the grass area immediately behind our library. This garden is the result of a lot of had work and support from our community, students and staff. We have received grants for plants, donated dirt and gravel from local businesses, and many hours of labor to make this a reality. Please consider an hour or two at Skyridge this Saturday to help finish a garden that will be both educational and beautiful.

Fundraiser Product Pickup THURSDAY, APRIL 17

THANK YOU for supporting our recent ASB fundraiser! If you purchased cookie dough and/or food products, please remember that we need you to pick up your items on THURSDAY, April 17, 2-4:30 PM. We have no place to store these items so we cannot be responsible for orders that do not get picked up on this day!