Upcoming Events

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.

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

Report cards will go home December 11

Elementary Camas Parents and Guardians:

On December 11, your student will bring home the first report card of the year. You’ll notice changes to the report card related to learning standards. Additionally, fourth and fifth grade student progress toward grade level expectations is now indicated using a 4-3-2-1 scale. This is the same scale used in grades K-3.

To learn more, visit our new Elementary Report Card page to view an informational video, an FAQ, and sample report cards: http://goo.gl/v8O3Z1.

Elementary Conference Week: October 27-31, 2014

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This year, the Camas School District is providing a full week of early release days dedicated to elementary conferencing with families.  During the week of October 27-31, 2014, all elementary schools will operate on an early release schedule (9:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.).  Kindergarten students will attend school on a rotating schedule of every other day of school during this week.

  • PM Kindergarten students will attend school on MondayWednesday, and Friday during conference week.  They willnot attend Tuesday or Thursday.
  • AM Kindergarten students will attend kindergarten on Tuesday and Thursday of conference week.  They will notattend Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

If your child’s dismissal plan will differ from his/her regular plan due to the early release schedule, please let your school office know.

Please note: Camas Extended Day and the Jack, Will, Rob Center will be open early for participants during conference week. Camas Community Ed after-school classes for students are cancelled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of conference week.

Big Learning for Little Learners

Big-Learning-postPlease join us for an evening of family-focused learning activities to support early learning and school readiness skills. This program is open to young learners, ages 3-6 in the Camas School District, and their parents. We will focus on early literacy and math skills and provide free materials for you to take home and use to continue the learning at home. Emphasis on kindergarten readiness skills.

Space is limited to the first 40 families to register!

Click here for more information and to register!

Woodburn teacher is finalist for Presidential Award

Tara-Obermiller-postState Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that five teachers from Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The finalists were selected over the summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers. Their nominations were recently confirmed by the national PAEMST program.

About Tara Obermiller
Tara is in her sixth year of teaching. She currently teaches third grade at Woodburn. Tara’s classroom is alive with hands-on instructional tools including manipulatives, iPad apps, visual models, whiteboards, fraction strips and more. She has embraced technology and integrated it into her daily lessons. These tools aren’t just props. They kindle a classroom culture full of vibrant discussions and risk-taking. Tara is also an expert at using data to guide instruction. Her efforts have recently led to the creation of a Wednesday math intervention time that engages volunteers to work with specific students on the specific skills they are struggling with. Tara’s skill as a communicator and her dedication to the profession also make her a standout. One parent observes, “I cannot think of any other who so full exemplifies dedication to and excellence in teaching. Being a teacher isn’t just something Tara does; it is who she is.”

“What makes these five teachers so great is the hands-on learning that’s happening every day in their classrooms,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “Under the guidance of Deborah, Tara, Sadie, Lorianne and Meredith, students are solving real-life problems, collecting scientific evidence and presenting their findings to each other and the communities. That’s how we build a new generation of scientists and engineers, and I’m proud to call each one of these amazing individuals Washington teachers.”

The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award winning educators.

Lelooska Cultural Center captivates kids

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Numas, the old man, is among many masked dancers telling Native American stories to students during a Lelooska living history program in Ariel on Thursday morning. The children were entertained with stories, music and masked dancers during the one-hour program. Photo: Steven Lane

 

In the woods near Lake Merwin, yellow school buses pull up to a cedar house. The bus doors open, ejecting energetic third-graders who propel toward the house.

It’s field trip day at the Lelooska Cultural Center in Ariel, 10 miles east of Woodland. Over the course of a school year, about 10,000 third- and fourth-graders visit the site. Thursday’s students are from four Clark County schools: Marshall and Washington elementary schools from Vancouver Public Schools, Woodburn Elementary from Camas School District and Pacific Crest Academy, a private school.

Read the full story at The Columbian.

Bridging the generation gap

[slideshow_deploy id='271'] Second grade students at Woodburn Elementary get to read to a special audience on Thursday mornings. Each week, residents of the Columbia Ridge Senior Living facility take a shuttle bus to the school and spend an hour reading with students. The senior citizens enjoy the interactions with young readers, and students are thrilled to shine in a one-to-one setting.

Teacher Tracey MacLachlan said, “The kids really love the interactions with seniors. Each week they sign up for a turn to read, and most can’t wait for it to be their turn.”